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visit, which was to dispose of the Word rational ideas. A vessel belonging to of God to his people at the price of the this place offered the other day to give binding! I gave him the specimens, me a tow wherever they saw me. A and requested permission to liand them captain of a merchantman told me, a below to the crew : he took them down

few days since, that sailors were a difhimself, and said, “ Now, my lads, here ferent kind of people to what they once is an excellent chance to suit yourselves were: that now, on Sunday afternoons, with a Bible. Out of eight men, four when at sea, instead of mending their became purchasers; and I left the ves- clothes, or going to sleep, they would sel with a heart, I trust, in some mea- read their Bibles.” sure thankful to the Lord, who had thus

“ 20th December, 1826. encouraged me in the commencement “May I beg the favour of you to of my exertions : for in some of my tender the inclosed small donation in cruises, I have boarded four or five

support of its objects; and if I could vessels running, without selling a book; have had the opportunity, I should have but this, I must say, was not so much been happy, as an old soldier, to have from the men not wishing to have them, added

my humble testimony in support as that the Captain was not on board, of the opinion, which I rejoice to find is and they had no money. From the gaining ground, that religious principles time of my commencement, in March, are not inconsistent with military duties. till about three weeks ago, I have board- On the contrary, my experience has long ed 135 vessels, and sold 80 Bibles and convinced me, that the soldier who is about 130 Testaments. Whatever comes duly impressed with the duty he owes in my way I board, and am almost uni- to his God and his Saviour, will prove versally well received. On board of one the last man to desert his king and of H. M. Cutters I sold upwards of £3 country in the hour of danger." worth. On board of the Genoa, on

“ 30th March, 1827. her lower deck, going from mess to “I have great pleasure in forwarding mess, I sold 7 Bibles and 16 Testa

to you the account you wish. I have ments. On board the Revenue Cruizers, reason to think our sailors are now supalso, I am very well received. On board plied with the Word of God; the few of only one ship have I met with a direct Bibles and Testaments I have, will enrefusal, and on board of the most, direct able me to supply the wants of strangers, assistance. Sometimes the men on board

who may occasionally land at this place. of Merchantmen make, like Sailors, ec- Almost all our benevolent friends and centric remarks, but with a little dis- neighbours are engaged in some society; passionate reasoning, this gives way, and so that I am left alone in this. I hope invariably they are respectful."

you will not despise the day of small “ 14th December, 1826. things, as our distribution must ap“ One Brig I boarded here lately, pear unimportant, when compared with the captain was on shore, and the men others; still I rejoice that your Bibles had no money (a frequent occurrence), were sent to me. A poor young sailor but the mate wanted a book very much in affliction applied to me for the word as also the steward : I told him if he of God; and in his anxiety to gain the would.

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the Custom-house officer on greatest consolation of life, he obtained board, he would pay me again; this a conveyance to this place, a distance was readily agreed to. The old cook of fourteen miles, that he might obtain then came up—he wanted a Testament, a boon which your Society has prepared but he brought me to pay for it, a 6d. for soldiers and sailors. He is still unFrench piece, a Dutch 2d. and a little well, but is become, I hope, a sincere bit of Danish money : I, of course, follower of the Lord Jesus Christ." readily let him have the book, the black steward remarking, 'Well! I wonder if Several interesting communications the old cook is going to be religious : I have been received from one of the must take my sister home a present, she Society's Agents engaged in visiting will be surprized to see me bring her a ships outward-bound; a few of which Bible. The mate said, 'I tell you what, are here extracted, attesting the benefits Sir, if sailors have books at sea, they resulting from the present efficient mode will read : there's Old Tom, the cook, of supplying the Army with Bibles. just for form's sake, reads two hours Ship bound to New South every Sunday an old history book. I

Wales. "Thirty soldiers passengers. All very often meet with eccentric remarks, well supplied at Chatham, previous to but these almost universally give way to their marching to embark : their officer

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bound to India. One hundred and ninety soldiers, well sup- Ship bound to Gibraltar. One plied at Woolwich. Their command- hundred and thirty-six artillery soldiers. ing officer said, “ All our soldiers who Major who received me politely, belong to the Artillery have the Scrip- said, “ Each man at quarters had a tures served out to them with the rest Bible served out to him ; this, now, is of their necessaries, and no one need be become a regular matter, and they need destitute.'

not be without a Bible any more than Ship bound to India. Two they need be without a shirt.'hundred and fifty Company's troops.

