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little familiar to our ears, or to the eyes of the Rev. gentleman who has read the Report, that he felt himself embarrassed in the endeavour to pronounce them. The first notice several of us have had of the existence of the places mentioned in that Report, has been, the gratifying intelligence, that to those places the spel has been sent. It is not only to countries the most civilized in Europe, in Asia, in the new world, to the poor inhabitants of Labrador, that the agents of this Society have extended their influence; but we may almost say, they
Have stretched their bounds from India to the Poles,
It was the boast of a Spanish monarch, that the sun did not set upon his dominions. It may be not the boast of this Society; but it may be said by it, that the sun does not set upon its vast labours. To attempt to expatiate on the merits and usefulness of this Society, before an audience so fully convinced of them, would be a useless waste of your time, I shall therefore content myself with moving this resolution.”
This motion was seconded by the Lord Bishop of St. David's.
Right Honourable the Chancellon of the Exchequen:
“I rise, with pleasure, to propose the thanks of this meeting to the noble resident of the Society, for the assiduous care with which he has cherished its interests. His lordship has presided over the Society eighteen years. Under his direction, it has grown from small beginnings. At first, counteracted by jealousy and suspicion, not countenanced by all the good, and opposed by many of the evil, in the country, it has advanced till it may be said almost to fill the world. My noble friend has called your attention to the ample field of the Society’s labours. In fact, its proceedings can scarcely be understood without a map of the world; and, indeed, its operations are so widely diffused, that I doubt if any member of this Society possesses a collection of maps sufficiently numerous to trace them. Its proceedings, ran ified in every direction, fill the mind. You have heard, in the Report read to you, that in every quarter of the world, ignorance and superstition are giving way before the gospel; that idolatry is renouncing the symbols of its worship, casting its idols into the fire or the sea; and that those who by the trammels of superstition were prohibited the use of the scriptures, are now receiving them with gratitude and delight.— Amidst the congratulation so justly due to those who have managed this Society, we ought not to forget that the eighteen years which have elapsed, constitute a large portion of the life of an individual; and that to the Giver of all good we are indebted, that its venerable president has been preserved so long. This time, however, is a mere point in the history of the Christian Church, in which the establishment of the Bible Society will form so distinguished an epoch. Much as has been done, greater triumphs remain behind, till the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, till every part to which the Society’s operations have not yet reached, and the labours of missionaries have not extended, shall resound with hymns of praise to the Redeemer. Among the triumphs of the day, there is one circumstance to which I cannot but call your attention. It is with pain and regret that we do not, this day, hear the voice of one distinguished individual, to whom we have so often listened with delight, one of the chief ornaments of our Society, and one, I may add, whose health has been impaired in its service. But we ought to remember, that if his health, or that of others, has suffered in the exertions called forth by this cause, they cannot suffer in a nobler cause, or one that will, hereafter, secure them a more glorious reward. Let us, from the exertions of the Secretaries of this Society, and from the example of Leander Van Ess, learn to overlook all selfish feelings in the great cause in which we are engaged. Let us reflect whether we cannot yet do more than we have done. I certainly feel for myself, that I can and ought to do more. Let them take to themselves the warning, who have not done all they might; let them recollect, that our whole heart is required in the cause, and that the utmost efforts of our hands should be exerted in its support. Every hand, I am persuaded, will be raised, and every heart be united, in support of the motion I have proposed.”
The Lord Bishop of SALisbuhy:
“My Lord, 1 rise to second this motion; but, aware that I need not occupy the time of this meeting, I will merely second it, since there is not an individual present who is not fully sensible of the pre-eminent services of their noble president.”
Lord Teign Mouth :
“Gentlemen,_The happy effects of that impulse which the British and Foreign Bible Society has imparted to the Christian world, become every year more and more apparent. We see it operating through all the gradations of society; it is felt in palaces and cottages, it extends from nation to nation, and has passed from the old to the new world, exciting, every where, an ardent zeal and unremitting exertions for the universal dissemination of the Holy Scriptures.
“Such effects, so astonishing by their magnitude, so important in their bearings and consequences, could never have proceeded from any cause or agency merely human; and they must be referred to a higher source, to the benevolence of a gracious God, who has made our institution his instrument for commending his holy word, and has disposed the hearts of men to unite in one grand undertaking for the distribution of it, with a view to his glory and the happiness of his creatures.
“In history, which has been defined, and not altogether unjustly, I fear, the record of human crimes and calamitics, we read of confederacies and alliances formed for excuting or opposing the projects of ambition. It is only in modern times, that we see extensive associations for the general benefit of mankind; and of these, our own country has produced many, founded on love to God and man, and acting under the influence of this evangelical principle. Among these, the British and Foreign Bible Society stands pre-eminent; and it has this characteristic distinction, that it combines Christians of all denominations, and hence derives the support and efficiency which enable it to give universality to its operations.
to profit by these ordinances. These consequences are visible; but may we not go further, and admit the gratifying presumption, that the gospel thus promulgated, has become the power of God unto salvation, in many who have received it. “I have only now to return my sincere thanks for the honour of your resolution, with an assurance that I shall always feel it a duty, and a pleasure, to devote my best services to the cause of an institution which I consider one of the greatest blessings ever conferred on mankind.”
