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ing at Constantinople, to translate the the room in a short time was nearly Bible into modern Greek.

filled. It was supposed that no less In the eastern hemisphere, the Word than 2000 persons were present. There of God continues to run and to be glo- can be no doubt, that the hope of seerified. Translations into various lan- ing and hearing several illustrious guages are still carried on with much characters, who were expected to hospirit and success; and copies of cer- nour the meeting with their presence, tain portions of scripture are multiply- might have induced some to attend; ing daily. Among some of the Chi- but independently of this consideranese, the Word of God has been dis- tion, the interest which the greater seminated in their native language; part seemed to feel in the success and in New South Wales a Bible Šo- of the Institution, plainly proved that ciety has been formed. From some the company at large were actuated by stations in the south of Africa, the more dignified principles. accounts are favourable; and at Sierra Among the exalted personages who Leone, a Bible Society also rears its had excited expectation, were the head.

Duke of Wellington, and Lord HarIn the wide field opened in America, rowby, who were detained on a Comthe operations of the Bible Societies mittee of the House of Lords. The are characterized by a continuance of Bishop of Durham was also prevented that vigour and harmony, which have from attending; and notes of apology already afforded such a pleasing spec- from the Bishops of Gloucester and tacle to the inhabitants of Europe. Norwich, expressed their regret in not Of the several branches established on being able to meet their friends on the this extensive continent, many pleas- occasion. These statements and apoing accounts might be given; but the logies were introduced by Lord Teignlimits of a condensed epitome preclude mouth, the president, who took the all detail, except in cases of interest-chair at 12 o'clock. The notes which ing originality.

his Lordship read from the two latter, In this country, in Scotland, in were highly expressive of their warm Wales, and in Ireland, the spirit by attachment to the cause in which they which the Bible Societies have been were mutually engaged. The Bishop supported, seems to grow more vigor- of Norwich, who was detained through ous by exercise; and so numerous bodily infirmities, concluded his note are the friends who advocate the cause in the following manner: In that of this benevolent institution, that the hour which is now fast approaching, voice of opposition is almost too fee- I am persuaded no reflections will ble to excite attention.

afford me more real joy, than my conThe number of copies issued to nection with your Society ; reflections subscribers and auxiliary societies, at far more gratifying than having written cost and reduced prices, from the 31st a hundred volumes of angry controof March, 1818, to the same period, versy.” 1819, is, 123,247 Bibles, and 136,784 But notwithstanding the absence of Testaments; making a total of 260,031 these dignitaries, and highly exalted copies: being an increase beyond the characters, the interest of the meeting issues of the preceding year, of 65,980 was particularly excited by the dig-, copies. These, taken in connection nity, the respectability, and the talents, with those issued at the expense of of those who attended. The principal the Society from various presses upon speakers on this occasion, were the the continent, make a total of more Right Hon. Lord Teignmouth; the than two MILLIONS THREE HUNDRED Lord Bishop of Cloyne; Sir William THOUSAND BIBLES AND TESTAMENTS! Geary ; His Royal Highness the Duke

of Gloucester; Professor Kieffer, of the University of Paris; W. Wilberforce, Esq. M. P. ; Admiral Lord Gambier; John Gurney, Esq.; Rev. Wm.

Roby, of Manchester; Charles Grant, On Monday the 5th inst. the fifteenth Esq. M.P.; Hon. Charles Shore; Sir Anniversary of this Society was held Montague Cholmondeley; Rev. S. at Freemason's Hall, London. No Wood, of Dublin; John Thornton, sooner were the doors opened, than a Esq.; D. Mourier, Esq.; Rev. Mr. concourse of people entered, by which Matthias; Rev. John Owen; Rev,



Gerard Noel ; Rev. D. M‘Bride, and had met with the most flattering recepSir J. Ackland.

tion. If there were enemies to the Of the various speeches delivered cause of the British and Foreign Bible by these gentlemen on this occasion, Society, he knew not where they were, it is not practicable for us to give for he had found none. At Constance, even a condensed outline. In that he had had an interview with the extensive range of thought which second ecclesiastic who presides in their combined energies displayed, that church ; whose body is sinking to they traversed the different regions of the grave, but whose soul is rising to the globe; and, as if presenting from heaven. " At the close of our contheir hands a Bible to every outcast versation,” says Mr. Owen, “ I asked of society whom they found, directed him what I should say to the British him to search the Scriptures, which and Foreign Bible Society? "Go; contain the words of eternal life. said he, taking me affectionately by

