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.appropriate to their purpose. We dope to give an extract or two from the Report in our next. Want of space alone prevents us this month.
17.—London Religious Tract Society.
The Fortietli Annual Report of this truly excellent Institution ba* reached us. It is as usual replete with most interesting and cheering intelligence in reference to the spread of Divine truth through the medium of tracts. VV'e have only space to extract one or two items from the Report. The first relates to the publications circulated, concerning wliicti the Committee says:—
"The publications which have been issued from the depository during the year, amount to eighteen millions and forty-two thousand five hundred and thirty-nine, being an increase on the preceding year of two millions one hundred and two thousand nine hundred and seventy-two; making the total circulation of the Society, in about eighty-five languages, including the issues of Foreign societies, assisted by this Institution, amount to upwards of two hundred and ninety-three millions.
"The gratuitous issues for the year, in money grants, paper, and publications, together with the grants for libraries, amount to i.'7,7U). V*. id., being i'2,'257. Is*. 1'/. beyond the total benevolent income of the Institution, from subscriptions, donations, and contributions from auxiliaries and all other sources.
"The amount of sales has been .£50, U7-I-1-. The total receipts for the past year amounted to £0*2,9.19-7-6 being an increase of £161-1-1 on the former year. In the concluding language of the Report we most fully concur.
"In concluding the Report, the Committee have one duty to discharge, which they do with cheerful gratitude to Him who is head over all things, to his body, the church,—that duty is to congratulate their numerous friends, that in these times of excitement, the receipts and circulation of the Society have been larger than in preceeding years; a fact which, they think, clearly shows, that its principles are valued by a large proportion of the church of Christ. If, in some few cases, the Committee have not been able to meet the wishes of former friends, by raising what must have become the standard of sectarianism over the Institution, they can truly say, that anxious as they have been to be guided in all things by the Holy Spirit, and seeking, as they have done, the direction of 'the wisdom which cometh down from above,' they have not discovered 'a more excellent way' for the management of the Institution, than the one laid down at first by its venerated and departed founders. They feel that, in humble and constant dependance upon Cod, it is their solemn duty to maintain inviolate, the truly Christian principles of the Society ; trusting that, ere long, by mutual forbearance, all the members of' the household of faith' will ' stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel.'"
May the Committee of the Tract and every other Catholic Society, ever be enabled to lift up the standard of Scriptural truth against all the efforts of all sectarians to rend and divide the one true atid holy Church of the Lord Jesus.
18.—Missions At The Cape. By recent arrivals from the Cape we have been put in possession of the accounts of the Annual Meeting of the London Missionary Society's Missions in that country. They are in a flourishing condition notwithstanding the constant attacks to which they are subjected by political antagonists. They have outlived many a slander, covert and open, and bid fair under Cod's blessing to prove the truth of the Scripture, that
“Wisdom will be justified in all her children.” The venerable Dr. Phili still continues a terror to evil-doers and a praise to such as do .# May he be long spared to perfect the work he has so nobly carried on for many a year.
19.-INTER view with HAJI KAKAR.
Extract of a letter from Rev. J. T. Thompson of Delhi.
I had nearly omitted to mention that when the Detachment of the Cabul Army with the state prisoner, Haji Kákar, passed through this, a much esteemed friend, asked me for a Persian Testament top resent to him, and the next day he asked me to go and see the Haji, which I did ; and conceiving that being now come into Hindustán he might at no distant period become acquainted with its language, I carried and presented to him one of your Urdu Testaments with marginal references, read to him out of it and the Persian, and finding the venerable old man deeply affected and in tears, I proposed prayer, when he stood up and continued in the attitude of prayer, and responded to every petition. After prayer he embraced me, said he could remain a twelvemonth listening to me, but since he must part, begged that if he wrote to me I would reply: and added, “if my prayers for myself are accepted, I will not fail to intercede for you, and if your prayers are accepted, do not fail to pray for me." On seeing him weep profusely, I tendered him my pocket-handkerchief; he wiped his eyes and regretting he was in the condition of a prisoner, he begged me to keep his in return, having, he said, nothing better to offer for my acceptance.—Herald.
20.-Distribution of THE Scriptures At DAccA.
Extract of a letter from Rev W. Robinson.
On Monday the 24th, the long expected packages of books and tracts arrived. Without loss of time, I placed the well bound books on shelves, which had been prepared for them. So neat was their appearance when thus arranged, that I thought my book-shelves almost rivalled those of a Calcutta bookseller. We went in the evening to the suspension bridge to preach, taking a few of the new books and tracts with us. As soon as we appeared, a poor man cried out : “Sir, have you got the holy shastar P’ “Yes,” said I, “here is a part of it,” I gave him the gospel of John, which he received with great pleasure. We had much disputing, but I must omit that to tell you another story.
