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HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. in the Irish Spelling Book, have the Tae Anniversary Meeting of this In- New Testament in the same language put stitution, was held on Friday, May 12th, into their hands, and its divine truths imat the London Tavern. SAMUEL Mills, pressed on their minds. But the Society Esq. in the Chair.
are not content with establishing Schools, A Report of its proceedings during and sending masters into them ;--they the last year was prepared by the Com- provide with the utmost vigilance the mittee, and read to the Meeting, from means of rendering these labours effecwhich we make the following extract. tive fo their benign purposes.-" The
“ The Committee are happy to observe Committee have felt it to be their duty,” that the exertions of the Society are ad- says the Report, "to aim at establisbing vancing both in importance and effici- such systematic arrangements in the ency. To diffuse religious instruction in Schools, as shall bring their actual state Ireland, especially in those parts where to their notice and attention every quarthe lower orders of the people are with- ter of a year, in order to ascertain the out opportunities of having their children punctuality with which the schoolmas. educated, either on account of the pri- ters discharge their duties, and ålso to vation of means of instruction, or of provide for their being paid in a strict poverty, which prevents access to ex proportion to the number, attendance, isting means, is the great object to which and proficiency of their pupils. All the wishes, the intentions, and the exer- the schools are, therefore, subjected to a tions of this Institution are directed. quarterly inspection; and the actual And surely, if the education of the state in which each of them is found, is, rising generation in Great Britain is at those periods, fully reported to the deemed of moral and political import-Committee ; and they feel pleasure in ance, in order to sustain and improve observing, that this very important that state of mental cultivation from branch of the concerns of the Society is which so many benefits and blessings now placed on the most correct and sahave flowed, it well becomes every Bri- tisfactory basis, so that there is scarcely tish Christian to do his utmost to place a single School but is fully attended to, his fellow subjects in Ireland on the nor one in which the Society's salutary same high ground of moral and national regulations are not operative.'” advantage.
A collateral, but very important “If the highly important and merciful branch of the Society's concerns is, the operations of the Hibernian Society were instruction which is afforded to Adults. continued only upon 8,342 children of The Masters of the Schools have a class the poor in Ireland, (the number men- of adult pupils on mornings and eventioned in the last Report,) the friends ings, on Sundays and holidays; and also and supporters of this Institution would lend Testaments every Sunday to such have good reason to be satisfied, that as can read, their liberality had been applied to an After this explicit statement of the object of the most landable kind, founded nature of the Society's schools, and on the Holy Scriptures; which direct other means of obtaining its most excelthe understanding by the most perfect lent purposes, the Committee proceed to precepts; which interest the affections state some of the general results of their by the most engaging motives, which worthy labours.- Wherever their Schools awe the soul by the most solemn admo- are established, a visible impression has nitions; and which are able to make been made on the moral deportment of wise unto salvation.' This ought to be the inhabitants, not only including the considered as a work of bounden duty, children and adults who receive direct and of infinite importance, by every one instruction, but also many of the parents who fears God, and who desires the pre- of the former, and companions of the sent and eternal welfare of his fellow | latter. The Roman Catholic children creatures.”
read the Scriptures to their parents, who, They then state that the number of proud of their children's superiority children receiving instruction from the over those of their neighbours, gradually Society in Ireland was, last year 8,342; come, in many cases, to love the Scripbut at present they amount to nearly tures themselves, and are greatly benetwelve thousand!
fited by this happy train of circumThis statement is followed up by ano- stances in their own lives and conduct. ther which is highly important. The As might be naturally expected, much HIBERNIAN SOCIETY is the only Institu- opposition was given to the establishtion which has printed an elementary ment of the Schools by the Catholic book for the instruction of children in Priests. Yet this has often been counthe Irish language.
