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United States.-- American Bible Society.
seats a spectacle which, if in one view it calls for tears and prayers, in another it exhilarates the Christian bosom, and prompts the song of thanksgiving and joy. Every where there exists a greater want of the Scriptures than could have been suspected even by those best informed. Not only, as might have been anticipated, in those districts which have but lately been peopled; but in the oldest and most thickly inhabited parts of the Atlantic states. But on the other hand, there appears almost every where an awakening spirit among the churches, a hearty union in counsel, and an enterprising activity in execution which promises the happiest results. The receipts of the national Society have regularly increased, and new auxiliaries are constantly forming. To present to our readers the whole of this correspondence is impracticable, nor would it comport with the plan of our work; but we shall select from it a few interesting facts, reserving the liberty of making further extracts as opportunity may serve.
Bibles are admitted into Canada free of duty : an arrangement highly creditable to the government of that province. The books are in general thankfully received by the people, though in some instances copies have been forcibly taken away by their priests, and burnt before their face. A copy was given at St. Louis to a Frenchman between seventy and eighty years of age; he had never seen a Bible before, and received it with a flood of tears. A poor woman in Jersey learned to read solely for the purpose of perusing the Scriptures—and afterwards to write, that she might make extracts to aid her memory : she appeared to feed upon the treasure with eager and increasing ardour: its fruits appeared in her whole deportment, and she died in serene hope, soon after accomplishing her design.
In Carolina Bibles have been gratuitously placed in the bar-rooms of taverns, rhat travellers, while waiting for the preparation of refreshments, or neighbours, who may drop in to lounge away an idle hour, may have presented in their way the means of lasting good. This arrangement we cordially approve, and hope to see the example followed in our state and throughout the country. It has already been practised with respect to some of our steam-boats, but never, to our knowledge, in public houses of any kind.
In several parts of the country the Scriptures have been exchanged for produce, and in some cases the funds of the Society have been rather increased by the measure : owing to the embarrassment of the western banks, this means has been resorted to, to forward the collections of auxiliary Societies, which have been invested in cotton and tobacco, and shipped to this city.
I confirmation of what we remarked in relation to the want of the Scriptures and Scripture knowledge where least suspected, we observe in a report from the Young Men's Bible Society of Washington city, that they have discovered in that city near three hundred families without a copy of the Bible among them. In answer to the inquiries of the investigating committee, one woman asked, “ what is a Bible?” and another replied, "there are several books in the house, but I do pot know whether any of them is a Bible or not!"
We are cheered, however, in turping from such a picture to observe the voluntary, laborious, and persevering exertions of individuals, (in some cases solitary and unaided,) in various parts of our country. The efforts of one gentleman in North Carolina, who went out on a short tour for the purpose, were happily in
* See some useful hints on this subject in our seventh volume, No. XIII. p. 385. Vol. IX.
strumental in the formation of ten auxiliary Societies, one of which is in the col. lege of William and Mary.
Wero examples like this emulated by those many Christians who possess ease, influence, and leisure, what might not be accomplished for the good of men, and therein for God's glory and the substantial welfare of our beloved country!
NEW-YORK BIBLE SOCIETY.THIRD REPORT.
MATTHEW CLARKSON, President.
John H. Hill, Clerk. At the close of the third year, since the union of the two old Bible Societies, which established this institution, its managers reported a distribution of seven hundred and four Bibles, and one thousand and sixty-five Testaments; of the Bibles, one was in the Welsh language, two in the Dutch, and thirty-four in the French. About 200 Bibles and Testaments were sold, and the remainder bestowed gratuitously to individuals and societies, in which the Sunday Schools bave, as usual, largely participated. Total distribution 28,893 Bibles, and 4,386 Testaments. There remained at the depot 448 Bibles, and 265 Testaments, subject to the disposition of the Board. The receipts during the year were $1,29063, which are exceeded by the expenditnre about 100 dollars. Among the sources from whence this income is derived, payments from 202 annual, and three life subscribers, are mentioned. Allusion is made to the Ward Bible Associations, and the managers express their regret that the seventh " is the only one which has perseveringly attended to the objects committed to it."
