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BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE, in his power to employ them, the object SOCIETY.

of the Bible Society is attained in the The Committee for conducting the

most advantageous manner. May we not

I in this instance apply the words of the affairs of this invaluable Institution has

apostle Paul: “Now there are diversities recently published some highly interesting Extracts from their Correspondence,

of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there

are differences of administrations, but the since issuing their last Report, and we embrace the earliest opportunity of

same Lord. And there are diversities of

operations, but it is the same God which laying before our readers so much of it as comports with our restricted means.

worketh all in all." We begin with an excellent Letter from

It is truly pleasing to observe, how Prince Galitzin, President of the Russian

rapidly a most earnest desire to read the Bible Society, to Lord Teignmouth, Presi

words of eternal life spreads in our coundent of the British and Foreign Bible

try. Copies of Bibles and Testaments in Society.

different languages are demanded by thou

sands; and, notwithstanding our utmost St. Petersburgh, October 18, 1816.

exertions to prepare many different ediMY LORD.

tions, the Committee are unable to comply The constant and sincere participation with the greatest part of these demands, which unites the British and Foreign and not only in the Slavonian, but even in the Russian Bible Societies, causes me to feel German, Finnish, Esthonian, Lettish, and a most particular pleasure in fulfilling the various other languages. On the one request of the Members of our Committee, hand, it pain: the Members of the Comby communicating to your Lordship some mittee, to be unable to provide, with this circumstances regarding the cause of the spiritual nourishment, every one who is Bible Society in Russia.

hungering for the bread of life ; and I esteem it therefore my first duty to therefore they hasten, as much as possible, notice the new grant of 20001. made by to multiply copies of that book which your Society, for the purpose of providing contains it; but on the other hand, they stereotype plates for the Lettish and Es rejoice in seeing that their labour is not thonian Bibles; as also the fount of Tur- in vain in the Lord, and that, by assistance kish types for the use of the Scottish Mis-from on high, they are enabled to excite sionaries in Astrachan, in order to enable and to satisfy this hunger at the same them to print, on our account, an edition time; and this spurs them on to still of the New Testament in the Tartar lan greater exertions. The expenses of the guage. Our Committee feel, in all its Society, in publishing different editions extent, the high worth of that Christian of the Holy Scriptures, increase exceedcharity which actuates the Members of ingly. Our monthly expenses, at present, the London Committee, inducing them to far exceed the whole expenses of our furnish with the words of eternal life the first year. inhabitants of regions so remote, and to As the object of the Society becomes them entirely strange; but upon whom, more extensively known, the pumber of regarding them as their brethren, they our Branch Societies increase. To this, wish to shower down the same blessings, the journey of Mr. Pinkerton has greatly which they endeavour in the most abuns contributed, dant measure to impart to their own coun. The formation of the Bible Societies in trymen, This holy impulse is evidently the Southern Provinces, opens for us a the fruit produced by the power of the door for providing not only our country. same word which the Bihle Society seeks men, but even the Greeks in Turkey, to propagate every where. The Com- especially in the Lesser Asia, (Anatolia,) mittee of the Russian Bible Society accept with New Testaments. Already the of this new aid from an Institution, ani- most active measures are taken for this mated by the same spirit with our own, purpose. An Address to them in the with feelings of the most lively gratitude, Modern Greek language has been printed and feel themselves inflamed thereby to here, and sent to these places; in which repay your generosity by their labours in our Grecian brethren are informed of the the same work, for the benefit of our object and success of the Bible Society, fellow men, who stand in need of that vo and are invited to read the Holy Scriplume which contains the words of salvation tures. Many copies of the New Testato mankind. By such mutual co-opera- ment have also been forwarded to them. tion, when each, according to his ability Depots have been formed, and are formand opportunities, promotes the common | ing, in different places in the South, parcause, when one offers the means, and the ticularly in Theodosia, for supplying their other, from his peculiar situation, has it wants; and thousands of Greek Testa.

