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before them. This will be peculiarly trace any great work from its outset to gratifying to those who, like myself, its consumination ; to mark its gradual feel a more than ordinary measure of progress ; to see the obstacles it has eordial attachment to that land of liber- overcome. And this work of our friend's ty. Germany also, in which the great re- will hereafter, I doubt not, be justly acligious Reformation first had its rise, is counted, through succeeding ages, an prosecuting the good work of circu. imperishable record of one of the most lating the holy Scriptures with more extraordinary dispensations of Provithan common ardour. Germany is dence which ever was vouchsafed to imitating our example, and emulating enlighten and to bless the world. us with a rivalry which knows nothing "Under this impression, it is with deof base or vulgar competition. This light I see the Report pay this tribute blessed name, which we have happily of affection and gratitude to a man to kindled on the Continent, has spread whom we owe so much. When he is no into much darker regions. We see longer able to come to us, we go, as it it even infusing life and action into were, to bim, into our sick friend's the immense and torpid mass of the chamber, and there endeavour to pour Russian empire, and awakening Siberia the strains of gratitude and consolation herself into motion, and communicating into his ear, when that tongue, which to it a kindly warmth.
has so often delighted us, is silent.” “ Thus, my lord, we proceed in our This motion being seconded by the blessed course, carrying along with us, Lord Bishop of Salisbury, the Bishop from country to country, a rich dona- of Gloucester moved thanks to the tive of light and happiness, love and President, and pointed out the duty of joy; and behold fresh prospects of joy and gratitude to God, who, in the peace and comfort continually opening midst of unexampled difficulty and unibefore us. With these delightful views versal distress, had maintained the prosit is impossible not to be thankful to perity of the Society ; inferring from God for our having been engaged in this circumstance, in conjunction with such a service. It is a work which we the general tenor of the Report wbich may truly affirm is co-extensive with had been read, the propriety of persethe earth we inhabit; and our labours vering in patient hope. Had difficulties may be said, in some humble measure, arisen, had opposition increased in any to resemble those of that great Being part of their sphere of operations, had whose word we circulate, and who their funds in any instance appeared to • spreads undivided, operates unspent. Jessen, or to be directed to other chan
6 My Lord, I must not attempt, for I nels, surely they ought to derive from am unable, to express the feelings which these little checks the right lessons of animate me; but I cannot sit down, humility, and become more anxious to without stating for myself, and it is a pursue their work in a Christian spifeeling in which I doubt not every one rit, and to compensate for partial failelse will participate, that I propose the ures by more strenuous efforts, and, if printing of this Report with the more possible, by greater sacrifices. With pleasure, from the kind manner in which this determination to persevere should it meptions our dear and excellent be associated the firm principle of faith friend, whose absence we so much re- and implicit dependence upon God. gret ; I mean, the Rev. Mr. Owen. In " Is it nothing," said his lordship, that afflicting dispensation, which has “ that bigotry in one part of Christenprevented him from having the gratifi- dom, and superstition in another; that cation of continuing to labour in our Mahometan pride and Pagan idolatry cause, we must, at the same time, re. have begun in various quarters to give cognise the mercy of Providence, which way? Has not the hand of God been did not lay him by till he had gone almost visibly with us for good, and his through an almost unequalled amount of presence among us of a truth! Has the labour and service. He laid the founda- Sun of Righteousness shone so long with tion; he was permitted to see the super- uninterrupted splendour, and shall an structure rise to heaven itself; and still occasional cloud make us doubt his more, he was enabled to complete the continued favour for a moment ? Shah history of our achievements, in a work we not rather cast ourselves still more which, though laborious, could not, even simply and unreservedly upon his long to the compiler himself, be without gra- experienced protection, and be assured tification. For it is always gratifying to that the cause of bis word will find in him a rock which shall never be shaken teen years it has been my pleasing of -the Rock of Ages, against which all fice to report the progress of an instituthe force or the devices of the powers tion, continually advancing in interest, of darkness shall never prevail ? His respectability, and