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the Coptic-Arabic, for the use of his flock, which most useful measure will, I hope, be attended to.
From Cairo he went to Jerusalem, where he visited all the convents and public places, and furnished them, every where, with the word of God. He there commenced, for the Bible Society, a collection of the books printed at Mount Lebanon, either in Arabic, Syriac, or other tongues, but particularly manuscripts, as printed works are scarce. This, I hope, he has completely done; and, by means of a friend in Cyprus, I have received, within these last few days, a case full of them, which are now in the quarantine. This was done with a view to obtain a version of the Bible in the Vulgar Arabic, which is most generally used by the Modern Egyptians and Syrians. At length, leaving Jerusalem, going by Syria, and visiting the places on his road, he came to the great and commercial city of Aleppo, in the neighbourhood of which the fever attacked him; and thus, alas! we have been deprived of his invaluable services.
The memory of Mr. Burckhardt will always remain dear to us; and all the common friends to the cause, who knew him, or had any knowledge of what he has done in the Levant, have shed tears for him. By means of a friend, who left this place yesterday, we have written to announce the sad event to his father in Switzerland, and have inclosed him the last letter his son wrote to us, which was from Antioch.
ANECDOTE. At the first anniversary of the Cumberland and Carlisle Sunday Union, Mr. Wawn, in acknowledging the thanks of the meeting, voted to him, delivered a speech highly honourable to his understanding and piety. Among many other pertinent allusions, the worthy gentleman begged leave to digress for a moment, to relate an anecdote of an aged female.
* Poor Mary,' said he, 'I shall never forget poor Mary! She was returning home, the picture of penury and want, thoughtful, yet serene and placid, when she was joined by a lady of afluence and piety, but who was the subject of some afflictive visitations and was threatened with more. She immediately began to relate her sorrows and apprehensions to poor Mary, who heard her with much attention, and then with all the tenderness of Christian sympathy besought her to be comforted, and reminded her of the goodness and fidelity of that God who had promised never to forsake his people, exhorted her to be grateful for the many mercies she now enjoyed, and to confide in the unchanging mercy and love of God for all future ones. By this time they reached the door of her humble dwelling. Mary begged the lady to walk in, and taking her to a closet said, “Pray, Ma’am, do you see any thing ? The lady replied 'No.' She took her to another closet, and re
peated her question, Pray, Ma'am, do you see any thing ?? The rcply again was 'No.' She took her to a third closet, and once more repeated her question, ' Pray, Ma'am, do you see any thing ?? the lady replying, with a look of surprise bordering on displeasure, ' No." Then Madam,' said poor Mary, you see all I have in the world. But why should I be unhappy? I have Christ in my heart, and heaven in my eye. I have the unfailing word of promise that 'bread shall be given me, and water shall be sure, whilst I stay a little longer in this vale of tears; and when I die a bright Crown of Glory awaits me through the merits of my Redeemer.'
THE ARCHBISHOP OF JERUSALEM. The Syrian Archbishop of Jerusalem, Gregorio Pietro Giarve has lately arrived in this country, and has taken up his residence in Frith-st. Soho.--He is in the dress of the Apostle St. James, with the blue turban, a loose robe, &c. His long beard, and venerable apostolic appearance, attract great notice, and excite much curiosity. We learn that the Archbishop's object in visiting England is to solicit assistance, and obtain some of the machinery, to establish a printing press at Mount Lebanon for the purpose of preparing and there distributing correct editions of the Sacred Scriptures in the Syriac language. Although Mount Lebanon is under the dominion of a Christian Prince, nearly all the rest of Syria is governed by, and composed of Turks. Not a few of these have lately become Christians, for the fanatic fury of their faith seems every day abating. To gain many, very many, from Mahometanism over to Christianity, little more seems wanting than to distribute copies of the Bible amongst the Syrian Turks in their own language; but to prepare such works has been found heretofore generally impracticable. The editions of the Bible printed in this country for most parts of the East, have from their total inaccuracy been utterly useless. We believe we may venture to say, without any offence to the learned, that none but a native ought to attempt to be a corrector of the Syriac press. A single mistake in the placing of a point, may make the same word convey á meaning the most ludicrous, for what the author intended to be of a precisely opposite character. As the Archbishop undertakes himself to be the corrector of the press about to be established, and as the learned prelate has travelled far, relying on the liberality and Christian feeling of England, we sincerely trust, that the stranger's reception here may be such as his sacred mission and character eminently deserve.
From the Quarterly Extracts of the Amen B. Society for Feb. 1819.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS. The Board have resolved to appoint annually“ a committee of five persons, to be called “ Auriliary Society Committee," whose
duty it shall be to devise and suggest to the Board of Managers such measures as in their opinion will promote the establishment and animate the exertions of Institutions Auxiliary to the American Bible Society.” » This Committee is authorized to correspond with the different parts of the country, for the purpose of gaining all necessary information on the subject. The present members of that Committee are as follows. Rev, James M. Mathews, Rev. James Milnor, Rev. Joshua Soule, Mr. Theodore Dwight, and Mr. John Cauldwell.
The following copies of the Scriptures have been printed for the Society during the last quarter :-2000 octavo Bibles, 4000 duodecimo brevier Bibles, 5750 duodecimo minion Bibles, 1500 octavo Testaments, 2000 duodecimo bourgeois Testaments. Additions to the Biblical Library, received from the British and
Foreign Bible Society, in November, 1818. Long Primer Bible, 2 vols. marginal references, in boards ; small pica do. calf; royal small pica, do. do.; small pica do. with marginal references, do.; brevier do. with marginal references, do.; minion do. 24mo. calf; De Sacy's French Testament, calf: Martini's Italian do. do.; Irish Bible, do. ; French and English Testament, do.; Malay do. do. ; Chinese do. in case, printed at Canton; Blaney's English Bible, 3 vols. quarto. interleafed, Oxford, 1769.- Printed by the Russian Bible Society, Sclavonian Bible, calf; Georgian Testament, do.; Calmuck St. Matthew, do.; Armenian Testament, do.; Dorpatian do. do.; Lettish do. do.; Revalian do. do.; Finnish, do. do. ; Persian do. do.
