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IRELAND.

MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

Extract from the Minutes of the
Associated Synod of Ireland, at
Armagh, July 7, 1812.

Mr. Waugh presented a letter from the Missionary Society in London, soliciting the countenance and support of this Synod in propagating the Gospel among the Heathen. Mr. Waugh addressed the court. The members having delivered their sentiments, were highly gratified with the satisfactory in formation communicated by Mr. Waugh, and are thankful to the Society for the honour hereby conferred through the channel of such a Commissioner: The Synod highly approve of the endeavours made to send the Scriptures to foreign lands, and thereby enlighten the minds of those who are sitting in darkness and the shadow of death, in the confident hope, that these exertions may tend to the accomplishment of that prediction, that all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.' The Synod expressed their unanimous determination to encourage, by their exertions, as far as possible, those who are engaged in the difficult, yet glorious work of evangelizing the heathen world.

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the same time they express their sorrow, that their means of giving pecuniary support to the cause of the Redeemer, are at present so limited; but fervent prayers shall be offered up, for their abundant success, to that God who is rich in mercy to all them that cali upon him.'

A Mr. Averell, in Ireland, lately received the following Letter :

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AMONG the many designs to advance the interest of our brave Scottish Highlanders, it will give pleasure to your numerous readers to be informed, that a good translation of that excellent book, Boston's Fourfold State, is made into Gaelic, and may be had of Mr. MDonald, Woristou's Close, Edinburgh. It has long been deemed a necessary family book in the Lowlands of Scotland; and I hope will soon be so in the Highlands and Isles. By the benevolence of some pious persons, we expect that it will be sold at a reduced price to the poor,

A large edition of the GAELIC BIBLE has been sent to them; and a new Society has lately been insiituted in Edinburgh, for the esta blishment of CIRCULATING SCHOOLS in the Highlands..

Provincial Intelligence.

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July 8. The ministers of the West Kent Union held their Annual Meeting at Chatham. In the morning, Mr. Prankard, of Sheerness, preached on the given subject, personal roligion.' Luke x. 42. In the afternoon the ministers met in the chapel; and alternately spoke ou the subject of ⚫ Communion with God.' In the evening, Mr. Fletcher, of London, preached on the scriptural way of obtaining pardon and happiness.' Heb. ix. 22. Both ministers and people found it a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. Mr. Sabine preached the preceding evening.

Sept. 9. The Middlesex and Herts Union held their half-yearly meeting at Mr. Humpage's Meeting, WinchmoreHill. Mr. Tracy, of London, began the service with prayer and reading the scriptures; Mr. Philips preached on The unpardonable sin,' from Mark iji

28 to 30; and Mr. Brown, of Enfield, concluded. The next meeting of this Union will be at Cheshunt College, on the Wednesday after the first Sabbath in April 1813; when Mr. Williams of Edmonton, or (in the event of his absence) Mr. Brown, of Enfield, will preach. The subject for discussion, Wherein do the law and gospel agree and differ?' Mr. Thomas, of Enfield, is expected to preach on the preceding evening.

Oct. 20. The West Kent Association held their Half-yearly Meeting at Gravesend. In the morning the business of the Association was trans. acted; in the afternoon Mr. Rogers

preached from Isa. xlix 3. Is the evening Mr. Prankard, of Sheerness, from Heb. xiii. 17.

Oct. 21, the Evangelical Association for the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Northumberland, held their Half-yearly Meeting at the Rev. R. Davison's, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In the morning, Mr. Scott, of Parkhead, preached from Malachi iii. 10; in the evening a double lecture was preached by Mr. Norris, of Alston, from 2 Cor. iv. 7. ; and Mr. Scott, of Hexham, from Psal. Ixxii 17.

The Itinerancy in Westmorland wears an encouraging aspect; but the state of its finances renders it necessary to solicit pecuniary assistance; which will be gratefully received by Mr. Jos. Dickinson, Dufton, Westmorland; or Mr. Alston, Cumberland.

