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hands, he exclaimed, "I have conquered! I have conquered! My weapon is the Bible-my strength is Christ!" After talking familiarly of
in raising up Bethesda School-House, when first built with wattles and mud, and covered with thatch: at every opportunity, he would go into the woods, and cut materials for the pur-going home," Mr. Douglass asked pose, and bring them home: he be came a Teacher in this School, and gave his attendance as long as he was able.
He was remarkable for Patience under sufferings, and Forbearance and readiness to forgive injuries. On one occasion, when he had suffered wrongfully, he met his daughter-inlaw, who wept on his account: he bade her not weep-that his Saviour had suffered the same for him; and declared he felt nothing but pity toward his injurer, and sincerely prayed that the Lord would have mercy on him.
Another striking trait in his character was Charity. He was industrious and frugal; and always had a little wherewith to help the distress ed: when any of the Slaves, on his or other Estates near, were in trouble or want, he would visit them, and administer comfort to their minds; and, at the same time, put some small money into their hands. Since his death, some of the Slaves to windward have told Mrs. Thwaites, that though they lived at a distance, they used to go to him to settle their disputes, and, ask his counsel.
HOLODHOR, A CONVERTED BRAHMIN.
Holodhor, formerly a Brahmin of great respectability, during his last illness frequently spoke of the unspeakable goodness of God, in having brought him from a state of heathenish darkness under the means of grace. He seemed always to entertain a deep sense of his own sinfulness. When in great pain, he was accustomed to say, I am in severe pain-I can scarcely endure my sufferings-pray to the Lord that I may be endued with patience." For a considerable time before his death, he seemed to be convinced that the hour of his dissolution approached, and he prepared himself with calmnessfor the event. About two hours before his death, Mr. Douglass called on him; and, inquiring how he felt, he replied, In great pain of body; but happy in mind. I have just been engaged in a severe conflict with Satan: but," holding up his
him where his home was: he smiled, and said, "I thought you knew where my home was. It is in heaven. Did not Christ say, I go to prepare a place for you. Now the place is ready, and I go.' After prayer, as Mr. Douglass, on leaving him, said, "I hope to see you again shortly," he burst into tears, and said, "Yes, I hope I shall see you in heaven." Soon after, speaking to Ram Ruttun, he lamented his past sinful conduct, but expressed a hope that he should not be rejected, since he had embraced Christ as his Saviour, and placed his whole dependence on him. About an hour before his death, he appeared easy aud composed, lay down quietly, and prayed for the forgiveness of his sins and a place near his Saviour; and, a minute or two after concludng his prayer, fell asleep, as on the bosom of his Saviour.
BRINDABUND, AN AGED HINDOO.
This aged Christian was one of the Native Preachers employed by the Baptist Missionaries in India. He is supposed to have been upward of 80 years old. We have collected the subjoined account of him from the Letters of several of the Missionaries.
Brindabund first heard the Gospel at a large fair, between Cutwa and Berhampore. He was observed to pay great attention the whole days and was seen sometimes to laugh, and at other times to weep. At night, he came to Mr. Chamberlain, and said, in allusion to the custom among the Natives of presenting flowers
I have a flower (meaning his heart) which I wish to give to some one who is worthy of it. I have, for many years, travelled about the country to find such a person; but in vain. I have been to Juggernaut; but there I saw only a piece of wood: THAT was not worthy of it; but, to-day, I have found one that is, and He shall have it: Jesus Christ is worthy of my flower!
Brindabund had been, for many years, a Religious Mendicant. His hair had been suffered to grow so as
almost to conceal his eyes; but he now cut it off, and shaved his beard. He had indulged in smoking to such an excess as nearly to deprive himself of sight; but soon recovered, and set himself to learn to read. In short, from being an idle Devotee, he became an industrious old man: for he was advanced in life when he abandoned these vagrant habits.
