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the gospel inspires, actuating so large sterling, ($1,189,200]-more than one a portion of our fellow christians, and third of which had been granted to inexciting their zealous efforts to extend stitutions in other countries, for prothe avaluable blessings of this gospel noting the general object of circulatto the ignorant and destitute amonging the scriptures. other nations.

Since the formation of this society, From the fifth report of the Nero- it has issued a million of copies of the York Bible Society, published in De- Bible and New Testament for circulacember last, we learn that the “Boardtion in Britain alone ; besides the vast of Managers” have lately received number that have been circulated in great encouragement for prosecuting other parts of the world, by means, their benevolent design of printing the which they have afforded. bible in the French language, for the They have printed and assisted in benefit of the Freneh inhabitants of printing the word of God in fifty five Louisiana and Canada. Contributions different languages and dialects. had been received from twenty one There are now in Great-Britain upBible Societies in the United States, wards of four hundred Bible Societies, and from several other associated bo- which may be considered as branches dies, for the accomplishment of this to this parent institution. desirable object. The amount of The holy flame, which has producthese contributions is $5012 72, be- ed such wonderful exertions in Britsides considerable sums which had ain, has spread over the continent of been subscribed, that had not been Europe, and enkindled the same bereceived. With such encouragement, nevolent spirit among all denominathe Board have put to the press au tions of christians. edition of six thousand copies. The The Bible Society of St. Petersburg, printing is "advanced as far as the ist in Russia) is progressing with great book of Samuel, and is going on as ex-Leal in the work of translating the peditiously as the occasional interrup-|Scriptures, and circulating them tion of the workmen for military duty throughout that vast Empire. They will permit. It is expected that the have already engaged in printing the work will be finished in the course of Bible in ten different languages that the next spring."

are spoken in Russia. They have We cannot omit to notice, in this auxiliary establishments at Moscow, report, the astonishing efforts of the at Abo, at Dorpal, at Reval, at YarosBritish and Foreign Bible Society, aff and at Riga. The Scriptures are which are annually increasing. In now printing in 13 different languages the tenth annual report of this Society, and dialects, that are spoken within ending in March 1814, we learn that the Russian dominions. it had received during the preceding In other countries of Europe, paryear, 87,1261 sterling, ($387,225) be-ticularly in Germany, Denmark, Holing upwards of 10,0001, [$44,444] land and Switzerland, Bible Sociemore than the amount of its receipts | ties are annually increasing; being in any former year.

aided and patronized by christians of The expenditures of the Society du- every denomination, and people of evring that year, were 84,6521 sterling, ery descriptfon. [$376,231] being upwards of 15,0001. Several of the Roman Catholio $66,666.] more that it had expended clergy, both in Europe and America, in any preceeding year.

have enlisted in the common cause of The whole amount of the receipts circulating the Holy Scriptures among of this Society, from the time of its es-all classes of people. The Bible has tablishinent, was 299,1971. sterling, been introduced, as a school book ($1,329,772] and its whole expendi- among many of the Roman Cathol


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A Bible Society has lately been tian nations; low can we express our formed at the Cape of Good Hope ; gratitude to the Giver of every blessing, one on the Island of Mauritius; one for this distinguishing manifestation of at St. Helena ; one at Boinbay; one his goodness and mercy to our ignoamong the people of color, in Jamai-rant and perishing world! Who, that ca; three in Nova Scotia, and one at considers these events, in connexion Quebec.

with the general current of Scripture The translation of the scriptures in prophecy, respecting the Millennial to the different languages of Asia, is prosperiiy and glory of the Church, prosecuted with unabated vigor. Mr.|can avoid the cheering and animating Morrison has completed the translation hope that this glorious day is near at of the New Testament into the Chinese hand? Is not the way preparing hy language, and it is now in circulation. these ineans, for the fulfilment of the The New Testament has also been promise; “I will bring thy seed from printed, and is now circulating in five the cast and gather them from the other different languages of Asia. And west, I will say unto the North, give translations of the whole Bible are up, and to the South, keep not back ::still making in seyenteen Asiatic dia- bring my sons from far and my daughlects, including the principal langua-ters from the end of the earth ?" May pes that are spoken in that quarter of we not exult in the expectation, that the world.