ments are destined for them. The stere-, are received by the Persians with the otype plates for the Modern Greek, greatest eagerness, many hundreds of which our Committee have newly obtain-| which have already been conveyed into ed from London, will aid us greatly in Persia. The edition of the Gospel by this work. The light of the Gospel, Matthew in the Calmuck language, is which, in former times, flowed from nearly exhausted. The Buriats, or the Greece into Russia, now begins to reflect Bratski, who live in Siberia, whose lanits life-giving rays from our parts back guage is the same as the Calmuck or the again on those from which we originally Mongolian, with some difference in their received it. Glory be to God, the lover written characters, expect and desire to of the human race, who dcigns not only have an edition “ of the books of the true to make sinful men partakers of his sal word of God," as they express themvation, but even increases their felicity, selves, printed for them, and have colby enabling them mutually to communi- lected, for this purpose, among them. cate to one another the means of know-selves, about 12,000 rubles. Copies are ing and enjoying the same.

| also required by our Asiatic neighbours Beside this, there are other prospects, in the Arabic language. What an exwhich unexpectedly open on us, and tensive field presents itself for the exerwhich lead to the obtaining of the same tions of the Russian Bible Society, only object. It is known, that in the Lesser in regard to these different people! But Asia, and other places in the Turkish how shall I describe to your Lordship the Empire, many Greeks and Armenians pressing want of the Holy Scriplures have gradually lost the knowledge of among the inhabitants of this Empire, their vernacular tongues, and now under- who are properly of Russian origin, and stand only the Turkish, while in their who speak the Russian language? The writing they use only the Greek or present demands extend to tens of thouArmenian characters. The Rev. Mr. sands. The Moscow Committee inform Pinkerton, in his journey in the South, us, that they could distribute alone has found some of the books of the holy | 100,000 Russian Bibles, if they had Scriptures in manuscript, in the Turkish them. Entire governments, whole diolanguage, written with Greek characters. ceses, and circles of Bible Societies, These manuscripts, which have been raise their voices to our Committee, and sent hither, may enable us to commence intreat us to satisfy the spiritual hunger something for these neglected people. of millions of our countrymen ; a hunHe also encourages a hope, that it may ger, which the distribution of the lively be possible to obtain manuscripts of the l oracles of the living God has excited. Scriptures in the Turkish, written in the The Russian clergy every where show the Armenian characters. In the mean most unbounded zeal in promoting the time, an Armenian Archimandrite, cause of the Society. The peasants, by named Seraphim, who has travelled their free-will offerings, proportioned to much in the west of Asia, and who has their means, manifest also their readiness acquired a knowledge of the Turkish to support the cause. The German colodialect spoken by his countrymen in those nists in Russia, as well Protestants as parts, has expressed his willingness, in Catholics, desire also to be put in pos. conjunction with another Armenian resi. session of the pearl of great price. In ding in St. Petersburgh, to render the one word, it is impossible not to see New Testament into this dialect, with that the work of the Bible Society is Armenian characters. They have already sapported from on High, and that it is begun their work.

not the work of man, but of Him, who Divine Providence seems likewise to be himself foretold to his disciples, that opening the way for completing the “the gospel of the kingdom should be translation of the whole Bible in the Tar preached in all the world, for a witness tar dialect. Mr. Pinkerton has discover unto all nations.” Thanks be to Him ed, near Baktchisaray, in the Crimea, by for fulfilling, in such a glorious manner, the Karaim Jews, a manuscript contain in our days, what He has thus foretold ! ing the whole Old Testament, in a kind of What a comfort, to be instruments, howTartar idiom, written with Hebrew cha ever weak, in accomplishing such great racters. This precious manuscript being events, connected with the happiness of arrived here, a volume of it was sent to the human race! The members of the the Scotch Missionaries in Astrachan, Russian Bible Society, treading in the who, after having examined it, informed steps of the British and Foreign Bible us, that, although the dialect in which it Society, reckon it their greatest honour is written, is far from being the same and happiness to labour for the spiritual which is spoken by our Nogay, Kasan, good of their neighbours; and, far from and Crimea Tartars, it will, notwithstand being disheartened by all the difficulties ing, be of great use to them in the trans- arising from increased engagements and lation they have undertaken of the Old accumulated expenses, feel more, and Testament in the same Tartar dialect in more encouraged, inasmuch as the inwhich the New Testament already exists, crease of labour and expense prove the Copies of the Persian New Testament | reality of their success.

