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government encourages a hope of the adop- The Swedish Bible is now completed, on tion of some extensive plan for the general standing types; and the number of Swedish distribution of the Word of Life throughout Testaments, separately printed, amounts to the Russian empire.

16,600. Another edition of the Bible, and 3. Iceland. The obstacles to the printing of the New Testainent, will be immediately of the Icelandic Bible bave been surmount- undertaken; for which an additional donaed; and the work will probably be completed tion of 2001. has been voted. by next spring. There is reason to hope 9. Hungary. The distribution of some that the remainder of the Icelandie Testa- German Bibles in Austria and Hungary at ments have been forwarded to Iceland. the expense of the Society, has made known

4. Poland. The completion of the Polish its existence in Presburg, and has produced Bible was announced at the last meeting : it most interesting communications from two is sold for two shillings a copy. The Com- Professors in that city, by which it appears mittee have directed 1000 copies to be gra- that there are upwards of a million of Pro. tuitously distributed. By the last accounts testants in Hungary, and but few Bibles from Berlin, the Polish Seriptures were in among those who speak the Sclavonian and great demand. Many copies had been sent Hungarian dialects ; many of whom are to Warsaw, to Upper Silesia, and to Austrian much depressed by poverty. The Commit. Gallicia. It was the intention of the Ko- tee have promised a donation of five hun. ningsberg Committee, to furnish every Polish dred pounds, to aid the printing and circulaschool in these parts with a few Bibles and tion of the Hungarian and Sclavonian ScripTestaments gratuitously.

tures, if a society shall be established in ,5. Lithuania.--The printing of the Lithu Hungary for that purpose. anian Bible would probably be completed in

10. France. The Committee, having sent the month of March of the present year. to France some Bibles for the British priThe Comıpittee have directed 500 Polish soners of war in that country, received a Bibles and 1000 New Testaments to be sent letter written by direction of the Minister of to Koningsberg for sale or gratuitous distri. Marine, stating that they should be properly bution; the proceeds of the sale to be ap. distributed. plied towards a second edition of the Lithu. A German minister, having distributed anian Scriptures. Some copies of the Polish many copies of the Scriptures in France, New Testament have been ordered for the which were gratefully received, the Conimitvse of Poles residing in Great Britain, or tee directed one thousand copies of the visiting it.

French Bible to be distributed at the Socie6. Bohemia. The edition of the Bohe- ly's expense, among some Protestant congremian Scriptutes promoted by the Society has gations in France. been exhausted, and the demand for them A member of the Imperial Institute is still extensive and urgent. The Com- baving signified a wish that copies of the mittee, with a view to supply it, have voted versions of the Scriptures printed by the 300l. for aiding a new edition.

Society might be deposited in that institu7. Livonia and Esthonia-The offer to tion, the Committee did not hesitate to compromote the publication of the Scriptures in ply with it. the dialects of Livonia and Esthonia has 11. Germany. They have acceded to a produced the most beneficial effects. A similar request from the keeper of the ImSociety has been formed in Dorpatian Es- perial Library at Vienna ; as well as for thonia, for printing and distributing the New copies of the Society's Reports. This last Testament. A Society in Revalian Estho. request was accompanied by an observation, nia lias directed its attention to the supply of that “a multitude of strangers, who daily the holy Scriptures, in the design of furnish- resort to the Imperial Library, would obtain ing every cottager with a New Testament: a knowledge of the institution ; and perhaps and several respectable characters are en- not a few would be inspired with a desire to gaged iu establishing a Livonian Bible So- attempt something similar in their spheres ciety. The result is, an increased ardour for and according to their power." publishing editions of the Livonian and . The Ratisbon Bible Society have printed Esthonian Scriptures. Arrangements were and circulated four editions of the New Tesmaking for this purpose ; and the Committee, tament, and a fifth was in the press. This with a view to forward it, have enlarged their society is supported by Roman Catholics ; grant of 6001. to 10001.

