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and has also expressed a solicitude to institution. The immediate effect of obtain a copy of the Bible in Turkish. this meeting was the accession of three

A version of the Calmuc New Testa- metropolitans, five archbishops, and ment, translated at St. Petersburg, is two distinguished laymen, to the list of printing there, at the charge of the vice-presidents of the Society. British and Foreign Bible Society. Nine Auxiliary Societies are connectThis dialect is understood by other ed with that of St. Petersburgh. More tribes in Siberia, and on the confines of are in contemplation; and the plan for China. .

Bible Associations has been considered, The Georgian Archbishop, Dositheos, and unanimously approved ; and each is a member of the Russian Bible So- vice-president and director had his ciety; and by his influence, the Royal district assigned to him, in order to Family of Georgia, and many of his carry the plan into effect. countrymen, have also become members The Armenian Bible is now printing of it. The number of professed Chris. in Russia, and the Committee have tians in the three provinces under his agreed to assist the undertaking, by a charge, exceeds half a million; and in donation of 5001. The Armenian inthe 2000 churches which they contain, habitants of Russia have themselves there are not 200 copies of the Bible subscribed for half the edition of the Not only is an edition of the Georgian New Testament, consisting of 5000 New Testament printing at Moscow, copies, now printing but the Archbishop bas heartily agreed The following is a quotation from a to promote the establishment of a Geor- letter addressed to Lord Teignmouth, gian Bible Society on ' his arrival at by Prince Galitzin :Tiflis, the capital.

" The object of the Society is from “ It is my opinion," says the ecclesi- day to day becoming more generally astical head of the Græco-Georgian known and understood from its beneChurch, “ that the Bible Societies will ficent effects: its funds are increasing be the means of spreading the knowledge by the subscriptions and donations of of the Gospel among all nations, and of many thousands of new members. Thus fulfilling the prophecies of our Lord in our institution is enabled, as it advances, regard to this part of our faith. But to extend the sphere of its operations, such institutions are not only most through the increasing aid which it reeminently calculated fo bring the hea- ceives from all classes of people in the thens to the faith of the Gospel, but also empire; among whom the Russian to ronse the churches of Christ, in dif- Clergy, by their own liberality and per. ferent lands, from that spiritual igno- suasion of others, are peculiarly disrance and slumber in which many of tinguished. The peasantry in the vilthem are lying, and to bring them again lages lay together their rubles and to the fountain of all truth and bless. kopecs, to support the good cause of ings.".

the Society; thus manifesting, that they As a token of his esteem for the So have right ideas of its pious work. The ciety, he has presented to them, a copy demand for Bibles increases from day of a Georgian Bible, with an inscrip. to day so much, that the Society knows tion expressing his “hearty desire to not how to satisfy it. Such, my lord, Co-operate with them in their exertions, are evident marks of the grace of God, to spread the word of the Lord among that bringeth salvation to all men, and all nations of the earth."

leadeth them, therefore, to the knowThe first annual meeting of the Rus- ledge of the word of life.” sian Bible Society was held at St. Pe- Such a description suggests heartfelt tersburg on the 20th of last September. prayers to God, for his blessing on an On this occasion, the first dignitaries institution formed for supplying the of the Greek, Catholic, Armenian, and spiritual wants of the Russian empire. Georgian churches attended, in their The Committee have yoted a third donasacerdotal garments, united in amity and tion of 10001, in aid of the Russian Bible peace. The proceedings of the day Society. were conducted by the President, The Committee have received a donaPrince Galitzin. The Report of the tion from that Society, of 1000 copies Committee, when reading, produced a of the Armenian New Testament ; ". burst of astonishment; gratitude, and return, they have placed at its disposal joy, over the gloriously simple principles a considerable quantity of Bibles al aod blessed effects of their beneficent Testaments, which remained ou band 1

Russia, after supplying the prisoners of Bishop of Zealand, presided, a Danish war in that empire, as well as nearly Bible Society was formed, with his Da500 Testaments in the Ancient and nish Majesty's approbation, and with the Modern Greek, together with a set of promise of his highest protection. The stereotype plates for the Modern Greek objects of this Institution are to supply Testament, which will facilitate the Denmark with the Danish Scriptures ; circulation of the Scriptures in the pro- to provide the Germans settled there vinces using the Greek language, where with the German Scriptores; to provide the demand is increasing."

