« AnteriorContinuar »
charge with fidelity all the duties and rela. And if righteousness exalteth a nation, if tions of life? Is it an unreasonable expecta- national piety be recompeused by national rion, that husbands may learn to cherish mercies, in what way can we hope so effec
their wives and to love their children ? that tually to secure to our native country the • woman may rise to her just elevation and le- protection of Him by whom • kings reign
girimate influence? and that the virtues of and princes decree judgment,' as by extendthe parents may shine forth in their offspring ? ing the knowledge of his name, and the If the blessings of Christianity should be ex- blessings of his religion?" “ If a concern for tended to all according to the measure in the circulation of the Scriptures be excited which they are enjoyed by many, how would through the great body of our population, this world of sorrow and of pain be converl- the lapse of a few years will furnish every ed into a picture of Heaven! Should we refer poor family in the British dominions with to past experience, there is no fact more cer- the treasure of a Bible. If the poor can be tain, than that the religious and moral state induced to subscribe, even the smallest weekof every country may be fairly estimated by ly sum, for the possession of the Scriprures, the facility of procuring Bibles, and the dis- and the distribution of them to others still position to read them.” “ It would seem as if poorer-if they can be led to inquire into the very touch of the inspired volume had the wants of their neighbours, and to arpower to cominunicate new feelings, and to range the best means of supplying themkindle new desires; to elevate the stundard an interest will gradually be created in their of principle, and to raise the tone of morals; own minds, to which they have hitherto been to purify the springs of domestic happiness, strangers; and that, which at first was matto tame the fierceness of the passions, to civi- ter of indifference, will become the object of lize manners, to bind in harmony ihe vari- earnest attention. Such is the natural proous 'members of the embodied stale,' and gress of the human mind. Those who give to give to the family on earth some resem- The Bible will soon find a desire to peruse blunce of the family above." " Let it be grant- it; and while engaged in recommending it ed that the Scriptures are read with assiduity to others, they will be impelled to examine through the whole extent of our population, it for themselves ; 10 read it in their houses; and results like these may be confidently an- to teach it to their children, and to make it ticipated. What though the effects are not the frequent subject of their thoughts and immediately perceptible; the promise is in- conversation.” disputable, and the blessing is sure.”
“ Will it be insinuated, that the lower or« If this be a just representation of the ders would rather associate and contribute moral change which a knowledge of the Bible for a bad purpose than for a benevolent ubis calculated to produce, and if the system of ject? The very persuasion of their proneness Bible Associations tends, in an especial de. to associate, should be an argument for atgree, to the general diffusion of that know. tempting, with all your might, to give a right ledge, few arguments can be so powerful as direction to that tendency, and to correct those which recommend their adoption. To and improve it. If, by thus employing them the rich and to the middle ranks it may be in a good cause, they can be preserved from urged ;-You have a deep interest in the base and injurious combinations, you will welfare of the poor. If the security of a state render, both to them and to society, a doudepend upon the loyalty and morals of its ble service. In times like the present, these people, by what other means can you contri considerations come with peculiar force.” bute su essentially to the preservation of order, " Will it be contended, that no great effect to the authority of the law, and the stability can be produced by small contributions ? of the government? Among what description The contribution of an individual to the of men will you look for patience and indus- government is small; but it is by the agtry, for sobriety and obedience? Who are gregate of such sums that the state is supportthe persons most deceut in their demeanour, ed. A ray of light and a drop of rain are inost frugal in their habits, and (what is no small; but it is by the sun and the shower mean political consideration) most anxious to that our harvests wave in the field, and by avoid the necessity of becoming chargeable the accumulation of waters that the riches to their parishes? The answer is obvious. of all lands are transferred to this.” And is it not, then, a matter of policy as well “This is a work which may bring all classes as of duty, to create an interest among the into action without prejudice to any: here lower classes for the possession aud perasal the rich and the poor may meet together in of those sacred records from which benefits so common exertion, for common good : povergreat and various are acknowledged to flow? ty itself way be thus enriched, and the lowest rank ennobled: one generous fecling tions from the inhabitants thereof;—that the may animate all the orders of society, may committee shall make it their business to impel them to the same labour of love, and inquire, by the appointment of sub-comcrown them with the same reward.
