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American Home Intelligence. dium of schools, particularly for the rising ". The primitive mode of baptism is fast geveration, the principles of truth are widely getting into vogue among our Pædobaptist disseminated. The Continental and Mediterbrethren. Dr. Beecher of Boston, Dr. ranean missions likewise are very successPalmer of Charlstown, and the Rev. Messrs. fal : while on the one hand they tend to Pierce and Stiles of Georgia, have been down disperse the systems of idolatry, they give into the water during the last year, we hope churches. In France the missionaries re
new spirit and life to decaying Protestant conscientiously, and have baptized several
ceive great encouragement; a wish for an persons.
The Rev. Mr. Sherwood in a letter dated increased supply of teachers has been exEatonton (Ga.) Jan. 11, 1828, thus writes: pressed by several Protestant churches in
It would fill sheets to give you any thing Paris and its vicinity: In Gibraltar, the like a detailed account of the late revival sacrament of the Lord's Supper was celein these parts. Human instrumentality has brated in the Spanish language, and several been wonderfully blessed, and though Chris- Spaniards, converted to the doctrines of the trans know that God alone can change the Gospel, received it. It is likewise ascercarrent of their will, they have been as
tained that there are many in the interior of active as if it depended on their own exer
Spain wishing for better information. Partions. The churches west of us are gather influence which the mission to the Ionian
ticular hopes are entertained of the beneficial ing fresh accessions every meeting ; 18, 20, Islands is likely to exercise over Greece. and 46, were added to them last Sabbath. “In some parts lay brethred as well as
In Ceylon, and on the continent of India, ministers give themselves wholly to the the stations are all prosperous; the schools work of exhortatiou from house to bouse.
are numerously attended, and the native "I give you below the number baptized teachers take a more enlarged view of truth. at some of our churches, chiefly since the 1st An institution founded at Čolombia, for the of September: I may not be exact in the porpose of edacating native religious teachreport of each, but it will not differ much ers, gives great hopes of permanent utility ;
it is characterised by the spirit from the true number.
“ Eatonton, 72; Liberty, 55 ; Little Ri- religion and sound philosophy. Among the ver, 36 ; Nephzibah, 71; Rocky Creek, 123;
South Sea missions, that which has been Betblehem, 68; Antioch, 61; Monticello: ticularly conspicuous for the success which
appointed to the convict settlements is par37 ; Salem, 40 ; Sharon, 49; Smyrna, 20; attends the exertions of the missionaries, as Sardis, 23 : Bethel, 36 ; Padanaran, 30; well as by the more eminent spirit of charity Rose Creek, 35 ; M‘Donough, 20; Murder connected with this attempt to christianise Creek, 34; Greensboro', 31 ; Holly Spring, those outcasts of human society. From 20; Island Creek, 50 ; Several other New Zealand the missionaries were, for a Churches, 111; Total 1022.
“ The greater portion of these bave been short time, obliged to withdraw; their lives baptized by six or seven ministers. Many mission were demolished; yet some of them
were endangered, and the premises of the other cburches have been abundantly blessed, but I have not had from them recent in- have resumed their station, on the invitaformation.”
tion of one of the chiefs. The mission to
Southern Africa is making great progress, in Want of sufficient room compels us to defer other Extracts under the head of “Re- spite of immense difficulties. The simplivivals” to our next number.
city and lively apprehension of some of the native tribes in receiving the truth, deserves particular notice ; in one case it occurred, that a tribe which had before rejected the
missionaries, even requested to be favoured DOMESTIC.
with one resident amongst them; and two of the chiefs were actually dispating the
honour of baving the missionary house close WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
to their own residence. The West Africa Annual Meeting, May 5, at City Road mission has been less attended with success,
on account of the frequent indisposition of Chapel, Lancelot Haslope, Esq. in the teachers ; yet the reports received from Chair.
