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neighbour, have not only learnt to read, but the instruction given them has produced a desire to attend divine worship regularly; and we have some cause to hope their understandings have been considerably enlightened.
In the beginning of last year persons were appointed as religious instructors to our schools, the reports received from them are gratifying; they say, “ As far as we can judge, we believe many of the children are not only willing but desirous of being instructed; we have been glad to observe that many of them seem to feel themselves interested in the truths they are learning."
We have received the following account from two of our members, who have been visiting the town, house by house, on behalf of the Bible Association, and as it tends to illustrate the good effects of Sunday Schools, hope it will prove an encouragement to all engaged in them; they say, “ We went into one house where there was a middle aged woman, she said her daughter had a bible; after a little conversation she spoke nearly as follows: I have great reason to bless God for the good my child and husband have got by the Sunday Schools; my husband frequently came home on the Lord's day intoxicated; it was usual for him to spend part of the money he received on a Saturday at the public house on a Sunday: about two years ago, my little girl, who was then not nine years old, said to him,-Oh, Father! it is very wrong to spend the money you work for the rest of the week at the ale-house on Sundays! At first he wanted to jest with her about it; but she prevailed with him to read her catechism; it produced such an effect upon him that I have never had occasion to blame him for it since;-to our shiame we may say our child has taught us both: we lived without prayer, but nothing could hinder her from prayer night and morning as regularly as she arose and retired to rest.'”
Though we know nothing of the persons the following account relates to, yet, from the means by which we obtained our information, we cannot doubt its authenticity. “ A lad, about nine years of age, said to his mother, “I wish you would not let my brother bring any thing home that is smuggled, when he goes to sea! " Why do you wish that child ? said the mother. He answered, “Because my catechism says it is wrong.' Tic mother replied, " But that is only the word of a man.' He said, • Mother, is it the word of a man, which said, -Render unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsars ? Tbis reply entirely silenced his mother; but his father, who appears to have been by, attempted to say something in defence of smuggling, when the boy asked, Father, whether is it worse to rob one or to rob many? By these questions and answers, the boy silenced both his parents on the subject of smuggling."
We believe the following accounts will prove acceptable to you, as they tend strongly to confirm the benefit likely to be
derived from Sunday School libraries: we had them from the before-named persons; they say, “ In another house we visited respecting bibles; the woman said her son was now a sailor, and had been a Sunday School scholar; he had got such a love for reading, that the book was scarcely ever out of his hands." In another house, the woman said, “ My son has just returned from a voyage to the Brazils." On the Sunday he said, “Mother, I will go to the school, --surely they will not refuse to let me read books out of the library, as I used to do." These accounts we consider as great encouragement to proceed in the work, believing, if we faint not, we shall see yet greater fruit of our labour.
One of our friends related to the Committee that, when his boy got a book from the library, such was his eagerness to read and study it, that his mother could hardly get him to bed at night. The children, who are privileged with books from the library, give evident signs of improvement, both in knowledge and behaviour.
We beg leave to subjoin the following: “Some years ago, a boy attended our school; he resided at some distance: one sabbath, being later than usual in getting home, his father came out to meet him; when he met him, the father began to enquire the cause of his staying so late, the boy, with apparent concern in his countenance, said “Every body's daddy goes to the meeting but you." The father felt something touch his heart; the tears started in his eye; he determined with himself to go to the meeting the next Lord's day, which he accordingly did, and continued to attend preaching till his mind was enlightened, and his soul converted to God. Last Monday, the Lord removed him out of time into eternity. During his long affliction he was visited by our friends, who always found him happy and resigned to the will of God, having a strong confidence in the Saviour of mankind.
NO Report has been received from the Frome Sunday School Umon. Mr. Blatch the late secretary has quitted the scenes of earthly labour, to enter on his heavenly rest and teward.
EXTRACT from the First ANNUAL REPORT of the West KENT
· SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION WHATEVER may have been the expectation of the individuals who first encouraged and promoted the formation of the West Kent Sunday School Union, your committee have good reason to believe that their most anxious desire for its prosperity has been not only fulfilled, but exceeded; and although they are aware that much remains to be done, they entertain a well grounded hope and belief, that you will rejoice that the exertions already made for the establishment of new schools, and the support of such as have been already formed, have been attended with such abundant success. • Since the first quarterly meeting, the school which had just 'been opened under your patronage, near the Canal Bridge, on the Lower Road, leading from Deptford to Rotherhithe, and then contained 28 children, has increased to $3 ; and as convenient school-rooms have been made at the new Meeting lately built, there is reason to expect a further increase.
A new school has lately been opened under the auspices of the Unión, in Brewhouse-lane, Greenwich, in which 26 boys are now 'instructed.
Your committee cannot forbear to congratulate the Union on the prosperous state of the Adult School which has been established at Greenwich, where 53 men and 10 women manifest the 'utmost anxiety to receive instruction; and the progress they make 'in the acquirement of knowledge, affords the bighest gratification 'to the persons employed to communicate it.
