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mourn"; joy:

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6 No bosom friend wait-MY return! When fate entonubs him in the He said, and sinking, sought the deep!

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Where toil and slavery vex his soul "'Long have my kindred ceas'd to

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ciety, because the members of the Trustees of Plymouth and from several towns in each county, Norfolk Bible Society, together and because this was the only instiwith a brief account of the origin tution of the kind in either. Time and progress of the Society. we hope, will extend us so widely,

The Clergymen and others, in the as fully to vindicate our name. The northern sections of Plymouth and sum of money necessary to be paid in Norfolk Counties, being apprised of order to become a meniber, was fixed the amazing charities of the British at a low rate, in order to render it less and Foreign Bible Society, and of burdensome, and within the power of the very respectable efforts of the a great proportion of the community. Massachusetis Bible Society, &c. Art. 2d of the Constitution. were thereby led particularly to en- Every person paying annually to quire into the deficiency of copies of the funds of the Society seventy five the scriptures, in their respective So- cents, shall be a member during the cieties and vicinities. This deficien- punctual payment of this sum, and ey was found to be so great, that it any person paying to the Society five was thought expedient to form an dollars at any one time, shall be a Association, whose primary object member for life, and liable to no fur." should be, to supply the destitute in ther assessnient. their neighborhood, but which should Summary of the Treasurer's acalso contemplate lending its aid to count for the year ending Sept. 1817. 2eme larger institution, whose chari- William Torrey, Treasurer of the ties are more extended, whenever Plymouth and Norfolk Bible Society the state of their funds should permit. to the Trustees of said Society: Accordingly at a meeting of the

Dr. Bay Association, at Marshfield, A. By cash received of 34 nempril 24th, 1816, a Constitution was bers for life at $5 each $170 00 reported by the Rex. Jacob Norton; By. casb of 64 annual subscrip and adopted and signed by William tions

60 10 Shaw, 1). D. Zepheniah Willis, John By cash of Nathaniel Russell Allyn, D.D., Elijah Leonard, Jacob

for vario'is persons

7:50 Norton, Nehemiah Thomas, Nicholas By a donation from the Church B. Whitney, Jacob Flint. "Morrell of Duxbury

300 Allen, Samuel Deane, Henry Col. By donations received by Rev. man. A meeting was likewise ap- Mr. Colman

14 54 pointed to be held at Hanover on By contribution at Hanover, the 2d Wednesday in June, 1816, for

Sept. 11th

20 50 the purpose of organizing the Soci ty. A very respectable number of

$302 64 Clergy and Laymen, 'appeared at the time and place appointed, who be. During the same year there were came members and chose their offi- distributed, cers for the year to commence Sept. Octavo Bibles

35 1816. They assumed the name of "Duodecimo do.

200 the Plymouth and Norfolk Bible So- Testaments

200 Vol. VI. No. 1!..


Report for the year ending Septen- have occurred. But in no instances ber, 1818.

have the receiver and the donor sharThe Trustees of the Plymouth and ed so much pleasure. Aged persons Norfolk Bible Society respectfully to whom the common editions of the report, that during the past year, they Bible were nearly or totally illegible, have distributed,

on receiving a large and fair copy, Octaro Bibles

33 have cast their eyes upon it, and inDuodecimo do.

76 stantly raised them to heaven in gratTestaments

171 itude.' It has filled their hearts with These have all been distributed, joy ; it has revived the lamp of life; as was done the foriner year, within it has shed a light around them at the County of Plymouth, and a few evening time. towns in the north section of Norfolk. For large copies however, there

In seeking for cbjects on whom to cannot be an extensive demand.bestow your charity, we have gone Nor indeed, will so great a deficiency to the cottages of the poor ; we have of Bibles, in our vicinity, soon be enquired for destirute persons whose found again. A much less annual livelihood is procured on the seas ; supply will serve. With this imwe have look:d for servants in opu- pression, the Society from this time lent families ; and for the aged that propose to become auxiliary to the they might be supplied with fair and American Bible Society, and have allegible copies.

