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prices, shall, from time to time, be expended in the purchase of Bibles and Testaments, to be sold or given among the poor of this neighbourhood, as before directed, until they shall be adequntely supplied with the Holy Scriptures; in which case, the amenint of future subscriptions and donations shall be remitted to the Auriliary Bi. ble Society, at

, or the Branch Bible Society at , in aid of its benevolent designs. 9. That application be made by the committee, to the committee of the Auxiliary Bible Society at

, or to the Branch Bible Society

, for permission to lay out the funds of this association, in purchasing at the depository of the said society, Bibles and Testa

nts at the cost prices.
10. That a general meeting of the subscribers be held at

in each year, when the accounts, ras audited by the committee, ) shall be presented, the proceedings of the past year reported, and a treasurer, secretary, and

committee-men appointed. 11. That be treasurer,

secretary, and members of the committee for the year ensuing. 12. That subscriptions and donations be now entered into, and that they be also received by the treasurer, secretary, and the members of the committee.

The sub-committees should inquire of the poor, first, whether they possess copies of the Scriptures, and in what condition; secondly, if not, and yet are desirous of possessing them, whether they have the means, in whole, or in part, at once, or by degrees, of purchasing copies; thirdly, if any, and how many, of the family can read; and enter such information in separate columns.

The plan of selling the Scriptures to the poor has been tried, and has been found to possess several important advantages, (where practicable,) over gratuitous distri. bution. When purchased, even at a low rate, they are generally held in higher esumation, and more carefully preserved, than when given. The expediency of extend. ing this mode of supply as widely as possible, is forcibly urged by the consideration, that, if sold at an average but of one half of the cost priee, and the money so recei. Ved invested in the purchase of more books, and this repeated till the whole fund and stock be exhausted, the number of copies thus circulated will be nearly double that which could have been gratuitously circulated by the expenditure of the original olm. This average of one-half may be obtained by carrying the price, according to the circumstances of the parties, from one-fourth to three-fourths of the cost price, or even from one-eighth to seven-eighths. If the parties cannot pay immedie ately, they may be allowed to discharge the small debt by weekly instalments; which will enable a very large proportion of the poor to purchase the Scriptures, and render it unnecessary to give them excepting to a very few.

The effect which the adoption of this system will have in accelerating the supply at home, and in enabling the society to enlarge its exertions abroad, must be obvious ly every considerate person.

BLACKHEATH AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY. This Society held its general meeting last May. It appeared from the report, that the Committee had ascertained that at least 5000 families in this populous distriet were without a bible; that great eageriess was every where evinced to obtain the word of God; that actual application for it had been made by between two and three thousand; that the state of the parent Society's stock of bibles, as well as of

eir own funds, had not as yet enabled them to distribute more than one thousand bibles and testaments; and that of these very few had been given away, the money received in return for them amounting, on the average, to nearly two shillings for each. The amount of subscriptions and donations is now about 1000l.; and ten Bible Associatis

Associations are already formed within the district. Her royal highuess the meess of Wales was declared Patroness; and lord Hood, lord Eardley, admiral

J. Colpoys, rear-admiral Tarlor, and the Rev. J. Mathew, (successour of Dr. mnaby to the living of Greenwich,) were allded to the list of Vice-Presidents. mning other favourable circumstances connected with the growth of this Auxulary

Among other tay

Society, is the great number of military and naval men, of rank and influence, who are its supporters and friends.

LIVERPOOL BIBLE SOCIETY. At the anniversary meeting of this Society, in May, a very interesting Report was made by the Committee of their proceedings during the past year. They had taken peculiar pains to furnish copies of the scriptures to such of the numerous foreign seamen who crowd their port, as were able to read them, and also to the prisoner, the sick, the needy, and the distressed, at home. The eagerness to possess the sacred volume is stated to have been general and strongly marked; and where there is “an unaffected wish to read, it is scarcely possible that they should not profit by the word of God.” An examination had been instituted, for the purpose of ascertaining how many families of the poor were in want of bibles. The exami. nation had as yet extended only to 4386 families; but of these only 1544 were pos· sessed either of bible or testament. “Enough therefore, the Committee observe, " yet remains to stimulate the zeal and exhaust the resources of the Society: much of ignorance remains to be instructed; much of religious indifference to be roused into action; much of vice and licentiousness to be subdued; much of poverty and atfliction to be comforted." “ It is a peculiar feature,” they add, « in the character of this country, that in times of general distraction, when the irritated feeling which a protracted war excites has been exasperated into the fiercest rage, the spirit of mercy should yet preside over the shock of angry passions, and the best gift of God to man should be presented with affectionate zeal to the very enemies who seek our ruin.”

