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13. The Plymouth. Governor Crayke, “ The absence, or the apparent absence, president ; Dr. Lockyer, vice-president; and of all idea of accountableness, and the ex G. Soltau, Esq., treasurer.

treme depravity of the minds of some of 14. The Tewksbury. The Earl of Cover our fellow-creatures, become known to their try, president: C. Codrington, Esq., M. P.; more enlightened neighbours, and the neand C. H. Tracy, Esq., M. P., vice-presi- cessity there is to endeavour to inform the dents: and H. Fowke, Esq., treasurer. minds of the uninstructed by education,

15. The Ladies Auxiliary Bible Society at becomes more glaringly obvious, and most Dablin. Viscountess Lorton, patroness: excite the Christian to activity. But not Lady E. Littlehales ; Countesses of West- the depravity only of his fellow-creatures, meath, Meath, and Leitrim; Viscountess does the Christian observer notice, he is Lifford; Ladies C. Crofton, M. Knox, L. cheered in bis task by the discovery of facts Barry, H. Bernard, A. Bernard, C. Ber- of an opposite nature. One or two of this nard, Castlecoote, and Molyneaux; Hon. description it is gratifying to record, as they Mrs. Hewitt ; Mrs. Shaw; and Mrs. Brown. are communicated to us through one of the low; vice-patronesses.

sub-committees. • An old man (upwards The following extract from the second of seventy-five years of age), who is assisted Report of the Neath Auxiliary Bible Society to a maintenance by the parish, has, within seeins peculiarly deserving of attention. the last fifteen months, learnt to read his

" Since the last meeting, among the seve- Bible in his native (the Welsh) language, ral communications received from the Parent through the persevering efforts of a religiSociety, we notice with pleasure one which, ously disposed workman, who lodges in his we trust, has bad already a salutary efficacy, cottage ; and now rejoices in the privileges that of recommending the appointment of be enjoys, at this late period of his existsub-Committees, to visit the poorer classes ence, considering it as one of the greatest of society in their habitations, in order to blessings of his life. His wife (aged seventy. ascertain and relieve their necessities, with two years) is now learning lier letters, in the respect to the Holy Scriptures ; and the hope of more fully partaking in the benefits formation of Branch Societies, and Bible arising from the perusal of the Scriptures for Associations, wherever it is practicable. herself; and, on a late occasion, emphati

“ Your committee, in considering these cally expressed her strong preserence for a recommendations, felt animated by the spi- participation in this privilege, by holding rit they tended to excite, and in conse- out her hat with an air of enthusiasm, and quence, nominated several sub-committees exclaiming ; Yes! I would rather that I could to prosecute their objects in the several dis. read than to have this hat full of gold. Onc tricts of our sphere: some of these renain other instance, no less pleasing, there is of a not yet fully reported to us, and still claim near weighbour of theirs. "A poor woman our attention; in other cases, the object has (near sixty years of age) has been taught to been either fully or in a degree attained. read her Bible within a few months (by • In one instance, we are informed, that the female lodger, the governess of a neighbour labouring people employed in shipping coal ing charity-school) and she takes delight in at Britton ferry, and a number in the neigh- the practice morning and evening. In all bourhood of Baglan, willingly contribute these cases, the Bible Suciety may be contheir penny per week to repay the cost of a sidered to have been the means by which Bible or Testament : in another case, namely, they have been furnished with the Holy in the vicinity of the numerous works at Scriptures." Neath Abbey, a Bible Association has been The next extract is taken from the Report instituted on the plan suggested by the Pa- of the Liverpool Society, and serves pain. rent Society, which we have reason to hopefully to confirm all that has been stated, of will not only enable us, on a fatore occasion, the prevailing want of the Holy Scriptures to-state that the poor within its sphere, are

in this country. supplied by the contributions of a penny " Thc town itself, independently of every per week made by the workmen, but will more distant good which our cominercial sifurnish its mile in aid of the Foreign objects tuation may enable us to accomplish, preof the Society. Other objects, besides the sents a vast field for the benevolent exertion mere collection of the poor man's mite, and of this Society. it appears, from an examiaffordiog him a Bible or a Testament, we nation of the books of the Society for Bethope will be attained by the examinations tering the Condition of the Poor, that of making into the state of society by these 4386 familes, whose circumstances have sub-committees and associations.

