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gest how beneficial it would probably be to the funds of the Society, and conducive to the extension of Christian principles, if every subscriber would so far evince a lively interest in the prosperity of the one, and the maintenance of the other, as to make known within the circle of his own acquaintance, the steady, but noiseless, efforts of the Society, to deal out the bread of life to the hungry, and to direct him that is athirst to the fountain of living waters. Many, in that case, it is to be hoped, who are at present ignorant, not only of the nature, but even of the existence of the Society, would, by their readiness to give, and gladuess to distribute, prove that they have a sincere regard for the welfare of true religion and virtue upon earth; and by selecting the Society, as the channel through which their bounty should flow, shew that they are convinced these blessings are best promoted and maintained by an undeviating attention, a firm adherence to the doctrines, and an unequivocal attachment to the interests of the Established Church."
FORMATION OF A DISTRICT COMMITTEE AT STAFFORD.
ON Thursday se'nnight, a meeting of the members of this Society, and others of the Clergy and Laity, residing within the Archdeaconry of Stafford, was held in the Grand Jury Room in the Shire Hall; the Hon. and Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, in the chair.
The Lord Bishop opened the meeting, by observing-He felt himself highly_gratified at seeing so large and respectable a meeting of Laity and Clergy assembled for the promotion of so excellent an object. The Society, whose interests they were that day assembled to promote, was one, which had the greatest claims upon every man who was a lover of his country, and desired to see her flourish in her firmest support-true and practical religion; by every man, who, feeling in his own breast the consolation of genuine Christianity, wished to see its benefits communicated to others; by every man that felt that veneration, which he was sure every one present did feel, for our pure and Apostolical Church. The Society was founded, his Lordship observed, in 1699; and from that time to the present, by the distribution of the Bible in the authorized version, and its best interpreter, the Prayer Book, together with Tracts, approved in proportion to their conformity to these standards, had carried her healing and converting influence into our cottages, our hospitals, and our prisons. By her Missionaries she had
striven to promote the eternal interests of the heathen; and by the promotion of the education of the poor, had been one of the best friends to the security and benefit of our country. He felt that, to the present assembly, it was unnecessary for him to enter into any detailed history of her objects and proceedings. He should, therefore, now, before entering upon the business of the day, call upon them to join him, according to the pious usage of the Society, in offering up to the Throne of Grace, the prayers it had appointed, for a blessing on their undertakings.
The Society's statement of the objects of District Committees having been read, several resolutions were moved and seconded, and unanimously adopted.
Donations to the amount of upwards of 34/., and an annual subscription, for the purposes of the district, to the amount of 217. were contributed.
The meeting was closed by the Bishop, according to the usage of the Society, with the prayers appointed for the occasion.
NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE EDUCATION OF THE POOR, IN THE PRINCIPLES OF THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH,
REPORT FROM SWEDEN.
IT will be gratifying to those who take an interest in the substantial melioration of the condition of the lower orders, as it is promoted under the auspices of the National Society in this kingdom, to be informed that their System of Education, which has been found so beneficial in its operation here, has recently been adopted in Sweden, under the sanction of his Swedish Majesty and the nation in general.
An official communication to this effect, under the signatures of the President and Vice-President, Jacob de la Eardie and Archbishop Rosenstein, has been addressed to the General Committee of the National Society, containing a strong testimony (founded as it is stated on experience) to the great use of "the method of mutual instruction;" together with a grateful acknowledgement "of the debt which the Swedish Society feels on this matter to the Rev. Dr. Bell and the British National School Society;"-and inclosing the first Report of its proceedings.
EXTRACT FROM THE FOURTH REPORT OF THE STATE OF THE INCORPORATED MADRAS SCHOOL, IN NEW-BRUNSWICK.
To the particulars already stated in former Reports respecting the introduction and adoption of the Madras System of Education in this province, and the incorporation of an institution for its diffusion and support, your Committee have but little to add on this occasion.
In making the present Report it shall be their object and endeavour to give as concise and correct an account as possible of the state of the Madras Schools, of the proceedings of the institution, and the progress the system has made in the province during the past year.
From the quiet and steady progress by which the National System of Education is advancing, little variety of matter is af forded your Committee, beyond what is contained in the ordinary returns of the different schools. This gradual advanceinent in the establishment of Madras Schools in the province is considered by your Committee as a favourable omen,affords a fair prospect and pledge for their permanency, and proof of their usefulness. The most sanguine and steady supporters of the institution looked not for immediate or rapid success. Every thing new must undergo a strict scrutiny, and requires time to shew itself: prejudice must be overcome; and the value of this system of edu cation cannot be properly estimated or sufficiently proved at once. At so early a period of the history of our institution, it cannot be expected that many proofs can be adduced of the benefit of National Schools. But the time to which the Board looks forward is that in which the children who are now receiving their education, shall, at some future day, be sustaining their parts in the active scenes of lifewhen they shall themselves become parents and masters of families, and their children are enjoying the benefits of the same instruction:-then will be seen the benefits of a religious education-then will be proved the great usefulness of our institution.