for the exigencies of Iceland, Green

land, the Danish West-India Islands, , SWEDEN

and the Danish Settlements on the Of the activity displayed by the Coast of Africa. Evangelical Society at Stockholm, no Iceland was last year visited by the further proof is necessary than that it Rev. Mr. Henderson. The main object has printed 40,600 Testaments, and of his journey was to give the natives 13,500 Bibles. The Committee has the full benefit of the measures adopted granted the sum of 3001. to this Society, for supplying them with the holy Scripto aid the printing of a pocket Swedish tures. He carried with him the recom. Testament, on standing types, which mendation of Bishop Münter, and rewas much wanted; and a further sum ceived the greatest encouragement from of 2001, to enable the Society to extend the Bishop and Clergy of Iceland, as the distribution of Bibles among the well as from the Civil Authorities, he poor in Sweden.

employed two months in perilous jour. The three Auxiliary Societies of Go- neys into the interior, and, wherever he thenburg, Westeras, and Gothland, are went, he was welcomed with enthuno less actively employed in circulating siasm, and followed by the benediction the holy Scriptures within their several of the inhabitants. The want of the departments, and their exertions have Scriptures was lamentably felt, and the been assisted by donations from this ardour of the people to obtain a copy Society.

. excessive; yet, notwithstanding this The Committee here alludes, with scarcity, he received frequent proofs feelings of unfeigned regret, to the of the acquaintance of the Icelanders death of the Rev. Dr. Brunnmark, with the contents of the sacred volume; whose life was a sacrifice to his indefa and, taken as a body, they exhibited the tigable exertions in this cause. He had strongest marks of a religious dispothe satisfaction, however, to witness the sition. happy effects of the three societies he

FINLAND. had planted; and to observe a growing The Finnish Bible Society flourishes, interest in Sweden, both in the circula and the grant of 2001. for supplying tion and perusal of the holy Scriptures. the Swedish inhabitants of Finland He assisted to form the plan of a gene- with the Scriptures has produced the ral Swedish Bible Society, which was happiest effects. This Society had submitted to the King, with a request agreed to adopt the plan of establishing that he would become its Patron; to Auxiliary Societies. The Committee which his Majesty assented; and the have granted 5001. to promote the printcrown prince, at the same time, assent. ing of a quarto edition of the Finnish ed to be the first honorary member of Scriptures. This fresh donation has the Society, which obtained the royal been acknowledged in terms of the confirmation on the 22d of February warmest gratitude by the Govergor last. Count Rosenblad, the President, general of Finland. has already demonstrated the deep interest which he feels in the success of

GERMANY. the institution, by the measures he hasA Bible Society has been formed at adopted for forming Auxiliary Societies Lubeck, with the sanction of the Burgoin Sweden, as well as a Bible Society in master and first members of the Gg. Norway. The Committee have voted vernment. It has been assisted by a 6001. in aid of the Swedish Bible So grant of 1001.--To the Hamburg-Alciety,

tona Bible Society recently established, DENMARK.

the Committee have granted 3001.--At On the 22d of May, 1814, at a most Bremen, a Society has also been recently sespectable Meeting convened in Co- established, to which a donation of 1001 penhagen, at which Dr. Münter, the bas been presented.

CHRIST. OBSERV. No, 163, 3 Q

• A Bible Society has been instituted

MALTA. at Dantzick, after the plan of the Prus. His Majesty's Sicilian Regiment, by sian Bible Society, his Excellency J. the permission of the Colonel, has been W. de. Weikman, Privy Counsellor of supplied with Italian Testaments. The bis Prussian Majesty, President. A French and Italian prisoners of war on donation has been made to it of 2001. board the transports at Valletta, were beşides 501. for the gratuitous distribu- also furnished with Bibles and Testa. tion of Bibles among the inhabitants of ments, previously to their return. These that city, who had most severely suffer: Testaments were eagerly and gratefully ed from its bombardment.

received; and, fronı the report of the To a Bible Society formed at Erfurt, English Surgeon in charge of these men, for the province of Thuringia, 300). it appears, that they were perused with have been granted in aid of its funds. great avidity, and the most gratifying · The Wurtemberg Bible Institution effect. has made progress, both in collecting

PRANCE. subscriptions and in printing a largeThe Committee have endeavour Svo. edition of the German Bible. The ed to promote the circulation of the King of Wurtemberg, has granted the holy Scriptures in that country, by a Institution the freedom of postage for donation of 5001, to the Consistories in all its letters and parcels, and allowed Paris, for French Stereotype Testait the useof a seal.

ments for the use of Protestants; and A Branch Bible Society has been form- have also subscribed 2501, to a stereo. ed by the United Brethren, for Herrnhut type edition of Maitre de Sacy's version Niesky, and Kleinwelke, in connexion of the New Testament for the use of with the Saxon Bible Society.

the Catholics in France...

(SWITZERLAND.

