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and furnish new motives for action. Hence the necessity of the frequent meetings of Managers, and the indispensableness of anniversary, if not of semi-annual public meetings of the whole body, together with occasional interviews of the Boards of different wards with each other. Without an inflexible and faithful attention to these means, the object is lost sight of, the interest first excited passes away, and the society becomes at last extinct. Impressed with this conviction the Managers have resolved on attending themselves in a body, the anniversary meetings in every ward, and have made it the duty of their delegates to each association, to attend the meetings of the Managers, and render every assistance in their power.
“ The Managers, however, cannot but remark, that the more they have attended to these duties, the more they are convinced that nothing effectual can be accomplished, without the cordial co-operation of the Ladies of the NewYork Female Auxiliary Bible Society. On them we must depend more especially for carrying into effect the plan of disposing of the Scriptures at reluced prices and the benefits derived from our present Bible associations must be extremely limited, until there is in every ward a branch female association.
" The Board would have recommended some time since the formation of such associations, had it not been for their unwillingness to interfere in the arrangements of the ladies' society; and they cannot but express a regret, that while the two institutions are engaged in the same pursuit, each should be so much a stranger to the plans and operations of the other. A Committee has been appointed to confer with the Board of Managers of the Female Society, upon the expediency of rendering that institution a branch of this, and also to suggest the necessity of establishing female Bible associations in every ward. This Committee has not yet obtained the conference so much desired, but they indulge the hope, that the members of that institution will readily acquiesce in the adoption of any measure calculated to aid the cause they have so much at heart.
“In reflecting upon the state of the poor of the city. the condition of our coloured population could not but attract attention. Here a vast field for the disseminatior
of the Word of God, is open to our exertions. Our Sunday schools have already done much in enabling them to read, 'our Bible societies can scarcely do less than to put them in a way of providing themselves with a supply of the sacred writings. An African Bible Society already exists in this city, and a Committee has been appointed to confer with its Managers.
“ The Managers are aware that there may be are inclined to question the necessity of so much exertion in promoting the great object in view. There are some, who doubt the want of Bibles, and some have said that few Bibles are applied for in their particular district, and few are therefore supposed to be wanted. Others have Bibles on hand, which have never been distributed because no one has called for them. But why are our courts of justice crowded with the vicious, and our streets with the dissolute? It is because Bibles are not sufficiently distributed amongst them. Is it to be supposed that persons of this description will apply for Bibles, or complain of the want of them ? Small, indeed, would be our labour, if we had to give only to those who asked. Our duties, and the duties of our Bible associations, are not confined merely to the keeping of depositories where the poor may be supplied if they choose to call
. We are to do morewe are to carry the Bible to them we are to offer the -sacred volume in their dwellings--we are to persuade them to receive it. Nor has the New-York Bible Society finished its work, till every destitute individual of mature age, has been urged to receive the boon.
“ How then is this work to be accomplished, but by the agency of ward associations ? And how can these efficiently execute the task, unless male and female Bible associations zealously co-operate?
“ Arduous as the labour may appear, there is much to encourage us in the performance of it. Our work is not to change the will of God, but to fulfil it. We know that the time is coming, when the knowledge of the Lord is to cover the earth. And we know that the circulation of his Holy Word is to be an instrument in producing this effect. The success of our cause is certain-God has said, and shall he not do it? He has spoken, and shall it not come to pass ? We have, besides, the example of many of our fellow-labourers, who have surmounted every obstacle in undertakings apparently the most difficult.”
The operations of foreign Bible societies, and of our own National Society, have already been recorded in our pages : we shall therefore pass over this part of the report and present the conclusion.
“Our National Institution depends upon the efforts of its Auxiliaries; and amongst these, the Bible Society of New-York should hold a distinguished rank; that it may do so, the Managers trust the endeavours of its members will not be wanting. Great is our responsibility, and great may be the effects of our example.- If we, who enjoy so many advantages, are lukewarm or inactive, what can we expect from others ? Our duty lies before us. Vain are our petitions that the kingdom of God may come, and His will be done, if we do not labour to advance the interests of that kingdom, and to perform that will. If then we have any zeal for the glory of our Lord and Saviour, let us evince it by our exertions to declare His name, and His power, through the distribution of His word, till all shall know Him, from the least to the great
LANDING OF THE PILGRIMS. The second centurial anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims, was celebrated on the 22d of December, with proper demonstrations of respect and reverence to the memory of our ancestors. At half past 3 o'clok, the “ New-England Society" assembled in the Rev. Dr. Spring's Church. Divine service was begun by singing the 107th psalm, to the tune of Old Hundred. A prayer was then addressed to the Throne of Grace by the Rev. Dr. Romeyn, who, after having mentioned that their forefathers had been obliged to flee from their native country, in consequence of their being persecuted for their political and religious sentiments, devoutly implored the Deity, that their descendants might be enabled by divine grace to imitate their virtues, and that like them, they should only honour those who honoured God, and who were desirous to promote his glory. The prayer was very pathetic, and, it is hoped, will leave a deep impression on the whole of those who were so fortunate as to be present.
