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time and place at which the proposed to which I am now confined, it will meeting of delegates from the differ- afford me the highest satisfaction to ent Bible Societies in the United attend at that time, and contribute all States shall take place; after matuie in my power toward the establishment deliberation, and consulting with ju- and organization of a society, which, dicious friends on this important sub- with the blessing of God, I have not ject, I am decidedly of opinion that the least doubt will in uime, in point the most suitable place for the pro of usefulness, be s cond only io the paposed meeting, is the city of New rent institution (the British and ForYork—and the most convenient time eign Bible Society)- will shed an unthe second Wednesday of May next- facing lustre on our Christian como and I do appoint and recommend the munity, and will prove a blessing to said meeting to be held at that time our country and the world. and place.
ELI S BOUDINOT, Should it please a merciful God
Pres. of N. 7. Bib. Soc. to raise me from the bed of sickness, Burlington, Jan. 31, 1816.
Extracts from the correspondence of the British and Foreign Bible Society, since the publicatiun of the Eleventh Report.
representative, the Rev. E. Henderson, Letter of thanks from Mr. Ion Vidalin, has brought over to us, poor icelandsheriff of South Mulè Sissel, in Ice- ers, the fruits of its noble exertions in land, in the name of the inhibitants
a new and usefiil edition of the funda., of that district, for the copies of the
mental books of our religion, the most Icelandic Scriptures sent thether in the
Sacred Bible, and New Testament of summer of 1814* (Transiation)
our Savior Jesus Christ, in our vernac.
ular language. Of these books a c n. TĦAt religion is the fundamental
siderable number has been sent oier pillar of the state, on which the real
by the ships of last seasul, proving a welfare of the whole body politic, and rich supply amidst the great scarcity of every private citizen, must rest, is a which was previously becoming myre truth which has been acknowledged and more 'afflictive; and the copies by the ablest politicians in all ages of have already been distributed with the world. To be sensible of the val.
great pains, owing to ihe zeal and dil. ue of true and genuine religion; to
igence of the Rev. E Henderson, the venerate its pure and primitive princi- interpreter of the noble Society. As ples; and to endeavor to make all men
a prof of his zeal for the illumina. acquainted with them, must always tion of mankind, he has also visited diffuse among mankind, light, life, and
the eastern coasts of Icela id, and fa. happiness; must promote the true dig; vored us with a personal visit in South nity of man, the noblest use of life, and Muiè Syssel. employments, which may be appre- Therefore, in the name, and on the ciated in time, but can be rewarded behalf, of all the it.habitants of the aonly in eternity, Among these em- forementioned Syssel, under my juris. playments is to be reckoned the vig; diction, I, the undersigned, return my orous prosecution of the British and respectful and warmest thanks to the Foreign Bible Society, the sole object noble British and Foreign Bible Socie. of which is to promote the circulation ty, and its represeritative, the Rev. E. of the Holy Scriptures among all na. Henderson, for their mutual exertions tions; whose worthy interpreter and
to promote our illumination; and all * Officially communicated through the Hon. Conferenceraad Thorarinson, Deputy Governor of the northern and eastern quarters of the Island, and his Lordship Bishop Vidalin.
we,the inhabitants of South Mulè Sys- that, in consequence of the very great sel, do express our most cordial wish. liberality of bis Imperial Majesty es, that heaven would regard, and e. and tbe British and Foreign Bible Soternity remunerale, the benevolent ex- ciety, as also the voluntary subscrip. ertions of the honored Society. And tons of all classes of their fellow submay our dear friend, the Rev. E. Hen- jects, there is every reasor to believe, derson, be abundantly blessed! May that the funds of the Society are alhis exertions prosper and be acknow. ready equal to the expenses of this ledged by the present, and by every
edition. The New Testament is alfuture generation; and may his labors ready printed off, first in St Petersbe crowned in eternity!
burg, and now here in Abo; 24 sheets On belialf of the whole population of of the Old Testament are composed, South Muiè Syssel, I have the honor and partly printed off, in St. Peters. to be, most respectfully,
burg ION VINALIN, In the Report for the last year it The consututed sheriff of - was observed, that beside the 7502.
