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way of translations into that tongue. readers ought to bear in mind, in But time and perseverance will en: answer to an objection which has able the heads of the Church of been made to this catalogue, that no Ireland to remove impediments; and part of the funds subscribed for rethe society is pledged not to desist ligious purposes is expended in reuntil it is able to supply its mem- ducing the prices of these works. bers and the public with copies of The following works bave been adthe Scriptures and of the liturgy in mitted on this list in the course of the Irish language.
the last year:-Bishop Burnet's Life Another subject, which has re- and Death of Lord Rochester; and quired great attention, is the revi- Rev. E. Berens's Selections from the sion of the books and tracts circu- Spectator and Guardian : also, Hall's lated by the society. It was stated Voyage to Loo Choo; Burman Emin the Report for the year 1825, pire, 2 vols.; Adventures of British that the length of time which had Seamen; and Memoirs of La Rocheelapsed since many of these works jacquelin, froin Constable's Miscelwere adopted, and the change which lany. had subsequently taken place among New committees have been formall ranks of society, had shewn the ed in the course of the last at necessity of some alteration, and the the following places; nawely, East extent to which such aiteration Kirreir and Torrington, in the dioshould be carried ; and that it bad cese of Exeter; Niagara, Kingston, been determined to suffer such and Liverpool, in the diocese of works as appeared, after mature ex- Quebec; and Liverpool, St. John's amination, unsuited to the present Newfoundland, Harbor Grace, in wants of the people, to remain out the diocese of Nova Scotia ; and of print, while others, partly of a sie the Cape of Good Hope. milar description, might be abridged Former Reports have adverted to for the especial use of the society. the large number of Bibles and It is hoped, that in one or two more Prayer-books furnished, at the reyears, the work may be brought to quest of the late Duke of York, for a successful termination. In the the use of the land forces. The somean time, we cannot but repeat our ciety has consented, in reply to the wish that some specific information inquiries of the Lord High Admiral, on the subject were given to the to supply the crews of the royal members. They ought to have the navy on the same reasonable terms; fullest opportunity of knowing the and it has heard, the Report states, extent of the changes made, and with great satisfaction, through the the reasons on which they are senior chaplain of Greenwich Hosgrounded.
pital, the Rev. Dr. Cole, that no reSince the publication of the last ligious books or tracts will be circuReport, the following tracts have lated through the navy, except such been received upon the society's as are on the catalogue of the society. list:- The Poor Man's Preservative We cannot exactly gather from this from Popery, by Rev. J. Blanco brief statement a correct idea of the White; Method of Preparation for regulation adverted to. Circulated Confirmation, by Rev. W. H. Hale; by whom? Individuals or public Serious Address to Persons reco- boards have either of them doubt. vered from a dangerous Illness; less a right to select what books Abridgment of Law's Serious Call and tracts they think best; but they to a devout and holy Life; and a would not be justified in interfering Translation of Bishop Blonfield's with the equal liberties of their telManual of Family Prayers into low-subjects. We may have occaWelsh.
sion to allude again to this topic. In reference to the books of useful The last edition of 5000 copies of instruction and amusement, our the society's Family Bible has been
so far exliausted that preparations their welfare, and labouring for their are making for a farther impression. good. He had seen every part of
The foreign intelligence which India ; but he had seen nothing like the society communicates abounds the society's missions in Tanjore. with interesting and important inci. Again and again did he repeat to dents; but part of it having been me, · Here is the strength of the already detailed in our pages, par- Christian cause in India : it would ticularly that which relates to the indeed be a grievous and heavy sin, late lamented Bishop Heber, the if England, and all the agents of its episcopate in India, and the ap- bounty, do not nourish and protect pointment of Bishop James, we pass these churches.”” it over with a brief abstract.
