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for when such an one finds the man reading, and asks him, Understandest thou what thou readest ? he frankly replies, How can I, except some one teach me.'— These living expositors of the Bible, the Missionary Society wishes to send into all the earth, that in some countries they may both translate the Scriptures and preach their contents; and in others may excite the attention of men to read and assist them to understand the Bible, which they already possess in their own tongue. But the Society is painfully restricted in its operations, by want of funds adequate to the immense field which lies before it.
Divine Providence having always supplied the Directors with Candidates for Missionary labours much faster than their funds would furnish support, and the charges of their present Missionary Establishment being tar beyond the annual income of the Society, it certainly behoves the friends of the cause to look around in their respective circles, and to consider of the most effective measures to promote the interest of that Institution which has not only been owned by the Lord of tlosts in the prosecution of its primary object, the conversion of the heathen,-but has been so eininently useful, in a collateral way, by means of the various Institutions to which it has givea birth.'
With this view, if a few Christian friends (say five or six) in any town or district, would mect for considering the subject, and continue their mectings weekly, endeavouring to gather strength by the accession, from time to time, of new members from various denominations of Christians, and seeking at every meeting the direction and support of the great Head of the church, much good might be done; and by patiently persevering in these preparatory measures for a few months, they would then be prepared to submit their measures to the public; -- and though it is not to be expected that patrons of the Missionary labours will be so numerous as those of the Bible Society, yet the infuente of the Missionary Society Inight become far more general than it has bitherto been, and inore nearly commensurate to the immense field hefore them in the world, which lieth in the wicked one, and in the darkness of the shadow of death, to whora it is their earnest desire to send the light of the glorious gospel, and to communicate the knowledge of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
AFRICAN AND ASIATIC SOCIETY. - The Annual Meeting will be held at Free Masons' Tavern, on Tuesday, May 5, at Three o'clock, precisely, W. Wilberforce, Esq. in the Chair.
BAITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. --The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held at the Free Masons' Hall, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, on Wednesday, May 6, at Eleven o'clock, when the Proceedings in the Committee, during the last year, will be reported ; and other business connected with the General Meeting transacted. The Chair to be taken at Twelve, precisely.
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY.-The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, on Tuesday the 12th of May,, at Twelve o'clock, precisely.---The Annual Sermon will be preached on Friday morning, the 8th of May, at St. Antholin's Church, Watling-Street, by the Rev. T. Scott, A.M. Rector of Aston Sandford, Bucks. Service to begin at Eleven o'clock.
Society for promoting the Observunce of the Lord's Day, and for the Şuppression of Public Lewdness.—The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held (by Divine permission) on Tuesday the 12th of May, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, at Six o'clock in the evening. The Chair will be taken at Half past Six; precisely:
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIÉTY. - 'The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, on Thursday, May 14, at Seven o'clock in the morning; to close at Tep, precisely.
HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held on Friday, May 15, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, at Seven o'clock in the morning.
Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liderly. -The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, ok Saturday, May 16, at Twelve o'clock, precisely.
SOCIETY FOR MissionS TO AFRICA ANDTHE EAST.-The Annual Sermon before this Society, will be preached on Whit- Tuesday, May 19, at St. Ann's, Blackfriars, by the Rev. Mr. Goode.
LONDON.–Ar a Meeting of Dissenting Ministers of the 3 denominations, beld at Dr. Williams's Library, Red Cross Street, on Tuesday the 21st of April, it was resolved, on the inotion of Mr. Rees, seconded by Dr. Rees, That a Petition should be presented to both houses of Parliament, praying the Repeal of all Penal Laws respecting religion. There was, however, a considerablc difference of opinion respecting the propriety of presenting such a petition at the present inement: the numbers being, for the petition, 30 ; against it 26.
April 22. It is reported, and we believe on good authority, that should the expected decision of the Court of King's Bench confirm the new and restricted construction of the Toleration Act, there is a disposition, on the part of Government, to relieve the Dissenters from the inconveniences to which such a decision must expose them.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
€ s. d. N. M. St. Helen's, 11.-- 51.
6 0 0 A Friend at Dalkeith, by Rev. D. Bogue
10 0 0 Friends at Corfe Castle, by Rev. Thomas Denny
3 3 Ditto at Swannage, by Rev. Mr. Collins
4 4 Ditto at Totton, by. Rev. D. Bogue
0 12 0 Petter Lane Auxiliary Society, by Rev. G. Burder
36 12 6 W. P. by G. Hodson, 51.-H. Y. ll. 18.- Sarah, 11.
7 1 0 Rev. Samuel Bottomley and Friends, Scarborough
90 Associate Congregation, Kinross, N. Britain, by Rev. J. Hay 10 0 Young Gentlemen at the Rev. J. Fowler's Academy, Walworth 5 0 Rev. Mr. Charles and Friends, Bala
14 14 0 Legacy of Mr. Peter Lemaire, late of Castle Street, Borough, by his Exccutors Jacob Henry and James Stokes
5 0 Collection at Aldermanbury Postorn, at the Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting
10 4 3 Donations at Spa Fields
Chapel, left after the Prayer Meeting 8 Stirling Missionary Society
10 0 Derish, of Tottenham, by Mr. Francis Hamilton
30 A. B. (Boston Post-mark) 51. 55.-G. A. S. 101.
15 5 0 An aged Widow, 11. ls. — A Friend, 11. 1s. 6d. — A voluntary
Donation of a Child in her 6th year, 10.5.-by Rev. C Buck 2 12 6 From an Auxiliary Society at West Orchard Chapel, Coventry,
established for General Purposes, connected with the
25 0 Miss C. by Rev. J. Clayton, jun.
5 0 0 Collections at Crown Court Chapel, April 5. Burning, Mr. Greig, 301. 61. Afternoon, Mr, Thorpe, 211.2d. -Evening, Mr. G. Clayton, 211. 65. Gd.
52 2 Collections made in the Counties of Essex and Herts, by Rev. J. Townsend. At Mr. Wilkinson’s, Saffron Walden, 151. 81.--Mr. Stevenson's,
Castle Haddington, 31/. 35. Sd.-- Mr. Maslin's, Hertford,
58 0 10 Scots Church, Swallow Street, by Rev. Mr. Nicol, April 12 84 9 6
1 A List of Contributions, amounting to 431. 15s. 6d. at Bath, received by Rev. Dr. Haweis, is unavoidably postponed until wext month,
DAUGHTER of Zion, put thy sackcloth on,
Aud strew the ashes o'er thy mournful head;
He rests bis labours with the peaceful dead!
His gentle voice reveal the Saviour's name:
Nor mild reproofs the rebel's heart reclaim.
The heighten'd joys and throng'd abodes of me ;
To tame the human savage in his den.
What engine vast could such rongh natures move?!
He woo'd, and broke, and won their hearts with love,
Apd rears his glory on the field of blood;
Apd hate the wretch their arms in vain withstood.
Sweet peace on earth, and praise to God on high :
Nor seek for glory but above the sky.
With youthful Missionary ardour warm’d,
The desert rang'd, or kraal remotely form’d.
And taught their mutual labour to combine ;
And led them, step by step, to truth divine.
For he had studied med'cine's healing art;
And brought the balın to cure the broken heart!
Wen Satan's seat the hallow'd cross displays!
But not in vain, for, lo ! he leaves behind
Of Jesus' empire o'er the savage miod.
This vet'ran pass'd, and others still do roam?