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a Lord Calthorpe moving thanks them, to apply for the Holy Scrip to the Chair, Lord Gambier obsery. tures, in order that they may be ed, that he believed thë company further instructed in the way to would unanimously rise, and vote eternal life. the Resolution with acclamation. The return of the immense num. This was instantly done.

ber of French prisoners of war in The assemblage was numerous, the spring of 1814, afforded the and highly respectable, and many means of sending Religious Tracts Naval and Military characters of to a vast 'number of families in prank were present.

France: which, together with gratuitous distributions to American prisoners of war, and to the army

and navy; to workhouses, hospi. RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.

tals, and in other channels, the imOn Thursday, May 11th, the "portance of which demanded the sbove Society held its sixteenth An- attention of the Committee, have nual Meeting, when a Report was incurred an expence to the Society presented by the Committee, which of more than L.600. exhibited their proceedings in a more During the short interval of free

interesting view than any which pre communication with France, a conceded it; inasmuch as the opera- 'siderable number of the Society's tions of the Society, which at the Tracts have been distributed in that first were but as the cloud seen by country, as well as in Flanders ; the servant of the prophet, as small and at the close of the campaign in as a man's hand, now extended to Spain, a number were circulated every quarter of the globe, diffuse there by a minister who visited that ing the genial influence of divine country, and also by a pious capa Truth to instruct, to comfort, and tain in the transport service. edify the human race.

In America, the object of the Upon the European Continent, Society has received attention in through the influence of the Relim the United States; and the Comgious Tract Society, or by its funds, mittee has taken measures to enthe circulation of Religious Tracts courage the Institution of Religious is carried on very extensirely by Tract Societies in Upper and Lower Societies at Basle, in Switzerland; Canada, by the promise of pecuElberfield, Hanover, and Nuren- niary aid. In several of the West berg, in Germany; at Berlin, by India islands, the Tracts have also come associated Christian friends; been circulated with good effect. at Rotterdam, by the Missionary In the East Indies the publicaa Society ; in Sweden, by the Evan- tions of the Society are distributed gelical Society at Stockholm, which at the charge of the Institution, by has been recently aided by the Re- judicious and suitable agents; and ligious Tract Society for the pur- a most interesting field of operation pose of commencing a séries ef has presented itself among the nuTracts adapted for circulation by merous Chinese Settlers in several hawkers throughout the kingdom. islands of the Indian seas; whose

In the Russian empire a vast field continual intercourse with their na'bas been opened by Divine Provi. tive country affords the opportunity

denge for the circulation of Religious of diffusing divine truth among the Tracts, and no less than 23 of the 'many millions of the vast Chinese Society's publications have been empire. The Committee, encoutranslated and printed in the Rus. 'raged by the countenance which sian language, which are read with this objeet has received from the avidity by persons of all classes ; public, have authorized Rev. Mesk. are distributed by dignitaries of the Morrison and Milne, to draw, as Russian Church'; and some Cose occasions may require, for the prosacks in a remote part of the em- ' motion of this work to the extent pire have been induced, by reading of L.400.

The domestic proceedings of the a more respectable assemblage-of Society have been enlarged by the ministers and gentlemen from 2|| co-operation of Auxiliary Societies, parts of the kingilom. How amounting to 124 in nnmber, Thomas Walker, Esq. in the Chair, which beginning more generally to The Rev. J. P. Allen, of Exeter, feel the importance of aiding the offered a solemn and appropriate funds of the Parent Institution, have prayer, introductory to the business many of them contributed liberaly ; of the evening. The Report of the among these, that of Leeds holds Committee was then read by the the most distinguished place, having Rev. Mark Wilks, one of the Secrefurnished no less than L.100 during taries ; from this it appeared, that

