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APPENDIX N°. 5.
FORM OF THE LIBRARIAN'S BOOK.
The above is a list of all the Children who are privileged to receive books from the Library. The account is for a quarter. The N°. corresponds with the number in the list and on the book:--Thomas Adams had No 8 on the 7th July, he kept it a fortnight (no entry being made the 14th) and then returned it, which is signified by the tick over No. 8.-He had No. 71 on the 21st July, kept it a fortnight, and brought it to be re entered the 4th August.--N°. 63 he returned in a week, and to the end of the quarter took the regular fortnight. William Bell was suspended from the library for one month, on the 4th of August. John Cook kept No. 26 for a month, this is accounted for by his indisposition. David Diligent read many of his books in a week, and kept none longer than a fortnight. Isaac Ely was suspended for one quarter.
APPENDIX N°. 6.
FORM OF THE NUMERICAL REGISTER.
The size and shape of this book is a demy folio, bound lengthways. It is designed as a lasting document of the efforts of the society, and of the progress of the scholars. A Record of this kind appears desirable, on account of the vast number of scholars who frequent these seminaries from motives of secular gain, a love of novelty, or childish curiosity: lest, from the fluctuating state of the School, its supporters should at any time imagine that no lasting benefit can be expected from their endeavours; as well as that all concerned may in any case, from authentic documents, be convinced of the improvement which has been made by a large proportion. The force of these observations will be more felt when it is stated as a fact, ascertained by experience in London, that of the children received into the Schools on trial, nearly two-fifths are dismissed before the expiration of three months.
It will be observed, that the specimen of the Register here given, notices but five distinctions; the first and second, or Popul card classes, being consolidated. This may be done or not, at the option of the managers, and if the account is still considered as too laborious, it may be further shortened, by consolidating the spelling-book classes.
In order to explain the above table, the following are the abbreviations used, which are just given as a specimen :
This book is made of a convenient size for the pocket. The lines are ruled on both sides, and two open pages will in general be found sufficient for one month, and in several classes much longer.
Two or three of the first pages in this book are appropriated for the names and r sidences of the children and parents; this is very convenient when visiting them. When tickets are given, an account of the number due to each child may be kept in this book.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
AS year after year rolls round, and as the return of each anniversary arrives, your Committee desire to feel increasingly sensible of the importance of the work in which they are engaged, and of the necessity of augmented exertion, and extended zeal. In the pursuits of commerce, the termination of each year is considered delightful as it approximates the period of withdrawment from the busy concerns of life, but in the engagements of benevolence the success of past years is only an incentive to renewed activity, and the more labour is bestowed, the more labour is required. While the philanthropist and the Christian rejoice that so many fields have been cultivated, and are now adorned with plants of the Lord's right-hand planting, they cannot help beholding with sorrow the desert wildernesses, the barren heaths, and the gloomy wastes, which disfigure so large a portion of the landscape. "There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed;" numerous are the places still destitute of Sunday Schools, and all the friends of these institutions are called to labour more and more abundantly.
Your Committee will now proceed to present a concise statement of the operations of the Sunday School Union during the past year, and of the successful exertions of the auxiliary and country Unions.
At the quarterly meetings during the past year, which have been much more numerously attended than in former years, the following questions have been discussed: What system of rewards is best adapted for Sunday Schools? What means are most adapted to promote the spiritual welfare of children who have left Sunday Schools? and, By what means can bad behaviour and inattention to improvement be most effectually counteracted in Sunday Scholars? By these friendly discussions much useful information has been elicited, and the experience and observations of various individuals have been collected together for mutual and general benefit. United prayers and praise have tended to animate every heart, and have led the instructors of the young to praise God for all their success, and to rely on his divine blessing to render their labours effectual. In many instances teachers who had been discouraged under their difficulties and disappointments, when attending these meetings have felt their minds invigorated, and like Paul when his brethren met him at Apii forum and The three taverns, have thanked God and took courage.
Your Committee have during the past year published a third
part of their spelling-book, containing only spelling. This work will be found very serviceable in the bible and testament classes. A new edition of Hints for the Establishment and Regulation of Sunday Schools is nearly ready for publication; it will contain much useful information, founded on experience. The secretaries have kindly consented to become depositaries of the publications of the Sunday School Union, for the supply of Auxiliary and Country Unions, without any expence for agencies or commission. The secretaries of those Unions that may wish to purchase the publications of this society at the cost prices, are requested to send their money with their orders to the secretaries of the parent society.
Your Committee had hoped that the return of peace and the renewal of intercourse with the continent, would have afforded the means of introducing Sunday Schools; though their hopes have not been fully realized, they have the pleasure to report that a beginning has been made in France, One Sunday School, containing sixty children, has been formed at Luneroy, and another at Negrepelisse; it is also expected that one will be established at Montauban. It has been the decided opinion of those French ministers who have been consulted, that Sunday Schools are much adapted to the situation of France, and are calculated for eminent usefulness. Your Committee have voted £10. and some copies of their publications for the purpose of translation, to assist this great object. Their grants have been entrusted to the care of the Rev. Francis Martin, and they hope soon to receive a favourable account of his exertions in establishing Sunday Schools, as his mind is deeply impressed with their great importance. Your Committee had drawn up an address on the subject of Sunday Schools, with a view to have it circulated in France, but recent events have for the present suspended this design, yet your Committee cannot help hoping that the short year in which peace has been possessed, will be an important era in the religious history of France. The present ruler of that country has recently issued an edict in favour of education, and we may be assured that if the great body of the people are taught to read, and furnished with the sacred Scriptures, the foundations of popery and scop ticism will be soon undermined.
A letter recently received from the Rev. Thaddeus Osgood" expresses a strong hope that he shall shortly be able to establish several Sunday Schools in Canada.
Your Committee noticed in their last Report the formation of the Southwark and East London Auxiliary Sunday School Unions, they have now the pleasure to state that the West