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The following is an extract from the Report:

The Board of Trustees, in their communication for the last year, represented that their attention had been principally occupied in providing for the wants of the destitute in this State. To this the Board had been more particularly led, in consequence of the original plan of the Institution, and to prevent if possible, an application of any of its funds to any object contrary to the intentions of the donors. It was therein stated, that Bibles and Testaments had been forwarded and deposited in most towns in the State, for distribution; and that strong reasons were entertained for believing, that the wants of the poor in every town had been in some good measure supplied, either from this, or other Societies, in the adjoining States. During the past year, the attention of the Board has been directed to the same object, with the hope of rendering it more effectual. Being deeply impressed with the conviction, that so long as both the ex ertions and the pecuniary resources of the Institution were particularly devoted to the wants of our own citizens, no relaxation should be permitted, or expense spared, until with truth it might be said, the spiritual' wants of the poor are supplied some are known to inhabit the State, who have not in their possession the word of life.

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The Trustees have, since the last annual meeting, purchased 656 Bibles, and 361 Testaments, which, added to those heretofore purchased, 'make an aggregate of 3088 Bibles and 771 Testaments, of which 276 Bibles and 114 Testaments remain undistributed.


MET in Boston on Wednesday Sept.30, and transacted their ordinary husiness with great unanimity. The annual sermon was delivered at the Old South Church, by the Reverend DANIEL DANA, D. D. from Mat. v. 13, 14, "Ye are the salt of the earth, ye are the light of the world.” A collection was then taken up, amounting to $240, 83, in aid of the Society's funds. This institution

which has existed but about three years, has already assisted one hundred and forty-six young men in preparing for the Gospel Ministry.


Extract of a letter to the Editor of the Christian Herald, from his correspondent at Liverpool, (England) dated 8th August, 1818.

The Ladies' Bible Society of Liverpool have paid into the Bank, after deducting their expenses, one thousand seven hundred and twenty pounds sterling, (upwards of seven thousand six hundred dollars,) as the produce of a little more than six months; and they have more than eight thousand persons on their Books, as subscribers. In every place where Ladies' Associations have been established, the result of their labours is astonishing. Associations have recently been formed by Mr. Dudley, in our neighbourhood; at Manchester and its vicinity 10; at Chester, Preston, St. Helens, Rochester, Isle of Man, Haddersfield, and Warrington. He is now busily employed in the South. If his life should be spared a few years longer; the effects of his labours in the establishment of Ladies' Bible Associa

tions, and in thus giving an impulse and a new direction to female benevolence, will almost change the character of the country."


ON Sunday, 13th Sept. the Right Rev. Bishop Hobart visited the Oneida Indians, for the purpose of administering the sacraments and ordinances of the church. On this occasion, the Morning Prayer was read in their own language by Mr. Eleazer Williams, a young man of Indian extraction, who has been regularly educated, and who is licensed by the Bishop as the religious instructer of the Indians. The Indians present, joined in the services with great solemnity and devotion, and many of them repeated the responses. They were addressed at considerable length by the Bishop, Mr. Williams acting as interpreter; who also interpreted to them the various offices of baptism, confirmation, and the Lord's

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supper, which the Bishop administered. Twenty-four children were baptized, 89 Indians, young persons and adults, confirmed, and 24 received the holy communion. None were confirmed but those who had been previously prepared by Mr. Williams; and among the number were several of those called the second Christian party, who about two years since solemnly professed the Christian faith. This renunciation of Paganism was the result of repeated and long continued conferences with Mr. Williams, on the evidences of Scripture, and on the nature and the doctrines and duties of Christianity.

excluded from the services of the morning, and administered confirmation. The same ordinance was administered the next day at Manlius, and on the succeeding day at Onondaga Hill, where a new church was consecrated.-Utica Patriot.

