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to be able to assure you , that it will be difficult to find a committee , that in Londofi perhaps , excepted , that entertain juster and more impressive views of the nature of the dispensation committed to them . Some of the leading * men give evidence that they have experienced the power of the truth , and in almost all of is stron to hear
them * there a g- disposition any accounts that can be furnished of the spread of Christianity in the world . The president is a most worthy nobleman ; and it g ives me great pleasure to be able to add , that every day almost presents new proofs of the religious disposition of our imperial patron , Alexander I . He takes great delight in reading" missionary
intelligence . I have lately made some interesting extracts from Mr . A . Paterson ' s journal , which , together with Pomarree ' s last letter , and the state of things in the South Sea Islands , are about to be laid before him . We had yesterday a meeting- of the General Committee , at Prince Gallitzin ' s 5 it was very fully attended . The Archbishop of Trers—two Archimandrites—the Roman
Catholic Metropolitan—were present , all dressed in the vestments of their respective communions , —together with a great number of starred gentleinen ? who a } l listened with deep attention to the detail of facts presented , and to the chain of propositions submitted to deliberation . No sooner was
it intimated , that letters from Messrs . Steinkopff and Owen were received , than a general , but pious curiosity was excited : and the Prince himself called for and read the first s Mrith a- pathos and feeling ^ which evidently proceeded from the heart . The
business of the meeting * , which lasted nearly four hours , finished with a letter from our Cairneyhill correspondent ( M . ? . )> which received repeated expressions of approbation from all sides ; but from Prince Gallitzin especially .
* c The Empejor has lately made the society another donation of 15 , 000 roubles , to buy paper . The work going on here is immense , as is the demand for Slavonian Bibles . —The 5000 Bibles and & © 00 New Testaments , printed at Moscow , are all gone ; and another edition , consisting- of the same number of copies , has
rl ^ v . * h * « _ ^ m-m « -mr *^ r h J' ^ * Jeen begun in that city . The Holy Synod navre also sent twenty Muscovite boys to print for the society here : —so liberal and generous is that very body , which was j-onnnonly regarded as a kind of secondhand Inquisition . 5000 New Testaments ( Sclavonic ) were lately stereotyped here , &&t
they are also mostly all gone : only ** 0 © copies remain to satisfy the demands < 7 several thousands . The stereotype edi-* ° « of 500 ! 0 SctavoBian Bibles , printed •*• , is ju » t finished ; btit 15 , 000 copws 7 * demanded with the moit urgent iinpor-HB * % . Atwttbtr eriirfkmy Iwrcver , i « 4 fe ,
is rapidly advancing * . The Armenian New Testaments are also almost all © ff , but w « are printing * a new edition , along with that of the whole Bible ; and an edition of the Finish , which has been long in the press , will be out in a week or two . Mr . Alexander Paterson , of Karass , has lately finished a ve y interesting- journey in the Crimea : Turks , Tartars , Jews , nominal
Christians , Imans , Mollahs , Effendis , btivte all discovered anxiety to receive the New Testament in the Tartar language , and have accepted copies with every demon * stration of g-ratitude and joy . One anecdote I cannot but relate : —Having crossed between the Sea of Asoph and the Black Sea , he fell in with an old grey-headed man , whose venerable appearance indicated that he was of some consequence in the place . This aged sage asked Mr . Paterson , if he was a believer in the last times T Mr . Paterson stated to him his sentiments
on the point ; which so pleased the old man , that he called out to his wife , Britighim the best loaf in the house , he is a believer in the last times . ' We are waitingimpatiently to see the New Testament in modern Russ . This will be one of the
most important works ever published by Bible Societies . It is designed to supply 'the wants of thirty-four millions of immortal souls . You think much has been achieved in Russia * , but nothing- is yet done , compared with what is to be done . About oi ) e hundred languages and dialects are spoken in this immense empire . *
" Thus you see ( adds Mr . Dick ) , that a glorious work is going on in the northern parts of the world—a work which , I trust , will not cease till time itself has finished its course ;—and the blessed effects of this work shall be coeval with the ceaseless ages of eternity . What encouragement does this afford to all who love the Lord
Jesus , and wish well to the souls of men , to pray without ceasing and to labour without fainting *—to be steadfast . and unmoveable , always abounding- in the work of the Lord ; forasmuch as they know that their labours shall not be in rain in the Lord" ! fl ^^ M ^^ taM
Intelligence * < ~ -Union of the Lutherans and Oalvinists ofPrussia . $ * 9
PRUSSIA . Union of the Lutherans and Cafoinist * . We announced in our last ( p . 571 ) , that a Reformation F&te was projected by the Protestant Universities of GfenHjtny : ft
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Russian Literature . —There are at Pbtersburgh fourteen printing-houses , of which three belong- to the Senate , t ^ e Synod and the War Office . The others belong to the academies or to individuals . One prints in the Tartar language , another prints music . There are thirteen foreign booksellers and about thirty Russian . There are also six reading-rooms .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 629, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/57/