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niary resources of the institution, they may greatly contribute to excite, within their bounds, a desire after he Bible; they may encourage the poor to contribute small sums, at stated periods, for obtaining it; they may add, by their communications, to the general stock of information, and become very useful agents in the grateful employment of distribution. It is fervently hoped that the friends of the Redeemer will not rest satisfied until a Bi. ble Society be established in every county in the Union; nor until, in imitation of our European precursors in this glorious cause, Bible Associations be formed in every town, village, congregation, and extensive manufactory; which, hy the collection of small contributions, and the enrolment of subscribers for Bi. bles, will rejoice to pour their free-will-offerings into the treasury of God. While, however, the Managers are urgent for new and more effective operations in this good work throughout our growing community, it would imply, on their part, an ungrateful deficiency of recollection, did they not avail themselves of the present opportunity to bear testimony to the commendable zeal of some existing auxiliaries, whose locatiou does not admit of very large remittances; and also to the liberality of others, whose want of the Bible in their own districts being less, but their affluence greater, have shown themselves ready to give, and glad to distribute to the necessities of their destitute fellow.christians. To such of the present existing Auxiliary Societies as have been remiss in the collection or transmission of their revenues, it will not be deemed an offensive intimation, that the enlargement of the general plan of operation, and the regular and secure conduct of the business of the Parent Institution will, in a great measure, depend on the promptitude, perseverance, and energy, of its local assistants; and that it is the sums, however small, transmitted with punctuality by them, that will ultimately invest the general body with capacities equal to its wide extended sphere of action.
The more general practice of publishing their annual reports is also respectfully recommended to Auxiliary Societies; and it would give them increased interest and value, if, beside detailing its own transactions, each of these institutions were to embody in its report such information relating to the Bible cause, and such interesting occurrences connected therewith, as might be calculated to awaken attention, and incite to individual co-operation. The regular transmission of these reports, immediately after their publication, is a duty of so obvious a nature that it would not now be mentioned, if the Managers had not to regret many past instances of omission.
The Managers being persuaded of the expediency of a more general adoption of the practice of selling the holy scriptures at cost, or reduced prices, where there exist the ability and the inclination to purchase, have deemed it their duty to address a circular to all the Auxiliary Societies on that interesting subject. No discouragement was intended to be thrown, by this proceeding, on the pleasing exercise of Christian charity in their gratuitous presentation, where the means of purchasing in either of the above modes are actually wanting. In such cases, not only should the sacred volume be freely given, but assiduous endeavours used to seek out suitable objects for the reception of the invaluable gift. But, where there are conjoined the disposition and the ability to pay for it, either in whole or in part, the practice recommended presents a convenient method of obtaining the contribution of the individual to the great cause in which we are engaged, while he receives a full equivalent; no wound is inflicted on feelings, which are found not unfrequently to revolt at the idea of receiving the Bible as a gift; and ihe value of his acquisition is enhanced in his esteem by the manner in which it has been obtained.
The Managers feel confident that the Auxiliary Societies will find their efficiency increased by conforming to this recommendation; and it will contribute, in no inconsiderable degree to enlarge their general means of usefulness. Of the benefits of this plan there are multiplied proofs in the transactions of the British and Foreign Bible Society, by whose auxiliaries and their associations it has long been pursued; and the product of such sales now forms a most important item in the revenues of that grand institution. The Managers also availed themselves of the occasion then presented, to intimate to the highly esteemed bodies to whom their circular, just mentioned, was addressed, the immense advaztages which had been experienced in England, and other places, from affording to the poor the opportunity of becoming Subscribers for Bibles, by the payment of small weekly sums, until their contributions amount to the price of a Bible. A remarkable instance of success in the prosecution of this salutary mode of distribution, occurred in the operations of the Liverpool Ladies' Branch Bible Society, established on the 1st of January, 1818; which, besides a very liberal gratuitous circulation, numhered, in the course of 15 months from its commencement, no less than 8417 subscribers for Bibles and Testaments; of whom a considerable number nad paid for, and received their Bibles at the cost prices. On this brilliant and successful example of female enterprise and exertion, the Managers ventured a respectful appeal to the condescension, patience, and perseverance of their amiable countrywomen ; who have this additional encouragement to its imitation, that the same distinguished institution, in the period already mentioned, paid into the treasury of its Parent, a sum amounting, in our currency, lo near fourteen thousand dol. lars. Have we not reason to believe that, under the auspices of female piety and zeal, great and permanent good may be achieved in this way; and is not a pledge of Heaven's blessing to be found in the remarkable prosperity which has attended the past exertions of our pious female fellow-labourers in the promotion of the Gause and kingdom of the Redeemer ?
