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· At the examination of the boys and sation from their respective masters, girls at Christmas, great satisfaction having failed, and the depressed state was afforded to all present at the pro- of the funds of the Branch Association ficiency made by the children; and it being inadequate to recompense any was gratifying to observe the effects of longer, as it has been wont to do, a plan, formed with a view of training · even so small a number as seven such up boys and girls in habits of economy teachers for the whole parish, the and industry. From the small weekly Rector was induced, when he required saving of two 'dogs, or three halfpence the resignation of the catechist, to sterling, and the like sum added to it entreat the Bishop to allow a portion by a few charitably disposed persons of that officer's salary to be applied to associated with the Rector, several of the rewarding of the humble but inthe children were enabled to appear, dispensable labours of the subordinate the boys, each in a pair of white drill teachers. His Lordship, ever anxious trowsers, distinguished by a red stripe, to meet the wishes of his Clergy in and the girls, each in a plain white adopting such measures as they confrock, distinguished by a bow of blue sider most beneficial to their respecriband, as the produce of their little tive parishes, immediately consented savings.
to the arrangement; and thus, with The day after Christmas-day, a com the sacrifice of the labours of the fortable dinner, consisting of roast catechist, the services of a larger mutton and plum pudding, was pro- number of subordinate teachers have vided for the children, from contribu been secured, and through their entions raised expressly for the purpose. deavours, directed and encouraged by
The “ Society for aiding the Edu- the visits of the minister on every chief cation of Poor Children," has fully estate once in a fortnight out of crop, answered the end mainly contemplated instruction in the Church Catechism, in its formation, and by the judicious broken into short questions and anand kind attention of the Managing swers, and especially in reading, has Committee in furnishing sixty of the made a marked progress; and with children with a common and Sunday great satisfaction it can now be said, that dress, their attendance at school has out of about forty estates in the parish, been much more regular, and their every considerable estate has its subappearance at church highly respect- ordinate teacher, either belonging to able.
it or living nigh by; and it is confiFrom the gratifying report here dently hoped, that by this domestic given of the Daily Schools, attention provision a security has been made is next called to the progress of reli- against the loss of instruction, hitherto gious instruction among the negroes. so painfully felt by the interruption With them a system different from of the crop. what had been heretofore followed has The good effect of this system has been of late pursued, and the success been further proved by the great that has attended it warrants its per increase of the Sunday School in St. manent adoption. It was found that John's, the instruction there to be in this parish the visits of a lay received, as well as on the estate, catechist, unless frequently supported being, by an understanding between by the presence of the minister, were the Rector and the subordinate teacher, coldly received by the negroes, and connected with each other. The numlittle appreciated by the planter. Ex ber in August was found to be about perience had already pointed out the seventy; from September to the prenecessity of engaging subordinate sent time it has been seldom below teachers to give instruction daily, if 250, and often as high as 300. possible, on each estate, in order to The day after Christmas-day, nearly make any sure progress. The expec 300 slaves, who attend the Sunday tations held out at the Rector's depar School, were assembled in the unture to England at the close of 1828, occupied space before the altar in St. that such teachers would, in some few John's Church, and examined in the Instances, receive pecuniary compen broken Catechism by companies, acVOL. XII. NO. VII.
cording to the estates to which they belonged. The effect was most pleasing, not only for the accuracy with which the answers were made, but for the well-ordered and varied tone in which they were delivered by the united voices of the negroes from each estate, according to the manner in which they are taught in classes by their teachers. Some of them afterwards spelt words of one or more syllables on the national system, ard others (about twenty) read correctly in the Psalms. The examination concluded, as it had begun, with singing a portion of the Evening Hymn.
By the following statement of marriages and baptisms in the parish of St. John, it will be seen that of the former, as respects the slaves, there has been a most gratifying increase during the last year, far beyond any former return. Marriages--Free, coloured and
(male and female), composed of the free blacks and slaves of the town of St. John. Its object is, by small savings (the men of four shillings currency, the women of two shillings currency per month), to lay up in store for themselves a provision for sickness, and in death for their interment. It has merited the kind patronage of his Excellency and Lady Ross, the former having contributed a liberal donation to the males, and the latter to the females, on their first organization; and the like liberality was also shewn by the Bishop and Mrs. Coleridge, the moment that the institution was recommended to his Lordship’s notice by the Rector of the parish. The number and condition of the members of the two branches of this Friendly Society are as follows: Males-Free blacks ...... 84 Slaves.
Baptisms-Free, coloured and
black.................. Slaves (of whom 5 were adults) 162
The attendance of all classes at church, both at morning and afternoon service, has been greatly on the increase. The pews have been found inadequate to meet the numerous applications for sittings, and being also in a state of decay, the inhabitants of the town and parish have, with a liberality highly creditable to themselves, come forward with subscriptions for erecting new pews on an arrangement by which it is calculated 250 persons more than at present will be accommodated, and it is hoped that before the close of this year that highly desired object will be accomplished.