MANCHESTER AND SALFORD BIBLE SOCIETY. The second anniversary of this Society was held on the 22d of June. An able Report was read by the Chairman, by which it appeared, that, notwithstanding the extraordinary pressure of the times, by which this district was also peculiarly affected, the receipts of the past year had far exceeded their most sanguine expectations; and five Branch Societies had been formed, viz. at Warrington, Knutsford, Bowden, Bacup and Bury. From Warrington about 1001. had been received; from Knuts: ford, 80l.; from Bowden, 1501.; trom Bacup, 661.; and from Bury, 3701. The second year's inconje of the Society amounted to 2,0701. 158.; the whole of which was sent to the parent institution, in addition to about 4001. the balance of last year's account. The inability of the parent Society to furnish bibles to supply the demands which pressed on them from all quarters, prevented so large a distribution as might otherwise have been effected. The number circulated was 2677 bibles, and 3052 testaments.

Beside these we observe Reports from the Wallingford, York, Bradford, Stalfordshire, &c. Auxiliary Bible Societies. But our limits oblige us to omit any further notice of these, for the purpose of admitting into our pages an account of the

SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE. This institution was first formed in the year 1698. In 1701, a charter was obtain ed, by which all the then subscribers, with many others, were incorporated by the narne of “ the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts." Most of the original members, however, continued as a voluntary society to prosecute their benevolent designs at home, which designs were afterwards extended to other quarters of the world, under the name of s6 the Society for promoting Christian Knowledge.” Their objects were, 1. The promoting and assisting of charity schools, not only in England and Wales, but in Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the British dominions, and in Russia, Germany, Prussia, and many other countries: 2. The dispersion of the Bible, the Liturgy, and other pious books and tracts, both at home and abroad, not only in English, but in the Welsh, Manks, Gaeliek, Portuguese, French, Danish, and German languages. 3. The support of religious mise sions, both at the Scilly islands and in the East Indies, promoting the establishment of schools and erecting churches in India, and printing the Scriptures, Liturgy, and other religious books in some of the native languages of India, together with an edition of the New Testament and other hooks in Arabick. 4. Gratuitously supplying, from time to time, the religious wants of the navy and army, and of the poor in hospitals, prisons, workhouses, almshouses, &c. These designs have been car

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ried on by means of the annual subscriptions of its members, of legacies, and of occasional donations, and having lately enlarged their gratuitous undertakings, they hambly trust" that the same gracious Providence which, for so many years, bas enabled them to carry on their designs for promoting Christian knowledge, and edifying the body of Christ, will still furnish the means whereby those objects may be pursued with increased activity and vigour.” Among the instrumental means of success,“ the Society looks with peculiar hope and satisfaction to the zealous aid and co-operation of the diocesan and district committees; which have recently, under the direction of our prelates, in many places, been established; and which continue to spread rapidly into aluost all parts of the kingdom.”

It is impossible to contemplate the designs of this Society without admiration: it posseses the means of accomplishing these designs: and we view it as comprising, within its pale, all the English, and many of the Irish bishops, two or three thousand of the clergy, besides a multitude of noblemen and gentlemen of great weight and influence in the state.

PRAYER BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY. It will be observed that we have commenced this our first number of the Quarterly Theological Magazine, with the republication of part of the Homilies. As our proposals have announced, we intend regularly to give one of them in each number of our work. The total neglect into which they have fallen in this country, must be cause of sincere regret to every member of the Church. In the short account we shall give of this Society, it will be seen how ardent our fellow-believers in Great Britain appear to be in the circulation of these invaluable testimonials of the piety and godly care of the Church in earlier times, and how important they conceive a perusal of them to be, in attaining a knowledge of its doctrines.

To give our readers a correct view of the intentions of this society with respect to the Homilies, we make the following extracts from “ Reasons for establishing, at the present time, a Prayer-book aud Homily Society, for the sole purpose of disributing, gratis, and circulating at reduced prices, the Prayer-book and Homilies of The united Church of England and Ireland among the people of the British empire. and particularly in his Majesty's army and navy, and in our colonies and dependencies."

" Notwithstanding the endeavours of the two great and excellent societies, for promoting Christian Knowledge, and for the Distribution of the Holy Scriptures, it sappeared to several persons, anxious to promote the prosperity of the Church

gland, and the interests of true religion, that there is still room for inereased on. There are still some objects, which, either from the constitution of one

Societies are necessarily and upon principle excluded, or from the variety uins upon the benevolent attention of the other, have been hitherto only pary accomplished. Among these, that of more widely circulating the Prayer-book,

Homilies of the Church of England, both in separate sermons and in the are volume, has appeared peeuliarly important.”

