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BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE If, however, this great work is to he SOCIETY.
brought to perfection; if every pinus
father of a family, anxiously desiring to Address of the Archbishop of Upsala, to
possess a Bible for the edification of the Clergy of his Diocese.
bimself, and those belonging to him, is to Upsala, September 2, 1816. obtain his wishes, it is necessary that Reverend Brethren,
such as have better means, should unite It is but a few years ago that some more closely together, for the purpose of zealous friends of Christianity in En. distributing the word of God among the gland united together for the purpose of children of poverty. In our dear native promoting the dispersion of the Holy country, there are already five great Scriptures, as well among Christians, as Bible Societies established ; namely, at among those of other religions.
Stockholm, Lund, Gothenburg, Westeras, The time past, so pregnant with great and Wisby. The Archbishoprick is and extraordinary events, has been a hitherto without one. I have, bowever, time of searching visitation on the part the satisfation of announcing, that a of God; a time when mankind, more Bible Society, for the same object, and than at any former period, have been upon similar grounds, under the contaught how vain are all their undertakings solatory hope of the Almighty's assistand endeavours, when in the blindness of ance, is about to be established at Upsala. their pride they revolt from eternal wis- | A considerable benefaction, in aid thereof, dom, and pretend to accomplish any has been proinised by the justly vene thing without God:
but it has also been rated Bible Society in London. This a time, when the Gospel of Christ, that information will, no doubt, be received word of life and comfort, in defiance of with delight by the clergy of the diocese, the machinations of infidelity and wicked- of whose zealous co-operation and as. Dess, in defiance of the attempts of false sistance I make myself assured. wisdom to reduce it within the sphere of The door is opened, my brethren, to the natural man's conceptions; and promote the increase of Christ's kingfinally, in defiance of the indifference, dom; and who ought to have this more the lukewarmness, the prejudice against at heart than ourselves, who are called godliness, which have taken possession of to spread the saving knowledge of God, men's minds has shewn itself as “the and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent! power of God unto salvation."
Let us then, brethren, while we have The whole world will soon have to yet time, do good, and not grow weary; acknowledge, “ The word of God dwells remembering, that if the opportunities richly among us.” The holy writers which a wise Providence hath prepared speak now in almost all the languages of for the advancement of what is good, be the world, “ Their voice is gone forth neglected, the fault will lie with thosa in every land, and their words to the whose duty it is to forward it. The end of the earth." The Bible is in the time is hastening on, when we shall be course of translation, and printing, in no longer labourers in the Lord's vinedialects which have hitherto escaped the yard, but shall be called before him to researches of the learned. The follow- receive our reward. Yet a little while, ers of Mahomed, Confucius, and Bramah, and the favourable circumstances which read it. They see the Star of Jesus in now offer, and encourage us to labour the East, and go to adore him. Within while it is to day, will have vanished. the dominious of Christendom, numerous We shall recollect the time when it was Bible Societies have been established, but too common to be ashamed of the upon the model of the British and Fo- Gospel of Christ, and a pretended wise reign Bible Society, by whose munifi- dom of reason threatened the expulsion cence they have profited greatly. Bibles of “the word of everlasting life.”are re-printing in all the languages of Another era is come, with more gladChristendom. This treasure of the im- dening signs. Let us profit by the more mortal soul, which is of more value than encouraging disposition that begins to all the riches of the earth, may be ob- prevail, and “our labour shall not be in iained at a very low price and frequently vain in the Lord." gratis. The Gospel makes itself known, For these and other weighty reasons, I in its original purity, to the poor; aud have hereby not only to desire the revefrom the palaces of the great, down to rend Clergy of the Archbishoprick to the cottages of the lowest, one common participate in this establishment for glovoice begins to resound, “Thanks be to rifying the name of Jesus ; but also as a God, which giveth us the victory through friend to intreat, that they will, each our Lord Jesus Christ."
within bis own sphere, in a judicious and
zealous manner, animate their hearers, W. Williams, Esq. in the Chair, and a particularly the more wealthy part, of liberal subscription was made for the whatever rank and sex they may be, to School, which is founded in connection contribute, according to their means and with the Southwark Auxiliary Society opportunities, towards this important instituted last year, and we hope will be object.
followed by other attempts, in order to Grace and peace be with you all, provide instruction in reading and writfrom God and our Lord Jesus Christ. ing for a district containing 10,000 chil(Signed) JAC. AX. LINBLOM,
dren. The building is contracted for at
the moderate expence of £530. And it Archbishop of Upsala. is expected that the funds will be aided
by a weekly penny subscription from the From the Bishop of Janina, of the parents of the children.
