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to invalided clergymen, and in cases of clergymen leaving large families, to make some considerable addition to the sum payable to their widows and children under policies of life insurance.
The demands upon the Society's resources in the first years of its establishment cannot be great; the Directors have, however, taken the precaution to provide a guarantee to the amount of 10,0001. to which the Archbishops and Bishops, and the Directors have subscribed, for the specific amounts at tached to their names, which guarantee is enrolled according to the act of parliament.
Local agents will shortly be appointed in the various dioceses, who will undertake gratuitously to give information concerning the views, and to forward the operations of the Society. In several dioceses the Clergy and Laity have formed local boards, and established suitable rules and regulations for their proceedings; and the Directors confidently anticipate that, ere another year is past, this example will be followed generally in the several dioceses and archdeaconries of the kingdom. The Directors have
the advantage of possessing the sanction of the whole bench of Bishops, who have concurred in forwarding the design of a Society, which both offers to the Clergy the strongest inducement to attempt individually to make provision for themselves in the time of need; and which also may be found capable of aiding to a very considerable extent the charitable designs of the Diocesan Clergy Associations, in making provision for the education and putting forth into the world those orphan children, who may have no other support but that which a diocesan fund is able to afford.
Those who wish for further information may procure a circular, gratis, at Messrs. Rivington's, St. Paul's Church-Yard.
N. B. The Society is open to the Clergy, their wives, widows, or children, all of whom are qualified to be assured members; but persons, being relations by blood of any Clergyman, or of the wife, widow, or child of a Clergyman, may make an assurance in the behalf of the persons to whom they are so related. Sons and daughters of deceased Clergymen are admissible into the Society.
ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF DR. BRAY'S ASSOCIATES, For Founding Clerical Libraries in England and Wales, and Negro Schools in
British America, fc. for the year 1829. During the past year, very favour of the board, have, for the most part, able accounts have been received of been funded, and a pleasing hope the progress of Christian education in may be entertained, that the original the schools for coloured children, grant made in the year 1767, by the established by the Associates in Phi- Rev. T. Upcher, of Sudbury, in Suffolk, ladelphia, the Bahama Islands, at will more than fulfil the benevolent Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the views by which that gentleman was neighbourhood of that city. Much influenced. Christian instruction is, doubtless, pro In consequence of the improvement moted by these schools, and much in this part of the Associates' property, more good would be effected, if the the Bishop of Pennsylvania, with the funds of the Association were com- Trustees, have respectfully, but earmensurate with the requests for its nestly, expressed a hope, that, by their assistance.
being authorized to pay a more liberal Under the judicious agency of the remuneration to the conductors of the gentlemen in Philadelphia, who, in schools in Philadelphia, they might concurrence with the Bishop of Penn- render the education both more effecsylvania, are pleased to direct the con- tive and more extensive. The Assocerns of the Associates in America, ciates, after maturely considering this considerable arrears have been re- application, and the merits of other covered, and transmitted to the trea- claims upon them, have thought themsurer. These arrears, by the direction selves justified in increasing the sala
ries of the schoolmaster and mistress at Philadelphia ; . and they do not doubt but the benefits will be seen, both in the improved education, and in the increased number of their Ame rican scholars.
In the abstract of last year's proceedings were noticed the declining state and sufferings of Mrs. Cormick, who had long superintended the school of the Associates, at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
That report influenced the charitable feelings of an unknown correspondent, who transmitted to the trustees the sum of ten pounds, to afford some additional comfort to Mrs. Cormick, in her last days. It is satisfactory to be able to state that the kind intentions of the donor were fulfilled. Mrs. Cormick lived to receive and be benefited by the gift; and, after evincing christian resignation, died in christian faith and hope.
In consequence of the improyed state of the Upcher portion of the Society's property, the Associates have lost no time in considering how far they would be justified in extending the benefit of that increase. Having, for this purpose, entered into correspondence with the Bishop of Nova Scotia, with a view to ascertain to what school in particular, within his diocese, any additional aid might be most beneficially applied, and the Bishop having stated that, under its present management, he could not but consider the Preston school as of more importance than any school for negroes that. had ever been opened at Halifax; it was resolved, when the matter had been duly considered by a committee, that, in compliance with the wish of the Bishop, the salary of the schoolmaster at Preston should be augmented according to its necessities, and to the means of the Association, at the discretion of the Treasurer and Secretary. • Of the good management and beneficial results of this school, the most satisfactory reports have, indeed, been received during the past year.
In a letter from the Bishop, his Lordship is pleased thus to express himself:
“ Clarke's school at Preston is every VOL. XII. NO, V.
thing that the Associates can desire, and indeed a pattern for schools. I sincerely hope the New - England Company may continue their bounty to it, of which it is eminently deserving."
The state of the school at Hammond's Plains, Nova Scotia, is very satisfactorily reported in a letter addressed to the Bishop of Nova Scotia, from Mr. William Nisbett, catechist and reader at the Blacks! settlements at Preston and Hammond's Plains.
