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The Amharic Bible is also preparing for the press. The Epistles are printed. About 400 copies in various languages were distributed in Egypt: 150 have been sent to Sierra Leone.
South America and West Indies.--Nearly 500 copies bave been sent to Bermuda and Demarara ; 115 to Berbice ; 300 to Antigua ; 1381 to Jamaica ; 1000 to Surinam ; 300 to La Paz; and 201 to Mexico. Mr. Thompson, who has, for some years past, been very actively and successfully engaged in distributing Bibles in the country, has found his labors so much impeded by the political state of the country, and by edicts against the circulation of the Scriptures, that he has been induced to return to his native country.
The circulation of the Scriptures both on the continent of Eu. rope and in South America has been very much restricted by the resolution of the Society to distribute no copies of the Bible themselves, and to aid no societies who do distribute copies containing the Apocrypha. In all papal countries there is a prevailing unwillingness to receive the Bible without this appendage. Many of the avenues, however, by which the Society formerly caused its blessings to fow into and over the continent of Europe, and which, for a time, were shut, are again opening, and the objections to receiving the simple Scriptures are diminishing.
North American Provinces. To these provinces 9907 Bibles, 2700 Testaments, and 500 Gospels or other portions of the Scriptures have been sent during the year. These are principally received and distributed by auxiliaries, which made remittances to the present society.
To the missionaries of the United Brethren, 450 copies of the book of Revelation, in Esquimaux, and 100 Greenland Testaments have been sent for the use of the Esquimaux and Greenland converts. The Society has also printed 1000 copies of the Psalms in Esquimaux.
Great Britain.-While the Society has been endearouring to bless other and distant nations with the word of life, great exertions have also been made to ascertain and supply the wants of the British people. Upon investigation the number of families in some counties is found to be unex ectedly great, amounting, in some instances, to one third of the whole population. The number of auxiliaries and subordinate societies, and their receipts and issues of the Scriptures have been much increased during the year. All the rarious societies for promoting morals and religious knowledge have exerted them selves with great success, in distributing the Bible. In the first report of the Merchant's Seamen's Auxiliary it was stated that 590 ships, having 6149 men on board, of whom 5490 were reported as able to read, were utterly destitutute of a copy of the Bible; while last year it is stated that only four vessels, having 47 men on board were found without the Bible.
Ireland.-During the year 79,329 Bibles and Testaments have been granted to various societies to be sent into Ireland. Two societies, have, since their organization, sent 812,835 copies of the Scriptures to Ireland.-Mis. Herald.
“LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.”
Mr. R was a native of S-, a town, in Connecticut: how much of his life was spent there I have not the means of knowing. At the age of forty he became an inhabitant of the town of M., in the state of New-York; then a poor man, with a small family, and actually owing more than he was worth ; but he loved the cause of Christ.
The church of which he was now a member was very small, and Mr. R felt it his duty to afford all the assistance possible in sustaining the preached gospel. Unlike too many professea Christians, who do little or nothing: for God while they are in debt to their fellow men, Mr. R- ventured to give while he was thus encumbered.He often said, here his prosperity began.
His location being favourable to the mechanical business which he pursued, he was soon able to discharge all his debts, and provide himself with all the necessaries of life. In the mean time he
opened his hand liberally to all the benevolent objects of the day, and his influence soon became very salutary and extensive.
At a certain time, the church and society of M., after struggling with much difficulty for two or three years to support preaching half the time, held a meeting to see what should be done, and were about to relinquish the object, and do without the gospel, because too poor to support it, when Mr. R- arose and said "Brethren, I cannot endure the thought of living without preaching; I do not feel as though I could afford to be without the gospel ; I am unwilling to give up the object without another trial;” and stepping up to the table he took his pen doubled his subscription, whieh was already known to be very liberal. His example was followed, and on the spot enough was raised to secure the desired object.