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tors, only 1544 are possessed either of Bible manicants, shews an interest and emulation or Testament. No doubt there are many to partake of that liappiness which a conother families, which, in so large a popula- formity with the precepts of Christ alone can tion, the utmost activity and vigilance would inspire and secure. During my regular in. be liable tu overlook, equally destitute, quiries into the use made of the Bibles, van Enough, therefore, yet remains to stimulate rious interest in the subject has been of the zeal, and to exhaust the resources, uf course disclosed ; but I find that a favour those who will be appointed to conduct the able idea may be formed of it. Many inbusiness of the Society; much of ignorance stances of a daily perusal bave appeared, and remains to be instructed ; much of religious somu zealously use their newly acquired indifference to be roused into action; much treasure.-Scarcely a solitary instance of of vice and licentiousness to be subdued; abuse has been discovered, and a very great much of poverty and of affliction to be com- proportion of tbe books are well covered. A forted. While we lament the darkness numerous body of puor individuals are daily which still hangs over the minds of so many gaining an increasing knowledge of the of our fellow-men, and intercepts erery word of life, and many are the blessings and ray of inspired truth, we are yet animated thanksgivings which ensue. The joy testi. by the hope that the dawn of a brighter fied by some for the opportunity of becomday, which gives the fair promise of a stea- ing acquainted with God's word is very dier light and a kindlier heat, has already great." appeared; and that the Sun of righteousness The other letter, in requesting a further will shine forth, full orbed, and in uncloud- supply of Bibles and Testaments for the soled splendor, on the dimness of our moral hc- diery, states: misphere. This hope rests for its accom- “ Last Friday we gave away a few Testaplishment ou the universal diffusion of the ments furnished by a friend. Several sola Scriptures."

diers went away disappointed, who bad apIn the second Report of the Bristol So- plied the Friday before, as our stock was ciety, are inserted two letters, from which soon exhausted. A pious soldier told me, I extracts are given in the Appendix. Onc should be sarprised to see the change which of these letters is from the Rev. P. M. Proc- has taken place among his comrades, as ter of Newland, Forest of Dean, Gloucester- twenty may be found at one time, while on sbire, and is addressed to the Secretaries of guard, employed in reading their Bibles." tbe Society

He added, “ You cannot conceive the good " I did not expect," he says, “ to have that is doing among us." had occasion to address you again so soon;

The information contained in the followbut immediately on the arrival of your va- ing two letters is important. The first is luable present of Bibles and Testaments, I from the Rev. John Owen, Chaplain-general, was surrounded by so many earnest appli- to the Right Hon. N. Vansittart. cants, that in six days all the Bibles were “The sick of Lord Wellington's army are disposed of. The price put upon them, ap- sent to Lisbon. Provision of the Scriptures, peared to enhance their value; and so anxi. &c. has been made by government for the ous were the poor to have them, that many English troops in the hospitals there; but borrowed the money through fear of losing the German Legion, who are in great force the opportunity. Thank God! I have at in Portugal, and have many sick in the same last got a Bible,' was their beartfelt exclama- hospitals

with the English soldiers, are wholly tion. They considered it a blessing and a destitute of the Scriptures. If, therefore, treasure."

the Bible Society should see fit to consiga “ The effects already excited by the circu- some Testaments in the German tongue to lation of the Scriptures among us, have been the Rev. James Allott, Chaplain to the very conspicuous. I have unexpectedly Forces, at the General Hospital, Lisbon, I can found several individuals with their Bibles be answerable for the zeal and attention of before them. A comparatively very full at. that gentleman in applying and preserving tendance at public worship appears to liave the books committed to his charge." been already produced by the powerful word The second is from the Rev. Dr. Dakins, of God"; and an accession of eighteen com- the Chaplain-general's Assistant, to the Secre

turies of the Bible Society. • In this natural effect of the increased distribution of the Scriptures, we may see taken place. Persons who are led to church, the cause of the increased circulation of naturally desire to have the book containing the Prayer-book which appears to have the services of the church.