The Rev. Roger Vietts, in a letter, dated Digby, Nova Scotia, July 31, 1829, and addressed to the Secretary, transmits a favourable account, in general, of the school at Digby. He writes well of the master, but adds, that the progress of the scholars is not so great as it would be, if their attendance were more regular.
Mr. Vietts takes pleasure in kindly superintending this school; and it is not doubted but that he will do what may be in his power to direct it to the most extensive and useful operation.
No account has been received during the past year, from the Rev. Thomas B. "Rowland, D.D., of the Associates' school at Shelburn, Nova Scotia. Dr. Rowland, in the last letter received from him, dated October 14, 1828, writes :
“I have the pleasure to bear testimony to Mr. Roswell Brown's continued attention to the school, with success, as well on Sundays as on the other days of the week.”
With respect to the remaining school on the Associates' list, situated at Nassau, New Providence, Bahama Islands, the Secretary had the pleasure of seeing, in England, last summer, the Rev. John Hepworth, who kindly benefits the school by his superintendence, and from him he received a favourable report of its progress. The Madras system of education was introduced by the Associates into this school, some years back, and is now in successful operation. A bill has lately arrived, drawn in favour of the schoolmaster, by the Rev. Andrew Strachan, co-missionary with the Rev. William Hepworth, on which that gentleman certifies that every duty of the schoolmaster has been duly performed.
An assortment of books, slates, and pencils, has been forwarded to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the use of the Negro schools established in that country.
On the petition of the Rev. John Evans, curate of Llanover, in the county of Monmouth, and diocese of Llandaff, sanctioned by his diocesan, a parochial library has been formed in that parish, since the last report. The receipt of the books has been acknowledged, and thanks have been expressed by the Rev. John Evans.
The receipt of the books sent to form a lending library at New Church, in Pendle, in the county of Lancaster,
and diocese of Chester, has also been acknowledged with thanks.
The Lord Bishop of Llandaff has presented the Association with 21. 2s., as a benefaction on his Lordship's admission.
The Lord Bishop of Lincoln has presented the Association with 211. on his Lordship's admission. ,
The Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man has presented the Association with 21. 2s. on his Lordship's admission.
The Associates have desired, through their Secretary, that their benefactors will be pleased to accept their grateful thanks.
Receipts and Payments of the Associates, on Account of Parochial and Lending Libraries,
and for Instructing the Negroes, from March 6, 1829, to March 5, 1830.
Receipts. £. s. d. A Year's Dividend on 20001.
Old South Sea Annuities,
due October 10, 1829 .... 60 0 0 A Year's Dividend on 25001.
3 per Cent. Consols, due at
Christmas, 1829 ......... 75 00 A Year's Dividend on 9001.
3 per Cent. Reduced, due
at Michaelmas, 1829 ..... 27 0 0 Received from the Treasurer
of the Estate in Phila
delphia ................ 256 12 0 Subscriptions and Arrears ... 97 13 0
BENEFACTIONS. The Lord Bishop of Llandaff,
on Admission .......... 2 2 0 The Lord Bishop of Lincoln,
on Admission ........... 21 0 0 The Lord Bishop of Sodor and
Man, on Admission ...... 2 2 0
Payments. £. s. d. Paid Messrs. Guy and Adams
for the Purchase of 2001.
nuities, with Commission.. 182 7 6 Salaries to the Teachers of the
Schools at Nova Scotia, and
the Bahama Islands...... 119 11 0 A Benefaction to Mrs. Cor
mick, late Schoolmistress at Halifax, Nova Scotia,
during her Illness....... 10 0 0 Mr. Gilbert, for Printing last
Year's Annual Report .... 12 14 6 Mr. Bird, a Year's Rent to
Christmas last .......... 15 0 0
for Llanover Library, Case
stitching Annual Report .. 9 5 8 Books purchased during the
Year .................. 59 15 6 Poundage to Mr. Stretton for collecting ..............
5 0 0 Postage of Letters, Sum
nonses, and Carriage of
Annual Packets ......... 3 16 8 Paper and Sealing Wax .... 0 16 0 Christmas Box to Mr. Bird's
Servants .............. 1 0 0 Balance due, last Year, to the
Treasurer .............. 7 15 2
DOMESTIC. — Our beloved Sovereign's indisposition cast an anxious gloom over the past month; and the mystery which, for a time, was thrown around his sick bed, tended to increase the alarm naturally excited through the country
The accounts of the revenue for the last quarter present us with a melancholy picture of the state of the country. The deficiency on the present quarter, on comparing it with the corresponding one in last year, amounts to 245,000l.; whilst on the whole year it is nearly a million; and, to increase the calamitous statement, the defalcation is principally in the excise duties :- for the quarter, 300,0001.; for the whole year, 1,058,4211.