and, though produced by the example, is 8. Sweden.--The active zeal of the Stock- independent, of this society. Holm Society, bas suffered 20 abatement. 12. Italy and Greece, The Society's Italian Testaments are in great demand, both have translated the Gospels of St. Matthew at Messina and Malta ; and the Archiman- and Mark into Chinese; the New Testadrita, at the latter place, has warmly recom- ment into four more dialects, and portions of mended the perusal of the modern Greek the Old Testament into as many; and have Testament, and - publicly applauded, " the begun a translation of the New Testament zeal and ardour of the English to circulate into two more. The Rev. L. Sebastiani, the Word of the Lord.” This intelligence many years resident at the Court of Persia, is from a Roman Catholic correspondent at is advanced to nearly the end of the Epistles, Malta, of great respectability,who is of opinion in a Persic translation of the New Testa" that there is likely to result from the one ment, 'from the Greek, intended for the thousand Testaments which the Society has Christians dispersed over Persia, who are sent, no ordinary good.”

stated as very desirous of possessing the The Committee have granted fifty pounds Scriptures, in a plain translation. Sabat has for distributing the Scriptures to the poor in completed the translation of the New TestaDenmark.

ment and the Book of Genesis into Arabic. II. Asia.

The Hindostanee translation of the New 1. Syria.-The Committee have forwarded Testament, by Mirza Fitrut, under the supera supply of Arabic Bibles, for the use of the intendence of the Rev. H. Martyn, the four Episcopal churches in Aleppo and its vici- Gospels in Persian by the Rev. L. Sebasnity.

tiani, and the three first Gospels in Telinga, 2. Hindostan.-The Christians dispersed translated by the late Rev. A. Desgranges, over this vast country, including Ceylon, are are in the press. At Bombay, the printing calculated at nearly a million, using various of the Malayalim Version of the Gospels, in dialects; few of whom possess the Scriptures. September last, was advanced as far as the Many of the descendants of Christians have 12th chapter of St. John. Of the Gospels consequently relapsed into idolatry; and translated by Dr. Leyden into tive of the many are Christians merely in name. The dialects of the Eastern Archipelago, none Hindoos and Mahometans subject to tbc have been printed, in consequence of the British authority may be estimated at seven- death of Dr. Leyden in Java. With a view ty millions These observations suggest the to procure the best version of the Scriptures most forcible mutives for supplying the wants in the purest dialects of Arabia and Persia, of the Christians, and for displaying the re- the Rev. H. Martyn undertook a journey cords of Divine Truth to the natives who are into those countries; and by the last acignorant of it.

counts was at Shiraz. Sabat's Arabic trans. With this general object, and especially lation of the New Testament having been with the view of supplying the demands of shewn by Mr. Martyn to a learned Arab at the native Christians in India, an Auxiliary Bushire, he pronounced on it the highest euBible Society was, in February 1811, esta- logium. It appears that the printing of blished in Calcutta, with the concurrence of Oriental manuscripts, (chiefly owing to the the government; and with a very general skill and disinterestedness of the Baptist approbation in all parts of India. At Fort Missionaries), can be executed at Serampore William, it has met with the most liberal

at an expense much less than at any other support. It has directed eight hundred co- press in India, or even in Europe. pies of the Tamul New Testament to be pur- of the distribution of the Tamul and Pors chased for distribution, as well as two thou- tuguese Scriptures, mentioned in the Seventh sand copies of the Portuguese Bible, and five Report, the Committee have received most thousand Portuguese New Testaments. It pleasing intelligence. Nothing could exceed has contracted for printing at Serampore five the gratitude of the native Christians at Tan. thousand New Testaments in the Tamul

, the jore” and Tranquebar. A single fact will Cingalese, and the Malayalim dialects re

prove the extreme scarcity of Tamul Bibles. spectively. The Committee, anxious to en

A catechist, in the congregation of Mr. Koh. courage these laudable exertions, have deter- loff, at Tanjore, had been employed twentya mined to aid them by a grant of Bibles, Tese four years in teaching the Gospel, without taments, and printing paper, to the value of possessing the Old Testament. The Portus one thousand pounds.