the last year for general purposes, Auxiliary Societies have been formed and L.38 25. for the distribution of in Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Cork, and Chinese Tracts. The Committee Youghal'; that many preachers had has endeavoured to co-operate with been engaged in different parts of these, their coadjutors, by afford- Ireland; that several persons were ing greater facilities for supplying ready to enter the Theological Acahawkers with Tracts at very reluc- demy; and that the Tutor, the Rev. ed prices, which has 'occasioned a Thomas Loader, was already on his vastly increased circulation through way to superintend the first Instituthe important medium of those per- tion of the kind that has been atsons who were heretofore carrying tempted in that country. For the the apples of Sodom throughout particulars, we nsust refer our read- . the land.' The benefits of the In- ers to the Report itself, which we stitution have also been increasingly presume is printed for circulation. extended to Ireland, where a judi. The reception of the Report was cious distribution of Religious Tracts moved by the Rev. A. Waugh, who will, we trust, have a most benefi- in a very impressive manner called cial effect upon the moralş of socie- the attention of the Meeting to the ty, as well as in the promotion of neglected state of Ireland, to the their spiritual welfare.

liberal plan on which the Society was Upon the whole, we never at- formed; to the benefits which it had tended an Annual Meeting of the already communicated ; and to the Religious Tract Society with gretaer importance of the Academy for presatisfaction or with a fuller convic- paring a well educated ministry, tion of its increasing importance; as which he should hail as the rising it places within the reach of 'ike sun of Ireland. poorest, as well as the most opulent, The Rev. R. Hill said he had the means of extending the know- visited Ireland thrice in the course ledge of divine truth, or of directing of hislife, and when preaching, he had and comforting the believer in Christ, thought the time would come when and is progressively extending these that country would revive; jealousies essential benefits to every part of and divisions had disappointed his the babitable glóbe.

hopes; but from what he had heard, appearances were never so promis

ing as at the present time; old BiTPISH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY.

gotry seemed to be on his last legs;

or, to use a military term, the breach The first Annual Meeting of this which had been filled, was opened Institution was held at the New wider than ever, and they had noLondon Tarern, on Tuesday even- thing to do but march on and fire ing, May 9th, and was in the high- away~he should therefore second est degree interesting to the friends the motion. of religion, and encouraging to the A motion of congratulation to the members of the Society. The room friends and members of the Society was crowded to excess, and though in Ireland, was proposed by the Rey. preceding the Missionary Meetings, G. Jerment; be considered the neyet there has been seldom collected cessity for sending the gospel nét

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only to the Catholics but to the Pro- , under the superintendance of such
i testants, many of whom were equally a man as was his friend Mr. Loader..
wicked, or professed another gospel. Thomas Wilson, Esq., moved the

which is not another ;' and con- thanks of the Meeting to the Auxi.cluded by expressing his desire that liaries and Congregations for their

the shamroc, the thistle, and the prompt and liberal support, and pre. lose, with the plant of renown in the sented £50 from the Auxiliary at : center, might long be seen bound 10- Hoxton, to which he is Treasurer;

gether with the silken cords of Chris- he was particularly happy at the fore tian love.

mation of an Academy. Academies The Rev. H. Townley followed; had been the life blood to the Churches he wisbed to vindicate himself from of this country, and he hoped that the charge of apostacy from the ere lc:we should hear Irish elocause of Ireland, and the Irish Evan- quence from our pulpits, rousing to gelical Society ; Providence had do more than we bad yet done for bedged up his way to that country, the cause of Christ. and had directed him to the many R. H. Marten, Esq. had not yet. millions inhabiting the east.; but ab- , subscribed to this Society, because sent in the body, he should yet be he wished to know more of it, but present in spirit and in heart ; he had be hoped he right now have that already given something to the So- privilege ; hiç thought it was high ciety, but he begged to present an,

time to conciliate our countrymen, other mite (£50). Mr. T. related and he admired the tone of the licet.

sereral anecdotes of his journey in ing, and of the Report, which did . Ireland, and made a forcible appeal so much credit to those who proluce

to ministers on the importance of ed it. With respect to the Acadegoing themselves to preach the gos- ny, he recommended gertlemen to pel in that country.