BAPTIST MISSION TO INDIA.
No, XXX. of the PERIODICAL ACrage, to distribute the Modern Greek counts of the Baptist Missiouary SoNew Testament among my beloved ciety, has just made its appearance: but people; and, I assure you, that at Candia, of its contents, we have not room to say Cyprus, Rhodes, and wherever I was, I much this month. It exhibits a view of met with a great disposition to receive the state of the Mission from the close the Scriptures, and many applications of the year 1814 to Midsummer 1815, from a distance.
and we are told that "some anusual I get what I can 'for the Testaments, delay has prevented the reception of but I never lose an opportunity of dis- Letters, later than that period,” and posing of one, when a poor well-disposed that very little prirate intelligence of a head of a family, or an indigent clergy- subsequent date has been received. man, or a poor caravanist, desires to As the present number is the comacquire it gratuitously. We are ardently mencement of a new volume, it is introdesirous to have in our hands the whole duced by a Preface of six pages, comScriptures in Modern Greek; and it prising a Review of the affairs of the Misnever happens, when we meet together sion from its feeble origin—it traces the on the Sabbath day, in our place of wor
kind hand of God and his superintending ship, that we are not excited to pray for care in its formation, establishment, and the welfare of the British and Foreign progress and gratefully acknowledges Bible Society, that it may extend its la the success with which it hath been his bours of love, and give plenty of Bibles good pleasure, by his blessing, to crowo in the vernacular Greek and Arabic it. As this Preface breathes throughout ianguages.
an ardent spirit of piety, and principles that are truly catholic, we feel much
satisfaction in calling the attention of BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL our Readers to it. SOCIETY.
“ We trust," say the Secretaries, On Friday the 14th inst. the first stone “that whatever our dear brethren have of a School was laid at Newington Butts, been enabled to effect, for the diffusion by the R. H. the Lord Mayor. This of the knowledge of Christ, among the School, for 400 boys, is to be conducted various nations of the East, has been on the principles of the British and Fo- done with a single eye to his glory, and reign School Society, and will admit not with a view to the advancement of children of all denominations.
a party; and we would unite with them On this occasion the Rev. Dr. Collyer in giving bim all the praise. addressed a very numerous assembly, on Though we think the Congregational the advantages of extending knowledge form of church government, more conboth in respect to the present and future formable to the apostolic plan, than that state of man. Thomas Scott Esq. the of the Established Church, yet we can Secretary, read the inscription on the cordially rejoice in all the success of our plate which was deposited with some Episcopalian brethren: and in like coin of his present Majesty—the patron manner, though we conscientiously disand friend of education on this broad sent from our Independent brethren as and liberal plan. The Lord Mayor then to the ordinance of Baptism, yet we laid the stone, and addressed the compa- hless God for all the good they have ny in an appropriate speech, which was done, in Africa, in any part of Asia, or received with reiterated applause; and in the South Seas. Hence we hope, the Rev. Mr. Fowler concluded, by iin- that our fellow-christians, who think us ploring the blessing of God upon the mistaken as Anti-pædobaptists, will reinstitution.
joice also, if by means of our MissionAfterwards the friends of the Institu- aries, sinners are turned from Heathention dined together at the Horns Tavern, ism, Mahometanism, profligacy, or for.
mality, to serve the living and true God, 1 "a most valuable, diligent, and prudent and to wait for his Son from heaven; missionary in the West Indies.” To this afeven Jesus who saveth us from the wrath fecting catalogue we must add, Mr.Trowt,
who is recently dead at Java. This is “Many such friends we have, both in a subject which calls loudly upon all the the Northern and Southern parts of this friends of the Mission, to abound in island, as well as on the other side of prayer for its continuarce and permathe Atlantic; to whom we deeply feel nency; and in order thereunto, that God our obligations. A great number of would spare useful lives, and as the har. them, notwithstanding their differences vest is so plenteous, that it would please of sentiment, have helped our Mission in Him to raise up, and qualify, and send
more general way ; and a greater into his harvest inany faithful labourers, number still have lent their aid to the as well as that He would succeed in their translation of the Sacred Scriptures into work those who are already employed. the various oriental dialects.