Brindabund now became a preacher of the Gospel to his idolatrous countrymen. The last five years of his life were spent in entire devotedness to the cause of God. When able to leave his house, which was at Mongbyr, about 250 miles from Calcutta, he was engaged, from morning till night, in reading the Scriptures and talking to the people. He loved the Saviour: His cause lay near his heart. Often, when so weak as in appearance to be scarcely able to stir, he would not stay at home; and when it has been said to him, "You had better stay at home to-day""Oh," he would say, "what do I live for?"
While he was able, he would take considerable journeys: not, as for merly, in the character of an idle vagrant, deceiving and being deceived; but to proclaim that Salvation, with out money and without price, which he had found. He would walk, on those occasions, from twenty to thirty miles a day; and, after taking some refresh ment, would converse with his companions, in a lively and edifying manner, till midnight. A friend,
who saw him at these times, says of him
I have seldom heard him utter a sentence which had not some reference to spiritual things; and, indeed, to improve every thing which he saw and heard was habitual to him: if, for instance, he saw a bullock go by, loaded with bags of sugar, he would draw a comparison between the bullock, and those who have the Word of God and the Means of Grace at hand, but know nothing of their sweetness. whole soul seemed to be full of Christ and His salvation, and he was ready to impart that soul to his perishing country. men. His tongue is now silent in the grave; but, in the Great Day, he will appear as an awful witness against thousands who have heard the Gospel at his mouth in vain.
During the last few weeks of his life he suffered much; but was always happy, longing to depart and be with Christ. When asked, the day before he died, if he would take any thing, he said, "No"-and, putting his hand on a part of the Scriptures which lay near him on his bed, he said,
This is my meat, and drink, and medicine." The neighbours, as was their custom, came round him: he got up, and sat at his door, where he repeated from memory, for he was mighty in the Scriptures, some portions of the Word of God, and prayed; though he was then so weak as to be able to utter but a few words at a time. The next day, Sunday, Sept. 2, 1821, he died in a good old age, and entered into the joy of his Lord.
Proceedings and Entelligence.
ANNUAL RECEIPTS OF THE CHIEF MISSIONARY, BIBLE,
We shall endeavour to collect, in the last Number for each Year, the amount of the Receipts, by each of the principal Societies noticed in our Work, according to the latest published Reports of the respective Institutions which have reached us; distinguishing, where practicable, the amount of Contributions, from that arising from the sale of Publications. Some Societies, both at home and abroad, are wanting, in the present List; but we hope to be able to add them to the future Lists. The Income of the American Societies being given in Dollars, is here reduced to Pounds Sterling at 45. 6d. per Dollar.
American Jews' Society
American Methodist Missionary Society
American United Foreign Missionary Society
Anti-Slavery Society (on its formation)
Baptist (General) Missionary Society
British and Foreign Bible Society
(Contributions, 66,494/. 4s. 5d.: Sales, 30,5681. 78. 4d.)
British and Foreign School Society
(Contributions, 28,2631. 16s. 10d: Sales, &c. 26,6271. Js. Ld.)
Church Missionary Society
(Contributions, 34,8751. 17s. 9d.: Sales, 5861. 14s. 5d.)
Church-of-England Tract Society
(Contributions, 2751. 9s. 10d.: Sales, 360/. 18s. 10d.)
Jews' Society, London
(Contributions, 10.9247. 25.7d.: Sales, 4761. 78. 3d.)
London Missionary Society
Naval and Military Bible Society
(Contributions, 1,899/ 9s, 2d.: Sales, 297. 13s. 7d.)
636 8 5
(Contributions. 4121. 9s. 2d.: Sales, 2361 L. Od.)
Prayer-Book and Homily Society
(Contributions, 14477. 3s. 1d.: Sales, 635/. 6s. 5d.)
Religious Tract Society
(Contributions, 21641. 13s. Od.: Sales, 66451. Os. 7d.)
Scottish Missionary Society
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
(Contributions, 51477. 18s. 3d,: Parl. Grant, 9412, 10s. Od.) United Brethren Wesleyan Missionary Society
FROM a Circular, lately issued, we extract an account of this Establishment.