The state of the Central School in St. John is the first object which claims the attention of your Committee. The continued indisposition of Mr. Bragg compelled him, during the last year, to resign into the hands of the Governor and Trustees the charge of the school. It was of importance that a successor to Mr. Bragg should be found with as little delay as pos sible; consequently, the late LieutenantGovernor, who, at the instance of the Board, engaged to supply the vacancy, appointed Mr. Anthony R. Truro, as Master
of the Central School; and, on a representation to the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, that Board have agreed to allow the same salary to Mr. Truro as Mr. Bragg enjoyed. The operations of the school were not in the least degree retarded by the change, Mr. Bragg having consented to remain till Mr. Truro could enter upon the regular discharge of the duties of his office, Your Committee have the pleasure to announce that the number of
children in the Central School has increased
during the last year, and that the school is now in a flourishing state. It is not to be denied, however, that it has undergone considerable fluctuation, but there is now no foundation for dismay or despair. If it contain not within its walls as great a number of children as this growing city might be expected to furnish, this much can be said of it-that its character for discipline, order and regularity, is becoming more generally known and admitted and your Committee humbly conceive that such a character is as much calculated as any thing can be, to gain it reputation, and extend its usefulness. In confirmation of this they would here remark, that while the whole number of boys on the books is only 147, the average daily attendance is about 140. The school has at all times been open to the inspection of visitors. The children have been publicly examined before the Governor and Trustees, who expressed their unreserved approbation of the order of the school, and the improvement of the scholars. Several masters have been instructed in the Central Schcol to convey the system into other schools in the Province.
The Committee have to express their re. gret that, since the resignation of Mrs. Bragg, who was under the necessity of leaving the place to accompany her husband, they have not been able to engage a mistress to their satisfaction, to undertake the charge of the Madras School for Female Children. They are not, however, without hope that one suitably qualified and recommended may yet be found. Since the lamented death of Major-General Smyth, the late Lieutenant-Governor, the African School, so called, which owes its origin to his Excellency's munificence, has lost its means of support. It is most desirable that this establishment, which has proved itself to be so useful and so necessary, should be continued, and that measures should be adopted, with a view to effect, if possible, this object. The Madras School, in the college at Fredericton, continues to be conducted in the ablest manner by Mr. Holbrook. The school is highly respectable, and, like the Central one in St. John, is made eligible for the children of the higher
classes of the community. Mr. Holbrook is a man of ability, and excellent character. The accounts given of this school, both in the returns from Fredericton, and from other quarters, are of a nature to reflect on him the greatest credit.—By permission of the Madras Board, Mr. Holbrook is allowed to qualify masters to undertake schools in the upper districts of the St. John River.
The Secretary of the Madras Board has been favoured with long and interesting details by Mr. Dibblee, of the various schools in his widely-extended district, and it would appear that the National System of Education is successfully diffused and ably supported by his zeal and unremitted exertions. At St. Andrews, Mr. Alley has been fortunate in engaging a new Master and Mistress for the National School in that place, who were instructed in the Central
School at Halifax; and, it is reported of them, are well qualified for the discharge of the duties of their situation. Since this change, Mr. Alley reports that the school has risen greatly in estimation, in the confidence of the people, and in the numbers of the children.-By the returns of the different schools in the country, the committee notice that the numbers continue much the same as in the last report. Several new schools have been established during the last year, as will be seen by the annexed schedule. One or two have been discontinued. There are at this time two young men in the Central School receiving instruction, to conduct schools on the system at Carleton and St. George's.
From returns made to the Secretary of the central Board, the state of the Madras schools in New Brunswick is as followsNew Brunswick, in July 1823. Total numDaily Attendance.
State of the Madras School, in
Sums given. Le-
Though the Institution is yet burthened with some debts, there are no difficulties of auy magnitude in this respect, that can in the least degree impede its operations. Liberal endowments have been made at different times to the Madras Corporation by his late Excellency Major-General Smyth, some of which already yield profit, and the others, in the course of time, will become valuable.
The Provincial Legislature were pleased to grant, at their last session, the sum of 500l. to the corporation, for the use of the Madras schools in the Province.- All the necessary elementary school books, slates, &c. are gratuitously supplied by the Madras Institution to the different schools, on proper application to the Secretary; and your Committee would hereby recom. mend that strict attention be paid to a regulation made at this Board, at their late annual meeting, respecting the nature of the requisition for such books, and the conditions of issuing them.