usefulness--such, by lordship ended his remarks with a for. the Divine favour, has been the effect cible and affectionate address to the of the disinterested benevolence of its members of the Society to make a spi- principle, the catholic spirit of its conritual and practical use of the sacred stitution, the restrictive wisdom of its Volumes which they distributed to regulations, and the integrity with which others; especially as the infidel, the its conceros have been administerud. careless, and the worldly-minded were The British and Foreign Bible Society apt to measure the value of the Society is no longer an experiment: experience by the effect which this professed re- has decided for it more favourably than gard to the Bible produced upon the its warmest advocates ever anticipated, life and deportment of its adherents. and has pronounced it one of the great
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland particularly est blessings to the human race, that alluded to the co-operation and sympa- Christian charity ever devised. thy of that happy land of liberty and Permit me for a moment to take a simplicity, of loyalty and religion, which elight view of that magnificent scene had so admirably seconded the efforts of which it has been the means of exbibitthe - Society, and whose best feelings ing to the world, and which has been were almost identified with our own. most amply delineated in the Report. In his progress through that country, We may behold princes and potenhe had frequently the happiness to hear tates, the noble, the wise, the learned, his native land mentioned in a manner and valiant of the earth, proclaiming most gratifying to his national feelings, their homage to the word of God, and to public spirit and generous con- and aiding and encouraging the circuduct; a successful struggle in the cause lation of it, by their influence and of justice, and the glory of its arms, example. We may see dignitaries and were topics which called forth continu- pastors of every church, Christians of ally a well-earned praise ; but a praise all confessions, cordially uniting, and in some countries diminished by the contributing, according to their several imputation of selfish interest, or grudg- means, their talents, their time, their ingly yielded, and mixed perhaps with labour, their wealth, or their pittance, somewhat of jealousy of her pre-emi- to promote this beneficent work, ani. nence, and anxiety respecting her in- mating and encouraging each other in fluence and authority. But there were the career of benevolence, themselves two topics which, in Switzerland espe- animated and supported by the prayers cially, excited unqualified admiration; and benedictions of thousands, who first, the emancipation of Africa from have benefited by their charitable lathe slavery of the body; and, second- bours. If I were to name a particular ly, the emancipation of the world instance, out of many, in which the from the darkness and ignorance of benevolent spirit of our institution the mind. When it was said, with shines with particular lustre, I would gratitude and praise, that England had advert to the affectionate intercourse abolished the Slave Trade, and esta- which it maintains with kindred Socieblished the Bible Society, there re- ties all over the world, exciting emulamained behind no petty sorrow for her tion without envy, and provoking each acknowledged superiority, but a desire other to love and good works. And may to imitate her conduct, and emulate her we not hope that this kind and harmobenevolence. The guiding spirits, and nious feeling, so cordially displayed in providential instruments of these two the Correspondence and Reports of Foachievements, were present before the reign Bible Societies, may gradually Society; and he could add, from his own extend its benign influence, softening experience, and he believed there were the asperity of national jealousies, and those dear to bis lordship, who, at this iusinuating that spirit of conciliation moment, experienced the same, that the and good will among nations towards. name of his lordship, as President of each other, which the whole tenor of the the Bible Society, was a passport, not Gospel inculcates, and the interests of through Switzerland alone, but he be- humanity require? If such should ever lieved through every nation in Europe. be the blessed result of our endeavours
Lord Teignmouth replied : “ For thir- to promote the happiness of mankind, CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 186.
through the medium of that holy Book, very generally to prevail, accompanied
“ Between two and three years ago I make me in any degree instrumental to went from Bombay into the Mahratta the production of it ; and if I were to country, for the health of my family, name a day of my life attended with a and we encamped in the bosom of a peculiar blessing, I should fix on that beautiful grove at Lanocoly, about in which I became a member of this thirty miles from Poonah. One day, as institution."