Several Individuals, deeply interested in the welfare and further extension of Charitable Societies, at the West end of the Metropolis, having experienced much inconvenience, from the want of some common and central point of communication, where the promotion of the temporal and spiritual interests of their fellow-creatures, both at home and abroad, might be facilitated, were induced to consult together, as to some practicable mode of affording accommodation to such Societies as might wish to avail themselves of the advantage of
possessing established Offices, and a fixed place for holding their Committee Meetings, without SEPARATELY incurring the expense and responsibility of hiring detached houses or apartments.
Under these views, the House, No.32, Sackville Street, Piccadilly, (formerly occupied by the Board of Agriculture) has been taken, and invested in a body of Trustees who consider it conveniently situated, and in every way calculated to afford the accommodations so much to be desired.
The Trustees holding the House solely for the use of Religious and Charitable Institutions, the entire management and regulations of the Establishment are confided to them, with the full power of negativing all applications for any accommodations contained in the House, which, in their judgment, may not be in unison with its primary objects.
A. Treasurer has been appointed, who will receive Donations and Subscrip. tions, for the first equipment and subse, quent support of the Establishment, and in whose name the general account of the receipts and disbursements will be kept.
A Secretary has been nominated, who will have the charge and general superintendence of the House, under the direction of the Trustees; of whom inquiries may be made, on any matters connected with this Establishment, and to whom all correspondence relating thereto may be addressed.
A House Porter has been appointed, who will give constant attendance during official hours, in the Entrance Hall of
Ten or eleven Societies may be accommodated, each with a separate apartment for an OFFICE, with the necessary arrangements for their books and papers, and the periodical use of a spacious Committee Room, as often as required, upon terms and under regulations to be agreed upon.
The COMMITTEE ROOM, being of a large and superior description, will be open to the use of Charitable Societies, that may not occupy an Office in the House, for occasional Meetings, upon moderate terms, to be hereafter arranged; and the Secretaries or Officers of such Societies will be provided with means for the safe deposit and arrangement of their books and papers.
A MESSENGERS' ROOM will be set apart, where the Porters or Messengers of Societies, occupying Offices or hold. ing Committee Meetings in the House, may attend, for the convenience of their respective Societies; as the House Porter cannot be called off from the constant attendance required in the Entrance Hall.
A WAITING ROOM will be opened for the accommodation of persons frequenting the House, whether on business connected with the Societies occupying Offices or holding Committee Meetings, or interested generally in the concerns of Charitable Institutions; so that opportunities of mutual intercourse will thus be afforded, while information and intelligence may be extensively received and communicated, through the facilities arising out of this Establishment. In this Waiting Room, materials will be provided for writing; and the Reports and Papers, strictly connected with Cha
ritable Societies, may be consulted and referred to, as they will be left in the room, for general use.
As a further and ultimate object, it may be added, that it is in contemplation to form a Library of Reports and Official Documents, and such alone as may be connected with the objects of Charitable Institutions, for the use of Societies and Individuals frequenting the House.
The Treasurer is Henry Drummond, Esq.; and the Secretary, Mr. Lamprey,
CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY.
Sermon by the Bishop of Calcutta.
FROM the Sermon preached by the Bishop of Calcutta at St. Paul's Cathedral, on the 12th of June, we extract some passages, which bear strongly on the subject to which His Lordship has devoted his labours.
The obligation, under which all Christians lie, of furthering to the utmost the interests of the Gospel, is thus powerfully enforced :
God forbid that I should detract from the tremendous obligation, which, indis putably, rests on our Order, to labour, beyond all other men, and in a manner to which no other men are obliged or authorized, in the dissemination of reli. gious knowledge, in expounding and per suading the things of the kingdom of God; and, both in season and out of season, in preaching this Gospel, which we have received, to every creature.
