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ceding year of 140 schools, and 6,985 from the intrusion and misconduct of scholars. When the habits and customs disorderly persons. of the lower classes in Ireland are consi- ." The number of Adult Schools bas dered, the importance of Sunday Schools this year been 50, containing 2024 schoappears almost incalculable. Immense lars; being a reduction, from those of the numbers of the Irish spend their Sab- former year, to the amount of 79 schools, baths at feasts or fairs; in fighting, and 3855 scholars. wrestling, drinking, and other abomina- “The Receipts of the last year have ble practices, in which they mutually amounted to 6,7281., of which corrupt and are corrupted. By collecting the rising generation into Sunday Schools,
The Subscriptions and Conthey are not only restrained from such
tributions were . . . 1,392 14 6
Auxiliary Contributionis. 2,558 4 9 deteriorating practices, but are taught to read the word of God, and babituated,
Ditto in Ireland ... 2,222 6 1
108 18 10 from early years, to keep holy his day. • " Formerly, Adult Schools were ex
Produce of Collection Sermons 204 14 4 clusively confined to the male sex, and Meanwhile, the Expenditure has been were only taught in the evenings. This 8,7771., exceeding the Receipts by the necessarily exposed the teachers, as well sum of 2,0481. Your Society has vow, for as the pupils,' to various uppleasant, if many years, been expending about 1,0001. not dangerous circumstances in disturbed per annum more than its stated income; districts, and occasioned a heavy addi- the excess of this expenditure has hither tional expense for inspections, lights, &c. to been supplied from the produce of By the present plan, Adult Schools are, legacies and large donations. The whole where practicable, connected with the funded property of the Society, however, Day Schools of the Society; and the is now exhausted ; and the Committee peasantry are prevailed upon to attend have only been able to continue their after work hours in the evenings, and on operations on the present extended scale, Sundays and holidays, Adult females by themselves advancing a loan to the may also, now, with propriety, be ad. Society, to be repaid at some future opmitted; and thus the benefits of your in- portunity; they are therefore constrained stitution may be materially extended, to entreat, with the utmost urgency, while the expenses are somewhat dimi- your renewed liberality." nished, and much less risk is incurred
7. BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY. The Twenty-first Anniversary of this gratitude and regret,-gratitude for the Society was held on Monday, May 15th, progress which has been maile, and reat Freemasons' Hall : the Treasurer: gret that so much remains to be acconWilliam Allen, Esai in the chair, in plished; and that even in Great Britain, consequence of the chance
there is reason to believe that no less Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex.
than 400,000 children are still un provided The Resolutions were moved or se
with the means of education. conded, by His Excellency M. de Falck,
“ That, regarding the circulation of Ambassador from the Netherlands ;
the Holy Scriptures and the general dif
fusion of Education as kindred measures Rev. Rowland Hill; Rev. Edward Ir
of the highest importance to the religious ving; J. Van Oven, Esq. ; Rev. David and moral welfare of mankind, this Russell, of Dundee; James Millar, Meeting canvot but rejoice, that, while Esq. ; Rev. G. V. Sampsou, of Derry; the Sacred Volume has been translated Rev. E. A. Durn; Rev. Dr. Philip, into so many languages, the British Sysfrom South Africa; H. Waymouth, Esq.; tem has been successfully introduced into Mr. James Thomson, froin South Ame- almost every part of the world, thereby rica; Rev. J. M. Cramp ; M. Rocafurte. preparing the way for the profitable use Minister Plenipotentiary from Mexico;
of the divine book." Rev. Dr. Bialloblotzky, of Goettingen;
The Report stated, that the principles Rev. F. A. Schwabe ; and Rev, B. Ray
of the Society were not sectarian, but
founded on the broadest basis of libeson,
rality. It asked no qualification in those Amoog other Resolutions which were whom it would relieve, but ignorance. passed at the meeting, were the follow. The Central School, in the Borough-road, ing:
has now 500 boys and 300 girls, and has
given Scriptural education, since its first
progress of establishment, to 16,122 boys, and 7,892 Education in this country, during the girls. So great is the demand for admistwenty-one years which have now elapsed sion, in consequence of the high cliasiuce his late Majesty honoured the Bri- racter which the school maintains, that tish System by his patronage, this Meet there are 169 applications now on the iug is affected by mingled emotions of books, waiting for vacancies. Seven Greek
