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Survey;* and under each Society are placed its Missionary Stations, in what appeared to be their most natural geographical order.
(To be Continued.)
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. Monthly Extracts from the correspondence of the B. and F. B. Society for January 31, 1819.
From this interesting paper we learn that on the 27th of October 1818, a Public Meeting was held in Liverpool, and a "MARINE BIBLE So CIETY, was formed, auxiliary to the National Institution.
The benefit of system in promoting the Bible Cause is most clearly exem plified in the following extract :
Progress of Ladies' Bible Associations in Devonshire.
THE first Meeting of the Committee of the Exeter Ladies' Bible Association exhibited a most animating proof of the efficiency of these Institutions, and of the benefit of system, although established only four weeks. Reports were presented from every one of the fifty-three districts into which the city is divided; and the aggregate result, within this short space of time, has beenFree Subscribers
Subscribers for Bibles
Amount of Free Contributions
This is a result unexampled, under similar circumstances, in 9 01-2 the history of the Bible Society. The Reports bore conclusive testimony to the necessity which existed for such an Institution, and to the highly beneficial effects, direct and collateral, which may be confidently anticipated; while they evinced the influence of that wisdom and prudence, on the part of those concerned, which are the best and surest guides to success.
Plymouth and its immediate vicinity, including a population of more than Eighty Thousand souls, constitute a scene of peculiar
Eight Associations have been already established, conducted by more than Three Hundred Ladies of the highest respectability in these towns; and several others are in contemplation.
* The Survey, of which this is the plan, will be commenced in our next, beginning with Western Africa.
From the Rev. Dr. Paterson.
ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 2, 1818. It was not until yesterday that our fifth Anniversary was held; and I now proceed to give you some account of this Meeting.
As the court is absent, and a great number of the inhabitants of the capital still in the country, it was expected that only few people would be present; and it was even proposed, on this account, to defer the Meeting till the next Spring. This, however, was over-ruled; and it was agreed, at our last Committee, that the Anniversary should he held, however late, and however small the number might be who were expected to attend.
His Imperial Majesty having granted the use of the Tauridian Palace, as usual, we entered the great hall at eleven o'clock; and, contrary to all our expectations, we found it nearly full, and, in a few minutes, it was crowded. The large rooms, on the right and left of the hall, were also nearly full; and some hundreds went away who could not get in.
The first thing that struck me, on taking a view of the hundreds now met, was, that, after the Society has existed more than five years, the interest which the public take in the cause, is so far from being diminished, that it has evidently been increasing year after year. Desire and expectation seemed to be visible in every countenance, and we had only to lament, that the place could not contain the numbers who were anxious to gain admis
Those who have never witnessed such a scene, can scarcely form an idea of the effect produced on the mind by such a motley assemblage. Persons of twenty different nations and languages were present, and many of them in their national costume. Mongolian Chiefs were also to be seen in the group, rejoicing to see so many met for the purpose of promoting the circulation of a book, now more precious to them than thousands of gold or silver. It was delightful to see the bearded peasant and the prince, the craftsman and the minister of state, the layman and the clergyman, Christians of all denominations, Jews and Gentiles, assembled for the one glorious purpose of causing the word of the Lord to "have free course and to be glorified."
The Russian Clergy made a conspicuous figure, with their truly enlightened and pious Metropolitan at their head; nor were we less pleased to see the venerable Roman Catholic Metropolitan sitting opposite the Head of the Russian Church, and on his left hand the Metropolitan of the Greek Uniats, who was chosen one of our Vice-Presidents.
Notwithstanding the absence of the Court, our Assembly shone with stars and ribbons, worn by the first statesmen, and military and naval officers of the highest distinction. Had a West been present, it would have afforded him an interesting subject for a
painting of the very first order. It reminded me of that company which John saw "out of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues." If evidence were wanting, to prove that the Bible Society is to be the instrument, in the hand of God, of making known the Gospel to them all, I would point to the assemblage of yesterday, as experimental testimony of what has already been done, from which we can easily infer what will ere long take place. Our meeting was also graced by a number of Ladies of the first distinction, many of whom we knew to be truly pious. Among those, on the right hand, was the Queen of Imeretta, expressing her gratitude for what the Bible Society had done, and is still doing, for her country and her kindred.
The business was opened by a Speech from our President, replete with interesting matter, in which he gave a general view of the object and operations of the Society, and which was listened to with much attention. Our Secretary Papof then read the Report, which had been drawn up by himself; and which was a true index of his own spirit and his own feelings, and produced corresponding sentiments in the hearts of all present. Our other Secretary, Mr. Tourgeneff, then read an interesting account of the progress of Bible Societies in every part of the world. If the hearers were before delighted, they were now enraptured! The Thames, the Ganges, and the Neva, seemed to have mingled their streams, and formed the river of the waters of life, for vivifying and refreshing all the nations of the earth.
SEAMEN'S BIBLE SOCIETY.
