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WALLINGFORD AUXILIARY BIBLE
be granted to the East India Company, as ing the last year will be reported ; and other shall afford sufficient opportunities to those business connected with the generul meeting benevolent persons who shali be desirous of transacted. The president will take the going to India, for the purpose of communi. chair precisely at lwelve o'clock. cating to its population the blessings of Christian light and moral improvement;-and also such provisions as shall prevent the obstruction of their endeavours for promoting We have much satisfaction in recording their object in that country, so long as they the formation of an Auxiliary Bible Society shall conclact themselves in a peaceable and at Wallingford, Berks, on January 7. The orderly manner.
venerable J. Allmall, Esq- the mayor, was “ That a deputation of the members of unanimously called to the chair, and be this Society be appointed to wait on his Ma- shortly, but pathetically, stated the hiappijesty's Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the ness he felt in calling the attention of a res
Earl of Buckinghamshire, the President to spectable meeting to the important object the Board of Controul, to solicit their sup- of the society. The Rev. Mr. Fisher, a port to the objects of the foregoing Resolu- neighbouring clergyman, defended his own tion, and the honour of conferring with them views and motives in taking su active a part, on the means of attaining those objects, so and adverted to the great cause of the parent far as this Society is concerned. And also institution with considerable force of arguthat the cleputation be empowered to wait ment. Mr. Alderman Alluatt followed with on any others of His Majesty's ministers, and an impressive speech, and read several comon any of the Members of either House of munications from the Lord Bisbop of SalisParliament, to whom they may deem it ex bury, who accepted the presidency of the pedient 10 apply.
Wallingford Auxiliary Society; from the “That the Governors and Treasurer of this Bishop of Durham ; W. L. Hughes, E.sq. Society bue a deputation forthe purposes men M. P.; Admiral Manley; and Col. Tilson, tioned in the foregoing resolutions, and that who all approved of the proceedings relative they be empowered to avail themselves of to its formation. The London Secretaries the assistance of any other member of the spoke with their accustomed eloquence and Society whom they may think proper." effect. Mr. Recorder Machiness wondered
The above resolutions were moved or how any rational man could entertain an seconded by Henry Thornton, Esq. M. P.; objection against such a society, and which William Wilberforce, Esq. M. P.; the Right met with the full approbation of his heart. Hon. Lord Calthorpe ; Tuomas Babington, The Rev. Messrs. Marsh and Stewart, clere Esq. M. P.; C. Noel Noel, Esq. A.P.; gymen, and the Rev. J. Raban, dissenting T. R. Kemp, Esq. N. P.; James Stephen, minister, adver tedto various topics connect. Esq. M. P.; Sir Thomas Baring, Bart. ed with this interesting cause with considerM. P.; and other gentlemen.
able point and effect. The day prored The Anniversary Serinon before the same
extremely unpropitious; but the very reSociety will be preached on Whit-Tuesday spectable company left the town-hall with next, the 19th day of May, 1812, by wie mingled emotions of delight and gratitude. Rev. William Goode, M. A. at his parish to nearly 2001. ; and they have since bees
The subscriptions and donations amounted church of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe and St. Anne Blackfriars. Service will begin at
much augmented. eleven o'clock. A collection will be made,
YORK AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. after the sermon, for the benefit of the insti. tution. At two o'clock, the Annual General holden at York, which ended in the fornia
On the 29th of January, a meeting was Meeting of the Society will be held, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside; when the tion of an Auxiliary Bible Society for tbat Committee will report the proceedings of the city and its neighbourhood. The Home
Lawrence Dundas, the Lord Mayor of York, year.
and its representative in parliament, was in the chair, and has accepted the ofice of pre
sident. The vice-presidents are:- R. J. The annual meeting of this Society will be Thompson, Esq., Rev. W. Richardson, Dr. held at the Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Wake, and A. Thorpe, Esq.; the treasurers, Street, Lincoln's-inn-fields, on Wednesday T. Swann, Esq. and J. Tweedy, Esq.; and the 6th of May, 1812, at eleven o'clock, the secretaries, W. Gray, Esq. and the Rer. when the proceedings in the committee dur. J. Graham, Near 12001. had been sub
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
scribed in about a month after the formation that had been urged against it by its oppo: of the Society.