ready transmitted the sum of $100. Of the first class we have found We trust that those persons whose many. Perhaps in but few instances aid we have a right to expect, will we have bestowed the Scriptures on not withhold it, with the idea, that persons in whom was a total inability their exertions should be limited to a to procure them for themselves. But county or a district. To the frontoo generally we have found, that the tiers and new settlements there is a Scriptures have not been prized suf- lond call for attention, as appears ficiently, to call forth an effort.- from reports of the American Bible From our hands, however, they have Society. Liberal things only are been cheerfully and gratefully re- worthy of liberal hearts. Extended ceived. To children they have been views belong to the Christian, who " as the dew upon the tender herb." should labour to promote his Mas

Of the second class a considerable ter's kingdoin, and the conversion number has been found. It is in- and salvation of the whole family of credible to one who has not inquired, how few copies of the Bible are on SAMIL. DEANE, Per Order. board oor vessels. It is worthy of attention. If the idea, that the ship is Summary of the Treasurer's acsafer for baring copies of the Divine count for the year ending Sept. 1818. Book on board, seem too supersti- Wm. Torrey Treasurer, to the Trustious to be entertained, at least it tees

Dr. can be well comprehended, that the By balance due last settle't. $74 67 moral influence of the Scriptures will By cash received of members 77 32 tend indirectly to safety and pros- Dy donation received through pority:

the hands of Rev. Mr. Colman 8 37 of the third class we have found By do. do. of Rev. Dr. Sanger 11 00 some to receive our charity. Fam- By do. do. of Rev. Jacob Norilies too often permit servants to en- ton

12 86 ter and leave their service, without By do. from a friend transmitted 50 being furnished with the Bible, or re- By do. Rev. Jonas Perkins 25 00 cuiving any intimation that it is ne- By do. do. of Rey. Dr. Allyn 3 50 cessary to become acquainted with By cash received of the Trusits contents. We would not be se- tees

12 15 vere, farther than a simple statement By contribution at Bridgewater 33 18 of the fact is severe. Of the fourth class, as may natur

$258 55 ally be supposed, fewer instances WM. TORREY, Treasurer.


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With peculiar pleasure, we notice Expenditures in the purchase such donations as the following.

of articles for clothing 756 00 By Miss Cushing's school at Paid Mr. Hill for collecting 20 00 Hingham

$4 00 Deposited in the Savings Bank By Rev. Mr. Colman's school 3 00 for permanent fund 346 00 By the south school in Wey

Balance on hand

4 55 mouth

1 92 By small children in the central

1126 55 district Weymouth

206 The permanent fund of the SocieBy the Reading Female Charit- ty now amounts to $737 93—$150 of able Society, Cohassett 11 00 which is vested in 6 per cent. United

We also so far' anticipate the re- States Stock. The remainder is deport for the ensuing year as to state, posited in the Savings Bank. The that at our present anniversary meets Society would gratefully acknowl. ing at Duxbury after divine service, edge several liberal donations from a collection was made by which the friends; consisting of bedding, clothSociety's funds received the encour- ing, pieces of cotton, and money ; aging additional sum of $121. among which, they would notice a

S, DEANE. generous donation of six hundred The Society has received the sub- yards of cotton, from the Hon. Israel scriptions at different times, of 147 Thorndike. persons who are recorded as men's About four hundred destitute fambers-viz. From Scituate 36 ; Hing- ilies have been assisted by the distriham 30 ; Bridgewater 17 ; 'Pembroke bution of 1658 articles of clothing. 13; Plymouth 12; Hanover '9; The Society have also contributed Marshfield 9; Abington 7 ; Duxbu- much to the comfort of the sick, by ry 6; Weymouth 2; Cohassett 2 ; loaning necessary articles. EightyKingston 1; Carver 1; Rochester 1; seven families have been assisted in Braintree 1.-147.


way, by the loan of bedding, &c. Officers for the year beginning Sept. - sixty-seven of whom have return1818.

ed them clean and in good order, Hon. Joshua Thomas, President. with many expressions of gratitude. Rey. Samuel Deane, Secretary. Twenty families are now receiving William Torrey, Esq. Treasurer. the benefit of articles remaining on Trustees.

loan, Rev. John Reed, D. D.

