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directed in former acts of Parliament, and former, and one half to the poor of the certified to have been so to the bishop, or 'parish; or failing distress, to imprison the the archdeacon, or the quarter-sessions (the offender for a time not exceeding three certificate of registry to cost no more than months; a right being reserved to the per2s. 6d.); under tlie penalty, for every time son convicted of appealing to the quarter of meeting, of not more than 201. nor less sessions. The penalties must be sued for than 20s. to be paid by the person knowingly and prosecuted within six months. permiuing such assembly in a place occu- It will be seen, from a perusal of the pied by him; and that if the assembly be above abstract, that the policy of the legisheld without the consent of the occupier, lature towards all classes of religionists has the person teaching or preaching shall for- been highly liberal; and we hope and pray feit, for every such offence, not more than that a corresponding liberality may wanitest 30l., nor less than 21. It further enacts, itself in the ministrations of the various de. that every person teaching, or preaching, or nominations of Christians, and in all the officiating in, or resorting 10, any religious walks of private life. We trust especially meeting of Protestants, vhich shall be duly that the members of the Established Church, certified, shall enjoy an excinp:ion from all who have never shewn themselves the least the penalties of tormer acis, provided only loyal part of the community, will deem it that those who preach or teach shall, when their duty to promote the declared views of required by a justice of the peace, take and every branch of the government, hy stu. subscribe a certain oath and declaration; diously cultivating every lawful method of and no one refusing to do this when called conciliation towards those whose religious upon, shall be allowed to preach or teach, sentiments differ from their own. The spiuntil he shall have taken such oath, &c. on ritual rulers of the Church have set us an pain of forfeiting, for every olience, not example in this respect, which is bighly more than 101., nor less than 10s.: no one, worthy of our imitation. The Archbishop however, shall be required to go more than of Canterbury, and all our other prelates, five iniles from home, for the purpose of concurred in the measure; and his Grace, taking this oath : any Protestant may, at to mark still more strongly the friendly senthe same time, require a justice of the peace timents which he entertained towards his to administer to him the oaths under this Christian brethren of every class, sat as one act, and also to gran a certificate of the of the commissioners for signifying the royal saine, for a fee of not more than 25, 6d. It
assent to this bill. All descriptions of Mefurther enacts, that every teacher or preacher, thudists and Dissenters have expressed, in who shall employ lijmself solely as such, and the very sirongest terms, their obligations, not engage in any trade or business except not only to bis Grace and the other prelates, that of schoolmaster, shall be exempt from but to bis Majesty's ministers, whose proper certain civil olives, and from serving in the act it was to trane, propose, and conduct to militia or local militia; but that every person its consuinmation, this wise and healing producing a false certificate, with a view to such exemption, shall forleit 50.; that the The provisions of this new toleration act doors of places used for religious meetings have not been confined to Protestant Dissensliall not, during the time of meeting, be ters, as that of William and Mary was, buit fastened, so as to prevent persons from en- extend to all Prolestants, including, of course, tering, under a penalty of not more than members of the Church of England. 201. nor less ihan 21. ; and ihat persons wilfully disturbing a religious meeting, or mo
BAPTIST MISSIONS IN INDIA. Jesting any person ofliciating there, may be (Concluded from p. 472.) held to bail, and, if convicted, shall forfeit Extract of letters from an officer in the army 401. It is provided, that nothing in this act stationed near the borders of the Mahratta shall aftect the celebration of Divine Service
country, 1o Abr. Ward, one of the Misaccording to the riles and usage of the Esta- sionaries. blished Church, or the jurisdiction of arch- Nov. 17. 1810. “ Your kind lelter I receive bishops, bishops, or other ecclesiastical autho- ed, and the Hindoost'hanec Testament a tirics; or shall extend to the people called week before it. In that you have indeed Quakers. Offences, liable to penalties under sent me a most valuable present, for which this act, when not otherwise specially provided accept of my sincere thanks. I have now fur, may be tried before two or wore justices, begun to read it on a Sunday to the feu who shall bjave power to levy the penalties Christians who always meet on that day at my by distress, one halt being paid to the in- bungelow. It is listened to with an attention
and apparent pleasure that gives me great Jan. 23, 1811. 'I wrote you of late of delight. Some of my servants, and a few the three to whom I was daily reading the other boys also, attend and hear it with some Scriptures. If I can judge by their profesattention ; and I am in hopes that its püre şions public and private, two of them, namedoctrines, with the sublime and interesting ly, the Mussulman priest, and the Brahman, 2, account of qur Saviour, and the salvation he are sincere, and really see the folly of their hath wrought for us, will gradually work its own belief. The Jemadar, although he says benign effects in their minds, and produce he believes in our Saviour, and seems to adan inquiry, which I shall take every proper mire our Testament extremely, is, I am afraid,
opportunity of improving. The present Ra. as yel very insensible to its spiritual meanjab appears to be of a quiet and peaceable ing and beauties, and to the great importance disposition, and might tolerate a new religion, of what our blessed Redeemer has done for especially as the Mahrattas 1 am told are us. It is as you say : we should labour at not very tenacious of their casts, and gene. tlieir consciences, shewing them that, withrally speaking are a quiet well-disposed pdo- out sincere repentance and faith in Christ,
ple, mostly employed in cultivating the sojl. they cannot be saved. This weapon was The brother of the Rajeli, and his son, who puwersul in the days of the Apostles, and is considered as the heir apparent, are much will prove so now, if we who preach Christ more attached Lo, Brahmanisto.".