From that moment the society continued to prosper, and in the year 1825 they were able to settle a minister with a salary of 600 dollars. Soon after this Mr. R- called on his pastor, and mentioned, that in a certain portion of the township, (it being very large) there were many souls without religigus instruction; and mul. titudes of children without the benefit of Sabbath schools, and that something must be done for them. At bis suggestion the minis. ter visited, and thorouzhly explored that part of the town described, and found it in great need of help. On relating the particulars of his visit to Mr. R—, he said, with much meaning, “Something must be done for them—they must have a missionary, and we must help them : they are our neighbours, and we ought to care for them.” After imploring the divine direction, Mr. R- said, “My family will give forty dollars." Encouraged by such an example, efforts were made, and two hundred dollars were soon raised, a missionary, was obtained, two hundred dollars more were raised by the people on the ground where he laboured, and the result is, that two meeting houses have been precies?, tivo churohes resuscitated and reorganized, a goodly number of souls have been born again, and they are now able to support the gospel without foreign aid.
About this time Mr. Pe heard that a small church in a neighbouring town were without a place of worship, and that they had not the means, or courage enough to attempt to provide one. Unsolicited he sent them forty dollars, to be appropriated for a meeting house in that place. This donation has been the means, under God, of securing to that people a house of worship. Many other facts might be mentioned to show the benevolent spirit of this good man, which must be omitted, least the reader should be wearied with the length of this article. Suflice it to say, he lived to DO GOOD. His life, for several years, was one continued series of good works, tending constantly to advance the interests of piety, and to spread the triumphs of the cross. To lay up for his children was not his calculation; they well understood that their father cared much more for the welfare of Zion than he did for their worldly prosperity. In this they seem well satified; and their respect and affection for their parent corresponds with the degree of interest which he felt for the welfare of the church of Jesus Christ. In this is illustrated the important truth, that the most certain way to secure filial respect, is to set before the household an example of consistent p ety.
Mr. R- died of the consumption, February, 1828, after a confinement of several months, during which time his faith increased, until hope was “swallowed up in fruition.” It was affecting to see his family hang around his dying bed ; they loved their father, and they saw in him an earnest of immortal joys; the bri ;htening hopes of heaven glowed in his countenance as he decended to the tomb. On the day of his death the writer of this was with him several hours, but not when he expired. I said to him, “Brother R, is all peace ?" He opened his eyes, and with an expression on his countenance which I can never forget, for it told of heaven, replied, “O yes, I can say, I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he will keep that which I have committed to him until that day.” His family were all present, watching with deep interest the lingering moments of their beloved parent; several other friends were also there. I left him, though with great 'reluctance. All along he had told his cbildren their father had no fear of death, because the Savio ir lives. They saw it true when he sunk into the arms of death. All was now still. The eldest son looked calmly on, holding the arm of his dying father, to ascertain the exact mo- . ment when the soul should leave its earthly tenement for the abodes of immortality. His end was perfect peace; and when the silent palm had told the solemn truth that he was gone, the pious son laid the lifeless arm upon the breast, closed the unconcious eyes, then turning to his brothers and sister, wish a smile, “Now let us fall down and thank the Lord that we have had such a father."
While the closing scene of this good man's life showed the high respect and affection of his children for their father, their subsequent conduct exhibits no less clearly the happy effect of his example upon them. It is enough to say, they walk in his footsteps, and a systematic course of benevolent action proves, that the ruling principle in most of them is, the love of doing good.
I cannot close this interesting account, without going back, and noticing more particularly the influence of this good man upon the church of which he was a member. His charities were judi. cious and systematic; to him it was a pleasure to do good. It will be remembered that he was comparatively a poor man.
His example had an effect, not so much from the amount which he actually contributed, as from the spirit with which it was done, and its proportion to his income.
