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effected by our Societies : the world is still Church proportionately weakened. But dead in trespasses and sins-vast tracts of regarding, as I do, that Church to be of barren Protestantism, or untilled and fruit. apostolical institution, and to exbibit the less Popery, stretch all arouod us *” But purest model of faith and worship; bethe blindness of these pretended Seers is lieving her doctrines to be most accordant as conspicuous as their bigotry, aod their with Scripture, her liturgy to be the finest folly equal to both. I have scarcely ever of uninspired compositions, and her rites attended an Annirersary without being and ordinances to be admirably calculated compelled to bear a great deal of frotliy to promote public devotion, and indivirhetoric, and empty declamation, blended dual edifieation, I cannot but regret the with many injudicious sentiments, and existence of any thing which interferes much objectionable matter. Did this de- with her usefulness, and detracts from the scription need additional proof of its accu- number of her niersbers. If it be said racy, I might refer to Mr. Norris's Letter that the Meetings are essential to the into the Earl of Liverpool, in the Notes to terests of the Society, the assertion may be which, abundant specimens of the style of controverted by appealing to many chaspeaking prevalent at these Assemblies may ritable Institutions which never resort to be found. The facts are notorious and such measures, and which are yet exceedcannot be denied; nor do the greater part ingly prosperous. I allow that its funds of these extracts admit of any extenuation are augmenied by them, but I cannot ad. or defence. Mr. Scholefield, therefore, in
mit that the end sanctions the means, his reply to Mr. Norris, after a few apolo- especially when attended with such congetical observations, very properly ac. Bequences as I have just described. It knowledges the charge; expressing at the must also be remembered that the spurious same time a hope (in which every judicious philanthropy, and artificial charity, which friend of the Bible Society will cordially are only kept alive by repeated applicaconcur) that the Lecture which Mr. Nor. tions of powerful stimulants to the imagiris has there delivered will have its due nation, or the feelings, must in time be ineffect upon the advocates of the Institu- fallibly exhausted—the dose will eventually tion, and induce them, in their public Ad. lose its effect, and excite only nausea and dresses, to attend more closely to the dic- disgust. For these various reasons (and tates of " truth and soberness." There is more might easily be given) I am decidedly another consequence of the general strain of opinion that it would be most expedieut adopted at these Meetings not a little in- and proper for the Committee of the jurious to the cause of real Religion, and Tower Bible Society to avail themselves that is its tendency to produce an indif- of the present favourable opportunity to ference to all Creeds and distinctions of abandon their Annual Meetings. They Sect, a species of latitudibarianism much Uow do it without affording any to be deplored and condemned. The Arian triumph to the direct opponents of the and the Socinian are beard with the same Society. By continuing to publish a Recomplacency as the Presbyterian or the port as usual, the Institution may, I think, Independent; so favourable an oppor- be kept in a very efficient state ; its depotunity can seldom be suffered to pass sitory always ready to meet any unexwithout each having at least a sidelong pected demand for Bibles, while it contri. fling at the Members of the Established butes also to further the general objects of Church, the downfal of which must, of the Parent Society. course, be an object of desire to all of I am fully aware that for publishing these them. In truth, the advantage at these opinions I shall be charged with incopMeetings is greatly in favour of the Dis- sistency by two opposite parties; by the senters—their habits of extempore speak- one for not doing it sooner, by the other ing necessarily give them a superiority for doing it at all. I shall not attempt over the regalar Clergy; their smooth and now, however, to vindicate myself from rounded periods are listened to with de- these contradictory imputatione. I plead light by the auditors, and the next thing is not guilty' to both ; and am quite preto frequent the Chapels where they usually pared to defend my past, as well as my officiate, to be gratified with a repetition present conduct. In each case I can apof these bonied barangues. I do not be- peal with satisfaction to the approbation of sitate to say that such results occur but my own breast, and to the consciousness of too often, they have actually taken place baving always endeavoured to discharge within this very Society; and thus the what I conceived to be my daty, with us. cause of dissent is strengthened, and the deviating independence and rectitude.
I remain, my dear Sir, • Vide Rev. D. Wilson's Letters, Vol. I.
most truly yours, Page 69.