are ourselves sincere; as God will sooner or Jan. 5. 1811. ^ The Hindoost’lianee New later most assuredly own the labours of his * Testament bas proved a very great blessing, sincere servants." and is listened to with great attention by the several poor Christians here; and I am happy A person belonging to the army, who to add, that the conduct of some of them is appears to be descended from an Englishaltered for the better. Besides this, from man by a native woman, and who has been one to three o'clock every day I bave begun cunyerted by means of the Missionaries, thus to read it to a Jemadar of our escort; also writes to one of them froin Cuttack, Dec. to a Mussulman priest, in man of some dis- 14, 1810 ;." I am happy to iufurin you that tinction here, and who lives on a bill not far on my journey I was retreshed by the confroin my bangalow. He is accounted by his sideration that the Spirit of God is working own cast a very, great devotee. His native in these heathen lands. I see plainly that place is Delhí, but be lived a long time in the missionaries are not working in vain. Arabia. An old Bralıman Pundit also at- God hears their prayers for the success of his tends. They all three hear with delight and cause, and it shall prevail
. ustonishmeni, and speak much in praise of “On the 29th of Nov, we marched to the New Testament. When I speak of our Kushai-tola, where I had an opportunity of Saviour, and the important purpose for which talking of Christ to a few Byraggees. OA Die was born and suffered, they seem very Dec. 1, we came to Suro, where I conversed much impressed. As we read, I point out with forty or fifty persons, and gave three some of the most useful parts, and we con. Doriga New Testaments, and some tracts, to verse on them; but I refrain at present from three Brahmans. Lord's-day the 2d, we speaking of their religion, lest I should dis- came to Seeuuli. Here we had worship courage their attention by giving them of iwice, and at the close of one of the meetfence. When I have read all through the ings brother B. engaged in prayer, I made book to them, I will then endeavour to point known the word of God to a few men, and out the necessity, of their quitting the false distributed a few tracts. On the Sd, we and absurd doctrines of Paganism and Ma. marched to Bbudruck. Here two of the hometanism, and laying hold of that of Jesus Brahmans, to whom I gave Testamerts at Christ. There was another person of good Suro, returned them. In the course of the family and education that began to lear; day five or six Mussulmans came to hear, but I am sorry to say he has been dissuaded and I gave them a Testament. lu the even. from attending, lest his friends, and the peo- jug, sixty or seventy Bralımans, with several ple of his own cast (Mussulmans) should per- others, came to me. I endeavoured to consecute and bring him into trouble. He, as vince then of sin, and to lead them to Jesus well as the others, "are very earnest that I Christ as the only Saviour. I got one of the should get up the remaining part of the New Bralimans to read the 14th chapter of John, Testament, and also the Old Testainent as and I endeavoured to explain what they did far as it is translated. The two Mussulmans not understand. All the rest paid great atare very desirous of reading it in the Persian tention. When he bad read the chapter language and character."
they asked me for some Testaments. I gave Christ. Observ, No. 128.
them three or four of the Psalms,&c. and sixty
ST. ALBANS BRANCH BIBLE SOCIETTI or seventy tracts." They wanted more Testaments, but I had no more to spare. In
On the 16th of April, a numerous and the evening four Brahmáns returned me one respectable meeting of the inhabitants of of the Testaments, and a few of the tracts.