13. The Plymouth. Governor Crayke, “The absence, or the apparent absence, president; Dr. Lockyer, vice-president; and of all idea of accountableness, and the ex G. Soltau, Esq., treasurer.

treme depravity of the minds of some of 14. The Tewksbury. The Earl of Cover our fellow-creatures, become known to their try, president: C. Codrington, Esq., M. P.; more enlightened neighbours, and the neand C. H. Tracy, Esq., M. P., vice-presi. cessity there is to endeavour to inform the dents : and H. Fowke, Esq., treasurer. minds of the uninstructed by education,

15. The Ladies Auxiliary Bible Society at becomes more glaringly obvious, and must Dablin. Viscountess Lorton, patroness : excite the Christian to activity. But not Lady E. Littlehales ; Countesses of West- the depravity only of his fellow-creatures

, meath, Meath, and Leitrim; Viscountess does the Christian observer notice, be is Lifford ; Ladies C. Crofton, M. Knox, L. cheered in his task by the discovery of facts Barry, H. Bernard, A. Bernard, C. Ber- of an opposite nature. One or two of this nard, Castlecoote, and Molyneaux; Hon. description it is gratifying to record, as tlies Mrs. Hewitt ; Mrs. Shaw; and Mrs. Brown- are communicated to us through one of the low; vice-patronesses.

sub-committees. • An old man (upwards The following extract from the second of seventy-five years of age), who is asisted Report of the Neath Auxiliary Bible Society to a maintenance by the parish, has, within seeins peculiarly deserving of attention. the last fifteen months, learnt to read his

" Since the last meeting, among the seve- Bible in his native (the Welsh) language, sal communications received from the Parent through the persevering efforts of a religiSociety, we notice with pleasure one which, ously disposed workman, who ludges in his we trust, has bad already a salutary efficacy, cottage; and now rejoices in the privileges that of recommending the appointment of he enjoys, at this late period of bis existsub-committees, to visit the poorer classes ence, considering it as one of the greatest of society in their habitations, in order to blessings of his life. His wife (aged seventyascertain and relieve their necessities, with two years) is now learning her letters

, iu the respect to the Holy Scriptures; and the hope of more fully partaking in the benests formation of Branch Societies, and Bible arising from the perosal of the Scriptares for Associations, wherever it is practicable. herself; and, on a late occasion, emphati

“ Your committee, in considering these cally expressed her strong preserence for a recommendations, felt animated by the spi- participation in this privilege, by balding rit they tended to excite, and in conse- out her hat with an air of enthusiasm, and quence, nominated several sub-committees exclaiming ; Yes! I woold ratber that I could to prosecute their objects in the several dis- read than to have this bat full of gold. One tricts of our sphere : some of these remain other instance, no less pleasing, there is of a not yet fully reported to us, and still claim near weighbour of theirs. A poor womas our attention; in other cases, the object has (near sixty years of age) bas been taught to been either fully or in a degree attained. read her Bible within a few months (bs In one instance, we are informed, that the female lodger, the governess of a neighbour labouring people employed in shipping coal ing charity-school) and she takes delight in at Britton ferry, and a number in the neigh- the practice morning and evening. In all bourhood of Baglan, willingly contribute these cases, the Bible Suciety may be com their penny per week to repay the cost of a sidered to have been the means by whicle Bible or Testament: in another case, namely, they have been furnished with the Holy in the vicinity of the numerous works at Scriptures." Neatb Abbey, a Bible Association has been The next extract is taken from the Repert instituted on the plan suggested by the Pa- of the Liverpool Society, and serves pain, rent Society, which we have reason to hopefully to confirm all that has been stated

, of will not only enable us, on a fatare occasion, the prevailing want of the Holy Scriptures to state that the poor within its sphere, are in this country, supplied by the contributions of a penny " The town itself, independently of every per week made by the workmen, but will more distant good wbich our commercial furnish

its mile in aid of the Foreign objects tuation may enable us to accomplish, ping of the Society. Other objects, besides the sents a vast field for the benevolent exertion mere collection of the poor man's mite, and of this Society. It appears