SAMUEL ROPER. REMEMBRANCER, No. 72,
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN
tuitously, at the reduced prices, or at KNOWLEDGE.
the Society's full prices, according to their Extract from the Report of the Ja- judgment of the circumstances of the ap
plicant. A great proportion of the books maica District Committee, fc. has thus already got into circulation, an! &c. fe.
the remainder forms a depôt in each
Jamaica, 1824. parish. THE Jamaica District Committee of the The Society for Promoting Cliristian Society for Promoting Christian Know- Knowledge, in consequence of the rise of lenge, having now reached its second anni- kindred Societies having, for their special versary, it is due to those who have con
objects, the support of missions and the tributed to its funds, to be informed of the establishment of schools, has of late years manner in which those funds have been in a great measure contined its operation appropriated, and the designs of the insti- to that branch of the general design which tution carried into effect.
consists in the publication and distribution At the first quarterly meeting of the of books and tracts. The Jamaica Dis. Jamaica District Conimittee, a special trict Committee lias bitherto followed the committee was appointed for the purpose example in this respect of the Parent Soof selecting from the Society's catalogue, ciety, with the single exception of a grant sich books as should be deemed most of forty-five pounds, to the school estaproper for circulation in this community. blished at Bath, under its patronage. In In fulfilment of this duty, a list was pre- pursuing this course, the District Commitpared and transmitted to the Parent So- tee has been influenced by necessity, as ciety, which promptly directed its book- much as by choice, and tie obvious coeseller to send all the books required. This sideration that, in this mode only, could shipment, consisting of fifty-four Bibles, the benefits of its limited resources be twenty-four Testaments, forty-two Com- widely and generally diffused throughout mon Prayer Books, eighteen Psalters, and the commuvity. But it bas not been thirteen thousand six hundred and forty- without regret that it has, in several infour other tracts and publications, to. stances, resisted the inportunities of some gether with two complete sets of the So- of the best friends of the institution, who ciety's books and tracts, in fifty volumes anxiously urged, that a portion of the funds each, cost the Society two hundred and should be directed to an object certainly eighty-five pounds sixteen shillings and of the highest importance-the increase of four pence, and was charged to the Dis- virtuous and pious education, for the lower trict Committee, including the costs of orders of our free population, by assisting shipment, at one hundred and fifty-nine in the formation and sapport of schools. pounds sixteen shillings and nine pence This regret las however been of late sterling. The Society was subsequently greatly alleviated by observing the rise of reqnested to send out one thionsand Bibles, a general and simultaneous feeling throughfive hundred Testaments, one thousand out the island towards establishing schools Common Prayer Books, and five laundred in those situations, where the want has and fifty tracts, all of which were likewise been chiefly felt. The secretaries having, speedily sent, and were charged to the Dis- at different periods, addressed inquiries to trict Committee at iwo hundred and thirty- the parochial clergy, for the purpose of four pounds thirteen shillings sterling. In ascertaining the state of eclucation in ther payment of these books, the treasurer has respective districts, and procuring such as yet been enabled to remit only three other information aś might guide the future hundred and fifty pounds sterling. Of operations of the District Committee, the these publications a general depôt was following statements are chiefly taken from established in Kingston, under the charge their replies. of Mr. Philip Young, from wior an apart
KINGSTON. ment was hired for the nse of the institu- Here, according to the best information tion, and who undertook the sale of the that could be obtained, are forty-six books in Kingston, as well as to assort and schools, at which upwards of one thousand despatch them to the other parislies. From eight bundred children are educated. this general depot, books have been issued Many of these schools have been largely 20 each parisis in the numbers stated in the supplied with books at the reduced prices
. annexed table, to the care of the respective The munificent institution of Wolmer's incumbents, to wlloin a discretionary power Free School, at which two hundred se: was entrusted to dispose of them gra- eighty young persons are now under tuition, has been amply supplied, not only upwards of fifty children, and is in ali rewith school books, but with a variety of the spects well adapted for their accommoSociety's other publications, the utility of dation. which in that seminary has been enhanced “ A second of these institutions is under by the judicious management of Mr. Read, the inimediate patronage of the Society the head master, who has established a for Promoting Christian Knowledge, and Jending library for the use of the scholars, promises to be extensively useful to the consisting chiefly of the Society's publica- neighbourhood of Bath. The design of tions. For this purpose lie was permitted this seminary is to provide the means of to have a complete set of the Society's instruction for the poor, as well as for the books and tracts, in tifty volumes, at the rich, and thus to assist those whose po. reduced price: besides which, having made verty of circumstances would otherwise a selection of such books as best suited liis have precluded them from imparting to purpose, he was furnished with so many their childreu