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though they may be more in sure foundation. If such enternumber than the hairs on the tain mistakes and build with imgood man's head.

proper materials, the fire which This is the Christian's hope is to try every man's work, will his only hope, before God-He destroy theirs, and they will sufis sensible, that were God to fer the loss, yet themselves will be mark only his involuntary errors, saved, though it may be so as by and to punish his sins of ignor- fire. It is interesting therefore ance upon him, he must perish. to know the truth, that we may But glory to God, there is forgive- build with proper materials, that ness with him.*

All who love our works may abide the fire, and and serve him, though with we receive the reward. If this is much infirmity, all who believe neglected, we may be scarcely and obey the gospel, will find saved, and the least in the kingmercy with him, and be kept to dom of heaven. May God give his kingdom.

us understanding, for Christ's Every sincere Christian builds sake. AMEN. for heaven on the Christ, the

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THE

TWELFTH REPORT

AND

FOREIGN BIBLE

OF THE BRITISH

SOCIETY.

In reporting their Proceedings In Holland, many of the Soduring the twelfth year, your cieties (the principal of which Committee find it difficult to were visited by Dr. Steinkopff) comprise within the ordinary had collected considerable sums, limits of a Report, the great mass and had commenced a distribuof Intelligence which they have tion of the Scriptures; but the received from the various Asso- embarrassments occasioned by ciations and Individuals connect- the political state of affairs dued with the British and Foreign ring the beginning and middle of Bible Society; they will, how- the year, together with a diffeever, endeavour to exhibit such

rence of opinion respecting the a brief, but comprehensive view fittest situation for a Central or of the most material Facts and National Institution, had in some Occurrences as may enable the degree retarded their operations. Members of the Institution to Your Committee have now form a judgment of its progress, the satisfaction to report, that and at the same time confirm this important point was decided their opinion of its character and at a General Meeting in Amsterefficiency.

dam in November last, when it To the Foreign Department, was finally determined that the the first place will, as usual, be Seat of the Netherlands Bible assigned.

Society should be established in

* Psalm cxxx. 4.

f 1 Cor. iii. 13.

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that city. Under this general others of a similar import, stated
head, upwards of forty Societies in the First Report of the Prus-
are comprised, and the direction sian Bible Society : That among
of their combined energies is in- 18,000 German, 7,800 Polish,
trusted to a Committee in Am- and 7,000 Lithuanian families in
sterdam. Of this National Con- Lithuania, not a single Bible
federation His Royal Highness was to be found. It ought to be
the Prince of Orange is the added, that the disposition to
Patron. Many Bible Associa, relieve these wants was no less
tions have also been formed, and promptly and liberally manisest-
are in a state of progressive ed.
advancement. In Amsterdam Your Committee have lately
alone, they amount to twenty- assisted this Institution with a
four, and are already in a state donation of 300l. for its Silesian
of active operation.

Auxiliaries at Breslau, Leigoitz,
To encourage and assist the and Bunzlau.
proceedings of the Netherlands The Hanoverian Bible So-
Bible Society, a large assortment ciety is diligently engaged in
of the Scriptures in various lan- obtaining accurate information
guages has been consigned, in respecting the want of the Scrip-
equal proportions, to the cities of tures, in preparing a large edition
Amsterdam and Rotterdam. of them for distribution, and in

The Grand Duchy of Berg organizing Auxiliary Societies Bible Society has exhibited through the Kingdom. proofs of the most laudable acti. The Duchy of Brunswick vity, and promises to become Bible Society was established one of the most useful in Ger- on the memorable 18th of June, many.