Homilies perhaps, more than to any other compositions, the establishProtestantism in the hearts of the people of England, may, under Provie ascribed. So highly important were they thought by the Fathers of our

at originally a copy of them was deposited in every established place of "P, for the perusal and instruction of the people. And in our own times ample

has been borne to their excellence and utility by bishop Horsley, by the ishop of Lincoln, and by Dr. Hey, the Norrisian Professor of Divinity. me multifarious nature of the benevolent designs pursued by the Society oling Christian Knowledge, the Homilies have never been included in the

of elai tially and the H

“ To the Homilies perhaps

lence, be ascribed. Church, that originally a copy worst testimony has been borne to present bishop of Lincoln, and by Yet from the multifario for promoting Christian know list of its publications."

“ To the dignitaries and vast body of the laity who are e to unite all parties within sign of a strictly definite nature hope to establis sistance;-because it direetiy the evident and unequivocal P of all her members."

dignitaries and ministers of the Church generally, as well as to that

laity who are cordially attached to her, a Society whose views tend parties within her extensive pale, in one great, simple and orthodox denctly definite nature, may justly hope to be aceeptable.--It may justly

tself in their hearts and affections, and to engage their zealous ascause it direetly tends to unite under the banners of the Church, (for

unequivocal promotion of genuine religion,) the zeal and exertions

" Fmally, an humble the Society for promoting

an humble confidence is entertained, that by the combined exertions of or promoting Christian Knowledge, of the British and Foreigu Bible Society, of the Naval and Military Bible Society, of the National Society for the Education of the Poor, and of the proposed Prayer-book and Homily Society, and other institutions of a similar nature; the ancient fabrick of the Church will be cemented by mutual charity and brotherly love, and immovably fixed in the hearts of the people.”

The following extract from a circular letter written by the Secretary of the society, will give some further information of its views. The eightieth canon, promulgated more than forty years after the first publication of the Homilies, requires, that if any parishes be yet unfurnished with the Bible of the largest volume, or with the books of Homilies allowed by authority, the eburchwardens shall, within convenient time, provide the same at the charge of the parish.' On the first publication of the Homilies, a royal visitation was undertaken by a committee of divines and laymen, who divided the kingdom into six circuits, and distributed a copy to 17 every parish. The volume was thus deposited in every parish church, and like the bible, was publickly offered to the general perusal of the people.

“ Most of the copies, thus placed in churches, have long since fallen into decay; nor is there any suitable edition now, to be procured by such persons as wish to replace them, and thus to comply with the injunction of the canon, and to perpetuate the laudable practice of our ancestors. It is one great wish of the present Society to supply this defeet. It is therefore proposed to publish a very handsome folio edition of the Homilies, in one volume, on a large type, which will be sold at what it may cost the Society, to such clergy men and church-wardens as may wish to renew the practice enjoined by the canon, and enforced by the example of their predecessors. It is estimated that each copy of this work will cost the Society one guinea, well bound in rough calf. Those persons, who may be inclined to avail themselves of this offer, are requested to forward their names to the secretary, the Rev. H. Budd, Bridge-street, Blackfriars, London; appointing payment to be made in town, on the delivery of the work. The volume will be put to press, as soon as a sufficient num. ber of names are received to satisfy the Committee that it will be acceptable to the publick. The Society will feel its exertions rewarded, if it shall be the means de opening this volume before the eyes of thousands of the poor throughout the empire, in these times of dangerous errours and turbulent principles. The population of the empire is very rapidly becoming a reading population; and if they are not amply supplied with wholesome truth, too many are lying on the watch to poisor them with pernicious errours. To make the Homilies, therefore, more generally known, both in the entire volume, and by the distribution of them as single ser mons, at a cheap rate, will be wisely to avail ourselves of our present enlarged means of instruction, in support of those principles which form the basis of our established Church."

LONDON SOCIETY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS. The London Society for promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, held their neniversary meeting at the London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, on Thursday the 218 of May. The meeting was respectably attended; the Lord Bishop of Meath in the chair. The Report of the proceedings of the Society, during the past year, having been read and approved, his lordship examined three of the youths under the care of the Rev. Mr. Frey, with a view to the ministry, and expressed the highest satisfaction with their progress in their studies.

