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BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
FROM THE REPORT OF THE MA- Christians in his hunger and thirst DRAS AUXILIARY SOCIETY. after the unadulterated word. *
His wife has nobly followed him, The word of God is “ the incor- learned to read since her baptism, ruptible seed; and though, when and knows already many Psalms by scattered, it may lie buried in dust
heart. long out of sight, it “ liveth and “ Also the Tamil youth, whom I abideth for ever.” Its benefits, though mentioned last year as being preventreal, are not always apparent or imme- ed by his father from reading the diate. In this country, more than Scriptures, has not been able to shake almost any other, the good seed needs off the impressions received from to be sown by the living, anxious them. He has believed in the Lord sower, and long watched and watered. Jesus, and was baptized in December; As the sword of the Spirit in the yet he is not bound up with the word hands of the preacher, the teacher, the in the way in which the abovemenaffectionate sympathizing and prayer- tioned are, by whose instrumentality, ful friend, the Divine word has the to the praise of God be it said, a spirit greatest power.
of more diligent and independent Most of the correspondents of the study of the Scriptures has been difSociety, who have spoken of its bene- fused among the older converts.” ficial effects, do it in this connection; The Rev. G. U. Pope statesbut in some instances the human “I think I can safely say that I agency is less apparent.
have not parted with a single copy of Dr. H. Gundert gives the follow- the Scriptures, of the benefit of which ing interesting facts :
I have not had good evidence. All “We also rejoice in real good those who have received portions of wrought by God's holy word. A Scripture from me are required to Mapla youth has been converted, less attend the Adult Sunday School in by direct teaching in our boarding- their villages, or, if not resident at a school-which he entered, he himself Catechist's Station, to present themhardly knows how-than by the in- selves for examination whenever I cessant study of God's word ; which visit the neighbourhood. Wherever even now, in his sometimes adven- I go, in my visitations of the villages turous excursions to preach to his in my district, I find those who have countrymen, is his inseparable com- obtained copies of the Scriptures the panion. Jesus, especially according most regular in their attendance, and to St. John-eternal life—the light every way the most satisfactory in shining in darkness—the love of the their conduct. In their houses I find only-begotten—these are the founda- they generally keep a separate box, tions on which his inward soul rests
made of palmyra leaves, and which is ~from which he derives the calm and suspended from the rafters, for the joyful peace so necessary for those in Testament, which is often their only his position.
book. Many very respectable and «A Hindoo doctor was baptized in comparatively wealthy men, among September, after an acquaintance with the converts in this district, may be us of only two months, because, in seen with the New Testament under that short time, he became so tho- their arms, wrapped in a cloth, roughly acquainted with the word, wherever they go, whether to the which he read day and night, both talook, the market, or the church. alone and to his relations, that the * Truly pleasing it is, indeed, to moment he was enabled to break
see, in the little village churches, the through his earthly ties we were con- Headmen of the village-frequently strained to receive him into full fel
the only ones who can read—with lowship. He has out-grown our other their Testament and Psalter, following
the Minister in the service. My Adult of God for themselves; and during Sunday School in Varyagaram alone, the past year we had several additions contains the Headmen of thirteen vil- to our Bible classes. Among these lages, whom your Society has supplied is a man who very lately cast in his with Testaments and copies of the lot with the Christians. He was conPsalms—the whole Bible you will not vinced of the sinfulness of idolatry, permit me to give them — besides and the truth of Christianity, by read, many others, the inhabitants of three ing the Bible. He possesses several villages.
portions of Scripture, which he con“ Who can estimate the amount of siders his most valuable property ; benefit conferred upon these people by and he says he shall consider himself the Bible Society?"
a debtor to the Bible Society until he The Rev. J. J. Lawrence, of Din- has in a measure made restitution for digul, gives the following very en- their invaluable gifts.” couraging instance, among others, of “Other instances of our Scriptures the silent power of God's word :- being well read occur.
