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Object-The promotion of the Intellectual and Moral Improvement of the native inhabitants of British India.
The intention of the society is to promote the translation of books into the Hindoo language on an extensive scale; to assist in forming a body of native translators, some of whom may be encouraged to visit England, and be instructed in the English language, sciences and literature; to send out European professors and teachers to India; and generally to adopt all other practicable means of introducing into the schools and seminaries of India, and parts adjacent, the most approved systems of literary and moral instruction. (Paris) Society for Elementary Instruction.
From a report of this society in 1822, it appears that 157 new schools had been formed during the year 1821, making in the whole number, 1400.schools. The French government, it is stated, uniformly support these schools. The society are making efforts to multiply Sunday schools. In several prisons schools have been established with the best effects on the morals of the prisoners. A great number of testaments had been distributed among the scholars. Near 200,000 children receive instruction from this institution. American Education Society.
This Society was formed August 29th 1815. The object in view is the Education of pious young men for the ministry. The principle hitherto maintained by the board with regard to expenditure is, that no more aid can be granted for the assistance of any young man than is necessary to preserve him from discouragement, and insure success to his personal exertions; hitherto each Beneficiary has been required to give a promissory note for one half the amount allowed to him. Many of the Beneficiaries teach a part of the year, and by their personal exertions do much for their support. The total amount of receipts in cash by this society during the seven years of its existence is $76,000. The society has now a permanent fund of $21,800 and has afforded assistance to three hundred and fifty-four young men. Thirty-five Beneficiaries have already completed their collegiate education. This Society has greatly increased in its resources, and in its usefulness since its establishment.
(London) Religious Tract Society.
Instituted in 1799. Its object is the diffusion of religious knowledge and moral instruction, by the gratuitous dispersion or cheap sale of varied and appropriate tracts. These tracts are all composed on the principles common to christians; and the society is conducted by persons of various denominations. For the first fourteen years after the establishment of the society, the number of tracts distributed, averaged about one million per year.
The report of the committee at the 23d anniversary (1823) states, that the tracts issued during the year was 5,222,470; and that the whole number issued since the institution of the society, amounted to forty five millions. The expenditure for the year, for printing and paper, rent, taxes, travelling expenses, salaries, and incidentals, amounted to 41,065 dollars.
Church of England Tract Society.
This society was formed in 1811, at Bristol. "Its object is to circulate, in a cheap form, among the poor members of the Church of England, her homilies, the lives of her reformers and martyrsextracts from their writings, and from the publications of her bishops; with short pieces illustrative of the primitive history, constitution, and discipline of the Church."
The yearly reports of this society_tend to show that much good has been effected by its exertions. The number of tracts distributed by the society in 1822, was 123,504. The whole number of tracts printed, exceeds 1,500,000.
The expenses of the society during the year 1822, were $2,175. New York Religious Tract Society.
Instituted in 1812. The object of this society is to awaken the attention of the thoughtless and irreligious, to the subject of religion. "To bring the reader to the house of public worship-to awaken his conscience, even in his bed chamber, to draw him as with the cords of a man until he is placed within the sound of the Gospel."
Since the last report the society have published 20 new tracts. During the year, 162,057 English, 6,300 French, and 6,100 Spanish tracts have been sold and delivered. Of these, 15,305 have been drawn out by subscribers, and 30,871 have been delivered to the Female Branch Society. The whole number of tracts printed by the society since its formation, is 1,307,244.
The income of the society for the year, was 2,219 dolls. 84 cts. --the expenditure, 2,143 dolls. 66 cts.
New England (or American) Tract Society.
Formed at Boston in 1814. Object—" to promote the interest of vital godliness and good morals, by the distribution of such tracts, as shall be calculated to receive the approbation of serious christians of all denominations.
The report of this society for 1822, stated, that from the general depository at Andover, there have been issued during the eight years since the society was formed, between two and three millions of tracts. The whole number printed was at that time 2,924,000. The number of pages sent the past year to the depositories, (of which the society have near 100 in dfferent parts of the country) is 3,527,000. Of the Christian Almanac, a source of revenue to the society, 40,000 were sold during the year.
Religious Tract and Book Society for Ireland.
This society was formed in Ireland in 1814, and in 1820 an auxiliary was formed in London, called the London Auxiliary Society, in aid of the Religious Tract and Book Society for Ireland.
The object of this society is to furnish the poor Irish with books and tracts of a moral, instructive and religious kind, either gratuitously, or at a cheap rate, so as to make such books take the place of immoral books now in use, as well as to supply those who do not read at all.
In the report for 1822, it is stated, that 8,244 books and 103,427 tracts have been sold during the year. The expenditure for the year had been 11,831 dollars.
Hartford (Ct.) Evangelical Tract Society.
Formed in 1816. The number of tracts distributed by the society during the year 1823, were 8,203; the whole number distributed
since the society was formed, is 294,333. The amount of receipts for the year, was 262 dolls. 20 cts.
New-York Methodist Tract Society.
Formed in 1817. During the year 1822 the society published ninety thousand tracts; the expenditure was 319 dolls. 16 cts. Maryland Prayer Book and Homily Society.
Formed in 1818. Since the society was organized 10,500 prayer books have been purchased, of which number 772 have been gratuitously distributed, and 359 copies have been sold at cost prices. The society have printed 2000 copies each of the first, second and fourth homilies of the church as tracts, of which number 75 have been distributed and 1400 sold.
The Swedish Tract Society, established in 1808, has distributed one million five hundred thousand tracts since its organization. The Baptist Evangelical Tract Society, established in 1811, has distributed four hundred thousand tracts. The Tract Society established in Liverpool in 1814, has already distributed upwards of two million five hundred thousand tracts Besides the tract societies mentioned, there are numerous others in various parts of the world ; some have commenced operations in Asia and Africa.
Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.
This society was formed in 1822 and held its first annual meeting at Philadelphla May 20th, 1823. For the first year it has been the leading object with the committee of the Society to prepare for future efforts, auxiliary Societies have been established, agents to make known the object and increase the funds of the Society have been sent into several of the eastern western and southern states. The disposable funds are 3,790 dolls. there is also a permanent fund of 1,206 dolls. arising from twenty per cent. of all money coming into the treasury.