nents. The usual resolutions were put, and An interesting report of the proceedings carried unanimously. Viscount Anson was of this meeting has been published in a appointed President; the following noble
separate pamphlet. The speeches delivered men and gentlemen Vice-Presidents, viz. on the occasion are marked by the same Earl Ferrers; the Earl of Dartmouth; the ardent zeal in the best of causes, and the Earl of Harrowby; Viscount Curzon ; Vis. samue strength of argument in its favour, count Valentia; Lord Grey; Lord Bradford; wbich we have so often had occasion to Lord G. L. Gower, M. P.; the Hon. Edward notice on similar occasions. The chief Monckton, M. P.; Sir Edward Littleton, speakers were, besides the Lord Mayor, Bart. M. P.; Sir Willian Wolseley, Bart.; Martin Stapylton, Esq.; the Rev. John Sir John Wrottesley, Bart.; Sir John ChetRichardson ; thc Rev. Jolin Overton; the wode, Bart. ; Sir George Pigot, Bart; Sir Rev. J. Graham; Mr. G. Smith; W. Grey, Oswald Mosley, Bart. M. P. ; Sir Robert Esq. ; Dr. Wakt; R. J. Thompson, Esq.; Peel, Bart. M. P.; Sir John Edensor HeathJ. Pemberton, Esq. ; AIr. H. Tuke; and the cote ; the Archdeacon of Stafford; Robert Rev. C. Wellbeloved. And we only regret Peel, Esq. M. P.; Walter Sneyd, Esq.; Rithat our limits, and the press of important chard Dyott, Lsq. ; Jolin Lane, Esq.; Thoreligious intelligence, should prevent our mis Lister, Esq. ; Thomas Swinnerton, Esq.; even attempting to do justice to them. William Philips Inge, Esq ; George Tollet,
Esq. ; W.H. C. Floger, Esq.; John Sparrow, BRADFORD AUXILIARY BIULE SOCIETY. Esq.; William Sneyd, Esq.; Edward Jervis
An Auxiliary Bible Scciety was lately Ricketts, Esq.; Edward Grove, Esq. ; Theoformed in the town of Bradford (Yorkshire) philus Levelt, Exq and its vicinity, by the united exertions of G. Cheiwynd and T. Mottershaw, Esquires, all classes of the inhabitants. No symptom were chosen joint Treasurers; and the Rev. of any diversity of opiniou discovered itself. E. Whitby, the Rev. W. Harding, the Rev. All denominations joined together“ as one G. Harris, aud Mr. J. Hurball, Secretaries. Ipan," in the glorious orject of assisting to By the particular desire of the meeting, distribute the pure word of God at home communicated to liim by the Chairman, Mr. and abroad.' The Rev. J. Crosse, vicar of Gisborne has been prevailed on to publish the parish church, was unanimously chosen the substance of the speech which he delias the president; John Hardy, Esq. kindly vered on this occasion. We have been so undertook the office of secretary i and a furtunate as to receive a copy of it in time committee was formed, consisting of ministers to add a few extracts wbich cannot fail to of various denominations, and a select num prove highly interesting to our readers, and ber of the gentlemen resident in the town which, we trust, will serve as an inducement aud neighbourhood. The subscriptions were to them to peruse the whole extremely liberal.
In proof of the deficiency of Bibles exist.
ing at home, one of the main points now at STAFFORDSHIRE AUXILIARY DIBLE issue between the Biblists and Antibiblists, SOCIETY.
Mr. Gisborne produced the fact, that in conOn the 8th instant, a numerous meeting was sequence of an actual enumeration of the faheld in the County Hall at Stafford, for the milies in the diocese of Durham in want of purpose of forming an Auxiliary Bible So. Bibles, which was made by desire of the Bi. ciety for Staffordshire. The High Sheriff, shop, it appeared that the number amounted Mr. Mottershaw, proposed that Thomas Lis to 5300. If this be considered as a fair ground ter, Esq. should be called to the chair, which of computation for all the other dioceses in was unanimously agreed to. Mr. Lister the kingdoro, the number of families in Engopened the business at considerable length; land and Wales in want of Bibles will and in a very able, porspicuous, and eloquent amount to more than 350,000, or nearly two speech, fraught with the noblest sentiments, millions of individuals. Now considering recommended to the meeting the institution the local circumstances of Durham, and the of the proposed society. He was followed character and knowu muuificence of its Biby the three Secretaries of the Parent So- shop, there will be no reason to suppose cie.y, by the Rev. Mr. Gisborne, and many
that it is in a state, as to the diffusion of others, who distinguished themselves by a the Scriptures, inferior to the average condi. luminous exposition of the benefits accruing tion of England and Wales.- Mr. Gisborne from the British and Foreign Bible Society, and a convincing refutation of the objections It is published for Cadell and Davies,
stated some farther facts which equally tend be filled, additional means, 'new means, to this conclusion, that “ the actual defi- means more large, more comprehensive, more ciency of Bibles in this kingdom is of such efficacions are indispensable. magnitude as no common apprehension had " It is liere that the British and Foreign anticipated.”