the blessings of education. copies of each as that all the boys of a Its affairs are managed by an efficient comclass might, at one time, be allowed the mittee, with whom it rests to investigate perusal of the same book; who, being the claims of candidates for gratuitous adcalled upon, on return of the books, to mission, as well as to regulate its general give some account, in open school, of their concerns. The school at Bath derives its contents, would naturally read them with support in the first place from your Soan attention excited by emulation, and ciety; secondly, from the justices and vestry the prospect of display. For several years of the parislı, who, with their characteristic past, the children of nearly all the schools liberality, have granted an annual sun in in this city have attended the Church on aid of its funds; and, lastly, from the vothe Wednesdays during Lent, when, after luntary contributions of the public in gebeing examined by the Rector in Mann's neral. The master's salary is two hundred and Crossman's Catechism, a lecture has and fifty pounds per annum, which is paid been delivered to them suited to their age bim quarterly on liis prodncing a certificate and comprehension. Mr. Mann states of good conduct, altested by three memthat, on these occasions, he has been inva- bers of the committee. The remaining riably gratified in a high degree, not only schools in this parish are private : to all by the numerous attendance of the chile of them, however, the books of your Sodren, but by the correctness, intelligence, ciety bave proved highly acceptable and and general propriety, displayed by them.I useful, as they have, from time to time, ST, ANN's.
been circulated amongst the children of In this parish a parochial sub-committee each of these establishments." was early formed, to the first report of
ST. THOMAS IN THE VALE, which the District Committee has now
From St. Thomas in the Vale, Mr. great pleasure in referring, in testimony of Burtou states : « There are three schools the vigour and success with which the de- in the parish, the first the parochial school, signs of the institution have there been car
for the education of ten poor cuildren of ried into effect.
free condition, and at which ihere were St. THOMAS IN THE East. till within a few weeks back, when sick. The report of the Bath school is before ness diminished their number, ten private the District Committee, by which it ap- scholars. This school is kept at a house pears, that, for some wecks after its com- in the immediate neighbourhood of the mencement, the scholars amounted only to church, and under my own eye, the scholars fifteen ; towards the close of the first year are occasionally examined, and they are they increased to sixteen boys and twelve cateclused every other Sunday in churcli ; girls, and a favourable account is given of of their improvement in religious and other the progress of the children, and prospects useful knowledge I can speak most favourof the school. Connected with this sub- ably. ject, and the general objects of the So- « The next to be mentioned is a private ciety, Mr. Trew writes: " In this parish school in the neighbourhood of Cay's Hill, there are four schools, which have been consisting of ten scholars, whose education established for the instruction of free per- is similar to the preceding, and whose reasons of colour, in which one hundred chil- diness, in replying to the questions, both in dren are at present eujoying the advan- Maon's and Mant's Catechism, as well as tages of a useful education; of these, one their pertinent answers to several questions situated at Morant Bay, is liberally en- from myself, did credit alike to their dowed by the parish, and possesses an in. teacher and themselves. The last (but telligent master. The school house is a from what has been reported to me,) by couvenient building, capable nf ootaining far the largest school, is in an opposite
part of the parish called “ Above Rocks." on Sunday mornings, to be instructed, from As this is the most populous district in the eight to ten o'clock, and then walk into parislı, and the population within a small the Church to hear divide service, and in compass, (I have reason to believe) the the afternoon, from two to four, and do number of scholars to be very consider- the same; and the institution appears to able: it is supported by dissenters and be most agreeable to all ranks of people, conducted on their principles, and I have and is, and will be, of infinite service to not felt myself called upon to visit it. I the rising generation." have, liowever, supplied it with the So
WBSTMORELAND. ciety's books, through the medium of a
From this parish Mr. M'Intyre, remember of your Society. The parislı school cently appointed Rector, reports, that “ On uses none other than the Society's books, the state of education in this parish, geneand the children are brought up in the rally, it is not in my power, at present, to principles of the Established Church. The give much information ; but it is pleasing to other school is also supplied by me with
me to say, tbat, in the town and vicinity of books,"
Savanna-la-Mar, I have every reason to TRELAWNEY.
expect a rapid and extensive improvement. Mr. Frazer writes : “ The two consign. At the suggestion of the late Mr. Daun, ments of books I duly received, and a good the trustees of Manning's free school apnumber of them has been distributed plied, through him, to the Bishop of Lopamong the different schools, where they don, soliciting his lordship to recommend have met with the heartiest welcome, and
a young man, not in holy orders, for the I lave every reason to believe will do situation of head master. In consequence much good. On my notifying their ar
of this, a gentleman arrived here a few rival, they were applied for with the ut
months since, who fully justifies the high most avidity.
