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February, having waited fifty days in that vicinity for a passage. He reached Malta, by way of Alexandria, on the 21st of March, having encountered much anxiety and delay, with several severe storms.
In this visit to the Holy Land, Mr. Jowett col
lected much interesting information on various points connected with the future objects and operations of the Society, which will, in due time, be laid before the Members. Mr. Deininger had returned from Leghorn on the 8th of November, and had gradually become weaker". Mr. and Mrs. Andrews had arrived at Malta on the 1st of February: finding Mr. Jowett absent, he employed himself till Mr. Jowett's return in preparing the Press; and he and his Wife entered on the study of Italian. - The Committee have continued to receive testimonies to the impression which has been made by Mr. Jowett's Volume of “Christian Researches.” From the many notices of it which occur in the Reports of the different Associations, a few will be selected. —Your Committee cannot but indulge a confident hope that the judicious and comprehensive Researches of Mr. Jowett, luminously pourtrayed in his volume, will ultimately prove of important benefit to the Missionary Cause. His Station at Malta, so central, commanding, and congenial to the character of his investigating mind, seems providentially designed as a post of enlarged observation on the vast encircling amphitheatre of coast—a coast nearly equal, in the extent of its line, to half the circuit of the globe; and peopled by almost every diversity of character, language, national distinction, and religious prejudice; that diversity stamped, indeed, by the monotonous and melancholy uniformity of an almost universal alienation from the pure simplicity of Christian Truth. —The communications from the Reverend Mr. Jowett have awakened great interest in the revival of those Ancient Churches, through which we ourselves received the Lively
* Mr. Deininger died on the 22d of April, a few weeks after Mr. Jowett was released from quarantine, which was on the 4th of that month. An Obituary and Character of that worthy Missionary have appeared, since the Anniversary, in the Missionary Register for September.
Oracles of God; not only for their own sake, but with the hope of their becoming efficient labourers in the conversion of Mahomedans and Heathens. In these countries, rendered memorable by the greatest moral movements in the history of mankind—the establishment of Christianity, the dispersion of the Jewish People, and the diffusion of Mahomedanism, nearly co-incident with the rise of the Papacy—there is scope for a peculiar line of exertion. By enlightening, and exciting to holy activity, the yet-surviving Christian Churches, we may expect to bring the Jew and the Mahomedan to the confession of Christ Crucified. We may even confidently hope, that the beams of Christian Truth shall burst, under the gracious influences of the Holy Spirit, on these primaeval scenes, to an extent, and with a glow and lustre, of which past history gives no examples. —The Mission to the Mediterranean must still be considered as in its infancy. Indeed, the measures hitherto taken have been rather .. than operative. As yet, the Society has been only laying the foundation, and has scarcely begun to build the superstructure: but that foundation is large and wide. , Mr. Jowett's Researches have been very comprehensive—his views large—his suggestions wise and capacious: and so many Stations present themselves, with inviting prospects of success attending the labour that might be bestowed upon them, that the Society could advantageously employ in them as many Missionaries and as large funds, as she is now obliged to spread with a sparing hand over her Nine Missions. - — The Researches of that distinguished agent of the Society, the Reverend William Jowett, have thrown great light upon the present condition of the Eastern Churches; and when that condition is contrasted with their early history, what Christian Mind does not feel the deepest sympathy? The constitution and usages of these Churches mark them out as the peculiar care of the Church Missionary Society: and whenever it shall please Almighty God to bless its exertions to the revival of pure religion in these Ancient Churches, that revival will in all probability contribute to make known the Gospel through a far more extensive portion of the globe, than would result from an equal measure of success granted to it in any other of its Stations. On this subject, Mr. Jowett has the following striking passage: speaking of Mahomedanism, he says— Tracing with our eye this wide-extended reign upon the map of the Old World, we must contemplate three great movements, ere Christianity can resume the territory, which for centuries she has lost. When the persuasive power of Truth shall have restored the Gospel to the Turkish Provinces where first the Gospel held its free course, and when the spirit of free inquiry which
has spread from Persia into Arabia shall have been sanctified to its proper end,
Christian Conviction and Conversion, there will yet remain the huge northern half of Africa to be uplified from its deep depression. May it not be that Abyssinia, spiritually enlightened and wisely trained, shall mainly contribute toward performing this great work—uproot Mahomedanism, and plant Christianity from the Straits of Babelmandel to the Mountains of Atlas? Nor must we omit to notice, that, while our Cloristian Institutions are beginning to flourish on the Western and Southern coast of Africa, that which already exists in -Abyssinia needs but to be re-modelled and newly put into activity, and the diffusive spirit of the Gospel will make its way from three quarters of that continent to apparently impenetrable Heathen Lands, which are now sitting in darkness, and in the shadow of death.
