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the Captain of a French vessel was and the influence of more than 600 reading the Testament which he had ladies, embracing many of the nuost received, his crew was observed to respectable and pious females in be looking over his shoulder, with Liverpool, and its vicinity, were the most serious countenances, anx- called into exercise under the paironious to know its contents. Such age of the Countess of Derby, and have been some of the immediate ef- other ladies of rank.

The union, fects of the Merchart Seamen's Aux- harmony, and co-operative spirit iliary Bible Society.

which characterised the establishOn the importance of this estab- ment of these Eleven Auxiliaries; the lishment to the Mariners themselves, systematic energy with which their their immediate employers, and the proceedings have been conducted ; community at large, your Committee and the extraordinary fact of their consider it unnecessary to expatiate : having within three months obtained it will, they trust, be deeply felt by 7292 subscribers, issued 1338 Bibles every British subject ; and more es- and Testaments, and raised more than pecially by those who, from consider- 9701., unanswerably demonstrates the ations of property, occupation, or practicability of engaging females to connexion, have, in addition to the

occupy a most useful and efficient deparamount obligations of religion and partment in this work of benevchumanity, a personal interest in the lence ; and justifies an assertion of spiritual and moral improvement of your Committee, (which they here the commercial marine.

repeat,) that Associations of this de Another source from which by scription, “if regularly constituted, much the largest proportion of addi- and discreetly administered, are liketional aid to the local, and eventual- ly to become an instrument of exly to the general, interest of your So- tensive and permanent good.” ciety has been derived, is the zeal so The Report proceeds in giving a laudably manifested by the female delightful account of the exertions part of the community. Desirous of and success of Bible Societies on the turning this zeal, which had already continent of Europe-in the Unitdisplayed itself in the formation of ed Netherlands, Hanover, Prussia, “ Ladies' Bible Associations,” to ad- Mecklenburg Wurtemberg, France vantageous account, your Committee and Italy. In Deninark aud Sweden examined the regulations by which the Bible Societies are greatly entheir proceedings were governed, and couraged by the reigning Princes and issued them in a revised form, in the much has been done ; but still greathope that they might be found er things have been done in Russia as serviceable, in giving to that class of will appear from the following ex. exertions a prudent and useful di tracts :rection. The model suggested in the Your Committee now proceed circular referred to, has, with few to Russia : and here they feel equalexceptions, and those arising al- ly at a loss to express their astonishtogether, it is believed, of local ment at the prodigious operations, in peculiarities, been generally adopted ; furtherance of the general cause, and the effects already produced en- which are going forward in that excourage the expectation of the most tensive Empire, and to exhibit any pleasing and beneficial results. thing like an adequate representa

As an example, under this head, tion of them in the columns of this the Liverpool Ladies' Auxiliary Bible Annual Record. Society, with its ten Associations, de- Fostered by the paternal care of serves to be particularly cited. In

His Imperial Majesty, Alexander, the the production of this system of Fe- Russian Bible Society has, in the male Auxiliaries, (to which, as well course of the past year, enlarged as to by niuch the largest proportion very, considerably the field of its exof these Institutions throughout the ertions, and strengthened itself by country, the personai exertions of Mr. various newly-formed and promising Charles Stokes Dudley, essentially Auxiliaries in different parts of the contributed,) the zeal, the talents, Empire. The following are the principal stations which they respective. place in the three preceding years, ly occupy :-Penza, Kostroma, To- while the increase of the funds had bolsk, Kief, Orel, Vladimer, Irkutsk, been in nearly an equal proportion : Kazan, Simbirsk, Pskoff, Minsk, Bi- -and, moreover, that preparations Jaastock, Grodno, Posen, Bessarabia, were making, at the close of that year, Tahanrog, Tscherkask, and Twer. for stereotyping the Scriptures in In the stations thus enumerated, (the five different languages; versions Jast nine of which were among the were going forward into the common places visited by Mr. Pinkerton, in Russian, Tartar, and Carelian lanhis memorable tour,) the Russian guages ; and measures were adopting Bible Society has made very impor- for procuring translations into the tant acquisitions : and whether con- Turkish-Armenian, and Buriat- Mon. sidered with respect to the rank of golian. When to these particulars, the places in which they are seated, it is added, that, within a month after the population they comprehend, or the Anniversary at which they were the patronage, civil, ecclesiastical, reported, sixteen waggon loads of and military, they have obtained, Bibles and Testaments were despatchthese auxiliaries must be regarded as ed from the capital for different parts powerful instruments for promoting of the Empire, nothing further needs The influence and the utility of the be said to demonstrate the effective general Institution.

