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with little variation, the state of and German Bibles 9,987 ; 2,204 the different local societies of which New Testaments; and 705 Psalters the national institution is composed. of the Protestant rersions ; besides Three thousand copies of the Ma- which 1,402 Testaments of the lay New Testament with Arabic version of Van Ess have been discharacters, have been forwarded tributed among the Roman Cathoto the auxiliary at Batavia, the lics. The Society of Bern bas East-India Bible Society; and distributed since its formation 1000 guilders have been offered 6,997 Bibles and 8,670 Testaments, as an inducement to the formation “Many thanks," say the Bern Comof a branch at Chinsurah. That mittee, “ were returued from the auxiliary has been further solicited cottages of the poor, and from the to avail itself of all opportunities schools in the canton, which we to dispense the Chinese Testament have supplied with the Scriptures. in the colonies connected with the Indeed we could specify many United Netherlands government, schools, in which it may be said and the Arabic Malay in the large that a new life has been kindled ; and important island of Sumatra. and the most affecting instances The sum of 4,000 guilders (about of gratitude have been witnessed." 3001.) has been placed at the dis- The societies of Lausanne and posal of the Baptist Missionaries at Neufchatel have printed an edition Serampore, to be employed in the of 10,000 copies of the revised vertranslation of the Scripiures into sion of Ostervald. Through the the dialects of India; supplies of judicious exertions of the Geneva the Dutch Scriptures have been Committee, the poor Waldenses furnished to the settlers of that have been refreshed by a supply of nation at Paramaribo and the Cape; Bibles, forwhich freedomofentrance and an intention is expressed of into Piedmont bad been procured. entering into an amicable con- The Reports of the Bible Socienexion with the South African ties in the Protestant States of Bible Society, with a view to afford Germany afford the most convincit the kindest and most effectual ing and gratifying proofs of the co-operation.
progressive advances made by the In Switzerland, the Bible Societies common causeinthe estimation of all continue to prosecute their object. classes of persons, civil and religious, The income of the Basle Society and of that increasing demand for the has doubled. The Monthly Ex- Scriptures, which invariably arises tracts of Correspondence, which from their distribution. The folare issued by this Society in a lowing extract from a letter reGerman translation, to the number ceived from the professors and of 10,000 copies, bave proved, it tutors of the theological seminary is said, a blessing to thousands of Urach, affords testimony to the who either have read them, or effect produced by a set of the listened to the reading of them. Society's versions presented to that “ These papers,” says the Rev. T. institution. “ At the first anni. Blumhardt, “ find their way to the versary of their auxiliary, the pupils lowest classes of the people; and, of the seminary, forty-five in number, for the purpose of rendering them appeared in a body,and announced still more efficient, not merely have that they had determined to take reading circles been formed, but theirshare in promotingits object by also in many places they are read offering a quarterly contribution of regularly every month from the one louis d'or, a sum which their pulpit, and a collection for the limited means could ill afford. cause is afterwards made.” From These youthful coadjutors not only the presses at Basle there have continued to fulfil their engageissued during the past year French ment, but proved their willing compliance by repeated donations." coadjutors,copied after the original
The Frankfori Coinmittee has issued, paintings of a celebrated German during the last year, upwards of artist. From the last Report of the 8,000 Bibles and Testaments of the Central Society at Berlin, it apProtestantandCatholicversions. On pears, that since its first establishThe anniversary of the Reformation, ment, it has brought into circulation the parochial clergy in many places 85,000 Bibles, and 23,241 New distributed copies, with suitable Testaments, without including those exhortations 10 tlie perusal of thein. circulated by its foriy auxiliaries, The consequence of obese incasures
