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Indians; but it was reservt d for the per. bath, are now distinguished for the quiet severance of disinterested Christian and cleanliness which pervade their Jove, to prove, to the world at large, the streets, and the peace and good order practicability of an undertaking which observed by their inhabitants on that had often been abandoned in despair. hallowed day. The aid of the Society
It is animating to contemplate the continues to be extended, either by adUnited States in the same, as it were, vice or by more effectual methods, to and as the representative of the various such distant towus or districts as shall nations who have participated in the apply for it; and it has already reached wrongs inflicted on this injured race- to no less than nine counties. preparing to offer the noblest compen. Ju the month of August 1819, a short sation in their power, by diffusing the Report was published detailing the conGospel throughout the Aborigines of viction and punishment of five men, dethis western world. And, surely, if any tected by the Society's agents in dissemiargnments were necessary in support natiug obscene hand-bills on the Ealof Missions, in addition to those derived ing, Winchester, and Chelmsford racefrom the force of the Divine commands, grounds; when no less than nine hunand the suggestions of diffusive charity, dred and sixteen copies were seized we should find them in the history of the and destroyed. These prosecutions early intercourse of Christian Europe bave at one race-course, and probably with Asia, Africa, and America. at others, put a stop, for a time at least,
to this outrage on public decency. SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPRESSION The Society have since discovered three OF VICE,
wholesale dealers, by whom the hawkers The Committee, in their Ninth Oc
were supplied. One of these three casional Report, lately published, ac. men was the same individual who bad knowledge with great satisfaction the made his escape at Doncaster; the enlarged contributions received since second was the printer; and the other the publication of their last Report. was possessed of a large stock of copThey regard it as a subject of the per-plate prints of the most disgusting highest congratulation to every in obscenity; which he not only retailed biassed mind, that no sooner did the in this country, but exported largely Society stand forward at a critical mo- to America. Bills were found against meat in the great cause of the Christian these offenders, who were tried at the Religion, against the combined efforts Lancaster assizes, and, having pleaded of blasphemy and infidelity, than the guilty, were severally sentenced to two needed supplies were readily obtained, months' imprisonment, to which, in the new auxiliaries appeared on its side, last of the three cases, was added a fine and many persons, from whom the So- of 501. The judge, on passing sentence, ciety had not previonsly met with any remarked,-" The public are very much co-operation, now zealously joined in indebted to the Society for extending promoting its useful objects, aod in their care to distant parts of the coungiving it additional vigour and effect.
try; and I am very glad that they have The Society has carried into effect extended it to this place, because it its established plans for preventing open promotes decency, morality, and reli. profanations of the Sabbath, with in- gion." creased success. Since the last Re
In London, the Society observed a port, its ageuts have regularly inspected considerable abatement in this traffic the numerous districts in and about during twelve months after the prothe metropolis; and no less than one ceedings against various offenders in hundred and thirty-four offenders have the year 1818: but subsequently it bebeen prosecuted to conviction. By gan (though more covertly) to resume these means an opportunity has been its former activity; of which the Society afforded to the conscientious dealer for being apprised, six dealers were prose. maintaining a decent and religious ob- cuted and convicted. servance of the day; the outrages on The last transaction under this head public feeling have been restrained; respects the protection of one of the nuisances before complained of have principal public seminaries in the kingvery sensibly abated; many districts dom, from the baneful effects of this have changed their appearance; and detestable trade. The head master some, from baving been noted for an found that two boys were possessed, entire disregard of the Christian Sabof obscene snuff-boxes, and quickly as.
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certained that they had been sold to depôts, taking with him a letter address. them by an itinerant Italian hawker; ed to the officers commanding, wiih spe. who, for the purpose of carrying on his cimens of the books, and offering snpinfamous traffic with this seminary, had plies solely on the terms of purchase at fixed his residence, for a time, at a pube reduced prices, except for regimental lic house in a neighbouring town. Apschools, hospitals, and guard-rooms; plication being made to the Society, wbich, upon the written requisitions of the man was immediately apprehended, commanding officers, he is authorized and convicted of the offence, and sen- to supply gratuitously. By means of tenced to six months' imprisonment, and this travelling agent, forty stations or to pay a fine of 51. The interposition corps have had copies of the holy Scripof ihe Society was so sensibly felt at tures tendered to them; and, in consethe seminary alluded to, that a liberal quence, no less than 4615 copies of the contribution, to be continued annually, word of God have been distributed, was in cousequence transmitted in aid towards which the individuals supplied of its funds.
