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The Bible Society of Philadelphia have expressed to the Board the most friendly sentiments toward the National Society, and" proposed the interchange of correspondence."
" To this suggestion the Managers listened with great satisfaction, and transmitted to their brethren in Philadelphia a suitable and obliging letter. Although opinions varying from those of the American Bible Society, as lo the best method of accomplishing their common object, have hitherto prevented this first and most efficient of the members of the Bible family in the United States, from assuming the character of an auxiliary, yet the Managers feel assured that no hostile motives have prevented this desirable measure, and they are highly gratified in the opportunity afforded, by this acceptable commencement of epistolary intercourse, lo remove any suspicion of that kind which the circumstance of the independent character of the operations of the Philadelphia Society may have occasioned.
“ The Managers, however, express their increased anxiety for a thorough and entire union of the friends of the Bible throughout our country, and their painful regret that there should exist even the appearance of disunion among them. It is known to the members of the American Bible Society that, at the period of its commencement, besides the very active society at Pbiladelphia, there were one or two others, which not only distributed, but had commenced the printing of Bibles, and given them no inconsiderable circulation in various directions. The restrictions imposed on auxiliaries, by the Parent Society, were apprehended by them to be of such a nature, as, if conformed to, would tend to cramp their efforts, and abridge their usefulness; and they chose, therefore, to continue their labours in their accustomed way, rather than encounter the risk of diminishing their activity, and lessening their sum of contribution to the common cause.
*** It has been thought by the Managers that, without deciding on the reasonableness of these fears, it is a subject well deserva ing the consideration of the society, whether any material disadvantage would occur to its operations by such a relaxation of the terms of union, in favour of pre-existing societies, engaged at the time of the formation of the National Institution, in printing, publishing, or issuing the sacred scriptures, as would allow them still to prosecute their labours in the mode deemed by them most beneficial. It is believed that it is practicable so to modify the constitution as to remove any rational objection on the part of those societies to the measure of becoming auxiliary to this; and, at the same time, not to subject the general operations of the latter to any material inconvenience or obstruction.
With this view, and with feelings of great deference and respect for their constituents, the Managers recommend to the society, so to amend the constitution, as to warrant the admission
of the above-mentioned societies as auxiliary, with such variations from the present prescribed terms, as a majority of two-thirds of any
future Board of Managers may deem expedient and just. “ So signal a manifestation of candour and conciliation on the part of the National Society, the managers trust, cannot fail to be met by corresponding sentiments and feclings in the breasts of the conductors of these respectable and pious coadjutors, and the result will be propitious to those important interests which they are alike anxious to promote.'
“ The harmonious arrangement which has been accomplished between the New-York Bible Society and the Auxiliary New-York Bible Society, for an union of their future labours,” is next noticed in the Report.
“ Marine Bible Societies” are earnestly recommended to the favourable notice of those who enjoy the benefits of the seamen's toils and perils, those who, from their immediate connexion with thein have an interest in their correct and orderly deportment, and more especially of those who desire the eternal happiness of that portion of their fellow-creatures."
The effects of Juvenile Bible Associations, “ in restraining vicious habits-in beginning life with its most honourable employment," and laying “ the foundation of enlarged philanthropy, as well as solid piety, at a maturer age,” are clearly stated in the Report; and the Managers express a high degree of gratification in the generous sentiments and pious feelings evinced in the Annual Reports of their young auxiliaries established in Nassau Hall, (Princeton,) and Jefferson College, (Washington, Pa.)"
"And it gives them pleasure to add, thal the students of some other of our colleges have manifested their attachment to the American Bible Society, and their affection for their instructors, by contributing and transmitting the sums requisite for constituting several of them Members or Directors for life.”
The course of our labours leads us to give a more detailed account of the great work of distributing the word of life by societies in foreiga lands, than is here presented in the Report, which renders the insertion of this part of the able and highly'interesting document before us unnecessary.
" The Managers desire to conclude this extended communi. cation with renewed felicitations to their fellow-members of the society, on the prosperous state of the noble cause in which the Christian world is now so extensively embarked, and on the encouraging prospects of that portion of it which is confided to the American Bible Society and its auxiliary institutions. In the retrospect of the first impulse given to this cause in the origination of the British and Foreign Bible Society, only sixteen years ago, thay it not be asked, who could have believed that in the period which has intervened, such 'great things' would have come to pass ? Who can now believe, that, unblessed by Hin, who is the Governor among the nations, and ruleth unto the ends of the earth,' such great things could have been achieved. Surely we should speak of the glorious honour of his Majesty,' we should abundanily utter the memory of his great goodness.
And what a powerful incentive to increased exertion, is derived from the many singular providential succours that have been afforded the labourers in this mighty undertaking, from the manifest moral effects already produced, and the still greater wbich may be expected in time to come, from its obvious association with the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom, in the hearts of men and in the world, and from the brightening prospects it is opening of that propitious era, when every tongue shall consess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Let this, and various other expanded schemes of Christian enterprise, now in successful prosecution, be viewed in connexion with the growing and heavenly sympathy which is dilating itself in the human heart;' and may it not be said, in the language of an European fellow-labourer, that 'a mighty machinery is at work, directed by God himself, and impelled by the very movements of bis Almighty hand.""
Funds. The total amount of the society's receipts, during the year ending 30th April, 1820, is 3 41,361 97. Expenditures during the same period, $38,971 22.
* The society is under large engagements for printing, paper, &c.
