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mestic use, and the benefit of their competent to the task of taking visitants.
cognizance of the violations of the In the city of London, as Gold- nioth commandment, save in a sunith informs us, two men, living few instances of Hagrant enormity. directly opposite to one another,in It is said, that the trespasses of the the same street, had a quarrel, in tongue, in this way, are so innuconsequence of the inforınation, merable, so diverse, and oftenwhich one of them gave against the times so artful, that no legislator other, for not paying the duties on could classify thein, and much less bis liquors. The aggrieved party, enact laws, that would reach them after teaching his parrot to repeat wholly, without destroying the libthe ninth commandment, placed erty of speech altogether. And the cage at the front of his house, besides, there is, in society, much so that, whenever the informer on less aversion to evil speaking, thao the opposite side of the street, to theft. If ore have his money or stepped out of his own door, he his goods stolen, he no sooner heard from the parrot this admo- makes it known, than his neighnition, Thou shall not bear fulse bours join with him in searching witness against thy neighbour. for the thief, who, if found and
This sacred precept is to be un convicted, is sure to be punished; derstood as possessing a very wide because common zeal, as well as latitude of meaning; compre common consent, take side against hending not only perjury and the culprit. But the pilferers from gross calumny, which are both character fare less bard; or rathpunishable by civil law, but also er, they are tolerated, provided evil speaking, in all its multifari- they manage with art and adous shapes and degrees. It is ob- dress, and mingle some wit with vious to remark, that although the their malice or their levity. prohibitory precepts in the eighth And as petty violations of this article, and the ninth, of the holy part of the decalogue, pass with decalogue,are both levelled against impunity, so they also meet with evils that are alike prejudicial and encouragement. Few are altopernicious to society; yet the laws gether without envy, which ever of society take much more concern takes delight in a backbiting or deia the one, than in the other. Every tracting tongue. Few are without well-regulated civil society arms some conscious and visible faults; itself against theft, and metes out and the faulty are naturally prone punishment as well to petty pil- to take pleasure in the noticeable ferers, as to the highway robber; faults of others, as it tends to quiet and yet the violations of the next them about their own. From these succeeding article of Divine pro- causes, and still oftener, perhaps, hibition, pass, for the most part, from thoughtiess levity, encour. without punishment, and almost agement is given, almost every without notice. At the same time, where, to the small dealers in deit is acknowledged, that money is traction, who, all together, comtrash, in comparison with charac- pose a pretty numerous body. ter; so that he who steals the one It requires no great stretch of does far less injury, than he who charity to believe, that there are wounds the other. But, it is al- many persons, who have never Jedged, in excuse for this incon- been guilty of any openly dissistency in the distribution of pun honest action, and much less of ishments, that the civil law is in- downright thest, But it is to be ap
prehended, that there are very few haps, that, if David spake in haste, indeed, who have never, in all their he was not far froin the truth, lives, borne fulse witness against when he said, “ All men are liars." their neighbour, in some degree or That human laws guard property manner, either by unwarrantably so much inore strictly than charspreading evil reports, or else by acter, and that human tribunals giving too willing an ear to slan- punish theft so much more severeder and defamation. It is the evil ly than defamation, is a curious which most easily besets us, of fact. To account for it, in addiwhich we are least apt to be aware, tion to the reasons inentioned in and which many men and women the above extract, another might practice, without compunction,and have been added; that is, the genainost without thought, although, eral prevalence of the love of monin other respects, of apparently ey. Though all men have moral estimable characters.
discernment, and most men will
grant, that gold is dross comparThe preceding observations of ed with character, yet it is but too the DRIEF REMARKER, may be apparent, that the mass of manconsidered as a comment upon the kind are worshippers of Mammon, words of the Psalmist, “ Thel on whose altar they do not hesiwicked are esirunged from the tate to sacrifice reputation, and, womb; they go astray, as soon as not unfrequently, even life itself. they be born, speaking lies." They
EDITOR. will also furnish evidence, per
From the Missionary Herald for October. | great, amounting to almost the AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY-NINTH whole annual incoine. "This opin
ion is both unfounded and injurious, The Ninth Annual Meeting of and should be fully examined and this Society was noticed in the well considered by every friend Herald for June, p. 184. Of of the Bible Society. It is unthe Report, which was then read, founded, because the Society reand has since been published, we turns in value almost all that it reshall now insert an abstract, as ceives in money. This may be full and esplicit as the nature of fully understood by a reference to our limits will permit.