Tle appointment of Dr. Reginald Heber to the See of Calcutta is an event of the greatest promise to the Cause of Christianity, in the vast regions of the East connected with the United Kingdom. In reference to this Society, the Committee cannot but warmly congratulate the Members on his Lordship's appointment: having long been its zealous friend and able advocate, his countenance and support in its enlarging concerns in India may be confidently anticipated. In accepting the office of Viee-Patron of the Society, his Lordship's words, addressed to the Noble President, may well assure the Members that their anticipations will be fully realized:— I can truly say, that the Committee of the Church Missionary Society, however they may overrate the importance of my services, have not overrated my attachment to their Cause, or to the principles on which they have endeavoured, with such distinguished success, to promote a knowledge of Christianity among the Heathen. It was stated in the Twenty-second Report, that the Committee had placed the sum of 1000l. at the disposal of the late Bishop of Calcutta, for the use of Bishop's College: this was to be considered as a Grant for the year 1822; and a confident expectation was expressed that the liberality of the Members of the Society would enable the Committee to appropriate a like sum annually to the benefit of the College. - Information of this Vote was received in India but a short time before the death of the Bishop. The Statutes of the College not having arrived from England, his Lordship deferred the acceptance of the Grant, on an honourable principle, fully explained in the following extract of a Letter from him to the Corresponding Committee, dated May 19, 1822– It is gratifying to me to believe that the design of the College continues to be approved, when its plan of operations has been somewhat more developed. This second munificent Vote of your Society affords strong evidence to that effect; and I would not be thought to be insensible of their distinguished liberality, if I forbear to consider this gift definitively as a part of the College Resources, till the system under which the Institution will be administered, shall have been completely settled and clearly understood. That system, as I conclude, will be sufficiently detailed in the College Statutes. Your Society express their desire to educate Students in the College. I cannot, therefore, consistently with correct feeling, though no stipulation is attached to the Grant, proceed to appropriate it, until it shall be known with certainty that their wishes on this head may be justified, and what will be finally the conditions of admission. You may, however, be assured, that a copy of the Statutes shall be forwarded for your information, whenever they shall be received from England; and I have reason to expect them very soon. The Bishop's lamented death occurring a few weeks after the date of this Letter, no further steps were taken in India in reference to the Grant. On the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Heber to the vacant See, the Committee placed at his Lordship's disposal the sum of 1000l. above mentioned, voted to the College for 1822; with a request that he would be pleased to appropriate it in such manner as might seem most expedient, and would apprise the Committee in what way, in his Lordship's judgment, the Society could hereafter most effectually render assistance to the College—the Statutes having been framed with that wisdom and liberality, which affords opportunity, both to the Local Governments and the Religious Societies connected with the United Church, of co-operating with the College to the attainment of its great ends. The Consecration of the Rev. Dr. Heber to the Episcopal Office took place in the Chapel of Lam beth Palace, on Sunday the 1st of June. I
His Lordship was present at the monthly meeting of the Committee of the Church Missionary Society, held on Monday the 9th of June; and stated that he wished to return his thanks to the Committee for the confidence reposed in him, by placing at his disposal the sum of 1000l., which had been voted to Bishop's College for 1822: he had reason to believe that the sum might be most advantageously applied, in placing the Printing Department of the College on an efficient footing; but, on his arrival at Calcutta, he would confer on the best appropriation of this sum with the Society’s Corresponding Committee, and would hereafter point out what might appear to be the most promising way in which the Society could promote the objects of the College : he entirely approved the principles on which the Society's Missions in the East had been conducted, and was proceeding to his destination with the most cordial disposition to render them every assistance in his power. His Lordship, on leaving the Committee, was assured by the Chairman, Major-General Charles Neville, of the lively interest which the Members felt in his welfare, and of their desire to concur in any measures which he might suggest for advancing the Society's designs in India, and that their earnest prayers would be offered for his continued health and for the Divine Blessing on his important labours.
The Bishop replied, that he was much gratified by
this expression of the feelings of the Committee, and that he was deeply conscious of the value of their prayers in reference to the arduous duties of the Station to which Divine Providence had been pleased to call him. His Lordship embarked, with Mrs. Heber and their daughter, on board the Company's ship “Thomas Grenville,” Captain W. Manning, at the Lower Hope, on the 16th of June, sailed the same day, and landed at Calcutta on the 11th of October. . . The Committee are happy to state that his Lordship has appointed the Senior Chaplain, the Rev.