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R. H. Marten, Esq.-He was happy to be able to state from his own knowledge the great benefits of this Institution, and in many cases the altered character of the sailors. When the agent of the Institution first went to Gravesend to distribute Bibles he was laughed at for attempting to instil in the minds of sailors the spirit of religion; but, by the grace of God, these prejudices were now removed, and the word of God was sought after with an avidity that was truly delightful. It however behoved us to look about us, America was doing much to keep pace with this country in the good work, and in one vessel, which lately came from New York, he had the gratification of beholding in the cabin nearly, the whole of the crew on their knees, offering up prayers and singing psalms to the Almighty. He frequently went on the river, and conversed with the watermen on holy subjects ; one of them observed to him, that a man who had been fond of dog-fighting and bullock baiting had changed his habits, and that he
had forsaken those scenes of wickedness, and become a moral man and a good Christian.
The Rev. John Hatchard.-As he resided in the interior of the country, he could say little of the effect which the hope of everlasting life had upon sailors; but, judging from the Report, he should say they had a high idea of its importance, and that their minds were fully prepared to receive the blessed truths of the Gospel.
Mr. Ald. Key spoke at great length in favour of the Institution, as did the Rev. Mr. Millar of Glasgow; the Rev. Geo. Clayton, and the Rev. Dr. Steinkopff:-The latter particularly stated the sale of 500 Spanish Bibles in two days in Spain.
The noble Chairman in dissolving the Meeting said he had now been a sailor for nearly half a century, and for
years of that time he had been a subscriber to a Bible Society, and had always found those sailors to be the best who read and were acquainted with the Holy Scriptures. His Lordship congra. tulated the Society on the success which had hitherto followed its labours, and trusted that at their next Annual Meeting, the Report would be still more interesting than the present.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE JEWS.On the 9th, at noon, a most numerous meeting of this Society took place at the Freemasons' Tavern, Sir T. Baring, Bart., in the Chair. There were upwards of 500 ladies present. The platform was crowded with Clergymen. Near the Chairman sat Lords Bexley, Gambier, and Calthorpe, a Russian Prince, the Bishop of Gloucester, &c,
The Chairman having stated the object of the Meeting observed, that there was something in the history of the persecutions of the Jewish people which most powerfully commanded the sympathies of those who felt for the spiritual welfare of their fellow-creatures. From the first institution of the Society, about 300 children of the Jews had heen educated in the Christian faith, none of whom had, to the knowledge of the Society, ever returned to the errors of their forefathers. A good number of copies of the New Testament in the Hebrew language, and huudreds of thousands of tracts had been circulated wherever Jewg could be found throughout the Continent, as well as in this kingdom, and the most cheering consequences arose from so vigorous a diffusion of true knowledge. The Chairman then called upon the meeting for their unremitting efforts in favour of the Institution, whose views einbraced the interests of six millions of people scattered over the face of the earth.
The Rev. Basil Woodd (oue of the Secretaries), eulogized the Society, and said it was almost time for the Gentiles to avail themselves of the opportunity of making some amends for the frauds they had committed ipon their Jewish brethren. The Rev. Gentleman also affectionately addressed the cuildren congratulated them on their admission to the Christian church, and admonished them not to neglect their privileges, but to pray for their benefactors and the conversion of their nation. On this subject he read, and expounded as he proceeded, part of the 61st and 62d chapters of Isaiah ; after which the children sung a Hymn in the Hebrew, “ Unto us a child is born,"&c.
Rev. Mr. Hawtrey (another of the Secretaries) read the Re. port, which was long and very interesting. The total amount of subscriptions for the last year, was L10,924. (exceeding last year L230.) of which Ireland had contributed, notwithstanding the privations under which that country had recently laboured, no less than L1,150. Within the year, 8,824 copies of the Scriptures, in whole or part (including about 3000 Testaments in Hebrew, German, &c.) had been issued, and no fewer than 74,000 Tracts. An additional nnmber of Missionaries were going out to Poland, where the efforts of he Society were ongly felt. The Report concluded with a call for increase of funds.
