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the Scriptures was carried forward also by the Missionaries in South Africa, and Sierra Leone; and many copies, in different languages, were circulated at Algiers.
South America, Mexico, and the West Indies, were regarded by the Bible Society; and the Rev. Mr. Thomson visited Trinidad, Antigua, Barbadoes, and many other islands, promoting the circulation of the Scriptures.
The American Bible Society still progressed, and reported for the year 1831-32, its Auxiliaries as 848, of which 37 were added in the past year. Its receipts for that period were 107,059 dollars : it printed 156,500 Bibles and Testaments in the English, French, and Spanish languages, and issued 115,000 copies; besides encouraging the translation of the Mohawk and Chippeway Scriptures.
Bible Societies in British America advanced in their work, through its several provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, and many were blessed with the Word of God.
Domestic proceedings this year were of their usual mingled character, some distressing, and others encouraging, in relation to the Bible Society. The fearful visitation of the cholera had afflicted our land, carrying off multitudes of the intemperate and luxurious, and some of the holy servants of Jesus Christ. Among the latter was a valued friend of the Bible Society, the Rev. Dr. Adam Clarke. The Society had also to lament the loss of other distinguished friends, Admiral Lord Gam
bier, the Rev. Rowland Hill, and T. Bainbridge, Esq.
The Auxiliaries of the Society, however, continued to increase, manifesting their accustomed zeal: harmony prevailed among its friends, in the metropolis and in the provinces; and the issues from the depository were 140,295 Bibles, and 168,362 Testaments,—total, 308,657; and on the Continent, 28,977 Bibles, making a grand total of 536,841 copies of the Scriptures.
There were voted 20,617 Bibles, and 28,235 Testaments, for the schools and the poor of Ireland, and 30,865 copies of the New Testament with Psalms, to destitute families, in anticipation of the Cholera.
The Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting was held in Exeter Hall, May 1, 1833; reporting the receipts for the year to have been £75,492 10s. 3d.; and the large assembly was addressed in a manner and in a spirit becoming the circumstances and character of the Bible Society, by the Chairman, Lord Bexley, the Bishops of Winchester and Chester, Lord Mountsandford, the Hon. and Rev. Baptist W. Noel, the Revds. Dr. Cox, of New York, Dr. Pinkerton, of Frankfort, Dr. Morrison, J. Entwistle, and D. Wilson; J. Gurney, Esq., J. Sheppard, Esq., and J. P. Plumptre, Esq., M.P.
THE THIRTIETH YEAR OF THE SOCIETY, 1833-1834. Triumphs still attended the Bible Society ; but these were mingled with painful trials. For while its progress was distinguished by the blessing of God upon its various operations, and upon its Committee, preserving harmony among them, mortality made several painful breaches in the circle of its chief friends.
Mr. Wilberforce, one of the most efficient advocates of the Society, entered his heavenly rest, July 29, 1833; of whom the Report of the Society states;
_" The Committee cannot record upon their minutes the loss of their late Vice-President, William Wilberforce, without claiming their share in the general expression of mourning occasioned by his decease. No individual, not called upon to conduct the councils of nations, has, perhaps, for centuries past, so much impressed his own views on public opinion, or exercised so great an influence on the destinies of mankind;—no man ever consecrated eminent talents with more disinterested zeal and more unremitting perseverance to the glory of God and the welfare of his fellow-creatures. For nearly half a century, from his first entrance upon public life amidst increasing bodily infirmities, which yet never subdued the vigour of his mind, nor damped the cheerfulness of his spirit, he was preserved as a central point, to which a great body of the friends of religion turned their eyes ; and he was at last called away, when that great object to which his life had been more especially devoted—the extinction of Slavery-was on the eve of its accomplishment.
“ It is not, however, for the Committee to review his general career of piety and usefulness, or to hold up his example to posterity: it behoves them
rather to bear him in affectionate remembrance, as one of the earliest, most constant, and active friends of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He saw from the first the simplicity and importance of its object-for no man more warmly entered into the spirit of the Bible; he approved its comprehensive principles—for no man more readily embraced all whom he believed to love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity; he delighted in its extended operationsfor he was, in the largest sense, the friend of mankind; and he seized every opportunity of pleading its cause, with that persuasive eloquence to which none could listen without delight. The Committee can rarely hope for so powerful and so popular an advocate of the Society."
The Rev. Joseph Hughes, one of its Secretaries, and the originator of the Society, departed to his reward, October 2, 1833. His character and valuable services require to be noticed in a distinct Memoir. See Part III.
Lord Teignmouth, also, the President of the Society, was removed to his eternal rest, February 14, 1834; and his important services demand a distinct Memoir. See Part III.
To these “illustrious dead” must be added the name of the distinguished Hannah More, whose patronage, influence, and pecuniary contributions, served, in an eminent degree, the cause of the Bible Society. Mrs. Hannah More departed to inherit eternal life, September 7, 1833, aged eighty-eight years, leaving £1000 to the Bible Society, besides £100 to the London Seamen’s Bible Society; £100 to the Bristol Seamen's Bible Society; £100 to the Liverpool Seamen's Bible Society; £100 to the London Missionary Society; and £100 to the Society for printing the Hebrew Scriptures. The sum of £1,000 also, from her late sister Martha was now paid to the Bible Society.
Heavy as these losses were felt to be, the Committee were happy in being able to secure the services of Lord Bexley, as President of the Bible Society," who, perhaps, next to Lord Teignmouth (whose place, indeed, he had often supplied, both in the public meetings and at the Committee), was best acquainted with the character and the affairs of the Society.”
As a successor to Mr. Hughes, in the office of Secretary, “the choice of the Committee has fallen unanimously on the Rev. George Browne, a Minister of the Independent denomination ;" “ a gentleman in whom they have reason for satisfaction in their choice.”
France continued to enjoy the services of M. De Pressensé, at his depôt in Paris, from which 55,616 copies of the Scriptures were issued in and around France; and an impost step was taken this year in Paris, by a new institution, “ The French and Foreign Bible Society," of which Professor Stapfer is President.
Dr. Steinkopff made a tour on the Continent this year, and offered various grants, as authorized by the Committee.
Dr. Pinkerton found the Bible cause languishing in the Netherlands; but his visit led to a revival in