“ We are aware," say the Secretaries, 5God forbid that we should wish any " that as the number of our Missionaries Christian, of whatever denomination, to increases, they need so much the more make a sacrifice of principle, to obtain to be assisted from on high, that they our most cordial good will; and we are may all preserve the unity of the Spirit persuaded, that no one who is possessed in the bond of peace. We also, at home, of genuine canılour would require such a shall feel the same necessity of imploring sacrifice from us. So far as we have at large supplies of wisdom, from the tained the knowledge of divine truth, Father of lights, that all the concerns of we would walk by the same rufe, we the Society may be conducted with diswould mind the same thing; and if in cretion, unanimity, and singleness of eye any respect the sincere followers of to the divine glory. Christ are differently minded from each “ Hitherto the Lord has helped us, other, we trust the time is hastening, and though he has removed the most when God will shew those who are mis- able and judicious founders of this little taken in smaller matters, what is the Society, yet we would bless his name mind of the Lord respecting them also.” that their lives were so long continued,
All this is, in our opinion, exceedingly that they were enabled to guide it's conproper, and the sentiments, which are cerns with so much prudence, and prohappily expressed, reflect honour on the mote it's interest with such indefatigable writers. We hope they will be allowed zeal. With him is the residue of the their full force in the quarter where they Spirit. If we are enabled thoroughly are intended to be applied. It is a mi- to realize our dependance on him, and serable thing for professed Christians are kept from the baneful influence of exclusively to identify the great cause of all party-spirit, and vain glory, ever the Redeemer with their own little party. bearing in our mind our Lord's intimaIt should be their grand aim to co-operate tion, that he is indeed the greatest among in every effort to promote the interest of his followers who is most willing to be that cause, so far as they can do it with servant of all; we may still hope for inout sacrificing principle--and when that creasing success in the work of the Lord, intervenes, let each pursue the dictates and for the cordial affection and liberal of conscience apart from the other, re- aid of our dear brethren of other denomembering that “to their own master mioations. they stand or fall."
“Our help is in the name of the Lord, But we proceed to the notice of a very who made heaven and earth; without painful occurrence mentioned in this pre-whom we can do nothing, but through face, viz. the removal by death of several whose strengthening us, we can do all persons connected with the Mission. Al things: who giveth power to the faint, through this be an event which in the and increaseth strength to them that ordinary course of nature we ought to have no might; and who is the same expect, yet when, as in the present in- yesterday, to-day, and forever.” stance, we find the names of nearly a dozen of these individuals, each of whom recently occupied a sphere of relative
GAELIC SCHOOLS. usefulness in the Mission, but now num- It was probably the interest which, at bered with the dead, all crowded toge- an early period of life, we experienced in ther in the short space of three lines, it reading Johnson's Journey to the Hebriinevitably diffuses a degree of melancholy des, that has led us to take a more than over the mind, and almost makes us trem- ordinary concern in the success of the ble for the fate of the Mission. The bre-Gaelic Schools, from their first instituthren, Thomas, Fountain, Grant, Bruns- tion: and we have accordingly noticed don, Biss, and Marden; and the sisters, in our former volumes, the Reports of Chainberlain, Moore, and Rowe, have all the Society as they have successively been snatched away in the East--and this appeared. Every reader recollects the vast loss is farther augmented by the Saye's reflections on visiting the inland death of Ir, Jebo Rowe, (of Palmouth) of lona, '“We were now treading that