St. Albans assembled at the Town-hall, for Dec. 4th, we marched to Dhainnugur. Here the purpose of forming a Bible Society for I talked with about sixty Brahmans. They that town and neighbourhood, Lord Viscount acknowledged their guds could not save them. Grimston in the chair
. The cause of the On the 5th, we märched to Jajpoor, where
Bible was pleaded with irresistible energy I talked with eight or nine Brahwans, and
and effect by the Rev. Professor Dealtry, several others, and distributed a number of the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff, the Rev. Joseph tracts. We had worship the evening that Hughes, and the Rev. Johu Owen; and the we halted at Jajpoor, and in the morning I proposed Society was formed, of which talked with a few persons, and gave away a Lord Viscount Grimston accepted the office Testament. In the cuurse of the day I of president. The' vice-presidents are, went with brother B. to eight different places Joseph Halsey, Esq. M. P. ; Daniel Giles, in the neighbourhood to make known the Esq. M. P.; G. Watlington, Esq. Recorder ; word. We gave away a Testament, and
W. Brown, Esq. Mayor; Robert Clutterabout one hundred tracts, all of which were
buck, Esq.; James Brown, Esq. ; David received with thankfulness. On the 7th, we
Haliburton, Esq.; William Griffin, Esq.; marched to Burumburda, where I talked James Timperon, Esq., Francis Sapti, Esq. ; with a number of people, among whom were
and Samuel Maxey, Esq. :-the treasurers, three Brahmans. I gave these Brahmans John Boys, Esq. and W. Trelss, Esq. - and soine tracts. One of them came again in the secretaries, the Rev. A. W. Roberts, the the evening with five or six others. i talk. Rev. T. A. Warren, and the Rev. J. H. Coi. ed to them with tears about Christ, and gave them some tracts. I was much encod
CLAPHAX AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. raged. On the 8th we marched to Uruk- A general meeting of the inhabitants of poor, where I talked with a number of peo- Clapham, Nine Elms, South Lambeth, ple, and gave away some tracts.
Stockwell, Brixton, Streatham, Balham Hill, u Lord's-day the 9th, we marched to Upper and lower Tooting, Wandsworth, Lukshmanpoor, after which we had worship and Battersea, was held at the Horns Ta. twice, and I conversed with a number of 'vern, Kennington, on Tpesday, the 4th in. persons. Ou the 10th we marched to Pud- stant; Samuel Thoruton, Esq. M.P: in the mupoor, where brother B. conversed with se. chair; før the purpose of forming a Bible veral persons and gave away some tracts. Society in that popatous neighbourhood. The In the evening I and brother G. talked with usual resolutions were unanimously adopted, a great number of people, among whom were and upwards of 6001. have been subscribed about eighty Brakmans. We gave them fifty by the persons assembled on the occasion. or sixty tracts: they wanted some Tesiá. Samuel Thornton, Esq. was appointed prements, and I was sorry that I had none to sidcnt;--the Eart of Aylesbury; Sir R. Burgive them.”
nett; H. Thornton, Esq. M. P.; W. Wilber. Mr. Ward, by way of reflection on the force, Esq. M.P:; C. Noel, Esq. M. P.; above, say 30 in this instance, as
in C. Grant, Esq. M. P.; C. Grant, jun. Esq. many others, we see how much the parable M.P.; W. T. Astell, Esq. M.P.; W. H. of our Lord respecting the leaven is fulfilled : Hoare, Esq.; James Newsoine, Esq ; W. one man is converted; his wife and children Nunn, Esq.; Col. Fleming; Charles Elliott, gaze and admire; his neighbours also say Esq.; Joseph Benwell, Esq.; Ebenezer Maite one to another, Come and see this new thing land, Esq.; and Henry Waymouth, Esq, vicethat the Lord hath done. He writos to one presidents:-Joseplı Bradney, Esq. treasurer; and talks to another of Jesus the Saviour. -and the Rev. II. Laing, and the Rev. J. He removes to another place of residence; Phillips, secretaries, he talks to those whom he meets with on his CITY OF LOX DON AUXILIARY SIDLA way, and puts into their hand the book of
SOCIETY. God; he thus scatters blessings on his jour. ney, and on his arrival makes known in object of which was to establish an Auxiliary
A large and overflowing meeting, the his new situation the words of eternal-life. Bible Society for the City of Londun, was In this way the blessing of Abrahara came held on the 6th instant, in the Egyptian on the Gentiles;' I will bless thee, and raake Jlall, at the Mansion I louse, wbich liad. thee a blessing!!!