South Mulè Syssel in Iceland. which the British and Foreign Bible Eskefiord in Iceland,
Society had presented to the Society Dec. 31, 1814.
in Finland, for printing the Finnish Bibles on standing types, they had most
generously presented them with 2001. From the Third Report of the Finnish for distributing. Swedish Bibles a Bible Society. Abo, March 28, 1815.
mo!g the Swedish inhabitants of Fin. Through the goodness of Divine land. With this money, 1350 Bibles Providence, and under a Christian have been procured from Stockholm, Sovereign's mild government, the Fin- of which 250 copies have been distrinish Bible Society has arrived at the buted gratis, and the remainder have conclusion of another year, during mostly been sold at cost prices. The which, in the progress of its well money received for these Bibles is demeant endeavors for diffusing a more signed as a separate fund for the purgeneral knowledge of the Holy Scrip pose of procuring a fresh supply, as tures among the inhabitants of Finland, needed, for this class of our fellow it has had reason to entertain the con. subjects. * solatory hope, that the Futher of lights, The Rev. J. Paterson, who forward. who has begun so good a work among ed the above communication, adds: us, will perfect it till the day of Christ. "From the above, Report it appears,
And although it is much to be wish- that our Finnish friends are very ac. ed that the Society could have attain, tive; and, considering the poverty of ed the object of the institution sooner, the country, they have come forward and engaged more actively in the with great liberality. The subscrip. work of distributing the word of God tions amount to three times the sum than has hitherto heen possible; the any of us expected. No part of the Committee are nevertheless convinc. Report affords me more pleasure than ed that the short Report now present- that concerning the Swedish Bibles, ed to the public, will prove satisfac- Never were 2001. better en ployed by tory to all the members of the Society, your Society. They have made a and confirm them in the joyful assur. good use of the talent you entrusted ance, that the Lord is with us, and that them with. It has awakened a desire in his blessing rests upon the work of our the people to have the Scriptures in hands.
their own, the Swedish language; and, The Society's principal endeavor poor as they are, they cheerfully pay has hitherto been to complete the oc- for them; so that I hope, ere long, lavo edition of the Finnish Bible on every Swedish family in Finland will, standing types. It is with peculiar by means of this small fund, be fur. pleasure that the Committee can state nished with a copy of the Bible.
• Since the Report was drawn up, 600 additional copies have been ordered from different parts of Finland.
"We have begun the distribution had resolved to print 1000 copies of of the Finnish Testament in the Gov. it in Wilna, at his own expense. Af. ernment of St. Petersburg. I expect- ter our Committee had corresponded ed the edition would have lasted us with the Bishop in regard to the state for several years; but the demand is of the Samogitians, who'were brought so great, that we cannot get the Tes- over to the Christian religion only in taments bound quickly enough, and the 15th century, and have never yet the whole edition is already nearly ex. had a version of the Scriptures in their hausted. When a quantity arrives in language, it was this day resolved to a village, all the inbabitants assemble, print an additional 4000 copies, at the and can scarcely be restrained from expense of the Russian Bible Society. carrying off the Testaments by force. Among the multitude of interesting They have been famishing for want communications and liberal subscripof the word of life, and now they are
tions laid before the Committee this almost insatiable.