guese Bibles and Testaments were equally The translation of the Scriptures into the acceptable. Among those who received dialects of India and the printing of them, Bible in English, Malabar, and Portuguese, proceed as rapidly as could be expected. was a Roman Catholic Priest, who had free The Missionaries at Serampore have trans- quently recommended the perusal of the lated and printed the New Testament in five holy Scriptures, in his sermons. languages, and the Old, ia Bengalee, and The Committee, to encourage the efforts making in India, have voted an additional The Committee express their regret, that sum of two thousand pounds; the total of it has not been in their power to comply their grant to Calcutta, for the current year, with the application for Bibles and Testabeing thus five thousand pounds.

ments in the degree required, though every The Committee expect that a translation possible exertion has been made by them, to of the Old Testament in the Cingalese dialect, procure a sufficient quantity. In addition to will be undertaken by a competent person at the two Universities, they have now obtained Ceylon. - They have voted five hundred the assistance of his Majesty's Printers. They pounds to the Rev, Robert Morrison, at Can- therefore trust, that the inconvenience from ton, for promoting the translation and print this cause will be speedily removed. But ing of the Scriptures in Chinese.

though the supply has been so inadequate to MIL AMERICA.

the demand, a much larger number of Bibles The donations to Bible societies in Ame- and Testainents has been issued in eleven rica liave been respecifully acknowledged. months, ending the 21st February last, than The Committee have received satisfactory in thirteen months preceeding, viz., 35,690. reports of the proceedings of the societies Bibles, and 70,733 Testaments, making the in Philadelpliia, Connecticut, New Jersey, total number issued up to that period; 140,415 and New York. The zcal excited for the Bibles, and 291,524 Testaments, exclusive of diffusion of the Scriptures, continues undi. those circulated at the charge of the Society minished. The most perfect cordiality sub- in various parts abroad. sists among the various Bible societies in V. DISTRIBUTION OF BIELES. the United States : and since their existence Considering the poor of the United Kingin America, the sale of Bibles to individuals dom as having particular claims on the Sohas considerably increased. The Committee ciety, the Committec have invited clergy men have agreed to assist “ The Bible and and dissenting ministers to encourage Bible Common Prayer-book Society," of Albany Associations, and to investigate the state of by a donation of Scriptures to the value of the poor in their several vicinities; and they fifty pounds. Anxious to aid the circula- have engaged to return Bibles and Tesiation of the Scriptures in America, and aware ments, at the cost price, to the amount of of the expense of the Philadelphia society one half of any congregational collections in providing stereotype plates for the Bible, they may receive within a year. The Comthey have granted a second donation of one mittee are of opinion, that the plan of selling bundred pounds to that society; and trust the Scriptures to the poor, where practicable, it will be accepted as a pledge of the union has been found to possess several important they desire to maintain with their American advantages over gratuitous distribution. brethren in promoting the interests of Christ's The list of the Society's benefactions in kingdom.

Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, is 100 IV. THE UNITED KINGDOM,

long to be inserted at present. Snfiice it 10 The approbation of the society bas been say, that their benevolence has visited every most extensively manifested, by the zeal and quarter of the globe, and lias contributed to ço-operation of the Auxiliary Societies no- cheer almost every form of misery to wbich ticed in former Reports, and by the still man is heir.---The correspondent at one of more numerous societies formed during the the principal naval stations, who has so fre

quently received the acknowledgments of The Auxiliary Societies formed since the the Committee, for an unwearied attention last meeting amount to fifty-one, besides to supply soldiers and seanien, foreign troops, sixteen branch societies, and their contribuie prisoners of war, convicts, and others, with tions to the parent society to upwards of the holy Scriptures, has devoted the same 18,9001. ; besides upwards of 9,7001, from active exertions to this object, during the last societies previously formed.

year. In the course of that period, 3850 . The Comunittee rejoice to see the zeal for Bibles and Testaments, in various languages, disseminatiog the blessings of Revelation heep have been distributed by this correspondent pace with that charity which has provided alone; who has received satisfactory testi. so many institutions for relieving temporal monies that they were no less gratefully redistress; and while they gratefully acknow. ceived than eagerly sought. ledge that liberality whichi augments the

The Committee have reason to believe, fuuds of the institution, they are equally that the Scriptures distributed in the various sensible of the benefits to be derived from modes above stated (which will, probably, the exertion of ils auxiliaries, in supplying not fall short of 32,000 copies), have proved the local wants of their respective districts real blessings to many who have obtained with the holy Scriptures.


last year.