“And to what are its operations directed Not to the subjugation of nations, or the acquisition of dominions, the objects of human ambition; it aims to subvert no empires but those of ignorance, infidelity, superstition, and idolatry, and establish on their ruins the banner of the cross: our work is to give to mankind the means of knowing that Saviour and King who said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and to supply them with a guide which will conduct them into it. The moral and religious improvement of the present and future generations, is the end to which our labour of love aspires; and the hope that it will attain this blessed consummation, is the animating principle and reward of our proceedings. Human laws may restrain the commission of crimes, and benevolence may relieve temporal necessities and sufferings; but the Bible alone inculcates this great truth, that, to be happy, men must be holy; it tells them to walk with God in this world, that they may live for ever with him in the next.
“When the British and Foreign Bible Society entered on its career, it
proposed the whole world for the sphere of its operations; and, judging
Rev. DANIEL WILsox :
“My Lord Teignmouth, I beg leave to introduce to you the Rev. Mr. Monod, the younger, of Paris, one of the secretaries of the Protestant Bible Society in that city. Your lordship, and the meeting, will recollect, perhaps, that, two or three years ago, I had the pleasure of introducing Professor Keifier, who pledged himself here to devote the best energies of his life to the cause of the Bible Society. Mr. Monod is deputed by the Paris Bible Society, to testify the interest it takes in our institution, and the zeal with which it is labouring; and will be giad for a few minutes to cast himself upon the indulgence of the meeting.”
Rev. FitEnenick Moxon, the younger :
“My Lord, In yielding to the invitation to address this highly respectable and interesting meeting, I am labouring under very opposite feelings. Wuel, I look upon myself, and see how very inadequate I am to discharge the honourable commission entrusted to me—a foreigner, expressing myself but with disticulty in the language of this country, which I now visit for the first time, I might be compelled to decline this honour; but, when I consider, on the other hand, that I approach you as the representative of a Bible Society, cordially united to this institution, over which your lordship presides, and in whose labours your committee have never ceased to manifest the greatest interest by the most effectual support and encouragement; when I consider that I have been expressly desired by that Society to convey to you the renewed assurance of its affection, admiration, and gratitude; and when, above all, I reflect on the sublime and holy cause in behalf of which there have been brought together, within these walls, so many persons, who, distinguished in a variety of ways, yet value no distinction so much as that of disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord, and of distributors of his holy word, then, my Lord, my humble self disappears—I am no longer a foreigner. Am I not here in the midst of children of the same Father—redeemed by the same Saviour—a citizen of the same heavenly country Are we not all brethren labouring together in the same holy work? Do we not partake of the blessings which the Almighty is pouring over the world by the instrumentality of the Bible Society? And may I not then rest assured of your kind indulgence 2 I cannot, my lord, find words sufficiently expressive of the affection and gratitude, which animate the Protestant Bibie Society at Paris, towards the British and Foreign Bible Society. If gratitude be the deeper, and the more difficult to express, the greater the benefit, how shall I express our feelings, when the object is not a temporal benefit, however valuable, but the salvation of immortal souls, to whom, encouraged by the aid, the example, and the experienced counsel of this Society, we have been able to dispense that nourishment which God has prepared for them, and which endureth to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord? The only manner in which I can express our obligation, is, to bless the God of all grace, and the Giver of every good and perfect gift, and to beseech him to grant to the happy instruments employed in this great work the only recompense they set any value upon—that of seeing their work increasingly prospering in their hands. I trust to God, you will reap among your brethren in France, not only this fruit of your generous co-operation, but likewise the blessing of thousands of souls enlightened, and strengthened, by reading the holy scriptures. True, my Lord, our means can bear no comparison with yours, but our zeal is the same; we are actuated by the same spirit, we love the same gospel, and have the same ardent wish to extend, according to our means, and the peculiar circumstances in which we are placed, the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, by diffusing the word of eternal life among our brethren. A little more than three years have elapsed since the Protestant Bible Society of Paris was first established ; and your lordship will hear with pleasure, that, having been favoured with the ...; of God, and enjoyed the protection of our government, it is now surrounded with forty .Auxiliaries and twelve .1ssociations. Its income, which, last year, was very little above forty-five thousand francs, has been increased this year to very nearly one hundred and three thousand; one individual has contributed 7920 francs. The Society, since its existence, has issued above twenty-two thousand Bibles and Testaments; the stock now in our depository will scarcely meet the wants of the present year; and the committee are at this moment devising means of procuring stereotype editions of the Bible, of the versions of Martin and Ostervald, relying on Him who has hitherto so visibly blessed their efforts, that he will provide the means. It will likewise afford pleasure to this assembly to hear that an anonymous friend of the Bible has put into the hands of the committee the sum of one thousand francs, to be awarded as a prize to the author of the best work in French, on the utility of reading the |. scriptures, and of Bible Societies. This work, if produced, may, under the blessing of God, be a useful instrument for increasing the number of these societies in France, and teaching the inhabitants of that country to appreciate them more and more. Thus, my Lord, faithful to their heavenly calling, the Protestant Bible Societies in France pursue their sacred object with a zeal, and (thanks be to God!) with a success constantly increasing. The simple narrative of this success is the best acknowledgment they can offer to this Society. Though limited in their operations for reasons, the force of which you have felt, my lord, they have to fulfil extensive duties—the want of Bibles among the Protestants in France being extremely great; but their ardent wish is, that the distribution of them may hasten the happy moment when, according to the expression of the apostle, there will be neither Jew nor Greek, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free, when Christ shall be all in all, and when, like the glorious Society over which your lordship presides, the Bible Societies of France may extend their blessings to all those who hunger and thirst after righteousness; and may everlasting praise be to that blessed God to whom alone belongs glory and honour, now and for evermore.”
