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come forward, and repress the current of The mation was carried unanimously. infidelity which was let loose upon the The Rev. G. Clark remarked, that we world.
need not look for personal motives in a We learn, with great regret, that this case like this: to those high and boly valuable Society is upwards of 1500l. in impulses which call upon us to contridebt.
bute to other Institutions, must here be Lord Calthorpe, in moving that the Re- added the claims of gratitude to those to port should be received, said, that there whom we owe so much. The good order was peculiar propriety in the friends of of soldiers in time of peace, was as remarkChristianity endeavouring to communicate able as their valour in time of war; but as the benefits of the Scriptures to the pre- he cannot be a good soldier who fears servers of their country. Nothing could death, so he is not a friend to soldiers that be of greater importance than to render does not give them that book which overthe soldier or sailor always prepared for comes the fear of death. It was a libel, he death; nothing could be so great a cor- contended, upon an honourable and necesa rective as the Scriptures for the vices which sary profession, that its members must be were engendered patarally amongst a num- reduced to the state of heathens, and renber of men, gathered together as soldiers. dered as insensible as the horses on which were; nothing could so well tend to bu- they rode, to fit them for service. It argued manize, and make war less savage, as great ignorance of that book wbich teaches the Scriptures; by making soldiers Chris- every man to do his duty. tian warriors, and preparing them to en- Lieut. Gordon adverted to the impedidure, with fortitude and patience, the ments thrown in the way of our Missionary trials and hardships to which they were efforts, by the immoral conduct of our subject.
soldiers and sailors, and thence inferred the Major Mackworth, of the Hon. East In- importance of the friends of Missions asdia Company's service, addressed the meet- sisting this Society. He then adverted to ing, and said, that he had seen many en- the beneficial effects of religion, as illusgagements abroad; he had seen the men trated in one regiment of Highlanders, of form in ranks and rush forward to death wbich it had been remarked that it ought without knowing where their immortal souls to be broken up for non-commissioned were to go, or even if they had any. He officers. It contained no less than 500 had, when he was young, gone on the field conmunicants: no punishment had ocof battle, and examined the books and papers curred in the regiment for seven years : of the dead; but, he lamented to say, that in there was a fund for the education of no one instance did he ever find a Bible or a their orphans, which was not only sufficient Prayer Book amongst them. He expressed to educate, but also to assist them in setting his pleasure, however, that this state of out in the world. They subscribed a day's things was now happily altered amongst pay for every widow belonging to the regithe army, and that the Bible was now the ment. At the Cape station they exerted themcompanion of the majority. He alluded, selves in supporting the Missionary cause, in forcible terms, to the humanity of the and left 1401. which they had subscribed British army, which called forth a most for this purpose; and when they appeared impressive testimony from the present so- at New Orleans, 600 strong, every man vereign of France; and closed by earnestly bad bis Bible. Such was the tendenoy of pressing upon the wife of every officer who true religion; and he therefore hoped the was present, the duty of endeavouring to assembly would consider the claims of the recover the females of the army from the Society, and exert themselves to remove state of misery and degradation to which so that debt which impeded its exertions. many of them were reduced.
