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says "We had lately very comfortable accounts from our missionaries at Karass in Russian Tartary. They were well last August. Beside Europeans their family consisted of 19 natives, old and young. All of them, who are grown up, excepting one old man, have renounced Mahommedanism; two have been publicly baptiz. ed; and some of the young people, beside speaking the Tartar and Kabar dian language, can read and speak English,"

In our last number we gave some very interesting extracts from the appendix to the report of the British and Foreign Bible Society, taken from the CHRISTIAN OBSERVER. Since our last, we have received from our correspondent in London a copy of this report, and we are happy in gratifying our readers with further extracts from this rich publication.

The following is a translation of a let: ter, to the Society, from a respectable clergyman in Alsace, dated Nov. 3, 1804.

ACCEPT, my dearest friend, our most unfeigned thanks for the sum of 301. which you have transmitted to us, as a kind present from some English friends, for the purpose of purchasing and distributing French and German Bibles among the poor inhabitants of our and the neighbouring villages, where four different religious denominations are to be met with, namely, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Reformed, and Baptists. May God, for Christ's sake, impart his blessing to this act of Christian benevolence, in order that his name may be glorified, and his kingdom

come.

You will be glad to learn some particulars, respecting the use which I intend to make of this money.

I have ordered, and soon expect to get 50 copies of the French Protestant Bible, printed at Basil. Though the type is rather too small for country people, yet we have infinite reason to bless God for being enabled to procure even these. In the meanwhile, I have made a list of such persons as I consider most deserving of such a present. Among the large

number of individuals and families to whom a Bible is a most welcome present, I first put down such characters as are most active in promoting the Redeemer's kingdom, and in doing good to the bodies and souls of their fellow-men,

1. The first Bible shall be given as a present to Sophia Bernard, who is one of the most excellent women I know, and indeed, an ornament to my parish. While unmarried, she undertook, with the consent of her par ents, the support and education of three helpless boys, whom their wick ed father had often trampled under his feet, and treated in a manner too shocking to relate, when nearly starv ing with hanger they dared to cry out for food. Soon afterwards, she proved the happy means of saving the lives of four Roman Catholic children, who, without her assistance; would have fallen a prey to want and famine. Thus she had the management of seven children, to whom sev. eral more were added, belonging to members of three several denominations: she now hired a house and ચ servant girl, and supported the whole of the family entirely with her own work, and the little money she got, from the industry of the children, whom she taught to spin cotton. At the same time, she proved the greatést blessing to the whole village where she lived. For it is impossible to be more industrious, frugal, clean, cheer ful, edifying by her whole walk and conversation, more ready for every good word and work; more mild and affectionate, more firm and resolute. in dangers, than she was: Satan so enraged some of her enemies, that they threatened to destroy her old tottering cottage, but God was gra. ciously pleased to preserve her. A fine youth, of a noble mind, made her an offer of his hand. She first refused, but he declared he would wait for her even ten years. When she replied, that she could never consent to part her poor orphans, he nobly answered, "Whoever takes the mother, takes the children too." So he did and all these children were brought up by them in the most careful and excellent manner. Lately, they have taken in some other orphans, whom they are training up in the fear and love of God. Though

these excellent people pass rather for rich, yet their income is so limited, and their benevolence so extensive, that sometimes they hardly know how to furnish a new suit of necessary clothes. To them I intend to give a Bible, considering that their own is very often lent out in different Roman Catholic villages.

2. A second Bible I intend to give to an excellent woman, Maria Schepler, who lives at the opposite end of my extensive parish, where the cold is more severe, and the ground unfruitful, so that nearly all the householders are poor people, who must lend their clothes to each other when they intend to go to the Lord's supper. This poor woman is also a very distinguished character, in whose praise I could say much were I to enter into particulars. Though distressed and afflicted in her own person and circumstances, yet she is a mother, benefactress, and teacher to the whole village where she lives, and to some neighbouring districts too. She takes the most lively interest in all which relates to the Re

deemer's kingdom upon earth, and often groans under a sense of all the inroads made by the powers of darkness. She also has brought up several orphans without receiving the smallest reward, keeps a free school for females, and makes it a practice to lend her Bible to such as are entirely deprived of it.

3. A third Bible-present I intend to make to an excellent widow woman, Catharine Scheiddegger, who is like the former, a mother to orphans, and keeps a free-school; as also does another young woman, who instructs little children in a neighbouring vil lage, in such knowledge as may render them useful members of human and Christian society.

I might easily enumerate many more characters of a similar description, whose eyes will overflow with grateful tears if they are favoured with the present of a Bible. Let me, however, only add this one remark, that it is necessary in our parts, to have a number of Bibles in readiness to lend them out in the neighbouring districts, where all the people are Roman Catholics. For if they possess

a Bible of their own, they are in dan

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In answer to your question, made in behalf of the British and Foreign Bible Society, "Whether the inhabi. tants of Sweden in general, and the Laplanders in particular, are sufficiently well provided with Bibles," we do with heartfelt satisfaction inform you, that, owing to the gracious and paternal care of the government of our country, as well as from the gospel light and zeal which have generally spread among individuals, no want exists at present of this Holy Book, which contains in it the fountain of all knowledge, bringing salvation, and producing good-will among men; and moreover, that Bibles in the Finland and Lapland languages are now currently printed at this place, and distributed either gratis, or at very reduced prices, by Societies formed for that benevolent

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Extract of a Letter from the Rev. Mr. CAREY, chief Minister of the Baptist Mission in the East Indies, communicated by the Secretary of that Mission. Dated Calcutta, Feb. 27, 1804.