The communications from the British Assuring the British Bible Society, and Foreign Bible Society are peculiar- and every one of its members, of our ly encouraging to us. Indeed, such mu- unalterable attachment, esteem, and gra. tual coinmunications, concerning our un- titude, we wish them grace, peace, and dertakings and success, proving, that the blessing from above. same spiris enlivens both Societies, that (Signed) M. ROSENBLAD, President of similiar impulses are leading us to the

the Swedish Bible Society. same useful end, must animate us on both

JOH. JAC. HEDREN, Sec. sides to farther labour, that so the name of our Saviour, who gave us his word, and appointed us to distribute it among From His Royal Highness the Crown our brethren, of all different languages

Prince of Denmark, to the Right Hon. and dialects, may be glorified.

Lord Teignmouth. · While the Russian Bible Society exists, it will pever cease to communicate with

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 25, 1816. a Society from which it received its first I feel great satisfaction in requesting impulse ; and we hope also that you will the British and Foreign Bible Society to continue to favour us with your commu- / accept my particular thanks for its band, nications, which are always so animat. some present of some editions of the ing, and which tend so much to promote Holy Scriptures, published under its aus the common cause. As for me, it is very picęs. It will remind me of the atten, flattering to be the interpreter of the tion shown by that most meritorious Sofeelings of our Committee, and to have ciety to those endeavours, which, aitbo! an opportunity to express the esteem limited to a narrow sphere of operation, with which I have the honour to be,

conduce to the same great and beneficent Your Lordship's

purpose. Nor do I feel less pleasure in Most obedient and devoted Servant, ayailing myself of this opportunity to

Prince ALEXANDER GALITZIN, express my high regard for the Society, President of the Russian Bible Society. and the good-wishes I shall never fail to

entertain for the successful progress of

an Institution, on which I pray the bless. From His Excellency Count RosENBLAD, ings of Divine Providence may ever

President of the Swedish Bible Socie. rest. : ty, to the Right Hon. the President.

. : STOCKHOLM, August 9, 1816. : My Lord,

| From the Rev. Professor Leander The Swedish Bible Society having

Van Ess. experienced renewed tokens of that

Marburg, August 29, 1816. good-will and persevering beneficence I Am solicited by multitudes who hunwith which the British and Foreign Bible ger and thirst after the word of God. I Society embraces all Institutions estab could easily dispose of above 30,000 lished for dispersing the Holy Scriptures, copies of my New Testament among hereby expresses the sincerest gratitude, Catholics, and of şeyeral tbousands of for its kindness, as well as for the 3001. Luther's Bible, among Protestants, par. given this year to the Swedish Bible So. | ticularly those with a large print. I ciety, and the 2001. to that in Westeras, have no more Bibles of Luther's version whereby we have been epabled to dis- left; all the store in hand consists of a pose of a great number of Bibles among few hundred New Testaments; and I am those poor people, with whom the coun- | truly concerned for the people who crowd try is replete.

around my house for Bibles, as well as The Society has with great satifaction for those who pyerwhelm me with writ: beheld the friends of Holy Writ daily ten applications. My heart is almost increase. Those who heretofore were in broken at being obliged to send them want of this Divine Book, are now ena- away empty. May your noble Society bled to make daily use of it. Many who not slacken in its generous efforts, but formerly neither acknowledged the real continue to do good, and to work while it value of this blessed volume, nor expe- is yet day, before the night sets in. May rienced its sanctifying influence, have your Society continually hear the voice of been enlightened by the Spirit of God, multitudes offering up thanks for the and look upon the Holy Scriptures with peace and consolation which they have a more pious regard. The spirit of le- found in the Word of God, let it attend vity and mockery that prevailed, as to to the supplications of thousands still the doctrines of revelation, has conside- | hungering after the heavenly manna; rably given way to a more serious and and may the God of mercy, who never devout attention to their important con- leaves unrewarded those, who dispense tents. The Most High, having begun a only a cup of cold water to the thirsty, good work, will also wisely and gra, incline your hearts to relieve these spirijously bring the same to its consumma- | tyal necessities !

