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are persuaded that oor religious principles lo, and exhorted to pay due attention to
are founded in reason and the scriptures, this important duty.
and are the truth “ as it is in Jesus" let The Committee have been anxiously
us not content onrselves with a mere spe- occupied, during the past year, in im-
culative faith, but let the truth have its proving the internal state of the Institu-
proper and genuine effect upon our minds, tion. They have applied themselves to a
in making us more solicitous to have plau for regulating the admission of young
our hearts adorued with every pious and persons to be qualified for masters, so as
virtuous disposition; and hereby prove to diminish the expense of the society, and
ourselves to be the true disciples and fol- are desirous to adhere, as a principle, to
lowers of our Lord and Master Jesus the reception of such persons only whose
Christ. Thus we shall be enabled to pass age, previous education or natural capa-
through the varying scenes of this mor- cities, may render a long course of instruc-
tal state, with that inward peace and satis- tion unnecessary, to qualify them for the
faction of mind which the world can superintendance of schools. Considerable
neither give nor take away; and when we difficulty exists on the subject of school-
have finished our course here below, we masters. It is an established fact, that
shall then in some good measure be pre- no schools can be preserved in a proper
pared for, and be admitted to partake in state of discipline, unless the master is
those pleasures of the life to come which perfectly acquainted with the system, and
eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither possesses a sufficient degree of energy and
hath it entered into the heart of man to spirit to maintain it. As is the master, so
conceive, and join the celestial choir, in is the school. Some persons prefer an
singing the praises of the one only living active youth for the teacher-others desire
and true God, through the countless ages a man of mature age.
of elernity.

The necessity of superintendance cannot
Chowbent, June 21st, 1815. be too frequently urged upon Committees

it constitutes the very life of the school-it Report of the British and Foreign School maintains and rewards the authority of the Society to the General Meeting. teacher, and it operates as a stimnlus upon ( Concluded from p. 397.)

the children. Too often the master has to BRITISH.

regret that he sees no member of the ComDuring the last year Masters have been mittee from one end of the month to the supplied to schools at Glasgow, New Lan- other; particular attention to this imporark, Bath, Ditchling (near Brighton), tant part of the duty of every Committee is Reading, Southampton, Newport (in earnestly recommended; it will be found Wales), and Staines.-The School in the to correct many irregularities, and remove Horseferry Road, which had been a charge many causes of complaint. to the funds of the Institution, has been Another cause of difficulty is the subject transferred to the West London Lancas- of salary. In too many instances the funds terian Association; a Master was supplied of schools are so confined that the salary is for that School, which now contains about scarcely sufficient to provide the teacher 200 boys.

with decent board and lodging. In all The Committee have to regret the death such situations, it is evident that no man of James Johnston, a young man who had of real ability can be expected to underbeen for a considerable time, and was

take the office. It ougbt, therefore, to then, under the patronage of the society. be the aim of Committees to raise such a He had been very serviceable in the orga- subscription as shall enable the masters to nizing of several schools, and would doubt- maintain as much credit as is necessary for less, had he lived, proved very serviceable the respectability of his situation. to the Institution.

In every town an education association Objections having been made to the cou- might he formed upon the plan of tbe stilution of this Society, which provides Bible Associations, with a subscription of for the admission of children of all reli. one penny per week. The receipts from gious denominations, upon the ground this source, added to the larger subscripthat no effectual means were taken for the tion, will, in most instances, amount to a religious observance of the Sabbath-al- competent sum for the support of a good though such objections were ill founded,

school. as all children were enjoined to attend the

The education of the whole community places of worship to which their parents is a subject of such vast importance, on belong, yet the Committee, being desir- every account, but more especially in a ous to refute them, have adopted a plan, moral and religious point of view, that it whereby a report is made to the Master cannot but be a matter of surprise that an every Monday morning of the attendance effort is not made for this cause equal to of every child at their

respective places of what is made for many other Institutions, worship; the parents of such children as There are many situations in which the cannot give satisfactory answers are spoken poverty of the inhabitants is so great, that

they cannot raise sufficient for the fitting. ed its cause with their congregations; they up of their school-rooin, but if they could feel themselves called upon to record their be assisted in this undertaking, they testimony of respect for the memory of the would be able to carry on the school. late Rev. Andrew Fuller, the indefati

The Comunittee have devoted much at- gable Secretary to the Baptist Missionin tention to a plan for the forination of India, whose last sermon, preached in Auxiliary Societies, whereby the local London, having for its object to recompurposes might be obtained, and at the mend this Society to public support, may same time the general object promoted, be considered an example worthy of imitaand they beg leave to recommend it to the tion, by many who knew him and valued serious consideration of all the friends to his labours. universal education.