Among the interesting objects which the hand, ‘go, and tell them we are this meeting presented, was a Turkish one.'” New Testament, the first that was It is much to be questioned, if any ever published. It was introduced by preceding meeting, on a similar occaProfessor Kieffer, as the fruit of his sion, had ever excited a more lively own labour,-as the effect of British interest. A spirit of unanimity every bounty,--and as a present from the where prevailed; and nothing but the Bible Society in Paris. These singu- beams of genuine philanthropy seemlar coincidences were heightened by ed to shine throughout the whole asthe circumstance of the learned fo- sembly. Nor were these testimonies reigner not being able to speak Eng- of approbation exclusively confined lish. His address, which had been to those present. A general solicitude written, was read by the Rev. D. to give universal circulation to the Wilson, and received amidst reiter- Book of God, appeared to be a kind ated applauses.

of neutral ground, on which men of difAnother incident was presented to ferent sentiments most cordially met. the notice of the auditors, which is The establishment of the British and well worthy of being recorded. The Foreign Bible Society has operated Rev. Mr. S. Wood, of Dublin, in the like a cement to unite contending parcourse of his address, stated the fol- ties, and has given birth to an age of lowing interesting fact. — “But, my benevolence. Lord, my country has done something for this society. A Lady of piety has made a bequest, and has appointed

METHODIST MISSIONARY MEETING. some friends of mine trustees. To the AMONG the various institutions which Methodist Missionary Society she has have been established in this kingdom given £3000; and to the British and for the propagation of religious knowForeign Bible Society, £3000. Her ledge in pagan countries, those of the bequest does not end here: for she has Missionaries hold an exalted rank. left the whole of her estate, of which The publication of the Scriptures, in one rent-roll amounts to £ 1000 per the order of propriety, seems to take annum, to be divided yearly, share the lead; but the Bible being circuand share alike, to the British and lated without note or comment, renForeign Bible Society, and the Society ders the exertions of Missionary Mifor Methodist Missions. I am call- nisters not less imperiously necessary, ed upon to second the motion of thanks In this useful department, almost to your highly-esteemed and worthy every denomination of Christians has Treasurer, and beg leave to do so by nobly come forward; and God has presenting to you £1500, as the first been pleased to bless their labours, by moiety of the legacy.”

crowning their single and combined The Rev. Mr. Owen 'having visited endeavours with unexampled success. the Continent during the autumn of On the 28th of April last, the anthe last year, of which we have an nual meeting of the Methodist Auxaccount in his interesting letters that iliary Society was held in Great Queenhave lately been published, adverted street Chapel: Josepk Butterworth, to this journey in his speech. He had Esq. in the chair. The principal travelled, he observed, in several coun- speakers on this occasion, in addition tries on account of the Society, and to the worthy chairman, were as fol-

lows. --The Rev. Thomas Kelk; a nies of the West Indies alone, the young Russian Physician; the Rev. members of society amount to 20,000; Samuel Wood, of Dublin; the Rev. independently of that innumerable John Waterhouse; the Rev. John company, which, since the year 1786, Hawtrey ; William Blair, Esq.; and have taken their departure from the several other gentlemen. - In this region of slavery, to the liberty of the meeting, which was only preparatory sons of God in the celestial mansions. to the general association, many ex- The Rev. Mr. Wood, of Dublin, cellent observations were made ; and took occasion to mention the circumthe spirit which prevailed throughout stance (to which we have aleady adthe assembly, furnished a pleasing pre- verted, in our notice of the Bible Sosage of what might be expected in ciety,) respecting the bequest of £3000, the general meeting which was about left by a young Lady in Ireland; and to follow.

presented £1500, as one moiety of the On Monday, May 3d, the general sum. This meeting, which we have meeting took place, in their large already noticed began at 11 o'clock, chapel, City Road, which was nume- continued until half-past six in the rously attended. This meeting com- evening. It was opened with prayer, menced at eleven o'clock, when Joseph and concluded with singing the praises Butterworth, Esq. was again called to of God for all his mercies. The whole the chair. On this occasion, the princi- was conducted with much decorum pal speakers were as follows.-Mr. But- and solemnity. A collection was made terworth; the Rev. Walter Griffiths; throughout the congregation; and we Dr. Zukenbeker, the young Russian have no doubt, that many will have physician; William Wilberforce, Esq. reason to remember with gratitude M. P.; the Rev. Geo. B. Mitchell

, through life, the serious impressions Vicar of St. Mary's, Leicester; the which their minds this day received ; Rev. Mr. Brown, from Hayti; J. Dyer, and we may charitably hope that it Esq. ; Launcelot Haslope, Esq.; the will be renewed with several in eterRev. Joseph Taylor; Col. w. Sandys, nity. who had spent a considerable portion of his life in India; the Rev. John Hawtrey; J. Wood, Esq. of Manchester; the Rev. R. Watson; Edward On Tuesday, May 4th, the nineteenth Phillips, Esq. of Melkham; the Rev. Anniversary of this Missionary Society, S. Wood, of Dublin ; the Rev. Wil-was held in Freemasons' Hall. The liam Martin, of Sheffield ; the Rev. business commenced at twelve o'clock, Joseph Benson; R. Fawcett, Esq. when the Right Hon. Lord Gambier, of Bradford ; and some others. the President, was called to the chair.