Major-general Orde said, that if, in obeThe Rev. W. Coldwell, of Stafford, re- dience to an eartbly monarch, the soldier lated an interesting anecdote of two sol- went forth to meet his country's foes, surely diers, who, on a foreign station, had been we should endeavour, in obedience to the condemned to death; during their confine. King of kings, to promote the salvation of ment they constantly and fervently read the their souls, who were thus called to bear Scriptures; owing to some favourable cir- the heat and burden of the day. Surely cumstances in their case, they received a we ought to remember the thrice repeated pardon, and such was the beneficial effect exhortations, Feed my sheep-to be merproduced upon their conduct, that in less ciful after our power--and as
we have than twelve months they were promoted to freely received, we should freely give. the rank of non-commissioned officers, It Capt. H. Gordon, R. N.; Thomas Reed, was thus that the exertions of this Society Esq. Surgeon, R. N.; Sir Claudius Huntended to produce gcod soldiers, good sub- ter, and the Rev. Bryan Burgess, severally jects, consistent and exemplary Christians. addressed the meeting, which then broke
Lord Gambier addressed the meeting at up, deeply impressed and bigbly gratified. some length,
LONDON SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE
JEWS. The fifteenth Anniversary of this Society might find godliness profitable for all was held at Freemasons' Hall, on Friday, things, having promise of the life that May 9th, which was early filled with a now is and of that which is to come. highly respectable assembly. While the After Mr. Woodd had concluded, the members of the Society were collecting, children withdrew; and the Rev. Mr. Hawthe children of the Jewish schools sung trey proceeded to read an abstract of the several hymns, and some voluntaries were Report. performed on the organ. The chair was It adverts, first, to the domestic occurtaken precisely at twelve o'clock by Sir rences of the year, and notices the forma Thomas Baring, who introduced the bu- tion of new Auxiliary Societies, or Associsiness by a general statement of the objectations, at Chichester, Gloucester, Portsea, and plans of the Society. The object was Derby, Clapham, and Percy Chapel. It the conversion of the Jews: the means by states, that there is a manifest increase which tbat object was pursued were, 1. the among our countrymen of enlightened, education of Jewish children, of whom scriptural zeal for the spiritual welfare of 800 bad been instructed since the com- Israel; that the income of the Society has mencement of the Society, none of whom been raised to the aniount of 10,9241.; had returned to Judaism ; 2. the delivering and that from Ireland alone, notwithstand lectures to the Jews, at the Jewish Episco- ing the great national anxiety and conflict pal Chapel, in which the types, prophecies, wbich there exists, no less than 11501. has &c. are explained; 3. the translating and been contributed to the funds of the Socirculating of the sacred Scriptures, espe- ciety. The Report then notices the spirit cially the New Testament, among the Jews. of inquiry excited among the Jews, and No less than 10,000 copies of the Hebrew manifested by the comparative frequency New Testament have already been distri- of their publications on the subject of buted, exclusive of great numbers of Tes- Christianity, and the attention paid by taments, in the German, Hebrew, and many of them to the Tracts and other pub- ; Judeo-Polish languages; many of which lications of the London Society. There the Society bave positive evidence have not are at present in the Society's schools 38 only been thankfully received, but dili- boys and 49 girls. The Society bare sent gently perused: yet, notwithstanding the out three missionaries during the year, two number distributed, when it was considered to Poland, and one to the Mediterranean, that tbe Jews amounted to no less than six and they have at present seven students in millions, it might well be inquired what their seminary at Stansted preparing for are 10,000 Testaments among so many? future services.
After the Chairman had concluded his The Report next proceeds to notice the address, the children, as usual, sung “ Ho- foreign relations of the Society. It adverts sanna to the Son of David." The Rev. to, a periodical work about to be pubBasil Woodd then arose. He spake of the lished in Paris, one prominent object of children as a living report, bearing witness which is the awakening attention to the in their own persons of the excellence of conversion of the Jews. It notices the the Institution. He next addressed the singular circumstance of the chief rabbi of children with his accustomed fidelity and the Jews at Paris accompanying the Rev. affection, urging upon them the responsi- Lewis Way to the meeting of the Paris bility under which they were placed, by Protestant Bible Society. It states, that being instructed in the oracles of God; in Holland the cause of the Society, though the claims wbich the Society had upon obstructed by many, and, in some respects, them to maintain a Christian conduct ;- peculiar difficulties, is making a steady and called upon them to pray for a blessing progress; and especially notices the prepaon the instructions which they had re- ratory work going on amongst the Jews at ceived. The cause of Judab, he said, was present. The dissatisfaction felt by some the cause of the world, and the conversion of them with the present state of religion of Judah would be accompanied by the amongst their people; the feeling of the conversion of all nations; and he there necessity of religion that is growing up fore entreated the assembly to pray ear- among them; the gradual diminution of nestly that these children might, like. Sa prejudice; the impression which kindness