The Bishop of Gloucester, moved that the Report be received and printed.
Lord Calthorpe seconded the resolution. His Lordship commended their attempts for the conversion of the young, whose hearts were more open to instruction and conviction.
Several other Gentlemen addressed the Meeting, as Major Mackworth, Professor Keiffer, the Rev. Messrs. Cunningham, Thistlewaite, Marsh, &c. Also a converted Jew, the son of a Rabbi, returned his thanks for the exertions of the Society, in behalf of his nation. In the north of England he met with a man of talents who spoke very lightly of the object of the Society, and its effects. He did not suppose they would convert more than 100 altogether. •Be it so (said he) you are a skilful calculatortake your pen now and calculate the worth of 100 immortal souls!"--Sir T. Baring closed the Meeting with an address from the Chair, and a collection was made at the doors.
Port of LONDON Society.-12th, ll in the morning, the Fifth Anniversary of this laudable Institution was held at the City of London Tavern.
Lord Gambier took the Chair, and was supported by the Earl of Rocksavage and R. H. Marten, Esq His Lordship said, it was gratifying to find so numerous an assemblage of the people of God met on this great object. It was truly lamentable to find that those inen who formed the strength and sinews of the Em. pire bad been so long neglected in their spiritual concerns. But blessed be God, who had stirred up good minds to communicate that knowledge which can alone lead unto salvation!
The Rev. Mr. Irving delivered a most solemn and appropriate prayer, imploring the blessing of the Almighty on the Society.
The Report of the Conmittee's proceedings for the last year was read.
The Rev. Jn. Innes moved the reception of the Report just read. He did not wonder at such numbers being assembled at every annual Meeting, when he considered that the Society's object was so important.
Lord Rocksavage seconded the Resolution, which was carried unanimously,
Other Resolutions were agreed to, after which
Adm. Lord Gambier being obliged to retire from the room, the Treasurer, Mr. Marten, moved the Thanks of the Meeting to his Lordship, who replied, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I accept with gratitude this mark of your approbation, and in bidding you farewell, I will repeat, May God Almighty, of his infinite mercy, bless you all!
Mr. Marten then took the chair, and stated the Society's Accounts, by which there appeared a balance of 751. in hand, and a debt of 2161. against them. Several other Ministers, &c. then addressed the meeting, and the whole closed with a liberal collection.
NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY.On 13th at noon, the Anniversary Meeting of this Society for the Distribution of Bibles amongst Sailors and Soldiers, was held at the King's Concert Room, which was extremely crowded, chietly by ladies, who appeared to take a strong interest in the spiritual welfare of the objects of the Society. Lord Visc. Lorton took the Chair.
The Secretary read the Report. Nothing could be better, he said, than the plan of selling the Scriptures at the cost price; for the chance was, that the man who paid for them would read and prize them more than if he had them for nothing. The Report concluded by an exhortation to the friends of the Scriptures to come forward, and save the soldiers from the current of infidelity which was !et loose upon them.
Lord Calthorpe moved that the Report should be received.
Mr. Stewart seconded the motion, which was carried unani. mously.
Major Mackworth, of the Hon. E. I. Company's Service, addressed the Meeting, and said, that he had seen many engagements abroad; he had seen the inen form in ranks and rush for: ward to death without knowing where their immortal souls were to go, or even that they had any. (Hear, hear). He concluded by moving a resolution of thanks to the Royal and Noble Patrons of the Institution. Lord Gambier addressed the Meeting at some length. The Motion was carried unanimously.
Several other addresses were made by naval officers, when thanks were voted to the Chairman; and after a liberal subscription had been made, the Meeting separated.