A few days Iroolappen is a native of the Siva ago, when suddenly turning the sect; lives seventy miles distant from corner of a street in this town (CuimDindigul; and by inheritance and batore), two Brahmins were seen sittrading has acquired a more than or- ting in a veranhah, reading aloud a dinary amount of wealth. He is portion to others, listening with appanearly forty years old; has acted as rent reverence aud attention. At one his own priest; and from all I learn of the Out-Stations of this Mission of his former condition, his yellow the Brahmins have, for years past, robes, sacred beads, and brazen god, applied to the Catechist for the difsent in to me a few months since, has ferent parts of the Bible, as they could lived a Saivite of the straitest sect. be procured. These have been read He procured a copy of the Old Tes- in the evening to many assembled for tament, and portions of the New, the
and the contents have at some five or six years since; and as such times formed the subject of conhis trading at Madura and Dindigul versation, &c. has, from time to time, brought him “ That our Scriptures are valued into the neighbourhood of the Mis- and preserved the following will show. sionaries, he has often met us with A great number of single Gospels and questions regarding the meaning of Epistles have, from time to time, been different texts, and has received ex- requested by the Mohammedan porplanations and exhortations with such tion of the population, also by sepoys an apparent sincerity and earnestness, of various creeds ; and it has been that we have been much encouraged. very pleasing to see with what attenAt length he stands proposed for ad- tion they have read them: but as we mission to the Church, and we hope had not a sufficient supply to furnish is truly born of the incorruptible seed all with a complete copy of the New of the word of God.”
Testament, it was suggested that those The Rev. J. M. Lechler writes- who were neighbours, &c., should
“ The benefits resulting from the each receive a different part, and exdistribution of the word of life are change them with each other when incalculable. The sacred Scriptures read. In some instances this was are the living principle of our Schools, acceded to; but others candidly acand of all those who enjoy Christian knowledged, that they valued those instruction in connexion with the portions they had before received and Salem Mission: without them, no- read so much, that they could not thing could be done. I take this possibly part with them in exchange opportunity to return my warmest they for others, for, by studying them, thanks to the Committee of the in some measure understood their Madras Auxiliary Bible Society for contents. One Mohammedan, of very the liberal aid they have hitherto af- respectable rank, and who came from forded us.
All in connection with us upwards of forty-five miles, most are desired to learn to read the word earnestly solicited to be supplied with
a whole Bible ; but his request could not be complied with, as we have never yet received a sufficient number of those bound in one volume, even for the use of the professing Christians here. Another person of the same faith, in a Government situation (Tasildar of a large talook) sent his servant upwards of thirty miles for a whole Bible, but we could only send him a portion. What makes the Mahommedans so desirous to possess the Bible is not clearly apparent; but this class evince a far better spirit than I ever before knew, and are much more cordial in all respects than formerly, when they disdained to accept or read any of our books."
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IN MALTA.
We are informed that a number of Maltese, from several parts of the island, come not only twice a-week, but also on Sabbath-days, to assemble in a room of Dr. Bonavia's house, in Valletta, in order to hear the word of God, and read the Scriptures, accompanied with explanatory and practical remarks, and some prayers extracted from our Liturgy; and the whole service is performed in the Maltese language by the same gentleman, who not a little contributes to bring his fellow-countrymen in contact with the word of eternal life. This interesting work is carried on by Dr. Bonavia, on behalf and under the superintendence of an excellent Christian Society in England, in spite of various ways and strong oppositions exerted to stop Dr. Bonavia from the reading of the holy Scriptures, seeing that they are very means, and the right way, to bring the Maltese to the knowledge of the true religion of Christ, preached by Paul the apostle on his coming to this land.
that the country is now open to the Bible.
At the mission-house, many copies were distributed gratuitously; and on several occasions there was what might be called a rush of applicants for the sacred volume. One of these occurred soon after my arrival. It was known that a supply of books had been received, and our house was literally thronged with persons of all ages and conditions of life—from the gray-headed man to the prattling child—from the gentleman in high life to the poor slave. Their notes were invariably couched in respectful, and often in beseeching language. Several were from poor widows, who had no money to buy books for their children, but who desired Testaments for them to read at school. Another was from one of the ministers of the imperial government, asking for a supply for an entire school out of the city:
Among the gentlemen who called in person, were several principals and proprietors of colleges, and many students of different grades. Versions in French and also in English as well as Portuguese, were sometimes desired by amateur linguists. We dealt out the precious volumes, according to our best judgment, with joy and with trembling. This being the first general movement of the kind, we were at times inclined to fear that some plan had been concerted for getting the books destroyed, or for involving us in some species of difficulty. These apprehensions were contradicted, however, by all the circumstances within our observation; and all who came made their errand on the ground of its intrinsic importance, and listened with deep attention to whatever we had time or ability to address to them concerning Christ and the Bible.
In three days 200 copies were distributed, and our stock was exhausted, but applicants continued to come, till it was estimated that four times that number had been called for.
We were not disappointed in the opposition which was likely to be called forth by this manifestation of the popular desire for the Scriptures. A series of low
THE BIBLE IN BRAZIL.