An edition of teracted by their own congregations. 5,5000 of these books was published in Among many instances we select two 1810. In the districts where Irish is the only ; but they are of a nature to give a colloquial language, the Society's Schools well-grounded sanction to the zealous baye an Irish class ; and both children bopes of the Society. A Catholic Priest and adults, after being taught to read' bad refused to admit to confession any of
187 his flock whó continued their children at the business of the day, were unaniD—'s school. As this is one of the mously passed ; on which occasions seheaviest censures of the church, four- veral persons of eminent piety and teen heads of families, under the pres talent addressed the assembly; but our sure of supposed guilt, came to D-, limits preclude us from entering into and informed him that they must with any further detail. We take our leave draw their children from his school. On of the subject for the present, by saying hearing this, he discoursed with them on that we perceive with unfeigned pleathe divine authority, and infinite ima sure, that the HIBERNIAN SOCIETY is exportance of the Scriptures-observed tending its influence in every direction that it was the duty of all Christian Pas- over GREAT BRITAIN. tors to exhort their people to study them -and then contrasted with this evident duty the conduct of the Priests, in CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. stamping what was true obedience to
The Fifteenth Anniversary of this SoGod, and of the highest importance to ciety was held on Tuesday, May 2. The man, with a degree of turpitude which Reverend E. T. VAUGHAN, of Leicester, they attached to no other crime. And, preached before the Society in the mornhe added, “Be ye murderers, adulter- ing, at St. Anne's, Blackfriars, from 1 John. ers, thieves, or rebels, the Priest will v. 11, 12. The collection amounted to not refuse you confession-nay, they £219. 4s. will exhort you to it: but attention to At two o'clock the Annual Meeting God's Word, and hearing God himself was held at Freemasons' Hall, the Right speak, be brands, with deeper guilt than Hon. Lord Gambier, President, in the either of the above crimes, by refusing chair. This great room was completely you confession avowedly on that ac- filled by a most respectable assembly of count.” The result was, that, of these from 12 to 1400 of the members and fourteen families, the children of only friends of the Society. Upward of sixty two of them were withdrawn from D-'s Clergymen, from various parts of the school.
kingdom, were present. The Committee, after stating this It appeared from the Report that the among other facts, say—“ We will add income of the Society had advanced from à circumstance which has respect to a £11,000, which was the produce of the young man, who has received much fourteenth year, to £16,000; and that the good from this Institution. H- has exertions of the Committee were keeping been made a blessing to every part of his due pace with the augmentation of the family. He was, for some time, much funds. persecuted by a very near relation ; and, We shall not attempt to detail the agreeably to a prevalent supposition, different speeches which were addressed that people may be taken away by evil to the Meeting, as our limits will not spirits, and an evil spirit left in their enable us to do them justice. We cannot, place, this person believed that H- was however, but remark, that the spirit not her relative, but a devil. However, which breathed throughout them all was a patient and persevering course of most perfectly congenial with the grand scriptural instruction has produced a aims of the Society. They came warm most gratifying change on the mind and from the heart; and, without wearying heart of this once ignorant and super- the attention already exercised on the stitious woman; and the daily worship previous proceedings of the day, they of this family, while singing out of a diilused over the assembly those feelings Gaelic Version of the Psalms, is de- of divine charity which glowed in the scribed as being very delightful.” breasts of the speakers. Mr. Wilberforce,
It is worthy of remark, that (so far in particular, carried away with him, have the zeal and perseverance of the So- even more than usual, the hearts of bis ciety made an inroad into the dominion hearers, by that full stream of christian of prejudice in Ireland) many of the feeling and sublime piety which flowed teachers of schools are Roman Catholics, from the lips of this distinguished man.and many of the schools are Catholic Mr. Stephen followed him, on the subject Chapels.
of the divine retribution which appeared It is with great satisfaction we learn, to be pursuing the obstinate adherents to that although the expenditure of the So- the slave trade, in a style of grand and ciety has been extended, yet its funds vehement eloquence that has made, we have increased, and they continue to in- doubt not, an indelible impression on the crease; and for not only is their object minds of the Assembly. But he was pure, but that they have begun to reap carried even beyond himself, while dethe fruit of their hallowed labours, and picting the base ingratitude and daring will continue to gather in many and impiety of nations who, in the moment of abundant harvests.
a miraculous deliverance, could proclaim The Report was adopted by the Meet to the world their settled conviction that ing with much evident gratification. it was no crime to enslave their fellow
Various resolutions, connected with men; but that they would, in the face of
Heaven, persist, for a petty and paltry On Friday Morning, at St. Luke's gain, for years to commit that crime! Church, Old Street, the last Sermon was Who did not see the retributive arm made preached by the Rev. Martin Richard bare on the instant-Europe begins to Whish, M. A. of Bristol, from Matt, shake to its centre-and confusion and xxviii. 19. In the Afternoon, the Sodismay to pour, like a sudden torrent, ciety met for business, at the Committe. over the guilty nation !