January, 1819. Donation by Leonard Kip, Esq. of NewYork, the New Testament, in the Hindoo language, octavo; ditto in the Mahratta do. do.; ditto in the. Penjabee do. do.
New-York, February 3, 1819. Donation by John L. Hodge, Esq. of Philadelphia, the English Bible, London, octavo, 1642, ruled-printed by Robert Barker.
Form of a Bequest to the American Bible Society. I give unto the Treasurer, for the time being, of the American Bible Society, formed in New York, in the year eighteen hundred and sixteen, the sum of dollars, for the purposes of the said Society, and for which the receipt of such Treasurer shall be a sufficient discharge. Extracts from the Fifth Annual Report of the Auxiliary New-York
Bible Society, presented November 16, 1818. At the preceding Anniversary, 65 Testaments, 78 French, and 233 English 12mo. Bibles remained for distribution, under the general system adopted by the Board. To these were added, by purchase, 20 octavo, 300 English 12mo. Bibles, and 500 Tesiaments. In the course of the year 200 English 12mo. Bibles and
300 Testaments were received, as a free gift, from the Managers of the American Bible Society; 733 English 12mo., 20 octavo Bibles, 865 Testaments were thus placed under the control of the Board.
To the New-York Free School, Number Three, located in the village of Greenwich, 24 Bibles, and to the Schools Number One and Two, 6 each were given; 12 were granted, by special request, to the Almshouse, and 205, in addition to 18 French Bibles, to different individuals in the city.
The Board have continued the Committee appointed during the late war, for the military posts around the city. Of these, the garrisons at Governor's Island and Bedlow's Island, occupied by detachments of troops of the United States, are the only ones that remain. To them the views of the Society have been directed. They have been solicitous to engage the soldiery in reading the Bible. The tranquillity of the country has been favourable to the experiment. Free from those impetuous feelings excited by active military employments, their minds, in some degree, seek to repose on scenes of more attractive character. To give them the Bible under such circumstances, is to bestow it at a time favourable to its proper use. The Board have not been unmindful of this, and to their former gifts, to the same posts, have added 6 Bibles to each garrison, for the use of the troops. These stations have also been occasionally visited by the committee, who have reported to the Board the satisfaction with which these attentions were received by the soldiers. To the officers of the garrison, who have aided the exertions of the Committee, the Board feel extremely grateful. Their regard to the moral and religious discipline of their soldiers, elevates and adorns their character, and encourages a noble confidence in the enterprise and conduct to which, on future occasions, it must inevitably lead. The urbanity of manner which prevailed in their intercourse with the committee, demands the public acknowledgements of the Board.
The Sunday Schools within the limits of the city have engaged particular attention. Their highly interesting character is fully known to the Society. No establishments are better formed than these to be channels of communication for the distribution of the Bible. Its principles are thus addressed to the infant mind with the most powerful associations, and are disseminated through all the gradations of domestic life. They train the rising race in the school of a Divine philosophy, and lead them to maturity under the bright beams of the Sun of righteousness. Every scholar becomes a missionary, and carries to the dwellings of the poor the message of Eternal Life.
To the Sunday School of Trinity Church 12 Testaments have been distributed; and to the Schools under the care of the Sun.
day School Union Society 328 Bibles, and 840 Testaments. The thanks of the officers and of the Committee of that Institution, for these donations, have been communicated to the Board, with the encouraging information, that, “ happily there are not wanting, among the scholars, instances of those serious impressions which it is hoped may issue in a radical renovation of heart and life.”
In compliance with the wish expressed by the American Bible Society, the Board add the following summary of the total number of Bibles and Testaments distributed by the Auxiliary New-York Bible Society, since its establishment:
1st year 1300 1 2mo. Bibles. 16 8vo. Bibles.
52 French 4th do. 594 do.
70 do. 223 Testaments. 5th do. 690 do. do. 3 do. 18 do. 865 do.
The Board particularly notice two donations of a very interesting character-one of eight dollars and three cents from the scholars of Sunday School Number Ten, and another of twenty dollars from School Number Twenty-Six. These offerings of youthful gratitude it is delightful to record. The mind dwells on them with emotions of tender complacency, as well as of elevated feeling. They demonstrate the power of religious instruction on the infant mind in its purest influence, and lead to great results on the future welfare of society.
To assist the poor in extending, by their own instrumentality, the circulation of the Bible, as well as to unite its friends in a more efficient system, the Board have adopted a plan for a Branch Association in the village of Greenwich. It has received the sanction of many of its inhabitants, and will probably be organize ed in the course of the autumn or winter. This measure is but preparatory to the formation of other associations in different parts of the Island of New-York, in execution of a design long contemplated by the Board. Should it be adopted in its full extent, these associations will form a bond of union to the rising population, and carry their influence far beyond the present time. If the statesman forms plans for posterity, of which the issue is as doubtful as the advantage, surely the Bible economist may be permitted to legislate for the future, under the guidance of acknowledged principles, and with the certainty of ultimate success.
(To be Continued.)
Richard Varick, Esq. Treasurer of the American Bible Society, acknowledges the receipt of $3,067 36 cents, donations to the Institution during the month of April.