THE Merchant Seamen's Bible Society, established in January last, is in full activity. For several months, an agent of the Society has gone on board the outward-bound merchant ships, when clearing from Gravesend, to inquire into the supply which the several ships already possess of the holy Scriptures; and, when needful, to invite the crews to purchase at a very reduced rate; or if this, through their poverty, cannot be accomplished, to present, from the Society, Bibles and Testaments for their use. during the voyage. An exact record is kept of such supplies, and many opportunities have already occurred on the return of ships to port, for inquiring into the result of this attention to the moral and religious interests of these men. This has generally been satisfactory. Already there have been supplied upwards of 1,200 vessels, navigated by more than 16.000 men, of whom more than 13,000 were able to read-1,300 Bibles and 2,785 Testaments have been gratuitously bestowed for the general use of the ship's companies; and 275 Bibles, with 126 Testaments, have been purchased by individuals of the crews; in addition to the supplies found on board, and which were either placed there by well-disposed owners for the use of the seamen, or were the private property of the sailors.
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
THERE is reason to believe that some movements have taken place among the natives in India, with intent to abolish the practice of burning widows with the corpses of their husbands; for we learn from a Calcutta Journal, that'a petition counter to that of those natives who prayed for a repeal of the orders of government, restricting the privilege of suicide of widows to such cases only as are authorized by the Hindoo Shastres, is now in circulation for signature.' This petition states that the principal authorities of the Hindoo religion altogether forbid the burning of women on the funeral piles of their husbands-that those legislators of inferior authority who have authorised the practice, wrote in a different age, when many similar sacrifices, forbidden to the race of mankind in the present age (Kali Yoog) were common; such as human sacrifices, leaping from precipices, &c.—and that even they recommended a life of austerity as more meritorious than such self-destruction.
Upon these grounds they pray that such further measures to check, if not entirely put an end to sacrifices so revolting to humanity, may be adopted, as the government may in its wisdom deem expedient,
Br letters from India it appears that the schools are increasing in number; and that the School-book Society is active in preparing elementary books for their use.
Extract of a letter from a Missionary in India to a friend in London.
Personally, I sing only of mercy; chiefly, that from the day of my arrival, I have not experienced a moment's illness; and receiving every possible kindness from Mr. and Mrs. have been enabled unremittingly to apply to business.'' Away with all talk of outward sufferings, with cautions against sinking beneath the pressure of hardships and privations; the dread of being cut off by savages or devoured by tygers-caution me rather against eating, drinking, and sleeping; against becoming proud and lazy, indifferent and hard-hearted, forgetful of God, of Christ, and of his kingdom.'
Extract of a letter from Mr. Ellis to Mr. J. B. Moor. Eimeo, 4 Dec. 1817. THINGS are going on well here. We have printed 7,000 co pies of different kinds of school-books; have finished the first sheet of Luke (24 pages) of which we intend to take off 3,000 copies. Several hundreds of the natives have learned to read since the spelling-books have been printed. Some thousands are
now waiting for the publication of Luke's Gospel. Canoes are frequently arriving from various parts, with persons whose business is to enquire when the books will be ready; and an increasing desire to become acquainted with the word of God, powerfully pervades the minds of the people.'
'I work seven or eight hours, most days, at printing: it is warm work here: but thanks be to God who has condescended to engage me in so useful an employment, as that of assisting to prepare the word of God for a people so anxious to receive it.'
MR. REEVE, who has been two years at this station, in connexion with Mr. Hands, in a letter, dated 27th August, 1818,
You will no doubt feel much pleasure in hearing that the good cause is still prospering in this place. The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad. Our Auxiliary Bible Society will, I trust, prove a very great and most extensive blessing; many copies of the Scriptures have been distributed far and wide. Some time ago a large number were sent to a camp about 100 miles hence, the whole of which were sold in less than an hour; and another liberal supply is requested. There never was such a hungering for the Bread of Life among the English soldiery as there now is the Bible is become the inmate of the knapsack, and may be found under many a soldier's pillow.
'These good men have also a strong desire to furnish the poor heathen with the Scriptures; for this purpose they have already subscribed more than seven pounds.
We have the New Testament and the Psalms in Hindostanee and Persian, and expect a supply of Mahratta, Tamul, and Teloogoo; and to these will very soon be added, the greater part of the New Testament in the Canarese.
This camp, though surrounded by the grossest idolatry, has in its midst one sacred temple devoted to the true God. The pious soldiers have their stated seasons for prayer, reading the Scriptures, and singing the praises of God: their place has been once enlarged, but is now too strait for them.
'We have lately received very pleasing accounts from the little society at Bangalore: they sent £10 last month for the Missionary and Bible Societies. A subscription has been commenced at Seringapatam also; an invalid soldier lately died there, and bequeathed his little all to Mr. Hands, for the use of the Bellary Bible Society.
'In June we remitted to Calcutta £50 for the Bible Society, and £25 for the Naval and Military Bible Society.
The great head of the church still deigns to smile upon our labours among the English at this station. On the sabbath day