the midnight darkness, in which sa The New. Testament has, also, been many millions of our fellow mortals printed in the Turkish language, and have been groping, for centuries, is is now in circulation. This “is the soon to be dispelled by the beams of written language through all the Tar-the SUN RIGHTEOUSNESS:that tar tribes. It is spoken through the “ the kingdom and dominion and the whicle of the Turkish Empire, and a greatness of the kingdom under the great part, if not the greatest part of whole heaven” will soon "be given to Persia. It is userl, or understood by a the people of the saints of the MOST greater population than any other in HIGH; whose kingdom is an everthe world."

lasting kingdom, and all dominions Another consideration peculiarly re-shall serve and obey him ?" Inarkable is, that a considerable num- And shall we not estom it an honber of the heathen, in Siberia, bave or and a privilege, unspeakably grcat, actually applied for he Holy scrip- that we inay be instrumental in ful: tures, to the Russian Bible Society, filling these predictions:--that and lare sent them large contributions may unite with the vast multitude of for promoting their circulation, under our fellow christians, of every name an impression of their beneficial influ- and in every land, who are now pres ence upon the morals of men. "Among senting their treasures, their exertions, the number are three Siberian Heathen and their prayers for the advancement Princcs, one of whom, from a distant of this glorious work? The least ofprovince, sent money to the Bible So-fering which is presented in faith, and ciety at St. Petersburg, and begged to with love to the cause of IMMANUEL, have some Tartar Testaments to dis- will be an acceptable sacrifice to the tribute among the poor people, for LORD. What great encouragement ghose salvation he was anxious." have we to zealous and persevering

When we contemplate the exten- exertions? “ For Zion's sake let us sire and vigorous exertions that are not hold our peace, and for Jerusanow making to diffuse a knowledge of lem's sake let us not rest till the rightthe Holy Scriptures;-and when we eousness thereof

go forth as brightness, consider how greatly these exertions and the salvation thereof, as a lamp lave encreased the past year, in the that burneth." Twited States, and among all chris



After reading the Report, the So-1 was then opened with prayer, by the diety proceeded to elect the following Rev. Mr. Ripley of Concord. officers for the ensuing year.

Dr. Rufus Wyman of Chelmsford, JONAS PLATT, Esq. President, Rev. Joseph Chickering of Woburn, Rev. ASAHEL S. NORTON, and Rev. Justin Edwards of Anilover,

Viee-President. were chosen a committee of Arrange. REV. HENRY DWIGHT,

inents. Corresponding Secretary, The following resolutions were then ERASTUS CLARK, Esq. proposed, and unanimously adopted.

Recording Secretary. Resolved, That the sentiments exAir. WILLIAM G. TRACY,Treasurer. pressed in the excellent preamble to Rev. Azel BACKUS, D. D.

the law for the due observance of the Amos G. BALDWIN,

Lord's Day, meet the entire approbaJAMES SOUTHWORTH,

tion of this meeting; and that the reSAMUEL F. SNOWDEN,

commendations of the Legislature, in ISRAEL BRAINERD,

their late resolve upon the subject of OLIVER WETMORE,

said law, are worthy the source JAMES EELLS,

whence they are derived, and deserve John EASTMAN,

the support of every individual of the John Frost,


Resolved, That, as by the recomSAMUEL Rich,

mendations of the legislature, and the GEO. HUNTINGTON, Esa.

concurrent exertions of the Clergy John LINCKLAEV, Ese.

and others, public attention is now HENRY Mc Niel, Esq.

simultaneously and powerfully directARTHUR BREESE, Esq. and

ed to this great object; that as seriMR. NATHANIEL BUTLER.

