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124 Proceedings at the 20 Anniversary of the Amer. Bib. Soc.
Resolved, that the Report of the Board of Managers, now read, be accepted, as highly satisfactory and encouraging; and that it be published under the direction of the Board.
2. On motion of the Rev James Milnor, rector of St. George's Church in this city, seconded by the Rev. Mr. Mathews, of the Dutch Church in Garden-street, in this city
Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be presented to the President, for his continued and watchful attention to its interests, and for his munificent liberality towards its funds.
3. On motion of the Rev. John Chester, of Albany, seconded by Gen. Stephen Van Rensselaer
Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be rendered to the several Vice-Presidents for the distinguished patronage which they have afforded to the Institution.
4. On motion of Samuel Bayard, Esq. of New-Jersey, seconded by the Rev. Mr. Maclay, of the Baptist Church in this city
Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be presented to the Treasurer, the Secretaries, and the Board of Managers, for their services during the present year.
5. On motion of Joshua M. Wallace, Esq. of New-Jersey, se.conded by Thomas Eddy, of the Society of Friends
Resolved, That the thanks of the Society be given to the several Congregations, Auxiliary Societies, and individuals, who in any way may have contributed to its resources and usefulness.
We quote with pleasure from the New-York Daily Advertiser the following just and appropriate remarks of the Editor, as entirely corresponding with our own impressions.
“We have rarely witnessed a more interesting and impressive scene than that exhibited on this occasion. The company assembled was numerous and respectable, and it was a highly gratifying circumstance to see collected so large a number of ladies as were present. To the pious liberality of the sex is the Society indebted for a large proportion of its funds, bestowed for the benevolent purpose of introducing as members for life a respectable body of clergymen, in · various parts of the country—a mode of testifying, at one and the same time, their regard for the great objects of the former, and their high respect for the characters and virtues of the latter. The proceedings of the Society were throughout gratifying to the audience. The various addresses were creditable to the talents, the eloquence, and the piety of the speakers. One thing was in a peculiar manner consoling to the feelings of all the friends of Christian charity and communion.-We allude to the predominance of genuine Catholicism. The distinctions of sect and denomination were practically laid aside, and were remembered only for the purpose of giving vent to the feelings of congratulation to which their extinction gave spontaneous birth-each one felt delight at the exhibition of such living proof, that they could all lay aside their names of distinction, and unite on the sure ground of the HOLY SCRIPTURES.
One other circumstance gave a most lively interest to this anniversary. We allude to the presence of the venerable President of the Institution. It is well known, that it was in a great measure owing to his long and persevering exertions, and his influence, that this Society was formed; and it is equally well known, that its funds were, immediately upon its organization, enriched by his munificent donation of 10,000 dollars—a sum which has rarely if ever been equalled, even by princely liberality towards similar institutions, in any part of the world. On the first anniversary of the Society, he was prevented by sickness from attending. On the present occasion, after having been unable for two years to leave his room until within a few days past, and after having entered upon his 79th year, this venerable Christian, to the surprise as well as the gratification of his friends and the Society, was able to meet them and unite in their exercises, and preside over their deliberations. Such was the high sense which the meeting entertained for his worth, and the respect they bore for his virtue and piety, that upon his entering the room they unanimously rose from their seats, and continued standing until he was seated in the chair-a mark of respect that was repeated, when he made his address to the Society.”
In our next we expect to give entire copies of the very interesting addresses delivered at this meeting. We should do them injustice by an attempt to abridge them.
We can only mention the principal subjects treated in the Report, which are the following, viz.
1. The principles by which the Board have been guided respecting the location and management of the stereotype plates belonging to the Society.
2. The determination of the Board to send a set of the octavo, in connexion with one of the duodecimo plates, to Lexington, Kentucky.