• The distribution of the Gospel of St. John and Foreign Bible Society has assumed, to among the Esquimaus, in Labrador, was re- realize the hopes which it bas excited, to paid with tears of gratitude; and having foster and enlarge the zeal which it has inbeen limited to such only as could read, an spired, are obligations of 1 common mag uncommon eagerness was excited in others nitude, and which cannot be discharged with to learn to read, that they might obtain out correspondent exertions. liumense porsimilar presents.

tions of the globe, now the domains of idola, The Committee have taken an anxious in- try and superstimon; regions where the light terest in the state of Ireland, and have grant of Christianity once shone, but is now dim ed a further donation of Bibles and Testa- or extinguished; and countries where the tuents to the amount of 5001. to the Hiber- heavenly manna is so scarce, that thousands nian Bible Society. They lave also passed live and die without the means of tasting it, a resolution to encourage the formation of point out the existing claims on the beAuxiliary Societies in that country, by the pevolence of the Society. promise of aid in proportion to their own “ To supply these wants, fill up these voids, erertions.

and display the light of Revelation anidst the The funds of the Society have been auge

realms of darkness, will long require a conmented by various contribulions and col. linuance of that support which the Britisha lections. The legacies of the year have and Foreigo Bible Society has derived froin amounted to 16171.

the public piety and liberality: and perThe Committee have nominated Granville haps the persevering efforts of succeeding Sharp, Esq., the Rev. John Owen, the Rev. generations. Let us not, however, be weary Joseph Hughes, the Rev. C. F. Steinkopff, in well doing; • for iu due season we shall Rev. John Jænické of Berlin, Thomas Ham

reap, if we faint not.' mersley, Esq., Rev. Professor Dealtry, and “Let the British and Foreign Bible Socie. Richard Phillips, Esq., governors for life, in ty, uniting its prayers with those which are consideration of the essential services renderdaily offered up at home and abroad for the ed to the Society.

blessing of God on its proceedings, humbly From the facts now reported, the mem- hope, that it may become an instrument of bers of the Society are authorised to adopt bis providence, for accomplishing lis grze the gratifying inference, that as the institu- cious promises; and that, by means of the tion advances in years, it increases in means, Scriptures distributed through its exertions, influence, and respectability. Like tlie little or by its influence and encouragement, nacloud which the Prophet's watchman saw tions now ignorant of the true God, may from Carmel, rise out of the sea, and spread learn to draw water from the wells of salby degrees over the face of the heavens, vation. The prospect is animating, the cheering the Israelites with the prospect of object holy; its accomplishment glorious : fertilizing showers, the British and Foreign for the prospective efforts of the Society are Bible Society, small in its origin, has attaine directed to a consummation (whether attained a conspicuous elevation aud magnitude, able by them or not, is only known to hira and has been hailed as the harbinger of good who knoweth all things), when all the ends tidings, and the dispenser of blessings, by of the earth, adopting the language of inthe people of the north and the souils, the spiration, shall unite their voices in the subeast and the west."

lime strains of heavenly adoration : · Bless" The theatre on which the Society displays ing, and honour, and glory, and power, be its operations, is that of the whole world, unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and Considering all the races of men as children unto the Lamb for ever and ever: Hal. of one common Father, who'maketli bis sun lelujah! for the Lord God Omnipotent to rise on the evil and on the good, and send reigneth.?” eth rain on the just and on the unjust;' and The nett receipts of the year have amount who wills, 'that all men should come to the ed to upwards of 43,500l. : the nett pay"knowledge of the truth ;' the British and ments to nearly 32,5001., leasing a balance Foreign Bible Society offers the records of of 11,000l.; against which there are eneternal life to the bond and the free, to gagements to be placed amounting to 14,0001, Heathens and Christians -- in the earnest The Society, therefore, with all its ample hope that they may become a lamp unto the means, possesses only the semblance of feet, and a light unto the paths, of those who wealth. If its income were multiplied tennow receive them, and of generations yet fold, that income would find abundant em. unborn."

ployment in supplying the wants of an uni" To supportthe character which the British verse thirsting for the waters of life.