Bible Society stands forward. In discussing the important question how " Some persons, Sir, have been disposed to this vold is to be filled, Mr. Gisborne adverts, occupy tbemselves in speculating, whether with becoming expressions of commendation, equal good with respect to the distribution to the beneficent labours of the Society for of the Scriptures among our poor might not promoting Christian Knowledge, of which have been accomplished by a farther increase he himself has been a member for twenty- of subscriptions to the Society for promoting six years. He then proceeds thus.
Christian Knowledge, as by the institution of « That the Society for promoting Chris- the British and Foreign Bible Society. That tian knowledge is altogether incompetent to good wilt result frora every addition to the furnish to the poor of this country the requi. income of the Society for promoting Chris. site supply of the Scriptures, is demoustrated tian Knowledge, I am persuaded. But, in by the actual state of the poor at this mo. my judgment, there is not the shalow of a ment with respect to the Scriptures; a slate doubt on the conclusion, that it would be which I have receutly laid before you; a vain to anticipate an equal amount of good state which is subsisting when the society from an enlurgement of the funds of that in question has been employing its exertions Society, as from the real and the energy of during one hundred and ten years; when an institution formed on the broad and har. during the last eight years those exertions monizing principle of uniting, in one line of have been vigorously seconded by the ope. exertion, Christians of every description, rations of the British and Foreiga Bible So- Christians who, setting apart ths matters of ciety; when during more than thirty of the opinion in which their sentiinents may differ, last years those exertions have been suc- co-operate with hand and heart in the grand coured by the labours of yet another 50- object in which they are all agreed, the dia-, ciety, to which I shall speedily have occa- semination, through this country and through sion to advert. In declaring these facts, in every cowutry, of the pure word of God. drawing the inevitable conclusion from them, Bat such speculations are idle; they are am I imputing blame to the Society for pro- worse than idle. They are idle, because the moting Christian Knowledge? If I am im- question is decided : the British and Fo. puting blame to that society, I am imputing reign Bible Society is in oxistence. They it to myself. No idea is more remote from are worse than idle: because they delay and my mind, than that of imputing blame to discourage us from entering instantly on the the society. It has been powerfully and ex. great and glorious work which demends all tensively beneficial. But a very large pore our exertions. The British and Foreign tion of its revenues is necessarily absorbed in Bible Society is not in speculation, but in erthe other objects which belong to its institu- istence. It is not in possibility, but in enertion; the distribution of Prayer-books, the getic operation. The acorn is sowii; it has circulation of religious tracts, and the encou- put forth its root; it has shot up its stem; ragement of charity schools. And though it it has risen into a majestic oak, whose top has of late obtained, and I rejoice that it has daily ascends nearer and nearer to the skies, obtained, an extraordinary accession of sub- and whose branches are stretching them. scribers and of annual income; yet I appre selves across the world. The question is not, hend that if we contemplate the very great whether the tree shall be planted : It is augmentation of the aumber of the people, planted. The question is not, whether the and the increase which has taken place in tree may flourish : It does flourish. The the price of paper, and in all the articles only question is, whether we shall take to and expences of printing, it will be found ourselves a portion of the honour and of that the existing revenues of the Society, the delight of watering its roots; of instrue' under the existing prices and the existing mentally forwarding its growth; of contripopulation, will not enable it to effect buting to the expansion of its branches, till more in proportion towards the supply of all the unprovided poor, the scripturally und the Scriptures for the poor, than it was ca- provided poor, at home and abroad, shall pable of effecting twenty years ago with its rest and rejoice under its canopy." former revenue, under the former prices and Mr. Gisborne noticed and disproved the she former population.
