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The British and Foreign Hi Mo Society have given orders for priming Io.ooo Welch Bibles, of a smaller uue than octave: and
The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge are about to print 20,030 copies of tin octavo Welch Bible, with marginal reference*. These are intended 10 be sold at the low price of at. ad. each, being little more than -•no-third of the original cost.
Wc rejoice in both these designs, and especially in the avidity with which. Bibles are sought for in Wale*. The generosity of the Welch people, in contributing to the former Society, does them great honour. The sum of 7881. 17s. lod. has been collected in different congregation] in the Isle of Anglesey, and, in other parts of the principality. In Anglesey only, 573 U id. 3d.
Accounts of the victorious power of the tiospel are ever welcome to those who love the Lord Jesus Christ. We have permission to present our readers with an account of a remarkable dispensation of the grace of God attending his word at Darwcn, a populous village in Lancashire. This account is contained in a letter from the Kcv. It. Bowden, to his father, the Rev. .1. B. at Tooling, Surry. The letter was written in the course of familiar correspondence, without the most distant expectation of its appearing in print. It is, " in simplicity and godly sincerity," a narra
. live of facts. The work of the Lord to which it relates, will appear especially wonderful, when considered in connexion with the very affecting and awful circumitnaccs by which it was introduced.
Ox the afternoon of the 21st of JXovember, i'jV.4, Mr. and Mrs. B. with Xl select company, had been on afriend.ly visit, about two milo3 from home. A very heavy fall of rain commencing soon after their arriva', constrained their stay much beyond the intended b«nr. They had to repass a brook, which, during this interval, the waters from the adj.iccnt hills had unusually • wollcn. Mrs. B. with two ladies, her agisters, was on horseback; and not without impressions of fcar\ was inclined, with cautions steps, to try tlje pas&nzc. The attempt, hazardous beyond ta«r apprehension, proved fatal. The, Jtujrse was unable to sustain the impe
tuosity of the stream. Tn a moment; lhe distracted husband, now standing on the bridgefor foot-passengers, had" the desire of his eyes," youthful, lovely, and pious, snatched from his sight; and with such violence precipitated down the flood,: thfit instantly she was no more! Not one cry of distress was heard. It was a ni:;ht of agony and gloomy horror, especially as the mo=t anxious search for the body was ineffectual till the morning; but
"God moves in a mysterious w.-.y, "His wonders to perform 1" 1' Though he cause grief, yet will ha have compassion, according to the multitude of his mercies 1"
The followine Letter represents light unexpectedly arising out of this darkness. This tempest succeeded by a still small voice," and the Lord in th. t voice, awakening the minds of many to " dee from the wrath to come." ■
"My dear Father, "Tare* 14, 1805.
"I rejoice to inform you how remarkably the power of God is among us, both to wound and (o heaL Many are under deep convictions; and many more rejoicing and praising Ciod for deliverance, through the Lord Jesui Christ. Scarce a day passes but sixne one comes to unburden his min i, or tfe tell me what the Lord has done lor iy0 soul. I am at times ijuile overcome with the glory of divino grace shining around us; anil constrained to cry, "This is the Lord's doing: it is marvellous in our eves!" He is truly among us, making a " people willing in ttie day of his power." The hardest hearts melt like wax before the sun; the strongest bonds of corruption; the nio.U inveterate habits of vice buret asunder; and the ransomed captive sits . j <y fully, ami in. his right mind, at hie Redeemer's feet, crying, with astonish- ■ mcnt," Why me, Lord, why mc f" In another direction, you sec a company of mourning penile its g>t together; and saying, o.ie to another, " What shall we do to be saved ?" — when, smiting upon their breasts, they look upward and cry, " God b« merciful to us sinners I" Sometimes, the most unlikely in human apprehension hear the Redeemer's voice, and forsake all to fol!ow him. 1
"Lord, what am I!—a worthless worm, the chief of sinners, " les* than the least of saints ;" yet what wonders is the Lord doing day by djy 1" *• The fields arc while unto the harvest." Ni»thing i< wanting but labourers. My whole time is taken up with visiting and receiving visits from those who are
