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FOR THE PROMOTION OF PERMANENT
AND UNIVERSAL, PEACE,
ESTABLISHED JUNE 14, 1816.
PRINTED BY BENSLEY AND SONS,
J. HATCHARD, BOOKSELLER TO THE SOCIETY,
ROBERT MARSDEN, Esq. CHAIRMAN,
57, Doughty Street.
William Allen, Plough Court, Lombard Street.
Collector, Mr. Isaiah Jones, 16, Earl Street.
SOCIETY'S TRACTS. Price 2d. each.
No. 1. A Solemn Review of the Custom of War.
Christ, by John Scott, Esq.
tians as they relate to War, by Thomas Clarkson, Esq.M.A.
4. Extracts from Erasmus.
Every annual Subscriber of 108. 6d. and upwards, may, within
Subscriptions received by the members of the Committee, or by
Country Subscribers, who wish to be regularly supplied with new
Your Committee feel much satisfaction in presenting the Report of their proceedings for the first year; during which, they have endeavoured, by a firm adherence to the fundamental princi. ples of the Society, faithfully to discharge the duties committed to them.
Some months elapsed before the publication of the first edition of the “Solein Review" ordered by the General Meeting: this, together with the want of suitable accommodations, and other causes, prevented the Committee from meeting till the middle of October, when their labours commenced. Since that time, they have been in active operation; and though little may appear to have been effected, compared with the magnitude of the object they have in view, their success has exceeded their expectations : it has dispelled those feelings of despondency with which many of their friends had regarded the undertaking, and is a powerful stimulus to increasing exertions.
Your Committee have already published Four Tracts, and an Address explanatory of the object and designs of the Society. These have met with a favourable reception, and in several instances have led to a conviction, that all War is inconsistent with the doctrines and example of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Although their resources have been limited, (the whole amount received by Subscriptions, Donations, and the sale of Tracts, not exceeding £ 212.) your Committee have been enabled to print 32,000 copies of the Tracts and 14,000 Addresses, making a total of 46,000 issued from the press. Whilst they have been desirous that the publications of the Society should be executed with neatness, they have been stucliously attentive to economy, and they are persuaded that an examination of the annexed Statement of the Expenditure will shew that the money placed at their disposal has not been injudiciously applied. No expense has been incurred in obtaining accommodation for the transaction of their business, and they have the gratuitous services of an Assistant.
A reference to the Treasurer's account will be sufficient to cop. vince the friends of the cause, that a continuance of their liberality and additional subscriptions are necessary, to enable the Committee to meet the increasing expenditure, and to commence the translation and printing of Tracts in different languages : measures have been taken to ascertain which of these will be best adapted for general circulation in different parts of the Continent.
d correspondence has been entered into with individuals in various parts of the kingdom, which has produced many interesting communications from Christians of different denominations, expressive of their cordial approral of the designs and plan of the Society, and of their wishes to cooperate in spreading the knowledge of the peaceable kingdom of Christ.
From the American Continent, the gratifying intelligence has been received, that the cause is there successfully advocated both from the pulpit and the press, and that Societies have been formed in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and other places. In the former, upwards of eighty ministers of the Gospel are enrolled amongst its members; and from the interesting infor. mation communicated to the Committee, by the Secretary of the New York Peace Society (now in this country) it appears that measures have been taken to bring the subject under the consideration of different religious communities in the United States.
A regular channel of communication with the Societies of New York and Massachusetts has been opened, which will be reciprocally advantageous and interesting. It is a pleasing cir