which amount in the last year to bas been most beneficial.. Even 10,810 Bibles, and 9.783 Testaour most impoverished congrega- ments.-- The Cologne Auxiliary, tions” (says the vice-president of though precluded, by its position the Eisenach Society) “ have tese in the centre of a Roman Catholic lified their altachment to the cause town, from receiving general supbycheerful, thoughnecessarilystall, port, has circulated no less than contributions." The Saxon Bible 18,219 Bibles and Testaments, and Society has distributed, in the 1,003 Psalters, among Protestants course of last year, 3,464 Bibles, and Catholics, in prisons, hospitals, and 176 Testamenis, and has since and poor-houses, and among the issued 1500 copies of au impres- military. In a parish where a sersion from standing types. A peasant mon had been preached in behalf living in a very poor part of the of the iustitution, “a violent country, presented to the Osma. enemy to ibe circulation of the burgh Society 50 dollars (about 87.) Scriptures became convinced of accompanied by the followiny note: his error: he came with tears in his “ Because I, Casper Herrman eyes, and requested us to accept Westerfeldt, have been married to a considerable douation for the Maria Heinkers, and God has purpose of promoting the very blessed our industry, I wish to give object which he had so strenuously These fifty dollars to the Bible opposed.”-At Halle, the twelve Society for us both."- The Ham- presses of the Canstein Institution, bro-Altona Society has completed are constantly kept in full employthe revised edition of Luther's ment, notwithstauding the various Bible. This Society has issued, cheapeditions of the Bible published since its first formation, 7,964 in Germany. - The Silesiau Bible Bibles, and 1,006 Testaments. Society, at Breslau, has issued
In Prussia, the cause of the 15,937 copies: these supplies have institution continues to enjoy the been followed by an increased patronage of his majesty the King, demand, particularly among the who by ihe marked attention with Catholics. The Sixth Report of which he regards the various Bible the Buntzlan Society exhibits nost Associationswhich solicit his notice, gratifying proofs of the increasing and by the readiness with wbich demand for the Scriptures among he facilitates their operations by the Roman Catholics; among whom public privileges and immunities, 8,140 copies of Gosner's version of evince a lively interest in their the New Testament and 1,360 prosperity. His majesty bas been copies of Van Ess's version bave pleased to present to the British been distributed. and Foreigu Bible Society, as a Denmark presents an almost unparticular and appropriate token broken chain of effective auxiliaries of bis esteem, a gold medal, con. acting in their several districts unmemorating the anniversary of der the sanction of his majesty the the Reformation, accompanied by King, and the united patronage of pouvails of Martin Luther and ide bishops and the nobility, supseveral of his great and learned ported by the streuuuus co-opera.
tion of the clergy at large. The its auxiliaries, to the remotest corbishops of Zealand and Fuehnen ners of the Swedish dominions, had have distinguished themselves by issued, according to the last returns, their vigorous exertions in their nearly 170,000 copies of the Scrip respective dioceses: “I can inform tures from its presses at Stockholm. you,” writes the Rev. Dr. Moller, His excellency Count Rosenblad, the secretary of the Danish Bible on opening the sixth annual mectSociety, “that the sacred cause of ing of the Society, remarked as the Bible gains more and more follows: “During the past year the friends in Denmark, and that every Swedish Bible Society has had remonth produces new associations newed reason to offer up heartfelt in its favour. The sale of the thanks 10 the Most High. The Scriptures likewise increases, not- prosecution of its ultimate design, withstanding the depression of that the meanest cottage in the trade; and our monthly issues of kingdom should not be destitute Bibles and Testaments have amount- of that holy word which points to ed on an average to about 1,000 Him who is the way, the truth, copies. Most of the clergy make and the life, has been carried on it a point to read the Testament with with success. The Committee have the bigher classes in the schools, been supported by their auxiliaries and with those young persons who in the country, and have witnessed receive instruction preparatory to with delight the beneficial results their confirmation. Our country of the exertions of the Ladies' Asis so well supplied with schools, sociation instituted in this capital, that no child above six years of age The warm and affectionate zeal of needs remain uninstructed. This its worthy president and menibers, accounts for the rapid disposal of affords a hopesul prospect for the our New Testaments, of which a future, and exhibits a praiseworthy new stereotype edition is now in example to that sex to whose geprogress ; yet the supplies have nerous care are confided the tender hitherto fallen short of the demand.” plants in the church of Christ."
