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gious effects apparent wherever the Society has spread its sacred stores, attest the excellence of its object, and the singular favour of God which rests upon it.
There remains therefore but one more consideration to which I will entreat a moment's attention. It may be asked, Whether we ought to continue to support this great Institution? Such a question, Sir, I do not consider to be doubtful. I only propose it in order that we may pledge ourselves the more deliberately to the cause. What the Society has already accomplished is nothing to what yet remains before it. The whole world is intent on our further proceedings. Whether indeed it may please God at this time to fulfil the word of prophecy, and spread the light of Christianity throughout the dark corners of the earth, it is not for us to presume to say; but certainly no period since the promulgation of Christianity has afforded fairer hopes or more inviting opportunities. And I believe I may undertake to say, on behalf of the noble President and the other officers of the British and Foreign Bible Society, that they are determined to persevere in the course on which they have entered. I believe I may assert, that the news communicated at every committee binds them more closely to their purpose.
I believe I may affirm, that
they only wait for the increased support of their numerous affiliated bodies to extend immea. surably their operations. I believe I may assure you, that the objections to their cause which may perhaps, like the clouds of your Tofty mountains, hover' round the distant portions of the scene, obscure not the fair sunshine which gilds the summit where they stand' surveying the glowing prospect and drinking with prescient eye the glories of the rising day. And I am sure I may infer from the pleasure which beams from every countenance around me, that it will not be in Wales that the first example of defection will be shown. It is not in the manner of the inhabitants of the principality to désert so high a cause. Much less will they renounce a design, to which they had the peculiar felicity of first giving occasion.
But I perceive, Sir, that I have insensibly arrived at the particular motion with which I am to conclude these common, and I fear tédious, remarks. I am requested to move your thanks to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart. M. P. President of the Merionethshire Auxiliary Bible Society, and to the Vice-Presidents, for their patronage during the last year. I propose this motion, Sir, with the utmost pleasure, because our warmest acknowledgments are justly due to those distinguished persons who lead the
way in this work of mercy. And if I am to judge of the other officers of your Institution by the munificent character of your President, few auxiliary societies can boast of higher support. I speak thus because that honourable individual is known to me, as he is to every Briton, by the extent of his charities and the warmth of his benevolence. It so occurs that a most valuable Institution—the Honourable and Loyal Society of Ancient Britons, under whose patronage above one hundred destitute Welsh children are entirely maintained, and which is just now enlarging its plan for the reception of thirty or forty additional objects-regularly attends the church where I officiate in London, and has not left me ignorant of the benevolent character of your President. I most cheerfully take the liberty therefore of moving your thanks to a personage who thus unites the most enlarged charity to local institutions with the support of a cause which, like the Bible Society, embraces the spiritual necessities of the whole world.
I shall conclude, Sir, by again entreating the pardon of this numerous assembly for the length into which I have been betrayed, and by suggesting that the best comment on the excellency of our Society is the purity of our tempers and the holiness of our lives, our dili
gence in imbibing the doctrines and obeying the precepts of the Sacred Volume, and our humility in following the steps of that adorable Saviour whose death is the propitiation for our sins, and whose life is the example and motive of our obedience.
ADDRESS at the first Anniversary of the
City and County of Chester CHURCH
Having been requested by the Committee of your Society to be present today, in order to give such information as may be in my power as to the designs and prospects of our Missionary Institution, I would begin by observing, that so far is our Society from deserving censure for its attempts in the great work of the conversion of the world, that it rather merits reproach for not having begun them sooner, and acted in them with more vigour. If six hundred millions of our fellowcreatures are ignorant of that Gospel which has been vouchsafed to us, it is our bounden duty to do all in our power to communicate to them the blessing. He who continues a passive spectator of the inisery and idolatry which he has