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had that day week taken my infant son; burnt; besides fouuts of English for carry and, whai atlicted me far niore, three weeks ing on ten works, which we have now in the before, dear brother Ward's second daughter, press; and the cases, stones, brass rules, irom about six years old, in a putrid sore throat. chases, correspondent with all these. We While reflecting on these providences, some have not types left for the circular letter, nor one exclaimed, · The printing-ofice is un even to print a statement of the logs. The fire! I ran instantly ihither, an't beheld, at editions of the New Testament, which are the lower end of the office, which is a roon stopped, are nine : viz. the Hindustanee, Per 200 feet long, a staze containing 700 reams sian, and Tamul, printing under the patronof English paper, sent out to print the Tamal age of the Auxiliary Biole Society, and the and Cingalese New Testament, euveloped in Hindee (second edition), Telinga, Seek, Burdades. Every door and window but one man, Sungskrit (second edition), and Chinese. was fastened by a large fal bar of iron which The editions of the Old Testament are five : went across it, and was secured by a hult in the Sungskrit, Bengalee (second edition), the inside. In five minutes, the room was Orissa, Mahratia, and Hindee. Among the so filled with smoke that a candle would nut English works suspended till we get typen live

. Finding it impossible to open the wine from you are, the Sungskrit Grammar (second dows, or for any one to go in wi.hout danger edition), Brother Ward's work on the Manof 18xtant death, we fasteued that door again, ners of the Hindoos (second edition), Cortin the hope of smothering the faine, and, fucius (second edition), the Dissertation on ascending the root, pierced it over the fire; the Chinese (second edition), enlarged to and by incessantly pouring down water, so more than two hundred pages; Bengalee kept it under for three hours, that nothing Dictiouary, and a Telinga Grammar, both by but that pa er appeared to have kinuled, Brother Carey. The loss cannot be less than and there the fam. was greatly abated. The twelve thousand pounds sterling, and all our alarm which we gave brought all the Euro. labours are at once stopped. peatis around us to our assistance, besides "Yec amidst all, mercy evidently shines. I dar native servants, so that we had all the treinbled for dear Brother Ward (as our assistance we could desire. While, lowever, sisters did for us both), lest the roof should the dames were you under there, I looked in, have fallen in with him, or lest he should and suddenly saw a fanie spread about have entered too far, and at once extinguish twenty feet bigher up. The smoke and the spark of life. But we were all preserved, steam increased so as to render it death to blessed be God. The flames touched nothing get three feet within the wall. In a few besides; they might have consumed every minutes the dames spread in every direction, thing. The presses are preserved, and hapand took away all kope of saving any thing pily the matrices of all the founts of types from thence, and filled us witlı Terror før were deposited in another place; had they Alrs

. Marshman's school, about thirty teet to been burnt, it must bave been years before the north-west ; a bed-ruona for the boys, they could have been replaced. We can about sixteen feet full nortlı, which commu- now, however, begin casting types 10-morrow, zicated with brother Carey's; and the hall

, if we can find money; country paper can be library, and muuseum, within twelve feet of it substituted for English ; and thus two or to the north-east. The wind, however, fell, three months will put the versions of the and it burned as straight upward as á fire Scriptures in motion again. But for English in a hearth, and communicated to nothing we shall be distressed till you send us a supbeside

. It remained burning six hours, and : ply; we know not even how to send you a cousained the beams, five feet in circum. circular letter. I am writing this at Calcutta, ference

, the root, the windows, and every to go by the packet this evening, whither. I tang but the walls. Happily uo lives were

am come to inform Brother Carey, and therelost, nor a bone broken. The loss we cannot fore cannot tell you what types, nor how at present estimate. It has consumed all many. They must, however, be of all the bat the six presses, which we rejoiced were sizes from the text of Confucius to the Misaved, being in a side room. Two thousand nion in the circular letter; also Italian, and feams of English paper are consumed, worth every printing utensil accompanying. Perat least 50001. Founts of types in fourteen haps some friend in Loudon, in the printing languages, besides English: namely,-Na- line, can tell what goes to complete a print. gree (1#o founts large and small), Bengalee ing-office with English types. You must also (iwo founis), Orissa, Mahratia, Seek, Bure send a fount of Greek and Hebrew. I am Dan, Telinga, Tamul

, Cingalese, Chinese, distressed to think where you will find noPersian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek, were

ney; but send, if you incur a debt; the silver CARIST. OBSERY. No. 129.