our little girl, not three years old, was W.T. Money, Esq. M. P. assured the walking through the grove with her nameeting, that the services of this Society tive servant, they approached an ancient were not less appreciated in the East and deserted Hindoo temple ; the man, than at home. He had lately returned quitting the little child, stepped aside, from that quarter; and among the de- and immediately paid his adorations to lightful enjoyments which awaited his a stone idol, that was seated at the door return to his native land, one of the most of the temple. When he returned, the gratifying to the best feelings of his following dialogue took place between heart was to be associated with that them;
-Saumy, what for you do that?' excellent institution, whose exertions - Ob, Missy, that my god. — Your god! among the nations of India he had had -Why your god a stone-your god no the happiness to witness, and, as far as can see10 can hear--Do can move. depended upon his humble efforts, to My God see every thing: my God make promote. The first great step for the you make me-make every thing.' spread of the Gospel on the Western “ We remained at this sequestered side of the Indian peninsula was the place for four months, and the scene I establishinent of Bible Society at have described was frequently repeated. Bombay, which, under the zealous and Saumy never failed to repair to the tem: well-directed patronage of Sir Evan ple, and the child never failed to rebuke Nepeau, had amply succeeded. The na- him for bis idolatry. He became, pottives were at first somewhat hostile to withstanding, very much attached to the measure.; but upon its objects being her; and when he thought she was going clearly explained, all apprehension va- to Europe, he said to her, “What will nished from their minds. The charac- poor Saumy do when Missy go England? ter and examples of the Europeans in -Saumy no father, no mother.? She India had been hitherto considered as instantly replied, “Oh, Saumy, if you the bane of Christian instruction among love my God, he will be your Father and the natives; but he could bear testimony Mother too." that the morals of every description of " The old man, with tears in his eyes, British residents had now greatly im- promised to love her God. • Then, proved : a zeal for religion had begun said she, ' you must learn my prayers ;'
and she taught him the Lord's Prayer, passed through that ceremony, he is the Belies, and her morning and evening reported to have inquired, whether it Hymns. One morning, when we were was customary to receive the memorial assembled to family worship, Saumy, of of our Saviour's death with the crown his own accord, quite unexpected, came upon the head; to which the officiating into the room, took his turban from his Archbishop replied, that there was no head, laid it on the floor, and kneeling established law on the occasion : upon down, audibly repeated after me the which the Sovereign immediately put Lord's Prayer. From thenceforward off the crown, and deposited it at the there was a visible change in his whole foot of the altar, while he prostrated conduct, particularly in his regard-for himself in a posture of profound humitruth. He became anxious to learn liation. This is precisely what this soEnglish, that he might read the Bible, ciety has done to-day, and will continue and, in a little time, he accomplished to do, as I hope, till the latest day of its the task."
existence. Let it not be forgotten, that The Rev. George Clayton remarked it was when Nebuchadnezzar swelled 66 When I look at this Society, not as I on the lofty turrets of that city, which behold it to-day in this crowded hall, he had raised as a monument of his where all is acclamation and triumph, glory, that a watcher, and a holy one but when I view it in the calm retire- from heaven, was sent to rebuke his ment of the study, and as I have lately pride, and to terminate his dominion. done through the curtains of a sick It was when Herod, on a set day, archamber, I can truly say, I am wrapt in rayed in gorgeous apparel, made an admiration of its constitution and move- oration unto the people, and they cried, ments: it comes over me in those forms It is the voice of a god, and not of a of grandeur and majesty, which I have man! that the angel of the Lord smote really no language to describe. I look him, and he was eaten of worms, because with amazement and delight at the un- he gave not to God the glory. And so encumbered simplicity of its plan, for soon as the worm of pride shall eat into it gives the Bible, and the Bible only- the heart of this Society, so soon as this at the amplitude of its range-for the canker shall corrode that spreading tree, field is the world; at the multitude of under whose shade the nations are reits agents, for these are not easily calcu posing, so soon may we bid farewell to lated at the vastness of its resources, the prosperity of our institution. But which exceed the most sanguine expec- while harmony prevails, and forbearance tations--at the magnificence of its suc- is exemplified, while disinterestedness cesses, for these are now emblazoned reigns, and the glory of all that is 4cin every dialect of the earth, and quar- coinplished is unreservedly ascribed to tered on the escutcheon of almost every the King of Heaven, so long this insti. crowned head in Christendom. But, tution will realize, what I am sure is gentlemen, it is not precisely in these the wish of its warmest admirers and views, that the institution strikes my best friends, Esto perpetua !" mind most forcibly-it is the character- The Hon. Sir George Grey stated the istic spirit which it breathes-it is the readiness and pleasure with which foevangelical aspect which it wears—it is reign vessels, as well as our own, rethe moral power it exerts, wbich render ceived the sacred gift of the Scriptures. it the wonder of the world."
