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to be present at the anniversary of our BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE
glorious and interesting meeting; for SOCIETY.
the purpose of bearing my dying testiThe sixteenth anniversary of the
mony in favour of an institution, which British avd Foreigo Bible Society was
I am firmly persuaded hath effected held May 3d, and was most respectably more spiritual good to mankind than atteuded. The President, Lord Teigne hath beer achieved in the same time, mouth, took the chair. There were also since the days of the Apostles.” present, the Duke of Gloucester, the
The following is the letter of the ve. Bishops of Gloucester and Salisbury,the nerable Bishop of Durham, now iu his Earl of Harrowby, Viscount Calthorpe, eighty-sixth year.-" Having for some Lords Gambier, Exmouth, and Ashdown, the Right Hon. C. Grant, Mr. Wilber: years, beeu reluctantly compelled by
my advanced age to discontinue my atforce, &c. &c.
tendance on the anniversaries of the Lord Teigumouth, after offeriug a tri. British and Foreign Bible Society, I bute of respect to the memory of the
cannot but feel some apprehension, lest Duke of Kent, presented letters froni the cause of my absence should either the Archbishop of Tuam, and the Bi
be forgotten or inisconstrued into cold. shops of Cloyne, Norwich, and Dar- ness towards its concerns. Your lordham. The following are a few extracts. ship will therefore allow me to request The Archbishop of Tuam in accepting that you will assure the meeting, that the office of a vice-president, remarks:
my feelings on this most interesting -" I am most sensible of the high lio- subject admit not of being changed; or nour cooferred upon me by the Com- rather, that they have indeed been mittee, in placing me in so distinguished changed, from the confident anticipa. a situation for the promotion and exten
tion of great future benefits, with which sion of such a cause, and I pray my l bailed the earlier efforts of the SoGod to make me an humble but useful ciety, into devout and ferveut gratitude instrument in spreading the Gospel of for the success with wbich its inaturer his Son Jesus Christ over the natious of labours have been crowned. May those ihe world."
labours continue to be made with zeal The Bishop of Cloyne writes: “I and charity and Christian meekness! am sensible of the service done to the aud then we may be hunibly confident general cause of religion, by the coun- that the favour of Almighty God will ienauce it receives from our Amuual continue to attend and bless tbem." Meetings, to encourage the reading of
"S. DUNELM." the true word of God, in all nations and " P.S. I trouble your lordship to languages; and in times like the pre- add the inclosed draught for fifty sent, when the father of evil is employ- pounds to the funds of the Society.” ing his children in disseminating opi- The following letter was then read nions of the most blasphemous nature, from the Right Hon. N. Vausittart. there is a more forcible call upon · My dear Sir,- I was more than or. every one of us, to state thus publicly dinarily anxious, under the circum. whose servants we are; to shew that stances which have lately occurred, not we are not ashamed of the faith we to miss the celebration of the anniver. profess; and to save as many brands as sary of the Bible Society; and I bad we can ont of the tire. These are not made such arrangements for business, days for Christians to dispute with as I thought would secure me sonie lei. Christians on interior points, but to sure this morning. I however tud mymake a common cause against the com- self entangled, from circumstances not mon enemy.”
at all within my controul, in such a manThe Bishop of Norwich writes: “ Thę ner, that I have no hope of being able duties of my diocese imperiously call to leave this part of the town; and am me to Norwichi: indeed, I am therefore compelled to request you to upou my road to ibat place: were it convey to Lord Teignmouth the assuotherwise, old as I am, I should feel sance of my regret. suongly inclined to make a last effort
“ N. VANSITTART.".
The Report of the Committee com- ficent tree, which not only shelters onr menced with the foreign relations of own country, but extends its branches the Society.-In France their exertions over almost every part of the world. had answered their most sanguine ex. I know not which side of the picture pectations. The duke d'Angoulême most to admire, or which is most gratihad expressed himself most friendly to. fying to contemplate. At home, wherwards the Society and their objects, and ever the Bible has been sent, wherever the duke de Cazes had subscribed 1000 the Bible has been read, wherever the livres in support of their funds.—In the Bible has been received; there, the United States and their dependencies, crimes which have disgraced other parts Christians of every denomination, and of the country have been in a great even Jews, exhibit the most earnest de- measure prevented ; and in foreign sire to possess the Scriptures, and to countries, where Great Britain has ex. support the societies by which they are tended, I will not say her conquests, distributed.–From Switzerland, Hano. but her possessions, she is sending her ver, Saxony, Wirtemberg, Prussia, Den- Bible as the only source of comfort in mark, Russia, Sweden, and Norway, this world, and the only guide to hap: the intelligence was of the most gratify, piness in a better. If we look at our ing kind. Similar accounts bad been Eastern einpire, where our noble chairreceived from the Ionian Islands, and man has acted so distinguished a part, from Athens, where Bible societies had in which he has been followed by others been established. The Eighth Report of who move in the same direction, there the Calcutta Bible society, and that also you are fulfilling the instructions of from Madras and its dependencies, fur. our Saviour. When I witness this res. nished abundant proof of its advantages. pectable meeting, when I reflect on the --In China, though the jealous power of Report which has just been read, and the government still operates to pre. when I consider how large a portion of vent the admission of the holy Scrip- Europe, which was once in league tures; yet well founded hopes are en against us, is now associated with us, tertained, that the exertions which are and, above all, when I consider the making willeventually sncceed in diffus- command of our Saviour, I am pering the light of the Gospel over that suaded it will be unnecessary for me vast empire. Under the direction of Dr.