3. Some observations on the two modes of making the Indians acquainted with the Holy Scriptures—that is, either by teaching them English, or by translating the Bible into their several languages; and the preference given by the Board to the latter mode, which they have begun to act upon, by ordering 1000 copies of the Epistles of John, translated into the Delaware language by the Rev. Christian Frederick Dencké, to be immediately printed ; also the Gospel of John in the Mohawk language by Captain Norton, and of Mark by Brandt.
4. The order of the Board to cause a set of stereotype plates to be cast for the Spanish New Testament, as soon as a suitable copy can be procured for the purpose.
5. The concentration of the printing establishment and depository of the Society under the same roof, and the appointment of an agent.
6. An application to Congress, at their late session, to exempt the Society from duty on copies of the Scriptures in foreign languges, and on printing paper imported for its use; and the privilege of franking letters addressed to or written by its principal officers on the public business of the Society.
7. A donation to the Rev. Frederick Leo, at Paris.
8. The importation from Great Britain of a quantity of Gaelic, German, and Welsh Bibles.
9. The receipt from England of part of the stereotype plates for the French Bible.
10. The Bibles distributed gratuitously by the Society during the year.
11. The number of Bibles issued by the Society in the last twelve months, 17,594—making the total number issued by them 24,0004: --the total number printed, 29,500 Bibles.
12. The number of Auxiliaries of which the accession has been officially ascertained, during the past year, is 71; which make the total number, as far as known at the present time, to be 155.
13. The amount of congregational collections was $791.77.
14. During the year eleven ministers have been made Directors for life by contribution of 150 dollars each, and 174 ministers had been made members for life, by contributions of 30 dollars each.
15. The Report concludes with noticing the exertions of some of the National Societies in Europe.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. The Treasurer of the American Bible Society has acknowledged the receipt of the following Contributions, in the month of April last
A donation of 300 Dollars from the Bible Society of Virginia ; ! one of $14 from the Elizabethtown Female Juvenile Bible Society; $100 from the Norfolk B. S. for the purchase of Bibles and New Testaments ; $200 from the B. S. of Augusta, Georgia, for ditto; $100 from the Steubenville Female B. S. for ditto; $68 80 from the Female B. S. of Geneva, for ditto; $200 from the Long Island B. S. for ditto :-a congregational collection of $29 78 in the Third Presbyterian Church in Albany; one of $66 65 in the Reformed Dutch
church in Kingston, Ulster county, N. Y.; one of $4 25 from the people of Leyden, Lewis county, N. Y.; one of $8 in the churches at Hempstead and Ramapagh, in Bergen county, N. J.; $150 from Col. Benjamin Tallmadge, of Litchfield, Conn. as a Director for life ; $150 from the Third Presbyterlan church in Albany, to constitute their pastor, the Rev. Hooper Cumming, a Director for life; Thirty Dollars
each, to constitute the following ministers members for life : viz. Rev. Geo. S. Woodhull, by a few individuals of the congregation of Cranberry, N. J.; Rev. Charles Prentice, by thc ladies of the first society in Canaan, Litchfield county, Conn.; Rev. Riah Bailey, of Newcastle, Maine, by ; Rev. John De Witt, by the ladies of the Second Reformed Protestant Dutch church in Albany; Rev. Phinehas Cooke, by the ladies of Ackworth, New Hampshire; Rev. T. Charlton Henry, by the ladies of the Market Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky; Rev. Orin Clark, by the young gentlemen belonging to the Episcopal congregation in Geneva, N. Y.; Rev. Cornelius D. Westbrook, by ladies of the First Reformed Dutch Church in Fishkill, N. Y.; Rev. Daniel Crane, by ladies of the Presbyterian congregation in the same place; Rev. James Beach, by a number of young ladies of Winchester, Conn. ; Rev. Stephen Dodd, by the ladies of East Haven, Conn.; Rev. Jonathan Core, by the Female Cent Society of Bristol, Conn. ; Rev. Jeremiah Barnard, by the Amherst Bible and Tract Society, N. H.; Rev. Nathan Lord, by the same; Rev. Chauncey Booth, by the Female Charitable Society in the first parish in Coventry, Conn. ; Rev. William Montgomery, by the ladies of the Pine Hedge congregation, Mississippi Territory ; Rev. Joseph Bullen, of Claiborne county, Mississippi Territory ;--also 30 Dollars from each of the following gentlemen, constituting themselves members for life :-viz. Mr. Charles Wright of Queen's county, N. Y.; Deacon Warren Mitchell, of Southbury, Conn.; Mr. Ezra Weeks, of N. Y.; Gen. Chauncey Whittelsey, of Middletown, Conn.; Mr. Joseph Battell, of Norfolk; Mr. David S. Lyon, of New-York; Mr. Jacob Harsen, of ditto ; Mr. Ezra C. Ludlow, of ditto ; Mr. Garret Cozine, of ditto; -also 466 Dollars from annual subscribers in the city of New
York, collected by G. Cozine ; also 2 Dollars from an unknown lady in Vermont, through Mr. C. Wright of Montpelier.
