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which he had once written to one of his companions, and in which he had expressed a wish, that his friend might experience the same in his heart, as he had experienced. This letter, which was then produced, he was forced to read aloud. Being asked, whether he was still of the same mind, he replied in the affirinative, and that he never intended to alter it. Thereupon they reproached him with affecting to be a preacher, when he could scarcely write a legible hand. With that he was dismissed for the present.
In the mean time the two other Bohemians who were come with him from Gerlachsheim, and were going to aid some people in emigrating from Hermaniz, had been arrested, and also brought to Leutomischel. There was a great uproar about the matter, and Gilek was immediately brought into the castle before another gentleman. This man was so much exasperated against him, for not having informed against these people, that he trembled with rage, and ordered the guard to serve him one hundred lashes. But the Jesuit who was present, objected that the defendant was too weak, and would die under the execution. then once more reconducted to prison.
In process of time he had to appear again before the court, and for the space of half a day they pressed him very closely to make him change his sentiments; but he neither suffered himself to be convinced by pretended proofs, nor terrified by the threats which they uttered; but adhered to the declaration several times given and confessed, that he would know of no other way to salvation but alone through faith in Jesus Christ, and by the appropriation of the merits of his life, sufferings and death.
(To be doncluded in our next.)
Indians of North America. The following extracts are from a Discourse on the Indian Tribes of
North America, delivered before the “New-York Historical Society," by the Rev. S. F. Jarvis, D.D. We doubt not they will be read with great interest, especially by those who are now turning their attention to the melancholy situation of the heathen tribes of our wilderness.
“But, turning from speculations which are rendered sublime by their shadowy form, and immeasurable magnitude, I shall conclude a discourse which, I fear, has become already tedious, by remarks of a more practical, and, I would hope, of a more useful nature.
“We have seen that, like all other nations unblessed with the light of Christianity, the Indians are idolators ; but their idolatry is of the mildest character, and has departed less than among any other people from the farin of primeval truth.—Their belief in a future state is clear and distinct, debased only by those corporeal associations which proceed from the constitutional operations of our nature, and from which even Christians, therefore, are not
totally exempt. They retain among them the great principle of expiation for sin, without which all religion would be unavailing; and they acknowledge, in all the common occurrences of life, and even in their very superstitions, the overruling power of Divine Providence, to which they are accustomed to look up with an implicit confidence, which might often put to shame the disciples purer
faith. “ Provided, then, that their suspicions respecting every gift bestowed by the hands of white men, can be overcome, the comparative purity of their religion renders it so much the easier to propagate among them the gospel of salvation. In this view, is it possible for the benevolent heart to restrain the rising wish, that the scanty remnant of this unfortunate race may be brought within the verge of civilized life, and made to feel the influence, the cheering and benign influence, of Christianity? Is it not 10 be wished, that the God whom they ignorantly worship, may be declared to them, and that, together with the practices they have so long preserved, may be united that doctrine which alone can illumine what is obscure, and unravel what is intricate? If this be desirable, it must be done quickly, or the opportunity will be for ever lost.
Should our prejudices prevent it, we must remein. ber that their faults will be obscured, and their virtues brightened by the tints of time. Posterity will think of them, more in pity than in anger, and will blame us for the little regard which has been paid to their welfare.
“Hapless nation !-Like the mists which are exhaled by the scorching radiance of your summer's sun, ye are fast disappearing from the earth ; but there is a Great Spirit above, who, though for wise purposes he causes you to disappear from the earth, still extends his protecting care to you, as well as to the rest of his creatures.—There is a country of souls, a happier, and better country, which will be opened, we may charitably hope, to you as well as to the other children of Adam. There is the atoning blood of the Redeemer, which was shed for you, as well as the rest of mankind; the efficacy of which, you have unwittingly continued to plead ; and which may be extended, in its salutary influence, even to those who have never called on, because they have never heard, THE NAME OF THE Son of God."
ANECDOTE.—Pride in Dress. The Rev. John Hurrion, a dissenting minister at Denton, in Norfolk, had two daughters who were much too fond of dress, which was a great grief to him. He had often reproved them is vain; and preaching one Sabbath-day on the sin of pride, he took occasion to notice, among other things pride in dress. After speaking some considerable time on this subject, he suddenly stopped short, and said with much feeling and expression, “ But you will say, Look at home. My good friends, I do look at home till my heart aches."
British and Foreign Bible Society. The Sixteenth Anniversary Meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society was held, on the 4th of May, in Freemason's Hall, Great Quceni-street, and since the commencement of the Institution, (says the London Courier) it never has been more fully or more respectably attended. By eleven o'clock in the morning every part of the spacious hall, including the gallery above the cornice, was crowded to an overflow, and hundreds of applicants were unable to obtain admission at all.
Precisely at twelve o'clock the President of the Society, Lord Teignmouth, took the chair, supported on his right by his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, and on his left by the Bishops of Gloucester and Salisbury. There were also present the Earl of Harrowby, Viscount Calthorpe, Lords Gambier, Exmouth, and Ashdown, the Right Hon. Charles Grant, Mr. Wilberforce, Sir T. D. Acland, Mr. Robert Grant, the Hon. and Rev. Gerard T. Noel, Mr. Butterworth, &c. &c.
The noble chairman opened the business of the day by congratulating the meeting upon their having again assembled upon so highly interesting and important an occasion, from the business of which he would not long detain them; but he should not be doing justice to his own feelings, or he trusted to theirs, if he fail. ed to offer his sincere tribute of respect and gratitude to the me. mory of his Royal Highness the late Duke of Kent.
