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land, for what it has given to the Sunday-schools, and what it has done for the London Hibernian Society, and I am only acting consistently with my duty, after having attended that Society for the purpose of strengthening the cause of Christianity in Ireland, before I go away, in coming here and thanking you for the Bibles you have sent us. Nor can I forget the obligations which the Irish Societies are under to this Society. I cannot forget the time when there was no Bible in the Irish language, and how I came here and pleaded that while the Society print. ed the Scriptures in 140 languages, they would not leave the Irish people without an opportunity of hearing in their own language the wonderful works of God. You gave us the Bible in that language, and it has brought forth fruits. I have seen in Ireland, in that great work, a practical proof, that the Bible and the Bible alone is a “light unto men's feet, and a lanthern to their paths,” and there are now hundreds in Ireland who have been born again by the word of God.
The Right Rev. Prelate then adverted to the Protestant character of the Bible Society, and concluded by seconding the Resolution.
The resolution was then carried unanimously.
The Right Rev. the Bishop of Worcester then rose to move the second Resolution :- That this Meeting desires gratefully to recognise the goodness of Almighty God in having enabled the Society to take so large a share in the distribution of the holy Scriptures among the nations of the earth, and feels encouraged by the success which has attended its operations during the past year, by the enlarged resources now intrusted to it, and by the prospect of most important labours still opening before it, to redouble their zeal in carrying out its simple and beneficient design.
The Rev. Mr. Trefil of the Episcopal Methodist Church in New York, seconded the Resolution, which was passed unanimously.
The Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel next proposed the third Resolution : —“That the thanks of this Meeting be given to the President and VicePresidents, for their continued patronage and support.”
The reverend gentleman spoke at great length; the following extract from his speech are all that our limited space will admit of.
Often has it been said by those who looked with a strange indifference, or with a still stranger suspicion, on these proceedings, that the book itself cannot convert mankind nor teach wisdom to those who, after having received the gift, might disregard it. But whence do such objectors draw their information on this subject? If the Almighty has said, “My word shall not return unto me void, but shall accomplish that which I please,”—and has illustrated the meaning of that his gracious promise by the rain that descends from heaven, which is ever meant to fertilize the earth on which it falls; who can venture to declare, that that word, because it is not accompanied with oral instruction, shall therefore fall useless to the earth? Innumerable facts, indeed, have proved the contrary. The records of this very Society ought to be enough to refute such an imagination.
Those who would object to this Society, that it only distributes the Bible, must wholly overlook the facts of the case. The truth is, that throughout the world the book is distributed by the agents, who are exacly the most fitted to give it effect. Good men in every land are combined to effect this distribution. The ministers of religion, the missionaries of Evangelical Societies, every man who has most at heart the welfare of his neighbourhood,—these are the persons found to distribute this sacred volume; and if oral instruction, and the aid of example and of exhortation, be supposed effectual to give this boon its highest value, then do the facts show that this Society ought to be supported in its exertions. Yet, again, it has been said, that we idolize the Scriptures themselves; that we suppose they are capable, of themselves, of penetrating the alienated heart of man, and recovering it to piety and to God. · If he has ordained the instrumentality, it would seem to be dishonouring him to question its utility. It is not idolizing it, but it is honouring him, when we believe it to be calculated to be of important service to mankind at large. In honouring his word we honour him. If he has spoken, the whole human