The Danish Society's foreign One single auxiliary has discovered, operations are very interesting. on a fresh survey of its district, “ The converted Greenlanders," that 13,900 families were destitute writes the secretary, “a simple of the Scriptures, of which 4,385 hearted and docile race, are already were unable to pay the full price in possession of a translation of the of a copy, and 4,403 incapable of New Testament, but know only so contributing any part of it. The much of the Old as may be gleaned Ladies' Association at Stockholm from a History of the Bible by Fa. has discovered even in that city, bricius. Our Committee have tiere- ignorance not only of the nature of fore resolved to translate and print the Bible and of the consolations several of the most important books it affords, but even of the existence of the Old Testament for their use. of a Society whose design is the Bishop Fabricius, superintendent of gratuitous distribution of ite word the Greenland mission, although in of God among the poor. his 78th year, has cheerfully under- The Norwegian Bible Society's taken the translation into that diffi- revised edition of 6,000 copies of cult language, of which he is com- The New Testameni bas left the pletely master." The Society is also press, and is circulating in every preparing a translation of the Gospel part of the kingdom. This is the of St. Maithew into the language first edition ever printed in Norspoken in the Faroe islands. 'way, and the disposal of it goes
The Swedish Bible Society, un- on so rapidly' that another will be wearied in dispensing the light of soon required. The king, who laid Revelation, through the inedium of the foundation of the institution,
by his liberal donation, has been completed. The first edition conpleased to permit the Committee sists of 5,000 copies, and is now to enrol his name as the patron; in the hands of the bookbinder; a and the crown prince has likewise second, of 20,000, is nearly half joined the Society.
printed off; and a third edition of From the Report of the Finnish 5,000 is printing in Moscow. The Bible Society, it appears that 3000 Gospels and Acts, and the first Bibles, of the Finnish version, had Epistles of this version, have hibeen printed from the standing therto been in greater demand than types; and two editions of the New we have as yet been able to furTestament, of 5600 copies each, nisb.” Dr. Pinkerton has underwere published during the year taken the superintendence of the folthen closing. A quarto edition of lowing works :-The Tartar-Turkthe Finnish Bible was on the point ish Bible, the printing of which has of leaving the press; and plates been entrusted to the missionaries for a stereotype edition of the at Astrachan; the New Testament New Testament had considerably in the Mandjur. Chinese ; a Persian advanced.
version of the Old Testament, the The Russian Bible Society has first sheets of which have been adapted itself with prodigious examined and approved by Professor energy and effect to the vast di- Lee; a Servian version of the Scripmensions of a field, comprebending tures; and a Tartar Old Testament, all the European and Asiatic pro- according to the manuscript found vinces of the Russian empire. The by Doctor Pinkerton in the Crimea, ultimate publication of the Scrip- with such alterations as the missionatures in more than thirty languages, ries at Astrachan may deem necesthe circulation of them, the corre. sary. The Committee close this part spondence of the Committee with of their Report, with quoting the emthe different auxiliary societies, pbatic prayer with which the pious scattered over all Russia, from the Metropolitan of Moscow concluded shores of the White and the Baltic his address, at the anniversary of Seas to those of the Euxine and the the Moscow Society : “ O thou Caspian, and from the frontiers of hypostatical Word of the Father! Germany to the confines of China, thou hast thyself said, that without are the objects which occupy the thee we can do nothing. Come, exertions of the Committee. Al- therefore, Infinite Goodness, and ready translations of the word of dwell in us. Then sball the good God are advancing in many new seed of thy word, sown in our dialects; and proposals of co-ope- hearts, grow by thy power; and by ration, and solicitations for assist thy grace bring forih fruit to the ance, pour in upon the Committee sanctificatiou and salvation of our from all quarters. We cannot find souls." space to enumerate the many works In Spain and Portugal, and their undertaken by the Russian Bible