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By the statements presented in the following paragraphs from the Rev. Mr. Kidder's recent work, it appears
and vile attacks were made upon us the least mention made of the parties in a certain newspaper, corresponding whose efforts to spread the pure word in style with the well-known spirit of God had given it origin. and character of their authors. In- This species of opposition almost deed, in immediate connection with always had the effect to awaken greatthis interesting movement, a periodi- er inquiry after the Bible, and many cal was started, under the title of were the individuals, who, on coming O Catholico, with the avowed object to procure the Scriptures, said their of combating us and our evangelical attention was first called to the suboperations. It was an insignificantject by the unreasonable and fanatical weekly, of anonymous editorship. attempts of certain priests to hinder After extravagant promises and re- their circulation. They contemned peated efforts to secure permanent the idea, as absurd and ridiculous, subscribers, it made out to struggle that these men should attempt to dicagainst public contempt for the space tate to them that they should not of an entire month. Yielding to the read, or to set up an inquisitorial stress of circumstances, it then came crusade against the Bible. They to a pause. An effort was sometime wished it, and if for no other reason, after made to revive it with the more that they might show that they posimposing title of O Catholico Flumi- sessed religious liberty, and were deense. Thus its proprietors appealed termined to enjoy it. They poured as strongly as possible to the sympa- inexpressible contempt upon the igthy and patriotism of the people, by norance, fanaticism, and even the imthe use of a term of which the citizens morality, which characterized some of Rio de Janeiro are particularly of the intended ministers of religion, proud. Under this heading, it barely who dreaded to have their lives succeeded in surviving four additional brought into comparison with the numbers, in only one of which was requirements of God's Word.
THE POPISH PROPAGANDA.
The following document has appeared in the papers, which shows the activity of this proselytizing College:
ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS.The receipts of the Association for the Propagation of the Catholic Faith amounted, in 1844, to 4,035,207 fr., and the expenditure to 3,743,908 fr., leaving a balance in the receipts of 291,299 francs. The following table shows the proportion in which the different nations have contributed to that fund :
258,628 The British Island and Colonies
177,686 The Papal States.
The dioceses which subscribed the largest sums were, Lyons, 175,057f.; Paris, 92,371f.; Cambrai, 89,806f.; Cologne, 82,465f.; Turin, 61,000f.; Nantes, 60,168f.; Rennes, 54,637f.; Toulouse, 55,218f.; Rome, 52,415f.: Dublin, 49,435f.; Naples, 47,893f.; Le Mans, 44,714f.; Ghent, 43,639f.; Strasburg, 41,883f.; St. Brienne, 41,010f.; Bordeaux, 40,982f.; Angers, 40,038f., &c. Belgium, with her six dioceses, figures in these returns in the following proportions:Ghent, 43,639f.; Mechlin, 36,330f.; Liege, 33,615f.; Tournai, 31,635f.; Bruges, 22,249f.; & Namur, 10,216f. The Low Countries subscribed, viz.: the diocese of Bois le Duc, 31,169f.; Limburg, 15,528f.; Luxemburg, 11,168f.; Breda, 5,714f.; other districts, 33,356f. Among individual donations, the four largest were sent from the following dioceses, namely: Alby, 10,000f.; Basle, 7,887f.; Tournai, 5,847f.; and Savona, 4,336f. The Annals of the Association are published annually to the number of 171,900 copies, namely, in French,
evidence of holding on to their pro
fession. We now have between 20 In our last annual letter we mention- and 30 cases of interesting inquiry, ed that we were encouraged to believe affording more or less encouragement. that the Spirit of the Lord was at We have thirteen native preachers work with a number of hearts among daily at work at Hong Kong and the this great heathen people, who had neighbouring towns and villages on been for some time under regular this and other islands, and also on preaching of the Gospel in their own the mainland, preaching the Gospel, language. Our hopes have been and scattering far and near tens of more than realized, and eighteen thousands of Christian books and Chinese have been baptized during tracts. The truths of the Gospel are the year, upon a profession of their evidently spreading and taking hold faith in Christ.
of the minds of multitudes all around All these were received into the
One of our most active native Church, after repeated and careful preachers came to the pastor a few examinations, both private and pub- days ago, and said, “ Teacher, during lic. Some of them are men of high this year upon which we have entered, attainments in their own literature, great numbers of the Chinese are goand have already proved of great use- ing to turn to the Lord.” Our Chifulness to the mission. Of these nese Sabbath congregations at the eighteen, only one, and he the least chapels are remarkably attentive, and promising, has been excluded from sometimes crowded to excess.-Bapthe Church, while all the others give tist Mission in China.
SUMMARY OF PASSING EVENTS.
"There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord
that shall stand.” It is stated in the Quarterly Review, sion to the Protestant clergy of his that the Emperor of Austria, by the empire. The government of France advice of his minister, Prince Metter- pays Romanists, Protestants, and nich, is about to grant a state provin Jews. The government of Prussia