been prooipily and liberally granted by the
Lord Mayor for that purpose. The hall replenish the exhausted funds of the Society, was crowded at an early hour, and it is 'which are still very inadequate to the obsupposed that there were not less than from ject it has in view, viz. the supply of the 2000 to 2500 persons present on the occa- Navy and Army, of Naval and Military Hossion. The persons who addressed the as- pitals, and Regimental Schools, with Bibles. sembly in succession, were the Rev. Dr. In the preceding year, 2155 Bibles, and 518 Brunnmark; the Rev. Mr. Hughes; Mr. Testaments, had been distributed. The ap. Rowcroft; Mr. Favell; the Chancellor of plications since made by officers, on behalt the Exchequer; Mr. R. H. Marten; Mi. of their men, amount to no less than 26,327 J. Thornto; the Rev. Mr. Hatch; the Rev. copies of the Scriptures, which applications Mr. Wilson; Alderman Scholey; Alderman are stated by the officers transmitting them Wood; Mr. B. Neale ; Mr. G. Barclay; Mr. to have been made by individual sailors and W. Anen; and the Rev. Mr. Owen. "A de- soldiers. The Committee being wholly untailed account of the proceedings of the able to meet this demand, have confined their meeting will be published. In the mean supplies to such ships and regiments as were time we will only remark, that ibere was almost or altogether (as several were) with.' much powerful eloquence displayed on the out a single Bible. They call loudly on occasion ; that the harmony and cordiality their members, therefore, to exert themselves which pervaded the assembly were in the in improving the funds of the institution. ! higliest degree gratifying; and that the con- How much may bi done in this way is eviduct of the Lord Mayor in the chair was dent from this, that, the Bishop of London such as fully entitled him to that'warm having benevolently sanctioned an appeal to homage of applause which he received from the clergy of his diocese in favour of the the multitude that surrounded him. The Society, collections were made for its benefit Lord Mayor for the time being was chosen on the last Fast-day amounting to upwards of president of this society. The vice-presidents 2,0001. The Committee thus close theirReporti are the Right Hon. N. Vansittart : Alder. “During the correspondence of the past men C. S. Hunter; H. C. Combe, M. P.; year, your Committee have met with inSir J. Shaw, Bart. M. P.; Sir C. Flower, stances wherein the necessity and utility of Bart.; Tbos. Smith; J. Sylvester; G. Scho. this institution have been questioned on the ley; S. Birch ; M. Wood; J. Aikius ; C. 'one band by persons conceiving that no good Magnay; W. Heygate; and J. Ansley: Sir is likely to arise from the distribution of Thos. Baring, Bart. M. P.: Sarouel White Bibles amongst our Sailors and Soldiers, and bread, Esq. M. P. : Joseph Marryatt, Esq. ou the other by those, who, ihough friendly M.P.: W. Manning, Esq. M.P.: John to that measure, are uot satisfied as to the Maitland, Esq. M.P.: S.Thornton, Esq. M.P.: necessity for the continuance of a separate Edward Parry, Esq.: T. Rowcrust, Esq.: and society for the purpose. Your Committee, R. Clarke, Esq. Chamberlain :-the treasurer therefore, feel it incumbent on thein, in conis D. Bevan, Esq. ;-and the secretaries are, cluding their Report, to remark briefly, ibat the Rev. D. Wilson, the Rev. H. F. Burder, with respect to the former objection (which and Gurney Barclay, Esq.
happily is now but rarely advanced), the We congratulate the Christian world on testimony this day brought before you from the formation of a society, so supported Naval and Military Officers in favour of the and so patronised, whose attention is to be perusał of the Scriptures by their men, ought directed to supplying that grievous want
to be deemed sufficient to confute so erroof the Holy Scriptures, which is found to neous an opinion. As to the latter objection, prevail among the poor of the metropolis. which is more common, your Committee We trust that the powerful example of the must be allowed to observe, that they are first city in the wood, thus recognising, al. persuaded there are many and weighty reamost in iis corporate capacity, the paramount sons for its not being consolidated with any importance of the word of God to the hap- 'other institution : it possesses higli and hopiness of man, will be felt, not only in every nourable patronage, and pecuniary support, part of the British empire,' but in every which it is of the greatest importance should corner of the globe.
