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Svo. Mr. Davies, instead of railing at Mechanics' Institutes, sets himself, like a wise minister of the cross, to direct them; and we cannot doubt that this effort of his pen will prove a blessing to many who are in danger of being led astray by the virus of infidel sentiments,

7. The Missionary Church. By W. H. STOWELL. 12mo. pp. 192. This is a work eminently suited to the times, and greatly fitted to rouse and to sustain the missionary spirit. It treats of the special Relation of the Church to the World-of the Warrant of the Church for Missionary UndertakingsOf the Missionary Efforts of the Primitive Christians-Of the Progressive Decline of the Missionary Spirit-Of the Revival of Missionary Efforts-Of the Present Obstructions to the Progress of Missionary

ne progress of Missionary Efforts-Of the Evils resulting to the Church from the Defect of the Missionary Spirit-And of the Arguments and Motives for Increased Devotion to Missionary Objects. We hope soon to review this excellent volume.

8. Manual for Emigrants to America. By

CALVIN Colton, A.M., of America. 18mo. 2s.6d. Such a work as this-so authentic, so distinguished by rigid adherence to truth, so ample in its details, so pure in sentiment-was much needed for the guidance and warping of emigrants.

9. The Annual Historian ; a Sketch of the Chief Historical Events of the World for the year 1831. Principally designed for Young Persons. By INGRAM COBBIN, A.M. 18mo. pp. 322. Like Mr. Cobbin's other writings, this is a most entertaining and instrnctive volume, which will be read by young people and others with great pleasure and advantage.

10. The Aged Christian Ripe for Glory; a Sermon, preached in the Independent MeetingHouse, Stoke Newington, on Lord's Day, April 29, 1832, occasioned by the Death of Mr. John Scott. By JOHN JEFFERSON. We well knew and greatly respected the deceased. This valuable memorial of his beloved pastor will be regarded, by a large circle of his friends, as a faithful portrait of one of the excellent of the earth.

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RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
LONDON.

chase of the Scriptures for the use of schools.

The issues of the Paris Bible Society during BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.

the past year, have been 11,900 copies of the The anniversary of this great Society was Scriptures, or parts of them. By the Frankheld at Exeter Tlall, on Wednesday, the fort Society, 71,500 copies of Bibles and 2nd of May, and the occurrences of the day Testaments have been issued. By the Mu. were such as to awaken sentiments of devout nich Society, 9,539 Testaments. At Wurthanksgiving to God, among all the attached temburg, fourteen pious ministers and laymen friends of the cause. The Hall was full have come forward to aid Dr. Pinkerton. the platform presented a delightful spectacle For distribution in the kingdom of Prussia, of rank, talent, and piety-and the dove of the Society had been asked for a grant of peace once more hovered over the assembled 20,000 copies of the Scriptures. The entire advocates and distributors of revealed truth. issues for that country had been 530,000. Lord Bexley, in the absence of the venera. In Sweden, 341,700 copies of the word of ble PRESIDENT, took the chair; and, in an God had been printed. At St. Petersburgh appropriate speech, congratulated the meeting there had been circulated, during the year, on two things—the mild visitation of the 28,500 copies of Bibles and Testaments. At hand of God, in that disease which has of Malta, a new translation of the Maltese Teslate prevailed, and the re-establishment of tament had been effected, and was about to peace and union in the Society. He con- be printed under the direction of Mr. Jowett. cluded by urging the friends of the cause to At Corfu, 2,280 copies of the New Testaincreased diligence, watchfulness, and prayer. ment had been circulated ; and, at Constan

The Rev. A. BRANDRAM, one of the Sec- tinople and Smyrna, 5,400 copies. In the retaries, read letters from LORD TEIGNMOUTH, East, the word of the Lord has free course, the Bishop of WINCHESTER, and from LORD and is glorified. Many translations are in GAMBIER, apologising for their absence, and contemplation or in progress; 600 English expressive of undiminished attachment to the Bibles have been sent to Calcutta for the use cause.