TURKEY. . An additional grant of 2001. has en.TheCommittee having received infor: abled the Zurich Society to undertake mation of a Turkish translation of the à large edition of the German Bible whole Bible in manuscript, which had

The Bible Society at St. Gall men- been deposited for a century and a half tions that the Canton of St. Gall con- in the archives of the University of mains upwards of 100. Catholic parishes, Leyden, have happily obtained posses. in which the reading of the Scriptures. sion of it, through the kindness of Mr. was formerly prohibited to the people, Professor Kemper. It is now consigued but that eighty or ninety of the parish- to the care of Baron Von Diez, Coun. es have received permission to peruse sellor of Legation to his Prussian Mathem; and that the acquaintance of the jesty, and formerly Ambassador at Con. Catholics with the Scriptures becomes stantinople, for the purpose of being more and more general. The situation printed at Berlin. This venerable noof this society, as well as that of Bâsle, bleman, who, with the knowledge and being calculated for promoting the cir talents requisite for the task, upites a fulation of the Scriptures among the cordial zeal for the propagation of Di. Roman Catholics, the Committee have vine truth, bas undertaken to superin presented to each 1001.

tend the printing of this yaluable manuThe Bible Society at Basle has printed soript. He has pronounced the transand circulated the Italian and Romanese luation accurate, and the style most ex. New Testament. The Romanese Old cellent. Testament was also in progress, All The Official Declaration from the these works are materially assisted by Ecumenical Patriarch of the Greek the Bible Committee at Chur. The aittee at Chur. The

Church in for

Church, in favour of the accuracy of Bâsle Society has also completed an The Modern Greek Testament, printed edition of 10,000 copies of a German

by this Society, and authorizing the free Bible, on small types. Its Bibles and

sale and perusal of it, has already apa Testaments are circulating, not only in

peared in our pages. Switzerland, but also in several parts Par of Germany and France; both among

(To be continued.)....... Protestants and Roman Catholics.

Bible Societies have been instituted at Lausanne, for the Canton de Vaud, Both these editions have been pre and at Geneva; to each of which the pared under the care and superinten Comiittee bave voted 200

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' PRAYER-BOOK AND HOMILY couruct (during the remaining period SOCIETY.

of our unhappy seclusion from society) • The Third Annual Report of this So as may fix upon our minds a just abhor. ciety is before us, and we proceed to tence of sin, and deter us (when it shall give our readers an abstract of it. please the Almighty to restore us to the

The Committee have taken a house blessings of liberty) from again relaps in Salisbury Square, Fleet Street, where ing into a similar unhappy condition." the meetings of the Committee are held, Through the assistance of the present and where the sale of books, together worthy Ordinary of Newgate, they have with all other business of the Institution, likewise supplied that prison with 20 is carried on..

quarto Prayer-books, to which will be The Folio Edition of the entire Book added, as many folio copies of the Ho. of Homilies has been completed; and; milies at cost price; the whole to be through the care of the Rev. Henry properly secured for the use of the priBudd and the Rev. C.R. Pritchett, it has goners. Some copies of the smaller been edited with peculiar judgment and Prayer-books and Homilies have been accuracy. The copies will be delivered supplied gratuitoasly, to Subscribers, as soon as they can be The Committee have also sent Prayer: bound without injury. It was necessary books and Homily Tracts to New South that those already bound should be hot. Wales, Sierra Leone, and Ceylon, and pressed. The Society has lost above have opened a correspondence with Ires two shillings by every copy, the sub. land, thie Cape of Good Hope, and Bená scription price of One Guinea proving gal. The packages for New Souti too low. In future it will be 258. Wales, containing 1000 Prayer-books,

The issue of Prayer-books bias in and an assortment of Homily Tracts; creased. In the first year it was 3500 ; were sếnt thither by means of an order in the second, 7660; in the third, 9,331, from Earl Bathurst, who was pleased besides 975 Psalters. The Homily also to recommend thie object to the Tracts issued have amounted to 55,500, Governor of the Colony. Means have besides 625 copies of the Articles. been taken for distributing Prayer: “ • The Committee have supplied the books and Homily Traets among the Hulks withi 1000 Homily Tracts. A soldiers embarking for foreign service.“ letter was afterwards received by the During the year, six more of the Ho." Secretary, signed by 21 of the convicts, milies have been added to the Tracts, of which the following is an extract. fte and two more are in the press. The re** Having through the medium of our maining five will soon be published. much-esteemed and worthy Chaplain, The number printed since the last the 'Rev. Mr. , received your meeting has been 82,000. . valuable present of Homilies, &c. for The Committee express their acknowa our use and edification, we most hum ledgments to Thomas Bates, Esq. of Bly beg permission to return our sin. Hatton Castle, Northumberland, for at tere and grateful acknowledgments subscription of 200 guineas to the Folio for the same, assuring you, Reve. Edition of the Homilies. He is now rend Sir, that the value of your furnishing the parish churches in his present is justly appreciated by us, neighbourhood with copies. They likes from the mconvenience which we re. wise express their obligations to various cently experienced from the want of Clergýmen who have preached, or lent them.