Connected, if not with the religious instruction, doubtless with the moral improvement of that part of the community whom the Society in England, and the Association here, have ever regarded as objects of their care, is the establishment of a FRIENDLY Society
As is the custom with similar societies in England—the members of the Friendly Society, the males first, two and two, and the females next, in the same order—the procession, headed by the Rector and his Curate in their gowns, walked to St. John's Church on New-year's-day, where there was delivered to them a sermon appropriate to the occasion. The deportment of all the members was very respectable, and their appearance decent and sober; and this association of religious feelings with moral obliga- , tion will tend, it is hoped, under the Divine blessing, to knit them together more closely, and induce them, as they were then exhorted to do, to “consider one another, to provoke unto love and good works."
The space which this department of our journal already occupies, prevents us from entering more into detail with this interesting Report. We may remark, however, that the state of the other parishes are in a corresponding course of progressive, intellectual and religious improvement; and thus the
unremitting exertions of the Bishop and Clergy are abundantly attested by their success. The plain statement of facts is an ample refutation of the calumnies which are daily poured forth by the anti-slavery orators, and of the falsehoods which are unblushingly published in their Reports.
This attendance of the negro population at public worship increases, notwithstanding the evil continuance of Sunday markets would tempt them to profane the Sabbath, and to turn their backs on the house of God. It is further gratifying to observe an increasing desire to abandon the still too common and unholy practice of promiscuous intercourse, and to enter the holy estate of matrimony. As respects the progress in reading and religious instruction in the several parishes of this island, it would appear from the Report, that a more extended
System of domestic instruction is indispensable to the furtherance of the important objects which the Society in England and the Association here so anxiously desire. But the low state of the finances of the Association forbids us to look to that quarter for the means required. By the subjoined statement from the Treasurer, it will be seen that the small sum of 701. 19s. currency only has been appropriated to the payment of such teachers, and that this is all that the funds can allow towards that purpose, the remainder being applied for the present, to the payment of the rent of a house for the Mistress of the Girls' School, in St. John's. Still it is hoped, that as the character of the Society is better understood, and the measures pursued in connexion with it are better appreciated, greater readiness will be shewn in forwarding its objects.
Anthony Musgrave, Treasurer, in Account with “ The Branch Association.”
1830. March 19. £ 6. d. By this sum paid for thirteen
months' house - rent for Mrs. Dowrich, between the 10th of March, 1829, and date, at six dollars per month............... 35 2 0 By this sum paid the respec'tive Rectors, for rewarding subordinate teachers,
during same period ...i 70 190 Balance in hand.......... 31 13 0
ST. CHRISTOPHER. At a meeting of the Legislature, the Report of the Governors of the ChariReport of the Governors of the Chari
table Institution. table Institution, directed at the last To the Honourable the Board of meeting to be prepared, was laid before Council, and the Honourable the the Honourable Board and House. House of Assembly. The children, with the Principal, at- The Governors of the Charitable tended in the Assembly Room, and Institution, for the support and eduthe House expressed itself highly gra cation of destitute white children, pretified at the improvement which had sent to the Honourable the Board of taken place in the appearance and in Council, and the Honourable the House the education of the children, and at of Assembly, the accompanying statethe attention of the Principal. The ments, as the most satisfactory means following is a copy of the Report. of shewing how they have discharged
the important trust which has been reposed in them. The first statement shews the amount of money which has been at the disposal of the Governors since the 1st of August, 1827, to the 8th of February, 1830, with the application in gross sums; the second, the several charges in each quarter's account, with its amount, and first and second years' expenses ; and the third, the number of children that have been admitted and discharged since the passing of the present Bill. It will be found, that during that period, eighteen children have been educated and sent out to business; and there are at present on the Institution, twelve permanent boarders, who are furnished with every necessary, at 401. each; twenty-two day-boarders, who are supplied with breakfast on every school-day, and clothing sufficient to enable them to give a constant attendance at church and school, and generally to make a decent appearance, at about 1ll.each per annum; and thirty-four day-scholars, who receive the benefits of education, and occasionally have a small gratuity, generally shoes, as a reward for their punctual attendance at church and school. The Governors have tried every means of rendering the liberal grant of the Legislature as effective as possible, and they have sometimes found it necessary to give the clothing
designed for a boarder, who had been negligent in attendance, to one of the day-scholars, that had been more punctual; and they have found this occasional practice produce a most happy effect, in procuring a regular attendance at church and school. In December last, the Governors deemed it advisable to renew the practice of the Anniversary Sermon, chiefly with the view of bringing again the interests of the important establishment more distinctly before the public. The Governors trust that the measure has been attended with this effect, and they are happy to state that the collection made on the occasion enabled them to afford the children a very comfortable dinner on that day, and to take into the establishment two additional day-boarders. The Governors trust it will be found that they have conducted the Institution entirely on the principles of the Bill under which they acted, and they would further, from ample experience, give a most decided opinion as to the important good ends which the Institution is now furthering.