In the speeches delivered by these His Lordship introduced the business gentlemen, a comprehensive survey of the day in a truly Christian manwas taken of the condition of the hea- ner, and adverted to a train of circumthen world; and the necessity of send stances which called aloud for the graing Missionaries to instruct the be- titude of all. He also expatiated at nighted nations, was enforced by some length, on the nature of the gloarguments that were at once interest- rious work in which they were then ing and impressive. The Report, engaged ; and recommended to those which was luminous and comprehen- whom he addressed, the necessity of sive, was read by the Rev. Messrs. calling to mind the blessing of God, Watson and Bunting. It contained a which had rested on their united engeneral survey of the Methodist Mis-deavours. sionary exertions in the various parts The principal speakers on this ocof the world, from the year 1786, to casion the following. – John the present time; and stated, with all Thornton, Esq. ; Mr. Dealtry, of Clapthe precision that could be expected, ham; the Rev. Mr. Matthias, of Dubthe numerous benefits which had re- lin ; Wm. Wilberforce, Esq. M. P.; sulted from their united labours. It the Rev. J, W. Cunningham, of Harappears from this Report, that the row; the Rev. R. Davies, from Conumber of their Missionaries is be- lumbo; the Rev. Dr. G. Hamilton; tween eighty and ninety; exclusively the Rev. Mr. Marsh ; the Rev. Charles of those employed in Ireland, and on Simeon; the Rev. Mr. Beachcroft; the continent of Europe. In the colo-tho Rev. Lewis Way; the Rev. Mr.



Noel; the Rev. E. Bickersteth ; and to their God; and to expose them to the Rev. D. Wilson. In the various public view, in such conspicuous places addresses delivered by these gentle- as are most likely to ensure their being men, an earnestness to see the king- read. The eyes of many, who never dom of the Redeemer flourish, was as attend any place of worship, has conspicuous as in the other assem- been thought, may be caught by these blies, of which we have already given means, through which, it is hoped, God an account. On the condition of the may convey his blessing to their hearts. heathen, much sympathetic feeling of its practical utility, we can at prewas excited among the people, as well sent say but little. It is sanctioned as manifested by the speakers. Se- by many respectable names; and, from veral interesting anecdotes were re- the Report which was read at the genelated, illustrative of their state of ral meeting on the 10th instant, it mental darkness; the tendency of appears, that the expenditure in printwhich was, to enforce the necessity of ing, placarding, and distributing, has continued exertions, to rescue them amounted to about £50. from their state of moral degradation, and from rites polluted with obscenity and stained with blood.




Of the MORAVIAN, INDEPENDENT, which this country abounds, this, which

AMONG the benevolentinstitutions with BAPTIST, and other Missions, which may be justly considered as of high tion, must always be particularly inte

now presents itself to our consideraimportance in the Christian world, we hope shortly to give a comprehensive

resting to Authors.

So early as the year 1773, some account.

hints were thrown out for the establishment of a fund, among the Literati of

this country, for the purpose of reIn what manner soever the inhabitants lieving Authors of real merit, when, of Britain may be characterized, in the through misfortunes, they were brought present age, no picture can be faithful into actual distress. For some time, that does not include its prominent this excited a degree of attention; but feature of benevolence. On the 6th after several deliberations, the scheme instant, the friends of this society was abandoned altogether, as being assembled at the London Coffee-house, wholly impracticable. Ludgate Hill. It appears from their In this state things continued until Report, that 10,153 Prayer-books, the year 1788, when the idea of a lite1117 Psalters, 314 volumes of the Ho- rary fund was again revived. This milies, 28,150 Tracts of ditto, and was occasioned by the death of Floyer 1325 copies of the Articles of the Sydenham, a learned and an amiable Church of England, had been distri- man, who had been arrested for a buted in the Oriental and European small debt, under some circumstances languages, during the last year. This of peculiar distress. The person with meeting was attended by several of the whom the idea of reviving the fund at gentlemen whose names we have al- present originated, determined to make ready mentioned; and also by one or his appeal to the liberality of indivitwo, who only appeared on the present duals. To give publicity to an adveroccasion. The general object of all tisement which he had drawn up, he these institutions may be considered as received eight guineas from the Club; the same,—the diffusion of useful but, during two years, it produced little knowledge, and the eternal welfare of more than enough to defray its own mankind.