enquiring the way to Zion. What "rief
"Within a month past, the heads of afx families, who appeared to have been 4(!£*^fros.* darkness, have been awakened to an earnest concern about salvation; and have commenced prating in their families. O it is delighfui, it is overpowering, to heartltcm so fervently lisping out their prayers to fiod for converting grace, — stammering out their new-felt desires; and, in a manner peculiar to themselves, expressing their love to the dear Redeemer! 1 have lately preached nearly every evening in the week, at some house or other. The houses continually full, and the hearts of the hearers overflowing! To describe all I sec and witness, I cannot: it is not tn be ex pressed. The changes are truly great; and the manner in which they have licen effected wonderful I While the arrows of conviction have been Hying all around, the Lord's «iwn people >a*e found their cup of blessing to run over. Blessed be the Lord for this time of refreshing from his presence; and for the hope with which he has abundantly inspired us, that we shall yet sec good days! Nothin; bnt this hope could heal my wound, cure my tue'nn holy, or carry tnc comfortably through the howling wilderness of this sinful, sorrowful world. Affliction and painful sepa.-atiou have been the lot of Uic best of
men, — the grcates' favouri'cs o/ Heaven! But no one knowe'h the bitterness of such a cup as mine, hut he who has dran'-r if. If not minjled with a sense of the love of 'Jod in Chris' Jesus, I could not e idure i\ Oh, wha* physic, what strong physic, do "in- powerful earthly affections oblige our Heavenly Father to give us I What pruning-knivesdo the luxuriant branches in his vineyard require! — and when necessary for onr good, they shall not bewithheld. Blessed be (iod, there is a time coming when tbese mysteries in Providence shall he explained. I trust, while in this wilderness, to cast my heavy burden on him whweame to bear our griefs and carry onr sorrows. Hope (it is my earnest prayer) that L may come out of this" .fiery trial purified, and better fitted f#r my Master's use. Oh, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified more and more among us!—ami may the joy resulting from being an honoured instrument in the Redeemer's hand, be my continual feast! Our day of labour may soon close: the lx>rd prepare us for all events 1 I expect that the enemy will be breaking in like a flood upon us. We have notices of this already, in attempts at ridicule, and in horrid efforts of Infidelity; yet we will trust in the Lord. He will, accordiug to his gracious promise, lift up his standard; and in the end the Redeemer will be glorious!
"Here is a young woman just come in; and is this moiiieut before me, apparently in great trouble: for a few minutes therefore, I must lay down ray pen. The Lord enable me tu speak a word in season, and render me faithful, that I *« heal not the wound of the' daugh'er of my peop'c slightly!" Amen and amen. — \\ ell, she is gone. S!ie seems to be one of fhose weary and heavy laden sinners to whom the blessed Redeemer promised rest: one of those tender lambs whom the Chief Shepherd gathers with his arm, and can ics in his bosom. She came weeping? bitterly; and while converting with her of the sin of her heart and life, then of the ability and willingness of the Lord Jesus to save, — what torrents of tears flowed from her eves! After praying with lier, she left me somewhat relieved. Before she went, she told Iuc of another, who wanted to talk with uic; but was afraid to coineI desired her lo send the person down this evening. Oh, my father, I beg an interest in your fervent prayers, that I may have wivloin " rightly to divide the word of truth" among my i
r*arget »nti grace to counsel, comfort, and to " give to every one hi* portion of me:U in due wwn I" I feel lay work more auj uuire arduous i ami myself, if possible, uiore and niore intulBcicaf. Believe me, when one of these poor distressed souls comes to «ne, nnbuxdeaing his miutl, and tclline qf the Lord'* dealings, 1 tremble heforc him; I feel the presence of God; I see the same band at work which raised the dead to liTe; I seem to fed somewhat as Jacob felt, when he evclaimcd," Hqw dreadful U this place! This is none other but the house of f!od; and this is the gale of Ikiucnl" Oh, that it may please the Lord to grant a general revival of his great work, ami mate it manifest in the salvation of multitudes!" Iain, &c.
