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ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BIBLE SOCIETY. On Monday evening the Annual Meeting of the Tenby Branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society, was held in the Royal Assembly Rooms. There was a fairly large attendance. Mr Henry Allen, Q.C., presided, who in opening the meeting made a few remarks upon the pleasure it gave him to come over to Tenby and preside over a meeting, in aid of a Society which had done, and was doing a noble work in spreading the scriptures amongst the nations of the earth. Mr N. A. Roch then read the following state- ment of receipts and expenditure of the Branch for the year ending March 31, 1889 :— Paid. -Free contribution to Parent Society, £30 purchase account for books, jE9 13s. lOd.; Monthly Reporters and Almanacks, 19s. 2d. carriage of books, 17s. 5d. cleaning, fire and lights, 8s. 6d. hire of hall and printing, El Is. balance in hand, £ 5 18s. 5d. total, JE48 18s. 4d. Received. -Balance in hand from last year, :£4 10s. lid. collection at Public Meeting, £ 5 7s. Old. Mrs Palmer's box, JE1 14s. Sid. an- nual subscriptions, jE17 18s. sale of almanacks, ,38. lid.; sale of Scriptures, Ell 12s. 41d. St. Florence annual meeting, lis. 7d. collected by Miss Lizzie Llewellyn, £1 Is. 5d. Church offer- tory, 5s. collected by Mrs Thomas (Rydberth). 10s.; collected by Miss Llewellyn (Gumfreston), 13s. Saundersfoot annual meeting, JE1 9s. 7d. collected by Miss Thomas, El 7s. lid. sale of Scriptures (Saundersfoot), £1 1315, 8d. total, ;£48 18s. 4d.-Laura Evans, Sec. and Treasurer. Dr. Jones, who was greeted very warmly, said all Christian people were convinced that it was necessary to spread the Bible in order to promote deep spiritual life at home and abroad. But although the judgement was convinced yet the feelings and emotions oftentimes sadly lagged be- hind. Christian congregations of this country were up in theory as regards their duty to Missionary and Bible Societies, but many towns and neighbour- hoods he was sorry to say were down in practice. However, thanks to their honorary secretary, Miss Evans, and to the lady mayoress, who discharged the duties of secretary for many years, and to other ladies in the town Tenby, maintained a very respect- able position. (Applause.) He proposed briefly to review a few incidents in connection with the Bible, There were three old Bibles in the world, which dated back to the third or fourth century. One of the oldest is in the custody of the British museum, and is a very ancient Bible. It was presented by the Patriarch of Constantinople to King James I. and is one of the most valuable Bibles in the whole world. In Rome there is a Bible slightly older, while the library at St. Petersburg contained the other. Thus the three great sections of the Chris- tian Church possessed these old Bibles. The Pro- testant Church had one in the British Museum, the Roman Catholic one in the Vatican, and the Greek Church one at St. Petersburgh. He could not but think Divine providence in thus disposing the most expensive and accurate Bibles in existence had some wonderful design in view in assigning one Bible to each of these great sections of the Christian Church. Who knows but that the time is coming when the Roman Catholic and Greek Churches will be fired with a desire to spread the Word of God abroad. At present however that duty devolved upon the Protestant Church, and great was the honour thus put by Divine providence on that Church. In reading Church history, they discovered three im- portant revivals or reformations. The first may be called the Apostolic, which had for its object the conversion of the Roman Empire the second, the Mediaeval which had for its object the conversion of Europe the third took place at the latter end of the last or the beginning of the present century, when the Church realized it was her mission and duty to evangelize, not Europe alone, but all the continents of the globe. Good and holy men traversed England in order to awaken missionary spirit, and it is reported at one meeting in one of the midland towns, an old minister was appealing to the huge congregation in front of him on behalf of missionary work, when at the climax, he appealed to the young men present asking, which of you will consent to descend to the pit of heathenism, a young man started to his feet with the shoemakers wax still clinging to his fingers and cried out "I will go if you at home will consent to hold the ropes." That young man was Dr. Carew, (applause) the celebrated Indian Missionary. From that day to this this work had been going on, and it is the duty of every follower of Christ either to go down to the pit or else hold the ropes. Now, as a consequence of this national fermentation of religious life in Great Britian, many Missionary Societies started into existence, amongst them was the British and Foreign Bible Society, which in its work knew no distinction of sect or creed. It combined all Pro- testant Churches, and diffused the Bible amongst all nations of the earth. He paid every respect to the Parliament of England, to the Universities, and the great schools of thought, but in his opinion it was none of these that had made England great. It was the diffusion of the Word of God that had done that. For this reason he regretted that while the Shah of Persia was shown all the frivolities, and all the great buildings of the Metropolis, he was not shown the Bible. The speaker then went on to relate a visit of the Ambassadors of the Emperor of Persia to the late Captain Vivian near Cardiff, who after he had shown them all the great- ness of wealth of the Welsh industries, took them home, placed a Bible in their hands, and declared that that book was the cause of England's glory. (Applause.) One of those same Abassadors after wards became minister of education in Japan, and when he had to compile a primer for use in the schools of that country, he prepared it out of that very book. The speaker concluded by a touching incident in lifeboat work near Liverpool, compared the Bible Society with the Lifeboat, and the Missionary Societies with the crew. Were they prepared to help in that great and glorious work ? The Rev. J. Calvin Thomas proposed, and the Rev. Robert Ann seconded, a vote of thanks to Dr. Jones for his very eloquent and interesting address. Mr Watson proposed, and the Rev. G. Bancroft seconded, a vote of thanks to the chairman. The Chairman proposed, and Dr. Jones seconded, a vote of thanks to Miss Evans and the ladies assisting her. The several propositions having been put were warmly endorsed by the audieuce, and the meeting terminated. The collection amounted to;c5 118. ——-—— Mrs Palmer, who has for so many years been an earnest worker for the Bible Society, has collected the sum of £1 10s. 9d. in her box during the last twelve months. The Committee thank her very heartily for her kind help.





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