Sierra Leone are giving great hopes of sucThe Rev. J. James read the Report, cess. The West India missions are prosfrom which it appeared that,
perous beyond all the expectations of the
missionaries; the schools of negro children The accounts from the different countries to
are increasing in number, and more reguwhich their missionaries were sent, are in ge- larly attended. The Jamaica Legislature neral gratifying. In Ireland twenty-one mis- endeavoured to put great restrictions upon sionaries are employed ; and through the me. the exertions of missionaries, one of whom
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
was cast into prison ; this act, however, was nations, where the Gospel had been planted disallowed by his Majesty in Council, and a through its agency. The Report then went dispatch sent to the governor of that colony, on to detail the present condition and prosenjoining upon him the duty of not counte- pects of the different stations in all the quarnancing any act of colonial legislature cal-ters of the globe, which, it was stated, culated to infringe, in any way, that tolera- afforded grounds for praise and encouragetion which bis Majesty's Government propose ment to every true Christian who valued the to extend to every class of his subjects. spread of the Gospel, and who rejoiced at The accounts from Demerara are particu- / all the encroachments made upon the domilarly favourable ; at the love-feast recently nions of darkness. held, the chapel, in which there is room for 600 persons, was not sufficiently large to
The Bishops of Winchester, Lichfield contain all those who attended; yet, among and Coventry, and Sodor and Man, the all tbis number, there were not above eleven Hon. and Rev. Baptist Noel, the Hon. free persons. Several stations in British and Rev. Gerard Noel, Lord Bexley, America have acquired a greater permanence w. Wilberforce, Esq. the Revs. Mr. than they had before ; and an attempt has been made likewise among the Esquimaux Dealtry, Henry Budd, Edward Gray, Indians on the coast of Labrador, but the Thomas Thomason, B. Alleyn, George station is not quite consolidated. The Hazlewood, H. M ́Neile, and J. CunReport then recorded the death of several ningham, constituted the line of illusmissionaries, but stated, at the same time, trious speakers on the occasion; and it the cheering fact, that there were continually is with pleasure we add, that their adnumbers presenting themselves to sapply the place of those wbo had been called dresses were characterized by Christian away. The number of stations was stated liberality towards their brethren, and to be 138, and the number of missionaries, a holy recognition of His agency in exclusive of catechists and teachers, 188; whose cause they were engaged. in all, they counted 34,892 persons connected as worshippers with the different stations, 27,000 of whom are negroes ; and in the various schools connected with the mission, Annual Meeting at Freemasons' Hall, 16 or 17,000 children received instruction. May 7, Lord Teignmouth in the Chair. The contribations received from various His Lordship stated, thatquarters during this year amount to 43,2351. 78. 9d.
“ Since their commencement, the British
and Foreigo Bible Society had distributed The Right Hon. the Earl of Mount- five millions and a balf copies of the Old cashel, the Right Hon. Sir George Rose, and New Testaments, from their immediate Captain Gordon, the Revs. J. Fletcher, funds, and that they had the happiness of of Stepney, J. Dixon. of Wakefield, Dr. sopplying that book, which, if duly read, Allen, from Philadelphia, Barnabas
could not fail to make men wise, and holy,
and happy. When it was recollected that Shaw, and several other Gentlemen, portions of the Scripture had been translated addressed the meeting.