, from an exul affording him a Bible or a Testament, we nation of the books of the Society for Bet hope will be attained by the examinationis fering the Condition of the Poor, that af making into the state of society by these 4386 familes, whose circumstances have sub-committees and associations.

been investigated and reported by their visi

fors, only 1544 are possessed either of Bible municants, shews an interest and emulation or Testament, No doubt there are many to partake of that happiness which a conother families, which, in so large popula- formity with the precepts of Christ alone can tion, the utmost activity and vigilance would inspire and secure. During my regular inbe liable to overlook, equally destitute. quiries into the use made of the Bibles, vaEnough, therefore, yet remains to stimulate rious interest in the subject has been of the zeal, and to exhaust the resources, of course disclosed; but I find that a favour those who will be appointed to conduct the able idea may be formed of it. Many inbusiness of the Society; much of ignorance stances of a daily perusal bave appeared, and remains to be instructed ; much of religious some zealously use their newly acquired indifference to be roused into action; much treasure.-Scarcely a solitary instance of of vice and licentiousness to be subdued; abuse has been discovered, and a very great much of poverty and of affliction to be com- proportion of the books are well covered. A forted. While we lament the darkness numerous body of puor individuals are daily which still bangs over the minds of so many gaining an increasing knowledge of the of our fellow-men, and intercepts every word of life, and many are the blessings and ray of inspired truth, we are yet animated thanksgivings which ensue. The joy testiby the hope, that the dawn of a brighter fied by some for the opportunity of becomday, which gives the fair promise of a stea. ing acquainted with God's word is very dier light and a kindlier heat, has already great." appeared; and that the Sun of rigliteousness The other letter, in requesting a further will shine forth, full orbed, and in uncloud- supply of Bibles and Testaments for the soled splendor, on the dimness of our moral he- diery, states: mispbere. This hope rests for its accom- « Last Friday we gave away a few Testaplishment on the universal diffusion of the ments furnished by a friend. Several solScriptures."

diers went away disappointed, who had apIn the second Report of the Bristol So- plied the Friday before, as our stock was ciety, are inserted two letters, from which soon exhausted. A pious soldier told me, I extracts are given in the Appendix. Ouc should be sarprised to see the change which of these letters is from the Rev. P. M. Proc- has taken place among his comrades, as ter of Newland, Forest of Dean, Gloucester- twenty may be found at one time, while on shire, and is addressed to the Secretaries of guard, employed in reading their Bibles.”

He added, “ You cannot conceive the good "I did not expect," he says, “ to have that is doing among us." had occasion to address you again so soon; The information contained in the follow. but immediately on the arrival of your va ing two letters is important. The first is luable present of Bibles and Testaments, I from the Rev. John Owen, Chaplain-general, was surrounded by so many camest appli- to the Right Hon. N. Vansittart. cants, that in six days all the Bibles were « The sick of Lord Wellington's army are disposed of. The price put upon them, ap- sent to Lisbon. Provision of the Scriptures, peared to enhance their value; and so anxi- &c. has been made by government for the cus were the poor to have thein, that many English troops in the hospitals there; but borrowed the money through fear of losing the

German Legion, who are in great force the opportunity.—Thank God! I have at in Portugal, and have many sick in the same last got a Bible,' was their beartfelt exclama. hospitals

with the English soldiers, are wholly tion. They considered it a blessing and a destitute of the Scriptures. If, therefore, treasure."

the Bible Society should see fit to consiga * The effects already excited by the circu- some Testaments in the German tongue to letion of the Scriptures among us, have been the Rev. James Allott, Chaplain to the very conspicuous. I have unexpectedly Forces, at the General Hospital, Lisbon, I can found several individuals with their Bibles be answerable for the seal and attention of before then. A comparatively very full at- that gentleman in applying and preserving tendance at public worship appears to have the books comitted to his charge." been already produced by the powerful word The second is from the Rev. Dr. Dakius, of God; and an accession of eighteen com- the Chaplain-general's Assistant, to the Secre

turies of the Bible Society. In this natural effect of the increased distribution of the Scriptures, we may see taken place. Persons who are led to church, the cause of the increased circulation of naturally desire to have the book containing oke Prayer-book which appears to have the services of the church.

the Society.