bound to India. Three Their commanding officer said, ' Every hundred soldiers. Their officer said, Sunday morning, when at quarters, each Each man who could read, had a man had the question put to him, Do Bible served out to him at quarters.'' you want a Bible ? and there is no one

CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. We regret to state that a very consider- Other measures are, we understand, able diminution in the receipts of this in contemplation, by which some small valuable society has taken place during reduction in the minor expences of the the last half year, as compared with the Society may be effected : but so long corresponding half year of 1826.

as NINE DISTINCT MISSIONS are to be Should this defalcation continue, and, maintained and supplied with a regular still more, should it increase, the society succession of competent and well-eduwould soon become subject to very se- cated missionaries and catechists—men rious embarrassments; especially as the on whom the Committee and the Society whole amount of its funded property can fully depend, no very material rewould be far from adequate to the ex- duction of expence can reasonably be penditure of one half year.

expected. Nor should it be forgotten It is, at the same time, obvious, that that, so long as European missionaries a missionary society cannot suddenly are employed in unhealthy climates, a contract its expenditure, without at once very

considerable annual expence must abandoning important fields of useful- be incurred in the maintenance of those ness, and also exposing valuable mis- who have returned disabled from the sionaries and catechists, and their fami- field of service, and whose enfeebled lies, to very serious privations.

constitutions incapacitate them, after Under such circumstances, the Com- their return, from procuring subsistence mittee of the Church Missionary Society by their own exertions, and in supporthave appointed a special sub-committee ing the widows and children of deceased for the purpose of fully investigating the missionaries. state of the funds, in order to ascertain The friends, therefore, of missionaries the causes of the present deficiency- are loudly called upon to contemplate the means by which it may be sup- seriously the present difficulty, and exert plied—and the practicability of any re- themselves at once to remove it by soduction in the Society's expenditure. liciting renewed donations and increas

The primary result of these investiga- ing subscriptions, so as, at least, to tions has been, the publication of an advance the receipts of the Institution address to the different associations to the former amount. The Clergy, throughout the country, stating, in ge- especially, may do much, by preaching neral terms, the existence of a de- on behalf of the Society, and by attendficiency ;-intimating the intention of ing the annual, quarterly, or other meetrelinquishing the four occasional hired ings of Auxiliaries and Associations, so visitors of associations, and substituting

as to diminish the great expence, at in their room two permanent visitors, present necessarily incurred, in travelwho shall be wholly devoted to the ling; and individuals, in very retired Society's service ;- recommending a and unobtrusive situations, may, by more extended diffusion of missionary distributing the Society's smaller pubintelligence;- the formation of new lications, and soliciting the weekly pence associations, in ground hitherto unoc- of a few neighbours, effect much for the cupied ;—and the cultivation of an restoring the Society's income, and earnest spirit of prayer and intercession sending forth missionaries to perishing for the Divine blessing,

heathen.

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.

EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT.

In the course of the year ending at Scriptures, and the Book of Common the audit, the Society for Promoting Prayer. Ireland, in particular, has Christian Knowledge has distributed to participated largely in its bounty; and, its members and the public, 54,896 during the past year, fresh exertions Bibles, 75,547 Testaments and Psalters, have been used to meet the demand, 146,668 Books of Common Prayer, which has arisen for the Word of God 91,897 bound books, and 1,092,844 iu the Irish language. tracts. During the same period the Abové a century ago, the Society receipts of the Society, through the turned its attention to the spiritual Treasurers to its General Designs, have exigencies of the Irish poor. A conamounted to £66,552 10s.—and its siderable impression of the Common expenditure to £65,645 188. 1d. Of Prayer-Book was then prepared, in the the latter sum £54,652 8s. 6d. have English and Irish languages, in parallel been paid for books and tracts issued columns; and an equal number of from the Society's stores; and £7,238 copies of the Church Catechism, and 12s. 3d. for grants in aid of the foreign of Lewis's Exposition, was also printed operations of the Society in various on the same plan. Of late years, some parts of the world. In addition to the measures of the same kind have apreceipts above mentioned the sums of peared necessary, not only for the £1069 15s. 7d. 3 per cent. Consuls, benefit of the Irish poor residing in this and of £3843 15s. 1d. New 4 per metropolis, but also with a view of Cents. being part of the legacy of the supplyiug the demand which might be Jate Earl of Kerry, have been trans- made by the clergy in particular disferred by the Court of Chancery into tricts of Ireland. The Society, therethe names of the Society's Trustees, fore, in the year 1820, resolved to making the total receipt during the reprint Bishop Bedell's translation of twelvemonth exceed the sum of £70,000 the Bible, and to republish the Common -nearly the whole of which, with the Prayer-Book, in the Irish language. exception of the Earl of Kerry's stock, But great difficulties were experienced has been expended in meeting the in obtaining such security as the Sou current demands of the year.