Nov. 17, was opened a New Meeting at Newlyn, occupied by a branch of the Independent Church of Penzance, Cornwall. The Minister of the place began by reading and prayer; Mr. M All preached in the morning, from 2 Chron. vii. 5; Mr. Douglas preached in the afternoon, from Psal. cxxxii. 8.; Mr. Wildbore in the evening, from Luke xix. 9. All the services were well attended; and they made an impression of seriousness and comfort, which, it is hoped, will not be soon obliterated.

Nov. 19. The Rev. Thomas Skeen was ordained to the pastoral charge of the church of Christ, at Ebenezer Chapel, Hammersmith (late Mr. Fryer's.) Mr. E. A. Dunn began by reading and prayer; Dr. Winter asked the questions; Mr. Cooke prayed the ordination prayer; Mr. J. Townsend gave the charge; Mr. Leifchild preached to the people; Mr. Washbourn and Mr. Brooksbank were engaged in the other parts of the service, which was

particularly solemn and interesting; and the congregation were respectable and numerous. It was gratifying to observe the cordiality subsisting between the members of the different congregations in the village on this occasion.

The following Apology for Disturbing a Dissenting Congregation, appeared in some of the public newspapers.

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WE, whose names are subscribed, residing at Acton, having become liable to the payment of penalties amounting to 123, for behaving contemptuously, laughing, and conversing in, and otherwise disturbing, on Sunday, October 3, a dissenting congregation assembling in our village for religious worship, do hereby publicly confess our misconduct, and gratefully acknowledge the liberality of the Committee of the Protestant Society for the Protection of Religious Liberty;' who, in consequence of our contrition, and in compliance with the intreaties of our friends, have consented to terminate the proceedings which they have instituted for our punishment. Oct. 27, 1812. J. COLLETT.

R. HOWLETT. W. RADFORD.

LONDON.

Bibles and Prayer Books
for the Navy.

WE have the satisfaction to announce that, in future, a more regular attention to the spiritual state of the Army and Navy is likely to be paid than formerly, in consequence of the appointment of a Chaplain General.

Archdeacon Owen, the Chaplain General to the Army and Navy, has brought this subject under the consideration of the Lords of the Admiralty; who have given directions that One Bible, One Testament, and Four books of Common Prayer, shall be allowed to every mess of eight men in his Majesty's navy. These books are to be in charge of the purser of each ship, to be frequently mustered, and considered as sea

store. A proportion je allowed to each of the naval hospitals at home and abroad.

The excellent regulation does honour to that branch of our government by which it has been adopted; and every Christian will rejoice that those brave men who hazard their lives in defence of their country, will have an opportunity of reading the sacred Scriptures, &c. We may hope that, by the blessing of God on these means, vice and profaneness will be discountenanced, and true religion greatly promoted.

RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.

Substance of a Statement delivered July 30, 1812, at the New London Tavern, by a Deputation from the Religious Tract Society to the Members of the Committees of the several Auxiliary Religious Tract Societies in and near the Metropolis; convened for the Purpose of considering of the most effectual Means of contri

buting towards the Expenditure

of the Parent Institution in its Foreign Department.

IT is well known that during several years past, the Committee of the Religious Tract Society have gratuitously supplied, to a considerable extent, Religious Tracts to the Army and Navy, and to Foreign Prisoners of War in this country; and that they have also sent large supplies of Tracts to foreign parts. Besides which, grants of money have, from time to time, been sent to the Continent to promote the exertions of the Tract Societies which have been formed through the influence of the Committee, and to encourage the printing and distribution of Religious Tracts at places where the formation of a Society was not immediately practicable.

The appropriation of a portion of the Society's Stock of Tracts, and of its Funds, in the above manner, has, from year to year, received the approbation of the. Society in their Annual Meetings; and the exertions of the Committee have been only limited by the contracted state of the Society's Funds. The sphere of action which Providence is gradually opening to them, is now becoming so enlarged as to require additional means to supply

it, otherwise the fields which are already white to the harvest,' must so remain, without filling the bosom of the reapers.