into sixty languages and dialects, which were never attempted before the establish
ment of this Institution—when it was seen CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
that they had opposed a barrier to the tosAnnual Meeting at Freemasons' Hall, rent of infidelity and profaneness which May 6, Lord Gambier in the Chair. threatened to overwhelm the whole continent
of Europe, and even to pollute the soil of The Report lamented a deficiency in its our own country, they could not fail to have annual revenue, which had fallen short of ample grounds for rejoicing, wbile they as'the expenditure by several thousand pounds. cribed all the glory to Him from whom the In allusion to which, the Secretary begged Bible proceeded, and who alone could crown to say, “ that the great defalcation in the their efforts with success. He regretted fands did not arise from a deficiency com- that some Continental Associations still pared with former years, but from the great persisted in refusing their co-operation with increase of the expenditure.” It was attri- us, in consequence of the publication of the buted to the increased expence necessary to resolation that the funds should be restricted equip the number of missionaries for the to the circulation of the inspired writings. additional stations which had been establish- Means, however, were found and adopted to ed in different parts of the world ; and also sapply the pure canons of Scripture ; and, from the great demand made apon the funds after all, be was satisfied that the issues of of the Society by the wants of the heathen Bibles on the Continent had been greater
than in preceding years, particularly the been made by sales, in the whole, 50,000 New Testament. The Society, therefore, piastres, or between 1700 and 18001, which had only to continue the labour of love in the was very gratifying, as the agent was told spirit they bad begun, and they would prove when he first went over, that though he how correct was the observation of an old night have numbers taken from bim as gifts, divine, ‘that truth and love were the most the people would never buy any. The exerpowerful agents in the world, and that when tions of the Bible Society had raised the the golden thread of love was twiped with character of the English in Turkey and the silken cord of truth a bond was formed amongst the Greeks, who had beretofore which led men on whether they would or no.'sapposed that we were a nation of FreeIn that spirit he hoped the Society would masons, or that we believed in the transmicontinue to conciliate wben they bad no right gration of souls ; but they now found that to dictate, and that the word of God woald our faith rested on Holy Writ. From go forth in its free course, and be glorified.” Smyrna the accounts were equally favoar
able, and gave great hopes of an increased The following brief sketch of the circulation of the Scriptures in the Greek principal features of the Report, will, Islands and the Morea. Tbe distribution in we doubt not, be interesting to our Calcutta had amounted to 7,500 copies, and readers :
the last meeting there was attended more
numerously than any former one bad been. • In France, 56,000 copies of the Scrip
“ At Madras, progress was making in the tures were circulated last year, which was three branches of translation, printing, and 10,000 more tban the preceding year. The distribution. Eight thoasand copies had printing of the Turkish Bible bad also been been given away, and the Committee becompleted, and had undergone the examina- stowed no less than 1750 reams of paper tion of Dr. Henderson, who was entirely for carrying on the works in hand there. In satisfied with it. The number of copies Bombay, 8,257 copies had been distributed, issued last year from Darmstadt was 28,723. and there was also an increase of subThe Paris Society bad experienced a great scribers. loss in the death of their Secretary, the Ba- “ The accounts from the West India ron de Stael ; but it was consolatory to Islands were also favourable, and various state, be passed his few last days in fervent applications had been made to the Society and constant prayer. In consequence of the from Missionaries of different descriptions. destitute state of the French Protestants, The Wesleyans bad 8000 children in their 5000 copies had been granted, making the schools in the West Indies, and expected whole number 14,500. A gentleman also in 8000 more. In Jamaica the Baptists had Brussels gave an assurance, that since 1815, 800, and the United Brethren some also. 50,000 copies had been given to Roman « In North America there had been Catholics in France. In Osnaburg, as soon 67,000 Bibles distributed, making the total as it was known that the agent bad Bibles, issued by the Society there 501,000; the his house was crowded by the poor, both last year exceeding the preceding by an young and old. The King of Wirtemberg issue of 16,000. In Pennsylvania it was had renewed bis annual grant, and Bibles determined to supply every family in the without the Apocrypha began to be more province with a copy, and that would take, inquired after. The number of Danish co- 1 for those unsupplied, 100,000. A subscrippies 'distributed was 142,310; of Swedish tion had been entered into, and 14 or 15,000 Old Testaments 3,400, New Testaments dollars received. 17,000. At Abo, which was consumed by “ The Hibernian Society had issued in fire, all the copies of the Scripture bad been the last year. 51,412, and other Societies destroyed—500 Swedish copies of the New there continued to increase in their circulaTestament were sent, and a Finnish transla- tion, making from the commencement 497,000 tion was in progress. At Malta, hetween 2 copies. Notwithstanding that the issues and 3000 copies had been distributed, 2000 and receipts bad been greater than on any of them Greek, and a translation had also former occasion, still the Irish Societies had been made into the Albanian, which gave not sufficient funds of their own. great satisfaction in that country, as it was “ The issues of the Society at home had the first time the Albanian people ever bad been 137,162 Bibles and 199,108 Testathe word of life in their own tongue. In ments, making an excess of 42,264 over Constantinople, before the agent left, nearly the issue of last year. School books to the 2,500 copies had been disposed of by sale, number of 78,943 were issued, making an and 36,000 sent to different parts of the
excess over last year of 4,000, and fifteen Turkis' dominions. During the residence new Auxiliary Societies had been added.", of the agent there, in the years 1824-5-6, 21,000 had been circulated, and the total in The receipts amounted to nearly seven years was 30,000 copies. There had | 79,0001. besides upwards of 16001. re
ceived since last March, when the ac- the Ionian Islands, the Cape, East Indies, counts were brought up; the expendi- Eastern Archipelago, and China, and the ture is 86,2421. being 16,0001. more
whole of America. It concluded with a than last year.