Ot.D niUI.Dh WANTKD.
To tie I'riemls of Jtdigion. Dear Friends,
At a time when I find you all so actively employed, and coining forward with so much steal to send the gospel to the heathen, I wish to direct your eyes to Ireland; many pans nf which are as dark and benighted as (he heathen world with respect lo the gospel; ami many thousands remain in as much ignorance and superstition as the very Indiuus. Ireland is imw an integral part of the empire, and as such, claims your attention as much as any pari of Great Britain i separate from the consideration, that every miui who loves the uamc of Christ, must wish to see bis kingdom advanced anywhere, and think it a privilege U> be hole to send bis gospel in any shape lo a people who •it in darkness and the shadow of death; therefore I address you with more confidence; hoping thai my proposition will have some good effect.
From the present circumstances of the people of Ireland, the only thing that can immediately be done is, to circulate Bible., ami Testaments. TJierc arc now many pious men in that country, who have au opportunity of doing this, if I hey had them to distribute; but who cannot afford to purchase any sufficient number of them for thai purpose, and who see with much pain large tracts of country without a single Bible, especially in the south; where it has been ascertained, by inquiry, that one-fourth of the poor Protestants have not Bibles j aw) aruonf; the Rumanisis, there is nut a Bible in one family out of 500: it is likewise found, that all the children of The Humanists will gladly take Testaments; and uiauy Bibles have beenlatelv bought by thciu, when they could
]>roenre them cheap; bid ihey .ire totally unable to purchase them at the high price at which they arc generally sold, it is therefore proposed, that religious persons in and about this city, who have \pnrt. Bibles or Testaments, even though old or damaged, will send them to the undernamed places, to ha distributed in Ireland; and the Conductors of this Magazine are satisfied, trmt they will he given to men who will distribute them to the best advantage, and who, if they can sell any, will apply the money to the purchase of more. It is wrll known, that there are many houses where there arc Bibles which are? not used, and which should not be laid aside, white so many thousauds arc perishing for want of the bread of life.— * Think, then, if by sending a Bible or Testament, it «hould lie marie the instrument of bringing one soul to the knowledge of the truth, yon send that soul an infinitely greater treasure, than if you gave him a thousand worlds t and it is certain, that some individual* in Ireland have been brought to the knowledge of Christ hy reading that Bibles lately distributed there, who never heard the gospel preached. This i£ a critical and favourable time, now the mcu exist that cau distribute them to advantage :— throw in your uiite; pray over it, tliat the Lord may bless it to> some sold; and be assured, it will not he iu vain; for he that watches over ISion, watches over every motion of her children, aud all their offerings are to> him as the. incense of a sweet-smelling savour, when presented in the Beloved, lie will bless them by circulating the Bible; and the people will be thereby prepared fur the preaching of the gospel. JllUERMtl/S.
Bibles, as above, will be thankfully received by tbc following persons: Mr. Brian, oilman, .Newgate Street; Mr. Clark, confectioner. Borough, High Street; Mr. lauorson, near the Church, W hilechapel; Mr. llaucox, tayior, 411, Oxford Street; Mr. Hill, grocer. Great Chapel Strtiet,Westminster; Mr. Ody, corner of l etter Lane, llolborui Mr. Smith, umbrella-maker, near the Excise Office, Bishopsgute Sheet < Mr. Stiff, New Street, Covent Garden; Mr.Towu»eBd,upholder,Loudon Bridge.
Extracts from the Sixth Report of ilie Religious Tract Society.
[rilOM A CLERGYMAN. J
** I HA.VE dispersed a few hundreds of jour Trails iu my uhapelryand neighbourhood, during the last two years; and, 'hank God, he has aiaJe them a blessing to inaliy.