Speak, Lord, for thy servant and friendship are making upon them; all hcareth ;” that when they went forth into these are illustrated by important remarks the world the Lord might be with them, and observations from Mr. Tbelwall. The as be was with Joseph; and that whatever Report then notices some instances of sucthey should do, the Lord might make it to cess communicated to the Society by Mr. prosper; that, like Mary, they might choose T. and proceeds to advert to the interest the one thing needful, and with Timothy excited on behalf of the Jewish cause in
Germany, at Detmold in Westphalia; in
was one great cause of their aversion to Prussia, at Kønigsberg, Berlin; in Sax- Christianity. Our forefathers were deep in ony, at Dresden, Leipsic; in Prussian Po- the guilt of that oppression, and we should land, at Breslau, Cracow, Warsaw; in endeavour to atone for the crime by a Russian Poland, &c. ; inserting extracts speedy reparation. from the correspondence of Messrs. Gold- Dr. Pinkerton said, he had seen the exberg, M'Caul, Becker, &c. The Report isting state of the Jews in the continental then notices the voyage of the Rev. Messrs. nations. Of their moral and civil degraWay and Lewis to the coasts of the Medi- dation he should not speak. Their reliterranean and the Levant; the formation gious degradation was perbaps greater than of a special fund at Nice for the support of it had been even at the time of the persecua mission to Palestine; the proceedings of tion of our Saviour, when the Apostles pitied Mr. Wolff in his visit to Jerusalem, Anti- them. “ Their band was raised against every och, &c. with bis address at Malta. The man, and every man's hand was raised against Report concludes by insisting on the ne- them.” This was the case every where but cessity of an increase of labourers, an in England. They still lored Judea. In increase of funds, and an increase of Holland the rich Jews procured earth from prayers.
Palestine, to form their grares; and eren The Bishop of Gloucester, in moving the poor strewed a few handfuls of this that the Report be received and printed, earth in the graves of the dead, to fix their most powerfully advocated the cause, which, repose. be assured the meeting, met with the firm- Sir George Rose called upon Christians est support in the city of Gloucester. His in aid of the instruction and conversion of Lordship alluded to the recent Anniversary the Jews, who had so long laboured of the Bible Society in that room, and re- under accumulated prejudices and injuries. marked that the greater part of that holy He was happy to say, that from much book was written by and for the Jewish of both they had lately been relieved, nation. They were, he said, bound in and were now greatly upon the increase gratitude to serve the Jews, wbo had suf- upon the continent: but he was sorry to fered scorn and derision on their account
say, that many were kept from professing in days long gone by, and who had been Christianity through the hatred which they left to perish millions after millions; but bore to their former persecutors. they were bound to serve Him more espe- Several other gentlemen addressed the cially, who was the King of the Jews. The meeting, as Major Mackworth, Professor diffusion of Christian knowledge was now Keiffer, the Rer. Messrs. Cunningham, operating like a well-marshalled army- Thistlewaite, Marsh, &c.; also a convertthe batteries were at play, the mines were ed Jew, the son of a rabbi, returned his springing, and recruits were from time to thanks for the exertions of the Society in time coming into the camp.
bebalf of his nation. In the north of Lord Calthorpe seconded the resolution; England he met with a man of talent, who in doing which he took occasion to com- spoke very lightly of the objects of the mend, in the strongest manner, the sys- Society, and its effects.
He did not suptem of educating children upon their esta- pose they would convert more than one blishment. His Lordship commended their hundred all together. “Be it so (said he); attempts for the conversion of the young, you are a skilful calculator-take your pen whose hearts were more open to instuction now, and calculate the value of one hunand conviction.
dred immortal souls!” Lord Bexley declared, that not one of Sir T. Baring closed the meeting with an the great institutions of the country better address from the chair, and a collection deserved support than this. The Jews had was made at the doors. been trampled upon every where, which
HIBERNIAN BIBLE SOCIETY. On Thursday, April 10th, the seren- attachment to the great cause which the teenth Annual General Meeting of the Hi- Hibernian Bible Society has in band, bernian Bible Society was held in the Ro- would not admit of any light reason for tunda, Dublin; the Right Hon. Judge Daly, yiclding to another my right to the chair one of the Vice-Presidents, in the Chair. at its meeting on Thursday next. But, in
The Chairman commenced the business truth, unforeseen circumstances have ocof the day by reading the following letter curred to render my leaving my family at from His Grace the Archbishop of Tuam, this time (unless absolutely necessary) very President of the Society.