ment of another head of the government,

the deputation would anxiously watch over On Whit-Tuesday, the Society for Miss the business entrusted to them, and use all sions to Africa and the East held its twelfth proper means to bring it to a successful issue. anniversary. An excellent serinon was A new code of laws and regulations was preached at the church of St. Anne, Black. adopted for the government of the Society. friars, by the Rev. William Goode; after Lord Gambier was appointed president; and which, a collection was made for the benefit other noblemen and gentlemen, who had beof the institution, which, with donations and friended the institution, were appointed vicenew subscriptions, amounted to 328. At presidents. Lord Calthorpe, Sir Thomas 2 o'clock, the Annual General Meeting was Baring, Mr.Wilberforce, Mr. Grant, the Rev. held at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, Basil Woodd, the Rer. Thomas Robinson, which was very numerously attended. The and other gentlemen, addressed the meeting; Right Hon. Lord Gambier having been and a strong impression was produced of the called to the chair, the Secretary read a duty of the ministers, and other members of highly interesting report of the proceedings the Established Church, exerting themselves during the preceding year. It appears that to augment the funds, by annual subscrip the Society's missionaries at the Rio Pongas, tions, and collections in churches and chaon the western coast of Africa, have received pels, of the only society in that church which about 120 children under their care, many has for its exclusive object the evangelizing of whoin are children of native chiefs; and of the heathen world. Donations and subthat there are the most encouraging prospects scriptions will be received by the treasurer, H. of establishing schools farther in the interior. Thornton, Esq., M.P., Bartholomew Lane; The national system of British education bas by the secretary, Rev. Josiah Pratt, Doughty been introduced, and is now making its way Street; by the deputy secretary, Mr. T. Smith, among the Susoos. One of the society's No. 19, Little Moorfields; by the booksellers, missionaries, the Rev. L. Butscher, was pre. Mr. L. B. Seeley, 169, Fleet Street, and Mr. sent at the meeting, with an interesting J. Hatchard, Piccadilly; and by the followAfrican youth, one of the scholars at the ing bankers, Messrs. Hoare, Fleet Street, and Society's settlement, who had accompanied Messrs. Ransom, Morland, and Co., Pall his teacher on a visit to this country. The Mall. The Sermon and Report will be pube Missionary confirmed the representations of lished at Midsummer. the Report, with respect to Western Africa, in an address of great information, simplicity, and piety; and particularly gratified the A meeting was held on the 20th May, at Society by stating, that 72 slave factories, the Freemason's Tavern, Great Queen Street, which had existed on that part of the coast at which the attendance was numerous and before the abolition, and had transported highly respectable, for the formation of a soannually 4000 slaves, were now reduced to ciety for the sole purpose of distributing 18, and that these, under the vigorous med gratis, and circulating at reduced prices sures of his Excellency Governor Maxwell, throughout the British empire, its colonies. and of the naval officers on the coast, were and dependences, and particularly in his dwindling away. Mr. Wilberforce reported, Majesty's navy and army, the authorised from the deputation appointed at the special formularies of the united Church of Eng. general meeting of April 24th, that they had land and Ireland, without note or comment, waited on his Majesty's late deeply lamented viz. the Book of Common Prayer, including Chancellor of the Exchequer, and on the the Thirty-nine Articles; and the Homilies, President of the Board of Controul, on the in separate sermons, or in the entire volume. subject of providing, on the renewal of the Viscount Valentia having been called to East-India Company's charter, for the more the chair, his lordship stated the object of easy access of Christian missionaries to India; the meeting, when it was unanimously reand that they had found them to be very solved, That a society should be instituted favourable to the general object, though for the above purpose, which was instituted strongly impressed with a sense of the deli- accordingly; and which, after many perticacy and prudence, with which measures nent and excellent remarks on the necessity for the attainment of that object should be and probable usefulness of such an iustitudevised and executed. As, however, the char- tion, from the movers of the several resola. ter of the East-India Company was not to be tions, received the countenance and contrirenewed this year, and as the fatal event, butions of the nobility, clergy, and gentry which all deplored, would lead to the appoint- then present; and it is hoped from the sim.


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