. " When I entered on my ministry one day, to huy some of the Edinbureli bere, less thau one-fourth of the iu Society's Tracts, there came in a gentle habitauts atteaded public worship on man, who, looking od me, said, "What Suplay mornings; few or pone in the are you to do with these?" I answerend, afternoon. Now, I have often the sa- •[ ain going to the north country to tisfaction of meeting two-thirds of my distribute them among the ignorant neighbours at chapel, moruing aod af- people. The gentleman, on this, said ternoon, on the Lord's Day. Coiuinu to the bookseller,“ Give him a hundred uicants, for the last two years, have for me." After this I went into the heen double the number they were be north, first doing all I could to get fore ; and an earnest desire to grow in Religions Tracts to distribute ; aod, grace, and in the knowledge of our blessed be God, I got more than 200, Lord Jesus Christ, is, in general, mae which I distributed in the heart of the nisest in our little village.
country. Last winter, I sent to Lod“I have reason to conclude, that don for No. 9 of the Missionary TransGod has wrought this happy change actions; and by lending it out to read among us by the means of your Tracis, for a penny, I got so much encourageas much as by all my feeble efforts ment, that I procured two copies of it, wuited."
J. O.: and two copies of the two following
nuinbers, and made so much by these, Extract or a Leiter froin a Poor, but that I sent to Loodon for 200 Tracts, rry activrund apparently worthy man and all the preceding Numbers of the in Scotland.
Missionary Transactions. When I was Dear Brethren, Nov. 12, 1804.
in the bookseller's shop ordering these, I HAVE read the Evangelical Ma.
the gentleman before spoken of, came gazine for six years, and have been in. I had not before scen bim to thank greatly delighted with the accounts of him for bis kindness last year; and now your Society. Having read an anec
when I was doiug this, be ordered me dote some time ago, of a woman finding to send for five shillings worth more of a book, giving it to her husband, and its such Tracts as I thought best for the halinzbeen made the means of her con
public, which I did; and since that time version, and you saving, that dropping
I have dispersed a good many of them, Tracis might have the like effect. I was and shall do so still. I shall go again earnest that I might have some of them to the north country in the spring, to distribute. Going into the church God willing, and expect by that time vard in April 1802, on our communion to have a larger number of Tracts by Sabbath, I found a shilling, and I added the profit of those I lend out to read; threepence to it, and on Mon
and by may well-wisher's generosity. to the bookseller's and bought a guar. I pray, dear Brethren, that ye may ter of a hundrellor The Death of johnprosper, and be the means of bringing Bowles," which I sold, and with the many fram darkness to light, and from money bought more. I next went to the power of Satan to God: my hookseller, an't ordered him to
and I am, &c. write to London for a quarter of a The Comınittee of the Religious Tract bundred of “ The Death of Lort Roa Society were much gratified by the chester;" and for the “ Account of the above Letter ; and they presented the Origin and Progress of the Rcligious zealous and worthy writer of it with a Tract Society." I was so delighted complete set of their Tracts, bound in with the latter, that I leut it out to three volumes, for his own use, and read for a penny, and thus gathered five with a suitable vumber to be distributed or six shillings. I theu si'ni to London by him. The Committee have since for as many Tracts of different sorts beard, that he continues, with unabatas my money would allow of; and ( ing ardour and success in the good still gathered more money by the sale work which he so singularly and hapof thein. On going to the bookseller's pily conceived.