The sermon was by the Rev. Dr. Spring, who took for his * The associations are requested to send to the Corresponding Secretary of the New-York Bible Society, No. 227 Greenwich-street, their Annual Reports, and a list of their officers; and to inform him of any changes that may take place during the
text the following words, from Psalm cvii. 7.—“And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation."
At 7 o'clock the society assembled at the City Hotel, where they partook of a supper, which was served up in a style of elegance and taste.
Major General Stevens, the President of the society, presided at the
table. Among the guests were the Rev. Bishop Brownell, Rev. Doctors Romeyn and Spring, Rev. Mr. Wainright, Commodore Chauncey, and Col. House. Upon announcing the volunteer toasts, Zechariah Lewis, Joseph W. Brackett, and Thomas Fessenden, Esquires, delivered appropriate and impressive speeches.
THE SEVENTH WARD BIBLE ASSOCIATION Held their second annual meeting on the 21st December, in the Market-street Church. John WITHINGTON, Esq. President, took the chair, and commenced the exercises of the evening by reading a portion of the Holy Scriptures, and the Rev. Mr. McClelland engaged in prayer. The Report of the Board of Managers, which gave a pleasing account of their labours, was read by the Rev. Mr. Gray. Appropriate addresses were delivered by the Rev. Mr. McMurray and the Rev. Mr. Patten, to a very numerous, respectable, and attentive assembly. Messrs. Allen and Sage led in the music, which was judiciously selected and skilfully performed.
It was much regretted that the Board of Managers of the Parent Society (N. Y. Bible Society,) were not present to witness this interesting anniversary, and participate in its sacred pleasures. We have been furnished with a copy of the Report, which shall have due attention.
SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF PAUPERISM IN THE CITY OF
NEW-YORK. The fourth annual general meeting of this institution was held on Wednesday evening last, at the City Hotel, His honour the Mayor, president of the society, presided. After the reading of the Annual Report, the Rev. J. M. Matthews, David B. Ogden, Esq. C. G. Haines, Esq. and the Rev. C. Jones, addressed the meeting.
Notwithstanding the weather was exceedingly unpropitious, a large and most respectable number, both of ladies and gentlemen, assembled to witness the highly interesting proceedings of the evening. We must defer a more full account of this meeting for a future number.
BURMAH MISSION. By the arrival of the ship Juno, on the 11th inst. from Calcutta, whence she sailed on the 15th of August, we learn that the Rev. Mr. Judson, with his family, had arrived at Calcutta from
Rangoon, which place he was obliged to leave on account of a war being about to take place between the king of Pegu and the Siamese.
It is not stated whether Mr. Judson would proceed to Chittagong, as proposed in his journal, concluded in this number of the Herald, but most probably he has joined Mr. Colman at that place before this time. We have all along looked upon this mission as one of uncommon interest, and have devoted a large number of our pages to the journal, sure that no one will rise from the perusal of it, without being solemnly and deeply impressed with the awful state of benighted Burmah-who has formally and peremptorily refused the offers of mercy,
But this repulse of the missionaries from the Burman empire, ought not to be considered as an entire and final defeat. For aught we know, it may be the forerunner of the most glorious triumphs of the Prince of Peace over that barbarous people. How often, in the progress of his kingdom, has he triumphed over opposition, and laid the basis of his power upon its ruins!-, thus teaching his disciples to hope, to pray, and to labour, when outward circumstances would, were it not for confidence in Him, fill them with despair. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all! Many and bold are the enemies of the kingdom of Immanuel; but it shall spread, and reluctant Burmah shall soon stretch out her hands to welcome and receive him as her Lord and King.
In the midst of the discouragements which we have been pained to record, it is most gratifying to perceive the sure indication of a present divine blessing in the conversion of several natives ----their apparent determination to persevere, amid the terrors of persecution-their design to uphold the ordinances of religion, even after the example of the missionaries, are indications of the presence of Him whom Burmah cannot expel—and whom she must willingly receive in the approaching day of his power.
Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till lie extend and establish the work which he has thus manifestly begun.
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS. Our Correspondent who calls upon Christians to pray for a revival in a distant Voiversity, seems to have overlooked the fact, that there are several other institutions of learning in our country from which that blessing has been withheld, Had he chosen, for instance, Columbia College, which has not, as far as we know, been peculiarly favoured, we should have considered that as more proper to be singled out for special prayer in the pages of the CHRISTIAN HERALD. This we say from no disrespect to that institution, but from the belief, that a spirit of prayer will naturally begin at home. May the blessing of Heaven descend upon the beloved institution which educates the sons of our own city, as well as upon * Harvard University."
The Twentieth Quarterly Meeting of the New-York Sunday School Union, was held on Thursday evening last, a more particular account of which will be given in our next.
*** The second page of this number should have been 546 instead of 556, consequently the following six pages are wrong. The error is corrected at the cighth page, and the remaining folios are right.