illustrious island which was once the lu- , of his designs.” May He powerfully inminary of the Caledonian regions, whence cline the minds of those whom He in his savage clans and roving barbarians de- / providence bas blessed with the means of rived the benefits of knowledge, and the doing it, to supply the necessities of the blessings of religion.' We need not Institution, and may encreasing prospequote more of the passage; the reader rity attend the Gaelic Schools ! who needs to haye it recited to him, is to We should mention that the present be pitied for his dulness. Yet there is a Report is accompanied by a Map of paragraph in the same connection, which the Uighlands and Islands of Scolland we shall venture to transcribe, and it is whicii furnishes a very useful appendage. the following. “ The fruitfulness of The price of the Report, which may be Iona is now its whole prosperity. The had of Mr. Seeley, io London, is 2s. to inhabitants are remarkably gross, and Non-subscribers. remarkably neglected : I know not if they are visited by any minister. The island,
AFRICA. which was once the metropolis of learning and piety, has now no school for edu= From the Caledon Auxiliary Society, in cation, nor temple for worship, only two
South Africa. inbabitants that can speak English, and
Caledon, March 4, 1816. not one that can read or write." Johnson Through the instrumentality of the Remade the tour of these islands in 1773, ports of the British and Foreign Bible and such is the picture he then drew of Society, which happened to fall into our the most renowned of them for learning hands, we have been roused, likewise, to and scieoce! What benevolent miod can cast our mite into the treasury, in aid of read it without a sigh, or that can fail to that Society; and, in order to do this in rejoice at witnessing the vigorous exer- a regular manner, we have established a tions that are now making by the “Soci- Society, under the title of “ The Cale. ety for the support of Gaelic Schools” indon Auxiliary Society," a plan of which order to do away this national oppro- you find inclosed. We now beg to be brium.
informed who is the agent of the British We have before us the Sixth Annual and Foreign Bible Society at the Cape, Report of this Society, and most sincerely in order that we may annually deliver do we congratulate the friends of huma- our small contributions to him, against a nity on its continued utility. The Schools receipt; soliciting, at the same time, to are rapidly on the increase, both in the be favoured with the Society's Annual Highlands, and also on the Islands--the Reports, and with a small number of success which every where attends them Bibles, together with an instruction, in is calculated to diffuse the most heartfelt what inaoner the Society wishes the dissatisfaction—but much, very much yet tribution thereof to be made. remains to be done. We have carefully Wishing that the British and Foreign examined the Report for some intimation Bible Society may abide upon a lasting of a school on the island of Iona, but foundation, until the earth be covered we lament to say, that our search has with the knowledge of Christ, as the wa. been fruitless. There is another most ters cover the deep, painful consideration attendant on the I remain, &c. perusal of this Report ; namely, that
A. C. BERGMAN, Secretary. the expenditure of the Society has last year exceeded its income by the sum of £791 0 5ģ. This furnishes a loud call
LITERARY NOTICES. upon every well-wisher to the Institution, The first volume of the Fourth Edito make encreased exertions for its sup- tion of BEDDOME's short Discourses, port. The unprecedented pressure of the adapted to Village Worship or the devotimes, also, adds to the difficulty under tions of the Family, is ready for delivery, which the Society at present labours: for the Second and Third are in the Preso it is to be feared that the number of those and will be published in a few days. who would gladly contribute their mite Price 2s. each Volumes. to an undertaking so truly meritorious Notes appended to Dr, Watts's Diand praise worthy, is rather diminishing vine Songs, a new Edition greatly enlarg. every month, than encreasing. We are ed by Mr. CHURCHILL. Price 2s. pleased, however, to see that the Com- Ogles, Duncan, and Cochran's Catamittee do not despond. “ A deficiency logue of Oriental and Jewish Literature, of £800,” say they, “would be more than for 1817. Containing an excellent colalarming, did not your Committee encou-lection of Books in Hebrew, Chaldee, rage themselves with the assurance that Syriac, Samaritan, Arabic, Ethiopia
, as you have proceeded in this lahour of Persian, Chinese, Turkish, and other love without either timidity or rashoess, Language. the work is one on which you may expect the blessing of Jehovah ; and He, in whose Pious Memorials, with considerable ad.
Speedily will be published BURNHAM'S hands
are the hearts of all men, can easily ditions and correctiods. Recomended by provide the means for the accomplishment the most eminent divines.