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will please the Almighty to make this society an instrument, by the inspiration of his own most holy spirit, of maintaining and perpetuating our holy Apostolick Church in her primitive purity and her native vigor. 'I shall now, my Lord, briefly advert to the resolution before the meeting. It speaks of a training seminary for the education of masters and of middle schools. If then, these great church principles are to be carried out in all their fulness and force; if her doctrines, and her ordinances, and all her services are to be practically set forth and embodied in the rising generation, it must be, in the first place, through the vigilant inspection, the wise councils, and the constant control of the heads and ministers of the Church. It must be, in the second place, through the instrumentality of faithful masters; of men who are not merely versed in the technicalities of the national system and tho
roughly acquainted with the rudiments of knowledge, but of men who bare spiritual-minded, and pious, and exemplary: and not only so, but
true sons and lovers of the Church, inculcating her worship, enforcing her sacraments, holding up her whole constitution with all their heart, as a model of unrivalled excellence, of apostoliek origin and authority. They must not only be men of learning, but men of prayer, men of holiness, men of God; men who will teach the truth in the love of it. (hear.) And, let me add, that thus alone can that truth be effectually taught at all. A system of cold methodical explanation may enter the mind, but it never reaches the heart; it has no beneficial influence on the youthful character, the children are never vitally impressed, and with all their gettings they get not true understanding. (hear.). As your Lordship knows, I speak with some experience in education; (hear,
and that enables me to say that the spiritual man is the only efficient teacher, and is alone fit to be entrusted with the education of Christian youth. And, if I might, I would here just say a word, and but a word, of somewhat more general import. Let parents and teachers all bear in mind, that the children committed to their care, are to be educated as baptized children; as children who have been brought to God, as children who are to be trained for Christ and for God, for life and immortality. (loud applause.) And these great truths will be borne in mind and inculcated by those alone who are themselves deeply sensible of their own spiritual and ecclesiastical privileges. My Lord, I am not despising, I am not deprecating, I am not seeking in any way to discourage the attainment of such human learning and such” popular science, as may be suitable and useful to children in their sphere of life, or even may enable them to rise above it. I would not restrain any aspiring genius, nor damp the ardour of literary industry; I am only saying, as an ambassasor of the Lord, in His name, and in the name of the Church, what I would say in a company of the proudest philosophers, and still more in a Christian assembly, let these things, and all earthly things have their due and subordinate place. (Applause.) It has been reserved for this time, for our melancholy age, to find a system of education without any religion at all: but, my Lord, in other systems, into which religion is introduced, and sometimes where it is taught on the best acknowledged plan and principles, the children are
left to consider and feel it to be a secondary thing, a mere adjunct and appendage to the superior pursuits of literature. Let me say that there is too much of this spirit and this practise prevailing in the present day. The wisdom of man is idolized; the wisdom which is from above is too little remembered or known, honoured or encouraged. (hear, hear.) You, I am sure, will be unanimously of opinion with me, when I say that no man ought to be appointed to a mastership in the National School who does not assign the first place in his heart to the Bible, as the sole fountain of knowledge and truth; and the second place in his heart to the prayer book, as the Church's interpreter of the Bible. (loud applause) I say again, of human learning let there be an ample sufficiency; let the taper glimmer brightly as it may; but let it never be exalted into a comparison with the blazing torch of revelation; let it never be made a substitute for the gospel of Him, who is the brightness of the Father's glory and the light of the world. (hear, hear.) Thus, my Lord, with the faithful administration of our means, I do trust, under Almighty God, that this Society will be made the instrument of increased usefulness and good ; that some at least of the wounds of our divided church may be healed, that our accumulated population may be looked on as a defence and not a danger. Fain would I hope that a day of better things is dawning, of moral and of spiritual reformation; and in the language of the prophet, with which I now beg to conclude, that “instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree, and it shall be to the Lord for a name and for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off.” (Applause.)
The Right Rev. CHAIRMAN then put the resolution, which was carried unanimously.
A GENTLEMAN at the bottom of the room enquired, Is it not intended in the schools to educate female teachers and children ?