distressing. There will be no difficulty
from among the numerous friends of the “ Palace of Tuam, Society to select one to fill the chair every
April 3, 1823. way (except the earnest and anxious desire “My continued and, if possible, increased to promote the glorious object of the So
ciety, in which I will give place to no man last year have been from various sources living), far better qualified than I am for 43431. Os. 11d. for which contributions the that distinguished privilege. I know that Committee desire to express their unthis work of mercy prospers, and its pro- feigned gratitude. sperity is evidence that it is the work of * The issues of books from the deposiGod. And may He, by the influence of tory of the Society have been for the last his grace, continue to prosper it more and year 8628 Bibles and 7949 Testaments, more! I have the honour to be, &c. &c. &c. which have been issued as follows : (Signed) “ Power TUAM." “ Sold to Auxiliary Societies and Asso
ciations 6888 Bibles, 6256 Testaments. The Report was read by one of the Se- “ Sold at reduced prices to Subscribers, cretaries; and several of the Resolutions 1074 Bibles, 739 Testaments. were respectively moved and seconded by “ Bestowed gratuitously, 666 Bibles, the Right Hon. the Earl of Roden and 954 Testaments; making the total issues, John Mac Clintock, Esq.; John Leslie of the Society, since its establishment, Forster, Esq. and Rev. Mr. Lloyd; P. E. 312,272 Bibles and Testaments. Singer, Esq. and Mr. Kelly; Serjeant Le- “ The issue of books falls short of what froy, and Rev. Wm. Bushe; Rev. Henry was reported last year by 78 Bibles and Irwin, and Rev. J. Petherick; D. R. Ross, 4015 Testaments. In regard to this dimiEsq. and Sir J. K. James, Bart.
nution the Committee would observe, that
it is almost exclusively in the issue of TesExtracts from the Report.
taments, and that it is nearly accounted for “ The whole number of the auxiliary in- from the circumstance of the Sunday School stitutions which have been formed or re- Society for Ireland having, during the pre-. organized during the past year is five aux- ceding year, purchased at your depository iliary Societies and 30 Bible Associations, 3000 Testaments; whereas, during the making a total of 35; which, added to the last year, none were purchased by them. Institutions formerly in connexion with Another cause of this deficiency has been, you, and deducting those which have been that the efforts of your Committee in formdissolved, make a total of 147 Bible Insti- jag associations, have been alrjost exclututions of all kinds now in connexion with sirely directed to those parts of the country the Hibernian Bible Society.
where an extensive sale of the Scriptures is “ To encourage the formation of Bible not to be expected inimediately. Associations in those parts of the country “ Previously to the year that now ends, where there are fewest resident gentry, to the Auxiliaries and Associations were chiefly assist the poor in obtaining the Scriptures at in Leinster and Ulster; and in those proa cheap rate, and where the poor stand vinces almost every new Auxiliary and Asmost in need of such assistance, your Com- sociation requires a considerable supply of mittee have allowed themselves more li- books; but, during the last year, your berty in making grants to newly formed as- new Associations have chiefly been in Consociations than former Committees consi- naught and Munster, where the sales are, dered themselves warranted to do, in the from the circumstances of the people, less advanced state of your Society's affairs. much more limited. Every year the deThey have also, with the same view, ap- mands of those persons, who are prepropriated part of your stock of books to viously desirous of possessing the Scripthe forming of lending libraries of the Holy tures, must diminish, because every year Scriptures, under the management of Bible a considerable portion of them are sup-. Associations; and they have found this mea- plied. Through this cause, the sale of sure to be highly beneficial. Wherever some of your Associations, especially in susb libraries have been formed they have the province of Ulster, is but a fraction of been productive of the best effects, espe- what it was at their commencement. To cially in cnabling associations successfully give one instance; the Ladies' Association to meet several difficulties to wbich they at Coleraine received from your depository, are exposed in the discharge of their im- during the year that ended April last, 440 portant duties.
