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N. B. In consequence of the extra-| mount to ONĘ MILLION, ONE HUNDRBO ordinary encouragement given to the AND FIFTY-EIGHT THOUSAND, EIGHT operation of the British and Foreigo HUNDRED AND FIFTY Copies. Bible Society in the North of Europe, and particularly in the Russian Empire, Further intelligence concerning the under the patronage of the Emperor British and Foreign Bible Society, Alexander, the Committee are making extracted from the “ Christian Oba a large expenditure, with a view to innproving the present most favorable cir. SOME select Extracts from the Corcumstances, in that, and other parts of respondence of this Society since the the world; and trust they shall be sup: | publication of the Ninth Annual Reported by the liberal contributions of port have been printed and circulated. their fellow Christians throughout the We propose to give the substance of United Kingdom.
them." J. OWEN,
1. From Copenhagen we learn, J. HUGHES,
that the resolution of the Committee to C.F. STEINKOFF, print 5000 additional copies of the IceLondon, May 9, 1814.
landic New Testament was On the Summary of the cash account of the Bri-point of being excuted
TISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE Society, erosity,” it is observed," towards the for the year ending the 31st of Marchpoor Icelanders, could not have been 1814, as audited.
applied to more deserving objects.
£ 8. d. Their assiduity in reading the ScripTotal net Receipts, exclusive of
tures when they have access to them, Sales,
62,441 8 10 and the veneration in which they hold of which the sum of 53,4031. 8s. was contributed by auxiliary So
their contents, give the fullest antici: cieties.
patory assurance that the grand object Received by sales, the major part
the committee have in view will be at: of which was for Bibles and Tes
tained in that island.” It was intendtaments purchased by Bible As.
ed shortly to send a number of Bibles sociations
24,774 17 11
and Testaments to Norway, where
87,216, 6 9 the want of the Scriptures was greatly Total net Payments, of which 60,
felt. A farmer, eager to possess the 8901. 18. 8d. was for Bibles and Testaments in the Languages of
Bible, had offered a cow at the next the United Kingdom
84,652 1 5
market town for one, but in vain.
There were none for sale, and those Amount by which the Year's Re
who possessed a Bible would not sell ceipts have excecded the pay?ts. 2,564 5 4||it for any price.
2. From Zurich we learn, that the The Society is under engagements, “ Bible Institution prospers wonderwhich will chiefly fall to be paid in the fully." course of the current year (1814) for 3. A Bible Society has been forraBibles and Testaments to supply Aux-ed at Kánapa in Esthonia, under the iliary Soeieties, and for general pur-patronage of the dean. In that district poses; and sundry Foreign Money Mr. Paterson states, that among 106Grants, announting together to about|000 inhabitants, 200 Testaments are 28,6001.
not to be found. Thousands had vevThe Total of Bibles and Testaments er seen a New Testament, and many issued by the Society at home, and on pastors had it not in the vernacular the Continent of Europe, is 1,026,845. tongue; although there are great numIf to these be added 122,000 printed orbers of very pious people, and, among printing by Societies on the Continent the rest, 11,000 persons connected of Europe, aided by the British and Fo- with the United Brethren, in this disreign Bible Society, the Total will a-trict. An edition of 10,000 Testamente
was to be forihwith printed.
Another Bible Society, to be called A peasant, living beyond Moscow, , the Courland Bible Society, has been bad written to Prince Galitzin, the formed at Mitau in Courland, with the President of the Petersburgh society, full concurrence of the pricipal clergy, begging a large folio Bible to read to and under the patronage of Count Me- his family and neighbors, and sending den, President of the consistory. The five rubles to pay for its carriage. Anmeeting for this purpose took place in other peasant offered to subscribe 20 the hall belonging to the nobles, where i rubles yearly, and presented the socie. persons of ali ranks assembled. The ty with some leather for binding the business was opened by Count Leiven, Bibles. * The subscription,' says Mr. Pater- 4. T'he Rev. L. Van Ess, the Roman
I hear, will amount to about Catholic Professor of Divinity at Mar3000 rubles; a sum, considering what burg, in giving ay account of the dis-' this province has suffered by the ca- tribution of 3000 German Testaments lamities of war, more than double put into his hands by the Bible Socicwhatever could have been expected ty, observes that the eagerness to read from the first meeting of the Society; the Scriptures, is very great, and the but a fire is kindled by the Lord in the application of the indigent for New Russian empire which warms every Testaments very frequent. The bishheart, and inflames thein with zeal to op had allowed the introduction of follow the example of their much be- New Testaments into Catholic loved monarch."