have contributed the unprecedented sum The Committee detail, under the of 4841. 8s. 6d. The Society has thus head of “ infidel and blasphemous pub. had the best possible proof of the desire lications,” ten different indictments, not of the men to become possessed of the one of which has failed, either for want holy Scriptures, with a strong pledge of a proper selection or of competent that they value the books, and are likeevidence. Several of these were insti. Ty to make a right ise of them. The tuted against Richard Carlile and his agent thus employed las invariably agents. The results are before the pub. received the countenance and support lic, and need not be here repeated. of the officers in command; and in some Repeated prosecutions, following close. instances he has not only had their corly on the publication of blasphemous dial assistance in promoting the object and infidel works, and leaving their of his mission, but has obtained their vendors no hope of profiting by their names as subscribers, besides supplying crime, are absolutely necessary to check them with Bibles for their own use, at this enormous evil; and under this view the Society's prices. the Committee solicit instant and effec- The agent of a kindred institution at tual aid from all classes of sincere Gravesend, who also acts for this Sofriends to religion and humanity. They ciety, in visiting twenty-one ships, in pledge themselves to the most perse- which detachments were embarked to vering efforts in the application of the join their regiments abroad, to the Society's funds, undeterred by any con- number of 1646 individuals, found siderations of a personal nature, and, scarcely twenty copies of the Scriptures least of all, by the reproaches of evil. among the whole of them. This agent, minded men. They profess to do no. a Lientenant in the Royal Navy, has thing more than to put the existing distributed to these persons 362 Bibles laws into execution against vice and and Testaments. immorality; a duty binding on all friends The Committee are now engaged in to social order, morality, and religion. the introduction of a plan for an enlarge
ed circulation of the Scriptores in his NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE Majesty's ships, in the hope of extendSOCIETY.
ing to the British sailor, in common with The Committee of this excellent in the British soldier, the means of becomstitution state in their last Report, that ing a purchaser of the sacred volume. pressing and extensive demands conti. As the result of their proceedings due to be made upon them for copies of during the year, the Committee report, the holy Scriptures, both at home and that since the anniversary of 1820, they abroad. Urgent applications had been have found it necessary to purcbase no made not only from Scotland and Ire- less than 8924 Bibles, and 4850 Testaland, and various naval and military sta. ments, without being able to keep a tions in England, but from India, the sufficient stock of books to meet the deMauritius, Ceylon, Corfu, Halifax, and mauds upon them. The total distribuCanada. Besides extensive issues through tion of the Society, in Bibles and Testathe medium of the Committees of Auxi. ments, for the year has been 10,142 liary Societies, a person of piety and copies. These exertions have unavoid. zeal, many years in the army, has been ably involved the Society in pecuniary employed to visit various regiments and engagemevts far beyond the means
Placed within the control of the Coin- to the interests of morality, and the mittee. From the abstract of the re. good of the service. Before we sepa. ceipts and expenditure, it appears that rated, desertion had quite ceased, as although the former exceed those of last had the necessity for flogging; habits year by more than 5001. still the ex- of drunkenness, and other vicious in. penses will subject the Society to en. dulgences, had quite disappeared on gagements amounting to nearly 2000.; board; and the obedience and activity so that great exertion is necessary on the of the crew were highly satisfactory, part of its friends to provide for the pay- and had been very favourably noticed. ment of this sum, and to secure a supply They all volunteered to re-enter in the of books ade ate to the numerous and ship, if she were continued in commisurgent demands upon the benevolence sion; and I have heard from an excelof the Society. The Committee, in thus lent officer, who carried a great part of venturing on an expenditure beyond them with him into another ship to their existing resources, look to the which he was appointed, that he still ob. public liberality to approve their zeal, serves in them the same good conduct." aud enable them to fulfil their engage
Since this Report was presented, we ments. They state, that “ they ven- have understood that the debt mentiontured forward with reluctance; but the ed in it has been considerably reduced ; stimulus of so highly interesting a canse but that there is reason to apprehend was too powerful to be resisted, and the that no balance will remain in the treagood effects of their labours such as to surer's hands at the next anniversary, encourage every possible exertion in unless some timely resources are affordcontinuing them. The beneficial effects, ed towards providing for the future supindeed, of this Society are not conjec. ply of the sacred volume. Many urgent taral or merely speculative; the actual applications have been received from fruits that have flowed from it are most home and foreign stations, which, for valuable and much beyond expectation.” want of the necessary means, lave not Numerous instances of the moral and yet been complied with. We are fur. religious improvement effected in the ther informed that during the last year Navy and Army by the distribution of 10,142 copies of the word of God have the Scriptures, are recorded in the Re- been furnished. chiefly to individual ports of the Society.