Room of Sion Chapel ; and in the even A measure of great promise was brought ing, the Lord's Supper was administered forward at this meeting. The magnitude at Sion, Orange Street, and Silver Street of the Society's concerns in Western Af- Chapels. rica, and the still greater efforts which it We shall, as soon as practicable, fur: is about to make on that coast, requiring nish our readers with a full abstract of more regularity and commodiousness of all such parts of the Report as may be intercourse than can now be obtained, a compatible with the limits of our pages, separate fund has been opened for the establishment and maintenance of such
HAVING in a former number of our intercourse by a Missionary Ship, to be Journal given a view of the different named, after the distinguished friend of stations of the Baptist Missionaries, and Africa, the “ WILLIAM WILBERFORCE.
of the translation of the Scriptures which This fund was opened at Bristol, which, they are engaged in bringing forwards, with its characteristic munificence, has already contributed to it nearly nine low it up with a simila
or have already perfected; we now fol
view of those hundred pounds. The Society's objects belonging to the London Missionary Sowill be attained, by the proper application
ciety. of this fund, without entering into any
CHINA, Mr. Morrison and Mr. Milne. mercantile pursuits or incurring any shipping risks; so that the friends of Africa sides Catechisms and Tracts, translated
- The whole of the New Testament, bemay contribute to this fund with the fullest into the Chinese language, and widely confidence that their charity will be ap- dispersed among the natives. plied to a great and most important missionary purpose.
JAVA, Mr. Supper at Batavia, and
Mr. Bruckner at Samarang.-- AMBOYThis fund will be kept distinct from the general funds of the Society. About £90 Elhrhadt, and Read.- Isle of FRANCE,
NA, Mr. Kam.-CEYLON, Messrs. Palm, was collected at the door of Freemasons Mr. Le Brun. Hall. The President has given £30. and
INDIA. various clergymen ten guineas each. All contributions thereta will be thankfully
VizA GAPATAM, Messrs. Gordon and received by the Secretary, the Rev. Pritchett.—(Mr. Dawson 'on his voyage Josiah Pratt, at the Church Missionary to assist them.)- Part of the New
TestaHouse, Salisbury-square, London. A list
ment translated by them into the Telinga of all contributions to this fund will be language. — GANJAN, Mr. Lee.-MAprinted, and sent round to tbe respective prAs, Mr. Loveless.-BeLLARY, Mr. parties.
Hands and Mr. Taylor.-The Gospels On Wednesday evening, the Annual translated into the Canara language, Sermon before the Members of the Asso- printed and distributed in the surroundciations in and near the metropolis, was
ing country.-CHINSU BAU, Mr. May.preached, by the Rey. Basil Woode, M.A.
Mr. Ringletaube. Guildhall, from Luke ii. 14. The collec- Messrs. Skinner and Fyvie, lately sailed at the Church of St. Lawrence Jewry, Schools are supported by the Mission
their Assistants.-SURAT, tion amounted to £35. 13s. 6 d.
with a view of commencing a mission in LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
that great city,-MALACCA, Mr. Thomp
son sailed lately with a design to begin Twenty-first Anniversary,
a mission at Malacca, On Wednesday, May 10, Sermons
SOUTH SEAS. were preached, in the morning, by the EIMEO, &c. Messrs. Davies, Hayward, Rev. Angus MʻIntosh, M, A, Minister Henry, Nott, Scott, Tessier, Wilson, and of the Parish of Tain, North Britain, at Bicknell, Surrey Chapel, from John xvii. 8; and Part of the Scriptures translated into in the evening, by the Rev. James Bo-their language, printed in New South den, of Sheffield, from Zech, vi. 15. Wales, and dispersed on the islands.