of the schools ; 14,600 copies of the ScripThe Report of the Society was unusually tures, or parts of them, have been issued interesting. It opened by a temperate refe- from the depót in that city. The Madras rence to recent differences ; it recorded the auxiliary proceeds most vigorously, having unanimity of the Society's councils; and just printed 12,000 copies of the New Testamentioned the fact that more than one thousand ment in one of the eastern languages. In pounds had been voluntarily spent by the friends Bombay, in China, in Malacca, in South of the cause in defending it from the attacks Africa, in Madagascar, in Egypt, in the of its enemies. The Foreign operations of the West Indies, and in South America, the Institution have been most encouraging. great work of distributing the word of God At Paris 176,000 Bibles and Testaments advances with most desirable success. In have been put into circulation; and, in many North America, 242,000 copies of the Scripparts of France, schools have been supplied tures have been issued, making a total, from with copies of the Holy Scriptures. In that the formation of the American Bible Society, country, the Minister of public instruction of 1,326,698. had appropriated 10,000 francs to the pur. The income of the Society, during the past

yeas, has amounted to £81,735 16s. 4d.; being a diminution on the receipts of the preceding year of £13,688, arising exclu• sively from a variation in the amount of legacies falling in to the Society during the year. The expenditure of the Society has been £98,409 10s. 9d. The issues of Bibles have been 160,701, and of Testaments, 182,444, which, added to the issues on the Continent, make a total of 583,888, being an increase on the issues of the preceding year of 100,000 copies of the word of God. The total issues of Bibles and Testaments, from the commencement of the Society, have been 7,608,615, and the sum spent in effecting this grand object, £1,878,382 16s. 2d.

The speakers were the Bishop of CHESTER, the Rev. Joan CLAYTON, Jun., the Bishop of CALCUTTA, the Rev. THOMAS GALLAND, the BISHOP OF LICHFIELD and COVENTRY,

and COVENTRY, Sir T. DYKE ACKLAND, the Rev. J. CAMP. BELL, the Hon. Rev. GERARD Noel, the Rev. J. W. CUNNINGHAM, the Rev. J. A. James, the Rev. E. BICKERSTETH, the Rev. Dr. STEINKOPFF, the Bishop OF Sodon and Man, and the Rev. J. CLAYTON, Sen.

Among the occurrences of the day, nothing was perhaps more gratifying, than the modest, humble, and self-denying manner in which the Hon. and Rev. Gerard Noel acknowledged his error in having opposed himself, for a time, to the great and good cause. We trust that many misguided friends will follow his example. One of those friends told us, the other day, that he had been grossly dem ceived by the pretensions and high-sounding orthodoxy of certain parties, but that his eyes were now opened, and he was heartily ashamed of himself for his temporary advocacy of party designs.

only ten could read. At Wisbeach, out of nineteen prisoners, only six could read and write. In Herefordshire, out of 41,017 individuals visited, only 24,222 were able to read. In and about the metropolis, there are ninety-two schools connected with the Society, in which there is an average attendance of about 14,866. Reports of a favourable kind have been received from sixty-three schools in various parts of the country. In Scotland the cause prospers. In France there are 1100 schools. In Sweden there are between three and four hundred schools ; and in other foreign parts the Society is equally prosperous. We trust this noble cause will continue to enjoy the divine blessing. The total receipts of the past year, including £100 from the king, have amounted to £2572 10s. 8d.; and the expenditure has been £2538 4s. 3d.