On the 16th, THE TRACT SOCIETY held their Annual Breakfast at the City of London Tavern, Joseph Reyner, Esq. in the Chair. The Report stated the circulation of Tracts in various parts of the continent to a large amount, and the success of Tract Societies in Russia, Prussia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Paris : in Spain, a most extensive field of operation is opening. During the past year 8000 Tracts have been distributed in that country from Gibralter. A Missionary stationed there writes, “When we offer Tracts to the Spaniards, they anxiously enquire_"Have you any thing new ? " The Rev. S.S. Wilson is also returning to Greece, and means are using to supply that country, Mr. W. being engaged in translating Tracts in the Greek language. In South America, the West Indies, the United States, and India, large numbers of Tracts are circulated. The Committee mourn the loss of the laborious Dr. Milne, who wrote and circulated vast numbers of Tracts in the Chinese language. Renewed exertions are making for China, and L200. have been voted for those purposes. In England, Scotland, and Ireland great distributions have taken place; 105,000 tracts have been circulated at the fairs, and 206,000 •Last Dying Speeches,' improving the deaths of convicts. The Rev. S. Kilpin of Exeter has completed an engagement to affix 20,000 Broad Sheets to the walls of cottages in the west of England, and has thus displaced heaps of trash. The Society complain that 120 Auxiliaries make no pecuniary returns to the Parent Society to assist in general objects. The number of Tracts issued the past year amounts to 5,711,000; and the whole issued since its formation to above 51,000,000.
PeotestanT SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.-17th, 11 in the morning, was held the twelfth Anni. versary Meeting of this Society, at the City of London Tavern, Lord Dacre in the Chair. The Meeting began to assemble at a very early hour, and long before the business of the day commenced, the great room was crowded to excess. At eleven, the Noble Chairman and the members of the Committee entered the room amidst reiterated applause.
The Chairman having made a few prefatory observations, requested Mr. Pellatt, one of the Hon. Secretaries of the Society, to read the proceedings of the Committee since the last General Meeting.
Mr. Pellatt accordingly began to read, when Mr. Wilks's address was loudly called for.
Mr. John Wilks, the other Hon. Secretary, then rose to address the Meeting amidst the most applauding Cheers. After an eloquent introduction, in which he alluded to the beauty and benevolence of the season, Mr. W. adverted to the occasion of their meeting and the objects of the Society. He turned to a country, respecting which hope and fear alternately vibrated in his breast. He alluded to Greece, now struggling for liberty with the terrible and lawless power of the Turk. Devoutly did he pray for its triumph (applause), and Spain too (continued applause.) Spain was contending for religious liberty. On the banners of the invading army were the inscriptions, The Inquisition for ever, and the absolute king.' (Hear, hear.) He had actually seen at Paris the cockades for the army of the faith with those inscriptions upon them. The triumph of Spain could not, therefore, be indifferent to the lovers of religious liberty. (Applause.) In America, religious liberty permanently, usefully, benignly flourished. Looking at the whole state of the world, then, he would not despond, but hope. When he surveyed the course of public opinion, he saw the surface only affected; the deep current beneath flowed on, and would flow on for ever. (Applause.) The shocks of tyranny assailed the great cause of freedom, only as the storm shook the mountain tree, to make it strike deeper root than ever, and fix it more firmly against future hurricanes. (Applause.) The friends of liberty looked forward with confidence to the issue of their war with ignorance and oppression, because they had knowledge with them, and error could not withstand it. (Applause.) Truth, freedom, and piety, shall finally prevail. Here the worthy Secretary, amidst the most enthusiastic applause, concluded an able and eloquent address of more than three hours, which we regret our want of room to detail.
A number of resolutions were moved, expressing in a spirited manner the sense of the meeting on the great subject of Religious Liberty.
The Chairman, (as soon as silence could be attained,) said, that at no time, under no circumstances, was it possible to address such a meeting as that which then presented itself to his view, without considc : able anxiety and agitation; but during the very interesting proceedings of the day, he had experienced nothing but gratification and delight. To his shame he confessed, that a meeting of that important and enlightened character, (which in future he should not fail regularly to attend,) was unknown to him till he was invited to it by a gentleman, who had that day proved himself to be one of the most enlightened, able, and eloquent public orators of the country. He concluded amidst loud and continued ause.
On the 18th, THE IRISH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY met at six in the Evening, at the City of London Tavern. Thomas Walker, Esq. in the Chair. The Report stated that the Rev. Dr. Cope had