boys remain in the School, the eighth has returned to his native country. Besides the pupils in the School, there have been above 700 Teachers, trained in the British system, who are now engaged in foreign countries extending its benefits, The Society has sixty Schools in London and its vicinity, containing 10,000 Scholars. The system of introducing manual labour has been attempted at a School in Sussex, with the o effects. The parents pay 3d per week for their children's education. here is a large garden attached to the School, and various branches of trade and manufacture are taught, The produce of the labour is sold, and the| ". |. to the general support of the Establishment. The Society has appointed an able inspector, Captain Bromley, who acted in that capacity some years, at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, Adverting to Ireland, the Report noticed in strong terms of approbation, the principles and operations of the KildareStreet Society, which are identified with their own. That Society has now 1500 Schools, containing above 100,000 Scholars. And, in all the Schools the Holy Scriptures, without note or comment, are the School book used during the time of instruction. . The same Society has circulated since its commencement above one million and a quarter of cheap religious and useful books; and are distinguished by the characteristic that “aboye all things, and before all things, and in
despite of all things, they adhere to their.
fundamental principle, that the Bible is the only foundation of Christian instruction." The Report further noticed the
an recommended by the Commissioners
f Irish Education, which advised that the Scriptures should not be used during School hours, but that two masters, a Protestant and a Roman Catholic, should be appointed in each of the Schools. On this subject the Report touches with extreme delicacy, while it contrasts the recommendation of the Commissioners with the manly avowal of the Earl of Liverpool, who lately declared his conviction, that “a religious education was the only sure foundation of Christian knowledge.” Looking to foreign lands, the Report observes, that in Denmark,
“the King, the nobles, and clergy, are fa
vourable to the British system, and nearl
1000 Schools in that country have adopte
it. In Sweden it is also patronised by the King, and a central School is about to be formed at Stockholm. In Russia, some retardation has occurred, because of the death of the Emperor Alexander, and Count Romanzoff. The Emperor was favourable to it, and had caused the
Scripture lessons to be prepared for the use of the Schools. In the Netherlands it is adopted largely, and in its Schools the boys are also taught architectural drawing, and vocal music. France rather retrogrades in the cause of Scripture education. There is a little doing in Paris, but almost nothing in the provinces. The political distractions of Spain have almost crushed the efforts made there; and Portugal is little better. But there are appearances of a favourable nature at Florence, and the system is generally acceptable throughout Tuscany. It is strenuously upheld at Malta by their Excellencies the Marquis and Marchioness of Hastings, and derives no inconsiderable support from the Governor of the Ionian Islands. Greece, unhappily, has been the theatre of bloodshed and horror; yet there is a School established at Napoli di Romania, a central School at Argos, and another was in contemplation at Missolonghi, utider the superiutendance of Georgius Constantine, a oung Greek, educated at the Society's School in the Borough-Road, London. The northern parts of Africa are wholly under the deadly influence of Mohammedanism, and, except the small colony of Sierra-Leone, and the British settlements at the Cape, that yast Continent resents nothing on which, the eye of hope can rest. The great island of Madagascar has greatly benefited by the system, and it is warmly promoted by the King Radama. Openings have been made in Persia by the exertions of the Jewish Missionary, the Rev. Joseph Wolf, and Schools commenced at Bushire, Bassora. and also at ho Ceylon has 3,000 scholars training up in this system, and it is about to be introduced into the Anglo-Chinese College at Canton. It is generally adopted in the South Sea Islands; and South America, -that interesting land, where civil despotism is for ever crushed, seems disposed to extend the blessings of religious freedom and education to all her subjects. In the United States and British possessions of North America, it meets with ardent supporters, and even the West Indies have admitted its introduction, and are benefiting by its influence upon the slave population. The Report noticed also the munificent donation of his yo, of 100l., and a similar donation from his Grace the Duke of Bedford. It still lamented the deficiency of its funds, and stated that there was a debt due to their Treasurer of more than 1,800l. The Receipts of the year were 148ll. 7s. 10d., and the payments 1920s. 18s.