On the following morning, i. e. Tuesday the 25th, I sent a number of the books, perhaps a quarter of them, to brother Leonard's and the house of our native brethren. About twelve o'clock a scene commenced to which I had never witnessed a parallel. It espectable people began to come for books, and I determined to keep an account of the number of applicants. I put down 2, 1, 1, 2, 13, 19 ; but here my arithmetic failed: a large crowd had collected, all anxious for books. I was obliged to stand in the doorway, to keep them in the verandah : for had they come into the house and got a sight of the books, no order could have been preserved. My children brought the books and tracts to me, and I distributed them till I felt quite exhausted. I then begged the people to depart, that I might take some refreshment. Many went, but some remained. As soon as I rose from the table, which I did in about half an hour, my verandah was again filled, and in a few minutes every copy of the Gospel and the Acts, every copy of the Psalms, and every copy of the New Testament was gone. I had then nothing to offer but the single gospels and tracts. About a hundred of the former were taken, and of the latter more than I could number. I again begged the people to retire, for I was not only weary, but very uneasy in mind. I shut myself
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up in my room, And began to reflect. "I have," thought I, "in three hours given away, the single gospels excepted, every copy of the Scriptures, which 1 have just received. In the morning I had one book case and half another filled with very handsome books, in the preparation of which a large sum of money had been expended ;—and now every shelf is empty. Have I done right? Will not our good friends in England and America censure me for imprudence? They may, but I will tell them, The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. These books, I thought again, have been given to respectable people, to brahmans, to sirkars, to persons of the writer caste, to officers of the civil courts, to persons living in distant parts of the zillah, and some to persons from other zillahs. All of them, as far as I can jud^e, have been given to persons who can read well." Thus I was a little cheered; but I felt that so much seed having been sown in one day, it ought to be wittered with very much prayer. At the prayer, meeting in the evening, Ramchandra said, " I was in the court part of the day, and I saw many people come in with books which they had received from you. They all took great care of the large books, but I saw a man burn two of the tracts."
On Wednesday the 26th, though I had only single gospels to dispose of, the crowd was greater, at my house, than the day before. People began to come early in the morning, and, by eleven o'clock, two or three came every few minutes, (.'hand, who was with me on that day, proposed putting n table in the verandah with books on it for distribution. We did so: and he sat by it to serve our customers. But the sight of so many books occasioned a tumult, each man insisting upon having one of every sort; and my poor table having got a fracture in its leg, we were obliged to dispense with its services. I now sent for Gangs narayan, and we were all three engaged in distributing for about two hours, when we were quite exhausted. The crowd had become very great, perhaps 150 people; the noise and confusion very unpleasant: I therefore told them, tfiat I would give away no more books that day. We, however, continued to talk with the people, discussing the merits of Hinduism and Christianity, and now and then giving a tract, for it was impossible to refuse every application. By three o'clock full halt the single gospels and tracts were gone; then, in good earnest, 1 determined to stop for the day.—I am afraid this extravagance will produce a famine, but what can we do? The books and tracts were sent to be given to those who can read, and to such they have been given.
On Thursday the 27th, great numbers came again for books. By two o'clock all the single gospels in Bengali were gone, those in Sanskrit and a few in Hindustani only remained. Of tracts only a few hundreds remained, chiefly in Hindustani.
You will now perceive that I used no hyperbole, when I said, in a former letter, " We can dispose of all the books you print, and exhaust the Depot of the Tract Society." 1 have not begged the people to accept these books; they have come to my house and solicited them, and that, in many,cases, with surprising importunity; nor have they been given to a bazar rabble, but to respectable people, who are likely to read them.
On Friday the 28th, many persons came for books, but finding that I had only tracts to give, the concourse was less than on the preceding days. I commenced by giving about twenty tracts to a man from the zillah of Backer.ganj. He begged that I would give him a number to take home with him, "because," said he, "there are none procurable where I live, and I want to shew them to my neighbours, as well as read them myself." I told him, he might get more by applying to Mr. Bareiro at the zillah town. I had to refuse many to-day, who came to beg parts of the Scriptures. Sorrow and disappointment were depicted on their countenances. The books, which were sent to brother Leonard's and to the house of our native brethren, are also gone, and brother Leonard has even been obliged to encroach on his old stock. Thus about a thousand and one hundred copies of different parts of the Scriptures, and an innumerable number of tracts, have been given away at the earnest solicitation of the natives in four days. The Musalmáns have now become eager for books, every Hindustání gospel is gone, and many of the Hindustání tracts. Can you send us another stock immediately P Let us have a good number of gospels and Testaments in Hindustání. The books already distributed have only whetted the public appetite.—Ibid.
21.—Abolition of SAT1' IN THE BARod A StATE.
It is with much pleasure that we give our confirmation to a piece of intelligence, which a few weeks ago appeared in some of the public prints, respecting the abolition of Sati throughout the extensive territories of His Highness the Gáikawar. We have made particular inquiries into the circumstances in which this arrangement, so satisfactory to every philanthropist, originated ; and we are happy to be able to state that they are highly creditable to all the parties concerned.