The importance of efficient Ward Associations, has frequently been urged in our pages, but the success of that in the seventh ward offers the best argument and encouragement that can be presented to the others, to resume the work they once commenced, and persevere until the resources of the city are drawn out, and the poor in every district are supplied. If a fair inference might be drawn from a comparison of the contributions by the seventh ward, and the assessor's books, a large excess would be found in favour of some of the wards that now do little or nothing. We know not if the experiment has been recently tried, but perhaps an active Committee of the Managers might resuscitate these drooping branches, and thus “aid the general prosperity, by imparting to the future proceedings of the Society," a more impressive character. And does not “its local and relative situation, and the means it should possess, urge this duty with no common interest ?" The following extract from the report must conclude our present notice of it:
“The Society know that while they distribute the Bible, they communicate doctrines and maxims which form the moral habits of man, strengthen tbe fabric of civil society, adorn its intercourse, and promote its glory. They may there. fore rest satisfied in perceiving these effects to follow rapidly the course of their exertions, without being made minutely acquainted with every particular connected with them. They will also recollect, that many of the most interesting facts occur in the private, and sacred retreats of humble and domestic life, and are seldom known beyond them. There gratitude speaks her thanks with renovated heart; there labour makes its willing offering to the Bible Treasury; there is beard the voice of prayer, imploring benedictions on its cause."
Societies Aua iliary to the American Jews' Society.
AUXILIARY SOCIETIES FOR MELIORATING THE CONDI
TION OF THE JEWS, RECENTLY FORMED. The Rev. Mr. Frey, agent of the A. S. M. C. J. since he set out on his tour to the South has visited a number of places, in the states of New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, the city of Washington, &c., and has met with very gratifying and encouraging success. Besides increasing the funds of the Society, by the collections which have been taken up in the different churches, where he has preached—and which have been liberal-He has also assisted in the formation of a number of important Auxiliaries.
BALTIMORE AUXILIARY SOCIETY. Agreeably to public notice, a meeting was held in St. Peter's Church, Sharp-street, on Thursday, January 16th, 1823, for the purpose of forming a society auxiliary to “ The American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews"-Edward Johnson, Esq. Mayor, was called to the Chair, and Robert Beveridge appointed Secretary. The Chairman having stated the object of the meeting, called upon the Rev. Mr. Frey, a converted Jew, for information respecting the designs of the Parent Institution. That gentleman, with much feeling and eloquence, portrayed the present distressed state of the “Seed of Abraham,” and stated the measures which have been adopted to meliorate their condition. He was followed by the Rev. Mr. Henshaw, who, after an impressive and learned address, moved, that this meeting deem it expedient to form a Society Auxiliary to “ The American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews, formed in the City of New York, in 1820,” and that a committee be now appointed to present a constitution to this meeting.
The Committee by their Chairman, submitted a Constitution, which being read on motion of the Rev. Mr. Nevins, seconded by Mr. Helfenstein, was unanimously adopted.
ALEXANDER BROWN, President.
Mr. WILLIAM WILKINS, .
ROBERT BEVERIDE, Secretary.
WASHINGTON (D. c.) AUXILIARY Society. At a large and respectable meeting, held agreeably to public notice, in Dr. Laurie's Church, on Thursday evening, January 30, 1823, Elias B. CALDWELL, Esq. was called to the Chair, and the Rev. J. N. CAMPBELL appointed Secretary.
The meeting was opened by prayer, by the Rev. Dr. Laurie. The object of the meeting having been stated by the Chairman, and the commission of the Rev. Mr. Frey having been read, the last mentioned gentleman, at the request of the Chairman, stated feelingly and at large, the present state of the Jews, and the objects and utility
of the “ American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews."
Whereupon, after some impressive introductory remarks, the fol. lowing resolution was offered by the Rev. Dr. Laurie, and was unanimously adopted :
Resolved, That this meeting do now form a Society Auxiliary to the American Society for Meliorating the Condition of the Jews.
Dr. Laurie and Mr. Chalmers were then appointed a committee to prepare a constitution—which was presented and adopted.
The Meeting was closed with prayer, by the Rev. Mr. Rice.
The following Officers were elected to serve till the first Monday of April next, being the day of the first annual meeting of the Society.
Elias B. CaldweLL, Esq. President.