mittees, whether any families or individuals, “ What pleasure can be derived even from residing within its sphere, are in want of wealth, like the pleasure of doing good? and Bibles or Testaments, and unable to prothis is a gratification which, without riches, cure them; in which case it shall be the you who are poor, may enjoy in its highest duty of the committee to furnish them there. measure. Look upou your poorer brethren, with at reduced prices, or gratis, according and then ask, whether any delight can sur- to their circunstances;-and that the whole pass the enjoyment of charity like this ?- of the funds of the association shall be exof charity, that extends blessings the most pended in the purchase of Bibles and Tespure and exalted, to the humblest of man. taments, to be sold or given among the poor kind-that produces ' an clevation of mind
of the neighbourhood, until they shall be and of feeling, which no poverty but Chris- adequately supplied with the Holy Scriptian poverty can exhibit'—that gives liglit tures; in which case the amount of falute to the blind, heals the broken in heart, brings subscriptions and donations shall be remitted life and immortality to light among those to the Auxiliary or Branch Bible Society who sit in darkness and the shadow of deatli, from which the Association sprung. and renders the poor of this world rich in
It is recommended to the sub-committee's faith and heirs of the promises. If the to inquire of the poor, first, whether they blessings of those who are ready to perish possess copies of the Scriptures, and in what be worthy of acceptance, then may you be condition ; secondly, if not, and yet are deblessed; if there be joy in heaven over one
sirous of possessing them, wbether they have sinner that repenteth, then may the angels the means, in whole or in part, at once, or of God rejoice even in your labours, and by degrees, of purchasing copies; thirdly, if the Father of mercies himself look down
any, and how many, of the family can read': with approbation upon you.
and enter such information in separate coi other considerations, let this be supreme ;- lumns. if by engaging in these acts of benevolence,
The plan of selling the Scriptures to the you are induced to read your Bibles with
poor has been tried, and has been found to more earnestness for yourselves, you may possess several important advantages (where becoine Christians indeed; and, however practicable) over gratuitous distribution. low your situation in this life, the treasures
Wlien purchased, even at a low rate, they of that better world will be your rich and
are generally held in higher estimation, and eternal repayment.
more carefully preserved, tbau when giverr. “And is it not a recommendation to men of The expediency of extending this mode of all classes, that this system will soon carry supply as widely as possible, is forcibly the tidings of salvation into the most distant urged by the consideration, that, if sold at lands? When the demands at home shall
an average but of one half of the cost price, have been satisfied by the contributions of the pumber of copies thus circulated will be the poor, the subscriptions of the more opti- nearly double that which could have been lent to the parent Society and all the Auxi- gratuitously circulated. liaries may be wholly converted into foreign The effect which the adoption of this channels. Thus will the lower orders, by system will have in accelerating the supply their exertions at home, greatly contribute at home, and in enabling the Society to ento the increase of the supply abroad; and, large iis exertions abroad, must be obvious in this view, may even they be considered
to every considerate person. as elevating on high the standard of Chris. tianity, as becoming • heralds of salvation
Before we quit the subject of the Bible Soto the ends of the earth.'”