the accounts of receipts into the In the early part of the Report, treasury, compared with the acthere is a paragraph, which should count of sales and donations from not be forgotten. It is this: the Society. It is injurious, as it
The Board of Managers are ful. makes a false impression on the ly aware, that there is an opinion | minds both of the friends and envery currently circulated, and gen-emies of the Bible, in relation to erally received, that the receipts our annual income, and counteinto the treasury, of free dona- nances the belief that the Society tions and subscriptions, unbalanc- has no necessity for increased reed by any returns of value to the
This impression relaxes donors and subscribers, are very ! the efforts of the benevolent, turns
the benefactions of many into oth. I ments were issued from the Be er channels, misleads some auxit. positury, the past year, in the iaries, so far as to invest their sur- French, German, Spanish, Porte plus funds, rather than transmit guese, Gaelic, and Welsh la them to a treasury, supposed to be guages. Also 651 copies of the already overflowing; it induces Gospels in the Mohawk language, others to neglect the collection of for the use of Indians at Greeabas, their annual dues, and some to in the Michigan Territory, a cease from all operations!
Grand River, in Upper Canada, · Of the $ 50,000 in the treasury and at Caghnawaga and St. Regis of the Society, during the last in Lower Canada. year, only about $ 6500 were al Demands for the Scriptures.the disposal of the Managers, to How important a use is like to be be applied, at their discretion, to found for the stereotype plates of the translating and printing of the the Spanish Bible, will be perceir. Scriptures, in foreign languages, ed by the following extracts. and to the circulation of them in The important communications foreign parts, or in our own coun
received from the different protry where there are no Auxiliary vinces of South America are veil Societies formed, and where the calculated to animate the hearts people are greatly in want of the and hopes of all the friends of BiSacred Volume.
ble holiness. The ardour with which Printing of the Scriptures, &c.- the Bible is sought for and the During the last year, there have gratitude with which it is receiv: been printed at the Depository, ed—the free introduction of the Bibles in English, 22,750 New Testament, or parts of it, inBibles in Spanish,
2,000 to some of the most important Testaments in English, 23,000 schools—the strong desire mani
fested by many to have the Total, 47,750 whole Bible in the vernacular lanGerman Tes'ts purchased, 800 guages of some of the most popu.
- lous and powerful provinces the Total the past year,
48,550 gradual decline of prejudice and Which, added to the
opposition and the cordial and amount already printed
affectionate co-operation of mary or purchased, 403,552 of the most influential clergymen
Makes a total of 451,902 and laymen, are encouraging in the This is the result of the Socie. highest degree. In addition to all ty's proceedings during its first this, the translation of the whole nine years.--Nearly 373,000 co
of the New Testament into the pies have been issued from the De. Quichua, or Peruvian language, pository.
spoken by more than a million of The Spanish Bible is the ver- intelligent people the certain sion of Padre Scio, for which stere prospect of the speedy completion otype plates have been procured. of the translation of the whole BiStereotype plates have also beenob- ble into that ancient and sacred tained for a Pica New Testament, language of the Incas, and also inin octavo, of large full type, for to the Aimara and Moxa languathe use of the aged; and plates for ges, spoken by more than two hana Pocket Bible are now in a course
dred thousand people and the of preparation.
formation of a Bible Society in A number of Bibles and Testa- / Caraccas, by the anited exertions
of the priests and the laity of that Missouri, possessing a population place cannot fail to gladden the of more than eighty thousand, bas heart of every one who longs for not in circulation ten thousand the spiritual emancipation of all Bibles; and the state of Illinois, South America. Toward hasten- containing nearly an equal popu. ing on this glorious result, your lation, does not possess an equal Board of Managers have voted five number of Bibles. hundred dollars in aid of the above In one district in Madison mentioned translations.
county, in the state of Alabama, Your Board of Managers have containing 655 white inhabitants, information that the Bible is re- there were found 69 Bibles, and ceived gladly in Patagonia, in the more than 2,000 were recessary provicces on both sides of the Pa- to supply the wants of that counrana, in Monte Video, Bahia, in ty. the Brazils, in Valparaiso, Chili, Nor is this scarcity of the Holy across the Andes into Mendoza, Scriptures confined to the wesand through all Mexico,
tern states. In the state of NewIn our own country, too, the de- Jersey, and almost within sight mand is great. As an illustration of your Society's house, in that of this, we bring together several region called the Pines, in Camextracts.