race ought to hear what he has said ; ago a good missionary satisfied a and surely never is this world in an poor Roman Catholic that it was attitude more likely to receive the his duty, notwithstanding the meDivine blessing than when it is hum- naces of his priest and his Church, bly listening to those words of autho to read for himself the word of eterrity and power which he has himself nal life. A poor Irishman had been dictated. But why should this book reading the word of the blessed God, go alone? It is not its solitary pages, and had been tempted to give it up it is not that book, even in the hands for fear of the consequences which of missionaries or Christian philan such a proceeding was represented thropists, on which this Society trusts to be likely to entail upon him. The for the success of its labours. He missionary sat down by his side one who indited it has told us that it is day and said—“Now, sure your priest his sword-the sword he wields to must be all wrong in this matter. give victory to the truth through the Here is an Epistle of Paul the aposworld. He can wield it, if he will, tle. If he were to come in and find where there. is no human agency you reading it, would you not say, to give it power; he can give ef Indeed I am glad you are come fect to the human agency when just at this time when I am reading he brings that into operation too. your letter ?' And here is an Epistle And every minister of religion, and of St. Peter. If he were to come to every missionary of the Gospel, see you while you were reading it, knows well, that when he gives this would you not say the same thing? sacred volume to those around him, But if Father Maguire called upon he may give it with the hope that the you, you would put up the book and blessed Spirit who indited it will hide it in your breast. Does not carry it through every obstacle that this prove that to read the word of prejudice or vice can raise, to the God is according to the doctrines of heart of the man who receives it, and the apostles, and that only apostates make it a blessing to him for time from the truth, like Father Maguire and for eternity. Viewing it, then, in would prevent you from reading this light, as the sword of the Spirit God's word ?” in the hands of faithful men through The Resolution was agreed to.. out the world, to whose trust this The Rev. Dr. MORISON (of BrompSociety commits it, to benefit the ton). I have much pleasure in -neighbourhoods in which they dwell, moving, “That the thanks of this what humane (I will not say religious) Meeting be lgiven to the Treasurer man-can fail to contemplate with the and Committee for their attention in liveliest interest such details as those conducting the concerns of this Sowhich have been presented to us to- ciety; that the Treasurer be requested day? Look where you will, this gift to continue his services; and that thus bestowed becomes, in the hands the following gentlemen be the Comof God, an instrument of the greatest mittee for the following year, with usefulness to the different nations of power to fill up vacancies." the earth.
The Rev. - MARZIALS, B.D., PasThe Rev. Mr. MACLEAN (Wesley. tuer de l'Eglise Reforme de Lille, an minister), seconded the Motion. seconded the Motion,
He rejoiced to hear the fact stated The Rev. Dr. Wilson (one of the in the report and by the speakers who Secretaries of the Bombay Auxiliary. preceded him this was indeed a and for several years a member of Protestant Institution. That it adop the Translation Committee there) ted the one great Protestant principle, said I have lived and toiled for fif that every man had given to him teen years in the dark empires of from God, the right to read for him- Heathenism, Mahomedanism, and self the words of eternal truth, in Popery; and have witnessed the his own tongue, whenever he had an power of the Prince of darkness. I opportunity to do so. And when therefore rejoice to appear here this was there a period in which this was day upon Protestant and Catholic more necessary than at present? I ground. My connexion with one of will not, however, said Mr. Maclean, the most important Auxiliaries of touch further upon this point, than this Society has been mentioned, just to allude to a remarkable cir- and I would say a word respecting cumstance, in which some years the translation and circulation of the
Scriptures in the West of India. We found in Jesus that Messiah who was are devoting our attention to the the hope of his fathers. In all the work of translation. We are doing cases of conversion which I have all that we can to perfect the versions thought genuine, I have found a already made; and we are seeking most defferential and reverential speedily to complete them. I believe regard evinced by the converts to the the day is not far distant when the Scriptures. We teach on Protestant versions of the word of God in the principles. We find it peculiarly innumerous languages of India will be cumbent upon us in India to hold as perfect as the version in our own forth the Scriptures of truth as the vernacular.