dependencies, the Committee have Society. The most important is not been without the means and the translation of the Scriptures opportunities of doing something into the vernacular Russ. On the towards awakening a desire for the 12th of December, the birth-day holy Scriptures, and of gratifying of the Emperor Alexander, Prince it where it has been found to exist. Galitzin presented his majesty The distribution at Madeira prowith ibe first copy of the Modern ceeds, under encouraging prospects. Russ New Testament. “ Blessed Schools, founded on the British for ever be God," writes Dr. Pin- system, increase, and the Scriptures kerton, “ who has enabled us to are introduced into them. A very behold ibis work of infinite value pleasing commencement has been to the many millions of Russians made in the island of St. Micbael, one of the Azores, containing a an adequate conception of its nature population of nearly 100,000 souls: and extent, or to appreciate duly 50 copies of the Portuguese Testa- the courage and perseverance of ment were distributed by a pious those who have stood foremost iu captain who visited thai island ; advocating its cause against the and among the willing and thankful hostility which those prejudices receivers were some persons of the bave opposed to it. The demand first station in the island, and seven for the Scriptures among the Ca. priests and friars; 10 the latter of tholics has been greater, and the whom it was an unknown book, the opportunities of gratifying it have most learned among them having been more frequent and more proseen it only in Latin. “At my mising, in the last than in any prefirst attempt to distribute them," vious year of the institution ; but says a correspondent, “none were on the other hand, the counteracseemingly inclined to receive them; tion of įhe adversaries of a free but, before I left the island, I had dissemination of the sacred volume, repeated applications for copies, has been more systematic and deand could have distributed double termined. The intrepid Leander the number to great advantage: I Van Ess has resolved to dedicate all was, at the same time, very cautious his remaining strength entirely in in disposing of them, to see that the this service. parties could read, and that they The success of the Society in the were truly desirous to have them countries bordering on the Mediterfor their own use."
ranean and its islands, has been The connexions of the Society checked by the intestine commowith Italy, from the circumstances tions which distract the Turkish of that country, have not expe- empire. Meanwhile, the Malta rienced any improvement. The Society has not been inactive in its obstacles thrown in the way of its peculiar and extensive sphere, havmeasures by the existing govern- ing distributed the Italian, Greek, ments have hitherto proved for Armenian, Syriac, and Arabic, the most part insurmountable. The Scriptures, and the Ethiopic Psal. fathers of the Armenian convent of ters, besides various European verSt. Lazaro, at Venice, bave however sions, to the shipping in its bar. sent out, at the Society's expense, bour. The translation of the New very copious supplies of Bibles and Testament into modern Greek, as Testaments, printed in their esta- well as its revision by the Archblishment, to the poor of that na- bishop of Mount Sinai, bave been tion in different parts of Asia. Very nearly accomplished; and measures gratifying testimonies have been are taking for publishing the first received of the seasonableness and edition of this work. The transacceptableness of this gift.
lation of the Albanian New Testa. In adverting to the progress of ment has also been finished, and is the biblical cause among the Ca- under a course of revision. The tholics, the Committee observe Turkish New Testament has underthat some of the operations of gone a revision by Professor Kiefthe Society in this department have ser, of Paris, and the revision and been alluded to under the head of printing of the whole of this verthe particular countries to which sion of the Bible are in progress. they relate; but that it would be The copies of Armenian and Arabic impossible, without taking a gene- Scriptures entrusted to the care of ral and uprestrained survey of the coufidential friends at Constantigreat moral contest in which the nople, are still disseminated, as prevailing prejudices of a large part opportunities offer, through the of the Roman Catholic body have regions of the Levant. involved this institution, to form
The Ionian Society goes on with CHRIST. OBSERV. APP.