to nrge you to perseverance." Morrison, the whole Bible has now been
The Earl of Harrowby.-"Accustomtranslated into the Chinese language, ed, as I have been to scenes of argu, and the one thousand pounds voted by ment, where every observation thal is the Society for that object had been made calls up an opponent with an ar, duly appropriated.-The New South
gument of an opposite tendency, I feel Wales Bible Society had been zealously little equal to snch a meeting as this : supported by all the civil, military, and but it is with a feeling of the most graecclesiastical authorities in the colony, tifying nature, that I find there is one and its establishment promised the most subject on which all niay cuncur ; that beneficial results.-The reports which there is one point on wbich we may all had been made froin the South Sea assemble, aud unite with heart and Islands were most gratifying. The hand, and that a point not chosen for whole Gospel of St. Luke had been the purpose of fixing a lever to subvert translated into the Otaheitan language, or destroy the world, but a point on and three thousand copies had been which the centre of the gravity of that printed and nearly distributed.-In world must rest-a point round which Africa and America, the kingdom of all its discordant elements may range Hayti, and the Western Archipelago, themselves in harmony and peace. there was unquestionable evidence of Having said so much, I will only add the great and growing success of that my wishes aud my prayers, that others, holy cause in which the Society is ex- better able to do justice to such a subgaged.
ject than myself, may have many, many His royal highness the Duke of opportunities of returning thanks to Gloucester remarked :“ When we look your President op similar occasions." back to the period at which this insti. Lord Ashtown.-“It gives me sincere tution was first founded, and the diffi- pleasure to second a motion of thanks culties it had to encounter, we perceive io the noble chairman for his exertions, that it was like the seed cast into the which are so well known, not only in earth; but pow it has become a magui. this country but through the world. A
cause supported by '80much rank, may hope to witness an improvement in learning, and piety, must succeed: but the situation of females in India. Their there is another and still strooger present degraded situation is a consiground for my confidence in the ulti. deration that will go to the heart of mate success of this cause, which is, every one here present. Scarcely any that it is the cause of God and of truth, of them can read or write. In conseand therefore the gates of hell shall not quence of this state of ignorance, we see prevail against it.”
the female character there remarkable Lord Teignmouth.-“We have satis- only for superstition and vice. We see factory information of the influences of mothers, especially in one tribe, murthe Society in promoting extensive mo- dering their female children; and, I am ral reformation. We have Catholic at- sorry to inform this meeting, that all the testation, that in schools of that com- efforts which have been made to suppress munion, ‘ a new spiritual life, a sense infanticide in that country, have been of, and taste for, religion, an aspiration attended with but little success. Some after higher and heavenly objects, bave females there, actuated by superstition, been excited in many youthful minds,' submit to be burbed alive on the funeral by the perusal of the New Testament, piles of their busbands. It has, indeed, and that impressions had been made on been said, and I wish we had proofs them, whieh justify the most pleasing 'that it had been said truly, that this cushopes with respect to future genera- tom is on the decline in India : I fear it tions. And what is said of the inhabi. is rather on the increase. In the year tants of one country, may, it is pre. 1815 the number of females burned, or sumed, be applied to those of others:- buried alive, under the Bengal presi• Fruits of piety and good works, the deucy, amounted to between 4 and 500; genuine produce of the seed of the Di. in 1816 to between 6 and 700; and, in vine word, are seen to adorn the lives 1817,700 femalessuffered in this manner and conversation of thousands.'