At the last annual meeting, the ComThe Foreign objects of the Society have mittee hailed the return of peace ; because, caused a considerable expenditure; this, amongst other reasons, it afforded the deit is earnestly hoped, will receive the be- lightful hope of giving stability and exnevolent assistance of all those who are tension to all Institutions calculated to desirous to circulate the Scriptures.

promote knowledge and the happiness of The inquiries which have been made in inankind. Alas! how soon has this cheerconsequence of the formation of the Bible ful prospect vanished! Again we live in Societies, have exhibited the lamentable the fearful expectation of hearing of the deficiency of a great part of the population confused noise of the battle of the warrior, of our own country, in regard to their abi and of bis garments rolled in blood. As lity of perusing the sacred Scriptures, and Christians, however, we ought to animate it is evident that even in many parts of each other more ai dently to pursue the Europe, that deticiency must be far great object of our Institution; we have the er.

In France it is estimated that not most certain warrant for blieving, that the more than one-fourth of the whole populati- progress of true knowledge must as a un can read ; and the Minister of the Interior consequence, eventually lead to that state himself, in his report, takes the number of of universal peace, when none shall hurt uninstructed children at two millions. Is or destroy. it not evident that the operations of a We rejoice in the conviction that we are School Society, ought to keep pace with appealing to those who know how to apthose of a Bible Society ?--The one is so preciate the value of what is contained in necessary to the full success of the other, the written revelation of the mind and will that it may be expected that in due time of God, who recognise in those prophesies, the dependance of each upon the other will which remain to be fulfilled, the gracious be universally acknowledged, and exer. intention of infinite wisdom, to establish tions be made for education equal to those the kingdom of the Redeemer, from the which, to the honour of this nation, have rising of the sun to the going down of the been made for the dissemination, of co- same, that from the whole earth incense pies of the sacred volume.

may ascend, and a pure offering. Who The Committee are aware that so much can look upon the exertions of the Bible still remains to be done, that when the eye Society, and of those numerous institucontemplates the future scene of operations, tions which have the best interests of manit would seem almost as if nothing in compa- kind for their object, and which have rison had as yet been accomplished. It may multiplied beyond all former example in even be considered that the Society is now the present day, without perceiving that only commencing its career; but it should they all tend towards one great point, and never be forgotten that the foundation, proclaim, like the voice in the wildernes, though it presents little to the eye, is thé • Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make most important part of the work; and it is his paths straight!” consoling to reflect, that notwithstanding all the difficulties which have occurred, The Epistle from the Yearly Meeting, held the basis is now firmly established; and in London, by Adjournments, from the whether it be sufficiently acknowledged 24th of the Fifth Month, to the 2nd of or not, it is an indisputable truth, that the Sixth Month, inclusive, 1815: To those grand efforts for the amelioration of the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings of the condition of man, by the diffusion of Friends, in Great Britain, Ireland, and elementary knowledge, which will for ever elsewhere. distinguish the present age in the annals Dear Friends, of the world, have either taken their rise, IN offering to you the salutation of our or have been mainly promoted by the la- love, we believe it right to acknowledge bours of this Institution.