Our readers will remember that, The Rev. J. Robinson, Bishop' at a full meeting of the society, with Heber's chaplain, in his interesting a view to carry the lamented precommunication to the society, had late's wishes into effect, it was desaid : “ I cannot close my letter termined to expend the sum of without commending the Tanjore 45001., partly in building, repairing, mission, with all its important la- and enlarging churches, chapels, bours, to the patronage and support, missionary premises and schoolI will venture to say more, to the houses in the Tanjore district, partly affectionate regard of the committee. in extending the mission press at Most richly do they deserve all the Verery, and partly in the endownurture, all the assistance, all the ment of two additional scholarships kindness that can be shewn them. at Bishop's College, Calcutta, to The wisdom of all the institutions of be for ever called Bishop Heber's the venerable Schwartz(whose name Scholarships, and to be appropriated, is yet as fresh in every town and in compliance with his earnest wish village of the Christians, as if his and recommendation, to the mainearthly labours were inst ended, and tenance and education of members whose memory is held in such decp of foreign episcopal churches in the and holy veneration, as we are ac- East, not in subordination to the customed to render to apostles only) see of Rome. By advices subseis visible to all who visit that most quently received from Madras, it interesting country, and leaves no appears, that the committee have doubt on the mind, that the best already commenced the works, for and wisest method of extending the the cost of which provision had thus kingdom of Christ in this country, is been made. The Society for the to strengthen these existing esta- Propagation of the Gospel has seblishments. They have in them a cured the services of two additional principle of unlimited self-extension; missionaries for that part of India, and if, in the last twenty years, with one of whom is already on the spot, many and great discouragements, the and the other has sailed for his des. labours of those venerable men, who tination: and a large consignment of have trod in the steps of Schwartz, every description of printing matebave effected so much, what may we rials has been despatched by the not hope from the same men, when Society for promoting Christian their means of usefulness are in. Knowledge to its old establishment creased by your bounty ? But, at Vepery. In these measures, alas! they have a still stronger claim which it is hoped that both instituupon your hearts. They were the tions will be enabled to follow up object of the deepest interest and by corresponding exertions in future most intense anxiety to our dear la- years, the society trusts that an apmented bishop. It would be liardly propriate answer has been returned too much to say, that his blood was to the affecting appeal of him who a libation on the sacrifice of their “ though dead yet speaketh ;"--an faith: for he died while caring for answer which leaves no room for
apprehending that England will in college will present a spectacle illoscut that heavy guilt, which Bishop trious to Asia and the world, and Heber so justly denounced against the talents and distinguished learn. her, in case she neglected to nourish ing of the professors will make theinand protect the native Christian selves known, we will not say from churches in Southern India.
the Indus to the Ganges, but, as In Calcutta, where Bishop's Col. appearances now indicate, from Jelege presents the most striking mis- rusalem to the farthest limits to sionary feature, the effects of Bishop which British arms or commerce or Heber's patronage and counsels, enterprise have made the East acwhich had proved so beneficial cessible to us." during his residence in India, have The native schools in the neighbeen at least equally conspicuous bourhood of Calcutta, which were since his decease. The supreme originally established by Bishop government was induced, in conse- Middleton, have also received a quence of his lordship's known wishes great accession of strength from on the subject, to make a large and the patronage of the late Bishop of extremely important addition to the Calcutta. Sixteen schools are now land already granted to the college. maintained in that district, and 1280 The Society for the Propagation of native boys are receiving the blessthe Gospel has given instruction for ings of education, and imbibing the immediate completion of the principles of morality and religion. buildings according to their original They are at present superintended plan, and proposes to enlarge them by the missionaries residing in Biwith as little delay as possible, to an shop's College; and as the number extent which will admit of the re- of missionaries increase, and new ception of forty students. The missionary stations are occupied, Society for promoting Christian
Christian new schools will follow in their Knowledge has increased the num- train. “ I can assure the society," ber of scholarships founded by it says the Rev. Thomas Robinson, seto seven: and various amendments, cretary to the Calcutta District Comoriginally suggested by Bishop mittee, “ that their native schools Heber, have been introduced by in Bengal hold out most encourag. the Society for the Propagation of ing prospects of success in convertthe Gospel, into the statutes, from ing the heathen to our holy faith.” which it is expected that the funds Stimulated by these encouraging and general usefulness of the insti- assurances the society will continue tution will reap material advantage. to give its most earnest attention to As a residence for missionaries on the increase and maintenance of natheir first arrival in India, as a semi- tive schools. The liberal provision nary for native preachers and cate- now made by the Indian Governchists, and as a source of accurate ment for the literary instruction of translations of the Scriptures and its subjects, seems to point out the the liturgy into the Eastern lan- communication of religious knowguages, the college is now in effec- ledge as the peculiar field for the tual operation. The attention of operations of this society. The the public, both in this country and sums, which were allotted in a forin India, more especially of that part mer year for the maintenance of of it which is employed in promot- schools in the presidencies of Caling Christian knowledge according cutta and Madras, have been thankto the principles of the Church of fully received, and promptly and England, is steadily directed to this beneficially expended. Further aid quarter; and there appears every is indispensibly necessary for the reason to believe that the day is not prosecution of the design upon an far distant, when, in the glowing adequate scale; and the society language of its late visitor," the hopes that it will be enabled to nourish these promising plants, un ters, in which its merits and services til such time as their roots are firm, were hitherto hardly known. The ly fixed in the soil of India, and are bishop announces the formation of capable of drawing sufficient sup- another new committee at St. John's, port from the population by whom Newfoundland ; and states, that the they are immediately surrounded. sum of 1201. was collected in a very
Our readers are acquainted with few days for the purchase of re. the saciety's most praiseworthy ex- ligious books. ertions for procuring an enlarge- The distribution of books by the ment of our church establishment Quebec Comraittee has reached the in India ; and though their prayer farthest limit which their finances has not hitherto been granted, a will allow. The Montreal District general belief is entertained, that Committee states, that their success an attempt will shortly be made to in the distribution of Bibles, Prayerremove that reproach upon the na- books, and other religious books far tional piety and benevolence which surpasses that of any previous year; arises from its present condition, the pecuniary contributions have exThe society confidently trusts that ceeded all former collections; and in what it has done upon the present the school department, their progress occasion will be approved, and has been continual and certain. seconded by every friend to the The Archdeacon of Upper Canada, cause of Christ.