not be relinquished; and as many of its be
nefactors do not unite with institutions en. NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY. gaged in the distribution of the Scriptures tu This Society held its annual meeting on the other classes of society, it is evident that the 2d of April last. The Report of the Com- aggregate good donc is considerably augmittee on that occasion detailed the means mented by the continuance of this institution, which liad been employed during the year to
Your Committee right adduce many other
powerful arguments, to prove that this. Som tian lives; and as I am fully persuaded of ciety is entitled to the countenance and sup your charitable inclination to second such port of every Christian, and of all true pa- efforts
, I take the liberty 10 beg your intriots : but they will content themselves with Muence in recommending my crew to the inquiring, whether it must not be very gra- Naval and Military Bible Society, for a sup tifying and encouraging to our sailors and pls of Bibles and Testaments in proportion soldiers, when far reipoved from their native to my complement of men.” l'ando contending with the dangers of the Another Naval Officer thus writes :sea--with disease in unheaihy climates--or " In a sloop I formerly commanded I with the enemies of their country,---10 re- have been witness to the estimation in which Aect, that there is a distinct Society of their sailors hold the sacred word; as, when they countrymen at home, peculiarly alive to their were wrecked, though their clothing was lost, religious interests, and providing for them yet they paid atiention to the preservation of exclusively the best source of instruction and their Bibles, and used constantly to read consolation under all the hardships to which them afterwards, wbeu in prison." they are exposed?
The following is from a Military Oficer :" It is the duty of other departments, with " Inclosed herewithi is the return required, much care and at great expense, to equip our and I beg to avail myself of this oppor[unity forces with provisions, with clothing, and to express my satisfaction at the laudable inwith arins, so as to fit thein to meet the ene. tentions of the Naval and Military Bible So. mies of their king and country; and your , ciety; being convinced, in reference to this Connittee would ask the members of the country, that by promulgating the aacred Naval and Military Bible Society, and Bri- book as much as possible, the less probability fons in general, whether an appeal in behalf, will there be of the Papists making proselytes of 560,000 of their countrymen in arins, amongst my men, towards effecting which shall be made in vain? and whether they their labours never cease." will allow this institution to be abolished, or Another Military Officer observes :to fail for want of adequate support? an in- “ I have taken the liberty of acquainting stitution whose sole object is to provide these you that I have, for a considerable time back, very men with the holy Scriptures, which, been in the habit of receiving from Colonel under the Divine blessing, will qualify them ... Bibles and Testaments to distribute to for that warfare wherein, as Christians, they the Regiment of - but particularly lo must be engaged, and in which by far the those poor married men, who are nnable to greater number (as members of the Church purchase such :: I feel pleasure to say, I have of England) bave pledged theniselves' man- good reason to believe that they were not fully to fight under the banner of the King given in vain, but that, through the mercy of kings, against sin, the world, and the de. and grace of God in Christ Jesas, several vil, and to continue Christ's faithful soldiers have not only been made wise unto salvation, and servants to their lives' end.""
but are now walking in the ways of piety: We extract a few of the testimonies al- upon this ground, I trust, Sir, you will be so luded to above.
kind as to supply the place of ihe Colonel." The following letter from a Naval Officer was recommended strongly to the attention SOCIEȚY FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF VICE. of the Coinmittee by the Vice-Admiral of the An occasional Report, marked No.VI., bas station.
lately been published by this Society. Their “ The changes which have taken place in former Report, we are happy to find, had the crew of his Majesty's ship under my com- produced such an accession of subscribers as mand, have very much reduced the books I enabled then to resume those active opeprocured for them, which I much regret, as I rations which had been in some measure have hard the comfort to observe the most suspended through a deficiency of funds. happy effects on the lives of the crews of But for the narrowness of tbose funds their several ships I have commanded, in conse- operations would have been inuch more ex: quence of the distribution of the Scriptures tensive. They have entered, however, on among them; but very remarkably in this five prosecutions, which they hope to bring to ship, having many men who, when I received a successful issue. them, were the wost depraved creatores, but The vigilance of the Society has continued who through having their minds directed on to be directed to insuring the decorous obthe Sabbath invariably to a due observance servance of the Lord's-day, and its aid has theseos, and perusing the Gospels, are now, been solicited by 'respectable individuals, Tapu happy to say, leading sober and Chris. clergymen, and even inagistrates. In one