DONATION TO THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY. April 2d. Presented by the Long-Island Bible Society, (being a gift to them from the Rev. John Bassett, D. D.) the Bible in Latin, translated by Sebastian Castilion, folio, Basle, 1551; prefaced by an address of the translator in Latin, to King Edward VI, of England; and followed by annotations relating to the several Books.
THE MARINE BIBLE SOCIETY OF NEW-YORK, Held its Anniversary meeting on the 20th of April last. It appears by its Annual Report, that it has distributed during the past year upwards of eight hundred Bibles; and that many instances are known of their having produced the happiest effects. We have only room in this Number for the following extracts, which will doubtless be read with much pleasure.
“ That the Marine Bible Society meets with the high approbation of seamen generally, is evident, not only from the reiterated encomiums which they have bestowed upon it, but also from the number, whose names are enrolled on the list of its members.
“We cannot here deny ourselves the pleasure of mentioning a single instance of deep interest in the Society, and of unsolicited liberality for its support, in the crew of the United States' sloop of war Hornet, which has recently sailed from this port. The Chaplain at the Navy Yard, after circulating among them some copies of the Constitution and Addresses, and of the First Report of the Society, and exhibiting to them the importance of possessing the Holy Scriptures, received the following Address, which he enclosed to the Corresponding Secretary in a letter, in which he remarks : “ Judge for yourself, (for I have not language to express) what must have been the state of my feelings, when the enclosed paper was put into my hands to-day. I have ascertained that it was written, without any assistance, by a common Seaman :" " To the Rev. John IRELAND.
“ We the subscribers, fully impressed with the importance of the truths promulgated by you, kind Sir, to the crew of the Hornet this day, are desirous of uniting with our Christian brethren in the dispersion of the Gospel of that JESUS, to whom we all look as our common Saviour ; and for that purpose (with our grateful thanks to you for your kind attention) do agree to allow out of our monthly pay the mites affixed to our respective names, to the BIBLE MARINE SoCIETY, in support of so generous, so worthy, and so charitable an Institution.
“New-York, Feb. 1, 1818."
“ This was signed by fifty of the crew. The sums affixed to their names were from six cents to one dollar a month ; the whole amounting, during the two years for which they subscribed, to about two HUNDRED DOLLARS. This being communicated to the Board, they immediately passed a resolution expressive of their high approbation of this truly generous and praiseworthy conduct; and, as a testimony of their regard, presented to each of the men a Bible. The Purser of the Hornet agreeing to deduct from their wages the sums subscribed, they received their certificates of membership. When the resolution was communicated, several of the crew became members for life.”
“ Bibles were put on board one of our steam-boats for the use of the passengers, crew, and servants. Sometime after, the captain, expressing his obligations to the Manager who furnished him with the Bibles, remarked, that they had produced a very happy effect; that he often found one of the men reading the Bible, while the others surrounded him and listened with great attention; that, in consequence, they had become more sober, industrious, and faithful.”'