our thankfulness to the Author of all good, The Committee take this opportunity of that we have been permitted to meet toacknowledging the very beneficial aid gether. We have had again to rejoice in a which the Society has received from sever- sepse of the goodness of Him who, by his al ministers, who have successfully plead presence, owned us in times past; and,

though sensible of the loss of the labour think it right to repeat some advice

gisen and counsel of some who have recently been by the Yearly Meeting in its printed epistle removed from the probations of time, we of 1771:-We “ warn all against a most have felt the consoling assurance that the pernicious practice, too much prevailing Divine Power is both ancient and new. It amongst the trading part of mankind, which is from this holy Source that every enjoy- hath often issued in the utter ruin of those ment both spiritual and temporal flows; it concerned therein, namely, that of raising is to the Lord Almighty that we are indebtd and circulating a fictitious kind of paper for the blessing of existence, for the means credit, with indorsements and acceptances, of redemption, and for that lively hope of to give it an appearance of value without immortality which comes by Jesus Christ. an intrinsic reality : a practice highly un. To his service, then, dear friends, in obedi. becoming that uprightness which ought to ence to the manifestation of his power, let appear in every member of our religious us offer our talents; to the glory of his Society, and of which therefore we think it great and excellent name, let us devote our our incumbeut duty to declare our disapstrength and the residue of our days. probation, and disunity therewith,) as ab

The state of our religious Society, as solutely inconsistent with that Truth we transmitted from the several bodies which make profession of."- Epistle, 1771. constitute this Yearly Meeting, has been That contentment which characterizes the again brought under our view. Accounts pious Christian, is a treasure which we of the sufferings of our meinbers, chiefly covet for all our members; and we especifor tithes and other ecclesiastical demands, ally desire that those who are setting out in and for claims of a military nature, to the life may so circumscribe their expectations, amount of Fifteen thousand seven hundred and limit their domestic establishments, as and twenty-seven pounds, have been report- not to bring upon themselves expenses ed; and we are informed that ten of our which could only be supported by an imyoung men have been imprisoned since last prudent extension of their trade. Care in year, for refusing to serve in the local this respect will enable them to allot more militia.

of their time to the service of their fellowWe are encouraged in believing that onr men, and to the proinotion of the Lord's ancient Christian testimony to the inward

We believe that, were parents to teaching of the Spirit of Christ, and to a instil into the minds of their children prinfree gospel ministry, not only continues to ciples of moderation and æconomy, suited be precious to many, but is gaining ground to their future expectations, it would under amongst us. The sufferings to which we the Divine blessing not only conduce to are exposed, are, through the lenity of our their preservation, but promote their safety government, far less severe than were those and comfort in life. We are far from wish. of our predecessors. To some, however, ing to discourage honest industry; and furwe believe that these operate at times as a ther still from countepancing iu any degree trial of their faith and love to the truth. a spirit of avarice. We are not insensible, We are disposed to remind such, that pati- that the situation of many of our members ence aud meekness on their part will tend is such as renders necessary to them a diliboth to exalt the testimony in the view of gent attention to the concerns of this life. others, and to promote their own advance- Christian sinplicity and self-denial we meat in the Christian course.


would, however, earnestly recommend: The epistle from our friends in Ireland, these attained, the object which, in this reand those from the several Yearly Meet- spect, we have at heart for all our dear ings on the American Continent, have friends, will be accomplished. again convinced us that we are brethren, Amongst other deticiencies reported to bound together by the endearing ties of us at this time, we have been pained in obChristian fellowship, desiring as fellow- serving, that many appear to be still satisfied disciples to follow the same Lord; and we with attending meetings for Divine worship feel, that there is in the gospel of Christ a but once in the week. We lament in believe union that is not dissolved by distance, ing that, where indifference to this primary nor affected by the jarring contentions of religious duty prevails in any, the spirit of men.

the world baih obtained the ascendaucy in We are engaged tenderly to caution their minds; for these we have often at for. friends against an eager pursuit after the mer times expressed our concern, and now things of this life. We believe that many again entreat them to consider the prirati. who begin the world with modera ? views, ons of good to which they subjeci themmeeting at first with success in trage, go on selves, and those over whom their example extending their commercial concerns, un- prevails, in omitting this most reasonable til they become involved therein to a degree service.' The habit of constant attendance prohibited by the precepts of Christ, and on these occasions, forms an important incompatible with their own safety. Thus branch of the religious education of our situated, some may be tempted to adopt a youth; we are therefore desirous of impresline of conduct, dishonourable in itself and sing on the minds of those to whom they injurious to others Qu this subject, we are intrusted, and who themselves may be

diligent, to beware how they deprive their well in the Lord Jesus. Let us ever bear children of such opportunities on the week- in mind, whether we attempt, under the inday, even for the sake of their attendance fluence of Christian love, to maintain our at scbool.