The meeting, which was numerous, was addressed by W. ALLEN, Esq., the Rev. Dr. BENNETT, the Rev. J. Dixon, the Hon, and Rev. GERARD Noel, the Rev. Dr. Cox, LORD John Russell, the Rev. J. CampBell, the Rev. ROBERT REDPATH, HENRY PowNALL, Esq., the Rev. D. Wallin, the Rev. W. BROADFOOT, and the Rev. G. CLAYTON.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY. The twenty-seventh annual meeting of this Society was held on Monday, the 7th of May, LORD JOHN RUSSELL in the chair. His lordship called on the Secretary forth with to read the Report, which commenced with some very enlightened remarks on the neces. sity of a vigorous effort on the part of the friends of revealed religion to keep pace with the diffusion of general knowledge. During the past year, sixty-two candidates for boys or girls' schools have been admitted ; thirtynine have been boarded wholly or in part at the expense of the Society; thirty-eight have been appointed to schools; three have sailed for foreign stations; and nineteen remain on the list. Eight missionaries have attended at the schools to learn the system. The Report adverted, with great effect, to the state of those unhappy beings who crowd our prisons. In September last, there were fifty prisoners in Bedford gaol, but only four could read. In January there were between fifty and six. ty in the same gaol awaiting their trial, and

SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION. The annual meeting of this society, which has been so greatly blessed of God, was held, at Exeter Hall, on Thursday evening, the 3rd of May, Lord Henley in the chair. After prayer, by the Rev. Mr. Jack, of Brixton, the noble chairman addressed the meeting in a very impressive and eloquent manner. He eulogized the Earl of Roden, who was unavoidably detained in his own country. He expressed his warm attachment to the cause of Sunday-school instruction, and to the Sunday-school Union. He referred to the state of our population, and called on the the Established Church, and on the various bodies of Evangelical Dissenters to exert themselves to overthrow the ignorance and vice which prevailed.

Mr. LLOYD, the secretary, read the Report, which detailed the foreign and domestic Operations of the society. In France eightyeight associations have been established, and are increasing. In Hamburgh, there are hundreds of children receiving instruction in the great principles of Christianity. Among the teachers in that city nine are candidates for the Christian ministry. In Denmark, the agents of the society have been as a light shining in a dark place.

In the Mediterranean the society's operations have been advancing hopefully. A life of Robert Raikes, and a sketch of Sunday-schools, have been translated by Mr. Wilson into Modern Greek, and 1500 copies have been put into circulation. In Mr. Wilson's school there are fifty children. In Corfu there are six Sunday-schools, comprising at least 300 scholars. Many adults, as well as children, attend the instructions of a deacon of the Greek church, a native of Cyprus. In Van Dieman's Land there are four schools, thirty-one teachers, and 245 scholars. From the Cape of Good Hope Dr. Philip reports that, the cause of Sunday school instruction prospers there; 100 child. ren attend his school, and about from fifty to sixty at the school in Rogge Bay. There is also an infant scbool, having in it about sixty children, besides several other schools under the care of various missionaries. In several parts of South Africa Sunday and Infant schools promise the most extensive benefits to the native population.

At the seventh anniversary of the American Sunday-school Union, it was reported that it has 7244 schools, 64,215 teachers, 451,075 scholars. The total number of schools in the United States is estimated at 600,000. A Sunday-school Union has been formed among the Cherokees with six schools, twenty teachers, and 113 scholars. In the West Indies the cause advances. The sum realized to the Union from the Sunday-school Jubilee has been £2257 19s. 8d. Including the Sunday-school Society for Ireland, there are belonging to the Union, 10,897 schools, 115,709 teachers, 1,131,023 scholars; being an increase, during the year, of 735 schools, 8162 teachers, and 78,367 scholars.

The meeting was ably addressed by John Brown, Esq., of Wareham ; Richard Fos. Ter, Esq., of Cambridge; the Rev. J. CAMPBELL, Mr. Jones, Thomas Thompson, Esq., the Rev. E. A. Duxn, and the Rev. THOMAS THOMAS.