On reviewing the past year, we Rev. John Allyn, D.D.

find much cause for gratitude to Him Mr. Caleb Thaxter.

who has enabled us to do so much Rev. Jacob Norton.

for the relief of the poor and afflicted ; John Winslow, Esq.

the aged and the infirm; the widow

and the fatherless. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE

The Directors have taken the utMENT SOCIETY."

most precaution to ascertain the charOn the return of another anniver- acter of those who have solicited their sary, the Managers of the Fragment charity ; and such only as haye been Society would beg leave to submit an found deserving, have received asabstract of their proceedings during sistance. the last year-being the sixth, since Could those who contribute to the the organization of the Society. support of the Fragment Society, Amount of annual subscrip

once witness the tear of lively joy and tions collected during the gratitude, and the sincere, though

727 43 simple expressions of thankfulness, Balance on hand

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26 89 awakened by their benevolence in Interest of the permanent fund 26 23 the recipients of their bounty, we Donations and life Tickets for humbly believe their hearts would be the permanent fund 346 00 filled with gratitude to Him who has

graciously made it their part to con. 1126 55 fer, not to receive, this charity.

last year

Dat while it will afford pleasure to graciously Favoured us with tolerable the members of our Society, to be health. We have been busily eminformed of the relief, which through ployed in endeavoring to meet the their munificence, we bave been en- urgent calls of these people for books, ahled to extend to the suffering poor ; and have printed 2300 spelling books, they cannot fail to unite with us in which, with the exception of those lamenting the renoval of one of its for the Leeward Islands, are already most liberal supporters, and with us in circulation among the people, who pay a tribute of respect to the men- received them with the liveliest emoory of the Rev. Dr. Malignon ; in tions of joy. There is a call for dowwhose death, the fragment Society ble that ruraber, did our paper allow sustains the loss of one of its most us to print so many. People are beneficent donors.

daily coming from Taheite'with bunIn con-ideration of the increasing dles of letters (written on plantain and pressing applications to the So- leaves) for books, but we are obliged ciety for aid, and of the decease and to refuse them. We are now engagremoval of numbers of the subscri- ed in preparing a catechism, of which * bers and the consequent diminution we intend to print about 3000 copies : of the funds, we would remind our after which we think of beginning the friends, that unless exertions are made Gospel of Luke. to obtain liberal additions to the I beg your acceptance of a Tahi. Treasury, many who are now looking tian spelling-book, as the first effort to us for relief, must inevitably suf- of the missionary press among the fer.

South Sea Islands. It contains the Though we might excite your com- most general and useful words in the passion by presenting scenes of sui- language, and the lessons are princifering which often meet our eye, pally translations of different parts of while discharging our duty as your scripture. I trust God will abundantalmoners, yet we forbear. We fond- ly bless brother Davies and Nott's ly believe that you need no excite- exertions in teaching these people to ments of this nature. "The poor ye read, and rendering so much of the have always with you,” says

word into their language. As a reLord, and surely every benevolent ward of their labours, they can look hcart can testify that “it is more around, and ste upwards of 5000 peoblessed to give than to receive.”— ple reading in their own, tongue the Let us then do with our might what wonderful works of God. I trust our hands find to do, trusting in Ilim the Lord will bless the distribution of who hath said, “ cast your bread up- books among them to the eternal salon the waters and thou shalt find it vation of many immortal souls. after many days, and rejoicing in A great work is going on. There the opportunity given us of following is no longer a partial profession of in some humble degree, the exam- Christianity, but a general acknowlple of our Father in Heaven who edgement of Jehovah as the true God, i maketh the sun rise on the e- and Jesus Christ as the only Saviour.' vil and on the good, and sendeth Doubtless, with some it is but prorain on the just and on the unjust." 'fession, but with many it is other

Subscriptions and Donations will wise ; there is every reason to bebe received at No. 90 Newbury- lieve they are become new creatures street, or at 17 Cornhill,—by Miss in Christ Jesus. An ardent desire Pierce, 22 1-2 Marlboro’-street, or prevails among them, with the use of the Secretary, Mason-street.

every means in their power to inBoston, Oct. 1813.

crease their knowledge.

