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THE BIBLE.

“A single book has saved me; but that book is not of human origin. Long had I despised it; long had I deemed it a class-book for credulity and ignorance ; until, having investigated the Gospel of Christ, with an ardent desire to ascertain its truth, its pages proffered to my inquiries the sublimest knowledge of man and nature, and the simplest and, at the same time, the most exalted system of Moral Ethics. Faith, hope, and charity were rekindled in my bosom: and every advancing step strengthened me in the conviction, that its morals are as superior to human morals, as its dogmas are superior to human opinions." --M. L. BAUTAIN, M.D. Professor of Philosophy to the Faculty of Literature at Strasburg, 1827.

TO THE SYNDICATE OF THE CLARENDON PRESS, OXFORD.

GENTLEMEN,-I have long had the intention of addressing a few words to you on the printing of folio Prayer-books for the desks of churches and chapels; and the necessity of giving a new edition, on occasion of our recent loss, seems to present a proper opportunity. Every circumstance tending to the propriety and decorum of the prayer and praises of the admirable service of the Church of England cannot but be worthy of notice : through the favour, therefore, of the Christian Remembrancer, I beg to observe, that I have been in Holy Orders upwards of thirty-four years, and have, during that time, performed the service generally three or four times a week, and for some years twice every day, consequently have had much experience in the several points conducing to the decorum of that service : to one of those points, connected with the printing of those prayers for the public use of the Clergy, it appears advisable to call your particular attention. I have repeatedly observed in the performance of others, and have myself felt the inconvenience of turning over a leaf during the utterance of a prayer, occasioned by the printer having arranged the letter-press so that a part of the composition is on one page, and another part on the following page. The person officiating is therefore compelled to prepare himself by previously taking the leaf in his hand ; or should he omit this interruption to the congregation, he is in danger of inconveniently attracting their attention from their devotions, by a hesitation in turning the leaf over; or sometimes by two leaves adhering together : and all this interruption is occasioned without the least necessity, as perhaps half a page, or even more, is left blank at the end of the Morning, and the same at the Evening Service. This hindrance and inconvenience might easily be prevented by arranging the blank spaces on each page so that the whole of every prayer should appear on the same page.

While I am on the subject of printing, it may be as well also to notice the alterations and omissions that are sometimes made by the compositor, without competent authority, and without correction by the superintendent of the press. It may be sufficient, for the present, to observe, that in the General Thanksgiving the word " thatis inserted instead of " such a" between the words “ us " and due”: the word “mayhas been in several editions omitted þetween the word “we” and “ shew," to the maiming of the sentence: and the word also" between the words butand “in," to the manifest and entire change and injury of the sense ; making it appear that the writer expressed himself as if we were not to praise God with our lips, when we praise him in our lives. In the 90th Psalm, in the Burial Service, the letter " is omitted, turning the particle “so” into the interjection “O”; thus entirely altering the sense of the verse, and rendering useless the reference in our Bibles to the 4th verse of the 39th Psalm.

CLERICUS SEXAGENARIUS.

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The Second Annual Report of the Hackney District Committee. After the full detail given of the This increased circulation is the views and operations of this District more gratifying, from the fact being Committee, in the First Annual Re- well known, that in the second year port of their proceedings, little can of an Institution of this kind, there remain to expatiate upon

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sub- are causes which generally operate to sequent Report of an Institution, so diminish the number of issues, and to uniform and steady in its general enlarge the account of the first year course and designs, except the gra- beyond that of any succeeding ones, dual extension of its objects, and the viz. the stronger impetus which the success of its exertions. In these zeal of the originators usually gives to respects, the Managing Committee is any fresh project, the novelty of it, able most satisfactorily to congratulate and the greater demand necessarily to the Subscribers. The respective ac- be expected in the earlier stages of its counts of Bibles, books, and tracts, establishment. But here the reverse issued in the two years since its com

has been the case ; a decided augmenmencement, will, when placed in juxta tation in numbers to a considerable position, fully warrant this assertion : extent has been the result, compared From April, 1828, to April, 1829.

with that of the preceding year. The Bibles...

united objects embraced by this Society 84

with such effect and utility, namely, Testaments Common Prayer-Books.. 192

of joining to the distribution of the Books and Tracts

709

Bible, that of its best commentary,

the Liturgy of the Church of England, Total

990 aided by explanatory, practical, and

well-authorized treatises on the Scrip. From April, 1829, to April, 1830.

tures, and the offices of our National Bibles

Church, must deservedly give it the

90 Testaments ........

73

preference with the members of that Common Prayer-Books... 153

Church, and enlist the affections of Books and Tracts

2192 men in its behalf.