DR. MORSE'S* MISSION TO THE INDIANS, The doctor on his arrival at Mackinaw, was advised by Gen. Macomb, Col. Wool, and other gentlemen acquainted with the extensive route he had contemplated, to postpone a part of it to another season, on the ground that the state of his healihi was such that he would not be able to endure its extreme fatigues. Influenced by this advice, and also by the weighty consideration that a longer stay at the important posts of Mackinaw and Green Bay, than would be consistent with so extensive a route, was indispensable to a due accomplishment of the object of his mission in the time allotted, he concluded to limit his tour, and proceed no farther this season than Green Bay, intending the next season, if circumstances should permit, to visit the Indians on the Mississippi and in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, after visiting those who inhabit the southern parts of our country:
It is understood that the doctor has been successful beyond his expectations in attaining the objects of his mission, and has increasing hope that the noble and benevolent views of the government, in regard to the civilization and happiness of the Indians, will ultimately be acccomplished.-Hc has had interviews with a great number of Indians, among them many of the chiefs, to whom he has opened the objects of his mission, and has in most instances, been gratified with the manner in which they have been received.
Dr. Morse arrived in this city on Monday last, and proceeded to New-Haven.
ED. C. H.
The doctor, finding the people at the two places above mentioned without the stated ordinances 'of religion, and a large body of youth in each place of mixed blood, by far the greater portion having Indian mothers, and most of them French fathers, growing up without education, and in a state of painful depravity, considered it his duty to endeavour to introduce in both places, those institutions, both religious and literary, adapted to their circumstances. He found the people ready to contribute liberally to the support of these institutions and in both places he succeeded-in establishing Auxiliary Bible and Traci Societies, and in procuring funds for the support of schools for the education of their children--in Mackinaw a handsome subscription was also promptly made, adequate to the support of a clergyman. The way is opened, it is understood, for the immediate employment of three instructors and a minister of the gospel, and the doctor is commissioned to procure and send them on without delay. He has the funds also for the Treasuries of the American Bible Society, and the New-England Tract Society, which are to connect these auxiliaries with the parent institutions.
THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. On Wednesday, July the 12th, the Board of Commissioners and Trustees of the Theological Seminary met in the village of Auburn, pursuant 10 a provision in the Act of Incorporation, and after having organized, proceeded to business. From an inquiry into the state of the funds and the prospects of the institution, the Commissioners deemed it both expedient and important, to adopt such measures as should put the Seminary into operation as soon as possible. With this view it was determined at their present. meeting, to make choice of a professor of theology. After mature deliberation on the subject, the members were called on to vote for a professor by ballot; when it appeared that the Rev. JAMES RICHARDS, D. D. of Newark, (N. J.) was unanimously elected.
A resolution was then sent down to the Board of Trustees, inviting them to unite with the Board of Commissioners, in returning thanks to Almighty God for the unanimity and harmony which had characterized their proceedings in the choice of a professor ; to which the Trustees replied in the following resolution :
“ Resolved unanimously, That the Board of Trustees of the Theological Seminary, do highly approve of the resolution of the Board of Commissioners, appointing the Rev. Dr. Richards a profossor of theology in this institution, and that they cheerfully comply with their request, and will unite with them in returning thanks to Almighty God for the unanimity of their proceedings, and in imploring the divine blessing upon the future operations of the institution."
A joint meeting of the two Boards was then held, and a solemn and appropriate prayer was addressed to the throne of grace, by the Rev. Evan Johns of Canandaigua.
Much important business was transacted by each Board. The spirit of harmony, tenderness, and zeal, that marked their deliberations, furnishes strong ground to believe, that this important institution of Christian benevolence, will go into speedy and successful operation. And it is with no small degree of confidence that an appeal is made to the charity of the Christian public. It is firmly believed, that those whose hearts are moved with the cry of the destitute, “ Give us the breud of life," will liberally patronize an institution, whose sole object it is, to raise up an intelligent and faithful ministry, to bear the offer of mercy, through the crucified Son of God, to the perishing millions of the family of man. When they remember that this offer is the purchase of a Saviour's blood, and that his glory stands connected with the salvation of men, they will not only answer this call, but pour their free-will offerings also unsolicited by personal application, into this treasury of the Lord.
The embarrassing circumstances of the times have not escaped notice; but whilst it is recollected that there is a considerable degree of public and private pressure, hy reason of the stagnation of business, it is at the same time remembered, and the feeling, benevolent heart, will remember it with the deepest emotion, that the souls of men are famishing for the bread of heaven, that the course of time is moving on, and like a mighty food, is beating upon its bosom, to the ocean of eternity, unnumbered millions of our fellow-beings, whom no Bible has taught that Jesus has died, and to whom no messenger of salvation has made the overtures of life. Is not here an object of immense moment to command the best feelings of our nature ? And who, that delight in the improvement of civil society, in the advancement of intellect, and the refinement of moral feeling? Who that contemplates man as a moral, accountable being, and feels benevolently concerned for his immortal destination, can sit still and look on with cold hearted indifference whilst such multitudes of benighted beings are crowding the road to death, and rushing onward to the judgment ?
The bosom of charity sweils with emotion-she raises ber hand to extend relief, and her voice bursts forth in prayer, “ Lord save the souls that are ready to perish." By order of the Prudential Committee.
DIRCK C. LANSING, Chairman, Officers of the Board of Trustees.---Rev. Henry Davis, D. D. President of Hamilton College, President. Dirck C. Lansing, Vice-President. Wm. Brown, Esq. Secretary, David Hyde, Esq. Treasurer
Prudential Committee.-Rev. Dirck C. Lansing, Benjamin B.