DANIEL GATEWARD Davis.
Jos. K. WATTLEY.
BARBADOS. Eleventh Annual Report of the Bar- To those who have been prevented bados Society, for the Education from witnessing the manner in which of the Poor in the Principles of the the schools are conducted, it may be Established Church.
desirable to convey some accurate in
formation, as to the routine of daily The number of boys at present in employment and study. Before the the school is 121, the number of girls, hour of school, the boarders are busied 65—total 186 children: of these, 40 in putting their dormitory and schoolboys and 15 girls are clothed and room in order—in making or mending boarded. Through the liberal pro- their clothes-in cleaning their shoesvision of the vestry of St. Michael's, and in forming other habits conducive the day-scholars continue to have a to method and cleanliness. At nine dinner every day, with the exception o'clock the school is opened with of Saturday; and are clothed in a prayers, which are read by the Rev. uniform dress, which both gives re Mr. Redwar, the master, after the spectability to their appearance, and Morning Hymn has been sung. Two secures their attendance at public hours are then devoted to reading, to worship on Sunday.
writing (on paper and slate), and to
arithmetic, which subjects occupy the remainder of the day, from ten to twelve; between this hour and one, the children are again employed in making or mending their clothes, and in preparing their table neatly for dinner, which is served to them at one o'clock. At two, school is re-opened, and the boys are exclusively engaged in reading, writing, and arithmetic. At four the school is closed with prayers and a hymn. The boarders are called in at six, from their play-ground, to supper; and in the course of the evening, for about an hour, one of the elder boys reads aloud, in turn, from some work of amusement and general instruction out of the school library. At eight they retire to their dormitory, where the Short Prayer for a Young Person, from Crossman's Catechism, is read aloud by the head boy. They rise in the morning between five and six o'clock; and, after offering up a short morning prayer to God for his blessing, recommence the business of the day. On Sunday, a full attendance of boarders and day-scholars is insisted on at nine o'clock; between which time, and half-past ten, (the hour of morning service), the Psalins and Lessons for the day are read aloud. The Sunday is marked by a meal of a better kind—fresh meat, with bread, being provided, instead of the vegetable soup, yams, and other roots, of which they partake on the other days of the week. In the afternoon, at half-past four o'clock, the children of the schools are required again to be present at church. Each child in the school, according to rank, is expected to learn the Collect, Epistle, and Gospel, at intervals, during this day, and to repeat it as the first exercise on Monday morning. Both schools are publicly catechized during Lent in the cathedral.
Although no school-master or mistress has been trained this year at the schools; yet, on the application of Lieutenant Colonel Hardy, of the 19th regiment, a boy attached to the regi
ment was boarded at the central school, for many weeks, until qualified to introduce the National system into the regimental school, which the Committee are informed he has since done in a very efficient manner. It is with much satisfaction the Committee are able to state, that seven boys have been regularly apprenticed out to the following occupations:*—two, as apprentices on an estate; one, in a merchant's counting-house; two, to a house carpenter; one, to a shoe-maker; and one has been taken into a highly respectable family, as clerk and accountant. Another boy is desirous of going to sea, but no advantageous situation has been yet obtained for him. All these were publicly examined, and approved by the Committee, before leaving school. Four girls also have been sent out to service. According to the established custom of the school, every boy and girl has been presented with a Bible, Prayer-book, and Crossman's Catechism, on leaving the school. The Committee have again to acknowledge with thankfulness, the benefits arising from the continued inspection of the Ladies' Committee.
To increase the number of boarders at the Girls' School, has been an object long and patiently desired by the Committee. They feel satisfied, that, under under the tuition of the present schoolmistress, and the vigilant inspection of the Ladies' Committee, every female boarder will form a new security for the morals of the country.
CONSECRATION OF St. Matthew's Chapel.—March 18th., being the day appointed for the consecration of the new chapel lately erected in the parish of St. Michael, a meeting of the parishioners interested in its erection took place at the chapel at an early hour. The Lord Bishop of the diocese arrived at the chapel door at eleven o'clock, where he was met by the Chancellor, Registrar, Rector, and others of the Clergy, and several members of the
* It is but justice to add, that after careful inquiry into the character and conduct of several who were apprenticed out in former years, the Committee have received inost gratifying accounts: and they are invited on this ground to re-double their exertions for the education of the poor.