ciety feels itself bound to require for The members and friends of the the accurate execution of the proposed Institution will perceive from this .works. The Universities of Oxford, statement, that no relaxation has taken Cambridge, and Dublin were applied place in its endeavours to promote to, in the year 1821 ; but neither of Christian Knowledge ; nor has any them was prepared to become respondiminution been experienced in its

sible for the result of the undertaking. means of so doing with effect. At the Arrangements were subsequently made same time it will be equally evident, with a London printer : a corrector that even the large income of the Society of the press, who produced satisfactory is not more than sufficient to defray the testimonials of his qualifications, was increasing demands upon its funds; and engaged ; and the first half of the Old that no material extension of its designs Testament was immediately printed. could be safely undertaken without a When the work had reached this stage, still furtherincrease of disposable means. the corrector discontinued his services; The Society is well aware that such an nor has there been, till very recently, increase can only be expected from a any prospect of supplying his place, general conviction of the utility of its although the Society's anxious desire to services; and in the humble hope that complete the work, as soon as a prosuch a conviction may be strengthened perly qualified superintendant of it by an account of its proceedings during could be procured, caused repeated the last year, it submits the following applications to be made on the subject outline of them to the notice and con- to some of the most distinguished memsideration of the public.

bers of the Church of Ireland. While The Society has always been anxious the publication of the Holy Scriptures, to diffuse its benefits in every part of

and of the Book of Common Prayer, the British Empire; and to answer,

has been thus unavoidably detayed, the according to its means, every call that Society has not failed to demonstrate might be made upon it for the Holy the lively interest which it takes in the

promotion of Christian knowledge in great attention, is the revision of the The Sister Island, by a very considerable Books and Tracts circulated by the Sow grant to the Dublin Association for ciety. It was admitted in the Report discountenancing Vice,- Bibles and for the year 1825, that the length of Books of Common Prayer, in English, time which had elapsed since many of the value of £1000 were presented of these works were adopted, and the to this Association in the year 1921, change which had subsequently taken for the use of schools, hospitals, work- place among all ranks of society, had houses, and gaols : and it hav ар- shewn the necessity of some alteration, peared, in the year 1825, that the and the extent to which such alteration necessary supplies had been furnished

should be carried; and that it had been in these quarters, without exhausting determined to suffer such works as the above mentioned grant, the remain appeared, after mature examination, der, viz. Bibles and Common Prayer unsuited to the present wants of the Books, of the value of £600 were placed people, to remain out of print, while at the disposal of the Association for others, partly of a similar description, general distribution, and have been might be abridged for the especial use circulated throughout Ireland with much of the Society. The progress that has advantage.

been made since this statement was laid In the course of the present year the before the public, authorizes a hope Society has renewed its endeavours to that in one or two more years the work complete the edition of the Irish Bible, may be brought to a successful termias well as to commence the reprinting nation. of the Book of Common Prayer in the The distribution of the Society's same language ; and it has had the publications through different channels satisfaction of finding the immediate has been very extensive and satisfactory prosecution of these important under- during the past year. No symptom can takings, which it has so long been be perceived of diminished activity on labouring to accomplish, warmly recom- the part either of individual Members mended by many of the Diocesan and or of Committees. The issue of Bibles, District Committees. The portion of the Testaments, Books of Common Prayer, Old Testament already printed has been and religious books, is not materially transmitted to Dublin, to be examined less than the very large delivery of the by a competent Irish scholar, who was preceding year, and there has been a pointed out to the Society's potice by considerably increased circulation of His Grace the Lord Archbishop of tracts. Dublin; and the University of Dublin Among the domestic occurrences of has kindly consented to allow the Book the year must be noticed the plans of Common Prayer to be printed at its of His Royal Highness the Lord High press. Under these circumstances, it Admiral for supplying the spiritual is hoped that the works will be carried wants of His Majesty's Navy; and his on with success, and that every difficulty determination to avail himself of the will be surmounted. The very limited instrumentality of the Society in the number of biblical scholars who are