At a time when less than thirty dollars a year was contributed at the Monthly Concert, in aid of foreign missions, Mr. R-- put in regularly one dollar per month. When this was known, others more able began to say, “If brother R- can give one dollar per month, I can;" and these collections soon increased to one hundred and fif ty dollars a year. Moreover, the salary of their own minister was now more punctually paid than it had ever been, while, for the various benevolent objects of the day, nearly one thousand dollars a year have been raised by this church, which, but six years ago, was scarcely able to raise seventy five. All this, too, while the real strength of the society has, if any thing, decreased, by deaths and removals.
In producing this happy result, nothing, probably, has had greater influence than the example of this benevolent man; and as I cast my eyes over the multitude of feeble churches scattered through our land, I am constrained to exclaim, O that each of them were bles sed with one such character as the good Mr. R-. Let me also appeal to the heart and the conscience of every member of all our churches, and ask, will not some one or more in every church, raise out of the selfishness, the covetousness, and worldliness with which post Christians are enthralled, and be to the church and to the world wbat this good man was. Then your example would bless a whole community; then you might confidently expect the full assurance of immortal glory in a dying hour, and by the side of your sleeping: dust, a devout son, in the full tide of filial respect and affection, snight pour forth the utterance of a grateful heart in thanksgiving to God, that he has had such a father.-American Pastor's Journal.
PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD.
It is stated in the London Times of July 23d, that the clergyman who preached the funeral sermon of his late majesty, offered
pray ers for the repose of his soul ! and that the Bishop, of Bath and Wells did the same at the funeral of the Princess Charlotte. We are surprised that these popish, superstitious rites should be resorted to hv Protestants on any occasion Even if it be supposed that the spirit of the old leaven, adheres in some instances to those protestants who have more of ceremony and prescribed forms, in their worship than others, yet, as abuses of this kind were one of the principal causes of the reformation, it is remarkable that one of
the reformed should introduce them when they are known to be directly contrary to the doctrine of their church. In the liturgy, it is said, there is nothing that sanctions the use of prayers for the dead ; and we are gratified to see that this unexpected resuscitation of a popish rite is condemned by writers of the Episcopal Church. The British Magazine remarks in speaking of this fact-We think it of such importance as to call for an explicit declaration from our church on the subject. We think it is a considerable approximation to the doctrine of purgatory, which our articles declare to be a fond think vainly invented,” and we shall soon see the “orate pro animabus” revived upon our tombstones.
NOTICES OF THE PAPAL CHURCH IN THE UNITED
(Continued from No. 10. Page 317.)
“The same Pontiff, in his instructions to his agents in Poland, given in 1808, professes this doctrine, that laws of the Church do not recognize any civil privileges as belonging to persons not Catholic ; that their marriages are not valid ; that they can live only in concubinage ; that their children, being bastards, are incapacitated to inherit ; that the Ca. tholics themselves are not validly married, except they are united according to the rules prescribed by the Court of Rome ; and that, when they are married according to these rules, their marriage is valid, had they, in other respects, infringed all the laws of their country.
Instead, therefore, of joining in the laudatory acclamations with which some appear ready to greet the emissaries of the Court and Church of Rome, we must be permitted, from a sense of the dan. gers of our spiritual Zion, and of our immunities and blessings, arising from this quarter, to continue a little farther the translation of such lately published documents as appeared in a previous number of this Journal. These, it seems to us, must open the eyes of our brethren and fellow citizens, and urge to renewed and evangelical effort.
The following letters and extracts relate to the “Mission of Ohio.”
From Cincinnnati. the Bishop remarks to a friend in Europe : “I am consoled, and filled with gratitude toward the noble and benevolent Monarch of France. I beg you, on every occasion that may offer, to be the interpreter of my sentiments and sincere thanks to the patrons of the mission; answer them that I daily pray for them, and that while I live I shall not cease to pray the Lord to reward their zeal and charity.
"I have at last yielded to the solicitations of my friends, and the *Pp. 66, 67 ; 129, 150.