(To be concluded in our next.)
BROTHERLY CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CHURCHES. The following plan of brotherly correspondence beween the Presbyteriao
and Associate Reformed Churches, was adopted by the general Assembly of the Presbyterian Church and the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Church, at their late meetings in May.
“1st. The churches are to remain entirely separate and independent.
* 2d. Any member of either church may be received to communion in the other, on producing to the proper church officers sufficient evidence of a good and regular standing in the church with which he is connected.
“ 3d. It shall be permitted to the competent church officers, in any congregation, settled or vacant, of either church, to invite to preach in their pulpit, any minister or probationer who is in good standing, in either of the said churches, and who preaches in their purity the great doctrines of the gospel as they are stated in the common Confession of Faith, and have generally been received and taught in the Reformed Churches. But it, shall be entirely optional to give or withhold such invitation, nor shall it be esteemed offensive or unkind, if the invitation be withheld.
“ 4th. A vacant congregation shall be at liberty to call a minister from either of the churches, according to the order established in that church from which he may be called; he conforming himself to the order of the church to which he shall be called; and in case of a congregation being formed of people from both, it shall be at liberty to put itself under the care of either, at its option.
“ sth. Persons under censure, or process of censure, in either church, shall not be received in the other church while such censure remains, or such process is unfinished.
"6th. Any Presbytery or Synod, not formed by delegation, of either church, may invite the regular members of any similar judicatory of the other church, to sit as corresponding members; but should the invitation not be deemed expedient, the withholding of it shall not be considered as unkind or offensive.
“7th. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, and the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Church, shall each appoint one minister and one elder, with an alternate of each, to sit in these judicatories respectively, with the privilege of deliberating on all subjects that may come before them. but not of voting on any
* Resolved, That to carry into effect the last article of this report, this Committee of Conference recommend to the General Assembly and the General Synod, to appoint their delegates the year preceding."
A plan is on foot in the state of Ohio to organize a Christian community for the purpose of evangelizing some of our Indian tribes, without the particular patronage of a missionary society. General rules to regulate the association, communicated by the Rev. Joseph Badger, have been published in the Religious Intelligencer.
The number of families wanted will soon be engaged. Several families have offered themselves for this service; two pastors, two physicians, one clothier, and four family farmers. The greatest difficulty that now appears in their way, is that of disposing of landed property. Many more than would be necessary for one missionary station, would be ready to go if their property was at command. They calculate, as soon as the ice leaves the waters of the Ohio next spring, to commence their voyage from Warren or Hartford, (Ohio,) in as many boats as they shall find necessary and convenient to carry their families, and provisions for one year; and, if possible, to be at the place of their destination so early in the spring as to plant gardens and raise a summer crop. The families constiiuting this community to be styled the Missionary Church; to form a body politic, for managing secular business ; possess one common interest in all business relating to the mission; to have a clerk, for recording their secular proceedings, and the property put into coinmon stock by each individual ; to have a baker and brewer, and mechanics of various descriptions; two ordained pastors, two pious physicians, and one competent teacher of an English school, who shall learn the language of a foreign tribe, that he may preach to them. The establishment is to be west of the Mississippi, in some place suitable for introducing civil and religious improvement among the Indians, and collecting their children for school instruction. A church is to be organized, a well chosen library provided, and the concert of prayer observed. The society is to commence preparations as soon as the patronage of the President of the U. Slates can be obtained, and 15 or 20 families subscribe the articles.