The place of worship being nearly filled by the Indians, the white people were necessarily excluded. But the few who were admitted were much impressed with the solemnity, The reverence and devotion with which the Indians joined in the confessions, the supplications and praises of the Liturgy; the solemn attention with which they listened to the instructions and exhortations of the Bishop; the humility and thankfulness, evidenced by their prostration on their knees, and by the tears which flowed down the cheeks of several of them, with which they devoted themselves, in the apostolic "laying on of hands," to the God who made them, and the Saviour who shed his blood for them, powerfully interested the feelings of all present.

The Oneidas amount to above a thousand souls, and it must afford high pleasure to every benevolent mind, to hear that the labours of Mr. Williams, under the authority of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this State, for the spiritual improvement of his unfortunate countrymen, are thus attended with the divine blessing. We understand that the Bishop is fully satisfied with the piety, the prudence, and the laborious zeal of Mr. W. and with his other qualifications for the instruction of his couptrymen.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Bishop officiated in the unfinished church which is erecting for the Indians, to a large congregation of white people, who were necessarily

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Tuis year is about to close. It now behoves both the wri-, ter and the reader to reflect on the mercies of God, and on the returns which each has made to the kind Parent and Preserver of men. Every year is crowned with his goodness to an innumerable multi, tude of beings. In each successive moment his favor is experienced by every creature that moves or lives.


How numerous are the distinct species or tribes of beings which inhabit the earth, the sea and the air! How immense then the aggregate, which comprises all the individuals of every species! Yet all these "wait on God" for their daily food and protection-all depend on him for life and breath, for existence and every enjoyment. How amazing the knowledge, how vast the power, how immeasurable the munificence of our heavenly Father! He is great, and greatly to be feared, loved, and adored. But who can utter the memory of his great goodness, or recount the acts of his wonderful benignity!

It would be impossible for the writer to record distinctly all the various expressions of Vol. VI. No. 12.

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ing the happiness of man.The formation and operation of so many beneficent institutions have a powerful tendency to tranquillize and bless communities and nations. They call into exercise the best feelings of the heartcause much reflection-give people of different sects and opinions an opportunity to be better acquainted with each other-abate the virulence of party spirit and promote broth erly affection.

By these remarks, however, we do not say, that there have been no calamities inflicted by Providence; no acts of violence or malignity among men.

Though we have been blessed with an uncommon share of delightful weather in the course of the year, yet in many places there have been suf. ferings by storms or drought. Though it has been a year remarkable for health, yet thou sands have been sick, and thou sands have died. Though, compared with some former years, this has been a year of general peace among nations, yet the deplorable calamities. of war have been felt in the East-Indies, in some provinces of South America, and in some parts of our own country Though much has been done by benevolent Societies, still very much remains to be effected. By far the greater portion of the human family is yet under the dominion of ignorance, error and vice.

While we reflect on the ca lamities inflicted by Providence, and on the barbarous dissentions which spread hav

oc and ruin among our brethren, we should not forget the numberless expressions of Divine goodness, which are continually enjoyed in every region of the world. Nor should we be disheartened in view of the slow progress of truth, or the fact that the greatest ills of the present state result from the depravity and blindness of man. Instead of repining, we should rejoice evermore that the Lord reigns over all—that his promise is sure to the obedient that all things shall work together for their good,

that though the progress of truth is slow, it is sure. and will finally prevail over delusion and error,-that pious and benevolent efforts for diffusing light and love, and improving the characters and conditions of men, will not be lost. Such efforts will at least improve those who cordially engage in the work, and we may hope that their number will be daily increasing; for it is the nature of virtue, as well as vice, to diffuse itself and produce its own likeness.

Among the various means of doing good or doing mischief, periodical publications hold a high rank, according to the manner in which they are conducted. Whether the Christian Disciple has comported with its name and been adapted to its professed object-the good of mankindis a question of very great importance; on which different opinions are probably entertained by different men,-but it is a question which must be finally decided by Him who

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