only rule of faith and obedience. The Indians are perfectly astonish What an immense field for labour ed that our divine writings are acces-' does India comprise! Like a vast sible to all classes of society, that we continent, extending from the mounoffer them to the people without tains of Himalayah in the north, to money and without price ;” that we Point de Galle in the south, and press them on the attention of the from the coasts of Katiawar in the people, and that we then call the west to the confines of China in the reasoning powers and judgment of east, it has been calculated that we of man to bear upon them. And have amongst the mountains of India, when they reflect on these circum towering to the heights of heaven, stances, they not unfrequently come and scattered over its vast plains, to the conclusion that there is some and hid amidst its exhaustless forests, presumption or other that these writ a population of 200,000,000 souls; if ings may have come from God. we include those on the banks of the When they take them into their Indus, from which river India takes hands and read in their own tongues its name, that calculation cannot be the wonderful works of God, they far from the truth. And is it not a are surprised to find that our Scrip most melancholy consideration that tures are intelligible. They are in this day, that in the nineteeth interested in the narratives and the century, “darkness should so cover devotional portions; and even in the the earth, and gross darkness the epistolary writings addressed to people ? ” But it is certain that this Christians and Christian Churches. will not long continue. Light is Frequently have I heard the natives spreading over the land, and will of India discourse as to the excel grow brighter and brighter into the lence of these writings. Then, again, perfect day. I thank you on behalf they are greatly surprised that we of all the missionaries in India, and think of changing their religion all the Sooieties and Auxiliaries, for through the influence of writing. the Bibles you have circulated in They feel this as a most wonderful that country, and on their behalf I token of British liberality. They wouldinvoke the Divine blessing upon say, “When the Mussulinans and you and your labours. The Rev. the Portuguese came into this Gentleman concluded by moving the country, they took the sledge ham. following Resolution :-"That this mer and the axe, and they went Meeting cannot but express their forth destroying and disfiguring our deep sense of the importance of those gods; but the British wish to operate services which have again been renby the book and the school only. dered to the Society by the various There is something surely wonderful officers, Committees, and Collectors in this." I am able to say on my of the Auxiliary Societies, Branches, own personal experience that a great and Associations, and that they earwork is carried on in India by means nestly entreat the continuance of of the circulation of the Scriptures. their valuable co-operation." Many prejudices are passing away The Rev. A. BRANDRAM briefly before the light of Divine truth. seconded the Resolution, which was Much inquiry is excited; a deep im passed unanimously. pression is made on the minds of .. The Archdeacon of WincheSTER multitudes that the truth of God is said, I rejoice in being able to say with us. In the providence of God at the close of the fortieth year of my it has been my lot to baptize the attachment to the Society, and of my Brahmin, the Shadra, the follower unworthy services in its behalf, that of Zoroaster, and the Jew, who has such has been the blessed effect in 1844.
the past, and I hope it will be so through many unnumbered years to come; I am most thankful to express the unshaken attachment of my own venerated Diocesan to the Society, though he is not here to-day. However rash it may appear, I will also venture to express a hope that the Society may survive every remaining indifference, and, I will not say hostility to its cause, but to its mode of carrying that cause into execution. I hope it will outlive all indifference from the very highest to the lowest member of our Established Church, and of every Christian orthodox community in the world. I hope it may live to see the time when every brother in the Lord will be associated with it. I pray that such a spirit may be kindled by the means adopted by this Institution, that if it cannot unite all opinions, it will produce a union of all hearts, such as we witness here this day. The Venerable Archdeacon concluded by moving the following Resolution :-" That
the warmest thanks of this Meeting be given to the Right Honourable Lord Bexley, president; and to the Earl of Chichester, for their Lordships' kind attention to the business of the day.".
General Sir Jas. Bathurst said, Without attempting to offer any observations to this assembly, but with a cordial and sincere attachment to · this Society, I cheerfully second the Motion.
Lord TeignMOUTH put the Resolution, which was carried by acclamation.
The Earl of Chichester then dismissed the assembly :-Hoping that their continued support of the Society, and their connection with one another in that capacity, would lead to an increased knowledge of that truth which alone could make them Christians indeed, and that it would lead to the extension and to the strengthening among them of that Christian love which can alone form any true bond of union.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
“The receipts of the year were :General Fund, out of which the establishments of the Society at home and abroad are provided for ........ £97,791 2 3 Special Funds : China Fund £1,556 16 1 Capital Fund 2,648 16 Fourah Bay Building Fund 1,181 17 0 Disabled Mis sionaries' Fund 1,145 19 0
The Forty-fourth Anniversary Meeting of the friends and subscribers of this Institution was held in the Great Room, Exeter Hall, on Tuesday, April 30, and was most numerously and respectably attended.
The Right Hon. the Earl of ChiChester presided, and was supported by the Bishop of Chester; the Bishop of Ripon; and the Bishop of Cashel ; the Dean of Salisbury; Archdeacon Hoare; Viscount Sandon, M.P.; Sir R. H. Inglis, Bart. M.P.; J. P. Plumptre, Esq., M.P.; - Round, M.P.: Sir George Rose, Bart., the Revds. Professor Scholefield, J. W. Cunningham, Hugh Stowell; John Thornton, Esq.; E. Hoare,' Esq.; Rev. Dr. Marsh; Rev. Haldane Stewart; Henry Greame, Esq.; Major. General Latter ; the Hon. Sydney Roper Curzon; Hon. Captain Waldegrave, R.N.; Hon. Captain Maude, R.N.; Captain H. Hope, R.N., &c.