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From a Catholic Gentleman in Swabia. LITERARY NOTICES.
December 18, 1816.

| The Rev. FRANCIS AUGUSTUS Cox,

I A. M. proposes to deliver a Series of Thanks to your Committee, the seed of the word of God is now sown ; many,

Lectures at his place of worship, Mare

Street, Hackney, on the last Tuesday in many a good soil has kindly received it. God will give it increase. A growth in

every Month, on ECCLESIASTICAL Hisdivine knowledge, and an increase in

TORY, with a particular view to a copious

and distinct illustration of the inte ference faith and love to Jesus Christ, are already visible in many thousand souls. May it

of PROVIDENCE in the affairs of the

church, throughout the successive cencontinue to prosper, and bring forth the

turies of the Christian era. The first of fruit of the kingdom of God, both here

these Lectures will be delivered on on earth, and beyond the grave, where

Tuesday Evening, March 25th, at halfhope will be exchanged for a brighter and eternal contemplation of the glory

past six o'Clock. Subject, The Doctrine of God!

of a Providence stated: the second LecA desire after the heavenly hook of

ture in April will respect the manifestathe New Testament shows itself among

tions of Providence to the Primitive all classes, and is continually increasing.

church. A great number of the Clergy in this

The above Lectures are intended chiefly Diocese are actively engaged in pro

to cominunicate information to Young moting a more universal knowledge of it.

People, and to direct their inquiries. The moral effects, likely to be produced,

Mr. ALLEN'S Translation of DR. are incalculable. A venerable old man

OUTRAM's valuable Dissertations on Sacri. of seventy-two, Chaplain in R-, had

fices, is expected to appear about the end no sooner heard that I had sent some

of this month, or early in April. . copies of the New Testament to the Dean

A new and greatly enlarged edition by of the Chapter, than he ordered his

the Author, of the Rev. RowLAND Hill's horses to be put too, and drove immedi

Celebrated Village Dialogues, is in the ately to the Dean, fearing all the copies

press, and will be completed in about might be disposed of, and begged to let

24 Numbers. No. 1. will appear on the him have two dozen, saying to him :

first of April, with a portrait of the I am on the brink of the grave, what

Author. Price 6d. legacy more precious could I leave to

The Rev. SiR ADAM GORDON has in my near relations than the invaluable

the press a Course of Lectures on the

Church Catechism, for every Sunday in word of our blessed Redeemer.” I have been enabled to distribute, in

the year. the course of this year, 9,436 copies of

A Reply to a Letter from a Rector to the Testament.

his Curate, on the subject of the Bible
Society, by a Deacon of the Church of

England. Price 2s. 6d.
ANECDOTES.

The Rev. MR. BICHENO has in the When the following lines of Pope

Press, An Examination of the Prophe.

cies, with a view to ascertain the probawere read to Gopalů Túrkalunkară, a

ble issue of the recent restoration of the learned Bramhün, he started from his

Old Dynasty; of the revival of Popery; seat, begged for a copy of them, and

and of the present mental ferment in declared that the Author must have been a Hindoo :

Europe: as likewise how far Great Bri

tain is likely to share in the calamities * All are but parts of one stupendous whole, by which Providence will accomplish Whose body nature is, and God the soul ; " the final overthrow of the kingdom of Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze, | the Roman Monarchy. Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the trees; Lives through all life, extends through all

Rev. Mr. BARKER of Towcester is extents,

publishing a Sermon addressed to Young Spreads undivided, operates unspent.”

Persons, entitled Youth admonished of The above Anecdote is related by Mr. / many sources of danger, destructive to Ward in his Hindoo Mythology, and af- rehgious feeling. fords a striking parallel to the unwel Mr. W. Beck has published, dedicated come compliment which the new Bishop to the Lord Mayor, a new Edition of Dr. of Landaf received from Péter Gan Prica's Observations on the Nature of dolphy.

Civil Liberty, and the Principles of
Government.

A New Weekly Paper, entitled “The A person in the Methodist connection | Philanthropic Gazette,” 'has lately aponce remarked to the Rev. JABEZ peared, of which Nine Numbers are now Brown, of Stow-market, that he should published. It is particularly adapted be satisfied if he got far enough into for the use of Religious Families and beaven to see John Wesley. " I hope,” Schools, by the omission of every thing replied the worthy minister, " to get so, indelicate or improper for the perusal of far in as to see Jesus Christ,"

young persons,

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A FRAGMEST.