In the workhouse, too, small sets of Total

2508 appropriate books and tracts have been

given for the use of its healthy in

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mates, in addition to those of the sick owing to want of information on the wards, by whom they have been wel subject. But in the course of this comed with much thankfulness. last year, nearly a thousand appli

To one very gratifying feature, cations have been received; and so arising out of an eminently useful greatly has the number of readers been branch of this Society—the establish- increased, that one set of books, inment of Lending Libraries—the Com- tended to have been sent back, was mittee have peculiar pleasure in retained, and even a third set would adverting--the rapid increase of appli- not be superfluous. cants in this Central Division of the To this Report is added a very parish, and in that of South Hackney, sensible letter, recommending the befor the use of the books. During the neficial effects of the two great Sofirst year very few demands were cieties to the notice of the inhabitants made upon them, in great measure of Hackney.

NATIONAL SOCIETY.

Report of the General Committee, 1830.

The Committee state that 2,609 places have schools directly or indirectly connected with the National Society, of which 2,595 are daily and Sunday, and 1,083 Sunday-schools for children of either sex. Of these, the places which have made returns within the last two years, amount to 2,571. By which it appears that there are 123,182 boys, and 93,389 girls, receiving daily instruction, and 67,101 boys, and 62,106 girls, taught on Sundays only; making a total of 345,778 children educated in National Schools. The same returns also show, that whilst in some places there has been an increase, amounting altogether to 5,968 scholars, in others there has been a decrease of 2,589, leaving on the whole an increase of 3,379 children during the last year, in the oldestablished schools. The value of this summary may be estimated by a comparison with the results presented to the public in former years.

In 1813, (two years after the formation of the Society) there were 230 schools in union, containing 40,484 children. In 1817, (when the Society was incorporated, the statement made was, schools, 725, scholars, 117,000; and in 1820, (the period at which the last account was published, previous to that from which this corrected estimate was formed,) there were 1,614 schools,

and rather more than 200,000 scholars. These totals are now carried up to 2,609 places, containing about 3,670 schools, with about 346,000 scholars.

Since the year 1811, the National Society has expended (in addition to the annual charges of the Central Schools, &c.) about 74,5001. for promoting the building, enlargement, &c. of school-rooms ; and it appears, that in the same time, the occasional grants of the local Societies have amounted to above 18,4001., in addition to 4371. appropriated in annual grants for the current expenses of schools in their several districts.

The Committee beg also to enumerate the other subjects which have engaged their attention during the past year. Of these, the first to be mentioned is the Central School, which continues under the same superintendence as in former years. The average number of boys on the books during the last year, has been 356, and of girls, 195; the average attendance of the boys has been 311, and of the girls, 166; it appears also, that since the last report, 232 boys, and 121 girls, have left the school.

Fifteen masters, and sixteen mistresses, have been admitted for instruction from schools in the country; thirty-four schools have been provided

with permanent masters or mistresses ; rying them into effect,) an outlay of and twenty-one with assistants and mo- no less a sum than 127,4801. in the nitors for a limited period.

erection of 502 separate school The most important event of the rooms, has been called forth. By past year, in regard to the Society's these means, and amidst such a popufunds, has been the closing of the lation, the inestimable blessings of King's Letter account. It is already Christian education have been provided known to the public, that the money for 26,884 boys, and 25,532 girls, on collected under authority of his Ma- week - days and Sundays, and for jesty's Letter, in 1823, was set apart 2,721 boys, and 2,840 girls on Sunas a separate fund, in aid of the erec- days only, making a total of 57,977 tion, enlargement, and fitting-up of poor children rescued from ignorance school-rooms to be permanently se- and vice, and regularly trained up in cured for the purposes of education ; the knowledge and the worship of and the appropriation of the sum ac- God, according to the pure principles tually collected has also been an- of the Established Church. nounced. But the Committee have In the next place it will b: pernow to report, that the school-rooms ceived, from a tabular list of grants in aid of which the whole produce of annexed to the Report, that the Comthe Letter was applied, have been mittee have contributed towards the built, and the grants claimed and paid ; establishment of schools upon

the the advantages expected from its ex- same scale as in former years, and penditure are therefore obtained; and that 5,7651. have been voted in sums it remains only to state the precise of very different amount to seventy-two amount of the sum appropriated in places, the largest grants being, four this manner, namely, 32,7091. 11s. of 2001. each, and one of 3001. which came into the hands of the Before concluding their Report, the Committee in the following manner, Committee observe, that the Soviz.

ciety for promoting Christian Know

ledge has given up all further inquiries

£. S. d. into the number of children using the The net receipts invested in

books on its catalogue, upon an underthe public funds . 28,146 10

standing that the National Society Dividends from 1824 to

will, from time to time, endeavour to 1830....