The report of the committee, a very voluminous though avow. edly compressed document, was then read by the Rev. Mr. Owen, assisted by the Rev. Daniel Wilson. It commenced with the foreign relations of the society. In France, their exertions bad answered their most sanguine expectations. Independently of the Parent Society, there were a great and increasing number of auxiliary ones, and not only were they supported by the Protestant part of the community, but by that which was exclusively Catholic. The Duc d'Angouleme, in reply to a letter which had been addressed to him, had expressed himself in the most friendly terms towards the society, and their objects, and the Duc de Cazes had not only expressed himself in a similar manner, but had subscribed 1000 livres in support of their funds. In the United Netherlands and its dependencies, Christians of every denomination, and even Jews, exhibit the most earnest desire to possess the scriptures, and to support the societies by which they are distributed." From Switzerland, Hanover, Saxony, Wirtem. berg, Prussia, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, and Norway, the intelligence was of the most gratifying kind. Similar accounts had been received from the lonian Islands, and from Athens, where a Bible Society had been established, under the patronage of the VOL. YIL
highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of the place. The eighth report of the Calcutta Bible Society, and that from Madras and its dependencies, furnished abundant proof of the advantages derived from the labours of the Parent Sociсty. In China, though the jealous power of the government still operates to prevent the admission of the holy scriptures; yet well founded hopes are entertained, that the exertions which are making, will eventually succeed in shedding the light of the gospel over that vast empire. Under the direction of that excellent man, Dr. Morrison, the whole Bible has now been translated into the Chinese language, and the one thousand pounds voted by the society for tbat desirable object had been appropriated thereto. The New South Wales Bible Society had been zealously supported by all the civil, military, and ecclesiastical authorities in the colony, and its establishment promised the most beneficial results. The reports which had been made from the South Sea Islands were most gratifying. The whole Gospel of St. Luke had been translated into the Otaheitan language, and 3,000 copies had been printed and nearly distributed. Multitudes in those islands can now read with ease, and many can even write and read, and it was common to see them sitting in circles under the shade of trees, even till midnight, listening with profound attention to the reading of the scriptures. In Africa and America, the kingdom of Hayti and the Western Archipelago, there was unquestionable evidence of the great and growing success of that holy cause, in which the society is engaged. In reporting the domestic concerns of the society, the committee had the satisfaction of stating, that notwithstanding the untoward circumstances of the times, commercial difficulties, and anti-christian doctrines, they continued most prosperous; though, from the extraordinary exertions which had been made, the expenditure of the last year had exceeded that of the preceding one, at the same tiine ihere had not been a corresponding addition to their funds.
The reading of the Report having been concluded, the Duke of Gloucester rose to move that it be received and adopted.
The Bishop of Salisbury having seconded the motion, it was carried unanimously.
The Earl of Harrowby moved, that the thanks of the meeting be given to their noble President, which was seconded by Lord Ashdown, and carried with immense applause.
The noble Chairman having returned thanks, the usual votes of thanks, and resolutions being then agreed to, the meeting broke up
about five o'clock. Extracts from the many eloquent speeches delivered on this occasion, may be expected in our future numbers.
Church of England Tract Society. The Committee of this institution remark, that, “ although uniformity of judgment may not exis, they feel it to be their duty and delight, to hold the faith in unity of spirit, and in the bond of peace. And, since differences of opinion are permitted inthe church militant, they would trace the wisdom of God in educing good from evil, and overruling the infirmities of Christians, -their watchful, and perhaps too suspicious, jealousy of each other,-for the inore effectual preservation of the sacred writings, from the hand of sullen bigotry, that would encumber them with human traditions ; from that of presumptuous theorists, who would rob them of passages that contain most salutary truths; and from the attempts of any, of whatever school, who might be disposed, with a bold temerily, to corrupt the sacred text. So that, in fact, the differences of modern Christians, like the too bitter dissensions of the ancients, contribute to secure for themselves, and to perpetuate for the benefit of posterity, the integrity of the inspired records."
Notwithstanding the pressure of the times, the funds of the society have improved during the past year. The list of subscribers bas been enlarged, and a few handsome donations have been received; by which means they have been enabled, not only to keep up a sufficient stock of tracts, but also to pay off the remainder of their debt. They express their sense of the regard to the welfare of this institution shown by.“ The York Religious Tract Society," “ The Sheffield Church of England Tract Society,” and “ 'The Bath Religious Tract Society;" as also to the members of the society in ten provincial towns.
The Committee next give a statement of the publications during the last year. The demand for tracts previously published, having required the reprinting of several of the former numbers, the Committee felt themselves precluded from sending many new tracts to the press ; as it could not be done, without involving the institution anew in pecuniary distress. They have, however, added to their list of publications three new tracts of the larger series, and six folio sheet tracts.
The folio sheet tracts were published with the hope of superseding, in some measure, ballads and other noxious productions of the press. Those who are conversant with the habits of the poor well know how fond they are of pasting papers, whether good or bad, on the walls of their cottages; and cannot therefore fail to appreciate the utility of the class of publications now referred 10; which are also sold at a very reduced price, to induce hawkers to purchase and retail them.
One of their tracts, No. XXVI. “ Preparation for Death, or the Churchman on a Sick-bed,” has been translated into the Manks language, by the Rev. Hugh Stowell, of the Isle of Man, and two thousand copies have been printed by assistance derived from this society.
The total number of tracts, published during the year, amounts. ta one hundred and twenty-seven thousand.