Schools. This was very important, A third society has been formed at as scarcely one school-master in twenRiga, through the instrumentality of ty was furnished with a Bible, and in the same indefatigable servant of most schools the Bible was not at aļi Christ, Mr. Paterson, in which the Con- | to be met with. About 8000 copies sistory and some noblemen took the are wanted for this purpose. “Never," chief lead. Mr. Paterson expects great adds this excellent minister,
were things from this society, wbich, after the minds of men more accessible to that of St.Petersburgh, he thinks will the Word of Life; never was the be the first on the Continent. A fourth necessity of religious comfort so deepsociety has been formed at Dorpat,ly felt ; never was the entrance of the and a fifth at Reval, still under the Kingdom of Heaven more widely same kind of patronage. The society open than now." "If you possibly at this last place are about to print a can, afford father assistance to us, that large edition of the new Testament, the true light and knowledge of Jesus and Mr. Paterson adds, “ the transla-Christ in his Divine doctrine may penfion in the Revalian dialect, is suppos-etrate the darkness of the Catholic ed to be one of the best in Europe.” schools, and the rising generation be
After completing these great objects, || trained up in pure Christianity, and beMr. Paterson returned to Petersburgh come worthy inembers of Christ's on the 23d of July, when he found that kingdom.” on “the same day on which the soci- 5. The Rev. Dr. Brunmark, Chapety was formed in Reval, a Bible So- lain to the Swedish Embassy in Lonciety had been established in Moscow. I don paid a visit to his native country At the first meeting, the Bishop and a in the summer.
He met with a granumber of his clergy were present, and cious reception from his own governsubscribed largely. The Bishop pub-ment, and from his countrymen every licly thanked Mr. Pinkerton for the where in conseqnence of his connexpart he had taken in the business.---ion with the British and Foreign Bible This Society will prove of great impor- Society. The Society at Stockholm tance to the cause in Rụssia. There had printed 9000 Swedish Bibles are now seven Bible societies in the land 19,000 Testaments, and were prinRussian Empire, including that at Abol ting 2000 more Bibles. Through the in Finland."
exertions of Dr. Brunmark, a Bible 9. The Rev. R. E. Jones, Secretary Society was established at Westeras, to the Bible Society at the Isle of for Westmania and Dalecarlia, under France, writes, that all the French Bi. the patronage of the bishop and clergy bles and Testaments sent him had bees of these provipces. The Finnish disposed of, and that a supply of double New Testament was printing, and the number was wanted. The avidity would be finished in the autumn. with which the Bibles are purchased,
6. The convicts on board the Three he says is beyond all description. Bees convict ship appear to have been 10. From America there are very greatly benefited by the Bibles fur- gratifying accounts. The students of nished them by the Scociety. On Nassau-Hall College, in New Jersey, the passage, 170 of them united in a
having learned, through the mediletter of thanks to the Society.--um of the Christian Observer, that a "Your gift,” they observe, “ gives a Bible Society had been instituted in new train to our ideas, a new object to the University of Cambridge, in Engour hopes ; convincing us of the ne-land," resolved on following the excessity of seeking the kingdom of ample, and have accordingly formed a God, it assures us that we are in no similar society. Three other bew Biwise cast out.”
ble Societies have been instituted in 7. In- India, many copies of the the United States, making the whole Scriptures had been distributed among number 22. The most interesting part the native Portuguese, and the pres- however, of the American communient had always been thankfully receiv- cations, refers to the following circumed, and in some cases with tears of stance. A vessel, in which a quantijoy and gratitude. A number of ty of Bibles, sent by the Bible SocieDutch Testaments had also been dis- ty for distribution in Nova Scotia, had tributed among the Duteh soldiers, been shipped, was taken by an Amerand others in va. “ We wantican privateer, and carried into a port words," it is observed, “to express in New England. The Bibles were with what thankfulness they received sold and dispersed. The Bible Societhem, and how diligently they perused ty of Boston, hearing of this incident, them, especially in their hospitals and and“ unwilling that the reproach of prisons ; for on enquiry, we could preventing the exeeution of the pious scarcely find one Bible among them design, for which these books were all."
