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India, and Boodhu, flourished within a few years of each other, he adds the following observation : " And the friend of mankind will recollect with gratitude, that at the same time, Ezra, a ready scribe in the law of the God of heaven, was raised up to collect that Sacred Volume, the first line of which, In the beginning God CREATED the heavens and the eavth, saps the foundation of all those hypotheses which confound the Creator with the creature ; and the doctrines of which, when diffused throughout the world, will dispel the delu. sions of all other systems, as the rising sun dispels the mists which cover the earth.'
“ The last instance of seasonable providential interference, in behalf of the Holy Scriptures, on which I shall remark, is none other than the establishment of the British and Foreign Bible Society itself; a Society which commenced its operations, I believe, by scattering an handful of corn on the tops of the mountains of the Principality of Wales, but the fruit of whose charity and zeal now • shakes like Lebanon, and is rapidly filling the earth. I think that no man, who candidly considers the immensity of good already effected by it, at home and abroad, and the vast and stupendous apparatus of means which it has constructed, and is constructing, for accomplishing the universal translation and diffusion of the Sacred Volume, can hesitate to ascribe the origination of such a Society to the agency of Him from whom cometh every good and every perfect gift,' and withqut whom, to use the admirable expression of our National Liturgy, nothing is strong, nothing is holy.' And that this Institution should have been founded at such a time, iš à circumstance which greatly tends to confirm the opinion. It was established, your Lordship knows, at a period which might, with too much justice, be characterized, pot as the Age of Reason, but as the Age of Infidelity. A grave and systematic attack had been made on the authority and influence of the Bible. Many had imbibed the principles of skepticism; and the existing political authorities in one leading European nation were so abandoned to the spirit of delusion, as openly to proclaim their disbelief of Divine Revelation, and their persuasion that Death is an eternal sleep.' Loud were the boastings of the Anti-Christian confederacy; and they threatened, in all the madness of an anticipated triumph, that they would soon crush the wretch,' (for thus they profanely denominated our common Saviour,) and drive those . old enthusiasts, the Prophets
, and Apostles, out of the world. But He who sitteth in the heavens laughed them to scorn. The God of the Bible had its enemies in derision. About the very height and crisis of this impiety the British and Foreign Bible Society was formed. A new and mighty impulse has been given by it to the exertions of Christians. That unity of the spirit, which doubtless before existed in the bearts of good men, has found at last a bond of peace, by which it is rendered visible and efficient. We have adopted towards each other the generous maxim of a celebrated statesman, who wished that his political enmities might be lost in reconciliation, and that his political friendships might always remain inviolate. Our noble motto, like his, is, Inimicitiæ placabiles : Amicitiæ sempiternæ. Infidelity, by these united efforts, has been compelled to retire disgraced and baffled from the field. And that Book, which was to have been banished from the earth, is daily receiving new honours, and obtaining increasing attention and influence. Who, my Lord, can help exclaiming, The band of God is in this triumph?
Apologizing for the length and triteness of my remarks, and grateful for the patience with which they have been heard, I have the honour, in conclusion, to second the motion now before your Lordship and the Meeting.”
The BISHOP OF NORWICH introduced the Resolution of Thanks, which he moved, to the Presbyteries of Scotland, in the following manner :
“The interesting Report read this day by our noble and excellent President, propes most clearly, not only the extent, but the beneficial effects of this Institution. I should abuse your patience, if I were to dwell on this subject; nor is it necessary; for very few would presume to call in question the truth of the assertion. I would therefore only observe, that there is not a people on
earth who have supported with more assiduity and unbounded liberality this Society, than the people of Scotland ; a people not so remarkable for their wealth, as their industry, their genuine evangelical piety, their high independ. ent spirit, and their love of religious and civil liberty a kingdom, the moral condition of which proves, beyond all controversy, that a general education of the children of the poor, and the distribution of the Sacred Scriptures, are the surest means, under Providence, of promoting not only the happiness of the poor themselves, but the welfare of every government to which they belong, by encouraging those habits of industry, morality, and religion, which the Bible inculcates, in a way which most effectually informs the understanding, and influences the heart."