* 8. PORT OF LONDON SEAMEN'S SOCIETY.
Two Sermons were preached before this Society on Tuesday, May.9th, in the Floating Chapel, Wapping; one in
the morning by the Rev. Jenkin Thomas, of Cheltenham, and the other in the afternoon by the Rev. William Ellis, from the Sandwich Islands. The Annual Meeting was held on Monday, May 8th, at the City of Loudon Tavern : Admiral Lord Gambier in the Chair. The Speakers were, Mr. Alderman Brown; and Captain George Gambier, R.N. ; Captain Bankes, R.N.; Rev. Professor Shedd, of New Orleans; Rev. T. Phillips, late of Liverpool; and Captain Cook, of the Cambria; (the ship which saved the passengers and crew of the Kent Indiaman;). W. Cooke, Esq.; Rev. C. Hyatt; Right Hon. the Earl of Clarendon; and Rev. E. A. Dunn; Rev. W. Thompson; and R. H. Marten, Esq. Among other Resolutions which assed at this Meeting, were the folowing.— “That it is at once the privilege and the duty of Christians to avail themselves of all prudent means to disseminate the best principles of religion and morality among all classes of mankind, especially among Seamen. “That this Meeting is grateful for the success which has attended the efforts of the Port of London, Society; and that there is an encouraging prospect of increased advantage, by persevering efforts to promote religion among British Sea
“That this Meeting earnestly requests the liberal support of all; but especially of Shipowners, Merchants, and Insurers of risks by sea, of Shipmasters and Mates, and of the various Ships’ Companies, whose interests (and more particularly those of the families of seafaring men) are deeply concerned in that increased safety and happiness which must attend greater sobriety and morality among Seamen.”
In the course of his Sermon, Mr. Ellis narrated many interesting incidents relative to the natives of the Georgian, Society, ... and Sandwich Islands; and especially dwelt on those which manifested the influence on the natives of the different character of British seamen. When ships arrived whose captains were religious and the crews moral, every kindness which affection could devise was shown them : they were invited to dinner-parties, the customary port and anchorage dues were remitted,—the “tabu" was taken off, that they might not be disappointed of the supplies which they needed,— and the natives were delighted to see them at their meetings for religious worship. But, when ships arrived whose commanders and crews were licentious and immoral, the natives were disgusted; and inquired whether there were two Gods in Britain, one for the Missionaries, and another for the Sailors. With deep sorrow he declared, that more difficulties had been created, in the way of the Missionary cause in the South Seas, by irreligious English Seamen, than he ever found from the Heathen natives: he felt, therefore, au increased attachment to Societies, which, like that of the Port of London, aimed at the conversion of Seamen; for he believed sincerely that this was of more importance than was generally credited to the success of the Gospel in Heathen lands,
9. NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY.
The Forty-sixth Anniversary of this Society was held on Tuesday, May 9th, in the Freemasons' Hall: Admirai Lord Gambier in the Chair. . The Speakers were, Major-General Orde; Hon. Captain Noel, R.N. ; Captain Maynard, Rengal Artillery; Captain Molesworth,
N: ; General Peachy; Captain Ed: Ward Parry; R.N. ; Rev. Francis Close; Major Horsley; Colonel LeBlanc ; Rev. J. W., Cunningham; Hon. and Rev. Gerard T. Noel; Lieut.-General Ne:
ville; Rev. E. Irving; and Lieut. Col.