in calling the attention of the soIn Ceylon, where the number of ciety to a charter granted by his native Christians has long been con- majesty for establishing an universiderable, and where nothing seems sity in that province, stated, that to be wanted but an improved and there are only twenty-four clergyextensive system of schooling, the men in Upper Canada ; the greater plan suggested by Bishop Heber number from England, the remainfor the education of native teachers der natives. The few clergymen has been unavoidably interrupted born in the country have been by his death. But so valuable a hitherto educated by their elder suggestion, the society state, will brethren, and the result has been not be lost sight of.
most satisfactory; for in some reArchdeacon Scott states, that in spects they have the advantage over New South Wales, Bibles, Books of their brethren from England: they Common Prayer, and religious books are better acquainted with the and tracts, have been dispersed with people, and can address them with great advantage, and a large remit- more effect ; but the wants of the tance has been made to the society; province are becoming great, and. but he reports most unfavourably of however much disposed the elder the spiritual condition of the un- clergy may be to bring forward. happy persons within his charge, and young men to the sacred professio does not feel himself at liberty to say they have neither leisure nor the that their condition is improving. means of doing it with proper effect.
In turning to the Western hemis- The Board have resolved to furnish phere, the Society acknowledge the the library of this new institution receipt of various important des- with theological books to the amount patches from the Bishop of Nova of 5001. Scotia, as well as of the gratifying The Bishop of Jamaica informs intelligence of the success of his the society of the steady and gradual lordship’s labours in every part of progress of sound religious instruchis diocese. A personal inspection tion throughout his diocese. Much of nearly every part of that ample benefit has resulted from the apfield has enabled the bishop to for- pointment of catechists, and the inward the objects, and dispense the stitution of parochial and Sunday bounty of the society in many quar- schools. In the important parish of
St. Thomas in the East, where the in every quarter of the globe; at slave population is in the most ad. home and abroad, among old and vanced state of improvement, six young, among the pagans of the catechists, persons of Colour, are East, who have never received the employed under the bishop's licence light of the Gospel, and among the for instructing nearly 3000 Negroes new settlers in the forests of North on different estates. The society America, who are in danger of forhas derived sincere satisfaction from getting its existence. And all sorts the assurance that religious instruc- and conditions of men are assisted tion has hitherto imparted generally upon the same principle-namely, to the slaves a character for virtue by furnishing them with copies of and integrity to which they were the holy Scriptures, by forming and before comparatively strangers; and supporting schools for the religious that the educated portion of this education of their children, and by class are distinguished not only by distributing books of instruction, their cheerful submission to the exhortation, and devotion, adapted powers that be, but also by the to general use. This simple and social order and harmony, the de- efficacious system may now be concent exterior and demeanour which sidered as distinctly recognised, and strongly attest the improved habits after long experience approved in of industry now so prevalent among all corners of the British empire. them. The society hope that this The blessed word of God, the exsuccess will be the prelude to fur- position of it provided by the Church ther exertions. From Barbadoes of England in her Liturgy and Hoalso the society learns that there is milies; and the application of its a progressive desire on the part of contents to the understandings and the slave to receive, and of the higher consciences of men by distinguished classes to impart, the blessings of and popular writers; these are the religion. The catechetical system weapons of the society's warfarehas advanced materially during the the lessons which she wishes to inyear which has just closed; and culcate in the infant mind; and the Sunday-schools have been opened truths which she endeavours to unin many places. The Report states, fold to those by whom they are still that by the united exertions of the unknown, or to recal to the recolclergy and their catechists, with the lection of those by whom they have personal co-operation of the pro- been heard and neglected. The prietors, their families, and over- sublime object of its manifold laseers, by far the greater number of bours is to promote the glory of estates in this island are receiving God, and the teniporal and everlastthe benefits of religious instruction. ing happiness of mankind. While We cannot reconcile several of the this object is pursued with humble above statements with the innumer- mindedness and sincerity, a fervent able counter facts; as, for example, hope may be entertained of the the treatment of Mr. Harte: but we continuance of that Divine favour, transcribe them as we find them in without which no human institution the Report.
can prosper. The society therefore The following devout and inte. requests the prayers of its numerous resting passage concludes this most members and friends for the permavaluable Report.-" The society has nence and increase of this invaluable thus endeavoured to put its mem- blessing." bers in possession of the principal We are happy to notice an inevents which have occurred during creased attention to economy in the last year. By the blessing of God printing the Report. Its brevity upon its labours, it is instrumental also contrasts well with the number in promoting Christian knowledge and magnitude of its details.