SUMMARY. Donations. To the United Foreign Missionary Society during the month of January, $639 57-February, $636 31. To the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, from the 13th of January to the 12th of February, $4,364 60; also, legacies, $1000, and donations in clothing, &c. to a considerable amount. To the American Bible Society during the month of February, to constitute ministers members for life, $210,-laymen members for life, $60,-director for life, $ 150,--donations, $5,—do. from auxiliary Societies, 8746 66,do. from societies not auxiliary, $108 75,-in payment for Bibles, $1,341 674 total, $3,513 33. Five new Auxiliaries acknowledged. To the American Education Society during the month of February, $314 26.
United Domestic Missionary Society.-A special general meeting of the Society was held on the 10th ultimo at the city Hotel. Hon. STEPHEN Van RensSELAER, President, was present and took the chair,—and the Rev. J. M. Mathews opened the meeting with prayer. The corresponding Secretary, Eleazer Lord, Esq., read extracts from letters from several of the missionaries in the Society's employ, which represented the need of more efficient exertion, the want of more mission. aries, and the encouragements which the districts alluded to offer to the zealous and faithful labourer. The Rev.'W.W. Philips, John B. Romeyn, D. D. Samuel H. Cox, and John D. Keese, Esqr. addressed the meeting, and urged upon the attention of a very large and respectable audience the pressing claims of the Society. Committees were appointed to solicit subscribers and donations, and on motion of Peter Hawes, Esq. a resolution was unanimously passed, embracing a vote of thanks to Mr. Chester Jennings, keeper of the Hotel, for his liberality in granting the Society the use of the room free of expense, and constituting him a life member of the society. "The Rev. G. Spring, D. D. closed the meeting with prayer. o Persons may become members by paying $3 annually, or $30 at one tiine; and the payment of $50 constitutes a director. Donations received by Peter Hawes, Esq. Treasurer, corner of John and William-streets.
Young Men's Missionary Society --A society bearing this name has recently been organized in this city, auxiliary to the United Domestic Missionary Society, under very favourable prospects for extensive usefulness.
Jews' Society --The Rev Mr. Frey, agent of the A. S M. C. J. arrived in Charleston, S. C. on the 12th ult. and after a short stay at that place, preaching in several of the churches, and assisting in forming two large and highly respect: able auxiliaries, one of them the “ Shiloh Society of Charleston,"proceeded into Georgia.
Notices and acknowledgments. Exchanges.--We receive a very large number of very small papers, indorsed with the request,“ Please exchange," and at the same time that we thank the publishers for the friendly feeling which this expression may indicate, we must say the request is in many instances most unreasonable Let such publishers consider for a moment the following comparison. In a year we publish eight hundred closely printed octavo pages on a new long primer and brevier type, with good ink and paper-stitched in twenty-five printed covers,-about one half original matter--the editorship occupying nearly all the time of one man, (as yet without compensation)-at Ihree dollars per annum, Some of the papers above referred to are printed on a large worn-out type, with poor ink, coarse paper, no covers--eight octavo pages a week--selected matter-without editorial labour-at two dollars per annum. The number we have already placed ou our exchange list of this class of publications and others, added to the number of copies for which we neither receive nor expect pay, amount to one hundred and sixty copies, which, is paid for in advance, would leave, after deducting the price of the papers received in exchange, a sum of above four hundred dollars. We hope this statement will satisfy any who have thought us illiberal in not placing their papers on our exchange list.
Life of Brainerd. - Religious biography has received a valuable addition, in a complele life of BRAINERD, by the Rev. Mr. Dwight of Boston. It embraces the whole of the Life and Diary, including the Journal, formerly published in two parts by the correspondents of the “ Society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge,” now for the first time incorporated with the rest of the diary, in a regular chronological series : also, all his letters, and other writings (as far as they are known to the editor,) two letters of John Brainerd, the ordination sermon, by the Rev. E. Pemberton, pastor of the [Wall-street] Presbyterian Church in this city, and the reflections on his memoirs and funeral sermon, by President Edwards. It is a neatly Printed octavo volume of about 500 pages--price $2 50.
Life of Elliot.-The Rev. Mr. Moore, of Natick, Mss. has recently published, - Memoirs of the life and character of the Rev. JOHN Elliot, apostle of the North American Indians."
Edwards's works.--Stephen Dodge, of New Haven, Conn. is collecting, and proposes to publish a complete edition of Dr. Edwards's works.
For the Christian Herald. They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. John xvii. 16. This is the account which the divine Saviour gives of his approved followers; and he knew what was in man and what was the best evidence of a heart devoted to his