As little am I inclined to deny or undervalue the efficacy of those oral instructions-that foolishness of preaching, as the wise men of antiquity contemptu ously called it, but which, ere they had ceased to despise it, they were by its ef fects compelled to fear by which the Gospel of Christ was, in the first instance, triumphantly disseminated; by which, alone of human means, the impressions of a religious education may be retraced or preserved indelible; and an attendance on which, when mixed with knowledge in the guide and faith in the hearer, is now, as at first it was, the great power of God unto salvation.
But, that a Sermon should profit, it is necessary that it should be heard with understanding. And, when that strange reluctance is considered, with which men unimbued with early religious impres sions resort to our public ministry; when
we take into the account the awful and mysterious nature of many of those topics, which we are enforced to treat upon; when we recollect the shortness and paucity of those opportunities of attracting attention, which are ordinarily in our power, or which the indifference and indolence of the world will permit us to render effectual; can we wonder that something more than Sermons is required for that mighty work which is set before us? A hundred half-hours in the year, (and this is the average amount of attention which the most zealous preacher can obtain in Church, and, when the additional and week-day labours of a zealous Minister are taken into account, even more than the average amount of labour which the constitution of many preachers can support,) are surely all too little for the restoration of a corrupt and fallen race; for the institution of men into angels! And the Ministers of Christ have a right-a right do I say ?-it is our so. lemn and bounden duty, in the name of God and of His Son, to call on every assistance of rank, and wealth, and knowledge and example, to aid us in our gigantic task of turning the inhabitants of the earth to righteousness!
While pleading for the instruction of the ignorant at home, the Bishop extends his views, and thus forcibly applies his argument to the enlightening of the world:
If, to see our brother hunger and not to relieve his bodily wants, be a violation of every principle, which is lovely before men, and in the eyes of God acceptable; if, at our everlasting peril, we are bound, so far as power is given us, to furnish them that need with the meat which perisheth, and the water whereof if a man drinketh he shall thirst again; of how much sorer punishment must they be worthy, who can behold the souls of their fellow-creatures perishing for lack of instruction, without some little care to provide for them the bread of immortality-and who, happy themselves in their knowledge of the truth, are indifferent to the destiny of those with whom they dwell-whose hard and daily labour ministers to their wants and luxuries-on whose honesty and forbearance their own security depends-and who would repay tenfold, by their love, their services, and their prayers, whatever lessons of content and holiness they receive through our munificence!
Cursed is he, saith God under the Old Testament, Cursed is he that maketh the blind to go out of his way. And shall HE escape without a still heavier malediction-shall that Nation, shall that Individual, go free from the dreadful displeasure of the Almighty, who gives over, without compunction, to the perilous wanderings of spiritual blindness those unhappy persons, whose ignorance a little care, a little cost, the renunciation of a single expensive indulgence, might have guided to light and everlasting happiness?
It is not, I repeat, the duty, it is not the interest of the Clergy alone, or more than others, to desire the advancement of Christ's Kingdom. For that kingdom, its coming, and final triumph, all believers alike are commanded by their Lord to pray. But to that kingdom it is an essential preliminary, that the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea: nor let any of us hereafter address the Searcher of Hearts with the petition, that His will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven, without recollecting, that on each of us it, in part, depends, to forward that desire by our own exertions; and that it is a mockery of God to ask of Him, that sinners may be brought to repentance, while we contribute, all the while, neither attention, nor influence, nor pecuniary aid, to the object for which we thus solemnly profess ourselves solicitous.
REPORT FOR 1822-3.
Progress of the Society.
Notwithstanding the pressure of the times, the number of Subscribing Members is materially increased: above 15,000 names now appear upon the list, of which 743 have been added since October 1822. The Receipts and Disbursements have been larger than in any former year, and a proportionate increase will be found in the circulation of Religious Books.
Public Sale of Books and Tracts. The Special Committee, appointed to superintend the general Sale, at the Shop in Fleet Street, of the Society's publications, report—
In addition to six well-known Tracts on the Evidences of Christianity, which were placed long ago on the Society's Catalogue, 34 New Tracts on the same subject were procured and published by the Committee; and 943,300 copies of these Books and Tracts were printed.