A bill has been brought into the House of Commons, by Mr. R. Grant, for emancipating the Jews from their civil disabilities, and putting them, in all respects, on a footing with the christian portion of the community: and, notwithstanding the opposition of the ministry, the motion for the first reading was carried by a majority of eighteen. This opposition, it is expected, will be renewed with increased vigour when it is again brought for ward, which it is appointed to be on the 3d of May. The principal arguments urged in favour of the measure are, that as the number of Jews now. resident in Great Britain does not amount to more than 27,000, and the benefits of the bill are only to extend to natural born subjects, - supposing them desirous, they must, from the smallness of their numbers, be incapable of working any evil to the country: and this we would pass over; if it is right for the few, it would be for the many: and they have always hitherto shewn themselves, at least during the last few centuries, peaceably disposed persons, as long as they are permitted to heap up riches undisturbed. Another is, that having admitted both Dissenters and Roman Catholics to every privilege the state possesses, it is ilsiberal to the Jew to exclude him; there is no just ground for considering him an alien; and this produces the questions, Is Christianity an essential
part of our Constitution, or is it not? If it is not, let the truth be at once declared; and let every person, Jew, Mahommedan, or Pagan, be admitted equally to participate in its privileges, and divide its honours: but if it is, surely it must be a strange inconsistency to permit those who are not merely not professors of it, but who are openly and necessarily its enemies and despisers, to be placed in situations that ought only to be filled by its supporters and defenders. How will the Jew magistrate be careful to preserve the Christian Sabbath from profanation ?the day which, it is well known, is chosen by their nation for all feasts and merry-meetings, as not interfering with their worldly business. How can he legislate for the preservation and peace of a Church which he devoutly believes worships an impostor? It is, indeed, startling to find so large à portion of our senators content tacitly to push religion out of the system of government, to introduce, as it may be said, a religious democracy into the country. But civil liberty is the idol of the day; and the liberalist would readily sacrifice his religion and his country at her shrine:-any thing but himself and his own petty sordid interests.
The tranquillity of Ireland, so positively looked for, does not appear : concessions have only increased the demands of the demagogues; the repeal of the union is now loudly clamoured for; and a new Association
consisting of the members of the old Catholic Association,) has been got up to support the pretension. On Easter Monday the Roman Catholics appeared in great numbers at all the vestries held through Ireland, and opposed, in every instance, each item of the sums necessary for the support and repara-, tion of the churches; demanding, in some instances, that the money should be applied to the building of Roman Catholic chapels. The advocates for the measure passed last session confidently affirmed that it would secure the Church of Ireland : she is now gathering the first year's fruits of peace..
FRANCE.- Some differences have
arisen between the royalist and ultra royalist parties. The latter are at tached to M. Villele, to the Jesuits, the inquisition of the press, and are warmly opposed to the charter; whilst the royalists, of whom M. Polignac is the leader, are favourable to the charter, to free institutions, to the liberty of the press, as far as can be possibly allowed in France, and to limitations on the absolute power of the sovereign, which the ultra party would willingly bestow on Charles X.
GREECE.—Prince Leopold has formally notified his acceptance of the sovereignty of Greece, merely stipulating that the Allied Powers shall undertake to guarantee the new state from aggression by any foreign power, and in case of such an event, shall grant succours to that country; that there shall be perfect liberty of conscience allowed in those islands that are to be restored to the Porte, to the Greek inhabitants residing in them; that the western frontier may be continued along a line which he points out, considering it indispensably neces
sary to the security of that part of the state, and that the three Allied Powers shall furnish him with pecuniary assistance till his government shall be enabled to devise means for supporting itself. These points have been satisfactorily arranged, and during the next seven years the Prince is to receive from the three powers an annual sum, which may enable him to pay the interest of any loan he may be necessitated to contract, as well as to fulfil the conditions of those previously contracted. This sum is estimated at a total amount of one million and a half sterling, a seventh part of which the Prince is to receive annually.
South AMERICA. - Letters from Valparaiso give sanguine hopes of a speedy restoration to tranquillity. The contending armies had entered into a treaty, both generals yielding their authority to Freyere, who was to appoint a junta of three; and this junta was to summon a delegate from each district, who should inquire if the former government violated the charter.
NEW CHURCHES. The foundation-stone has been laid of an intended New Church, at each of the following places :
BRIGHOUSE, in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, by the Vicar of Halifax. Under the direction of his Majesty's Commissioners for the building of additional Churches.
CLEckBeaton, in the parish of Birstall, near Leeds, Yorkshire, by the Vicar of Birstall. Under the direction of his Majesty's Commissioners for the building of additional Churches.
Downend, in the parish of Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire. The building is to contain 1024 sittings, 251 in pews, and 773 free, and to be erected by voluntary contributions, including a donation of 10001. by the Incorporated Society for the Enlargement and Building of New Churches and Chapels.
Halifax, Yorkshire, by the Vicar. Under the direction of his Majesty's Commissioners for the building of New Churches..
HAMPTON, Middlesex, by his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence.
HECKMONDWICKE, in the parish of Birstall, near Leeds, Yorkshire, by the Vicar of
PREFERMENTS. The King has been pleased to order a congé d'élire to pass the Great Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, empowering the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Exeter, to elect a Bishop of that See, the same being void by