sent out, should fasten on their coun8. Mr. Butscher, a missionary, writes try," passed a resolution to send an from Sierra Leone, that when he was equal amount of Bibles to Nova Scotia wrecked on his passage out, and the and directed their secretary to express patives near the river Gambia took his deep regret," that any occurrence possession of the vessel, among a great should have so long detained so mamany other articles, twelve Arabic by copies of the Bible from their proBibles, given him by the Bible Socie- per destination; and that, to the othty, fell into their hands. He applied er calamities of this disasterous war, to a trader in that river to recover there should be added any interruption them; but it was found, that although of the charitable and munificent labore the natives, who are Mohammedans, of our fellow Christians in Great Britwould sell the other articles they hadian, in diffusing the knowledge of the got possession of, they would not part word of God.” The sum of 1551. sterwith the Bibles. He offered 8l. for ling has accordingly been remitted, to one, and was refused. Thus, observes replace these Bibles. They add :the Missionary, the word of God seems “ We have thus done what we can more highly esteemed among these to express our shame and regret at this Mohammedang, than in many places occurrence, and to repair the evil where the Gospel of Christ has been in which it has occasioned. We indulge troduced.
the hope that we shall not again have ding types. This I proposed at our to number it among the calamities of a last meeting; my plan was immediwar, in which we cannot cease to re-ately adopted; our worthy president gret that two nations, allied in feelings, was requested to make the necessary habits, interests, language, and origin, arrangements with the holy synod. should be engaged ; that it counteracts He obtained the metropolitau's conin any degree, the exertions of any of sent, and things are now in a train. the charitable institutions of Great This is of more real value than all the Britian ; or tends to loosen or break rest, and will prepare the way for that golden chain of mutual benevo-something still further. All these are lence, which ought to bind together executing here, and the entire directhe disiples of Christ of every nation tion of them is committed to me.-8th, and clime, without regard to political The Dorpatian Esthonian New Tes. animosities."
tament.-9th, The Revalian Esthonian 11. The number of Bibles issued by ! Testament -10th The Lettonian the British and Foreign Bible Society TestamentAll commencing unin the year 1813, is 141,941 ; of Tes-der the direction of the Committees in taments, 159,453 ; in all 301,394.- Dorpat, Reval, and Riga. If to these The total number issued by the Soci- you add the Icelandic Swedish & Lapety, from the 7th of March, 1804, to ponian you will find the Scriptures are the 31st of December last, is, Bibles printing in thriteen different languages. 377,529, Testaments 590,146, in all,|| This must be encouraging to our 967,675; besides 109,400 copies of the friends, and excite them to thank God Scriptures, printed on the Contipent for his great mercies, in countenancing with the aid of donations from the So-| their endeavors to spread the knowledge ciety.
of God's word throughout the world." The following is an extract of a letter received from Mr. Paterson, dated The Church, of which the author of the at St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11, 1813:— following lines was a member, consenta The zeal of the Bible Society
ed to the dismission of their Minister, třere exceeds all description. The Pe
because a majority of the socity were tersburgh Society and its branches, are
opposed to his preaching the doctrines
of grace. promoting the printing of the Scriptures
THE COMPLAINT. in ten different languages.--Ist, In the Kalmuc, in which nothing was ever And added a gloom to the shade,
WHEN twilight had dark’ned the grove printed before. We have all the pun- By sorrow invited to rove, ches and matrices ready, and in the In lonely retirement I stray'd. course of a few weeks a specimen will | As wandering along the lone way, be printed.--2d; An edition of_5000 Oft burst from my heart the deep sighs, copies of the Armenian New Testa- | Nor manhood nor reason could stay ment, the want of which you will find The tears that rolld fast froin mine eyes. affectingly set forth in Buchanan’s Re- Withi mournful ideas oppress'd, searches. This is Printing at the Ar-Beneath a dark shade I reclin'd; menian printing office, under the care Keen anguish invaded my breast, of some learned Armenians; the third And dark as the shade was my mind. sheet is ready.-30, The Finnish Bible All nature seem'd mantled in gloom,
The stars but just glimmer'd on high, with standing types; the 8th sheet is
And visions as dark as the tomb, ready.-4th, The Gerinan Bible, with
Incessantly haunted mine eye. standing types; the 2d sheet is ready. ---5th, The Polish New Testament, with whom in sweet union I stood,
For brethren who once were so dear; 3000 copies commenced.---6th, The
In sorrow I shed the sad tear Catholic French bible resolved on, And mourn'd their backsliding from God. and measures taken for printing it.- What demon ascending from hell, 7th, The Sclavonian Bible, with stan- Has artfully led them astray ?