strong appeal to the public liberality in be
half of its training system, recommendations Very pleasing intelligence had been to country Committees, and a general de communicated 'from Scotland, where the fence of the Society. contributions from twelve different places amounted to 7371. ; but the Report ob
The importance of the training deserved, “these contributions, unexpect-partment, it was observed, may be estied as they were, became so much more mated from the simple fact that ne valuable, by the cordial expressions fewer than 35 schools have been indebtand tokens of confidence with which ed to it for teachers during the past they were accompanied.”
year. This is a pleasing circumstance, and
The Rev. B. Allen, of Philadelphia, especially encouraging, when taken in mentioned that the number of children connection with another fact that was
taught in New York in 1816, was also stated, viz. that since the Society 140,106; the number between five and had resolved to disseminate nothing but fifteen was then stated at 176,449, exthe inspired records of divine truth, ceeding the number taught by 36,343. 6000 copies of the Scriptures could bé In 1825, the number taught was more circulated at the same expence as 5000 than treble that of 1816, being 425,350 ; formerly cost, when encumbered with and the excess in favour of those inthe Apocrypha. So that there is reason structed was nearly 30,000, arising from to hope that the storm which blew so many attending the schools above fifteen heavily from the North on this noble In- and under five years of age. It was a stitution, while it may have shaken remarkable fact that not one person from it whatever was unsightly or un
educated at these schools could be sound, will have caused its roots to traced to the State prison; and the strike the deeper into those sacred same wa true also in reference to the principles whence it derives its nourish- schools in Philadelphia. ment and strength.
In Denmark also, it was observed, The Bishops of Winchester, Litch- by Rev. W.Orme, in his powerful apfield and Coventry, Sodor and Man; peal to the meeting, there had been Lords Harrowby, Calthorp, and Bexley, organized on the Lancastrian system Sir T. D. Acland, Bart. W. Wilberforce, within the last five years from two to Esq. and the Revs. Dr. Paterson, Dr? nearly three thousand schools, i. e. Wilson, R. W. Sibthorpe, Wm. Orme, nearly 600 schools a year established &c. addressed the meeting, in the course in an efficient system by the wisdom of of whose eloquent and able speeches a Government. What would be the effect respectful notice was taken of the loss if all the Legislatures of the world were which the Society had sustained in the to adopt the same beneficent plan ? death of Bishop Heber and Baron de
Lord Bexley, W. Wilberforce, Esq. Stael, the latter during the past year.
Mr. Rocafuerte (Mexican Minister),
The Annual Sermons on behalf of this “Our limits do not admit of any abstract Society were preached by the Rev.J.A. of the Report, which, besides giving a brief account of the home and foreign operations James of Birmingham, at Poultry Chaof the Society, traced the progress of educa- pel, from John iv. 38. (latter clause); tion in Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Rev. R. Alliott, of Nottingham, at Surrey 'Russia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Chapel, from Matt. x. 8. (latter clause),
BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY.
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.