ciety, we think it proper to advert to a stateAmong the resolutions recomnended for ment of Dr. Marsh, by which he endeavours adoption at meetings assembled for the forma
to prove, in opposition to what had been as. tion of Bible Associations, are the following: serted by Mr. Vansittart, Mr. Dealıry, and
That every member of the Association sub- oursels us, that the sale of Prayer-books bad scribe not less than one pemy a weck;—that diminished since the formation of the the committee chosen to conduct its affairs
Bible Society. His statenent is, that the shall divide the neighbourhood into districts, "number of Prayer-books printed at Cadre and appoint a sub-committee for each dis- bridge during the eight years which precedtriet, for the purpose of soliciting subscriped the formation of the Bible Society,
161,750; while the vumber printed during in the person of the learned Dr. Edward the eight years which followed it was only Malthy; but we forbear, for this reason, that 140,900 ; being an absolute decrease of the examination of the bardy speculations of 20,850. We can inforin Dr. Marsh, how. this clergyman has already been undertaken, ever, of a still more alarming fact, namely, as we have announced in our Literary Intelthat the number of Prayer-books printed by ligence, by one far more competent to do the University of Oxford, during the right justice to the cause, in whose brands we conyears which preceded the formation of the fidently leave it. Bible Society, was 100,000 more than the number printed in the eight years subsequent BLACKHEATH AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETS. io that event. Here then, we have a falling A general meeting of this Society was off in the number of Prayer-books, to the held on Saturday, the 9th of May, and was enormolis extent of 120,850, in the last eight most nu.nerously and respectably attended. years, as compared with the eighit which pre. Lord Dartmouthi, the president, being unaeeded these. How powerfully would such a voidably absent with his regiment, the chair Fact, particularly if unexplained, strengthen was taken by the Right Hon. N. Vansittart, Dr. Marsh's seasoning, on the injurious ten- M.P. on the motion of the Hon. and Rev, dency of the Bible Society! But what ex- the Dean of Windsor. It appeared from planation does it admit of? It seems to be the Report, that the Committee had ascera stubborn circumstance, which no ingenuity tained that at least 5000 families in this poof reasoning can quality, so as to prevent the pulous district were without a Bible ; that obvious interence to be drawn from it to the great eagerness was every where evinced to disadvantage of the Bible Society. The obtain the word of God; that actual applinecessity of taxing our ingenuity on the oc- cation for it had been made by between two 'casion, is, however, happily obviated by an and three Thousand ; that the state of the additional fact, which we sball now take parent Society's stock of Bibles, as well as of the liberty'ot mentioning. The number of their own funds, had not as yet enabled them Prayer-books printed by the King's Printer, to distribuite more than me thousand Bibles during the first series of eight years already and Testaments; and that of these very few referred 10, was only 5000 ; but during the had been given away, the money received in last series, it bas been 240,000, leaving an return for them anivunting, on the average, excess in the latter period of 235,000. When to nearly two shillings for each. The amount from this amount the decrease in the nun- of subscriptions and donations is now about ber printed by the universities is deducted, 1000l.; and ten Bible Associations are althere will still remain an absolute increase ready formed within the district. Her Royal in the number printed in England, during Highness the Princess of Wales was declared the last eight years, as compared with the pre. Patrouess; and Lord Hood, Lord Eardley, ceding eight years, of 114,150, or about Admiral Sir J. Colpoys, Rear-Admiral Tay14,270 a year on the average: and this with lor, and the Rev. J. Mathew (successor of out taking into the account, that there bas Dr. Burnaby to the living of Greenwich), been of late an increased importation of were added to the list of Vice-Presidents. Bibles from Scotland, into the northern coun- Among other favourable circumstances conties of England. Before Dr. Marsh says nected with the growth of this Auxiliary Soone word niore, on the injurious tendency of ciety, is the great number of military and the Bible Society in diminishing the circula- naval men, of rank and infuence, who are its tion of Prayer-books, he ought either 10 supporters and friends. The speakers who disprove the pact, that upwards of 14,000 principally distinguished themselves at this more Prayer-books have on the average been meeting, besides the Right Hon. Chairman, printed annually in England, since the for
were Lord Eardley, the Dean of Windsor, mation of this Society, than were printed be- Dr. Clarke of the Naval Asylum, Dr. Grefore its formation; or, if he cannot disprove gory of the Royal Military Academy *;it, he should at least shew how it can be Major Torrens of the Royal Marines, John made to coincide with the line of his argu- Dyer, Esq. of the Admiralty, Mr. Rayley (a nient. We know the extent of bis powers, Barrister), Mr. Myers, of the Royal Military and we wait with anxiety for the display of Academy, and the Rev. Dr. Collyer, Messrs. them which such a lask as this will naturally Lane, Scott, Townsend, Perey, and Simons. call for.
We bad intended inserting in this place * Of the speech delivered by Dr. Gregory a few observations on a new enemy to the we have seen a detailed report, and should Bible Society, or, more properly, to all Bible bave been glad had it been in our power to Societies, or, most properly, to the Bible itself, insert it.
LIVERPOOL BIBLE SOCIETY.