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“ I have received from the Depository of some account of the manner in which they the British and Foreign Bible Society, for have been distributed. the use of the troops confined by sickness." For many months past, numbers of the and convalescent, at Royal York Hospital, prisoners have manifested a great desire to Chelsea, 50 French, 20 Dutch, and 100 read the Scriptures. As soon as I found this German Testaments; and I beg leave to to be the case, in order to supply there as far return my grateful thanks to the Society for as possible, and at the same time to present this sopply, so valuable and so important. I the books being too cheap, I procured one will put them into the hands of the German or two respectable officers on board of each Legion, and other foreigners serving bis Ma- ship, and committed to their care a few Bibles jesty, myself; and I will add a few words of and Testaments, to lend out every day in the ad vice and exhortation at the same time. manner of circulating libraries. This pla The good that is done by thus circulating the bas bitherto answered well, for we often see Scriptures is incalculable. Government has small parties collected together in different supplied the Barracks and other Hospitals parts of the ship, and one engaged in reading with Common Prayers, English Testaments, to the rest. But in proportion as the Bible and Bibles; and a selection of Religious is known, the desire to read it becomes more Tracts, from the list published by the Society general; hence, in addition to the circulating for promoting Christian Knowledge, has been libraries, when I find a person who exmade, and sanctioned by the Archbishops presses a strong desire to possess a Bible or and the Bishop of London, and circulated Testament of his own, to take home with with the Bibles. And it affords me the most him to his native country, I gire bim one." heartfelt satisfaction 10 be enabled to say, “ I would here beg leave to observe, that that the poor sick soldiers receive the books I do not fail to embrace the opportunity of with expressions of thankfulness and grati- cartels going to France with insalids; when tude ; and, instead of idling their time away such an opportunity offers, I give to each in unseenly, or spending it in wicked, con- invalid a Bible or a Testament. With reversation, they are frequently seen forming spect to the fruits which appear at present, small parties, and reading the Bible and the in addition to those I mentioned in a formet religious tracts to each other.

leuter, the sacred Scriptures are read with “ I have taken the liberty to enclose two much apparent altention, and I doubt not Pound notes as my mite towards your excel- with much real benefit. A few days ago I lent and truly Christian design, and I hope visited the general hospital ship, and you will permit me to insert my name as much pleased to see some of the poor dying subscribing one Guinca annually."

captives reading the Bible as they lay in their The following letters have reference to the beds. I have lellers in my possession, both prisoners of war in this country, and with in French and German, expressive of tbe these we shall close our extracts.

high sense of gratitude which many of these Translation of a Letter from Mons.

feel to whom the bounty of the British and to the Agent for Prisoners at Norman Cross. Foreign Bible Society has extended." « The sacred books, which have been deli

BAPTIST MISSION IN IXDIA. vered to the prisoners, are, for the most part, preserved and respected, as they deserve to

It is with very deep concern that we com

ipunicate to our readers the particulars of a be. Messrs.

-, -, &c. to whom the Bibles were given, have told me, that calamity which has befallen ibe printing

establishment attached to this mission. The they derive the greatest consolation from them; and they offer their thanks to those Joshua Marshnan, of Serampore, to Dr. Ryo

account is extracted from a letter from Dr. pious aud charitable persons who have taken land vf Bristol, dated March 12, received a pleasure in imparting to them the Word of God, in a situation in which the soul has so

September 9th, 1812. . much need of comfort. Thus, Sir the effect

“ I clesed a letter to yon or the 10th, but

now write anew. Another leal of the wors produced by these books is such as all Chris. tian souls could desire."

of Providence has been since unfolded, stick

will fill you both with sorrow and gratitude From a Correspondent, near Chatham. and call for the exercise of faith in Hin