unfounded objection which has been raised " It is manifest then, that if the void is to to the Bible Society, as if it were opposed to
the Society for promoting Christian Know are associated with Dissenters. Are Disledge." I understand not,” he adds, “ this senters then a body of men with whom no jealousy between my right hand and my communication can be held? Are they a left. The two societies are two sisters, body of men with wbom a Churchman is partly having one object in common, partly in no instance to have intercourse? Are they having each of them an object peculiar to a body of men to be interdicted from the herself. Let them proceed throughout the use of fire and water? Are they a body of kingdom hand in hand, from county to men, who, if they engage in a good work, county, from village to village, from cot pollute it? Are they a body of men with tage to cottage, scattering the sacred vo whom is a Churchman engages in a good lume. And when for a season they sepa. work, he is polluted? Or is it only in the rate, each for the discharge of her peculiar distribution of the Scriptures, that we office; when the one, turning inland, be are to fly froni the possibility of contact stus her distribution of the Liturgy, and of with them? Are we to unite with them in her smaller religious publications, and in- subscribing to an infirmary; are we to cospects the state of her schools of charity: operate in establishing a soup-shop; are we and the other, bearing to the coast, ascends to join our exertions in the support of all lothe vessel and crosses the ocean to commu- cal charities; are we to desire the aid of nicate the Gospel to both hemispheres, from their bayonets in our battles on shore, and the north to the south, from the east to the of their cutlasses on the decks of our ships ; West; each may well bid the other God are we to go hand in hand with them in speed ; each may well look after the other every circumstance, except in the donation with a complacent eye; each may well re- of a Bible? Is this reason, is it equity, juice when again they meet on British is it candour, is it common sense? But ground, and pursue their united labours as this intercourse, it is said, will endanger before."
the Church, and forward the progress of “ The charges advanced against the British dissent. Were I a Dissenter, possibly I and Foreign Bible Society at different pe- might think that there is something in the riods of its progress, were they not likely argument; but in the mouth of members of to be occasionally mischievous, might sure the Establishment, the proposition is indeed nish considerable entertainment. At one marvellous ! Am I to conceive, that, in protime it was clamorously alleged ; • Notes portion as more shall be known of our tenets and comments and interpretations will be and of our proceedings by those who differ inserted into your Bibles. You will under- from us, the worse those tenets and those mine the Church of England by the expo- proceedings will appear? Is it by keeping sitions which you will interweave into the ourselves out of the way of observation that sacred volume.'— It is impossible,” replied groundless prejudices against us are to be the Society. It is a fundamental law of removed ?" our constitution, that neither note nor com Mr. Gisborne then repels the grand obment shall ever be added.' Then succeeds joction brought forward by Dr. Marsh in rean accusation from the opposite quarter of spect to the omission of the Prayer-book. the sky; Why do you send forth the After adverting to the strictly analogous naScriptures without an interpretation? The ture of the Naval and Military Bible So. Established Church will be ruined by your çiety, which adopts “ the identical principle, dispersion of the Bible without note or com- the very principle in spirit and letter” on ment? I leave these two classes of objec- which the Bible Society is founded;" here," tors to settle accounts each with the other. he observes, “ is a society, which during more For the overthrow of the Bible Society both than thirty years has been existing, has been classes are equally anxious. And when they in active operation, exclusively on that prinhave determined whether it will be more ciple, on the principle of distributing the conducive towards the effecting of the ship. Scriptures without note or comment, and wreck, that the wind should blow from the without the Liturgy; a society so dangerous, east, or that it should blow from the west, or according to the arguments of those persons that it should blow from the east and from who oppose the British and Foreign Bible the west at once; it will then be sufficiently Society, to the Establishment, that after the Carly for the pilots of the vessel to deliberate existence and operation of such a society what measures may be needful, in order to during such a period, thic matter of surprise avoid the rocks on the one side, and the is that our Constitution in Church, and in quicksands on the other.