sailors and soldiers in his Majesty's serSeveral iuteresting cominanications vice; which, with the exception of the occur in the Appendix to the Report. years 1816 and 1817, when the British The following will shew their tenour. army in France was so amply supplied, From an Officer commanding one of his exceeds the issue of any former year
Majesty's ships lately paid off, dated since the formation of the Society in March, 1821–
1780, “ I wish all success to your approaching meeing at —, as an important
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE branch of an admirable institution, pro
SOCIETY. dactive, I believe, of much religious, The “ Monthly Extracts” of the Bri. moral, and professional benefit. In the tish and Foreigo Bible Society continue slip I last commanded we were fully to bear ample testimony to the exsupplied with Bibles and Testaments, tensive usefulness of this and simi. from the Naval and Military Bible So- lar institutions throughout the world, ciety; all of which were distributed as will appear from the following pas. gratnitously to the men, according to sages taken from some of the recent their messes, on our being first manded; Numbers. and they were certainly duly appreciat
Domestic. ed; for snbsequent reqnests for indivi. From the Tenth Report of the Camdnal donations of books were frequent bridge Auxiliary Bible Societyly made during the whole time the ship "It is with real pleasure your Comremained in commission (nearly three mittee report, that the funds are on the years and a hall'), and on paying off, the increase, and that they have been so crew, as well as the officers, were dis. largely supported by the growing libeposed to subscribe a larger sun to the rality of their friends, that they bave Naval and Military Bible Society than I been enabled to remit to the parent inthought it right to take from them. stitution, within the year, the sum of
" I think the effects, as far as they 8001. making, with the sum of 5 7301. re. could be traced, were very favourable mitted in former years, a total contribution from this Auxiliary Society of of the nnlearned, the dangers of ignorant 6,5301.
enthusiasm, have been dwelt on with “ A corresponding increase has also all the acumen and all the zeal of potaken place in the issnes of Bibles and lemical divinity. Far be it from me to Testaments, of which there have been depreciate the merits of many illustrious circulated from the depository, during divines, who have devoted their time the last year, 1,139; viz. 653 Bibles, and and abilities to elucidate the sacred 486 Testaments; being an excess, above writings; neither do I wish to disthe issue of the preceding year, of 274. courage, but on the contrary have conThe total vumber of copies of the holy curred in, the labours of the Society for Scriptures, which have been circulated promoting Christian Knowledge, and by the Cambridge Auxiliary Society am a member of a society for poblishing since its formation in the year 1811, now religious tracts in the sister kingdom : amounts to 13,638-a little leaven, in- but the path of salvation, as pointed out deed, as it may appear, considered in in the Bible itself, should be open, as itself, but the precious effects of which the light of heaven, to all. The impor. may sorely bafte all the efforts of our tant doctrines of revelation, the sublime calculation or conjecture, till they shall and simple moral precepts of the Gospel, be revealed with certainty in the great its pathetic and interesting narratives day of account.”
and parables, set casuistry and critiFrom the speech of Lord Ashtown, at cism at defiance: they sink deep into
the anniversary of the Southampton the heart; the inost unlearned reader Branch Bible Society
comprehends them, and feels their " The translation of the Bible into force. He forms his rules for faith and onr vulgar tongue, and its diffusion practice, not on difficult passages, or among the laity, were the grand ob- insulated texts, but on the general scope jects of our primitive reformers; and and tenor of the Scriptures, on what its translation into the vulgar tongue of is every where inculcaied- the love and all nations, and its consequent diffusion, fear of God, faith in Christ, and good are our great objects now. There is will towards men. Has any of us ever not an argument that has been adduced known the most illiterate man or woman against the Bible Society, that has not inade worse in any relation of life, as been urged with equal force against parent, child, brother, friend, or subthe first reformers. The necessity of a ject, by the perusal of the Bible? learned commentary, the incompetency
(To be continued.)