The Rev. R. Davies read prayers.
The Noble CHAIRMAN having introduced the business of the Meeting by a few prefatory remarks, the Report was read, which was of a length which totally precludes its admission into our confined limits.
6,532 137 Making a total from all sources of.. ...... £104,323 15 10
“ The expenditure of the year, including contributions to local funds in the Missions amounted to 93,4721. 7s. 3d.
“ The Committe are thus enabled to report an excess of income over expenditure in the past yearof 4,3181. 15s., after the payment of a debt of 1,0001. outstanding at the last Anniversary.”
The Bishop of CHESTER rose and said, My Lord and Christian friends, I rise to move, “ that the Report, of
which an abstract has now been read, be received, and printed under the direction of the Committee; that the thanks of this Meeting be given to the Right Honourable and Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of London, for his Sermon before the Society last evening; to his Grace the VicePatron, to the Right Hon. the President, and the Vice-Presidents; and to all those friends who, during the past year, have exerted themselves in its behalf; and that the gentlemen named be appointed the Committee for the ensuing year, with power to fill up vacancies.” I confess I cannot help congratulating myself that I should be appointed to this duty, and be the first who may arise as the organ of those feelings which I am sure must be now filling the hearts of all those who have heard the Report which has just been read, and to which my Resolution refers. I am sure that we must all be full, at this moment, of gratitude and thankfulness to Almighty God, who has given us so much to reward our humble exertions and to excite our future hopes. All prosperity is the more gratifying when it comes in the way of contrast. After what we have been hearing, we cannot but remember what we heard in this very room two years ago. The Right Rev. Prelate, then proceeded to vindicate the Society from certain charges which had been brought against it, and concluded by moving the Resolution which he had read.
The Rev. Professor SCHOLEFIELD, in seconding the Resolution, said he would not occupy the time of the Meeting by going through the Report, and enlarging on the triumphs of the Gospel in New Zealand, but would leave that and other histories to tell their own tale; but, if he might be permitted, he would carry them back to the Meeting of the earliest Mission—that to Western Africa. I am the more disposed to this, (said Mr. S.) because from my situation-and it may, perhaps, be the same with many who hear mem-while at home, and occupied in my parochial and academical business, I have not time to read the most interesting records of the Society; but while journeying to the Meeting yesterday, I carried one of them with me, and I was deeply gratified with what I read relating to Africa. I was carried
back a quarter of a century, and remembered what I then witnessed when I was present at a Meeting in a country town, where Mr. Johnson was present, for the first time, to tell the tale of what had been done by him. I speak without the language of hyperbole or metaphor, when I say that in the Meeting which he then addressed, there was not a dry eye to be seen. How gratifying ought it to be-how ought it to stir up our love towards our Lord and Saviour, to find to-day that the candle which was then lighted in Africa has not yet gone out; and, I trust, will never be extinguished. The remarkable circumstances which have been detailed to-day of the present state of that Mission, furnish encouragement to believe that our Lord and Saviour has been dealing with the Society in all its several Missions. I think we are beginning to see the development of God's purpose in Sierra Leone; after half a century of darkness, light has dawned there, after having been called on many times to mourn the deaths of missionaries who have dropped into an early grave, ought we not to rejoice and praise God for the manifestations of his grace in Africa; and are we not beginning now to see the purpose for which the colony was given us, and the wisdom which directed us to send our earliest Mission to that quarter ? For many long and weary years the Mission has been pent up, like our great General in his narrow lines, at Sierra Leone ; but the time is now come when our armies have reached the length and breadth of the interior of Africa, amongst Yorubans and the Nufis; and into that wretched country into which we could never secure an entrance, we have now introduced the name of our Lord and Saviour. Let it be remembered that we used to be told many a long year ago, that among our converts and scholars at Sierra Leone, we had persons from different parts of the interior, speaking not less than thirty different languages; and we thought that in that great variety of language we had some elements prepared, by which, under God's blessing, we might work for the benefit of inward Africa, and up to this time how very little has been done? Oh! blessed be God, for the testimony which Samuel Crowther has been enabled to bear