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knowledge in France, by the means of a confiderable number of bibles, to be printed at their expence, and to be fent over for distribution amongst those in that country who had no access to the sacred volume. Before this plan, however, was carried into execution, the breaking out of the present war rendered it altogether impracticable ; in consequence of which, the Society determined upon affording to the indigent Roman Catholics of this kingdom, the advantages which were originally intended for their poor fellow-finners in France, Mr. William Hall of this city, being informed of their design ; and defiring to co-operate with them in a measure fo well calculated to be useful, wrote to Mr. Pierce, the secretary of that fociety, a letter, with a copy of which we are at liberty to present our readers.

Dr. Sir,

Dublin, Feb. 10, 1803. I have the pleasure to inform you, that the Gospel is spreading in this land of darkness, and Misionaries are constantly employed by the Dublin and Ulster Evangelical Societies, by whose means the glad tidings are spread through most parts of the country. Very pleasing effects have been produced, and the divine power accompanies, and renders the means effectual. We have also a Religious Tract Society, by which the word of Truth is extensively dispersed, and pleasing accounts have been received of its utility amongst the Roman Catholics. The field for usefulness is large, and the means comparatively small. I am of opinion 10,000 bibles might be usefully distributed in this country, through the channels above mentioned, which are different from those in which Dr. Coke is particularly engaged. If the society to which you are secretary, should find themselves disposed to send any of their bibles for this purpose, I will take care they are properly bound, and distributed in such a manner as will


appear best calculated to answer the design of the donors. I am, Sir, Your faithful friend,

WM. HALL. The above letter was read by Mr. Pierce at a meeting of the society held August 25, 1803, five members being prefent, and John Gill, Efq. in the chair : after which the society RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY as follows:

That the remaining thousand bibles in the hands of the fecretary, be sent to Mr. William Hall of Dublin, in order to be disposed of (gratis) by the Dublin and Ulster Evangelical Societies, and Religious Tract Society, engaged in promoting religious knowledge among the poor Catholics in Ireland :

That the balance in the hands of the treasurer, after paying expences of packing, freight, and shipping, &c. of the aforesaid bibles, be remitted to Mr. William Hall of Dublin, towards binding the said bibles :

* That Mr. William Hall of Dublin be desired to transmit an account of his disposal of the bibles ; it would also be particularly acceptable to hear of any good being done, if any such circumstances should fall within Mr. Hall's knowledge, or be received by him, he be desired to make such communication to the secretary, that the gentlemen may be informed thereof by letter addressed to each :

That the thanks of the meeting be given to John Gill, Esq. for taking the chair, and conducting the business of the meeting.

C. Pierce, Sec. To the above we have only to add, that the bibles have since been sent over according to the resolution above stated; that many of them have already been distributed, and are still distributing; and that it is our hope and prayer that He whose word those books contain, will bless the means thus adopted for the diffemination of them, by opening the eyes of those into whose hands they may fall, to discover that great Saviour and great falvation which the word brings nigh to all that hear or to all that read.


To CORRESPONDENTS. We suppose our friend near Sligo has, long fince, received by post our answer to his kind letter, dated March 19th, 1804.

BERÆUS is informed, that where we found his letter, there he may find our answer: and we hope it will satisfactorily account to him for our declining to infert either of them in our publication.

We shall thankfully receive communications from such as desire to unite their efforts with ours in maintaining the cause of the Gospel : and we shall consider ourselves particularly indebted to any who shall convey to us articles of domestic religious intelligence, connected not merely with what is commonly called religion, but with that religion which acknowledges Divine Truth as its only basis.

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As the salvation of finners, the true end of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ into the world, obliged Him to expiate sin, and destroy the dominion of Satan : so the performing of these great works required, in His person, an infinite dignity and power. For as it was not poffible He should give them eternal life, without doing away their guilt, and satisfying the justice of the Father, and delivering them from the hold of devils; so it was alike impoffible that he should perfect these things, without an infinite merit, and a Divine strength; that is to say, without being God; none but Very God being capable of possessing an infinite, either dignity,


or power:

As then the streams conduct us to their spring; the house to the foundation that sustaineth it; branches to their stock and root : so the salvation, which is of the Lord Jesus, leadeth us to the acts by which He obtained it; and thence to the quality, that was necessary in his person, for the execution of those acts. Salvation is the fruit of this tree of life; the satisfaction of his cross is the branch, that bure this noble fruit; and his almighty, most holy, and divine person is the stock, or root, that shot forth this beautiful and blessed branch. Wonder not, believing brethren, that Jesus should give life and eternity to us, poor finners, that have deserved death, and the curse of God : for he purchased remiffion of our fins by his blood, and by the sweet favour of his sacrifice, perfectly appeased the wrath of God, which withstood our entering his heavenly kingdom. Neither account it any more ftrange, that this Jesus, fo infirm, clothed with frail flesh, subject to all our sufferings, should be able to offer so great and fo precious a facrifice to God: for how weak and defpicable foever was that form, under which he appeared here below; he is nevertheless, in reality, the true Son of God; his Wisdom, his Word, and his Power; the perfect expreffion of his person; his living and essential image ; the sovereign Lord, and Creator of the universe.

For understanding aright how the Lord Jesus is the image of God, we must observe at the entrance, that the word image is of great extent, fignifying generally every thing that represents another: whence, as things are variously represented, it comes to pass, that there is great variety and difference of images. Some are perfect, having in them an entire, exact, and ade


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