Receipts by the Treasurer of the American Bible Society for the
month of July, 1820. To constitute Ministers Members for Life.- Rev. Ebenczer Philips, East Hampton, Suffolk co. (N. Y.) by the Ladies of his congregation, $30. Rev. Nathaniel Dutton, Pastor of the 1st Congregational Church, Champion, (N. Y.) from the Female Charitable Society of that place, $30. Rev. Eli Smith, of Hallis, (N. H.) by the Ladies of
that society, $20. Rev. Peter Holt, of Epping, (N. H.) by the Ladies of his society, $30. Mr. John Adams, principal of Andover Academy, by the members of the senior class, $30.
Donations from Charitable Societies and Individuals.-The Ladies of East Hampton, Long Island, $2 50. “A Friend to the Society,"$1. “An unknown Female,” in Newport, $5. The Windham co. Charitable Society, (Con.) $3. Col. Perry Averill, Washington, (Con.) 83.
Donations from Auriliary Bible Societies.-Kentucky Bible Society, $4. Hampshire Bible Society, (Mass.) $150. Caledonia, (N. Y.) Female Bible Society, $21 20, and $30 for Bibles. &c. New-Brunswick Auxiliary Bible Society of Young Men, $50. Petersburgh, Va. Bible Society, $50, and $100 for Bibles, &c. Mesopotamian Bible Society, in the forks of Youghkioghany, (Pa.) $75.
From Auxiliary Bible Societies, for Bibles and on account.-Rockingham Auxiliary Bible Society, (Vir.) $168. Caledonia Bible Society, (N. Y.) 848 80. Fairfield co. (Con.) Bible Society, $17 39. Otsego co. Bible Society, (N. Y.) $80. Cumberland co. (N. J.) Bible Society, $25. Fairfield co. Bible Society, (Con.) $69 59. Georgia Bible Society, $500. Individual members for Bibles sold this month, $44 14. Rhode Island Bible Society, not auxiliary, $254 84. Female Missionary Society, Bethlehem, tor paper sold at cost to print the Harmony of the Gospels in the Delaware Indian language, $85 25. Total, $1939 71,
W. W. WOOLSEY, Treasurer. The issues from the Depository during the month of July have been 2274 Bibles, and 1447 Testaments. Total, 3721-Value, 2522 96.
J. NITCHIE, Agent A B. S.
Died, at Snow Hill, (Md.) on the 27th of July, in the 30th year of her Mrs. Sarah Duffield, consort of John P. Duffield.
Seldom have we committed to the records of the deceased the name of an individual whose loss has been so severely felt. She was remarkable for her benevolent temper and engaging manners. But though possessed of many natural excellencies, she was far from relying on them as a ground of acceptance with her God. Divine grace early dawned on her mind, and taught her to flee for refuge to the hope set before us in the gospel of Christ.
Some time before her death, the church of which she was a member, had been vacant. During this period, the kindness she displayed towards the ministers sent as occasional supplies, will long be remembered with gratitude.
Her closing hour exhibited the strength of her faith in Hinus, who is the resurrection and the life. When asked by the attending minister whether Christ was still precious, in the prospect of death ? she replied—“The chief among ten thousand, and altogether lovely." Have you any dependence for eternity, but the blood of a Saviour.--Her reply was—"His blood alone.” Thus reclining on the bosom of her Saviour, she met death with tranquillity.-What a rich consolation to us who survive.
On the following day her remains were conveyed to the Presbyterian Church, where a discourse was delivered, by the pastor, from Rev. xiv. 13. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; from henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, they rest from their labours and their works do follow them.