Rev. DANIEL WILsox :
“I would beg leave, my lord, to retract one expression that fell from me. I said, our friend would wish to cast himself on the indulgence of the meeting; but I retract that expression, as to the statement he has made, whether we regard the manner in which it was delivered, or the matter stated; and permit me to assure Mr. Monod, that there is no kindred institution which has warmer claims on the affections of Englishmen than the Protestant Bible Society of Paris; and I am sure you will allow Mr. Monod to go back to his country with the impression, that he found here feelings in sympathy with his own.”
Cherokee MISSION. Ertract of a Letter from a JMissionary, dated Taloney, October 24, 1822.
“As yet we have seen no remarkable displays of divine grace among the Cherokees. By a still small voice, God has made himself known to some. A few precious immortals have been snatched as brands from the burning. For these we can never be sufficiently grateful; but O how few, when compared with the nation yet in darkness; but a few solitary stars here and there to enlighten this dark and dreary desert! O what a wonder of mercy, if God should bere pour out his Spirit as he has in hundreds of places in Christian lands'
Then thousands of these benighted wanderers would be brought home to God. Hundreds who have lived all their lives in the thickest darkness, would arise to newness of life; and O what songs of praise would burst from their lips to think they were found of Him whom they had not sought, and saved from everlasting burnings which they had not seen, nor feared! Then the dear little children would be praying, thousands of them, about the woods; and all this wilderness would literally become the garden of God. For this, dear sir, you will pray; for this, let every Christian pray; and let every missionary labour, supported by the prayers and tears of the whole church militant. “Since you left us, we hope that seven Cherokees, and one white woman, and one black man, living in the nation, have been born again; beside some who have united with the Methodist Society, and two who have joined the church of the United Brethren. Respecting the schools and congregations of our Baptist brethren we are not so particularly informed, as they are more remote : several, however, have been added to their church at one of their local schools. Of those first mentioned, four of them are scholars (boys) at Brainerd, one a woman at Turnip mountain, and four, two Cherokees, a white woman, and black man, in this town. Our dear brother Hall, has been here a number of years, and experienced many severe trials, but is now amply repaid by seeing sinners, through his instrumentality, returning to God. The attention at Brainerd commenced in the boys' school, and in a few days four were hopefully converted The schools were then interrupted by the measles, and the scholars most of them sick. Soon after the measles, fever made its appearance in the mission family. Mr. Elsworth, who had charge of the boys' school, and several others were brought very low; and brother Elsworth is yet unable to attend to the duties of his charge. The seriousness among the scholars apparently subsided, except in those who obtained hopes. “With respect to brother Chamberlin and myself, it is our duty to improve every opportunity of o the gospel to the heathen, in various parts of the nation. Thus far the Lord has set an open door before us. The Cherokees have generally received us as their own friends, and attentively heard the word of God from our lips: but 0 how little I feel for their immortal souls—how little sense of my unspeakable privilege, and the infinite responsibilities of my station. I hope you will pray for us all, that God may make us instrumental of good te the heathen, to the glory of his infinite grace in Christ.”
Died on Tuesday morning, the 26th ult, in the Theological seminary at Princeton, Mr. Willi AM G. Khens, in the 21st year of his age. The deceased was a native of this city, and, after early proficiency in his studies, entered Nassau Hall, where he took his degree, with distinguished honour, about two years since. In that institution he became the subject of those religious influences which constrained him to enlist on the side of the Redeemer, a character before uncommonly amiable, and moral; and to devote most cheerfully to the gospel ministry, talents highly respectable. After a year of somewhat studious retirement, he became an inmate of the Theological Seminary—a place to him very dear by many considerations. He had just entered the second year of study, when he was prostrated on a bed of sickness; his illness was short, but painful, his mind, though shaken by the violence of disease, was, during the lucid intervals he enjoyed, resigned and happy in the prospect of a blessed immortality.
“How many fall as sudden, not as safe"
That branch" of the church of Christ, with which he was connected, had much to hope from the fervent piety—unusual acquirements—and excellent talents of one who would have been, as a preacher, so acceptable, and, as a
* The Lutheran church.