The Right Rev. CHAIRMAN.-No doubt, that which in grammar is called the least worthy, but in fact is the most worthy gender, is included. (Laughter.)
W. GARNETT, Esq., of Salford, rose to propose the next resolution. He said — After the able addresses we have heard from the different speakers who have addressed you, I might safely content myself with simply moving the resolution which has been committed to my care; and I feel that it would be impertinent in me to dwell long on any thing I have to say after so much time bas been taken up. But, my Lord, it does happen that it has fallen to my lot to move a good deal among that class of society to which allusion has been made by the worthy Rector, and by other honourable gentlemen, as well as by the noble Lord; I mean the middle and working classes. It has been my lot to move where that class is very numerous, and I would say, unquestionably, a strong feeling is excited in the minds of that class of persons on the subject I now state. I say if ever there was a time when we were called on to exert ourselves,
and if ever there was a time when we were called on to bring forward our 2. pecuniary means, as far as we are able to do so, in furtherance of this
object, this is that time. We are here my Lord, as stewards, and we are accountable to God for the benefits we receive. (Applause.) I would advert, as I said before, to the circumstance of my having some acquaintance with those parties. I would only add, that as an instance of their desire to see that scriptural education advanced in this country, and as a proof of their sincerity, when they wished to show a proof of their regard, they presented to me the authorized version of the Bible. I esteemed that above all price, and I esteemed it at the same time as an earnest of their affection, and I therefore conclude these observations by saying that they are alive to what is going on, and they are of all parties the class that will be benefited. With these observations, I will read to you the resolution that has been put into my hands, "that a paid Secretary and Inspector be appointed to visit schools in union, under the direction of the Diocesan Board.” (Applause.)
The Rev. CHANCELLOR RAIKES briefly seconded the resolution.
The Right Rev. CHAIRMAN then put the resolution, which was unanimously adopted.
Adam Hodgson, Esq., of Liverpool, next rose. He said-My Lord, I should consider it presumptuous at any time, at this late hour most unseasonable, to detain the meeting with any lengthened observations, especially as the resolution confided to my care is only a corollary, though a very important one, to the resolutions which have preceded it. I may however be permitted to remind the meeting, and perhaps the resolution which I shall have the honor to propose requires me to remind it, that it is not by the enunciation of abstract propositions, however true, it is not by statements of duty however clear and convincing, it is not by eloquence however powerfuland fascinating that the ultimate objects of this meeting are to be carried into effect. On many occasions when we meet together, to express our sentiments on great questions of national policy, we have discharged our duty when we have expressed our opinions and petitioned the legislature to carry our views into effect. On the present occasion it is, under Divine Providence; to ourselves, and to ourselves alone, that we must look for carrying our wishes into operation, and deeply would it be to be deplored if after awakening, as I trust we have in a measure awakened, to our deep responsibilities on this important subject, responsibilities rendered more solemn by the exigencies of the times, deeply would it be to be deplored if we were to consider the energetic expression of sentiment as a substitute, rather than a pledge and preparation for corresponding exertion. Deeply, my Lord, would it be to be regretted if after the promise held out by this meeting, such a promise as cannot but be held out to the country, by a meeting constituted as this is, we should be satisfied with any thing short of a vigorous and resolute determination to carry the objects of the meeting into full effect. The object of
the resolution which I hold in my hand, is to commit the meeting to such a determination. It ism“ That a Diocesan subscription he forth with entered into to meet the cost of the undertaking and provide for future expenditure; and that a committee be formed in each deanery to superintend the collection, and pay it over to a diocesan treasurer hereafter to be appointed.” It will not be necessary to enter into any detailed explanation of this resolution. I may simply state that its general scope is that all the sums collected, are in the first instance to be paid to the Diocesan Treasurer, to be applied in the first instance to the support of the Diocesan School at Chester—to provide the necessary expenses of correspondence, and the salary of the assistant to the Honorary Secretary—and that the surplus shall be appropriated at the discretion of the general Board, but under the direction and superintendence of the Local Boards to the various local wants which may be found to exist in the Diocese.