look over their libraries and see what The Rev. Dr. Smith was sorry, books they could spare, and to serid that the Meeting did not terminate as many good volumes as they could with the impression made by the last to the library of the Irish Seminary. speech, warm on erery gentleman's The Rev. Matthew Wilks said he mind; but he had to propose a reso- was requested to speak a few words lution which ought not to be omitt- on this question, because they said ed; it respected a communication to he was a financier." Now the veca the Rev. Thos. Loader, on his ap- sel was launched, and they had an pointment to the Tutorship in the excellent pilot, who was projected Academy: he paid some journey; but he was financier thandsome compliments to the cha- nough to know that without the balracter of that gentleman, and re- last of their money the ressel would gretted that he had not formed with soon overset; they were obliged 10 him a more intimate acquaintance the Auxiliary Societies and other before he removed to so great a dis- friends; but the income was yet tance. The Rev. Dr. also expressed very scanty, and ministers should his conviction that the Irish and Hi- subscribe, and their example would bernian Societies were not rivals, produce a wonderful effect; he highbut. Auxiliaries in one holy cause. ly approred of the hints about ine

The Rev. T. Davies, of Dublin, library, and in fact had an odd £50, supported the resolution, and enter- obrained in an odd way, which be rd very eloquently, and at length, meant to devote to that ohjeet ; for into the obligations on this country it would be a strange sort of Academ to promote the spiritual emancipa- my without books. tion of the sister isle, the happy con- The Rev. Dr. Bogue mored thanks sequences which had resulted al- to the Committee for their faithful ready from the formation of the So- execution of their trust; be thought. ciety, the great prospects of success their plans were wise, and that they that opened to its future exertions, had done the best that could be and especially from the Academy done; the Academy was a noble ob

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ject, and as to the Tutor, whom he fixed; he admired Bible and Min. bad known from 14 years of age, hesionary Societies, but be thought merited every word of commenda. this Society embraced an object of tion that had been uttered; he was the highest importance, and wbich an excellent man, and be did not would repay their exertions. doubt that the divine blessing would The Rev. J. Slatterie was sure Bucceed his labours.

that he should have their support The Rev. W. Roby, would not in acknowledging their obligations only second this motion, but the ef- to the Secretaries, whose laboura forts of the Society also. Manches- had contributed so essentially to the ter had not been indifferent to the progress and prosperity of the Sostate of Ireland, though information ciety; and he thought that between of the operations of the Committee this and the Hibernian Society, Ire. had not arrived in time for any thing land had the prospect of that imto be done this year; if the Secre- provement which all hearts must tary: would visit Manchester, he did desire. hot doubt, but he would have warm The Rev, T. Blackburn stated supriort.

some interesting facts connected The Rev.J. Townsend said, those with his labours in Ireland ; and the who were on the Committee knew Rev. J. Griffin, in proposing thanks how constant and indefatigable had to the Chairman, took occasion to beon the attention of their excellent assure the Meeting that Portsea Treasurer, and he was sure that a would not neglect to assist a Society motion of thanks to him would be calculated to do so much good. heartily received: he had often con- Mr. Burder, and several other gentended in another Society for the ima tlemen, were obliged, from the lateportance of preaching the gospel, ness of the hour, to retire. and he was therefore happy that a Letters were read from Dr. Society existed which prosecuted Haweis, Mr. Dewar, Mr. James, that object with so much vigour. and others, regretting their inability

The Rev. W. Brown, of Belfast, to attend the Meeting ; various sums spoke with great feeling on the state were announced by the Secretaries, of Ireland, where he considered it an and the Meeting broke up under imhonour to have laboured for 15 years, pressions the most encouraging and and where his affections werestrongly delightful.

4 SHORT MEMOIR OF MR. ANDREW FULLER,

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ness.

We recorded in our last Number the Divine grace, and for the excitement * death of Mr ANDREW FULLER, pastor and imitation of survivors. of the Baptist Church at Kettering, on We confine ourselves, therefore, to an the 7th of May last. It was our wish' outline, for which we are obliged to a to have inserted in this Number a par: Correspondent, long well acquainted ticular aocount of one so very generally with this revered person, and refer for known and esteemed; distinguished e particulars to his excellent friends, who qually by his zeal, abilities, and useful. , will, we trust, at no distant period, gra

We have heard, however, that a. tify the eager curiosity of many to full relation of his life and death will be * whom hls labours have been profitable, -- published with a projected complete edi. who lament his decease, and respect his tion of his whole works, drewn up by memory. two of his friends, DrRyland and MrRo- Mr ANDREW FULLER was born in bert Hall, men,qualified beyond allothers, the month of February 1754 at Soham, by long and intimate friendship to the in the county of Cambridge, a town 68 last, by their talents, and no doubt by miles from London on the road from Etheir desire to exhibit the bright ex. ly to St Edmundsbury, not far from ample of the deceased, for the glory of Newmarket. His parents (of thom