day, from different distant parts of Rus; “We have recently received 300 ru- sia, none afforded us so much pleasure bles, which have been subscribed by as the following mostinteresting obser. the Ingermanland Russian Regiment, vations, respecting the establishment of besides 130 rubles from their Colonel, an Auxiliary Bible Society in the seafor which they require one Russian port town of Thcodosia, in the Crimea. and one Polish Bible. This gift is The communication was written by peculiarly valuable, as coming from the Governor of that city, bis ExelRussian soldiers. The Roman Cath. lency Bronefsky, and is accompanied olic Metropolitan has published two
with a list of from 30 to 40 subscribers, pastoral letters to his flock, recom- of whom six are subjects of the Sultan mending the reading of the Scriptures of Constantinople, and a petition for among them generally, and ordering instructions towards the establisiinent the Clergy to promote the circulation of a Branch of the Bible Society in that of the Society's editions. This is an ancient city, formerly called by the important document. Our Committee Turks Kafa. ordered it to be published in the Ga
“The Theodosian Auxiliary Branch, zettes, that it might be as generally having implored the blessing of the known as possible. A copy of it will Most High, will use all possible ex• be sent you by our friend Pinkerton, ertions to promote the object of the as soon as he can get it translated for Russian Bible Society. The dissemiyou I hope it will have its effect on nation of the word of God among Christhe Roman Catholics with you, and tians alone, composes of itself an imo in Germany. We have also received portant part of this Society's under. from his Imperial Majesty freedom to taking-an undertaking which requires send all letters and packages free of unwearied efforts, and liberal contri. expense, by post, so that we can now butions, on the part of its members. send our Bibles to the remotest parts
“As the town of Theodosia is inhabof the Russian Empire with the great. ited chiefly by foreigners of different est facility,”
religious persuasions, it will be neces. sary to inform them, that the spirit and
rules of the Russian Bible Society do From the Rev. R. Pinkerton. St. Pe.
not prevent it from sending the Huly tersburg, June, 5, 1815.
Scriptures to their friends beyond the I think I have mentioned in former borders of Russia. The Bible Society letters, that the Bishop of Samogitia has limited the object of its undertako had translated the New Testamenting to the distribution of the Holy into that language, that the manuscript Scriptures in different languages, with. was sent hither last year, and received out note or comment. The object, in the approbation of his Eminence Ses. its simplicity, is exalted, and worthy terinsevitch, the Catholic Metropolio of the spirit of the Gospel. tan, and that the kt. Rev. Translator
* The British and Foreign Bible Society has granted to the Russian Bible Society 250%. in aid of printing and circulating the Samogitian Scriptures.
“The Theodosian Branch Bible So- has lain upon their country for several ciety will strive to distribute the word centuries; and, notwithstanding the of God among unbelievers, having be- persecutions of crul Mohammedans, fore it a vast field, first in the Penin. they still continue to hold the Chrissula of the Crimea, and secondly in tian faith according to the Greek conthe neighboring countries of Caucasus fession, and perform their religious and Anatolia, for making known the services in the Georgian language. gospel to nations who still remain in “At length the coast of Anatolia heathen or Mohammedan darkness. presents itself to view, extensive, and Bit without exactly fixing the ex• well peopied, mostly, by Greeks and tent of the sphere of its operations, Armenians, who compose the labor. it is easy to observe, that it will com. ing, or what is there styled, the black prehend particularly the countries ly. part of the community. The lot of ing on th: shores of the Black Sea. these Christians, yet our brethren, Abhazia, Mingrellia, and Anatolia, be- sunk in ignorance and poverty, under ing in the closest commercial connex- the iron rod of Turkish dominion, ion with Theodosia, present a wide surely merits our compassion. Pov. field for the Bible Society proposed erty, pro luced by oppression, has to be in that city.
deeply ruoted'ignorance aniong them, "It is well known that in former and this has at length begotten intimes the Abhazı were enlightened by difference to the knowledge of the the faith of Christ, and belonged to word of God. These poor people are the Greek communion, possessed their reduced so far, that they have forgotown Bishops, and were reckoned to ten their native tongues, and now pray the Eparché of Alanie, the seat of to God in the Turkish language. which see was Theodosia, and after. “The Theodosian Branch Society wards Ph nagoria. After the fall of will take upon itself the sacred obliga. the Greek Empire, however, the na- tions of promoting these views, having tion of the Abhazi, like the Circas. numerous facilities by the central com. sians, being deprived of preachers, mercial intercourse which the Port of and not possessing a written language, Theodosia has with Abhazi, Mingrelreturned to their heathenish custons, lia, and Anatolia. From these short and at length many of them embraced remarks, it is easy to observe, how the Mohammedan religion. Monu- important and extensive the field is, ments of Christianity exist to the pres. which presents itself to the zeal and ent time among them, in the remains activity of the members of the Theoof churches, for which the people have, dosian Auxiliary Bible Society. Suc. still respect. Another proof of this, cess and further extended views des is the veneration which they have for pend upon God. He, by his omnipothe form of the cross.