Phipps, 13th Bengal Infantry.
ed by the Meeting :
... “That the especial thanks of this Meeting be, given to the Right Rev. the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Clergy, Nobility, Gentry, and Officers of both Professions
who have so readily come forward to aid the funds of the Society, by their counteuance and '''. in the formation of
Auxiliaries at Yarmouth, Blakeney, İps.
wich, Colchester, Bath, Bristol, Plymouth, and Torbay, during the past year; and that the warmestacknowledgments of this Meeting be offered to those Ladies, who have so materially benefited the Society by their individual and united exertions. - :
“That while this Meeting feel called upon to record their unfeigned gratitude to Almighty God, for the blessiug which has attended the Society's labours through the t year, especially in the recent distribution of 18,000 Bibles to the Army, they lament that the exertions of the Committee are still impeded by the want of adequate funds: they feel it, therefore, their duty to pledge themselves, in humble dependance upon divine aid, to renew
ed efforts in obtaining and placing at the disposal of the Committee additional o support, in order to meet the urther ... from the Army for Bibles, and to answer the increasing demand from Sailors generally for the Holy Scriptures.” There had been issued, during the year, 21,221 Bibles or Testaments; being nearly double the number issued in any former ear; and nearly equal to the entire numr issued in the first fourteen years of the Society's operations; making a total of 196,621 Bibles or Testaments issued, by the Society, to Soldiers and Sailors. The receipts of the year were 4863/. 8s. 4d., and the payments 47921, 13s. 4d.
10. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
The Annual Meeting of this Institution was held May 9th, at the City of London Tavern, where upwards of 1,200 Ladies and Gentlemen partook of a public breakfast: Thomas Pellatt, Esq., in the Chair. The Speakers were, the Rev. Messrs. Ellis and Stewart, of the Sandwich Islands; and the Rev. Messrs. Lawless, Osgood, Kurtz, Drew, Irons, Upton, and Gilbert.
Payments for the Year. Publications . . . 4029 18 0
Grants to Schools and Societies 253. 7 4 Rent and Taxes . . . . . 53 19 0 Printing Reports . . . . . . 29 76 Salaries . . . . . . . , 186 13 0 Sundries . . . . . . . . 133 142
Total . . . . . . . 4686 190
11. THE LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The Amnual Sermons before this Society were preached at Surrey Chapel, at the Tabernacle, at Tottenham-Court Chapel, and at Christ Church, NewgateStreet; by the Rev. Robert S. M'All, the Rev. David Russell, the Rev. Dr. Philip, and the Rev. Thomas Mortimer, A.M. The Rev. William Jay preached at the Poultry. Chapel to the Juvenile Societies. The Annual Meeting was held at Great Queen-Street Chapel, on Thursday, May 11th : William Alers Hankey, Esq., the Treasurer, in the Chair. The Speakers were, Rev. W. Roby, of Manchester; Rev. T. Adkins, of Southampton ; Rev. T. Mortimer; Rev. John Clayton; Rev. Dr. Philip; Rev. John Stephens, of the Wesleyan Society ; Rev. John Leifchild, of Bristol; Rev. Rob. S. M*All ; Rev. W. Cooper, of Dublin; Rev. Eustace Carey, Baptist Missionary from Calcutta; Rev. W. Ellis, Missionary from the Saudwich Islands; and Rev. C. S. Stewart, American Missionary from the Sandwich Islands ; Captain Gambier, of H. M. Ship Dauntless; the Rev. Dr. Waugh ; and Stephen Prust, Esq., of Bristol.
Among other Resolutions adopted by this Meeting were the following :
“That the Meeting, considering the state of commercial distress with which
it has pleased Divine Providence of late to visit this country and the world at large, acknowledges, with devout thankfulness to God, the increased measure of support and countenance, in respect to the voluntary contributions which the Society during the past year has experienced, both at home and abroad. ith peculiar feelings, also, the Meeting adverts to the affecting bereavements, which have occurred among the Directors and other efficient Members of the Society since its last Anniversary; but exresses its humble confidence, that the §. Head of the Church will still carry on his work, by raising up other instruments to succeed those who have ceased from their labours. “That this Meeting cherishes the most kind and Christian feelings towards all kindred Institutions,—sympathizes with them in the trials which some have exrienced,—rejoices in the prosperity of he common cause,_and distinctly avows its deep conviction of the necessity of Divine influence to render successful their respective and combined energies.