Mr. Vansittart, in acknowledging a vote of sident of the society, in the chair. An able thanks to the principal writers in vindication Report was read by the Chairman, by which of the British and Foreign Bible Society, it appeared, that, notwithstanding the exadverted, with great good humour and traordinary pressure of the times, by which much felicity of argument, to the principal this district was also peculiarly affected. The reasonings (if such they can be called) in receipts of the past year had far exceeded the pamphlet published by Dr. Marshi sela- their most sanguine expectations; and tive tive to the Foreign Transactions of the So- Branch Societies had been formed, viz, at ciety.
Warrington, Knutsford, Bowden, Bacup, and
Bury. From Warrington, about 1001. liad At the anniversary meeting of this society, been received; from Knutsford, 80l. ; from in May, a very interesting Report was made Bowden, 1501.; from Bacup, 66l. ; and from by the Committee of their proceedings dur. Bury, 3701. The second year's income of the ing the past year. They had taken pecu- society amounted to 20701. 15s. ; the whole liar pains to furnish copies of the Scriptures of which was sent to the parent insiitution. to such of the numerous foreign seamen who in addition to about 4001. the balance of last croud their port as were able to read them, year's account. The inability of the parent and also to the prisoner, the sick, the needy, society to furnish Bibles to supply the deand the distressed, at hoide. The eagerness mands which pressed ou them from all quarto possess the sacred volume is stated to have ters, prevented so large a distribution as might been general and strongly marked ; and otherwise have been effected. The number where there is “ an unaffected wish to read, circulated was 2677 Bibles, and 3052 Tesit is scarcely possible that they should not inments. The speakers on this occasion, be. profit by the word of God.” An examina- sides the Chairman, were the Rev. C. W. tion had been instituted, for the purpose of Ethelston, the Rev. S. Bradley, the Rev. H. ascertaining how many families of the poor Grey, the Rev. S. Piggott, the Rev. C. D. were in want of Bibles. The examination Wray, Mr. J. H. Heron, L. Peel, Esq., the had as yet extended only to 4386 fainilies; Rev. Mr. Thistlethwaite, the Rev. E. Symth, but of these only 1544 were possessed either the Rev.J. Reynolds, the Rev. Mr. Porter, of Bible or Testament, “ Enough therefore," the Rev. W. Roby. the Commitiee observe," yet remains to sti- It would be impossible for us pven to give mulate the zeal and exhaust the resources of a hasty sketch of these different speeches, the society: much of ignorance remains to be some of which were highly distinguished by instructed ; much of religious indifference to their eloquence ; but we select from them a be roused into action ; much of vice and li- very few passages, which either contain incentiousness to be subdued; much of pover- teresting facts, or may happen to place the ty and affliction to be comforted." “ It is a subject of the distribution of Bibles in a peculiar feature," they add, " in the charac- seasonable light. Speaking of the objections ter of this country, that in times of general made to the Bible Society, Mr. Ethelston distraction, when the irritated feeling which observed, " Another point relates to au illa protracted war excites has been exasperat- founded jealousy which, I am concerned to ed into the fiercest rage, the spirit of mercy state, bas subsisted amongst some very worshould yet preside over the shock of augry thy characters, whose names are in the list passions, and the best gift of God to man of subscribers to that venerable institution, should be presented with affectionate zeal «The Society for the Propagation of Chris. to the very enemies who seek our ruin." tian Knowledge.' These gentlemen affirm,
The sam remitted to the parent society that some members of the British and Fowas 18001. The number of Bibles in dif- reign Bible Society bave spoken in a very ferent languages distributed, las been 1340, invidious manner of that institution, and and of Testaments 2046. Nothing prevent- have taken pains, by an artful and illo ed a much larger distribution, but the abso- natured contrast with their own, to lower the lute inability of the parent society to supply old establishment in the opinion of the pub. the growing demands of its auxiliaries; the lic. I know of no such characters amongst presses hitherto employed in printing Bibles I have had letters on the subject front being insufficient for the purpose.
some distinguished patrons of that good old cause; and, being a subscriber myself, was
anxious to prove that such an opinion, CIETY.
whether true or false, had done it no injury. The second anniversary of this society was for this purpose, I made it my business to held on the 22d of June, the Rev. Dr. Black- call at the office of the Society in Bartlett's burne, the warden of Manchester, and pre- Buildings, when I was in London lası Nay.