Some of them have paid so much attention to

their books (though containing upExtracts of a letter from Mr. W. El- wards of 100 pages) as to be able to

lis, Missionary at Eimeo, lo Rev. repeat them from memory, from the J. Campbell.

begirming to the end. A fareaiu, Eimeo, Aug. 23, 1817. There are about 67 places of worSince our arrivaj here, God has ship at Taheite, and 20 at Eimeo, be


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sides those that are building. Their through the Divine Songs to the study regular attendance on every means

of the Bible. of grace would put many congrega One of the scholars, after commit. tions in England to the blush, and it ting the four first chapters of Genesis, would cause the hearts of many min- and then commencing at the second isters to rejoice were their hearers as chapter of Matthew, has recited 17 punctual at their places in the house chapters, making 570 verst:s. Anof God at the stated times of public other, coinmencing in the same nianworship. Very frequently the service per, has proceeded to the 12th commences before the usual time, in chapter of Matthew ; making in the consequence of the house being full, whole 14 chapters, 426 verses. А and the people waiting,

number of others are in near advance I desire to rejoice in having enter- with this. ed on the work so soon in life, and trust my youth will afford me a facili- From Thelford, Vermont. ty that I otherwise should not have "In the compass of 20 weeks, had in acquiring the language ; the there were 24 of the number that ata study of which, with the labour of

tended who committed to memory printing, now occupies my time and from 1,000 to 1,500 and 1,800 verses engages my attention.

each and three of them committed

upwards of 2,000 verses eacb; and SABBATH SCHOOLS.

the sum total of verses recited by the THESE promising institutions are scholars was over one hundred and rapidly multiplying in our country. fifty five thousand." Upwards of The reports of the proficiency made 430 scholars attend the Subbath in them are very animating. Some schools in the several districts of that extracts will be given from recent re- town. ports.

These schools are established in From Newburyport.

many of the principal towns in the The number of scholars who have Northern and Middle States. Their attended the school, has varied from popularity is increasing, and should three hundred and fifty, to six hun they be prudently conducted, the dred and fifty. The numbers seed thus sown will produce a plen. of teachers usually employed is tiful and glorious harvest. not far from sixty. As a stimulus to excite the scholars to constant atten

AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY.. tion, tickets for punctual attendance The number of Auxiliaries to this are given to them at every meeting, National Institution officially known, and these are redeemed from time 10 is one hundred and sixty seven. Of time, either with books, or with oth- these, there is one in the state of er tickets, to which a pecunjary val- New-Hampshire, there are fourteen ue is prefixed. Certificates also, pur- in Massachusetts, three in Vermont, porting to be rewards of merit, are in nine in Connecticut, fifty seven in some instances bestowed on those New-York, sixteen in New Jersey, who are distinguished by extraordi- fifteen in Pennsylvania, one in Delanary proficiency, and good behaviour. ware, two in Maryland, one in the These latter to be redeenied by some District of Columbia, fifteen in Virvaluable token of approbatiop. ginia, three in North Carolina, five

in South Carolina, three in Georgia, From Paris, N, Y.

thirteen in Ohio, four in Kentucky, The school has been attended nine two in Tennessee, one in Louisiana, qabbaths. Thirty-eight, too young one in Missouri Territory, and one in to get their lessons by study, are able Michigan Territory. Forty of the to rehearse the first catechism. Six- above are conducted by females. ty-two are now in different stages of the Assembly's Catechisat, from the RHODE ISLAND BIBLE SOCIETY. fore part of the commandinents to the THE fifth annual meeting of the end. Forty.four have committed the Rhode Island Bible Society, was held whole. Twenty-two have advanced in Providence, on the 3d of Sept.

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