For Widows' Fund , . . 287 90 Balance on account of sundry
i For Mrs. Smith .... . 974 3 5 Special Objects .. 119 1 For Anglo-Chinese College 323 2 6
Total .'.iiii. 42,910 17 3 Total....37,164 11
The sums of 17501. 3-per-cent consols Payments of the Year,
and of 17501. 3-per-cent reduced have
beep transferred, from the Society's Stock, On Account of Missions 38,460 14 10 into the names of Trustees, to provide an Anglo-Chinese College . 1,459 16 0 Annuity, as agreed upon, for Mrs. Smith. Jnvested for Widows and
Collections at Anuual Meeting, 12321. Orphans . . . . . . 2,530 00 58. 10d. Balance paid to Mrs. Smith 48 17 4
12. RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. THE Twenty-seventh Aniversary of this tion in every part of the world, deeply Institution was held on Friday morn deplores the paucity of the supplies which ing, May 12th, at the City of London have been forwarded to many important Tavern : Mr. Alderman Brown in the Stations, and most earnestly appeals to Chair. The Speakers were, the Rev. Clergymen and Ministers of every denoEdward Irving; the Rev. Edward mination to assist the funds of the InstiBickersteth ; the Rev. Spedding Cur
tution by Congregational Collections durwen; the Rev. Cesar Malan, of Ge.
ing the coming year. neva; the Rev. William Ellis; the Rev,
*"That the vast increase of the reading
population of the United Kingdom the Mr. Henderson; the Rev. T. Philips ;
establishment of Schools in foreign lands, the Rev. H. Towaley, from Bengal; and the urgent demand in the present the Rev.John Dyer; the Rev. W. Mar
day from an increasing Adult Population shall; and Mr. Maitland.
for supplies of suitable publications, call The following Resolutions were adopt. upon the Society for continued exertions ed by the Meeting :
in the dissemination of pure and Scrip“That this Meeting vratefully ackwow. tural truth in every part of the globe : ledges the efficient and disinterested ser and this Meeting recommends, that, in vices of the Missionaries in different party future, it be more fully and distinctly of the world, in the publication and cir stated, that the plan and objects of this culation of Religious Tracts : and ear Society are,-the circulation of small Re. nestly and respectfully requests the Rev.
Books and Trea
FOREIGN Edward Bickersteth: Secretary of the Countries, as well as throughout the Bri. Church Missionary Society, the key, John tish Donjinions; trusting that such adArundel, Secretary of the London Mis ditional publicity will stimulate the Auxisionary Society, the Rev. John Dyer, Se liaries and Friends of the Institution to cretary of the Baptist Missionary Society,
INCREASED contributions in aid of these and the Rev. John Mason, Secretary of important operations, the Wesleyan Missionary Society, to at.
“ That this Meeting, deeply impressed tend and co-operate with the Committee
with the important truth, that not by
with the important tr in furtherance of the important obiects of might, nor by pover, but by the Spirit of this Institution.
the Lord, the Redeemer's cause is to " That the facilities which are now af
ow af. be carried on in the world, recommeuds forded in most parts of the world, for the
to all its friends the importance of cou. diffusion of religious knowledge through stant prayer that the ways of God may be the medium of the Press, call for the con- known upol
known upon earth, and his saving health tinued and increased co-operation of all among all nations." the friends of religion; and that this The receipts of the year amount to Meeting, while it rejoices in the good 12,6377. 138.; and the payments to which has resulted from Tract Circula 12,2271, 188. 6d.
13. THE AFRICAN INSTITUTION, The Twentieth Anniversary of this Thomas Stamford Raffles, Zachary Institution was held on Friday, May Macaulay, Esq., and G. Stephen, Esq. 19th, at Freemasons' Hall: His Royal It is matter of serious regret, that Highness the Duke of Gloucester, the this important lustitution does not rePatron, in the Chair. The Speakers ceive more ample support. Its labours were, Earl Grosvenor, Lord Hervey, have, for years, been cbiefly confined the Earl of Clarendon, Lord Calthorpe, to the collecting of information, and James Cropper, Esq., the Rev. Ms. the urging of measures, tending to the Lawrence, the Earl of Euston, Sir extinction of the Slave-Trade ; for the