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followed, were peculiarly interesting and satisfactory: and evinced the successful operation of the Society in the pursuit of its object over a large proportion of the world. li appeared, that besides the three great Societies to which this Institution has given birth, on the European Code tinent, and the Corresponding Committee in British India, it has been instrumental in producing by its example or encouragement, Sixteen similar Societies in the United States of Ainerica. It appeared also, that the Society had made considerable progress in the course of the last year, in augmenting both its influence and its funds; not less than Seventeen new Auxiliary Societies in Great Britain, among which is comprehended one in the important town of Liverpool, having been added to its list within that period ; - but, for particulars, we must refer to the Report itself; which, with very copious Correspondence, List of Subscribers, &c. will be speedily issued from the Society's Depository, No. 169, Fleet Street.
The attendance at this Anniversary was very numerous, and highly respectable. Among the principal persons present, many of whom took -a share in the business of the day, were, besides the President, the Bishops of Durham, Salisbury, Norwich, Clone, and Clonfert ; Lords Gambier, Headley, and Harrowby; Messrs. Wilberforce, Grant, H. Thornton, Babington, Vansittart, Porcher, &c.; and it was truly gratifying to witness an assembly, consisting of at least eighteen hundred persons of different ranks, and of almost every Christian denomination, evincing the greatest harınony, and the most lively interest in the truly benevolent purpose of sending forth the holy Scriptures, without Note or Comment, to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people!
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY. Tue Fourth Annual Meeting of this Institution was held on Tuesday, the 7th of May, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, at which Thomas Thompson, Esq. M. P. presided ; and a greater niimber of subscribers attended than on any former occasion. A very interesting Report of tho last year's proceedings was presented, from which we learn, That the impediments which have occasioned the delay of erecting additional buildings, are in a great degree removed ; and it is expected the enlargement of the Asylum will be speedily begun, and completed before the end of this year; which, when effected, will supersede the necessity of the Infirmary in John Street, and will be sufficiently spacious to contain nearly doullo the number of objects. Since May, 1810, 157 Females have applied to be received, the average of ages are 28, most of them being from 25 to 35. Of these scveral had not lived in open vice: many of them had been well brought up: some were not in pecessitous circumstances; and a considerable number appeared to be in indifferent health, The alleged causes of their applications are stated; among which instances have occurred of females applying for adidission in consequence of the laudable and compassionate entreaties of those who had left the house, after having themselves becn benefited. Thirty-four have been received during the last year, the greater part of whoin were betrayed at a very tender age, under the promises of marriage : -- some, lured by the prospect of better wages and fine clothes, bad left the country for London ; - others, from a vaier curiosity to see the metropolis, had been inveigled by bad men, or designing women, into ruin : not a few had fallen by attending fairs and country wakes ; and soine, from the love of dress, had beeu led into temptations to dishonesty; and then, baving lost their character, into habitual vice. Eight of the women bave been reconciled to their friends; included in which number are two who have been reconciled to their husbands; and 13 have been put out to ser. vice. Of those placed out in service, previously to the last Anniversary, ibe Report speaks in gweral very favourably; ihree of the women have
received the one guinea reward for having lived a year in their places, — and one of these the two guineas reward, for having completed her two years of service. One of them, on being presented with the reward, requested to return it to the Committee, expressing herself as follows:- I request you will accept of it as a free-will and thankoffering from a happy penitent, whose soul and body have been snatched from destruction, through the means afforded by this Asylum of mercy; and, I hope, every year to send my subscription.' Two of the young women have died within the last year; and an account of their experience is subjoined in the Appendix.
His Royal Hghness the Prince Regent has honoured the Institution with his patronage.. Among other donations, a lady has presented the charity with two several donations of £100 each, in the lasi and preeeding years; and another lady at Cambridge, has, by her own individual esertion, collected £48 128. 6d. and transmitted it to the Society. Much, however, still remains to be done in the augmenting of the funds, to enable the Committee to accomplish the proposed enlargement.
A Penitentiary has been established at Liverpool, that at Hull having been announced at the Annual Meeting in 1810. The Com.nittee conclude their Report by taking a retrospective view of the general good conduct of the penitents admitted into the Asylum from the cuininence-' ment of the Institution to the present period : and which, as to industry, decency of deportment, and love to religious duties, far exceeds the most sanguine expectations of both Coinmittees; - contrasting it with their former wretched state, and not hesitating to say, that when the great difficulties attending the management of an institution of this kind are duly weighed, the success with which it has already been crowned, not only affords ground for hope, but presents an earnest to the supporters of it that, by perseverance and the blessing of God on their labours, they shall be instrumental in reclaiming numbers of miserable wanderers from the broad destructive road of sin into the path of peace and true boliness.
The Right Houourable Lord Carrington, through the medium of the Chairman, presented the Institution with a donation of £50. The Chairman gave £ 25, in addition to a former donation ; -- added to which were several other sums given by gentlemen present towards the building.