“ I have received fron, the Depository of some account of the manner in which they the British and Foreign Bible Society, for have been distributed. the use of the troops confined by sickness “ For many months past, numbers of the and convalescent, at Royal York Hospital, prisoners have manifested a great desire to Chelsea, 50 French, 20 Dutch, and 100 read the Scriptures. As soon as I found this German Testaments; and I beg leave to to be the case, in order to supply them as far return my grateful thanks to the Society for as possible, and at the same time to prevent this sopply, so valuable and so important. I the books being too cheap, I procured one will put them into the hands of the German, or two respectable officers on board of each Legion, and other foreigners serving bis Ma- ship, and committed to their care a few Bibles jesty, myself; and I will add a few words of and Testaments, to lend out every day in the advice and exhortation at the same time. manner of circulating libraries. This plan The good that is done by thus circulating the bas hitherto answered well, for we often see Scriptures is incalculable. Government has small parties collected together in different supplied the Barracks and other Hospitals parts of the ship, and one engaged in reading with Common Prayers, English Testaments, to the rest. But in proportion as the Bible and Bibles; and a selection of Religious is known, the desire to read it becomes more Tracts, from the list published by the Society general; hence, in addition to the circulating for promoting Christian Knowledge, lias been libraries, when I find a person who exmade, and sanctioned by the Archbishops presses a strong desire to possess a Bible or and the Bishop of London, and circulated Testament of his own, to leke home with with the Bibles. And it affords me the most him to his native country, I give him one." heartfelt satisfaction 10 be enabled to say, “ I would here beg leave to observe, that that the poor sick soldiers receive the books I do not fail to embrace the opportunity of with expressions of thankfulness and grati- cartels going to France with invalids; when tude ; and, instead of idling their time away such an opportunity offers, 1 give to each in unseemnly, or spending it in wicked, con. invalid a Bible or a Testament. With reversation, they are frequently seen forming spect to the fruits which appear at present, small parties, and reading the Bible and the in addition to those I mentioned in a former religious tracts to each other.

letter, the sacred Scriptures are read with “I have taken the liberty to enclose two much apparent attention, and I doubt not Pound notes as my mite towards your excel- with much real benefit. A few days ago I lent and truly Christian design, and I hope visited the general hospital ship, and was you will permit me to insert my name as much pleased to see some of the poor dying subscribing one Guinca annually."

captives reading the Bible as they lay in ibeir The following letters have reference to the beds. I have letters in my possession, both prisoners of war in this country, and with in French and German, expressive of the these we shall close our extracts.

high sense of gratitude which many of those Translation of a Letter from Mons.

feel to whom the bounty of the British and to the Agent for Prisoners at Norman Cross. Foreign Bible Society has extended." " The sacred books, which have been deli

BAPTIST MISSION IN INDIA. vered to the prisoners, are, for the most part,

It is with very deep concern that we compreserved and respected, as they deserve 10 be. Messrs. —-,--, &c. to wbommunicate to our readers the particulars of a the Bibles were given, have told me, that establishment attached to this mission. The

calamity which has befallen the printing they derive the greatest consolation from

account is extracted from a letter from Dr. them; and they offer their thanks to those

Josluua Marshman, of Serampore, to Dr. Rye pious aud charitable persons who have taken a pleasure in imparting to them the Word of land of Bristol, dated March 12, received

September 9th, 1812. God, in a situation in which the soul has so much need of comfort. Thus, Sir the effect

“ I closed a letter to you on the 10th, but

now write anew. Another leaf of the ways produced by these books is such as all Christian souls could desire."

of Providence has been since unfolded, which

will fill you both with sorrow and gratitude, Prom a Correspondent, near Cliatham. and call for the exercise of faith in Hina

“ As the British and Foreign Bible Society whose word, firm as the pillars of leasen, have honoured me with the charge of a con- bas declared, · All things shall work together siderable number of Bibles and Testaments, for the good of them that love God.' for distribution among the prisoners of war "Last night, about six, I was sitting in my at this depot, I deem it my duty to give study, musing over the dealings of God, who

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