ous people are aiding it by their prayRev. HENRY DWIGHT, Purchasingers; and as, from information receive ErasTUS CLARE, Esq. Coinmillee. ed at this meeting, great an: even unERASTUS Clark, Esq. Distribu expected success has attended thoso Rev. Henry DWIGHT, ling Com- who have already actively engaged in MR. NATIANIEL BUTLER, millee. it, we are fully convinced, that the

present is a favourable time to carry it

into complete effect. Proceedings of the Middlesex Conven

Resolucit, That this meeting recomtion for Suppressing violations of vil officers, to enter on a prudent, firm

mend to all Tithingmen and other cithe Lorl's day: the Lans of Mussa- and persevering discharge of the duties chusetts, and Report of the Legisla- of their office, as early as the 31 Sabture on the Sabbalh :-Directions to bath of Sept. inst. Tithing men and others, how lo pro- Resolved, That whereas general Bee:l in executing the Laws ; and anl.concert in measures and execution is

indispensable to accomplish this great Address to the Public.

object, this meeting recom:nend, that A CONVENTION, cornposed of inem-those persons in every towa, who are bers from ten different towns, was hol- | desirous of a due observance of the den Sept. 5, 1814, at Burlington, coun- Lord's Day, immediately appoint large ty of Middlesex, Massachusetts, for the committees, consisting of prulleni, purpose of devising and adopting inea- discreet and influential persons, whose sures for the due observation of the duty it shall be to encourage, assist Lord's Day.

and support Tithingmen, aud all other Joseph Locke Esq. was chosen civil officers, in the discharge of the Moderator, and Rev. Jacob Coggin duties imposed by the aforementionwas chosen Scribe. The conventioned law: in prosecute or came to

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prosecuted; breaches of the same, ved and adopted the Resolutions there which may come within their knowl-passed, and have accordingly chosen edge; to procure the appointment of large and respectable Committees to a sufficient number of discreet Tith-carry them into effect. These Cominginen, to correspond with the Cen-mittees, together with the Tithingmen tral Committee; and generally to con- in the several towns, have entered form to such recommendations as the with laudable spirit on the discharge Central Committee shall from time to of the duties assigned them. We also time communicate.

learn, that similar exertions are making Resolved, that the said town com- in other parts of this Commonwealth, mittees exert themselves in their res- in many places in N. Hampshire, and pective towns, that suitable resolves be throughout Connecticut. The extent passed in town meetings as soon as and effect of these exertions is equal may be, assuring all civil officers of to our bighest expectations.—Violathe cordial support of their fellow citi- tions of the Sabbath on public roads

and canals have almost entirely ceased The Rev. Mr. Ripley, of Concord, on the first prosecution ; and, in maRev. Mr. Stearns, of Bedford, Rev. ny places, posting public notices of a Mr. Allen, of Chelmsford, Joseph resolution to restrain them has been Locke Esq. of Billerica, Rev. Mr. sufficient. Neighboring towns, which Chickering, of Woburn, Rev. Mr. Cog-have not yet entered into our measgin, of Tewksbury; and Rev. Mr. Jures, have felt their beneficial influEdwards, of Andover, were then chos-ence, in a surprising diminution of traen a Central Committee.

vel; and the work is almost accomThe Convention was then adjourn-plished to their hands. These facts ed to meet at Concord, Oct. 26° 1814. fully justify the opinion of the ComOct. 26. 1814.

mittee of the Legislature," that the The Convention met at Concord,|| provisions of existing Laws are suffiaccording to adjournment. Members cient to accomplish the end proposed, were present from thirteen different if they are faithfully and discreetly extowns.

ecuted.” The Moderator, Joseph Locke Esq. We wish the friends of the Sabbath being absent on account of sickness, to be deeply impressed with the imDr. Isaac Hurd was chosen Moderator, portance and necessity of continuing

that union, firmness and vigilance, The Convention was then opened which have produced the salutary efwith prayer, by the Rev. Mr. Litch-| fects already so visible. field, of Carlisle.

be bold and clamorous, when opposed The following Report and Resolu- only with timidity ; but will at once tions were then submitted by the Cen-shrink from the grasp of legal authortral Committee.