On the 6th of August, the annual meeting of the children took place in Trinity Church, in this city. An appropriate and excellent sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. J. Somerville, M.A. President of the College at Fredericton; after which a collection was made for the benefit of the African School, amounting to 241. 10s. 8d.
St. John, New Brunswick,
BRIDGEND SAVINGS BANK. IN our last Number we inserted an account of the flourishing state of the Bridgend National School. As a valuable comment on that account, the following statement of the Savings Bank of the same place, will, we doubt not, be read with much pleasure. It points out, in the progressive increase of the number of depositors, as well as of the whole sums deposited, the tendency of the National System of Education to diffuse real comfort, by improving the domestic habits of the people, and indeed, illustrates generally, the practical good which the Church Societies are effecting.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Bridgend Savings Bank, held at Bridgend, October 1, 1824,
The Right Hon. Sir JOHN NICHOLE, in the Chair,
REMEMBRANCER, No. 72.
1. That the year's accounts having been made up to the 20th ultimo, it appears by the Reports of the Auditors, that the ba lance in the Actuary's hand amounted to 197. 15s. 6d.
2. That the balance in the Treasurer's hand, at Messrs. Hoare, amounted to 2431. Is. Od.
3. That the Society is possessed of Receipts from the National Debt Office, amounting to (15,0187. 78. Id.) fifteen thousand and eighteen pounds seven shillings and a penny, and the interest due thereon (2231. 15s.) two hundred and twenty three pounds fifteen shillings, the whole balance making together (15,504l. 18s. 7d.) fifteen thousand five hundred and four pounds eighteen shillings and seven pence.
4. That the sums due to Depositors, with the interest thereon, to the said 20th ultimo amounted to (15,1227. 17s. 3d.) fifteen thousand one hundred and twenty-two pounds seventeen shillings and three pence.
5. That the funds of the Society, after deducting the demands upon it, left a balance in its favour of (3821. 1s. 4d.) three hundred and eighty-two pounds one shilling and four pence.
6. That the incidental expences of this year amounted to nine pounds three shillings and four pence halfpenny, and the Actuary's salary and gratuity thirty pounds and five shillings, making together (391, 88. 4 d.) thirty-nine pounds eight shillings and four pence halfpenny.
7. That the Abstract of the several accounts of the Actuary, the Treasurer, the Profit and Loss Account, and the present State of the Fund, be approved and entered in the Manager's Minute Book, for the inspection of any Depositors who may desire
to see the same.
9. That the seventh year of the Bridgend Savings Bank being now completed, the
President and Vice President be authorized to publish in the Cambrian, such of the Resolutions of this day as may be necessary for the purpose of making known the progress and present state of this institution.
13. That in case of any transfer under the Supplemental Rule No. 1 being desired, such transfer may be made immediately, or on any Saturday, without waiting the expiration of the month's notice, provided the original depositor, and the person to whom the deposit is to be transferred, shall both attend, and the original depositor is known, or can be identified satisfactorily, to the Manager in attendance.
14. That the 17th of the original Rules be altogether rescinded, and the subject matter thereof be provided for by a new regulation, in conformity with the Act (5 Geo. 4. cap. 62, sect. 11) which has rendered the execution of the said original Rule impracticable.
Whereas an Act has been lately passed (5 Geo. 4, cap. 62) entitled "an Act to amend the several Acts for the encouragement of Banks for Savings in England and Ireland," and whereas it is expedient to make certain alterations in the Rules of the
Bridgend Savings Bank, and to render them conformable to the said Act, and Notice has been published in the Cambrian Newspaper, in the month of August last, that on this day, being the Annual General Meeting, the said Rules would be revised and altered :
It is hereby resolved
[Here follow the new Regulations, which, as soon as filed with the Clerk of the Peace, and transmitted to the National Debt Office, will be printed, and copies delivered to the Depositors.]
GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE FUNDS OF THE BRIDGEND SAVINGS BANK.
£. s. d.
Tobalance due on the 20th day
By sums invested with the
tion of the National Debt, >15,242 21 (including interest) on the 20th day of Sept. 1824... By cash paid over to the Right Hon. Sir John Nicholl, Treasurer, in the bands of Messrs. Hoare, Bankers...... By cash in the hands of the Actuary....
19 15 6
£15,504 18 7
The Balance due on the 20th day of September, 1824, is composed as follows:
Total Amount of each Class.
190 Whose balance (including interest) did not exceed 20 each
£. s. d. 1308 14 8 3023 0 S
2981 13 21
860 561 2275 12 7
£15,504 18 9
Total in Fund.
£. s. d.
£. s. d. 2583 6 81
£. 5. d. 2679 10 6
£. s. d.
96 3 10
7182 12 5 2513 2 011832 15 9412079 14 21 246 18 41 3781 13 4 2762 19
613309 5 4 13609 14 3300 8 11