The Annual Meeting was held on Several more Missionaries are going to Thursday Morning, at the City Chapel, the South Sea Islands, to assist the MisGrub Street; Thomas Wilson, Esq. in sionaries already there. Some of the the chair, The Report having been read, Chiefs and many of the people have em, many Gentlemen addressed the Meeting | braced the Gospel. with much effect. The Rev. John Hyatt, Some of the Missionaries who left of London, preached in the Evening, at Otaheite in a time of civil war, are now Tottenham Court Chapel, from Isaiah usefully employed in New South Wales, ly, 10, 11,
in teaching schools, preaching to the con.
189 viets, &c.; and an effort is now making regularly during the week in forty-seven to civilize and instruct the natives. different houses, and are invited to many
NORTH AMERICA, Missionaries are more, but their time does not admit them
can help wondering at their vast proSOUTH AFRICA.
gress, which the Gospel has made amongst
Sirdhana, January 14, 1814. mer.-RODEZAND, Mr. Vos.- Bush
“ Since I wrote to you last, things have man's COUNTRY, Mr. Smit.-CAPE
rather revived at Sirdhana, I have great Town, Mr. Thom. Four Missionaries and their wives are and also of a Mussulman phukeer. A
hopes of Purumanunda, my head writer, on their passage to South Afriea, to form Mussulman doctor is here employed in new missions
at Lattakoo and other writing in the Persian character, and in places. Sixteen Students are in a course of pre- Arabic Bible excellently, and seems to
reading the Scriptures. He reads the paration for the work of Missionaries delight in it, on which account I have at the Society's Seminary in Gosport.
hope of him also. Four of the Christians The expenditure of the Society in these of this place commonly attend public missions during the last year, amounted worship, two Roman Catholics and two to about £16,000.
Protestants, one of them is European,
an officer in Her Highuess's service. BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Purumanunda desires to be baptized; I
never met with a person so much to my From Mr. LEONARD to Mr. WARD.
mind as Purumanunda is; he is willing to Calcutta, April 13, 1814.
work, and works night and day. He “ In the fort there are meetings every
attends soon after sun-rise, goes to eat
two hours, and then brushes on till sunmorning and evening throughout the
set; after which, two evenings in the week. Religion may truly be said to flourish where Satan once ruled without nuensis in the translation. This evening
week and more, be attends as my ama. the shadow of opposition, and where the he staid till between 9 and 10 o'clock, vilest practices were carried on in open and wrote off from my mouth the 8th day, without a blush. On preaching nights, seldom less than three hundred lations. In the market Parumanunda is
and part of the 9th chapters of the Revehear the sound of the gospel, who before in constant employ, and besides his this liberty was granted by their muchbeloved and indulgent Colonel, would in which are 10 or 12 scholars, and this
writing, he superintends a Hindoo school, have shunned a place of worship, as they from his own choice. Mr. D. has one would a house wherein a contagious school, in which twelve or thirteen plague raged. There were one hundred children are instructed in Persian and and eighty of the 24th regiment at the Hindosthanee ; mine of the same class Chapel last Sabbath morning. It would contains the same number; and 3 Hindoo prove tedious, and perhaps uninteresting, schools contain about 40 children. We to name every person at whose house our have worship in Hindosthanee every native brethren preach during the week. morning; in which we sing sometimes SEBUKRAM preaches at twenty different Abdool Museck’s hymns, which are very places during the week, including Dum much approved of by the people here." Dum, which is about seven miles off, and Allipoor, about three miles ; added to
From Mr. Moore, dated Digah, Sept, this, he has to cross and recross the 14, 1813. river every day. BHUGVEET preaches Immolation on the fnneral pile.-at eleven different places in and about Yesterday, about half-past 11, A. M, the town during the week. NEELOO immediately after our morning worship, preaches at about ten private houses, and a native came to inform me that a woman MANEK at six. Brethren JAHANS, CAIT'- was burning with her husband in a neigh, HANS, and PETRUSE, speak occasionally bouring garden of ours. Lieut. P. and in other quarters of the town; but the myself instantly ran off to the place, four brethren abovementioned preach about 150 yards from our native schools