benevolent aid to notice the ignorant or neglected children of the poor, and to help forward their admission into a Sabbath or some other school; and to inquire whether copies of the sacred Scriptures are possessed, and to promote their circulation amongst them. Troin the returns made by the visitors of the respective associations, it appears, that 1266 cases of distress have been relieved ; 1956 children obtained for Sabbath and other schools; and 528 copies of the Scriptures have been circulated, during the past year, through this benevolent agency. Many striking instances of usefulness in this department have been reported to the commit. tee; some of which were narrated, but which our limits will not allow us to copy. Besides the systematic visitation of the abodes of the poor, it has also been an object with several of the agents to visit manufactories, workhouses, and police stations, situated near the scene of their operations, whose efforts have, in most cases, been very grate. fully received. The society has also eighty-four stations in different districts of the metropolis for prayer-meetings, reading the Scriptures, and occasional preaching. The number of persons attending these services necessarily varies ; but in the more important places, where it exceeds that allowed by law, the apartment or house is registered according to act of parliament. Besides these, the city missionary of the society was occupied, during the summer months—in connection with several respectable ministers of different evangelical denominations, who kindly afforded their assistance-inconducting stated services on the Lord's day, at an early hour, in the public streets; and in the afterternoon and evening, under the tents erected at Bethnal Green, Deptford Road, and Islington, at which stations alone at least 2000 Sabbath-wanderers heard the gospel on each returning Sabbath. The committee feeling that, at a period like the present, when the advocates of infidelity are busily employed in diffusing their anti-social and delusive principles, that the peculiar constitution of this society placed it for “ the de. fence of the gospel," "made arrangements to revive those courses of lectures on the evi. dences of Christianity which were pursued with so much advantage during the first year of its establishment. They obtained, therefore, the use of Tonbridge Chapel, Somers' Town, and Surrey Chapel, Blackfriars Road, for the purpose, those commodious chapels being peculiarly eligible from their proximity to places occupied by the busy propagators of infidel opinions. The able, gratuitous services of twenty-one ministers were kindly afforded for this good work; and the two courses were attended by large and deeplyinterested congregations, that filled those spacious places from week to week. The report, after adverting to other schemes

CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY. The seventh annual meeting of this valu. able society was held on Tuesday evening, 1st of May, at Finsbury Chapel, Moorfields, the right hon. Lord Henley in the chair, when the whole of that spacious chapel was crowded by an attentive and deeply-interested auditory. The Rev. James Rowlands, of Baldock, having first offered prayer, the noble chairman addressed the meeting in an appropriate and impressive speech ; after which the Rev. John Blackburn read the report of the committee, which was of a peculiarly encouraging character. The son ciety, it appears, is favoured by the services of 1200 gratuitous agents, by whose constant and zealous attention more than 32,000 families are brought under the influence of Christian visitation. The design of these domestic visits is not only to lend religious tracts, and to lead the individuals receiving them to serious conversation upon their contents, but quietly to observe where real dis. tress exists, and, if possible, to obtain some

THE TWENTY-SIXTII ANNIVERSARY OF THE

of benevolence which have been prosecuted 23,346 scholars. The adult-schools are during the year, concludes with a reference 409, containing 10,989. Of these, three to operations of a similar nature which have schools have been entirely instructed in the been encouraged or promoted through the Irish language. In the day-schools, there assistance of this Society in different parts are thirty-four Irish classes, in which 594 of the country, and states that the committee children have been taught to read in the have received from various societies, formed Irish tongue. Of the thirty-two counties into anterior to the last annual meeting, commu. which Ireland is divided, twenty-nine are nications containing pleasing reports of their blessed with the schools of this admirable progress; that, during the year, they have institution. afforded aid to associations at Gloucester, It was reported that of the 692 dayLong Compton, Milton, and in the north schools belonging to the society, 347 were east part of Cambridgeshire, and have also under the superintendence of clergymen of had the pleasure to assist in the formation of the established church of Ireland ; forty-five twenty-seven new associations in various under the ministers of other denominations ; parts of the kingdom.

282 under noblemen, ladies, and gentlemen; Mr. Pitman next read the cash statement, and eighteen having no local visitors. from which we were sorry to learn that a The Bibles distributed during the year debt of £230 was due by the society to the have been 4712; the English Testaments treasurer. The several resolutions were then 12,832; the Irish Testaments, 330 ; and moved and seconded by W. A. Hankey, Esq. the Irish Bibles, 69; making a total of, Rev. G. Clayton, Rev. John Burnet, Rev. since the commencement of the society, John Dyer, Rev. Dr. Bennett, Josiah Con 273,519. During the past year, a grant has der, Esq., Thomas Wilson, Esq., and the been made to the institution by the British Rev. J. P. Dobson.

and Foreign Bible Society, of 500 Bibles and 16,000 Testaments.