Bibles and 244 Testaments. During the “ The operations of the Committee have last year they have received only 32 Bibles been considerably fettered and retarded by and no Testaments. The reason is obvitheir too limited accommodation at No. 16, ous, that nearly all, who in that district, Upper Sackville Street, and by the tinie containing about 5000 inhabitants, would and attention that were required of them, receive the Scriptures, were supplied during to obtain more extensive accommodation. the first year. The Rosstunor Auxiliary They are happy to say, that they have now and Association are similarly circumstanced. the near prospect of seeing that desirable Their sales have been greatly diminished, object accomplished.”
because they have supplied with the Word The receipts of the Society for the of God nearly all those whom they found disposed to purchase it, and have now to and you have been the instruments of callwork their way among 'a people whose ing forward many labourers into this field minds are not yet prepared for reading the of useful exertion. You have already made Scriptures, or for breaking through the more than a commencement, in inducing obstructions that are laid in the way of that class of the community to receive and their possessing them.
read the Scriptures, who formerly would “ Your Committee are far from regard- bave been prevented by their own unhappy ing this as a discouraging circumstance. scruples, or by the influence of others; Your work hitherto has been chiefly pre- you have thus, through the good band of paratory: you have done much towards your God upon you, effected much that is providing those persons with the Word of important in itself, and more that is imGod who are disposed to receive it; you portant as a preparation for future operahave awakened a desire in those who possess tions. Still, however, the greater part of upd value it, to see others possess and value your labour is before you; you are now but it alse; you have acquired much experience little more than beginning to work upon and information, and have so systematized the great mass of the people of Ireland, your plans of procedure, that you can give and, considering the circumstances in which immediate direction and assistance to all they are placed, you must expect to find who are disposed to co-operate with you; your labour for some time more arduous.”
WEST INDIAN SLAVERY. This interesting question was brought be- be gained by its unanimous adoption, while fore the House of Commons on Thursday the possibility of carrying the original prothe 15th of May, by Mr. Buxton, who after position appeared doubtful. Accordingly a long and argumentative speech moved the Mr. Buxton withdrew his motion, and Mr. following resolution :
Canning's Resolutions were unanimously « That the state of slavery is repugnant agreed to. to the principles of the British constitution At the close of the discussion Mr. B. and of the Christian religion, and that it. asked for a distinct understanding of what ought to be gradually abolished throughout points of the question had been reached. the British colonies, with as much expedi- He wished to know how far they could tion as may be found consistent with a due agree as to the desirable improvement of regard to the well-being of the parties con- the state of the negro slaves. If he corcerned."
rectly understood the Right Honourable Mr. Canning considered the terms of this mover of the amendment, it was his opimotion too decided and comprehensive. He nion, that the use of the cart-wbip might therefore nioved an amendment in the fol- be put an end to- -(Mr. Canning assentlowing words:
ed) ; that the flogging of females should be “ That it is expedient to adopt effectual discontinued-(Mr. C. assented); that the and decisive measures for ameliorating the Sunday should be secured to the slaves as a condition of the slave population of His day of rest and instruction-(Mr. C. asMajesty's Colonies.
sented) ; that the acquisition of property « That, through a determined and vigor- should be attended with security-(Mr. ous, but at the same time judicious and C. assented); that existing difficulties in temperate, enforcement of such measures, the obtaining manumission should be rethis House looks forward to a progressive moved-(Mr. C. assented); that the praeimprovement in the cbaracter of the slave tice of venditioni exponas should be abopopulation, such as may prepare them for lished-(Mr. C. assented). He also una participation in those civil rights and pri- derstood, that the reception of the evivileges wbich are enjoyed by other classes dence of a slave in courts of justice was of His Majesty's subjects.
considered a doubtful point. Lastly, he " That this House is anxious for the ac- wished to know what was intended recomplishment of these purposes at the ear- specting the children of slaves, as to their Jiest period that may be consistent with the continuance or their release from the sonwelfare of the slaves themselves, the well- dition of their parents. being of the colonies, and a fair and equi- Mr. Canning replied, that he abjured table consideration of the state of property the principle of perpetual slavery. He therein."
thought that a time must be expected when With this amendment, Mr. Wilberforce the children should be born free, but he and other advocates of the cause of African was not prepared to go farther, or be more freedom advised the honourable mover to be explicit on the present occasion. content, inasmuch as a step would certainly
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