“ As the British and Foreign Bible Society whose word, firm as the pillars of lesten, have honoured me with the charge of a con- has declared, • All things shall wors rogeikki siderable number of Bibles and Testaments, for the good of them that love God.' for distribution among the prisoners of war “ Last night, about six, I was sitting in ne at this depot, I deem it iny duty to give study, musing over the dealings of God, wla had that day week taken my infant son; burnt; besides fouuts of English for 'carryand, what afflicted me far more, three weeks ing on ten works, which we have now in the before, dear brother Ward's second daughter, press; and the cases, stones, brass roles, iron about six years old, in a putrid sore throat. chases, correspondent with all these. We While reflecting on these providences, some have not types left for the circular letter, nor one exclaimed, · The printing-oface is up even to print a statement of the loss. The fire!' I ran instantly shither, and beheld, at editions of the New Testament, which are the lower end of the office, which is a room stopped, are nine: viz. the Hindustanee, Per 200 feet long, a slave containing 700 reams sian, and Tamul, printing under the patronof English paper, seat out to print the Tamul age of the Auxiliary Bible Society, and the and Cingalese New Testament, enveloped in Hindee (second editin), Telinga, Seek, Burflames. Every door and window but one man, Sungskrit (second edition), and Chinese. was iastened by a large flat bar of iron which The editions of the Old Testament are five : went across it, and was secured by a bolt in the Sungskrit, Bengalee (second edition), the inside. In five minutes, the room was Orissa, Mahratta, and Hindee. Among ilie 80 filled with smoke that a candle would not English works suspended will we'yet types live. Finding it impossible to open the wir from you are, the Sungskrit Grammar (second dows, or for any one to go in wi, hout danger edition), Brother Ward's work on the Man of instant death, we fastened that door again, ners of the Hinroas (second edition), Cortin the hope of smoothering the flaine, and, fucius (second edition), the Dissertation on ascending the rooi, pierced it over the fire; the Chinese (second edition), enlarged to and by incessantly pouring down water, so more than two hundred pages; Bengalee kept it under for thice hours, that nothing Dictiouary, and a Telinga Grammar, both by but that pa er appeared to have kinuled, Brother Carey. The loss cannot be less than and there the fam: was greatly abated. The twelve thousand pounds sterling, and all our alarm which we gave brought all the Euro. labours are at once stopped. peans around us to our assistance, besides « Yet amidst all, mercy evidently shines. I our native servants, so that we had all the trembled for dear Brother Ward (as our assistance we could desire. While, however, sisters did for us both), lest the roof should the tlames were got under there, I looked in, have fallen in with him, or lest he should and suddeuly saw a flame spread about bave entered too far, and at once extinguish twenty feet higher up. The smoke and the spark of life. But we were all preserved, steam increased so as to render it death to blessed be God. The flames touched nothing get three feet within the wall. In a few besides; they might have consumed every minutes the flames spread in every direction, thing. The presses are preserved, and hapand took away all hope of saving any thing pily the matrices of all the founts of types from thence, and filled us with terror før were deposited in another place; had they Mrs. Marshman's school, about thirty feet to been burnt, it must bave been years before the north-west ; a bed-room for the boys, they could have been replaced. We can about sixteen feet full north, which commu- now, however, begin casting types 10-morrow, nicated with brother Carey's; and the hall, if we can find money ; country paper can be library, and museum, within twelve feet of it substituted for English ; and thus two or to the noith-east. The wind, however, fell, three months will put the versions of the and it burned as straight upward as a fire Scriptures in motion again. But for English in a hearth, and comruunicated to nothing we shall be distressed till you send us a supbeside. It remained burning six hours, and : ply; we koow not even how to send you a cousumed the beams, five feet in circum. circular letter. I am writing this at Calcutta, ference, the root, the windows, and every , to go by the packet this evening, whither I thing but the walls. Happily no lives were am come to inform Brother Carey, and there

lost, nor a bone broken. The loss we cannot fore cannot tell you what types, nor how at present estimate. It has consumed all many. They must, however, be of all the but the six presses, which we rejoiced were sizes from the text of Confucius to the Mi. saved, being in a side room. Two thousand nion in the circular letter ; also Italian, and reams of English paper are consurned, worth every printing utensil accompanying. Per. at least 50001. Founts of types in fourieen haps some friend in London, in the printing languages, besides English: namely,-Na- line, can tell what goes to complete a printgree (iwo founts large and small), Bengalee ing-office with English types. You must also (two founts), Orissa, Mahratta, Seek, Bur. send a fount of Greek and Hebrew. I am man, Telinga, Tamul, Cingalese, Chinese, distressed 10 think wbere you will find moPersian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek, were

ney; but send, if you incur a debt; the silver CARIST. OBSERY. No. 129.