tent goodness, will direct all for the "The inhabitants of Mingrellia have best, and will make even impossibilibeen more fortunate than their neigh. ties possible to contrite spirits, that bors the Abhazi, They have preserv• bunger af er bis righteousness. ed the faith of their fathers in the midst Theodosia, April 3, 1815." of the heavy yoke of bondage, which
Revival of religion in Salisbury, N. H. A most pleasing revival of religion ty of divine testimony, and operating as has lately taken place in the Congre• ra still smal voice," has, in a judge gational Society in Salisbury, N. H. ment of charity, brought many souls The work has been remarkably free to the feet of Jesus, where they re. from noise, enthusiastic zeal and dis. main filled with love, clothed with order of every kind. The spirit of humility, and adorned with a meek and truth, attending the word, preached quiet spirit. By an acquaintance with with a constant regard to the simplici- such disciples of our Lord, any one,
who had never seen the Bible, would hair of your heads, nor injure your
Norfolk, Feb. 5, 1816. We are as.
sured, that the mortality among the a year, seventy persons have been added to the church.
inhabitants of the ardjoining counties And more than
has, for the two last months, even ex: ever before, we “behold how good and
ceeded the ravages of the fatal epi. how pleasant it is for brethren to
demic in the winter of 1814 and 1815. dwell together in unity." It is thought That portion of Nansemond county, worthy of remark, that belonging to
which lies eastward of the river. and four houses in the society, there are no less than twenty-six professors of
the lower precinct of Princess Anne godliviess, all of wbom were in infancy, than half the population they contained
county, are computed to bave lost more or in childhood, favored with parent. last summer; -and the deaths in the al and baptismal dedication to the Lord; and that there are now in the parish of St. Brides in Nortolk county
have been awfully great. In other church about fifty young and unmar. A nun ber very lately has beenexperienced, and many deaths
parts of those counties much sickness give evidence of repentance unto salvation, who have not yet made a pub- portion to the former.
have taken place, but bearing no prolic profession; others are under very
Herald. serious impressions, and we trust the good work is still progressing. Not Massachusetts Peace Society. unto us, but unto thy name, O Lord, be
In the last Number encouragement all the glory. It has been indeed "a revival of love."
was given that this Number should
contain a list of the officers of the MasSalisbury, Jan. 1816.
sachusetts Peace Society. The Ex
ecutive Committee has not yet been Missionary Box.
elected. The following is a list of all
the present officers of the Society:An American privateer during the late having captured in the His Honor Wm. Phillips, President. Irish channel a sloop from Cardigan Hon Thomas Dawes, Vice Presidents laden with coal, the captain went
Dea. Elisha Ticknor, Treasurer. on board to survey his prize.
Ob. Mr. Thomas Wallcut, Rec Sec. serving a small box with an apper.
Rev. Noah Worcester, Corres. Sec. ture in the lid, and an inscription on Rev John Foster D. D it, missionary box, he enquired what Rev. Abiel Holmes 1. D. it was. The Welshman, apprehend- Professor L. Helge,
Trustecs, ing the destruction of his vessel and
Rev. Daniel Sharp, property (according to the recent prac. Jolin Kenrick Esq. tice of the Americans to burn their William Wells Esq. prizes) replied with a sigh., "Ah! it's all Rev. John Foster D. D. over now! You must know, that I and Rev. Jonathan Homer, my poor fellows have been accustomed Rev. Henry Ware D. D. to drop a penny piece into that box Rev. Joseph M'Kean LL. D. every Sunday morning, to help in send. Rev. William E. Channing, ing out missionaries to preach the gospel.” “Indeed,” said the American,
Installations. "that's a good thing, a good thing, indeed ” After a short pause, he held
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Rev, out his hand to the master of the David Batcheller was inscalled over sloop, and said, "I will not touch a the Congregational Church and Soci4