testimonies to the spiritual and peaceable It has afforded us much satisfaction to be- kingdom of the Lamb; whether we attempt lieve that the Christian practice of daily to promote the present and future welfare reading in families a portion of Holy Scrip- of our fellow-members and fellow-men; ture, with a subsequent pause for retire- let us ever remember, that if we obey the ment and reflection, is increasing amongst Divine commandments, we shall do all to ns. We conceive that it is both the duty the glory of God; we shall always acknowand the interest of those who believe in the ledge that it is of his mercy, if we ever bedoctrines of the Gospel, and who possess come partakers of the unspeakable privithe invaluable treasure of the sacred Re- lege of the true disciples of Him who died cords, frequently to recur to them for instuc- for all, that they that live should not hencetion and consolation. We are desirous that forth live unto themselves, but unto him this wholesome domestic regulation may be who died for them, and rose again.” adopted every where. Heads of families, Signed in and on behalf of the Meeting, who have themselves experienced the bene- by fit of religious instruction, will do well to William DillwORTH Crewdson, consider whether, in this respect, they have

Clerk to the Meeting This Year. not a duty to discharge to their servants and others of their household. Parents, looking sincerely for help to Him of whom

Chapel Exemption Bill. these Scriptures testify, may not unfre

House of Commons, June 1st. quently, on such occasions, feel themselves On the motion of the Chancellor of the enabled and engaged to open to the minds Exchequer the Houes resolved into a Comof their interesting eharge, the great truths mittee upon the Chapel Exemption Bill, of Christian duty and Christian redemption. Mr. Wrottesley expressed bis intention

In cousidering this subject, our younger to move an amendment—that in all chapels friends have been brought to our remem- or meeting-houses hereafter erected, the brance with warm and tender solicitude. exemption from poor's rate, proposed by We hope that many of you, dear youth, are this bill, should be granted only upon no strangers to this practice, and to some the condition of having a certain number we trust it bas already been blessed. He- of free seats, proportioned to the size of the sitate not, (we beseech all of this class,) to chapel or meeting-house. allot a portion of each day to read and me- General Thornton deprecated the levelditate upon the sacred volume in private: ling principle of this bill, which tended, steadily direct your minds to Him who alone in his judgment, to injure the Constitution can open and apply the Scriptures to our by interfering with the consequence of the spiritual benefit. In these seasons of retire. Church establishment. ment, seek for ability to enter into a close It was also objectionable as it proposed examination of the state of your own hearts; to exempt Dissenting meeting-houses from and as you may be enabled, secretly pray the payment of poor's-rate, and thus into the Almighty for preservation from the crease the quantity of that rate upon the lemptations with which you are encompas. Protestant parishioners. He therefore sed. Your advancement in a life of humi- moved an amendment-To exeinpt meetlety, dedication and dependence upon Di. ing-houses, and to grant the proposed viue aid, is a subject of our most tender exemption to such chapels only as were of concern. That you might adorn our holy the Established Church. profession, by walking watchfully before This amendment was opposed by Mr, the Lord, and upholding our various testi- H. Martin and Mr. Serjeant Onslow, on monies, was the care of some of our dear the ground that it was entirely hostile to friends, of whose decease we bave been at the principle of the bill, and the tolerant this time informed. They were concerned object which that bill had in view. in early life to evince their love to the Truth; Mr. Protheroe supported the bill, as it they served the Lord in uprightness and would remove a very galling distinction now fear in their generation, and, in their subsisting between two classes of the comclosing moments, were perimitted to feel an munity. huinble trust that, through the mediation The Chancellor of the Exchequer deof our Redeemer, they should become heirs fended the introduction of the bill, as re. of a kingdom that shall never have an end. lieving a number of meritorious individuals

Let their example encourage you to offer from vexation, by no means infringing all your natural powers, and every intellec- upon any parochial privileges. At the tual attainment, to the service of the same same time he did not wish to be considered Lord, and patiently to persevere in a course as giving any other weight to the measure of unremitting obedience to the Divine Will. Now, dear friends, of every age and of

* 2 Cor, v. 15. every class, we bid you affectionately fare

'ban what it might justly derive from its have a right to compel his neighbours to own merits.

pay his rates.