SALFORD BIBLE 90
I questioned the secretary, to whom I paid the Divine blessing on institutions like this, my subscription, most particularly as to the and concluded by moving the thanks of the funds and the number of subscribers, and meeting to the Rev. W. Marsh of Reading was distinctly informed, that both were pro- and the Rev. W. B. Collyer, D. D. for their gressively increasing ; and that ihe Society serions, requesting them to allow the same for the promotion of Christian Knowledge to be printed. had never, at any period, floarished so much The Rev. C. F. Frey stated, in an impresa as in the interval which had elapsed since sive manner, the actual situation of the Jews the institution of the British and Foreign He shewed that, in addition to the enmity to Bible Society."
God and Christ, which renders mankind in Mr. Bradley observed, that“ in aiding the general indifferent to religion, the Jews are Bible Society we have one specific point in induced by their pride, and the influence of view, viz. the circulation of the Bible ; and their priests, to believe that all who are born to promote this, we cannot too powerfully of Israel will go to heaven, however they apply all our energies. For, can the world may live; and hence they refuse to believe in be too full of Bibles? Can the Word of the despised Jesus of Nazareth. This evenGod be too much read, and too well known? ing, he observed, had produced proofs of Conceive how lovely would be the state of the happy effects arising from the exertions society, did every person truly understand of the society; and he had the satisfaction to the sacred contents of the Bible. Then, we state that forty-two Jews have been baptized, should not see rebellion in the child, negli and that there are now sixty-two children gence in the parent, dishonesty in the ser- wholly maintained and educated under its vant, injustice in the master, treachery in patronage. the subject, oppression in the sovereign. The Lord Bishop of Meath declared, that Then, the wilderness would be transformed from the first time he became acquaiated into the paradise of God; earth would re. with the formation and object of the society, semble heaven ; and what has been fabled of he had the greatest satisfaction in contributthe Golden Age would be infinitely more than ing to the advancement of its designs'in Irerealised.''
land. He was persuaded the day must come, Mr. Piggott stated, that he had found, in when the Jews will be completely united one district at Warrington, 105 families who with the Church of Christ. That he knew had not a Bible in their houses : audio an- of no other means for this purpose, than those other, 124 families, including 534 individuals, adopted by the Saviour and his Apostles, who had no Bibles.
and which were the very means pursued by
the London Society; and he could not doubt LONDON SOCIETY FOR THE JEWS. that Providence would bless its endeavours.' The London Society for promoting Chris- The Right Hon. the Earl of Grosvenor, in tianity amongst the Jews, held their anni. an animated speech, declared that the interversary meeting at the London Tavern, Bi-ests of the Jewish people had engaged liis shopsgate Street, on Thursday the 21st of very serious attention; and proved, from vaAlay. The meeting was respectably attended; rious arguments, the duty of Christians to the Lord Bisbop of Meath in the chair. continue their most zealous exertions in their The Report of the proceedings of the Society, behalf. He considered the prophecies of during the past year, having been read and Scripture as affording the clearest evidence approved, bis lordship examined three of the of the ultimate success of the object of the youths under the care of the Rev. Mr. Frey Society, and warmly recommended it to the with a view to the ministry, and expressed friends of the institution to persevere in their the luighest satisfaction with their progress in exertions. their studies.
Plans of proposed buildings, including A very numerous company afterwards as- an episcopal chapel, schools, asylum, &c. sembled at dinner, the Right Hon. the Earl having been laid on the table; the Rev. of Grosvenor in the chair, when they were Dr. Randolpli declared, that the great obgratified with the appearance of the children ject of the institntion was one in which he who attended. The Rev. Basil Woodd ex. felt a lively interest; that he was satisfied pressed the deepest regret that the cause of with the views of its conductors, and rethe Jews had not been taken up at an ear. joiced in the plan of erecting an episcopal lier period, and recommended the conti- chapel, in conjunction with the present Jews' nued exertions of the society, in the chapel, and engaged to support the society to spirit of patience, temperance, long-suffering, the utmost of bis power. Many excellent and fervent prayer, as means of obtaining remarks were also made by the Right Hon. Christ, OBSERV, No. 127