Statement of the last Year. Statement from the commencement In the House in May, 1810 47
io the present Period. Received froni May, 1810,
Applications 523 to May, 1811
-81 Reconciled to Friends Reconciled to Friends
Put out to Service
30 Put out to Service
13 Discharged Sent to Hospitals and Pa
Left the Hospitals
3 4 rishes as incurable
10 • Dismjssed
2 Died Eloped
85 -33 In the House
48 Now remaining in the House
133 The Ladies, who are Subscribers to this Institution, held their Meeting the same hour, at No. 5, Cateaton Street, at which about 300 attended. Lady Inglis, presided. The Report was read to them; and xveral donations and subscriptions were made.
In the evening a Sermon was preached for the Institution, at St. Law. rence Jewry Church, by the Rev. Melville Horne, A. M. which was very interesting and impressive. We understand it is in the press; and also that 113.
preached the last year by the Rev. Legh Richmond, which is to form the first of a Series of Annual Sermons for the Institution.
0+ Such Ladies as are skilled in Water Colour Painting will much assist the Institution, by gratuitously sending any speciineus of their talents to Mrs. Stibbs, to decorate the Fancy Works made in the House.
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. On Thursday, the 9th of May, the Religious Tract Society held their Twelfth Annual Meeting at the City of London Tavern, in Bishopsgate Street, London; on which occasion nearly 700 persons were assembled, who were highly gratified by the Report of the Committee, and the interesting communications of several gentlemen present relating to the spiritual benefits derived by many from the reading of Religious Tracts.
It appeared from the Report of the Coumittee, That this Society continues to pursue its object with vigour, and that new channels are daily opening for the distribution of Tracts in foreign parts; and in soine Roman Catholic countries they have been thankfully received by the inhabitants of various ranks, from those in high life down to the abject and pitiable GALLEY SLAVE.
The increasing interest which is felt by the religious public in this mode of diffusing Divine Truth, will be evident to our readers, when we state that, during the last year, the Society has issued nearly Two Millions of Tracts, being almost half a million more than in the preceding year, although their gratuitous issues to the army and navy, to foreign prisoners of war, and to foreiyn parts, has been less than in former years; their attention to this important field for enlightening the minds of those who are ignorant and destitute of other means of grace, being necessarily circumscribed by the narrow liinits of the Society's Funds.
Several Clergymen and Dissenting Ministers addressed the Meeting with much animation on the importance of distributiog Religious Tracts, and the advantages thereby derived to the church of Christ; others urged the necessity of attention to the augmentation of the funds, either by Congregational Collections or otherwise, in order to enable the Committee to avail themselves more fully than heretofore of the various opportunities that may other for thus sending forth rays of light and truth into the dark nations of the earth.
The whole of this nuinerous assembly departed rejoicing to find that this Society, which was at the first but as a grain of mustard seed cast into the ground, had now become a tree, whose branches are extending over the whole earth. May the Lord of Hosts continue to water it abundantly with his Holy Spirit !
HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. The Annual Meeting of the Hibernian Society for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge in Ireland, was held at the New Londou Tavern, Cheapside, on Friday, May 10, at Seven in the morning. The Meeting was much more numerously attended than on any former occasion.
The Report, which was read from the Chair, was of such a nature 23 could not fail to excite the deepest interest; especially the recent communications froin Ireland respecting the violent opposition of the Popish Clergy, who are straining every nerve to prevent the instruction of the Children of the Poor by means of this Society. So powerful and determibed is this opposition in one of the darkest provinces in Ireland, that, to use the language of a correspondent residing on the spot, . It cer. tainly will issue in the annihilation of our schools, now twenty in num. ber, or the annihilation of priestly authority in this kingdoin. I am collecting documeuts to transinit, which, if brought to light, will be a deep blow to Catholic pretensions.'-We were happy to find that these docu
ments did arrive in time to be laid before the meeting; and that they will appear in the printed Report for this year. We shall in a future Number give some extracts from them; and wlien the final result is known, will lay it before our readers.
At the conclusin of the Report, several gentlemen addressed the Meeting in a very impressive manner, on the importance of the Institution, and the necessity of Pecuniary Aid, to enable the Society to carry their plans into effect for the Education of the Poor by means of freeschools; which, were the funds adequate, might be extended throughout the island, and produce incalculable benefit.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
At the Anniversary Meeting in London, Collection at Surry Chapel, Rev. E. Parsons & 338 10 8 Collection at the Tabernacle, Rev. J. Jefferson 152 19 0 Collection at Silver Street Chapel
121 8 J. H. L. T.
5 0 0 A Friend, by the Rev. Mr. Jerrard, Coventry
2 2 0 Ditto, by ditto
1 0 0 G. B. Leicestershire
0 10 6 Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, by Mr. E. Bishop, Sheerness 30 0 0
5 0 0 Eros
1 0 0 J. W. P.P.