It appears that about the beginning of December last, the Honorable James Sutherland, Esq., the Political Commissioner for Gujarát and Resident at the Barodá Court, reported to the Bombay Government the occurrence of a Sati in the capital, the sufferer being the widow of a Deshasth brähman, originally an inhabitant of Ratnagiri in the Southern Konkan. He also stated, with regret, that one or two occurrences of a like nature annually took place in the town, with the permission of the native authorities. The sentiments which he expressed on this subject were immediately reciprocated by the Governor in Council; and the expediency was suggested to him of embracing the opportunity, when the British Government might come to a final-settlement with the Barodá Darbár, of endeavouring to induce His Highness the Gáikawir of his own accord to prohibit the performance of Sati within his territories. Before the communication from the Government, however, had reached Barodá, Mr. Sutherland had remonstrated with the Gáikawār, both by written correspondence and conversation, in such terms, as led His Highness to inform him, on the 12th of February, that he had determined to cause proper arrangements to be made, conformably to the usages of his government, to prevent the practice of Sati. The congratulation of the Bombay Government followed; and the advice was judiciously tendered by it to His Highness, to the effect that he should issue a proclamation prohibiting the rite under the severest penalties. His Highness has agreed to give notice of his intentions in such terms as will accomplish the object in view.
The example of Mr. Sutherland, the Bombay Government, and the Gáikawār, we trust, will encourage other high functionaries and native chiefs to support the cause of benevolence and humanity, by their zealous advocacy, and faithful use of their authority. The funeral pile, we expect soon to see deprived of the living victim throughout the Native states, as it has been, for the last ten years, throughout our own dominions. Can no more decided effects than have lately been reported, be made for the prevention of a crime, kindred to that which we have now noticed,—the practice of infanticide throughout the Itajput states ? The high character of the gentlemen in civil employ in these
districts, warrants us to expect the fulfilment of the anticipations too prematurely formed in the days of Walker and Duncan. The vigorous measures, first originated by Mr. Willonghby. in Katiawar, we hear are still beneficially persevered in by his successors. Sir James Carnac, who has lately enforced treaties too long suffered to be disregarded by the parties concerned in them, we confidently believe, will refresh the memories of the chiefs both in the Gujarat peninsula and the principality of Kach. It is reported that His Excellency intends to visit Bhuj with some benevolent object in view, early next cold season.—Bombay Christian Spectator.
22.—Bombay Auxiliary Bible Society. From the last Report we gather the following information.
1. English Scriptures. From the Parent Society, there have been received 200 Bibles, and too New Testaments. This grant w;is elicited principally to meet the demands for the sacred volume, which have been created by different educational institutions in the Northwest of India; but till the stock be exhaused, copies can he obtained for miscellaneous circulation, by purchase from the depository, or an application to the Secretaries. The Committee have lately petitioned the 1'arent Society for an additional grant of 200 Bibles, and £00 Testaments, "for circulation among native youth," and for a " small supply of Bibles and Testaments in superior bindings, and with marginal references, for sale to the public."
2. Portuguese Scriptures. The Committee has lately solicited a grant of 200 copies of the New Testament, according to Pereira's translation, which, though capable of much improvement, is more intelligible and acceptable to the Portuguese of India, than that of I >'Almeida, to which the supply on hand lias long been exclusively confined.
3. Hebrew Scriptures. To the Parent Institution, the Society is indebted for 200 New Testaments, which supply the place of those copies which are mentioned in the last report as having been recalled on account of some errors in the printing and binding, which were detected by one of the Secretaries of this Auxiliary. 100 Bibles, and the same number of New Testaments, have been lately asked from London. They are intended to meet demands in behalf of Jews resident not only in India, but in Arabia and Persia.
4. Persian Sci'iptures. Though the supply at present in the depository, is not yet exhausted, 200 Old Testaments, 300 Genesis, 200 Pentateuch*, 300 Psalms, and 300 Isaiah, have been solicited from London.
3. Arabic Scriptures. 100 Bibles, GOO New Testaments, and 300 Gospels have been asked from the Parent Society.
6. Armenian Scriptures. As the language of the Old Armenian version has become in a great measure obsolete, 300 copies of a translation of the Now Testament lately made into the modern dialect, and 200 Psalters, have been ordered, to meet demands which may be made in behalf of the people speaking that language, scattered throughout the countries of Asia to which the influence of this Society extends.
1. Turkish Scriptures. 25 Now Testaments have been ordered.
H. Hindustani Scripture*. Of the edition of the London Missionary Society's Missionaries at Bansras, mentioned in the last report, 200 New Testaments, 300 of tho Gospel according to Johii, and 3(>(> of the Acts of the Apostles, have been received into the depository. They were obtained by purchase. At a late meeting of the Committee, it was agreed to solicit from the Calcutta Bible Society, the following Scriptures :— 700 of each of the Gospels, in Urdu. 2000 copies of the New Testament, in Urdu.