The receipts of the past year have amount.

ed to £9822 15s. 6d.; and the expenditure LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY.

to £8297 8s. ld. On Saturday, the 5th of May, the anni. The meeting was addressed by Lord versary of this institution was celebrated at Mountsandrord; the Rev. Horace TownExeter Hall, the Marquis of CholMOXDELEY SEND; Lord RADSTOCK ; the Hon. and Rev. in the chair. The meeting having been Baptist Noel; the Rev. Dr. Burton; the opened with prayer, by the Rev. Mr. WEB- Rev. Mr. Robins; the Hon. and Rev. GESTER, the noble chairman briefly and appro- RARD Noel; James LEFROY, Esq., M.P.; priately explained the objects of the society. the Rev. Mr. BRADWITU; the Rev. W.

The report stated that the past year had Blood; and the Rev. Mr. WebSTEN. been one of great anxiety to the committee. The meeting was upon the whole highly At its commencement, the society was in interesting ; but the condemnation in the debted to the treasurer and Irish agents the report of the system of education proposed sum of £1500. During the earlier part of by Lord Giey's administration called 'forth the year, this debt had augmented to the that measure of disapprobation which might sum of £2040. But, at the making up of have been expected by any impartial obthe society's accounts, by the liberality of server of the course of human events. May the public, the burden has been reduced to the society continue to advance in its glorious the inconsiderable sum of £580, which would work! soon be altogether liquidated by the receipt of certain expected legacies. The number of

EIGHTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRISI day, Sunday, and adult schools, in connexion with the society, during the past year, have

EVANGELICAL SOCIETY. been 1569, in which 90,085 scholars have The annual meeting of this valuable and been enrolled, being an increase on the justly popular institution was held at Finsreturns of the former year of 4330 children bury Chapel, on Tuesday evening, the 8th and adults. Making allowance for the double of May, THOMAS Walker, Esq., in the chair. enrollment of certain of the pupils in the The attendance was large and encouraging. class-books of the day.schools, and of the The CHAIRMAX briefly stated the objects Sunday-schools, it appears that no fewer than of the society, as embracing the establish73,655 have been in actual attendance, for ment of Sunday and week-day schools, the a longer or shorter period, during the past circulation of the Scriptures, the distribution year, being an increase on the preceding of religious tracts, and especially the preachyear of 3500. The Roman Catholic pupils, ing of the everlasting gospel. it is calculated, have amounted to 36,000. The Rev. A. TIDMAN, the Secretary, read

The day-schools are 692, in which there a highly-encouraging report, from which it are 55,750 scholars ; 24,490 of whom are appeared that the society had, during the Roman Catholics, and 31,260 Protestants. past year, employed no fewer than fifty-four The Sunday schools are 468, containing agents:-eleven in Leinster, eleven in Con.

naught, seventeen in Ulster, and fifteen in Nunster. The account furnished of the labours of these devoted agents, in all the labours of the Christian ministry, was truly creditable to their piety and zeal. A spirit of inquiry has sprung up in their several spheres of exertion, not a few conversions to God have taken place, new churches have been formed, and long established ones have been revived. At the same time, the report bore ample testimony to the great difficulties which still lie in the way of the evangelization of Ireland. From the combined virus of popery and political faction, it is a task of great responsibility to attempt any thing for the real benefit of that much-injured land. In our opinion, the Irish Evangelical So. ciety is pursuing its course with great pru. dence and energy, and, we rejoice to say, with many substantial tokens of the divine benediction.

The meeting was powerfully addressed by the Rev. J. Leifchild, the Rev. Dr. H. F. BURDER, the Rev. Dr. FLETCHER, the Rev. J. BURNETT, the Rev. H. TOWNLEY, the Rev. NOBLE SHEPIIERD, and the CHAIRMAN.

