The New Zealand Evangelist
Local Intelligence — Wellington.
This Society has been instrumental in bringing into this settlement during the last two years about 900 Bibles and 1200 New Testaments; 800 Bibles and Testaments have been sold here and at Nelson, mostly within the last year. There is on hand at present a large and well assorted stock, a large portion of which has been lately received. About 1000 copies of the Religious Society's publications, varying in price from 8d. to 5s., have also been introduced into the settlement; upwards of 500 copies of these have been sold here and at Nelson. The price of the Bibles sold amount to about £50; of the other publications about £25. Add to these 7000 copies of the Evangelist, that have been put into circulation, and it will be seen that our Evangelical Alliance has not been without manifest favour from on high. Bibles and religious publications have been extensively introduced also by individual enterprise. Mr. Lyon has sold about 150 page 428 Bibles and Testaments with Scotch Psalms, a number of which were elegant and expensive Church Bibles.
These are apparently small but really important elements in the moral statistics of the settlement. They are like the first teeth of the infant, or the first words that he articulates, of no importance to the great world, but events of infant history carefully chronicled in the memory of the mother or the nurse and reported to all the inmates of the family with. feelings of delighted interest. The money expended on Bibles and religious books is comparatively small, but who can number the new thoughts, the good impressions, and the healthful moral influences thereby diffused through the community?
Our Society and the community at large are deeply indebted to Mr. Lyon for so cheerfully allowing a portion of his well-known, elegant, and commodious premises to be used as a depositary for our Bibles and religious publications. The Lord blessed a public spirited man of old because he received the ark of God. Our prayer is that the same blessing may rest upon our Depositary for the facilities he has afforded, and the attention he has given to the circulation of the Word of God.
Testimonial to the Rev. John Inglis.
On Thursday last, the 30th ult., a deputation from the Scotch Presbyterians, consisting of Messrs, Lyon, J. Frazer, and G. P. Wallace, waited upon the Rev. J. Inglis, and presented him, as a testimonial, with a purse, containing seventy-five sovereigns, accompanied by the following address, numerously and respectably signed:—
Wellington, May 30, 1850.
It is with much regret that we have heard of your determination to leave this Settlement.
We feel it due from us on a review of the circumstances under which, we have been mutually connected as Pastor and Congregation, that you should carry with you some expression of our gratitude, for the services which you have rendered to the Presbyterian page 429 community in this settlement for a period of nearly four years. For the zealous, faithful, and diligent manner in which you have preached the Gospel of Christ, and discharged the varied duties of the Christian Ministry, we bear a willing testimouy; and we shall ever hold in grateful remembrance your attention to the Scriptural education of the youth of the Congregation, and your exertions in the cause of education in the settlement.
As a parting mark of our esteem and respect, we beg you to accept of the accompanying Purse, (containing seventy five soverigus) and we assure you our best wishes go with you. We sincerely pray that the favour and blessing of God, may ever attend you and your partner through life. Kindly bidding you farewell.
We remain yours’
With much esteem and respect.To the Rev. J. Inglis.
Mr. Inglis said in reply, “that he was quite taken by surprise with their spontaneous and unexpected kindness, but he begged to return his most sincere thanks to the subscribers for the very handsome testimonial of which the deputation were the bearers. During the whole of the time he had laboured among them, he had universally received the utmost kindness, and it was gratifying and encouraging to him to find that this feeling was continuing and encreasing to the last. As often as an opportunity should occur, he would ever, from a feeling of pleasure as well as a sense of duty, be ready to do every thing in his power to promote their spiritual interests, either as a body or as individuals; and his earnest prayer was, that the seeds of gospel truth which he had been feebly attempting to sow in the congregation, might by the blessing of God, spring up plentifully and produce abundantly the fruits of holiness,—that God might beg lorified and many souls saved.”