In the north of Europe the beue ficial exertions of the Society are daily increasing; and the Foreign Secretary having lately proceeded on an extensive tour on the Continent, the Committee have availed themselves of the facilities which it has promised to afford, and have requested the Rev. Mr. Steinkopff to encourage the formation of Religious Tract Societies wherever it may be practicable; and also to promote the circulation of Religious Tracts hoth among Protestants and Roman Catholics;-and to carry these mea. sures into effect, the Committee have authorised Mr. Steinkopff to expend, at his discretion, a sum to the amount of, but not to exceed, £200.

The field for the exertions of the Society is also expanding in other parts of the world. In addition to the provision already made for supplying the islands of the Mediterranean and of Greece, they have now an application for St. Helena; have recently sent large supplies to the Cape of Good Hope and India; and have the satiscomposed and printed by the Rev. R. faction to report the receipt of a Tract

Morrison, in the Chinese language.

To enable the Committee to make suitable provision to meet these extensive demands, they must chiefly look to the Auxiliary Societies; conceiving that it is owing to a want of accurate information as to the loss sustained by the Society on its general concerns, and to the effects of Auxiliary Societies on its funds, that so small a portion of those namerous Societies have contributed to the parent institution by au annual contribution of any considerable

amount.

The Committee greatly rejoice in the enlarged distribution of Tracts through the exertions of the Auxiliary Societies; and they trust that the most beneficial effects will result therefrom. But as the Committee have issued their Tracts on the principle of merely covering their net cost by the prices charged to Subscribers and to Societies, the necessary charges attendant on the executive department nearly exhaust the annual subscriptions, and scarcely leave any provision for gratuitous distributions in the channels above stated, or for pecuniary aid to promote the circulation of Religious Tracts in foreign parts.

The charges referred to, and which

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Total £755 17 5

In addition to the above permanent charges, which amount to more than £20 per cent. on the sales of the last year, an expense has been recently incurred of £105, to obtain a more commodious Depository; and in the current year, the Society has been at a very considerable additional expense in the necessary fittings, to adapt the same to the purposes of the Institution.

The gratuitous donations of the Religious Tract Society, last year, in cluded the sum of £ 50. to promote the objects of the Society in Russia and Lapland; and £360 for the gratuitous distribution of Tracts to the Army and Navy, to foreign prisoners of war, and to foreign parts; together with new Tracts to Subscribers, and volumes to Auxiliary Societies. And the gratuitous distribution abroad might be far more widely extended, were the Funds of the Society adequate to the demand.

From the consideration of these particulars, it will be obvious, that such Auxiliary Societies as make no contribution in aid of the Parent Institution, are only auxiliary, as they extend the distribution of Religious Tracts; while they do not assist in providing the means of supporting that distribution. Hence, such Societies, while standing in the situation of Non-subscribers, as it re

gards the Parent Institution, afford, to a very numerous class of the community, not merely the advantages which Subscribers enjoy, but the further benefit of a return of Tracts for their re

spective Subscriptions, without contri. buting any thing towards the loss sustained thereon by the Parent Society.

The Funds of the Society are further deteriorated, by Subscribers withdraw.

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ing their respective subscriptions, in consequence of their having joined Auxiliary Societies; without considering that, by so doing, they weaken the support, and paralize the exertions of the Parent Institution; in the participation of which, the Auxiliary Societies are materially interested.

A further inconvenience to the Funds of the Parent Institution has unintertionally been occasioned by Auxiliary Societies having taken a small credit, which, when considered as a whole, amounts to a considerable sum (at present, from forty-eight Societies £436 8 5.) This occupies the capital that should be afloat, to enable the Parent Society promptly to pay its printers and stationers. "

The Committee of the Religious Tract Society are persuaded, that, when the several Auxiliary Societies have taken the above circumstances into their consideration, they will cheerfully adept such measures as will enable them to render them effective assistance in promoting gratuitous exertions, and the foreign objects of the Institution: and they also recommend to the attention of the several Auxilary Societies, the soldiers and seamen, and foreign pri. soners of war, in their respective neighbourhoods.