We have engaged in a translation of the sacred scriptures into the Hindostannee, Persian, Maharashta, Oottul languages; and intend to engage in more. Perhaps so many advantages for translating the Bible into all the languages of the East, will never meet in any one situation again, viz.

a possibility of obtaining learned natives of all these countries; a sufficiency of worldly good things, (with a moderate degree of annual assistance from England) to carry us thro' it; a printing office; a good library of critical writings; a habit of translating; and a disposition to do it. We shall, however, need about 10001. per annum for some years, to enable us to print them; and with this it may be done in about fifteen years, if the Lord preserve our lives and health.

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Consisting of Chapels for
French, German, Dutch, Swe-
dish, Danish, and Helvetic
Protestants, for foreign Roman
Catholics, and for those of the
Russian, or Greek Church.

SYNAGOGUES.

6 For the Jewish Religion.

In the metropolis there are

16 Inns of Court and Chancery, 5 Colleges,

62 Public Seminaries,
237 Parish Schools,

3730 Private Schools,
122 Alms Houses and Asylums for
the Indigent and Helpless,
17 Hospitals for Sick, Lame, and
Diseased, and for Pregnant
Women,

13 Dispensaries,

704 Friendly Societies and other Institutions for charitable and

humane purposes. Besides a

number of Societies for the purpose of promoting the interests of Religion and Morality.

Out of a population of 8,872,980, in England, there are relieved by parish charity, 1,039,716, or one eighth part of the whole inhabitants of the king dom. [Rose's Observations on the Poor Laws.

The University of Cambridge, (Eng.) have lately published a new edition of the learned Dr. Waterland's Treatise on the importance of the doc

428 Places of Public Worship in all. trine of the Trinity.

In the city of New-York, a number of gentlemen have instituted an association, styled "The New-York Historical Society," to promote the knowledge of the civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of our country.

(SAMUEL F. BRADFORD of Philadelphia is preparing to publish by subscription the New Cyclopædia, or Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, in twenty quarto volumes. By Abraham Rees, D. D. F. R. S. with the assistance of eminent professional gentlemen.

The whole improved and adapted to this country, by gentlemen of known abilities, by whose aid it will be ren

dered the most complete work of the kind that has yet appeared.

A half volume, in boards, will be regularly published every two months, price three dollars, payable on deliv. cry. Between six and seven hundred Plates, engraved in a superior style of elegance, will be comprised in the course of the publication; by far a greater number than is to be found in any other Scientific Dictionary. At the close of the publication will be de livered an elegant Frontispiece, the Dedication, Preface, and proper Title Pages for the different volumes.

Lemuel Blake is the Agent for receiving subscriptions and delivering

the volumes in this town.

Drdinations.

On Wednesday, 1st January, was ordained over the West Church in this town, Rev. CHARLES LOWELL, A. M. Rev. Mr. Channing, made the introductory, Rev. Mr. Sanger, of Bridgewater, the consecrating, and Rev. Mr. Harris, of Dorchester, the concluding Prayers. Rev. Mr. Porter, of Roxbury, preached from John xvii. 17. Rev. Mr. Professor Ware, of Cambridge, gave the Charge; and Rev. Mr. Buckminster expressed the Fellowship of the Churches.

On Wednesday, 1st January, was ordained over the Church and Society in Natick, the Rev. FREEMAN SEARS. After the usual forms of examination, proper on such an occasion, the Council proceeded to the meeting-house, where the following services were performed, in presence of a crowded auditory. The Rev. Mr. Kendall, of Weston, made the introductory, the Rev. Mr. Foster, of EastSudbury, the consecrating, and the Rev. Mr. Austin, of Worcester, the concluding Prayers. Rev. Mr. Kellog, of Framingham, preached from Eph. i. 1. Rev. Mr. Greenough, of

Newton, gave the Charge; and the Rev. Mr. Noyes, of Needham, expressed the Fellowship of the Churches.

In Bath, (Me.) was ordained Dec. 26th, the Rev. WILLIAM JENKs, tó the pastoral care of the first parish in that town. Rev. Mr. Herrick, of Durham, made the introductory prayer Rev. Mr. Packard, of Wis. casset, delivered the sermon from 2 Cor. v. 20; Rev. Mr. Eaton, of Harpswell, made the ordaining prayer Rev. Mr. Winship, of Woolwich, gave the charge; Rev. Mr. Parker, of Dresden, the right hand of fellowship; and the Rev. Mr. Bradford made the concluding prayer,

INSTALLATIONS,

In Bath, Rev. Mr. LYMAN, pastor of the second Church and Society in that place.

At Haverhil, the Rev. WILLIAM BATCHELDER, pastor of the Baptist church in that town.

At New Boston, N. H. the Rev. Mr. STONE, pastor of the Baptist church.

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