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Wordo God, and which is frequently developed in a complete transformation of habits and character. The Rev. C. W. Bingham, M.A., the deputation from the parent society, then addressed the meeting, remarking, in the course of his observations, that if ever there was a time when it was necessary to make efforts in connexion with the British and Foreign Bible Society, it was the present period, when the mighty changes which were transpiring around us, gave ample and inviting opportunities for the introduction and free circulation of the sacred scriptures, in places where, hitherto, the greatest barriers had been presented to the society^ operations. The society had been awake to these opportuni- ties, and it afforded him pleasure to state that in their onward progress during the past year, they had considerably increased their issues of copies of the inspired volume. During the year, the society had issued copies of the scriptures of these, the large number of son.non had been distributed in our own country. The society had also received, notwith- standing the depression of the inonied interests of the country, £;)000 more during last year, than in any former year. But whilst many were rejoicing in these tokens of the society s success, the public were looking to the results of their under- taking, and many were asking what was the effect of all this income, and this large circulation of the scriptures. The rev. gentleman said time would fail him, did he attempt to give a detailed answer to this question but, after mentioning some encouraging proofs of individual attachment to the Bible, Mr. Bingham said he thought the meeting might safely subscribe to the sentiment of the Rev. Mr. Stowell, lately delivered at Exeter Hall, viz.—that the extended circulation of the scrip- tures in Manchester and other manufacturing towns, was the great cause which had induced a patient endurance of suffer- ing and distress in those places, under circumstances of a peculiarly trying character, and which had probably prevented outbreaks and general disaffection. The rev. gentleman then mentioned some pleasing instances in which bibles had been supplied in large numbers to intending emigrants; and then fassed on to a notice of the Bible Society's operations in Vance. The fearful revolution which had recently convulsed that unhappy country, had, as might have been expected, somewhat retarded.the operations of the agents of the Bible Society; at the same time, it was a cause for thankfulness to Almighty God, that they had been enabled, to some extent, to preserve the even tenor of their "my," amid conflicts and bloodshed; and on the whole, perhaps more had been done than might have been anticipated. There had been 107.000 copies of the scriptures distributed in France last year, against the larger number of 1*20,000 in the year preceding. Mr. Bingham then dwelt at some length upon the efforts of the agents of the society in France, mentioning several striking instances of the most deplorable ignorance of the scriptures among certain portions of the population and remarking upon the eagerness and thankfulness with which many indivi- duals, especially among the Roman Catholics, availed them- selves of the assistance afforded by the Bible Society in obtaining copies of the scriptures. The rev. speaker then proceeded to express his satisfaction at the introduction, and comparatively extensive circulation of the scriptures in Italy. The society had carried its efforts even into the very city of Rome itself. Four thousand copies of the scriptures had been printed in Rome by the society, during the past year; printed by Roman Catholic printers, and even with Roman Catholic types. A few years ago, a bible could scarcely be found in Rome, and a gentleman who was there some years since, could only obtain a cumbrous and ullwieldy edition, of many volumes, which no man could carry, even if he could buy It, Under these circumstances, lie thought there could be only one opinion as to the ultimate effect; for whatever might be the immediate result of the present hostile position of atfnirs between France and the Romans, he believed that the free circulation of the scriptures in Rome would so under- mine the stronghold of the Papacy, that if the Pope should ever get back to the Papal chair, he could not long continue to occupy it. In Milan, also, the scriptures were now being freely distributed, as also in Genoa, the rev. gentleman mentioning some striking instances of the facilities afforded to the agents of the society in those places, by the Customs authorities, in allowing the untaxed introduction of the bible. Mr.Bingham next turned his attention to Africa, mentioning a pleasing case of nine poor females, who, not having the means of paying for copies of the bible, sought and obtained permission to work in the missionary's garden a sufficient time to pay for their treasures. Having again briefly glanced at the general operations of the society, the rev. gentleman proceeded to allude, more particularly, to Newport. He confessed he was rather surprised to hear that out of the {500,000 bibles circulated in this kingdom, only a very small number had been distributed at Newport. He would urge the auxiliary committee to renewed exertion, and trusted a more encouraging report would be presented for Newport next year. The Rev. — Isaac, Curate of Malpas, then briefly urged upon the assembly the necessity of additional effort in the cause of this excellent society. The Rev. \V. Allen was then called upon, and earnestly defended the practice of scattering the Word of God far and wide, without note or comment, among all classes of society. He contended that every man had a perfect and indisputable right to read the scriptures for himself, believing, as he did, that no human explanation couli make the "truths essential to salvation better understood than they might be, from the perusal of the pure and unadulterated Word of God. The rev. gentleman eloquently and warmly repudiated interference from any quarter, in the reading and interpretation of the scriptures, and in matters of religion generally. The Rev. Thomas Barfield was then called upon, and proceeded to remark that he had no sympathy with those who did not attribute the convulsions and changes traiispiring on the Continent to the overruling providence of God. He believed that the God of truth was using these convulsions j and revolutions for the more extended dissemination ot the scriptures, and the accomplishment of other great purposes. He then briefly glanced at the progress of the society among ? Roman Catholics in France, and neighbouring countries, and concluded by expressing his most hearty sympathy with its objects. The Rev. H. Wybrow then briefly addressed the assembly, 1 relating some encouraging instances of the usefulness of t.ie society; and after a few remarks from a gentleman named Bowden, of Bristol, who, we understand, takes a great inter- est in the objects of the society, and occasionally circulates copies of the scriptures, in the course of his business as a commercial traveller; the Chairman made some appropriate concluding oh-ervations. A vote of thanks, was then passed, by acclamation, to W m. Evans, Esq., th- mayor, for the use of the Hall on the occasion, and to the chairman, J.J. Cordes, Esq., when the Doxology was sung, and the meeting separated. The following resolutions were unanimously passed during the evening That the report now read, be adopted, printed, and distri- buted, under the direction of the committee • and this meeting duly appreciates the services rendered to the society by the gentlemen constituting its officers, committee, and collectors and especially the ladies of the auxiliary association, and requests that thev allow themselves to be re-elected, with power to add to their number. That this meeting, more persuaded than ever that the scriptures are the only rule of faith and test of truth, and that the writings and teachings of men, however good, talented, or learned, and whether living in the earliest centuries of the CnristianfjJhurch, or in the present day, are only deserving of attention, in proportion as they are in strict accordance with "hat God has himself revealed, regard it as a duty of the jaikjaajjyghpftfcjp%prtan<;e to asp every means -to promote the most textenstfb c lr culaxi&n' oT tnobitil e,Tint a tTfcr^fMnttxitrtrrt -of the earth shall possess the heavenly treasure for himself. That this meeting desires to acknowledge that the success, both at home and abroad, which has attended the operations of the British and Foreign Bible Society, is to be attributed to the goodness and condescension of God, who is sometimes pleased to use human instrumentality to promote His own flory; and also to express its thankfulness to an overruling 'rovidence, for those recent openings for bible distribution in those continental countries where the Word of God has been no long undervalued, and its use prohibited.