promotion of that design. Former res critically acquainted with the Irish

ports have adverted to the large number language, throws an obstacle in the way of Bibles and Prayer Books furnished, of translations into that tongue, scarcely at the request of the late Duke of York, less formidable than those which are for the use of the land forces. The encountered in the most difficult foreign Society has consented, in reply to the versions. But time and perseverance inquiries of the Lord High Admiral, to will enable the heads of the Church of supply the crews of the Royal Navy on Ireland to remove impediments which the same reasonable terms; and it has it is useless to underrate, and dangerous heard with great satisfaction, through to despise ; and the Society is distinctly the senior Chaplain of Greenwich pledged to avail itself of every facility Hospital, the Rev. Dr. Cole, that no which

may be offered for the prosecu- religious books or tracts will be circution of the work, and not to desist until lated through the Navy, except such as it is able to supply its Members and the are on the Catalogue of the Society for public with

copies of the Scriptures and Promoting Christian Knowledge.* of the Liturgy in the Irish language. Another subject, which has been fre

some qualification. We doubt whether the Lord quently pressed on the consideration

High Admiral's power extends so far as to exof the Board, and has also required clude all other books except those on the Society's

* This assertion must doubtless be received with

The foreign intelligence, which the Christians which they have founded and Society has now to communicate to its built up, that his interest was most powmembers, abounds with interesting and erfully excited, and the energies of his important incidents. In India, the powerful mind most earnestly employed. great field of missionary labours which The morning after his arrival, his lordthe providence of God appears to have ship preached in the mission church in allotted to the British nation, the the fort, and administered the Lord's prospects of this Society have been Supper to fifty-three native Christians, chequered by an alternation of light and using (as was his constant custom in all shade. The visit of the late Bishop native congregations) the words of adof Calcutta to the Society's ancient ministration in their own language. In mission in southern India, his lamented the evening he attended the Tamul serdeath before that visit was completed, vice in the same church, the Liturgy his testimony to the paramount im- being read by the missionaries present, portance of those establishments, and and the sermon preached by Dr. his valuable suggestions for their ex- Camerer of Tranquebar, and he himtension and improvement, furnish matter self pronouncing the benediction in for the most painful, as well as the most Tamul. There were present on that encouraging reflections.

occasion more than 1,300 native Chris“ During the short time,” says the tians. It is impossible to forgeț, I canRev. Thomas Robinson, chaplain to the not now remember without tears, the deceased Bishop, “which his lordship delight with which he reviewed the spent at Madras before he commenced transactions of that day. The devotion his southern tour, he visited the Society's of the communicants,the admirable order Missionary Establishment at Vepery, of their psalmody, the deep and examined all the schools connected with mingled sound of all their voices joining the institution, and addressed the in the repetition of the responses of our children and other Christians who were Liturgy, and especially of the Lord's assembled. He was particularly struck Prayer, their breathless attention to the with the beautiful Gothic church lately preacher, and the animated and impreserected by the Society, the most beauti- sive manner in which they responded ful and almost the only specimen of that to his questions, all affected him more order in this country, except the chapel powerfully than I can describe: 'gladly,' of Bishop's College, near Calcutta." he exclaimed to me while taking off his

From hence his lordship proceeded robes, gladly would I purchase this to Tanjore, where he arrived on the day with years of existence.' The 25th of March, and it was there, in the report then goes on to describe the institutions of the venerable Schwartz, measures adopted by the Society for the in the labours of the excellent men who revival of the Tanjore Mission--the have succeeded him in the same field, promotion of native schools, and numeand in the numerous churches of native rous other important objects in the East

Indies, and in other parts of the world, list. We are sure it ought not to extend so far; which we have not room at present to and we are surprised that so inconsiderate an assertion has found its way into this report.

enumerate,

GYPSIES.

A COMMITTEE formed at Southampton to obtain information respecting the long neglected, ignorant, and immoral people the Gypsies, have drawn up a circular containing the following queries, which they have requested us to insert.

1. What has been done within your knowledge for the moral, religious, and general instruction and improvement of the Gypsies in this country; and with what success ?

2. In the case of a failure in any plan for their benefit, can you account for the same?

3. What do you recommend from your own experience, as the best means to adopt for the religious instruction and general improvement of the Gypsies? bearing in mind their wandering habits.

4. Could you refer the Committee to any persons who may have it in their power to afford them information on the subject in question ?

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