Rev. J. Stewart, D.D. of Liverpool, at not co-operate in the support of misthe Tabernacle, from Psalm lxvi. 4—7.; sionaries who preached the Gospel, yet Rev. W. Clayton, of Saffron Walden, they seemed disposed to contribute their at Tottenham Court Road Chapel, from aid, so far as their tenets would permit, 3 John 7 and 8.; and the Rev. B. W. in the support of schools and the educaNoel, A. M. at St. Clement Danes, tion of the rising generation. Mr. East Strand, from Isaiah lii. 7.
added, “ that one of the most intelliThe Annual Meeting was held at the gent friends in Birmingham had conWesleyan Chapel, City Road, May 15, sented to preside as Chairman at a William Alers Hankey, Esq. Treasurer, Missionary meeting, and had advocated in the Chair
the cause in a most liberal point of The Rev. W. Orme, Secretary, read view.” the Report, the details of which were The Chairman then stated that it highly interesting. The following ab- gave him much pleasure to acquaint the stract of the stations now occupied, and meeting, that the amount collected in the amount of the Subscriptions, is nearly the chapel was 2051. 78. 9d. all our limits will allow us to present to our readers:
« South Seas, 30 stations, 16 mission. On Friday Morning, May 16, the aries, and upwards of 40 Native teachers. twenty-ninth Anniversary of this valuBeyond the Ganges, 5 stations, 10 mis- able Institution was held at the City sionaries ; East Indies, 18 stations, 28 missionaries, besides 2 on their passage, and of London Tavern. Viscount Mandemany Native teachers; Russia, 2 stations, ville in the Chair. 4 missionaries; Mediterranean, 2 stations, 2 missionaries; Africa, 15 stations, 19
«« William Jones, Esq. proceeded to read missionaries, with catechists, artisans, Na- the Report, which, after stating the operative assistants, &c.; Madagascar and Mau- tions of the Society in China and Judea, ritius, 2 stations, 5 missionaries, with arti
went on to observe, that the Committee have sans and Native assistants ; West Indies, forwarded to the different stations in the 2 stations, 1 missionary, and 1 appointed. East, 480 reams of printing paper, and Total 76 stations, and 83 missionaries ; 90,400 tracts and books. In the grants to making, with assistants, Native teachers, these places, more than 8001. bave been exmissionary artisans, catechists, school mas- pended. The Report also referred to the ters, &c. about 400 persons, more or less circulation of Scriptural works in Spanish dependant on the Society, exclusive of America, the British Colonies of North families.
America, in the West Indies, and various The number of Native children instructed parts of the North of Europe ; in France, under the superintendance of Missionaries, Switzerland, and Malta. During the year, is between 16,000 and 17,000. The annual 90,000 works were sent to Ireland for graexpenditure of the Society is 39,4351. The tuitous circulation ; 557,000 publications amount of contributions this year, is 47,1541. were circulated in London and its vicinity, 78. 6d.”
to soldiers and sailors; and also to prisoners
of various descriptions. The benevolent After an interesting address from the income of the Society amounted to 3,3291. chair, the resolutions were moved and 198. 11d. being an increase of 4931. 7s. 10d. seconded by the Revs. Rowland Hill, amounted to 3,2441. 78. 10d. The sales
The money grants and gratuitous issues, . J. A. James, Joseph Julian (Church also increased 2,0751. 11s. 3d. The total Missionary), Timothy East, Dr. Stewart, circulation of publications during the year, Dr. Cox, W. Orme, Jabez Bunting, Mr. amounted to 9,649,507; which, added to Urwick, of Dublin, w. Patton, of New the tracts pablished in foreign languages, York, &c. Lord Bexley seconded the shewed an increased circulation of about
two millions of works beyond the preceding first resolution.
year.” Among other pleasing circumstances, it was stated that the Society of Friends The Revs. W. Patton (New York), began to feel much of that holy impulse Dr. Pinkerton, B. Alleyn (Philadelwhich originated missionary undertak- phia), E. Bickersteth, Dr. Henderson, ings; and though as a body they could R. W. $ibthorpe, B.D. Dr. Cox, Chas.