ity, sanctioned by public opinion.The Central Committee, sensible Yet so strong has been the current of of the importance of the object of this vice that for some time it will be conConvention to the order and happiness | stanily seeking to encroach through of Society, the success of Religion, every unguarded avenue. Esertions and the advancement of the Redeem- must, therefore, for the present be coner's kingdom and glory on earth, have tinued, and in some respects even incheerfully devoted their time to the creased. A few instances have occursubject, and beg leave to offer the fol-i red, in which travellers on the Sabbath, lowing---REPORT.

trusting that they should not be known, We are happy to state, that the friends I have refused to give their names, when of Religion and Good Order, in most interrogated by the proper officers.

f the towns represented in the lale The law has, in such cases, provided a Convention at Burlington,have appro-|| heavy penalty. But if, from the troub

pro tem.

Vice may

le of tracing and convicting such im- || actually inflicted. Unnecessary forpudent offenders, they are suffered to bearance or delay will be construed escape with impunity, both the law into timidity, and embolden transgressand its Officers will be brought into ors. It is a general truth, particularly contempt. If, on the contrary, meas- applicable to this subject, that the most ures be taken immediately to procure vigorous measures, conducted will a warrant, and pursue them with such prudence, produce the most speedy celerity as to prevent the possibility of and salutary effects. their escape, the effect will be deci- It is of the last importance, that the sive. These measures will necessari-spirit of reform, now so happily kinly be attended with some trouble and died in many places, should be extenexpense; tho' probably not more than ded as widely as possible. If small the legal fees, and the compensation districts culy be engaged, the continuallowed to complainants, out of the al pressure from abroad, where the fines which may be recovered, willhabit of violating the Sabbath is unre. defray. If greater experse should in strained, will weary the patience and any cases be incurred, there can be no damp the ardour of the friends of ordoubt, that the amount may be procur-der; and, probably, in time induce ed by voluntary subscription in every them to desist. If this attempt fail, it town. Such vigorous exertions will will be a perpetual discouragement maintain the dignity of the law, save from making another, and the prezent its officers from insult, and at once generation, at least, niust relinqui:h the put an end to an evil, which might hope of seeing the Sabbath properly otherwise occasion great perplexity and regarded. But shall we, can we abanpernicious consequences.

don this important object? Will our It has hitherto heen usual to forbear Christian Brethren in any part of this prosecutiog travellers on the Sabbath Commonwealth Icave it in fail, for for the first offence, when they have on want of co-operation, and relinquish aduronition desisted. We respect the the honour of helping forward so glorispirit which has dictated this forbear-ous a cause ? No, we are persuadell, ance, and believe,that before the public they will not. The importance of the inind was fully aware of the exertions cause, is generally acknowledged, and that would be made, it was advisable; extensively felt. It will have an incalyet it is not contemplated by law; and culable influence on the temporal and we are persuaded that its continuance eternal happiness of thousands of the would be highly injurious. If such present and of future generations. It forbearance be generally expected, is the cause of God, and it is recomall persons disposed to travel on the meniled by the united influence of his Sabbath, will commence their journey Ministers, civil and sacred. It is aiiled without any restraiat on their the prayers of Christians of every They will hope to proceed some dis-rank, sex, and denomination. The tance without interruption, and will present time is manifestly pointed out feel confident that they can at any time in providence for its success. Experiavoid a penalty by (lesisting. In this|ence has demonstrated, that difficulties case, continual aitention and exertion are much less formidable than had will be necessary, only to keep the been anticipated. The prospect of evil in check; and a complete re-enjoying the Sabbath in the same unformation can never be expected. interrupted quiet, and solemn stillness,

We would also suggest the propriety | as the fathers of New-England enjoyed of letting all prosecutions immediate-it, is now before us, and if we are not ly follow the offence. The chief de-wanting to ourselves, will, by the bles. sign of punishinent is example. This sing of God, soon be realized. Ha design cannot be fully answered until py will those be who are active in :the punishment is known to have been duciug this desirable change. F


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