He was followed by John Weyland, jun. Mr. Clayton then proceeded to point Esq. who expressed his great attachment out, with much eloquence, the unani- to the Society, as one of the wisest and mity of the Society's friends, their can- poblest efforts which God ever put it in dour and forbearance towards their op- the heart of man to make for the promoponents, and the religious disinterested. tion of his glory, and the good of our felness of its agents, and concluded as low creatures. It was founded, he refollows: " Never does this Society marked, on the only solid principle of hucharm me so much, as when it bumbles man improvement, the moral equality of itself and its achievements, and says, mankind ; that principle which acknow“Not unto us, not unto us, O Lord, but ledged that the poorest man in the poorto thy Name, be all the glory. It was a est cottage, the wildest savage in the gratifying circumstance, which is re- remotect desert has a soul as valuable ported to have occurred at the corona- in the eyes of his Creator, and which tion of our beloved Sovereign, (whom should be as valuable in the eyes of may God long preserve, and speedily those who have the power of protecting restore!) When the youthful Monarch and instructing him, as the greatest mo-
narch on his throne. “It is this feel- terwards held at Freemasons!-hall; the
trated by circumstances which had oc- Gambier; the Bishop of Gloucester;
immoral and profligate persons becom- Dr. Thorp; R. H. English, Esq. ; the ing useful and active members of the Rev. J. Bickersteth; Charles Barclay, community by means of their connex- Esq. M. P.; the Rev. R. P. Beachcroft ; ion with Bible Associations. One man, the Rev. J. W. Cunningham; the Rev. in particular, had thus saved 4s. 6d. á D.Hughes; the Rev.D. Wilson; the Rev. week to his family; he was accustomed E. Burn; and the Rev. Hans Hamilton. to spend weekly 5s. at a public-house ;
Never have we witnessed, at any public but a Bible being put into his hand he ting, a style of eloquence more socame to the penny association, and sub- lemn, chastised, and appropriate, or a scribed his penny: in six months from spirit more devotional and ardent, yet at that period he increased it to 6d.; and the same time humble and affectionate, when told that it was not wished to de- than on this occasion ;-and indeed it is prive his family of the money, he grate- but justice to add, that in general the fully acknowledged that he had gained anniversary meetings of the various re45. 6d. by means of the Association, and ligious charitable societies have been had to thank its conductors, not only
characterized this year more than ever, for saving his money, but for making by these laudable qualities--qualities him a better man, and giving him the which do no less credit to the correct enjoyment of happiness, which he never taste and judgment of the speakers than before possessed, and for which he to their piety and indifference to worldly should never be able to repay them. motives. It is gratifying to observe, (To be concluded in our next.) and it ought surely to be viewed as a
mark of the Divine blessing, and an CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
omen for good—that those human feelAt the seventeenth anniversary of ings which are but too apt at all times this institution, which was held May to intrude themselves even into the 6th, the Rev. D. Wilson preached the best of men engaged in the best of Annual Sermon, and forcibly pointed causes are seen more and more to yield out from John iv. 35, 36, First, the pre- to the ballowed influence of Christian sent state of this country with respect principle; and that our charitable meetto the means and disposition for com- ings are thus rendered scarcely less benemunicating the Gospel ; and, secondly, ficial to those employed in conducting the openings in the heathen world for them, than to those for whose benefit its reception. The meeting for re- they are convened. ceiving the Report and conducting the The Rev. Daniel Corrie has returned annual business of the Society, was af- to his labours in India. His presence