In 1790, the society,

however, was publicly founded; since which period it has received many

valuable donations ; has obtained the This benevolent society is not of long patronage of the Royal Family; a standing. Its principal object is to Royal charter has given it a legal exprint select portions of Scripture, that istence; and it is now supported by expressly condemn the prevailing regular subscriptions. vices, and enforce the duties which At the last annual meeting, which mankind owe to one another, and also took place at Freemasons' Tavern, on



May 6th, 1819, the following address, Feelings too fervent waste the heart they written by Mr. Henry Neele, was recited by J. Britton, F. S. A.

And a wide void of aching sorrow form;

Like April show'rs that fall too fast and sure, Thro' all the winding labyrinths of fate, And wash away the seeds they should mature. At every season and in every state,

Oft, too, gaunt Poverty's relentless tread, Whether the Alpine heights of life we scale, Crushes the buds before their beauties spread ; Or, unambitious, tread its lowliest vale- And oft a sterner visitant appears, Whether the fires of Youth, or frosts of Age, The demon Madness life's fair prospects sears, Burn in the soul, or chill its ardent rage ;- Breathes an unholy dew on each soft flower, Who has not felt the spells which Genius flings, And blights the promise of the vernal hour. Involving all within their magic rings;

Poor child of Genius! Fortune's glitt'ring toy, Till spirits of a purer, happier sphere, Wave their soft wings, and scatter fragrance For praise he toils, and e'en for that poor prize

Born to adorn the world, but not enjoy ; here? Who has not known the witch’ries that belong Till tardy laurels deck his mould’ring head,

Oft toils in vain, or fate the boon denies,
To the light Narrative, the sprightly Song,
The tale of other times with wonders rife,

And Fame, that cheats the living, mocks the “ Fierce wars, and faithful loves," --repose Fame, that vain echo of an empty blast,

dead. and strife? These light the eye of pleasure,—these beguile Which, when that storm has seal'd the suff’rer's

That rainbow symbol of a storm that's past, E'en sorrow's wither'd visage of a smile ;

doom, Chain the rebellious heart, and bid it be The subject of their gentle tyranny.

Extends its arch of beauty o'er his Tomb !

Shall such scenes last?-no, let each gen'rous Like Stars that on Heaven's ample forehead

breast glow,

Aid to avert—the deed shall be "twice blest;" Yet shew their brightness in the lake below;

For never yet did melting charity, So Genius shines, tho' Heav'n inspir’d its

Lose when it sooth’d the pangs of misery. beam,

There breathes a fragrance from the grateful The light and lustre of life's lowly stream.

heart, And shall its brilliancy, at random thrown,

Which to the gen'rous mind it will impart; Gild every walk of being but its own?

E'en as the Rose, when it heav'n's dew reAnd like the lonely taper waste its light,

ceives, In making every object near it bright, While round itself a gloom and shadow dwell, Yes it must be-the Tree which the warm

Sweetens the drops that settle on its leaves. Which not its own warm glory can dispel?

zeal No, rather let each heart it shines on, blaze

Of WILLIAMS planted for the public weal; Like a pure mirror in its kindling rays, And render back the brilliance borrow', thence Shall take deep root, and flourish broad and

high, In brighter tributes of benevolence.

Beneath a genial clime, a cloudless sky, Ah! who can speak the evils numberless, And the warm sun of fostring Royalty Which on the mind-ennobled spirit press ? And Oh! not distant be the hour which sheds Oft where the bay should bloom, see cypress Flowers only on the path where Genius treads,

That when his lyre's harmonious numbers flow, And Genius slumb’ring in an early grave. The saddest note may be fictitious woe.

REPORT OF BRITISH TRADE AND COMMERCE. Since our last report, the commercial hemisphere has become more overcast, and we should feel happy, if we could discover any traces of a brighter day approaching; but the embarassments already noticed have not diminished. Confidence, the lite-blood of commerce, is at a very low ebb; and the operations of merchants are now very limited, in comparison with former times. Vessels laden with the products of tbe four quarters of the globe have poured into our harbour, adding to the stocks already greatly accumulated, and increasing the embarassments, which numbers of merchants are experiencing, from having embarked on a larger scale than what the present diminished state of commerce would justify. The origin of the evil seems to have arisen from the conflicting discussions carried on with respect to the resumption of cash payments by the Bank of England: the narrowing of discounts has been one of the results; and a system of reserve adopted by the monied interest, who have withdrawn their capitals from circulation, and craniped the operations of the mercantile and manufacturing interest. Well-informed persons seem to think ihat a crisis is not far distant, when a re-action must take place; and if it be not so sudden or extensive as might be wished, yet it will be of a healthier complexion when contrasted with the sudden fluctuations which have marked the trading of past years.

It is a consolation, amidst the gloom which hangs over commerce, that the present year is likely to be crowned with a plentiful harvest : appearances are now very favourable, and it is anticipated that the various crops will be gathered fully a month earlier than in precede years. Near the Metropolis, the hay-harvest has commenced, and the earth seer teeming with her bounties.


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