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with the humiliating reverses which France.—Some tumults of a serious France bas sustained, and which paved nature have taken place in Paris, and the way for their restoration to the also in some other parts of France. throne.—The tumults in Paris have On the 24th of February, General originated in the popular indignation Berthon appeared in the market-place which has been excited by the preachof Thouars, with some other officers, ing of certain Jesuit missionaries, and a party of about forty or fifty in- who, it is said, have not only revived dividuals, and publicly read a procla- some of the worst mummeries of Poination announcing the determination pery, but have laboured to re-estaof the confederacy of which he was the blish the exploded (locirines of divine head to destroy the dominion of nobles right, unqualified submission, and and priests, and to abolish taxes, &c. blind faith. We fear that even under He invited all who agreed in his pro- its purest and simplest form, Chrisject to meet him at an appointed place, tianity would be an object of indifferand a few persons appear to have join- ence, if not of dislike, to a large pored his standard; but the party were tion of the people of Paris ; but with speedily dispersed. The General him- the extrinsic and adventitious adjuncts self has not yet been taken,- This of bigotry, fanaticism, and political movement seems to have arisen from servility, it must be doubly revolting the discontents which prevail among to them. The agents in the late outthe soldiery, who have never ceased rages have manifested their hostito view the Bourbons in connexion lity to the missionaries, by explosions of fulminating powders, by placing the first regarded the schools instituted mephitic compositions in several of in France on the system of mutual the churches where the missionaries teaching, and the manifest discouragepreached, and by insulting the wor- ment with which these schools are now shippers on their ingress and egress. treated by the persons in power, while The presence of the military has been the rival establishments of the peres required to suppress these disgraceful de la foi, under Jesuit influence, are transactions; but the disposition of particularly favoured. And when it is mind, in which they originated, it will considered that the New Testament, be found much more difficul: to sub- which began to be liberally introduced due. When we speak of these scenes into the former, has been excluded as disgraceful, we do not mean to ex- from the latter, some idea may be empt the government from a share of formed of the improbability of diffusthe reproach. They appear to have ing rational and spiritual views of acted unwisely in giving their direct Christianity by means of the favoured countenance to the itinerating mini- system. The attempt, however, to strations of these missionaries through- arrest the progress of light in France, out ihe kingdom, and in the heart of can hardly succeed. It may be shut Paris itself; especially as these men out by one entrance, but it will force affect to treat France as a heathenized its way through others. The distaste land, and in token of its being reclaim- felt to the missionaries and their ed, by their efforts, to Christianity, patrons will incline many to read the solemnly plant theCross wherever they Scriptures to which they are so hostile. go. Nor do their proceedings outrage The zeal they display will serve to only those whose minds have been excite a spirit of exertion in those more iofected with the impiety and infide- sober and rational minds, who are oplity which were so widely diffused by posed to their bigotry and excess, and the Revolution ; nor even the still who yet desire to see Christianity uni larger number of those who, perhaps versally diffused. The Protestan. unreasonably, think they see in the Churches, enjoying as they do rest growing ascendancy of the Jesuits, and toleration, and the Bible Societies devoted as these are to the Romish connected with them, will also, we hierarchy, the revival of the power of trust, do something to prevent the the priesthood, and the resumption of stagnation of moral and religious imthe tithes and other property of the provement; and there being a large church. The best and soundest part class of the community who will exerof the Gallican Church have been cise, notwithstanding all that can be equally opposed to them, because they done to restrain it, the right of prianticipate, from the success of the vale judgment, religious light will, by Jesuits, the re-establishment of the the blessing of God, gradually spread, most revolting errors and abuses of and its influence will serve to fructify the Romish faith and ritual, and the tracks wbich are now either barren, or renewed subjection of the human un are covered with the weeds and briars derstanding to the gross ignorance and of scepticism and immorality, blind superstition of the darker ages. The extent of the late disturbances, The offence at the present moment is owing to the state of the French press, increased by a belief that the mission cannot be ascertained; nor are we told aries are warmly patronized and favour- how far they have been connected with ed, not by the king, but by his family, any prevailing dissatisfaction respectand especially by his brother, who is ing the character and conduct of the generally regarded in France as being new ministry. It is abundantly clear, at the heard of the now dominant party, however, that the ultra-royalists, who and who has credit given him, in the were so unpopular before, have lost general estination, whether justly or none of their unpopularity by being not we pretend not to say, for that de- in power, and have even materially gree of uncompromizing bigotry which increased it by some of their measures, would lead him to favour the preten- and especially by the law for the resions of the court of Rome, and even gulation of the press, and by their to replace in its full vigour, if it were efforts to repress the freedom of dispossible, the whole of the ancient cussion in the chamber of deputies, ecclesiastical regime. What seems to where its members occasionally emhave given a colour to this severe judg- ploy the most outrageous expressions ment of the royal family, is the marked of vituperation against the speakers on aversion with wbich they have from the opposition side of the house, not