exertions of this zealous and enter. -Nor ought those efforts which are prising Institution making on a small scale to be over- The Auxiliary Bible Societies in the looked.-For, not only whole gov. East Sea Provinces of Esthonia, Liernments, but also departments, vonia, and Courland, are among towns, and even single villages, have those of the Russian Provincial estab formed, within their own circles, lishments, in which the warmest zeal either Branch Societies, or Bible Aş- has been evinced for the distribution sociations, according to their circum- of the Scriptures, and the strongest stances and means. Of the latter, testimonies have been given of admany have been already established; vantages from their perusal. The and plans have been formed for mul- several districts in these Provinces, tiplying their number. So greatly, in as well as in the Island of Oesel, are fact, has this expedient for bringing rapidly covering with local Associathe cause of the Bible Society home tions; and many instances are reto the bosom of the poor, been ap- ported' of zeal and liberality among proved, that there seems little room all classes of people, (the lowest not to doubt that its adoption will be excepted,) which afford “honorable general ; and that ere long, in Russia, proofs of their

reverential attachment as well as in Britain, Bible Associa- to the word of God, and their deep tions will follow in the train of Aux- conviction of its beneficial tendency." iliary Societies : and the institutions But of all the Auxiliary Societies, of the former be co-extensive with that at Moscow is (as, from the rank the establishment of the latter. of this ancient capital, might be ex

Of the efficiency of the Russian pected) the most splendid and efBible Society, in the prosecution of ficient; and, as well in the zeal of its object--the preparation and dise its supporters, as in the scale of its tribution of the Holy Scriptures, operations, is inferior only to the some judgment may be formed by the Parent Society at St. Petersburgh. interesting facts, that, within four On the recent celebration of its years after its establishment, the So-. fifth Anniversary, (which Mr. Pinkerciety had either published, or was ton describes as, in point of interest engaged in publishing, not fewer and splendor, surpassing every meetthan forty three editions of the Sacred ing of the kind which he had ever Scriptures, in seventeen different lan- yet seen in Russia,) Prince Galitzin, guages ; forming a grand total of the President of the Russian Bible 196,000 copies that the issue of Society, adverted, in the most imBibles and Testaments in the fourth pressive manner, to the fitness of this year fell little short of what had taken ancient metropolis, from its heredita

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dy dignity, its central position, its Clergy and the Laity, through their signal deliverance from the enemy, different gradations, appear to have and its restoration to more than its emulated each other in copying the pristine elegance and grandeur, to be- example of their beloved Emperor, come the centre of the common op- and in endeavouring to give effect to érations for disseminating the word of his designs for the spiritual welfare of the living God. “ The importance his dominions. of this station" (observes the Prince) " I consider” (said the Emperor,

has not escaped the penetrating in his Address to the Moscow Bible eye of our most pious Monarch ; Society,)“ the establishment of Bible ever watchful over the spiritual inter- Societies in Russia, in most parts of ests of his subjects, and sincerely Europe, and in other quarters of the desirous that all men may drink of globe, and the very great progress that living water which springeth up these Institutions have made in disinto everlasting life. His Imperial seminating the word of God, not Majesty, in consideration of the vast merely among Christians, but also anumber of Bibles sent from this place, mong Heathens and Mahomedans, as and of the hourly augmentation of a peculiar display of the mercy and the Committee's labors, which also grace of God to the human race. renders an increase of means for On this account, I have taken upon transacting its business absolutely myself the denomination of a mem- / necessary, has been most graciously ber of the Russian Bible Society, and pleased to present this society with a will render it every possible assistJarge stone house.

Thus the good ance, in order that the beneficent will of the King of kings towards the light of revelation may be shed acause of the Bible Society, is con- mong all nations subject to my scepspicuously revealed in the liberal aid which this cause receives from our With this declaration, so worthy of most gracious Sovereign, who, having the sovereign of a great empire, and resolved to rule, live, and act, ac- so consonant with the spirit of the cording to the doctrines of Christ the British and Foreign Bible Society, Saviour, and having bound himself to your Committee will conclude the this in the most solemn manner, be- European division of their Report. fore the face of all nations, invites to Some further extracts may be given this celestial light those nations also in a future Number from this inter whom Divine Providence has in- esting Report. trusted to his care. And thus is. fulfilled that which was foretold by CONVERTED BUDHU PRIESTS. the prophet, "The Gentile shall come

From the Christian Herald. to thy light, and kings to the bright Extract of a letter from Liverpool, daness of thy rising?"

ted Jan. 7, 1818. Your Committee cannot take leave A circumstance occurred during of Russia without bearing their testi- the last month relative to the Missmony to the energy and harmony ionaries, of a very serious nature. which characterize all the proceed- 66 Sir Alexander Johnson, Lord Chief ings of the Committee of the Russian Justice of the island of Ceylon, (who Bible Society. Of the former qualityis a very warm friend of the Missiona fair specimen will be seen in one of aries on that island,) is just arrived in the monthly papers of business, which England, and has brought with him will appear in the Appendix. Tra- two of the principal priests of Budhu, ces of the latter are to be found in the (the name of the god which the nawhole system of their cperations tives worship,) they had read the throughout the Empire. Indeed, gospels which are translated into your Committee cannot but attribute their language, and their belief in the * large proportion of the success on religion of Badhu was considerably which they have had occasion to shaken. They read the gospels over expatiate, to that spirit of unanimity again, and came to the resolution of and concord which has animated all renouncing the worship of Bndhu and orders of the Russian people. The embracing Christianity. They had Boston,

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read, that except a man give up and very few persons have access to houses and lands, &c. for the sake them." of Christ, he cannot be his disciple ; and understanding this in a literal