5 0 0 United Subscription of the Silver Street Praying 'Society, by the Rev. E. J. Joncs
10 0 0 A Silver Street Friend, by ditto
2' 0.0 Society of Young Men, at Lady H.'s Chapel, Worcester, by Rev. Mr. Lake
1 14 o Rev. Mr. Bottomley and Friends, Scarborough
0 Fetter Lane Auxiliary Society (Rev. G. Burder's) for 1811, by Jos. Bunnell, Esq.
35 00 Rev. J. Savill and Congregation, Colchester
46 0 0 Rev. W. Smelle and Friends, Great Grimsby
5 0 A Friend, by the Rev. C. Buck
1 5 0 L. U. by the Rev. G. Burder
5 0 0 H. H.
2 0 R. S. G. Rev. T. Helmore and Congregation, Kidderminster
30 08 A Friendly Society, by Mr. Helmore, ditto
I Rey. Mr. Frost and Congregation, at Dunmow, after a sermon preached by the Rev. Mr. Foster, of Malden
15 4 4 Rey. Mr. Lambert and Friends, Hull
40 06 Collection at the Chapel at Reading, after Sermons preached there by the Rev. T. Raffles
71 0 0 Rev. Dr. Cracknell and Friends, Weymonth
10 0 0 A few Young Persons in St. George's in the East
4'il 0 Rev. Mr. Harris and Friends, Fordham
12 0 0 Mr. Sleigh and Congregation, Salisbury
16 0 Mr. Bogue and ditto, Gosport
90 3 6 Mr. Ray and Friends, Sudbury
22. 70 Mr. Fisher and Congregation, Harleston
12 4 7 Mr. Winton and ditto, Exmouth
7 0 0 A few young Gentlemen, at the Rev. Mr. Lloyd's School, Southgate, Middlesex
2 2 0
1. s. d. J. G. Canterbury
I 10 Subscriptions from Southampton
€ 36 12 6 Donations from ditto
9 12 0 Collection at the Meeting, do. and additional 6s. 6d. 14 14 6
60 190 Ditto at Busleton, by Mr.Chapman
3 00 Ditto by the Rev J. K. Martyn, at Pertenhall and Kimbolton 5 19 0 Rev. J. Arrow and Friends, Godmanchester
10 6 6 A few Young Men of Nir. Savill's Congregation, Colchester 200 A Friend to the society
2 0 0 Rev. Dr. Collyer and Friends, Peckham
34 10 3 Mr. Smart and ditto, Stirling, North Britain
10 0 0 A few Friends at a Prayer-Meeting in Pear Street
3 16 1 Eve
1 1 0 Bethiah
1 1 0 Rev. Mr. Weaver and Friends, Shrewsbury
61 18 6 Isaac Sloper and Congregation, Beccles
5 0 Mr. Hopkins and ditto, Christchurch, Hants.
14 14 0 Mr. Hillyard and ditto, Olney
16 93 Mr. Gore and Friends, Arundel
3 90 R. Hartley and Congregation, Lullerworth
22 14 9 Mark Wilks and ditto, Salisbury,
30 W. Wildbore and ditto, Falmouth
16 0 0 Ditto, Totness
. 11 90 The Good Intent Society
3 3 0 A few Young Ladies at a Boarding School, by Rev. Mr. Maslin
111 6 A few Friends at Burnham, by J. Tramper
11 13 8 A few Young Friends at Staines, by Rev. Mr. Yockney
7 Rev. Mr. Kent and Congregation, Croydon
16 0 0 A Friend, left in the Vestry-Room, Silver Street Chapel
3 16 8 Collected at Alton, by Mr. Milne
16 5 Rev. Mr. Scamp and Friends, Havant
1 Mr. Freer and ditto, Uxbridge
11 6 6 Mr. Jeffersou and ditto, Basingstoke
26 120 Mr. Roby and Congregation, Manchester, after Sermons preached by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher
52 10 1 W. Kingsbury and Friends, Caversharm
8 18 6 A Lady, by the Rev. Dr. Haweis
20 Rev. James Small and Congregation, Axminster
24 0 0 J. B.
10 A Friend, by the Rev. Dr. Winter
3 0 0 Two Gloucestershire Friends, by the Rev. Mr. Jeary
0 0 Rev. B. Pyne and Congregation, Duxford
13 13 0 J. T.
1 0 0 A Friend, by the Rev. C. Buck, 11. - ditto, by ditto, 9s. 6d. 1 96 A few Friends, at Northop, Flintshire
I 11 Rev. Mr. Slatterie and Friends, Chathamn
6 76 A Friend, by the Rev. Mr. Thoinas, of Bruton
2 0 0 Teachers, Children, and Friends of a Sunday School in Shore
ditch, collected at a Meeting for Prayer, for the Success
of the Missionary Society, by Mr. T. Edgeill G. W. by Mr. Emerson
0 0 A Friend, by Mr. A. Pellatt W.
1 A Friend, by the Rev. Mr. Wilks
1 1 Custos Domus Dei, by ditto
0 10 6 Mrs. Puget
10 10 0 A Friend, at the Annual Meeting
1 1 A Friend, by the Rev. L. B. Inucs, Trowbridge