character, which the Bishop gave him; “ Indeed it is with real pleasure that I
and seems eminently qualified to realize witness the increasing desire among the the wishes of the trustees. I shall, at free coloured people to educate their chil
some future time, do myself the honour to dren, and hail it, as the promise of a new communicate more fully with you; and to and better character."
submit to yon, for the approval and supIn a previous communication, Mr. F.
port of the Society, a plan for establishing bad stated, that " at Falmouth, in this
a Sunday school in this town, for the beneparish, there were six schools, attended by fit of all who may be disposed to attend.' ninety-three scholars, and at Rio-Bueno
ST. ELIZABETH'S one school with about thirty scholars."
Mr. Williams, who liad on repeated ocSt. James's.
casions expressed an anxious desire that Mr. Jenkins states, that “in this parish the District Committee would assist in the free people of colour are increasing in establishing a school in this parish, where number rapidly. Many of them, who are
one is much required, las pow (25th of very poor, wish to have their children November, 1823,) “ great pleasnre in taught to read and write, &c. but cannot stating that a school on a large and liberal send them to school, on account of the ex
plan, will shortly be established bere, and pense. What can be done for them?
this too without calling on the Society for Something should be done on their behalf
any aid, owing to the benevolent bequests in every parish. The necessity of it is ge- of Messrs. Munro and Dickensov, being on nerally acknowledged; but the impove the point of being carried into effect." rished state of the country will prevent any
MANCHESTER. effectual steps being taken for some time to come.”
A similar cheering prospect is held forth Hanover.
from this parish, where, in a few weeks, Besides a fair proportion of other books, the munificence of public subscription bas a large supply of school books has been provided a fund safficient for the endow. sent to this parish, on the urgent applica- ment of a considerable school. tion of Mr. Rose, the rector, who has
VERE. established a Sunday school in the parish, In this parish there is a well eoto the use of which he has appropriated all dowed free school, which is now under the the books. In August, he states the number able management of the rector. Some of attending the school at thirty boys and the Society's books bave been distributed girls. In his letter of the 18th of No. among the boys on the fonndation of this vember he states them to have increased school—but, Mr. Jefferson adds, " the to about ninety. “The children,” lie adds, free people of colour are by no mean va " attend in the vestry-room of the Church merous in this parish, and, as there is no school of any kind amongst them, I doubt an ipfnence in excitiog this desire, it would if scarcely any of them can read.”
be difficult to ascertain. It cannot lowFrom these extracts it may appear ever be doubted, that the success and adthat, in most of the favourable situations vancement of these schools will be greatly throughout the island, the means of edu- promoted by an institution, which, though cation for the free classes are by no means it may be unable to make direct pecu. altogether wanting, and that there appears niary grants for their support, is yet ever to prevail, at the present time, a very ready to supply, either gratuitously or at ardent desire to increase them. Whether very reduced prices, such books as the the Jamaica District Committee has had pupils may require.
Number of Books distributed in 1822 and 1823, by the Jamaica District
Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
The number of Books and Tracts sold
from the depository at Coventry, within A sermon was lately preached at Dunchurch, by the Rev. Mr. Andrews in aid the last year, has been
397 of the Society for Promoting Christian
453 Knowledge, when the collection amounted to 71. A sernion for the like purpose was
941 Psalters ..
125 preached at Meriden, on Sunday, the 26th
845 September, by the Rev. William Somer
Tracts yille, after which the sum of 8l. 178. 6r.
7367 was collected. We are happy to find this
Total, District Committee thus following up their
... 10,128 resolution entered into last year, of solicit. So great a demand for the Books of ing annually from three different parishes the Society, and 80 large a distribution within the Archdeaconry of Coventry, a of thein among the humbler classes of collection at the Church doors in support the community must, doubtless, afford of the general funds of the Parent Society, considerable gratification to every Chrisand the local funds of the District depository. tian who has at heart the instruction of the The following extract from the last report poor and ignorant in the knowledge of of the Coventry District Committee, we those sacred truths wliich alone are able to beg to submit to the attention of our make them ricb in faith, and wise unto readers.
salvation. The Committee venture to sug. Aud a set of the Society's Books,