The impression made by this Anniversary, which equalled, is it did not surpass, in point of interest, any of the preceding ones, may be considered as well expressed in the following passage from the conclusion of the Report :
“ It is indeed impossible to contemplate the effects produced by the British and Foreign Bible Society, so conspicuously displayed in the attention which it has excited to the supreme importance of the Holy Scriptures, in the unparalleled efforts for the diffusion of them, and in the extension and enlargement of charitable feeling, without emotions of the purest delight, the warmest gratitude, and the most cheering anticipation.
“In humble dependence on the favour of Almighty God, deriving efficiency from the public bounty, and with no other recommendation than the simplici. ty of its principle, and the benevolence of its design, the British and Foreign Bible Society has gone forth from strength to strength, triumphantly opposing the attempts of infidelity to discountenance the truths of Divine Revelation, imparting its spirit to Christians all over the world, animating their zeal, and aiding their exertions, accompanied by their prayers, and rewarded by their benedictions. The Members of the Institution have the amplest grounds for rejoicing in the glorious privilege which they exercise of dispensing the bounty of the Most High. The charity to which they have devoted themselves, in humble imitation of that divine love which, in its dispensation of mercy, offered the Gospel of salvation to all mankind, embraces the whole human race, without distinction of colour or country, of friend or foe; connecting the scat: tered members of the Christian community by the sacred ties of a religion which considers all men as brethren, the children of one common father; and exhibiting, by this union, a practical exemplification of the Apostolic precept, ' to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.'
“ It is a charity no less ennobled by its object, than sanctified in its means, which enriches those who bestow, as well as those who receive; and the Christian, who knows the word of God to be the savour of life unto life, and the power of God unto salvation, puts forth his hand to the work with heartfelt delight, thankful that God has blessed him with the ability, as well as inclination, to render others partakers of the heavenly banquet on which he has feasted, and to enable them to gather with him the fruit of immortality from the tree of life.
“Looking to what has been accomplished, and to the progressive march of the Institution, he sees, with joy unspeakable, that it has been the means of conveying the treasures of divipe truth and kngwledge to thousands professing Christianity, who might never have known the Bible but by name, if the British and Foreign Bible Society had not existed. He contemplates the heavenly light which was graciously revealed to guide our feet into the way of peace, dawning over nations which have long sat in darkness and in the shadow of death; and while he surveys with rapture and astonishment the numerous. Bible Societies spread over the face of the earth, identified in object, and united by affection, exhilarating and adorning the western as well as the eastern hemisphere, he is encouraged to hope, that by the continuance of the favour of God on the means now in operation for disseminating his Holy Word, the predicted period may be accelerated, when all the ends of the earth shall remember, and turn unto the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him*.»
Extracts from the Report of the 22d General Meeting of
the (London) Missionary Society
(Continued from page 395.)
TINEVELLEY COUNTRY. Our information from Mr. Ringletaube has lately been very scanty. We have, however, learned, with concern, that the state of his health has been so unpromising, that he entertained serious thoughts of relinquishing his mission, and resigning it to other hands. The Directors, unwilling to abandon a station which they think may be occupied to great advantage, as there are six congregations which Mr. Ringletaube and his Catechists have been accustomed to visit, as well as several schools, determined to send out two brethren to this district : accordingly Mr. Mead and Mr. Render, both from Gosport, have embarked for this purpose, in the ship just mentioned. It is pleasant to reflect on the agreeable circumstances under which six of our brethren have gone forth, enjoying not only the company of each other, but of several others who have the same glorious object in view, and under the protection of a Captain, who feels a delight in conveying so many servants of Christ to their destined ports. The Moira will, doubtless, be followed throughout her voyage by the sincere prayers of the whole Society.
MAURITIUS. Recent advices from Mr. Le Brun are more encouraging han the former. He says, “ Our little congregation increases, notwithstanding all opposition; and one proof of their sincerity is, that they bear with patience the insults of the multitude, who point at them as monsters, because they have changed their religion.” He hopes soon to form them into a regular society; but proceeds with prudent caution. His Sunday School prospers, and more than fifty of the children make rapid progress in the Catechism.