Oh who among mortals can tell
Dear remnant, though treated with scom, What causes their love to decay. Your cross I will glory to share,
Your trials I bear, and have borne, How could they, astonish'd I cri'd,
Your shame is the crown which I wear : With sinners in malice combine ?
With you through the dark vale of tears; Forsaking their Pastor and guide,
I'd walk in sweet union and love, How could they with infidels join ? Till God has dealt out our sad years, Dear Saviour, of how could they leave | And form'd us for pleasures above. Thy servant, thy children and thee? And join with the world, and thus grieve And thou, my dear Pastor and guide, Thy better disciples and me?
Thy name I still love and revere,
And oft, as I wander aside,
I'll drop for thy sorrows a tear,
And oft on my mind I will bear
Thy heart-griev'd companion and thee, How wounded I've been, and deceiv'd!
When wrapt in devotion and prayer,
To Jesus with freedom I fee.
Sould slander still raise her foul tongue, Thy cause, to keep peace with the world. Thrice dipt in the vemon of hell,
To do thy fair character wrong, Now Satan in triumph appears, Her force I shall strive to repel, And all the black legions below
The dastardly liar shall shrink Exultingly smile at my tears,
Beneath the firm honest reply, And spitefully feast on my woe: And legions of hypocrites sink, " The day is our own," they exclaim,
While vollies of truth I let fly. “We're masters at length of the field, " At length we've accomplish'd our aim, Adieu, my dear Pastor, adieu, « The friends of Messiah must yield.
With sorrow I bid thee farewell,
Thy trials with anguish review, "The preacher who sounded alarms With anguish thy sufferings I tell. “And shook the dominions of hell,
Till down to the tomb I descend, u Before our invincible arms,
I'll sing the sad tale of thy woes, “In grief has reluctantly fell.
And still thy dear name I'll defend, " This heightens infernal delight,
Till deach the long struggle shall close. And adds to the weight of his woes, “That Christians so fondly unite
Westmoreland Moral Society. “To strengthen the hands of his foes."
The Committee of Westmoreland Thus glory the squadrons below,
Moral Society report, That there have Through Satan's infernal domain ; While I sit invelop'd in woe;
been four prosecutions for breaches And call the sad Muse to complain.
of the Sabbath, and one for profane Ah, false hearted brethren, 'twas you,
swearing; and that in an attempt to vioWho sunk me to sorrow à prey,
late the laws by a public exhibition Dishonest, unkind, and untrue,
forbidden by our statutes, and tending You fore'd my dear Pastor away.
to corrupt the morals, measures were Had you remain'd firm and sincere,
taken which were effectual in defeatThe wicked had fum'd but in vain,
ing the design. Old Satan had shrunk in despair,
The Committee view it as a subject Or vainly had gnaw'd on his chain; of congratulation that so few instances The world had your virtues rever'd, of prosecution have been found necesYour Pastor had with you remain'd, sary; and are of opinion that the reThe church had in union appear'd,
sult of the formation of the Society and And Christ had the glory obtain'd.
the measures adopted by it, have been Unaw'd as the prophets of old,
as favorable as could have been reaIn language both kind and severe, sonably expected. They would reI still shall your baseness unfold,
commend to the members of the SoAnd thousands astonish'd shall hear. Your union with sinners I leave ;
ciety persevering vigilance; though No concord with Belial maintain,
something has been done much reYet still with a remnant I grieve
mains to be accomplished. And share in their sorrow and pain. Westmoreland, Dec. 7, 1814.