two days subsequent to the death The Prussian Bible Society, of the late much lamented Duke, formed (as it will be recollected) who had signified his intention under the auspices of His Prus- to become its Patron. The Sosian Majesty, and with the pat- ciety is supported by persons of ronage of the first Officers of the highest classes, and of the State, entered upon its opera- most respectable characters. tions by a pious and animating The proceedings of the Würaddress to the publick; and the temburg Bible Society have disvigour and success of its pro- played great zeal and activity. ceedings have corresponded with A very particular inquiry has the expectations which it had been instituted by its Committee excited. In less than a year into the want of the Scriptures after its establishment twelve throughout the various Parishes Auxiliaries were instituted in of the Kingdom. These wants different parts of the Prussian having been found to exceed the dominions. In how great a de- supply afforded by a very large gree their assistance is wanted, edition of the Bible then nearly may be conceived by the follow- completed, it was immediately ing circumstance, among many and unanimously resolved to un

dertake a second impression on The edition of the New Tes. standing types.

tament printed by Regens WittYour Committee have agreed mann, has proved very acceptato assist this work by a donation ble in some parts of Catholick of 3001.

Germany, where that of ProfesAmong the Catholick popula. sor Van Ess has not been receivtion of this kingdom, about 7000 ed. More than 10,000 copies of copies of the New Testament a former edition have been cirhave been distributed, with the culated ; and the present despecial sanction of the Episcopal mands are 80 great, that an Authority at Elwangen, by the impression of 20,000 copies will Rev. Leander Van Ess, Catho- scarcely be sufficient to supply lick Professor of Divinity in the them. University of Marburg.

To these names your

CommitOf the zeal manifested by this tee will add that of the Rev. learned, pious indefatigable Pro- John Gossner, of Munich, who fessor, in circulating the Scrip- has printed and circulated 10,000 tures in the Catholick provinces copies of the New Testament of Germany, it is impossible to among the German Catholicks, speak but in terms of the highest 5,000 of which were disposed of admiration.

in less than six weeks. More than 60,000 copies of Your Committee, anxious to the New Testament have been encourage the labours of these printed by his exertions, and respectable men, of whose infresh editions are in the press. tegrity, zeal, and activity, they

Professor Van Ess has exhibit- have received the most satisfaced, in his own example, a strik- tory proofs, have granted to the ing proof of a candid and unpre- Rev. Leander Van Ess the sum judiced mind, by devoting part of 5001, in addition to their formof the fund, furnished by this er grants; to Regens Wittmann Society, to the supplying of poor 2001. to promote the circulation Protestants in Hesse Cassel and of his New-Testament; and to Hesse Darmstadt with Luther's the Rev. John Gossner, to whom Version of the Scriptures. Dr. Steinkopff had presented

The estimation in which he is 100l. an additional 2001. for the held by many, both Catholicks purpose of enabling him to print and Protestants in Germany, a second edition of the New with whom he carries on a very Testament. extensive correspondence, is de- The Institution at Bremen servedly high.

was assisted ly Dr. Steinkopff A similar tribute of commen- with a grant of 50l. as the poor dation is due to the Catholick inhabitants, destitute of the Pastor, and President of the Bible, were found to be more Catholick Bible Society, at Ra- numerous than had been at first. tisbon, Regens Wittmann, whom supposed. Dr. Steinkopff justly designates During the course of his jouras the Father of the Fatherless, ney through Germany, Dr. Steinand a Friend to the Destitute. kopff had the satisfaction to Vol. IV, No, 11.

40

100 0 0 400 0 0

his re

assist at the formation of the six To the Schaffhausen Bible Society 120 00

To the St. Gall Bible S ciety following Bible Societies :

And to the Basle Bible Society 1. One for the town and circe of Cleve, containing a po- in consideration of the great field pulation of about 60,000 persons. opened for the exertions of the

2. The Osnaburg Bible So- last of these, in Germany, Switciety, in connexion with that for zerland, Alsace, and lialy. the Kingdom of Hanover.

At a very numerous Meeting 3. Koenigsfeld Bible Society. of the Bâsle Bible Society in

4. Nassau Homburg Bible October last, it is a remarkable Society.

fact, that several Jews attended, 5. Frankfort Bible Society. and became subscribers.