A similar school has been established at Woolwich, and from 'the accounts last reported, there is reason to believe that it will be attended with the most complete success, and form a distin'guishing feature in the next annual report,
It is with regret your committee have to state, that in consequence of the number of children who attended the school established at Brockley, having been considerably diminished by re'movals, it las been found expedient to transfer the remainder to
the school at Lewisham, where they now attend. : Repeated efforts have been used to establish a school at Charlton, and although they have not yet been attended with the wished for success, your committee will not relax in their endeavours to effect this desirable object, and hope that by prudent pérseverance, they will be enabled ultimately to surmount the difficul. ties which have hitherto intervened.
The schools at Woolwich Common and Erith continue to be supported by the Union, in the former of whicli there has been an increase of 9, and in the latter of 16 children since the first quarterly meeting.
From the following statement of the several schools connected with the Union, it will be seen that, in the aggregate, an increase of 223 children has taken place in a period of 9 months, independent of the two Adult schools at Greenwich and Woolwich, viz.
No. May 1814. No. Feh. 1815 · Butt Lane, Deptford .............: 158 ...... 178 Hughes's Fields, Deptford.......... 116 ...... 144 New Cross :..................... 75 ...... 88 Greenwich Road............
164 ..... 183 East-street, Greenwich .......
Rev. Mr. Culver's Chapel, Woolwich 130 ...1..
.... 34 ......
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· 1149 ......1372 Your committee having opened a correspondence with, and attached themselves to, the Sunday School Union in London, have been enabled to obtain and supply the schools under their care with the school-books and publications of that society at very reduced prices, whereby the funds of this Union have been materially economised; and it is in contemplation to establish a depository of books suitable for Sunday Schools where such as are connected with the Union will be entitled to purchase them at *cost prices.
EXTRACT from the RePORT of the Essex SUNDAY
Chelmsford, April 29, 1815. IN again transmitting to you our Annual Report of the Essex Sunday School Union, we feel much satisfaction in observing thất our expectations' bave been realised, and our conviction of the utility of Sunday School Unions has been strengthened and established. Old Schools have increased, new ones have been "opened under the most pleasing auspices, and repeated instances of usefulness have sufficiently demonstrated that the work is of the Lord; with this persuasion we feel increasing encouragement to press forward, believing that in due time we shall reap if we faint not.
There are 15 Sunday Schools connected with this Union, containing 1170 children, and 184 teachers.
In reference to the Sunday School at Chelmsford, we have to observe, that the attendance of the children' has in general been regular, and a very pleasing instance of usefulness has occurred during the past year, as stated in the Sunday School' Repository for April 1815. We have recently adopted the plan of address ing the children collectively, with a view of impressing their minds with the importance of a personal acquaintance with those things that concern their eternal interests, which, under the divine blessing, we hope will be attended with many beneficial effects.
A new School has been opened at Kelvedon. A letter, dated Nov. 4, 1814, says, I received yours of the 31st this day, and, in compliance with your request, cheerfully return an answer to the several questions contained in your letter. We have now 70 children in our Sunday School, 23 girls and 47 boys, to whom
there are 11 teachers, 7 males and 4 females; and I think I may justly say, very suitable persons, who fear God and regard his institutions. I can only say at present that the morals of the children are better, and that their progress in learning to read, &c. is greater than we could have expected. I would also inform you, we have commenced an Adult School cousisting of 12 males and 3 females.
Chisshill, March 10, 1815.-Our friend observes, Our School commenced February 5, 1815, with the most pleasing prospects of extensive usefulness, and now consists of 70 boys and near 60 girls, to whom we expect a very considerable increase. The earnestness they discover, the diligence of their attendance, and their extensive improvement, are to me a matter of most grateful surprise; especially when I consider that many of these children have been literally brought from the high-ways and hedges, and from those employments which often end in an ignominious exit. The influence of our school on the parents of some of these children is already visible; one old man in particular, seems to be deeply impressed with a sense of the importance of eternal things. Our young friends, give me much satisfaction, near 30 have generously come forward to this good work. Our school is in its infancy, we want help, and any thing which you consider as beneficial we shall receive with thankfulness, and improve with fidelity. The same correspondent, in a letter, dated April 25, 1815, says, Our school has increased to near 200, and is increasing, so that we want very much a supply of books.
Dunmow, April 3, 1815.-I have the pleasure to inform you, that our Sunday School consists of about 70 children, some of them who can now read very well in the Testament, did not know their letters when they entered the school. The teachers have taken great pains in storing their memories with useful knowledge, and I have no doubt the time is coming, when at least some of them will “ rise up and call them blessed," as the honoured instruments of their preservation from vice and misery, and of their first acquaintance with the principles and duties of the Gospel. A child who was in our school of the name of Little, died lately giving very hopeful evidence of a work of grace upon his mind. In the former part of his illness he was fretful and peevish, but for many months before his departure he was full of patience and gratitude. He seems to have had proper views of himself as a sinner, and of the Gospel method of salvation. It was not so much what this child said, as what he did, that satisfied my mind that the Holy Spirit had accompanied Divine Truth with power to his heart. He was humble, teachable, and childlike, begged the prayers of others, intreated them to pray to him, and while he valued the society of the righteous, “ beheld the transgressors, and was grieved;" he was about 10 years of age when he died. His favourite book was Janeway's Token for Children; may we not hope that something he had heard at school or in the House