The Rev. C. F. Frey stated, in an impressive manner, the actual situation of the Jews. He showed that, in addition to the enmity to God and Christ, which renders mankind in general indifferent to religion, the Jews are induced by their pride, and the influence of their priests, to believe that all who are horn of Israel will go to heaven, however they may live; and hence they refuse to believe in the despised Jesus of Nazareth. This evening, he observed, had produced proofs of the happy effects arising from the exertions of the Society; and he had the satisfaction to state, that forty-two Jews have been baptized, and that there are now sixty-two children wholly maintained and educated under its patronage.

Plans of proposed buildings, including an episcopal chapel, schools, asylum, &e. having been laid on the table; the Rev. Dr. Randolph declared, that the great object of the institution was one in which he felt a lively interest; that he was satisfied with the views of its conductors, and rejoiced in the plan of erecting an episcopal chapel, in conjunction with the present Jews' chapel, and engaged to support the Society to the atmost of his power.


TURING AND LABOURING POOR. An admirable plan for the establishment of local institutions for the relief of the poor has been printed, and circulated by the Committee.

It is formed on the model of a soup society, established in the poor and populous district of Spitalfields, which has afforded substantial relief to the distressed manufacturers, and has given rise to many important plans for the alleviation of human misery. The history of the origin of this society, is instructive and encouraging, as it shows how much good may be ultimately effected by the labours of a few persons in the first instance; and the plan itself, as it has been remarkably successful, may serve as a model for similar institutions.

In the year 1797, an individual, affected with the sufferings of the poor in Spitalfields, many of whom were starving, resolved to procure, if possible, the co-operation of some of his friends in a plan for affording relief to a few of the worst cases, and to ascertain which were really such, by visiting them in their houses. He communicated his idea to a friend. These two persons called a meeting of a few of their friends at a private house, wherein the subject was discussed. At a second meeting, about twenty were present, and this company resolved to form themselves into a Society for the purpose of supplying the poor with meat soup at a penny per quart. A subscription was commenced, the Society rapidly increased, and in the course of a few days a committee was formed. Sub-committees were appointed to draw up rules and regulations, and by a division of labour in this way, the society was quickly organized. The sub-committee appointed for that purpose soon met with eligible premises, at No.53, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, and no time was lost in adapting them to the purposes of the institution. Tickets were printed, and issued to the subscribers. Un the first day of delivery the visiters attended, under no small degree of anxiety as to the result of their experiment. It succeeded, however, to their utmost wishi: wie applicants paid the penny per quart with cheerfulness, and carried home a supPag of food which they could not have prepared of equal quality themselves, for four or ave times that sum. The committee purchase at the first hand, at wholesale prices, meat, barley, &c. of prime quality; and as every thing is done by sub-comuittees and individuals, from the purest and most disinterested motives, there are

salaries for clerks, no commission to agents; the only expense beyond that of ut ingredients of the soup is the rent of the premises, the hire of servants to Prepare the soup under the inspection of the visiters, and a moderate allowance to the superinten de superintendant. In the choice of the latter, the committee was most fortunate;

ad a married woman possessing every requisite qualification for the office,

le has continued to discharge, with great credit to herself, and benefit to the institution, down to the present day.

nmittee consists of above fifty gentlemen, some of them churchmen, and dissenters of different denominations, who regularly meet once a fortnight, isact their business with great harmony and regularity. Deeply sensible that s, of every charity mainly consists in personal inspection, and in a scrupu. mute attention to all the details connected with it, the committee has

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and transact their busine the success of every char lous and minute attentio

framed its regulations accordingly.

int oversight is kept up by the members of the committee in rotation, and
. so contrived as not to press heavily upon any individual.

hy to the turn of the same individual to attend at the making and dis-
he soup once in three weeks; and the days being fixed, every one

A constant oversight the whole so contriy

It comes only to the turn tribution of the soup once knows his time.

It has been found of great i purposes; one to provide the 1 and salt, and a fourth for onions book, and bringing forward of sufficient consequens

The poor person takes the shere purbered, put upon bearing the same number ote quart of soup to every two In the boiling-house are

found of great advantage to appoint sub-committees for particular e to provide the meat, another for barley and peas, a third for pepper

tourth for onions: there is also a committee for inspecting the visiters

nging forward any remarks recorded in that book which may appear sub-committees for different purposes.

sequence to engage the attention of the committee. There are

on takes the recommendation to the visiters at the soup house. It eu, put upon a file, and the applicant receives a ticket in its stead, are number as that put upon the recommendation. It is usual to allow

oup to every two persons in a family. 108 from 3000 to about 3300 quarts of soup..

g-house are five cast-iron boilers of different capacities, capable of
the ingredients for one of the large boilers, which furnishes

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