The receipts of the society, during the past year, have been £3003 5s. 6d., and the expenditure £2936 Os. Ild.; leaving a balance in the hands of the treasurer of £66 4s. 7d., who is under acceptance for £326, besides other obligations for the present quarter, amounting to £600. We beg very earnestly to commend this institution to the support of the friends of Evangelical religion both in and out of the national church.

Calcutta 72,500 tracts have been printed. and 83,204 circulated. At Serampore 18,000 copies of eleven new tracts have been put in circulation; and in various languages there have been distributed al. together no fewer than 33,050. A grant of 4200 tracts have been sent to Berhampore. 3800 suitable books and tracts have been sent to Chunar. 9000 tracts have been sent to the military stations at Cawnpore and Meerut. During the year 92,000 native tracts have been printed at Madras, including twelve new tracts. In the same period in various languages, 99,305 tracts were circulated, being an increase on the former year of 47,831. The total circulation of the Madras Society has amounted to 461,722 tracts. At Bangalore 15,000 tracts have been printed on the divine attributes. At Nagercoil, 45,000 tracts have been dispersed. At Bombay 25,000 have been printed within the year. At Surat, Mr. Fyvie, Missionary, has distributed 40,000 books and tracts during the year. Other parts of the Report were equally encouraging. Both at home and abroad God is eminently prospering its endeavours to spread the knowledge of divine truth. 8350 tracts have been voted for distribution in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; 150,000 for Ireland; for the the courts and alleys of the metropolis, 99,750; for circulation in reference to the cholera, 72,500; for counteracting Sabbathbreaking and infidelity in the metropolis, 164,000; for hospitals and workhouses, 8000; for country villages and hamlets, 300,000 ; for horse races, 20,500 ; for places where scepticism has been making visible progress, 10,700; for the North of England during the prevalence of cholera, 28,000; for soldiers, sailors, watermen, rivermen, bargemen, and canal men, 43,000; for foreigners, 8800. The new publications for the year have been 186. The sum received from auxiliaries has been £1226 7s. lld. The annual subscriptions have been £1336 3s. The donations £495 10s. 4d. The collections by cards, £179 19s. lld. After sermons £24 10s. 7d. Sums received for stereotyping approved works, £360. Legacies, £313 5s. 5d. The total benevolent income, £3342 10s. 3d. The expenditure has been £3668 13s. 8d. The sums received during the year for the sale of publications has been £26,949 11s. 8d. The total amount of the Society's receipts has 'been £31,376 6s. lld. The publications circulated during the year amount to 11,714,965. The total circulation at home and abroad has amounted to nearly 165,000,000.

The meeting was addressed by the Rev. W. W. Robinson, the Rev. J. FLOOD, the Rev. J. BURNETT, the Rev. MR. Jones, from Madagascar, the Rev. MR. ADEY, the Rev. Dr. STEINKOPFF, and the Rev, Joseph HUGHES,

RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. On the 8th of May, early in the morning, the anniversary of this society was celebrated at the City of London Tavern, W. B. Gure ney, Esq. in the chair. After prayer, the chairman briefly explained the objects of the society, and then called on Mr. W. Jones to read the Report. It stated that a grant had been made in China to Leang-a-fă for the printing of tracts written by himself, and cire culated from one end of that vast empire to the other. In Siam a tract, printed at the request of one of the native princes, has been largely distributed, and has excited great interest among thousands. At Malacca 10,000 Chinese tracts have been circulated. About 17,500 Javanese tracts have been printed, 4000 of which have been furnished at the expence of the Singapore Society. The accounts from Burmah, transmitted by Dr. Judson, are of the most encouraging character. He says the Burmans are an inquiring and read. ing people, and that the tracts of the society now pervade the whole country, from the frontiers of China to the banks of the Ganges, and from the borders of Cassay to the south ermost villages of British Pegu. At the last festival 10,000 tracts were distributed, At

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