OBITUARY. senst, they immediately parted with

Died-In Tennesee, Mr. Daniel the lands which had been appropria- Anderson, aged 111. ted for their support ; and under

In England John Williams aged standing the Chief Justice was com

100, leaving 17 brothers whose ages ing to England, they waited upon

amount to 1379. him to request he would bring them

In Pennsylvania, Gen. Jacob with him to England, the land of Brown-61. Christians. They told him they read

In

Mr. EBENEZER that Jesus Christ chose fishermen for RHOADES, late Editor of the Indehis apostles ; they said that they were pendent Chronicle, aged 43.-Frankof the caste of fishermen, and that lin Tukey, of Portland, by a stone perhaps Jesus Christ would send thrown by a lad of the name of Wyo them to preach his gospel. Sir A. Johnstone did not encourage their

In Hanover, N. H. Hon. Wm. W. going to England, told them he had Woodward, Treasurer and Trustee no authority to take them; that they of Dartmouth University, and late would be a great expense to the Chief Justice of the Court of Common Committee who manage the Missions, Pleas, for the Western District. and that there was no room in the

At Lynn, Albert Curtin, a member vessel. They repeatedly waited up of the Society of Friends, and son of on him, and said they would go in the late Janies Curtin, aged 18. the steerage if he would but allow

In Hingham, Mr. Nathaniel Gil, them,

Still he discouraged them, aged 75. and when he was on board, and the ,

In Johnston, R. I. Job Smith, Esq. vessel actually under weigh, they aged 82. took a boat from the shore, and went

In Keene, N. H. Captain John along side the vessel, and begged in Houghton, aged 72. the most importunate manner he In Baltimore, Mrs. Elizabeth would take them along with him; Champney, aged 74, formerly of he then consented, and they came

Roxbury. in the steerage. They are placed

In Arundel, Capt. Thomas Perkins, under the care of Dr. Clark, at Mill- jr. aged 66. broek, about 10 miles from Liverpool,

In Hampton Falls, Mrs. Mary, and discover the greatest genius. relict of the late Deacon Jeremiah They are learning the English lan- Lane, aged 82; Mr. Joseph Tilton, guage, and seem most anxious to be aged 35. made Christians. Dr. Clark labours

In Danvers, Capt. Clark Wilson, to impress upon their minds, that aged 46. they must be made Christians at the

In Salem, widow Sarah Leach, agheart. They anxiously inquire how ed 76. Jong it will be before they are Christians at the heart. One is about 23

CANDIDATES FOR THE years of age, and the other about 25. They still wear their robes, which Thomas Tracy, Cambridge. are yellow, and are worn thrown o

Samuel Gilman, do. ver one shoulder, the other left bare.

John Allyn,

do. If they should become acquainted

John A. Shaw,

do. with true religion, and ultimately

P. Osgood,

do. preachers of it, they promise to be

Alvan Lamson, of considerable service in instructing

Andrew Bigelow,

do. other Missionaries in their languages,

Seth Alden,

do. &c. and in preaching the Gospel to

Elisha Fuller,

do. their idolatrous countrymen. I feel Jonathan P. Dabney, Salem. a very strong desire to see them, but

E. Q. Sewall. Concord, they have not appeared in public,

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CHRISTIAN DISCIPLE.

No, 10.

OCTOBER, 1818.

Vol. VI.

SKETCHES OF MARTIN LUTHER. The Roman Catholics have If Luther's violence and ar. heaped up a mass of falsehood rogance be objected to Proto obscure the fame and ob- testants, we reply in the words struct the influence of Luther. of our great Chillingworth to No regard has been had in this, his antagonist" And what if says Bayle, either to probabil. Luther, having a pope in his ity or to the rules of the art of belly, as he was wont to say slandering : and the authors that most men had, and desir. of the calumnies have assum- ing perhaps to have his own ed all the confidence of those interpretations pass without who fully believe that the pub- examining, spoke such words lic will blindly adopt all their in the heat of argument ; Do stories, be they ever so ab- you think it reasonable that surd. Many of the charge's we should subscribe to Luwhich were once currently ther's divinations and angry propagated have been with speeches ? Will you oblige. drawn ; but still there is yourselt to answer for all the scarcely a single defence of assertions of your private docthe Rómish Church, publish- tors? If not, why do you trou. ed in protestant countries and ble us with what Luther says modern times, which does not and what Calvin says ?" And make use of the character of if the Roman Catholics further Luther as an argument against object as Chillingworth's opthe Reformation. It is not ponent did, “ That when Ludifficult to vindicate the Re- ther began, he being but one former from most of the seri- opposed hiinself to all, as well ous charges alleged against subjects as superiors,"-we him ; but were it impossible reply again with our renowned to clear his memory from any Protestant champion-"If he one of them, the Reformation did so in the cause of God, it would stand upon the same was heroically done of him. It solid principles, which are in- is not impossible that the whole dependent of individuals and world should so far lie in wicka parties. The children of cor- edness, as St. John speaks, ruption have always sought to that it

may

be lawful and noble brighten themselves by black- for one man to oppose the ening others.

world." Vol. VI. No. 10.

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