their palpits, for the benefit of the In“Your condescension and benevolence stitution. It is strongly recommended to us, in this our secluded and unhappy that association's should be formed for situation, has revived our depressed supplying local wants, by means of súbo spirits, and stirred us'up to emulation of scriptions of a penny a week. each other in religious and moral duties; Several valuable testimonies have red and we humbly hope, that from your cently been borne to the usefulness of humane goodness, the unremitting ex- the Homilies as tracts, little differing ertions and laudable example of our in substance from tliose already reworthy Chaplain, and the arduous én- corded. deavours of Captain Mears, to be Joseph Wilson, Esq. has been chosen brought to a due conviction of our late Treasurer of the Society, in the room of sinful course of life, and by our most the late lamented Henry Thornton, Esq. anxions endeavours (througbi Divine The funds of this valuable Institution Providence) to pursue such a line of continue to be very inadequate to it

objects. The annual subscriptions do descends to their capacities, and which not amount to 5001.; and the whole som speaks, as the Angels to the Shepherds, obtained during the year, in donations in sublime but intelligible accents, and collections, has only been 2931, Unto you is born a Saviour, Christ the The Committee have undertaken to pre. Lord.' pare an edition of the Prayer-book in “ How fully do the Homilies set forth Hindustanee, for the use of the Natives the excellence of the Scriptores; and of India. The translation is the work exhort men to speak, think, believe, live, of the late Rev. Henry Martyn. This and depart, according to them! How is an object to which all who love the faithfully do they declare the condition Church of England, and desire ber in- of man; that it is one of extreme micrease, and long to see her shadow ex- sery; that he is wretched, sinful, and tending into distant lands, will be glad condemned, " without one spark of to contribute.

goodness in himt” but what he derives • The Report is preceded by an excel from the Holy Spirit! Howevangelically lentsermon preached before the Society, do they preach the glad tidings of the by the Rev. John Sargent, M.A. Rector Gospel; holding forth the mercy and of Graffham in Sussex. The subject is merits of Jesus, as the only grounds of Christian simplicity, and the sermon it our justification, and that we partake of self affords a pleasing illustration of this the benefits of this justification in the grace. An extract or two will close simpliest possible way, even by faith; this article: they will speak more pow. for that we are justified by faith only; erfully in favour of the Society, than any which faith they affirm to be the gift of thing which we ourselves could sub- God! Again; how careful, therefore, are atitute.

they to distinguish a true from a false « With regard to the Homilies, we have faith; shewing that true faith is ever in them the same truths set forth to us productive of holiness. And, as holias in the Articles; with this exception; dess itself may be mistaken, how well that they are there proposed, as might do they distinguish that which is genuine be expected from the didactic nature from that which is spurious; declaring of such discourses, in a different man that they are to be known by their rener. In the one, they are stated definite, spective motives and ends! How ear. ly and formally; in the other, in a more Destiy do they press upon the conscience, popular mode: for it is not one of the the necessity of submitting to lawful least of the many excellencies of the authority, and of labouring after purity Homilies, that, though they are accurate and peace! How openly do the display in defining, where that is necessary, the dangerous extremes of presumption they are by no means systematic; they and despair: and yet, how would they set forth the truths of the Gospel, as they are have the Christian animated against the generally set forth to us in the holy Script fears of death; viewing it, with the tures; and in this, they initate their most comfortable assurance, not as an simplicity. In conformity also with enemy, but as a friend; not as a cruel these Divine, oracles, they inculcate tyrant, but as a gentle guide; leading those points the most earnestly which bim not to mortality but immortality, fie at the foundation of faith and prac- not to sorrow and pain but to joy and tice: they observe a due proportion pleasure, and that to endure for ever. between doctrines and precepts; they moret," are replete with evergetic warnings and After a siinilar exposition of the ex. exhortations; they are most remote from cellence of the Liturgy, he adds . any thing metaphysical, wild, and fanci “ Need we then, my brethren, when fyl; they are frequent in their reference we say that an ibstitution has this exto the Scripture, and the Scripture is clusive object, add one word more to fairly and honestly quoted: they are recommend it? Does it not bear its own full likewise of the examples of Scrip- recommendation inscribed upon the ture, and do not consider them, as too qften is done, as exempt cases. And to all this we must add, that their lane. See particularly the Second Homily guage, though eloquent, is not that eļo- throughout. quence which soars above the comprey See Homily for Whitsunday, Socie. hensions of the common people, and ty's Fol. Ed, p. 315, Which, on that account perhaps, is not Homily" against the Fear of Death, of the highest cast; but that which con, Society's Fol. Ed. p. 63. do

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