Mark Wilks and Congregation, Norwich
W. Sykes and Congregation, Guestwick, Norfolk
All-Saints, Northamptonshire, by Dr. Haweis
64 Mr. Evals and Cougregation, Foleshill, near Coventry - 9.
· NEW DIRECTORS OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY
FOR THE COUNTRY,
Rev. Mr. Richardy, Hull
R, Winter, Newport, Isle of Wight Mr. Bruce, Wakefield T. P. Bull, Vevport Pagnel
Thomas Fleming, Kirkcaldy
Mr. Mackinlay, Kilmarçock
Samuel Lowell, Bristol Mr. Phillips, Norwich
IRELAND. Mr. Preotice, Bungay
Rev. Dr. M'Dowell, Dublin Rev. John Ralph, Liverpool
Dir. Aiderman Ilutiva, Dublin
Feb. 28, 1803, the Rev. Mr. Buteman nature of a gospel church, &c. Mr. was ordained over the church of Christ, Simpson offered the ordination-pru yer, meetiog in Edward Street, near Ward Mr. Buck delivered the charge, Mr. Our Sireer, Soho. Mr. Ivemey began Stollery addre ed the church, and Mr. with reading the Scripiures and prayec; Atkinson concludel, Mr. Keeble asked the questions and re- On the 2cth and 30th of May, the ceived the confession of ruith; , Independent Ministers in the county of Coxhead prayed the ordination prayer; Sussex, had a Meeting at Mr. Leggetes, Dir. Burubam gave the charge, from
Bur wish. Mr. Waikius, of Brigbion, 2 Tim. iv. 2. ; Mr. Shepstone preached
preached fron 2 Cor. v.14; Nr. Ilamiko to the people, from Tech. viii. 19.;
ton, of ditto, from Mar, iv. 19; and dir. Dir. Silvester concluded in prayer.
Jones, of Vat-ball,' from Is. xii 2.; On March 12, Mr. W. Scott, preacher Messrs. Neve, of Friston : Cracknell, of the gospel, was ordained to the of or Weymout's; White, of Shorehain; fice of the holy ministry and pastural Moro, ot New haven: and Impkin, of charge of the Associate Congregation Tunbridge, engaged in the other serof Lesly, in Scotland. Mr. Leishinan, vices. The principal object of this minister at Kinross, preached in the Association is, to promote the Spread forenuon, from Phil. i. 17.; Mr. liarie, of the Gospel in the County. Some new of Milaathort, who presided on the oc measures were proposed and agreed to. casion, put the questions of the For The meeting, were well allended, hatmula; and after the ordination-prayer, mony and love prevailed, and the word tendered an exhortation, first to the was heard with much attention. minister, aod then to the congregation. June 4, 1805. The New Baptist la the afternoou, Mr. Browning, of
Meeting-house at the Coppice, near Auchtermuchty, preached from James i. 21. The audience was large.
Staffordshire, was opened for public May 29. The Rev, Mr. Seymour was worship. The services of the day were set apart to the pastoral oftice over the tbus divided : The Rev. T. Simith, of particular Baptist church at Tring, Coseler, prayed ; Mr. Morg.), of BirHerts. Mr. Davis, of Wadsdon-hill, mingham, preached from 2 Cor. iii. began tbe service by prayer, &c. ; Mr. ?, 3; and concluded the morning-serGrocer, of Watford, delivered the in- "vice in prayer. In the afternoon, Mr. troductory discourse, &c.; Mr. Dawson, S, Brecce, from Wales, praset; Mr. ot Risborough, offered up the ordina- L. Butterworth, of Eveshami, preached tion prayer and gave the churge, from from Ps. erexii. 13, 14; and Mr. M. Acts xx. 28.; Mr. Shenstone, of lon- Thomas, of Ryesord, prayed and closed, don, preached from Zech, viii. 19. ; Mr. 'I be auditories were crowder!, both Lewis, of Berkhampstead, conchided. morning and afternoon. The new house The same day the Rev. Mr. Dunn
is commodious, the country very popu. (late Student at Hoxton) wis urdained
lous ; and it is hamıly hoperl, through to the pastoral oflice over the churon
we a divine blessing, that the cause of reassembling at the meeting-house' iu
ligion will be promoted,
glon W Palace Street, Pimtico, London. 'The June 5: The Rev. Mr. Gore, late of Ludlowing iniuisters engaged : Mr. Ciore Sandwich, was set apart in the work of prayed, &c. Mr. Burder explained the a pastor, in the church, meeting in