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and the gold are the Lord's. The Christian " I beg likewise, that your lordsbip will be sytopathy of our friends -almost overwhelms so good as to put my name down as a sub. me. Mr. Brownie was confined by illness, scriber to the fund, which, I conclude, will but Mr. Bird, his son-in-law, exerted hiniself be raised for this purpose, to the amount of for us in the most strenuous manner. I fear 501. as a donation, and 51. as annual subit affects Mr. Browne's mind even more than scription." mine own; he sent off an express at mid- The speakers on the occasion were, the night to acquaint Mr. Harrington, who is Rev. C. F. Steinkopff, Rev. J. Hughes, S. deeply affected. Poor Mr. Thoinason wept Thornton, Esq. M.P., H. Thornton, Esq. M.P. like a child to-day on hearing of it. He begs Sir T. Sutton, Bart., Sir T. Turton, Bari. M.P., us to make out a minute stalement of our Earl Rothes, Rev. R. Hill, Rov. J. Towns. Joss, and he says he will use all lis interestend, Sir J. Frederick, Bart.. Mr. E. Quin, on our belialt; we shall write again to-mor- Rev. W. Abdy, B. Shaw, Esq., Rev. W. now. How it arose we know not. Brother Mann, Rev. G. Clayton, Rev. J. Owen, ProWard and others think it must have been tessor Dealtry, and Rer. J. Humphreys. done by design, and that some idolater among The business of the day conimenced with our servanıs, Turning pale with envy at the a Report from the Provisioual Cominnttee, sight of the Bible printing in so many lan- which contained some interesting facts. We guages, contrived this mode of stopping the extract the following: work. This, however, is niere conjecture. “ When the idea of establishing an Aur. Be strong in the Lord, my dear brother: heiliary Bible Society in Soutbwark was suge will never forsake Vie work of bis own hands." gested, its local necessiiy became the object

“ P.S. One thing will enable us to go of immediate inquiry, and a few individuals to work tlie suoner : the keys of a building associated in order to ascertain this neceslarger than the printing-office, wbich we sity: the result has painfully justified their had let for years as a warehouse, were given anticipations, and a brief statement will er. up to us on Saturday last. Thus we have a hibit tbe nielancholy fact of a most deplorplace to resume our labours the moment types able want of the holy Scriptures. are cast."

" In so populous a district, the inquiry

was necessarily partial; but having been inSOUTHWARK AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. discriminately made, the result is submitted

We have to apologize for the delay which as a fair criterion, by which to form an estihas occurred in giving an account of the mate of the deficiency in the Burough of formation of an Auxiliary Bible Society for Southwark, and its vicinity. Southwark and its vicinity. A meeting was “ In 925 families, comprising 4508 indiri. held for this purpose at the Horns Tavern, duals, 2745 can read, and only 395 kare Kennington, on the 3d of June last, which Bibles or Testaments. Oi the 530 families was most numerously and respectably at who are tbus destitute of the holy Scriplures, tended. The Earl of Rothes blled the chair, more than 400 expressed a strong desire 10 and was also chosen president of the institu- possess thein, many of whom professed a tion. The vice-presidents are, Earl Spencet; willingness to pay for them, so tar as their Sir J. Frederick, Bart.; Sir T. Tarton, Bart. very limited means woold admit; 14 of those M.P.; Sir T. Sutton, Bart.; S. Thornton, Esq. families have never seen a Bible! and about M.P.; H. Thornton, Esq. M.P.; R. Barclay, 60 are Roman Catholics, a large proportion T. S. Benson, J. Curling, T. Gaitskell, W. H. of whom appear extremely desirous of copies. Hoare, J. Newsome, and R. Slade, Esys. : “Of those who are supplied, several exthe Treasurer, B. Sbaw, Esq.: and the Secre- pressed a wish to be allowed to purchase a taries, the Rev. W. Manu and G. Clayton, few Bibles and Testaments, at the reduced and C. S Dudley, Esq.

prices, for neighbours still poorer than them. A letter was read from Earl Spencer, ex- selves ; and it was observed with pleasure, pressing his regret at not being able to at- that they appeared sensible of the treasure tend in person on an occasion in which he they themselves possessed. 80 entirely concurred; and assuring the " The extreme poverty of a numerous class ineering, that “I shall be very ready, as vice- in this extensive district, rendered addition. president of the proposed Society, to give ally severe by the peculiar pressure of the your lurdship and the rest of its members times, precludes the expectation of payment the best assistance in my power, in further. for many copies which, it is ascertained, ance of an object so truly congenial to the would be thankfully received. genuine principles of Christianity, and likely. "In visiting the abodes of wretchedness, and to prove so highly beneficial to the best in. in exploring the obscure lanes and alleys of terests of all classes of society.