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Bis mother still survives at the age of his salvation. Being of an athletic $5, (removed by him to Kettering, that frame and a daring spirit, he was often she might be cherished by his flial pie- engaged in such exercises and exploits 1y) were Dissenters, and in the habit as inight, but for Divine interposition, of bearing, and of carrying their family have proved fatal. These, with attaci to hear, at a Baptist church, of which ment to games of hazard, bewitched and MrEm, a good man, but a high corrupted his mind more and more. Calvinist, was pastor. They were en. Even then, however, he felt some sort gaged in husbandry, which occupation of respect for good men, and often wishe their son followed till his twentieth ed that he were rich, that he might be year, never having been employed in able to relieve such of them as were in any other. It is proper to mention this, poor circumstances, manifesting how as an idea has gone abroad, for which greatly those are deceived who regard there is no fouudation, that he was ori- such sort of feelings as an evidence ginally a mechanic, and was called, of their being Christians. In the while occupied as such, into the minis- autumn of 1.769, and for some time to try. But the truth is, that he, who terwards, convictions revived and so 'was so distinguished as an acute 'writer' mained with him. In the month of Noin theology, and whose active as well as vember of that year, an unusual load of studious services have been of such im

pressed upon his conscience, which portance in promoting the cause and had been seared as with an bot iron.com kingdom of Christ, not many years be- Forgotten sins were recollected, broken fore he engaged in them, has milked vows, vain hopes, and abortive affettwenty cows in a morning!. During tions, were brought to remembrance, his early years he manifested that he and the reproaches of his heartfelt, was a child of wrath, even as others, to him as the earnest of hell. I hate living in alienation from God, and in known him use the following words to the practice of several gross sins. The describe this : “ The fire and brimstone

habit of these was sometimes indeed of the bottomless pit seemed to burn with. interrupted, by the dread of future in my bosom ; nor is this,” added him, punishment, by reflections on their “exaggerating language.” He perceived meanness and on the consequences now, that if he were saved, he must be which might attend them in this life, saved in spite of himself that even if buť by no higher motives.

He was

God forgave his past sins, he should still nearly fourteen years of age before he destroy his own soul in a day.

“ What
had any serious thoughts of a future have i done! what shall I do ?” were
state. As Mr Fuller, however, advan- now his agonizing enquiries. At one
ced in life, convictions laid hold of him, moment despair would seize him, and
which rendered him very unhappy. suggest that he might as well take his
Grave and tender emotions also occa. bill of sin, since he could be but lost
sionally affected him, while reading then a hope he durst scarcely cherisha
John Bunyan's Grace abounding to the would come across his thoughts, and
chief of Sinners, the Pilgrim's Progress, make him shudder at himself. During
and Ralph Erskine's Gospel Sonnets- a confict of this nature, those lines from
These convictions and feelings, were Ralph Erskine, occurred to his thoughts :
transitory, producing no change of But say--if all the gusts
.nature, and leaving him still the slave And grains of love be spent

of sid. They recarred occasionally, af- Say-Farewell Christ, and welcome
ter long intervals of insensibility and Justs
forgetfulness, leading to resolves for re. Stop stop. I melt] fainta
formation, and exciting trains of thought This passage he never forgot. I have
which sometimes made him suppose heard him repeat it with great emotion,
himself a Christian, and inclined him and strong emphasis ; and mean as these
to entertain impressions, from passages lines and the book from which they are
of Scripture misunderstood and misap- taken may be deemed, they were cerw
plied, as he afterwards judged, and tainly productive of immense effect up-
tending to delude and deceive him. The

on his heart and life. Soon afterwards, Society of wicked companions after this, the recollection of them was followed by confirmed and accelerated bis progress the occurrence of these words to his in yice, so that he arrived at a consider thoughts, " Though he slay me, yet will able degree of obduracy, living entirely I trust in hin." He paused repeated withons prayer or any concern about the words orer and over, and each sepe

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