State as connected with the Church, should "A tbird objection is, that in the Bible So. at this moment survive! And where, through siety members of the Established Church out this long season of pecil, have been the CHRIST, OBSERV. No. 124.
writers, who of late have pressed forward bers of the Society for promoting Christian with so much eagerness to exercise their knowledge under any constraint to distria hostility against the British and Foreign bute Prayer-books with their Bibles ? Not Bible Society ? Were they acquainted with under the slightest constraint. The society the existence of the Naval and Military furnishes at certaiu prices Prayer-books and Bible Society? If it was known to then, Religious Tracts, as well as Bibles, to its where has been their zeal, where their members who apply for them. But its memwatchfulness, where their fidelity, where bers apply for Bibles without Prayer-books, their impartiality? How is it that they have or for Prayer-books without Bibles, or for slept upon their post? If, as I believe to Religious Tracts without either Prayer, book be the case, it was not known to them, or Bible, exactly as they deem expedient. the circumstance may instruct them in Are the wenibers of the British and Foreign a profitable lesson ; that it is advisable to Bible Society under any prohibition, under obtain information before we pronounce any impediment, as to adding the gift of a judgment, that it is expedient to inquire Prayer-book when they bestow a Bible? Not hefore we condemn. But I must not yet under the shadow of a prohibition : not un, dismiss this tremendous Society. Who is der the smallest impediment. The gift is its Patron? A brother of the Prince Re- added continually: and may be added gent; His Royal Highness the Duke of wherever it is needed and will be acceptYork! Who is ils Vice-Patron ? I ani cons able! The whole of the difference concernstrained to staic the fact as I find it-an ing which this turmoil of prejudice, this mist of other Duke of Royal blood, His Royal sophistry, has been raised, amounts simply Highness the Duke of Gloucester! But to this circunstance that the members of Patrons and Vice. Patrons, it may be thought, the Society for promoting Christian Knoware a sort of sleeping partners in public in ledge procure their Bibles and their Prayerstitutions. • The President,' it may be said, books from the same warehouse; the mem• is the organ of the Society. He is the effi-bers of the British and Foreign Bible Socient man. Who then is the President of cicty procure their Bibles from one warebonse this Naval and Military Bible Society? I and their Prayer-books from another. And read the name from their own report: His that man must be little concerned for the disGrace the Archbishop of Canterbury." tribution of the Liturgy, who, after having
The sequel of Mr. Gisborge's speech is so obtained Bibles from ond warehouse, will truly eloquent, as well as excellent, that we not walk five steps across the street, or write are induced to give it almost eutire. a letter of five lines, to obtain Prayer-books
". To what event, I would ask, is it that we' from the other. are indebted for our Liturgy? To the ci “The justification of the British and Foreign culation of the Bible. Where was our Pray- Bible Society is found in its conduct : its reer-book before the days of Henry the Eighti, commendation, in the immeasurable good, wbile the Scriptures were a dead letter in the which, under the blessing and the grace of land ? Parts of it undoubtedly were subsiste Gud, it is effecting. Like the first preacliers ing: for parts of it have existed from the early of that divine word, bearing which in its times of Christianity, perhaps even from hand, it goes throughout the world, it may the Apostolical age. But they were buried be misconceived, it may be misrepresented, under tho rubbish of ignorance and super, it may be calumniated. Every accusation stition. When the light of reformation ap- it will meet with the reply which those peared, when the Bible was circulated, then preachers of the Gospel enjoined by precept came forth our Liturgy : then came forth and by example. It will reply, by faithful the pure gold,' separated from baser metals: perseverance in the path of duty : by well then was it compacted into its present form, doing putting to silence the ignorance of to be a model for the devotions of that day. foolish men, that they who are of the conu model for our own devotions, a model, I trary part may be ashamed, having no evil trust, for the devotions of distant genera- thing to say of it.' tious. The Prayer-book of the Church of “ It appears to be the purpose of ProviEngland is the daughter of the Bible. The dence, in its ordinary dispensations, iliat daughter possessos no authority, nor energy, countries and individuals entrusted with large nor efficacy, besides that which she derives portions of its bounty should be its instrufrom the parent. But are we to say that ments to impart its aid from their fuluess to the parent cannot sustain itself, cannot be regions and persons left iu need of supply. ethicacious, unless sbe is accompanied and Those parts of the world, where tbe know.. upheld by the daughter? What, however, ledge of our great Redeemer has not been is the real, the simple faci? Are the semi communicated, or is scantily possessed, are