The Meeting having adjourned until the 27th of August, in order to afford to the gentlemen present an opportu nity for consulting their respective Societies, the adjourned meeting was bumerously attended by the representatives of the Societies; from whose com. munications it appeared, that they were unanimously disposed to contribute a portion (probably not less than one-fourth) of their annual Subscriptions, in aid of the Funds of the Parent Institution. The Committee of the Religious Tract Society respectfully recommend to the Auxiliary Societies in the country, to adopt similar measures, so far as they may find it practicable and convenient.

A Correspondent wishes to call the attention of the friends of Re ligion to the Spiritual Interests of Foreigners residing in the Metropolis and other parts of the empire. He hopes that a Society will be formed, who will make it their bu

siness to ascertain the residence of these people. Religious Tracts in general are well received by Fo reigners.

ECONOMY IN BREAD.

IF the following method for increasing the quantity of Bread should, upon trial, prove successful, it will certainly deserve the attention of every householder who makes that article at home. We copy it from the, public newspapers.-The Rev. Fraucis Haggitt, Prebendary of Durham, has lately stated, in a letter to the Bp. of Durham, the result of a successful experiment for saving the consumption of flour in making bread. Mr. Haggitt gives the following account of the process: 'I took 5 lb. of bran, boiled it; and, with the liquor strained from it, kneaded 56lb. of flour, adding the usual quantity of salt and yeast. When the dough was sufficiently risen, it was weigh

ed, and divided into leaves: the weight before being put into the oven, being 63 lb., 13 oz. or about 8 lb. 10 oz. more than the same quantity of flour kneaded in the common way. It was then baked two hours; and some time after being drawn, the bread was weighed, and gave 83 lb. 8 oz.:-loss in baking 10 lb. 5 oz. The same quantity of our kneaded with common water loses about 15 lb. 11 oz. in the baking, and produces only 69 lb, 8 oz. of bread. Gain by my method, 14 lb. ; that is, a clear increase of one fifth of the usual quantity of bread from a given quantity of four." He also states that the bran, after being used in this way, is equally fit for many domestic purposes.

We have been told, that by adding a proportion of bran to malt, in domestic brewing, a great addition is made to the quantity and strength of the beer; and a great saving to the housekeeper.

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don. He will not only determine the exact number of minutes or

seconds in any given period of time, but will tell the exact produce arising from the multiplication of two, three, or four figures, by any other number of the like number of figures. The Duke of Gloucester asked him the product of 21,734 multiplied by 543: he immediately replied 11,801,562. was asked the square root of 106929; and before the number could be written down, he answered 327. He is entirely ignorant of the common rules of arithmetic, and cannot perform, upon paper, a sum in Multiplication or Division.

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It is intended that he shall enjoy the benefit of a liberal education, at the expence of generous individuals.

THE Society for the relief of blishment, distributed during the poor pions Clergymen, in the estayear 1811, the sum of £1245. The annual account of their proceedings, circulated among the subscrib

ers,

includes extracts of letters from several clergymen, which abundantly prove the necessity and utility of this institution. Among the cases of distress are the following: One minister, who has five children, has a salary of about £ 30 a year;-another, who has four children, and is obliged to keep a horse, has only £56; another, a cure, has £30; -another, serves that of two churches, and yalks 16 miles on the Sunday, has 7 children, salary £75; out of which the property tax is deducted for £25; another, who has a sickly family, reCeives but 250 per year; out of which he : pays 12 assistants;---another has eight in family to support, with £30 a-year!!!

Such is the worldly condition of a number of Christ's laborious servants, both in and out of the establishment: and how loudly does it call on wealthy Christians to " open their hands widely" for their relief!

Subscriptions for the above Society are received in London, by Ambrose Martin, Esq. Treasurer; Rev. William Goode, Blackfriars, Secretary; and Mr. Downer, Collector, 57, Chiswell-street.

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