He thought it his duty to After some further conversation, in take the sense of the House, and for that which Mr. D. Giddy, Gen. Thornton, Mr. purpose moved that the Bill be read a third Wrottesley, Mr. Banks and Mr. Serjeant time on this day three months. Onslow participated, the amendmeni was The Chancellor of the Exchequer vinrejected. General Thornton then pro- dicated the measure and explained the moposed the omission of certain words in the tives that had led to its introduction. No preamble, which was also rejected. such intentions as those stated by his Right

The House resumed, and the report Hon. Friend had entered into the minds of being received, it was ordered to be taken those who had been concerned in the preinto further consideration on Monday. paration of this Bill, which while it relieved

House of Commons, June 5th. chapels from the burden of rates, did not 'The Report of the Chapel Exemption cast any additional weight upon churches. Bill was taken into further consideration; The rate from which chapels would be and the Chancellor of the Exchequer pros freed was not one hitherto paid to the posed an amendment, that instead of one church, but to the inhabitants of the parseat in ten being reserved for the poor, one ish, and all men, after this measure had fifth of the whole number should be so re- passed, wonld be equally under the necesserved.

sity of contributing to the support of the General Thornton expressed his dis. established religion, perhaps the wisest approbation of the whole measure. He system ever adopted in any age or country. said that a Right Rev. Prelate, (the Bishop Many of the chapels were of the establishof London,) had recently preached a Ser- ment founded for the purpose of giving mon before the Society for promoting ease to the churches not able to accommoChristian Knowledge, wherein he main- date the parishioners of the established retained that we should guard against all, ligion. In the whole city of London the the modern doctrines of liberality and to- rate collected on chapels was only four loration, and that indifference to forms pounds, so that in a pecuniary point of of faith was indifference to truth and view the subject was not worth considerafalsehood. The Hon. General, therefore, tion, sincerely embracing these opinions, moved Mr. Bankes observed, that if indeed it that the bill should be read a third time were true that the whole amount of the that day three months; but the motion was rates upon the chapels was only four negatived without a division, and the bill pounds, it was very unwise to make an ordered to be read a third time to- alteration of the law, for the sake of re

lieving persons from so insignificant a burGeneral Thornton then moved, pursuant den. to his notice, for a return of the Parochial Mr. Butterworth was in favour of the Rates paid by the various Chapels, Bill, the effect of which would be “the Ohurches, &c. within the Bills of Mortal uniting and knitting together the hearts of ity, and in the parishes of St. Pancras, and his Majesty's subjects,” pursuant to the St. Marylebone.

prayer every day read in the House. He The Chancellor of the Exchequer ex- admired such a ineasure of toleration; and pressed his concurrence in the motion, but from correspondence with the late Mr. doubted wheiher the return could be made Perceval was able to inform the House, that before the third reading of the Bill. just before his lamented death, it had been

House of Commons, June 16th. in his contemplation to introduce a meaMr. Vansittart moved the third reading sure similar to the present. Had it been of the Chapel Exeniption Bill.

known in the country that the Bill would Sir W. Scott strongly opposed the mea- be thus opposed, innumerable petitions sure, thinking that the application was would have been laid upon the table in its made without any claim of judgment, and favour. that it was highly inexpedient to introduce The ministers of these chapels were frethis innovation. He saw no reason why quently persons of great erudition, and his Right Hon. Friend (Mr. Vansittart) actuated by the best motives. Even in the thus sallied forth on a diplomatic expedi parish churches, in many parts of the king. tion to negociate a peace between discord. dom, the pews were let out. This Bill did

Other individuals would be not strike at the pre-eminence of the Church compelled to bear the burdens from which of England, as the Dissenters did not rethese chapels were to be relieved. lle fuse to pay tythes or church-rates. should not be disposed to quarrel with this Sir W. Scott explained, and hoped that measure if any grievance had been stated, the Hon. Gentleman (Mr. Butterworth) but at present it came before the House would not let his religion get the better of supported only by a few individuals, whose his judgment. interests were opposite to the establish. Sir J. Nicholl stated how the law stood ment. Any man who opened a place under at present. The decisions of the Court of pretence of religious instruction, would King's Bench had established that chapels


ant sects.

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