SURAT. The mission of Surat, which has been for many years in the contemplation of this Society, but which has been hitherto retarded by a variety of impediments, is at length, by the goodness of God, commenced. Mr. Skinner and Mr. Fyvie, Študents at Gosport, arrived at Bombay on the 9th of August last, after an agreeable passage of less than four months. They were received in the most friendly manner by the Go
* Psalm xxij. 27.
vernor, Sir Evan Nepean. Mr. Skinner proceeded in a few weeks to Surat, where he arrived September 16, after a passage of four days, and took up his abode with Mr. Aratoon, the Baptist Missionary, who rejoiced to receive a fellow-labourer in the same arduous work. He apprehends that no obstacle will be thrown in the way of their Missionary efforts. Mr. Fyvie was expected to follow Mr. Skinner as soon a's domestic circumstances would permit. We doubt not that both these brethren will apply themselves with great diligence to the acquisition of the Guzzerat or the Hindoostanee language, both which are spoken a: Surat, the former by the Hindoos, the latter by the Mahometans.
Our brethren speak in very respectful terms of the Ameri can Missionaries at Bombay, Messrs. Hall and Newal; and regret the return of Mr. Nott to America on account of his health.
LASCARS. The Committee, who have paid a Christian attention to the Lascars and Chinese sailors in London, mentioned in our last Report their satisfaction with the character of Golam Alli, formerly a Mahometan, who had just been baptized on the profession of his faith; we are sorry to report that he soon after died; but it is consolatory to add, that he departed, relying on Jesus Christ alone for salvation. The Committee also entertain a good hope concerning Abdallah, who was useful in teaching the Arabic and other languages, and in reading the scriptures to his countrymen. . Before his return to the East, he professed his belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world. Mr. Townley received some lessons from him in the Bengallee language, and the Rev. Mr. Atley, who has been assiduously attentive to the Lascars, derived from Abdallah the first rudiments of the Hindoostanee, in which he has since made so much improvement as to have been able to assist Mr. Keith in learning it; and we hope will hereafter be very serviceable to others of the Missionary Students intended for the East. Mr. Fyvie, now at Surat, observes, that as the Hindoostanee is spoken by all the people in business on the Malabar coast, it would be beneficial to Missionaries going thither, to pay attention to the rudiments of that language in England.
A Portuguese Lascar, named Reed, declared before his death that his first religious impressions were received in the Society's house at Stepney. During the past year considerable interest has been excited among the Chinese in London, who gladly received and read Mr. Morrison's tract and catechism; had several opportunities of reading his translation of the New Testament, and expressed great pleasure in perusing the fourteenth chapter of St. John's Gospel. The Committee were favoured with a number of Portuguese Testaments by the Bible Society, with valuable Oriental books by the East London Auxiliary Bible Society, and a quantity of Tracts by this Society, which they distributed with advantage.
The Lascar Committee, who for the sake of economy, have relinquished the house at Stepney, have no intention of abandoning their primary object, of tendering moral and religious instruction to these poor strangers.
SOUTH AFRICA. The Directors will next proceed briefly to report. the substance of that ample and delightful information which they have received from the numerous stations occupied by our Missionaries in South Africa. But they cannot enter upon this, without expressing their gratitude to the God of all grace, for the wonderful pouring out of his Spirit in that country, and making many who were deemed " the offscouring of all things,” and scarcely ranked among human beings, “ fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” STATIONS WITHIN THE COLONY OF THE
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. It may be proper, in the first place, to mention Cape Town, though not strictly a missionary station, as it is the port at which all our African Missionaries disembark, and where they generally remain for a time, in order to pro cure the articles necessary for their accommodation in the interior.
Mr. Thom, who left England with Mr. Campbell in 1812, with the intention of proceeding to India, was induced, by a variety of occurrences, to continue for a season, at the Cape, where, finding his labours among the British soldiery and others very acceptable and useful, he has ever since conti. nued. He has been highly serviceable 10 our Missionaries for the East, who have touched there, as well as to the African Missionaries; and having acquired the Dutch language, he has been useful in various parts of the colony which he had occasionally visited, and to the slaves and others in Cape Town. But as a permanent residence at the Cape was not the original intention of his mission, and as he has signified his readiness to proceed to any part of the East, the Directors have written to him, expressing their wish that he should remove to Ceylon, where there is ample scope for the most active exercise of his useful talents.