room, and about the same distance from of a Chief Justice of one of his Maó the residence of the officer that com- jesty's colonies in America, found totally mands the station at present. The bo- destitute, 301. per annum. The widow dies were nearly consumed on our reach of an Hessian Officer, (shot by order ing the spot. Lieut. Gilmore afterwards of Bonaparte.) She is an English woinformed Lieut. P. that himself and Dr. man, possesses a very slender and preThornton were spectators of this horrid carious income, the deficiency of which scene! The persons who superintended the Committee endeavour to supply, the fire, throwing on it clarified butter, by an allowance of 101. per anoum. &c. and keeping it up with long poles, The widow (aged 70) of a Major, who exhibited all the appearance of deter- was deprived of a pension from Governmined murderers; whilst a vast con- ment, in consequence of her husband course of spectators manifested great being abliged to dispose of his commise demonstrations of joy, assisted by the sion. She lost three sons (officers) fighthorrid clang of the instruments used on ing for their country, 401. per annum. such occasions. The scene was calcu- The Royal Chairman, after the Related to strike the mind of the most su- port had been read, called on Mr. Herve, perficial observer with indescribable the founder of the Institution, to deliver horror. The deceased were the son and his usual lecture. daughter-in-law of Rooteram, a dealer P. Herve, Esq. accordingly addressed in sugar, a person from whom we have the Meeting, and stated that His Royal purchased that article since we have re- Highness's patronage had enabled him to sided at Digah. I saw the unhappy promote a plan, which, during twenty father on the spot, and spoke to him on years, had been his peculiar study. Nota the evil of his conduct. His appear- withstanding the numerous national esance indicated much distress; he did tablishments, the middling classes of not attempt to vindicate his conduct society had been quite forgotten. He farther than by saying that the girl was enumerated the cases of several ladies determined, and he could not pre- who had moved in high life, persons disvent it."
tinguished by accomplishments and virFebruary 27th.-Mr. John Peters tues, who, by unavoidable misfortunes, writes from Orissa, and states that he bap-had been forced to retire to scenes of the tized a Brahmin named JUGONAT HA be., most abject poverty, from whence they fore many spectators.
had been taken by the benevolent subscribers to this Institution, and placed in
a state of comparative comfort. NATIONAL BENEVOLENT IN.
F. Thornbill, Esq. said, it was with STITUTION.
pleasure he reflected, that bigh as this On Wednesday, May 17, a numerous country stood in arms and arts, it was not and respectable Meeting, principally less celebrated for charity. It would, composed of ladies of rank and fashion, however, appear, that no establishment was held to promote the National Bene- for the relief of the middling classes volent Institution, for the relief of dis- had ever been adopted. A work-house tressed persons in the middle ranks of was not fit for such persons. There were life, of whatever country or persuasion. who, rather than publish their miserable
About two o'clock his Royal High- state of existence, would submit to have ness the Duke of Kent (Patron) took their sufferings concluded by the fatal the Chair.
arm of death. It was the duty, of the The Secretary, W. M. Coe, Esq. then benevolent to sooth their sorrows, and read a Report. He said the number of bring repose. An Institution which subscribers was about 4,000, and the had such objects in view, was worthy sums raised by annual subscriptions of the illustrious patronage of the Princess five shillings, amounted to 18271. 18s. Id. who is to be Queen of these realms, and The profits of a pamphlet, added to the tbe Prince who then presided. He conabove, had enabled the Committee to cluded by moving-" That the Meeting realise 18361 and a fraction, with which was highly sensible of the great benefit they had made a purchase of stock tu of this Institution, and of the necessity accumulate a fund, and ensure the con- of extending the charity to those persons tinuance of pensions to fifteen persons who, from affluence, have been reduced He proceeded to read an account of the want and misery ; therefore, they said pensions. The following were the could recommend it to the kingdom at most interesting cases
large." To the daughter of a clergyman (aged The Duke of Kent, rising to read the 71) discovered in a poor-house, where Resolution, said he was convinced there (associated with persons of a low de- was no individual in the room without scription, and suffering many distressing the intention of giving support to the privations,) she remained fourteen years | institution. In his opinion no instituin extreme anguish of mind. The Com- tion of a charitable description had a mittee took her from this situation, and stronger claim to support than this. His allowed her 50l. per annum.-The widow | Royal Highness instanced the cases in