6. A Bible Society for the Dr. Steinkopff had also the Principalities of Neuwied and pleasure to succeed in procuring Wied 'Runkel, containing a po- the establishment of a distinct pulation of about 35,000. Bible Society at Bern; and your

To the above is to be added Committee have, on a Branch Society at Wesel, commendation, presented to it formed previously to Dr. Stein- 2001. kopff's arrival there, in connex

The information respecting ion with the Prussian Bible So the state and progress of the ciety.

three remaining Bible Societies To assist the proceedings of in Switzerland -- those of Chur, these several Institutions, the Lausanne, and Geneva, is equally following sums were allotted : favourable.

The Geneva Bible Society To the Cleve Bible Society

has opened a correspondence To the Osnaburg Bible Society To the Nassau Homburg Bible

with Protestant Clergymen in Society To the Frankfort Bible Society.

France, and by their assistance

has been enabled to supply many Bible Society To the Wesel Branch Bible Society 50

of the Protestants in that king

dom with copies of the ScripThe Bible Societies in Swit- tures, at the charge of the Brizerland which came under the tish and Foreign Bible Society, personal observation of Dr. A Society has also been esSteinkopff, are those of Schaff- tablished for the Principality of hausen, St. Gall, Zurich, and Neufchatel, under the sanction Bâsle, among all which there of the Civil and Ecclesiastical subsists a friendly connexion. Authorities, which promises to It may be said of them collec- become a useful Ally to the Sotively, that their proceedings cieties at Lausanne and Geneva; exhibit great zeal, and that they and, chiefly through the exerare liberally supported. They tions and liberality of the former, have already circulated more a similar Society has been prothan 60,000 copies of the Scrip- visionally organized among the tures.

Waldenses inhabiting the vallies To these Societies the follow. of Piedmont. To the Society ing sums were presented, viz. at Neufchatel your Committee

1. 100 00
100 00

.

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250

50 To the Neuwied and Wied Runkel

100

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have presented a donation of 100l. and to that of the Walden.

North of Europe. ses, (or Valais,) in consideration Your Committee have now to of their particular circumstances, report the substance of the most the sum of 2001.

material information received by It is proper to add, in this them relative to the proceedings place, a Grant to the Protestant in the North of Europe, beginConsistory at Vienna in Bohe- ning with Denmark. mian, Polish and German Bibles Two years have elapsed since and Testaments, to the amount the establishment of the Danish of 3001, as well as a donation of Bible Society; but its organiza5001. made to the Hungarian tion was not fully completed beBible Institution at Presburg, fore November last, when His in consequence of the great po- Excellency Count Schimmelverty of Protestants in that man was elected President, and country.

the venerable Bishop Münter, Your Committee regret the and the President and First Denecessity of omitting much inter- puty of the Chancery were noesting information obtained by minated Vice-Presidents. The Dr. Steinkopff, during the course Committee then entered upon of his journey, comprising a dis- their operations, resolving to tance of nearly 5000 miles. assemble every fortnight, and to

The political arrangements of begin the organization of Auxilthe continent, without abating iary Societies. the zeal of the Saxon Bible So

As one among other results of ciety, have materially diminish- these measures, an Auxiliary ed the sphere of its operations. Society has been established in Many Branch and Auxiliary Sleswick Holstein, with the Societies still, however, remain sanction of his Danish Majesty. connected with it, and display To this Auxiliary a donation of great activity within their re- 3001. has been presented. spective departments.

The information communicatYour Committee have had ed in former Reports respecting real pleasure in assisting this Iceland, renders it unnecessary Institution with a donation of to enter into mipute details, on 2001.

the present occasion. It will be The Thuringian Bible So- recollected that the Rev. E. Henciety, at Erfurt, has obtained the derson proceeded to that country. formal sanction of the Govern with the sanction of the Comment; it has planted an Auxil- mittee, for the purpose of superiary at Eisenach; and its pro- intending the distribution of the ceedings in general meet with Icelandick Scriptures, printed at great encouragement, both from the expense of the British and Consistories, and persons of rank Foreign Bible Society. This and influence.

commission, in the discharge of A similar Society has also which he was exposed to many been established at Eichsfeld, perils, has been executed, in a with a Branch at Nordhausen. manner most satisfactory to his

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