iu that presidency. Now, my lord, with “ In these testimonies, the members these facts before ns, need we any farand friends of the Bible canse have ther proofs of the want of Christianity in ample remuneration for their exertions, India ?"--Mr. Ward presented copies as well as the most encouraging motives of the following versions, prepared and for perseverance in their work of bene. printed at Serampore: 1. The Pushtoo; volence. But I do not hesitate to say, 2. the Mahratta ; 3. the Bengalee; 4. the in the pious and impressive language of Punjabee; ,5. the Telioga; 6. the Knn. a continental Bible Society,
kuma; 7. the Sangskrit; 8. the Hindeo; • "• If among the thousands to whom 9. the Chinese ; and 10. the Orissa. the Bible is given; only one weary pil- Dr. Adam Clarke jutroduced to the grim of this earth should be refreshed- meeting the two Ceylonese priests, of one sufferer relieved-one weak believer whom we gave an account in our Numstrengthened-oue thoughtless sinner ber for April 1819, p. 265. These young toused-one wanderer led back to the men had been brought up in the tem. right way-one who has fallen raised up ple of Vishnu from the time they were -one soul saved-who would not gladly five years of age. About three years co-operate in such a work, and cheer- ago a translation of the Bible fell into fully bestow bis mite in its behalf?,” their hands, and their faith in the wor
The Rev. Mr. Ward, from Serampore, ship of Vishnu was immediately shaken. speaking of the moral degradation of They happen to be of the class, or caste India, remarked,“ The inhabitants pro- of fishermen in Ceylon, and were partifess to worship 330 millions of deities; cularly struck with that part of the and some of these deities, which are ac. Scripture in which onr Saviour tells the tually worshipped, are personifications sons of Zebedee to follow him, and lie of sius themselves. Idol worship is would make them tisbers of men. They practised in every form, with all its became curious to see the people who most disgusting features, and cannot had the means of sending throughout surely be contemplated by a Christian the world the glorious truths of the without producing shame, on reflecting Gospel. They applied to the then gothat he is connected with creatures who vernor, wlio was about to return to Eng. are so debased.
land, to be allowed a passage in the " From the exertions of the head of the same vessel, but were refused. So government in that country, and the ge- great, however, was their desire to visit peral exertion of our countrymen, we England, that they actually took a boat, followed the vessel to sea, and were to labour in any way, and their walls taken on board whilst she was under and cottages echoed with these words, way. The Governor having put their • Be patient, be quiet, be obedient to sincerity to sufficient proof, treated your superiors, better times will come.' them with the utmost kindness; and on Such has been the result of what, I betheir arrival in England, Dr. Clarke lieve, has been considered the most took them into his house, gave them doubtful feature of our Society-a feaevery
instruction in his power, and even- ture that must give pleasure to every tually admitted them into the bosom of heart that can understand and feel for the church by Christian baptism; and the honour of his country, Surely then, he had now the pleasure of presenting my lord, we have in this a demonstrated them as the first-fruits of the British advantage of incalculable utility in our and Foreign Bible Society in the island society, an advantage which it is imposof Ceylon.
sible fully to appreciate.” Lord. Calthrope, on moving thanks to W. Wilberforce, Esq.-" One new the royal dukes, &c. said : “ Another consideration suggested itself to my subject of peculiar satisfaction to me, mind at the time the Report was readis, to see this institution supported by ing. The consideration I allude to (and 60 large a number of the members of which has some feelings associated with that illustrious family which is placed it not altogether so gratifying) is the at the head of these realms, and which sort of support which the Society bas has upon us such large and such in- received in foreign countries as well as creasing claims of veneration and of af.
In foreigu countries, from fection. It is, my lord, the glory of a the pature of their government, the free people, that loyalty and respect to state of their society, the constitution rank is not a slavish but a voluntary of their country, and the habits of their feeling ; and we cannot but rejoice that minds, it would have been impossible they are preferring such claims to our for this Society to have made the prohigh aud increased affection.”
gress it has done, had it not received The Bishop of Gloucester.--" It has the support of their princes, and magisbeeu seen, in a variety of circum. trates, and ecclesiastics : while in this stances during the past year, and, I country, we cannot but own, we bave think, can be denied by no one, that the been more indebted to that powerful testimony of the enemies of religion in body, the middle class of our fellowtheir conduct has proved the truth of subjects, wherein dwell all that strength its doctrines, wbile they have been de. and energy which render it so valuable fended by every resister of faction, and in the British Constitution. In this I every decided friend of the laws of his cannot but see the finger of God. A. conntry. Well then, my lord, may we, gain, if we consider the time when this amidst whatever trials we may meet society was founded, we shall find with, call to mind this reflection and scarcely less reason for admiration and be comforted. But, my lord, there are gratitude: when we look at its nature, gronnds not only for negative but for it appears, at first view, astonishing, positive praise to this institution. Bi. that it should have been left to us to ble associations have been found ef. form such a society. But at the period fectual means of converting a large wben we became possessed of that vast community of several thousand persons, empire in the East, by wbat means could once murmuring and disaffected, into its inhabitants have received the Word a body of quiet, peaceable, industrious of God, but through some Christiau mechanics. Five years ago we saw the power, which, while it bad a desire to extensive community alluded io in a diffuse light and knowledge in that state of remarkable tnmult aud disor- country, should be able, by the power der, thougli they were in no greater dis- of its arms, to add the influeuce of its tress than they were last year; but its character for wisdom and prudence; streets are not now crowded with its more especially as man had then beidle and disaffected inhabitants. A Bi- come wise enough to know, that it was ble Association had becu formed there : not by force that the subjects of our the time of trial came; the loom failed authority were to become enlightened, to produce more than a scanty subsis- but by being taught to look up to their tence, less and less every day: what rulers with gratitude for the blessings was the consequence? Cheerful sub- they conferred ? I am here alluding, mission to the will of God, and a desire my lord, to different topics; but in