3,622 10 0 obtain a complete account of the chilProfit on the sale of stock.. 941 0 0 dren of the poor, receiving instruction

under the care of the church. There£ 32,709 110 fore, at the close of every fifth year,

the general inquiry will be addressed

to every parish and chapelry in EnThis sum differs only from the gland and Wales. amount announced in the Seventeenth The Appendices to the Report conReport, by a deduction of the tri- tain much information respecting the fling expenses of management, (viz. above Society. 1461. 18. 10d.); and by the addition of

The Schools of ten places were rethe dividends, and of the profit on the

ceived into union. sale of stock. The extension of the benefits of National Education then

London, St. Martin's Vestry-room, announced, is consequently carried a

July 7, 1830. little higher; and at the closing of this account, therefore, it appears that GRANTS. -- Midsomer Norton, So361 places, comprising a population mersetshire, 1001.; Barton - under (according to the last parliamentary Needwood, Staffordshire, 751.; Bramp census) of 1,403,132 persons, have ob- ton Moor, Derbyshire, 1001.--Pudsey, tained grants amounting to 32,7091.11s. Yorkshire, 2001. --- Painton, Gloucesby which, according to the first es- tershire, (conditional) 501.- St. Peter's, timates, (in many instances much Norwich, 2001.-Great Baddow, Esbelow the actual disbursements, in car- sex, 501.-Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, 401.

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---Mapledurham, Oxfordshire, 501. - -Welwyn, Hertfordshire, 701.-BucTimsbury, Somersetshire, 1001. - St. kerell

, Devonshire, (additional) 101.— Margaret's, Rochester, 601. Bishops Chelsea, Middlesex, 1001. - Васир, , Cannings, Wiltshire, (conditional) 501. Lancashire, (additional) 501.

BARBADOS.

Bridge Town, Tuesday, May 25, cedar. The pulpit and desk of Ber1830.—We beg to draw the attention muda cedar-octagonal, and the panof our readers to a description of St. nels set off with gothic arches in relief. Matthew's Chapel, inserted below, The communion cloth, and cushions together with a statement of the for the table, pulpit, and desk, of dark expense incurred for its erection, crimson-stamped calico. There are with which we have been kindly seven slips, and forty benches of deal, favoured. It is gratifying to think capable of holding about 400 persons. that so neat, commodious, and sub- On the right, at the western entrance, stantial a chapel should have been is a small stone font, raised on an erected in so short a time as four octagonal pedestal, and enclosed with months, and at so small an expense as a neat railing of white cedar; and, 8011. 6s. 04d.

on the left, a small vestry room of

deal, set off with gothic arches in St. MATTHEW's CHAPEL.—The di- relief on the outside, looking into the mensions of St. Matthew's Chapel are, chapel. The pulpit is raised on a in the clear, 68 feet in length, 24 in pedestal of stone let into a stone breadth, and 14} in height, with a basement—the desk on a stone basecornice of cut stone along the walls, ment only. The whole building is under the eaves of the roof. The plastered and whitewashed within ; roof is shingled, and the ceiling the floor of stone, gravel, and cement boarded within. There are

beaten hard together-without, it is windows along the sides—two win- plastered and washed of the colour dows at the eastern, and two on either of the stone of the country. About side of the door at the western end three quarters of an acre of land is enpainted and glazed throughout. The closed with a hedge of wild pine around walls are surrounded at the corners the chape), and has been consecrated with pinnacles; and there is a stone for a burial-ground; mahogany trees cross over the eastern end of the

have been planted on each side of the chapel.—The chapel is fitted up with- walk leading up to the chapel; and it in with a communion-table of Ber- is intended to plant a line of flower muda cedar—and the rails of the fence within the edge of wild-pine, chancel and pulpit stairs of Caroline until a wall can be built.

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POLITICAL RETROSPECT.

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Domestic.—We give at length William the Fourth's first speech to his people on proroguing Parliament; the two former portions are gratifying in the extreme.

“My Lords and Gentlemen,-On this first occasion of meeting you, I

VOL. XII. NO. VIII.

am desirous of repeating to you in person my cordial thanks for those assurances of sincere sympathy and affectionate attachment which you conveyed to me on the demise of my lamented brother, and on my accession to the throne of my ancestors.

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