Now, my Lord, in this Diocese comprising as it does so many large landed proprietors, such extensive commercial and manufacturing interest, and not least, such very large masses of the middle class with competent means, we need not, I trust, apprehend any disappointment in raising the Funds necessary to carry our resolution into effect. But it is very necessary we should remember that the Christian enterprises of the present day are so numerous and so extensive, (and yet they must be more numerous and more extensive if they are to be at all proportionate either to the exigencies or the responsibilities of this great country,) that they can no longer be supported by the excessive liberality of the few, but they must be sustained if they are sustained at all by the contributions of the many. The great problem is, I was going to say, to unlock the sources of the hidden wealth of this country, I had rather say to direct into proper channels that wealth which cannot be hidden, but which is welling out in every direction from its latent springs to direct to Christian enterprises a fair proportion of that stream which is ever ready to tlow in an ample current to every other enterprise whatever be its character or whatever scale it may be projected.
My Honourable and Reverend friend the Rector of Warrington, has administered to the laity of this Diocese a somewhat delicate rebuke. I am sorry to say I think that rebuke is too well merited, and I believe there is no person in this Diocese who from his own devotedness and exertion in this cause has a better right to administer such a rebuke. But will my Honourable and Reverend friend permit me in the language of respectful friendship to say, only persevere with faith and prayer to bring the conscience of the community in contact with scriptural obligation, and you will not ultimately be disappointed. Of this, my Lord, I am sure that it is only in proportion to our conviction of our individual christian res. ponsibility with respect to property that we shall be the steady and systematic supporters, according to our means, of the various objects of christian benevolence that solicit our regard—a conviction that shall follow us into all our plans of life, that shall have all its due influence on the family settlements of the great-on the accumlations of the rich—and on the expenditure of all. Such a conviction is rapidly spreading in this
country, and such a conviction will spread in proportion as we form our estimate of duty, not by any conventional standard that may prevail in society at large, or in the particular circle in which it may be our lot to move, but by a simple and constant reference to the revealed will of God. Only, my Lord, secure the diffusion of just views, of our christian responsibility on this point, and you may rely not only on ample resources to carry this object into full effect, but on a far more prompt and generous response to your earnest and effectionate appeals in behalf of other objects of vital importance to the spiritual welfare of this Diocese and essential as I believe to the tranquility and prosperity of the country, and to the stability of our British Protestant Institutions. I beg, my Lord, to move the resolution.
The Right Hon. Lord LINDSAY rose to second the resolution. He said —After the heart-warming speeches we have heard this morning, I am sure I need not detain you. I think if we look abroad at what the present state of society forces upon us, we must admit that exertion is called for, and I do not think that anything could possibly be so well devised, to stem the current of ignorance, dissent, and infidelity, which prevails, as this scheme of extended education, which has been so beautifully organized, and which I hope will be carried into effect. For that purpose, it is necessary that the laity should come forward, and give the most powerful support to the resolution I have been called upon to second. I have the greatest pleasure in requesting every person, particularly the laity, to come forward, and give their support to this object, seeing that, they may do it with perfect reliance on that Holy Spirit, under whose direction, I have no doubt they will carry out this important object. (Applause.) If the first Christians laid all their earthly possessions at the Apostles' feet, surely we should not grudge some portion of the goods which have been entrusted to us, when the successors of the Apostles call
upon us for assistance. (Hear, hear.) The Right Rev. Chairman then put the resolution, and every hand appeared held up for it. He said -- Instead of asking a contrary opinion, I will request that you will put your hands down into your pockets.
The Hon. RichARD BOOTLE WilbRAHAM, M. P., next rose. He said-It now becomes my pleasing duty to propose to this meeting, a vote of thanks to our respected Diocesan, who has this day filled the chair so ably; and I beg to propose this vote of thanks, which I have no doubt will be carried, as all the resolutions have been. May I also add, that it is to me a source of the greatest pleasure to meet our Diocesan, the Right Reverend Lord, on any business; but more so, when I feel it to be so important as this, on which we have this day met. (Hear.) I shall therefore, gentlemen briefly conclude my observations, in hoping we shall have unanimous thanks to his Lordship for his able conduct in the chair to day. And I think we may add, that if we refer to our pockets, we shall best carry out that object which he and those whom he has so ably presided over are anxious to attain. *(Applause.)