Southwark, however melancholy the scenes

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of poverty and distress which presented to torment the body; from ignorance the most themselves, a high degree of satisfaction was degrading; and from a condition in every reexperienced, in witnessing many instances of spect the most melancholy and base :—and in grateful and interesting sensibility, and in the place of this, what, I say, do we commufinding the inquiry treated with becoming nicate? We give them a knowledge of the respect."

pardon of sin through faith in a Redeemer; If the utility of Auxiliary Bible Societies we reveal to them a life to come ; we instruct wanted any additional confirmation, it ought them in the nature of true virtue and goodto be found in the fact, that in the whole ness; we inculcate that self-denial which borough of Southwark, and its immediate vi- issues only in the increase of their enjoyment ; cinity, comprising a population of nearly we substitute true goodness and virtue in the 150,000, ouly 39 subscribers to the British place of those unavailing austerities to which And Foreign Bible Society were to be found they had been addicted." previous to this day's meeting, the aggregate

We should far exceed our limits, were we of whose subscriptions was only 811. 18s. to extract all in these speeches which de

The benefit arising from such societies was serves to be rescued from oblivion. The subfarther illustrated by Mr. H. Thornton. stance indeed of a great part of the able

In the course of the last summer," he ob- speech of Professor Dealtry, which was di. served," I happened to see a great number of rected to recommend the formation of Bible the inhabitants of Southwark in their own Associations among the lower classes, has albouses, and my observation confirms the ready appeared in our number for July, statement already made to you of the want of Bibles and Testaments amongst the poor We wish the following sentiments, delivered of that district. There seemed to be a con- by Mr. Owen, in the course of his eloquent siderable degree of religious feeling, as well speech, could be firmly impressed on the us morality and good order, in many of the mind of every nian who is induced to con. lower classes. It is to the cultivation of a nect his name with that of the Bible Society, sober, quiet, domestic, and religious spirit, “ The institution, ivy lord, to which we are that we must look for our security against severally allied, is emphatically called the outrages. The charitable visits lately made BIBLE Society. The Bible, which it is the with a view of ascertaining the religious state object of that institution to distribute, is a of the lower orders, serve to connect them sacred--the most sacred, book : and a volun. with their superiors, and to produce a feeling tary engagement to promote its distribution. of mutual regard and general philanthropy. partakes, in sume measure, of its sanctity and The gift of Bibles serves also to pre-dispose importance. A connection with the Bible them to public worship, and to the religious Society, therefore, brings as within the preinstructors who are set over them. There is cincts of holy ground; and establishes a reanother advantage in the formation of this lation between us and all who in every age' institution, which I must not forget to touch have been concerned in the dispensation of upon. By our appearance bere this day, we the Scriptures. By engaging to co-operate profess our own belief in that Bouk which we with this institution, we connect ourselves intend to circulate. Religion thus becomes with the goodly fellowship of the Prophcts, accredited and exalted, and we give a kind and the glorious company of the Apostles, of bond for our own good behaviour; for the through whom the Scriptures were given by love of consistency will suggest to us, that we inspiration of God:-we connect ourselves should not viulate in our own persons the with the noble army of Saints, of Confessors, precepts which we recommend to others." and Reformers, who have propagated those

We cannot deny ourselves or our readers Sacred Records by painful exertions, and; the pleasure of inserting another short extract in not a few instances, at the price of from this gentleman's speech. After stating their blood :— we connect ourselves with that the Parent Bible Society began in zeal ibose Angels who ministered at the pubfor the propagation of the Gospel not only at lication of the Law and the Gospel, and who home but abroad, hie adds: “ And let it here continue their ministering services to those be considered, my lord, from what evils we who shall be heirs of salvation :-we connect hope to deliver the heathen nations, as well ourselves with God, the Father of Lights, by as what good we aim to impart to them: we whose influence the Scriptures were produced, endeavour to deliver them from a religion, under whose direction They have been disthe very exercise of which consists in the most persed, and agreeably to whose ordinanco cruel and abominable rites; from a religion ihey shall be sent into all the world, and be which contributes to iminorality instead of re. preached to every creatnre. A connection straining it; from austerities which serre only 30 sacred and so rast, makes a forcible ap

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