den, Haddonfield, Clemington, It has been the constant prac- Speedwell, &c. as we learn from tice, and earnest endeavour of the the last report of the Nassau - Hall Managers, to ascertain as far as Bible Society, whose Agents have practicable the wants of every sec- have lately examined that district, tion of the United States; and many families were found who did having ascertained them, to send not possess the Bible, and not a relief, through their regularly or- few who had never seen one! anet ganized Auxiliary Societies, as far whole neighbourhoods in which as their livnited means enabled there was not a single copy to be them. There has been no want found ! In all that part of the of opportunity; for, had the funds south-eastern section of the state, placed at their disposal been ten- were very few copies of the Scripfold, they would not have been tures. sufficient to supply the ascertain- In the state of New-York, too, ed necessities of the United States. there is a most deplorable scarci
In one of our Western States, ty. In the county of Monroe there it is represented that more than were found 1200 families destisixty thousand readers are desti- tute of the Bible. In the county tute of the Holy Bible ; and in of Jefferson, also, the town of many districts of that state it is Champion has not half as many almost wholly unknown. Nor Bibles as readers, and in the city of does it appear that the wants of New York, after all that has been that state are greater than the done in it, and in a ward which wants of some other states. But has done more for its own supply a detailed account of the wants of than any other ward in the city, every district, which have been there were lately found in one spread out before us, would swell section of a single street, and on this report to a forbidden extent, one side of it, 46 families without and cast a gloom over the exercis- the Oracles of God! These are es of this hallowed morning. Yet but a few items in the appalling still there are a few cases which sum total of the want of the book may not be omitted. The state of of God in ogrown beloved country.
In view of these affecting re. eth!” Light breaks rapidly on presentations, we know not how a the darkness of the mountains, deaf ear can be turned to the fol- | while its glimmerings are reflectlowing appeal of the Managers. ed into the gloom of many of the
The Managers bave sometimes, vallies, promising that the sun in from want of means, been obliged his glory shall yet arise. Only to reduce the ordinary amount of last night we had renewed assurprinting and binding, even to an that the universal cry inconvenient degree; and some throughout the broad-spread distimes to borrow money to carry on
trict of Hawaii is, “ give us teachthe business thus diminished; anders-give us books;" and on stepeven now, the Depository is al-ping into the street this morning, most empty. If the Society had the first salutation I received was tenfold the amount of the present accompanied with an earnest re. income, its operations could be quest for the gospel of Jesus." proportionably increased. The at- Such are our prospects, and such tention of the public is affection- are our hopes, and with them, we ately invited to this statement. cannot be “ weary in well doing.”
As I find it impossible to write to
any other of my friends at NewExtract of a Letter from Rev. C. S. Haven by the present opportuniStewart, dated Honururu. Nov. 26. ty, I would beg you to give my 1824, to a friend in New Haven. The cause of the Lord still
warmest remembrance and gratit
ude to them all. Let all who prospers in the eyes of the Gen
know our Lord and Saviour Jesus tiles, and though yet only watchmen of the night, we can confident- / Christ, have the assurance of my
Rel. Int. ly exclaim— the morning com
ORIGINAL POETRY. FOR THE DOPKINSTAX MAGAZINE They gnash their teeth against bis THE BATTLE OF THAT GREAT
throne; DAY.- Rev. xvi. 12- 21.
Hell claims the glory : earth, the crown. Before the heavens and earth were made,
Satan his ensignis spreads afar; The plan of all his works God laid ;
His bold exploits begin the war. Wisdom and goodness form the plan, God sits urmov'd ; his throne is strong Glory to God and peace to man. He smiles; and thus salutes his Son :But hell and earth in wrath arise ;
Go in thy power; the warfare close ; His will and counsel they despise ;
Thy friends protect; destroy thy toes. To war-they cry; for arıng - they call, Satan, thy hand from Heaven has Now smite his saints ; his saints shall fall. thrown; Such is their boast and such their aim ;
On earth he wars against thy crown ; God's saints they hate, they hate his
The earth is thine ; there fix thy reign ;
Nur let one foe on earth remain. name;
SERAIAH They hale his Son, they scorn his blood; And, in their hearts, they say-No God. Massachusetts, lot Nov. 1825.
Errala.--p. 522. for, well known Text, read, well chosen Text.--P. 525, first column, I. 20 for their, read the--and I. 34. for includes, read include.
7. Correspondents.—Two or three numbers of the Magazine bave issued later than the time set, on account of the failure of hands in the printing office. The Remarks of S. J. are received ; but being partly in cupher, they must be transcrib. ed, if inserted; a task, which we inay not find iime to perform.--- Eralau bas our thanks for the few lines of good, original Poetry, inseried in this number . an artiele very valuable, because very scarce. J. will find his remarks on John iv. 19, ir our number for March, p. 319, but his Frposition we do not recollect baving sex