CONSOLATION UNDER BEREAVEMENT. | Faith lights the path to call'd to tread,

Faith pats an helmet on my bead,

Asd Faith directs my longing eyes, CELESTIAL Mase! When the cold hand of

To lasting joys above the skies. death

So when on elevated ground,
Preezes the stream of social happiness, My hopes revive and joys abound,
To what refreshing wave, what living spring, 1 I recollect the voice that saith,
Sball the bereaved go? A scanty rill,

Lo! I am with you antil death.
Bitter to taste, is all that reason shows,
Celestial Muse! thou, as with Moses' rod,

| Paith gilds my path with brighter ray, Can strike the stony rock, and there obtain

Faith points my soul to endless day, Rivers of Consolation.

And Faith with all things set in night,

Shall sweetly be exchanged for sighte
Awfal Death! .

Dear Lord, my feeble faith increase,
O say not,“ Tis a necessary end,

And fill my mind with beavenly peace, Coming when 'twill come ;" say if we be so shall I magnify thy grace, Christ's

Till I at length behold thy face. All things are oars, things present, things to Brentwood.

E.D. come, All length, ali depth,-and death itself is ours.

LIFE HOW SHORT! • Death is the Christian's friend. Of all man- | How short the space assign’d to mall, kind;

His age is but a little span, Who but the Christian welcomes his ap 1 And like a winter's day: proach,

And time is swiftly on the wing,
Except it be a wretched maniac.

And shortly will the summons bring
That knows not what his awful message is? I To call the soul away.
So the young widow, upon Ganges' banks,
Shares with her husband's corse the burning

| Are we possess'd of blooming health,
pile;

Of earthly toys or glittring wealth, Rears loud and fearful the tempestuous

While here we dwell beneath? surge,

Whene'er the messenger shall call, Impatiently seeks refuge in the deep.

Alas! the stately tree must fall,

To sleep the sleep of death. The Christian dies in faith : his heart re Then let us leave the things of earth, verts

For those which are of greater worth, With gratitude and wonder to the past.

And serve t'enrich the mind; Humble, but full of bope, anticipates

Press on to win the heavenly prize, The unknown bliss to come. O! he is glad | Which now we have before our eyes, As angels are, with joy unspeakable.

Apd cast the world behind !

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Heav'n chastens whom it loves. Perhaps

* the dead
Are taken from our arms, that we chastiz'a.
A wounded spirit, unsupportable
May never know, that we who mourn their

, logs
May not for ever mourn. He sees, perhaps,
Who sees the beart, affection for a worm,
Supplanting in the bogom love divine
Because the dazzled eye transpierces not
These low material skies, he brings a cloud

Over the sun of our prosperity,
. That far off in the heavens we may see,

The everlasting city lifting up
Its pinnacles of gold.-Weep then, but say
“ High as the heaven's are above the earth,
So above human are the ways of God,
So are his thoughts the thoughts of man above!"
Hereafter, to remember that we mourn'd,
May wake to sweeter tones the lyres of
heaven.

Cissus.

THE STREAM OF TIME.
It chanced that in a waking dream,
A running brook, as I sat by,
"Tis thus methought with time's swift streams
That leads to dread eternity.
And what are these so little spec
That sparkle in the sunny ray?
For me to know it nothing recks,
Enough they sline, and pass away.
How fair yon hill, how green yon va
Toat strength girt tower must last for ayo,
No! subtile wave! of small avail,
Is strength-thou flow'st, and where are to
Man's fragile bark thou driftest too,
As passing through this lower world ;
Nor car'st for sorrow's wild halloo,
Nor heed'st the plants upon thee hurieu.
Thou ruthless stream! in vain to thee,
He pours the sadness of his mind ,
As well the Maniac's miostrelsy,
May hope to soothe the screaming wind.
Blessed is he who when thy wave,
Is motionless and dried away,
Sees through eternity, thy grave,
A lasting calm-a brighter day!
Flow on dark stream ! unless on thee,
Smiles yonder star, so mild, so dear,
It cares me not, how swift ye fee,
How short the day I wander bere.

FAITH.
How sweet by Faith to trace the way,
By which I'm led from day to day,
While in this wilderness I rove,
In search of brighter worlds above.
Thus in the valley and the shade,
My soul shall never be dismayed ;
Since Christ himself has traversed throug
The Valley and the shadow too.

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