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the insertion of the names of such children as can be recommended as seriously disposed and well behaved, in order that situations may be obtained for them in pious and regular families. So that any serious persons who want servants, may, by looking over the register books, be able to suit themselves without delay.
In one of the schools connected with this Auxiliary Union, our kind female friends have established a Working School on the week days, in which they teach the girls to make up clothes for themselves out of old clothes which may be given them. The good resulting from an establishment of this nature, will be seen in the new proofs it gives the children of the regard of their teachers, and in the opportunities afforded the latter, of reviving those instructions which may have been previously given on the sabbath: so that work and instruction will in these cases be beneficially blended together; and the children will acquire habits of industry, and the useful art of turning a discarded garment to a good account. Care is also taken that the work is performed with neatness; and efforts are made to induce the children to vie with each other in cleanliness and becoming simplicity, rather than in gaiety and finery. As this part of instruction must fall exclusively to the share of the female teachers, perhaps more of them who are favoured with the happy opportunity, will profit by this communication, and adopt the same plan.
Your Committee, in closing their report, feel satisfied that the facts already stated, furnish sufficient evidence of the great im portance both of Sunday Schools, and of Sunday School Unions, They are, however, aware that Union must consist in something more than the name. The feelings must be deeply interested, and the whole soul must be animated. We must cultivate kind and sympathetic passions in an eminent degree; and, in all our deportment, we must shew that the wisdom of the serpent is blended with the harmlessness of the dove. We should remember the sacred maxim, "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city." Nor should we forget that the incarnate Son of God has declared: Whosoever exalteth himself, shall be abased; and he that hum bleth himself, shall be exalted."-We are going as fast as time can carry us into the world of spirits, and soon the solemn seal will be affixed to the productions of our pen-when our hands will lose their accustomed dexterity-and when our tongues will cease to express the dictates of our minds
Let it therefore be our Chief desire to possess a meek and quiet spirit. It is Christian Love which will survive the dissolution that awaits us, and the tremendous concussion of nature at the last day. Let it, then, be our aim to exercise this noble affec tion in all our mutual intercourse, and to manifest it in a parti cular manner when instructing the children. We shall thus exhibit unequivocal proof that we belong to the happy number composed of all nations, kindreds and tongues, who shall eventually form the Grand Union of "One fold under one Shepherd."
EXTRACT from the REPORT of the WEST LONDON
THE friends of religion and the rising generation at the west of London, having for some time past deplored the little union subsisting between the Sunday Schools, and more particularly amongst the teachers, in that part of the metropolis, were very desirous that something should be done towards uniting them. Upon representing their wishes to the Sunday School Union, they were recommended to follow the noble example of their friends at the east of London, and in Southwark, by endeavouring to form a West London Auxiliary Sunday School Union. In consequence of the above recommendation, a meeting of teachers and the friends of Sunday Schools was held at Oxendon Chapel, Haymarket, on Wednesday the 7th September last, when it was unanimously resolved that a society be formed, and that it be denominated the West London Auxiliary Sunday School Union, in aid of the Parent Society. Officers having been chosen, &c. the Committee will proceed to state the manner in which they have been engaged.
The objects of the Society are those of the Parent Institution. The Committee's attention was first directed to supplying the Schools w books at a very low rate, which they have been ena bled to do in consequence of the Parent Society having allowed them to purchase their publications at the cost prices; their next object was the revival of some old Schools within their district, the first of which is situated in Peter-street, Soho, which had diminished to a very small number of children, but through the exertions of the Committee has been increased to upwards of 100 children, the principal part of whom are very constant in their attendance. The Committee have been enabled, through the means of a Sub-Committee, to collect upwards of sixty poor children from the Seven Dials, and get them entered in Crown-court School, which had not completed its numbers. They have also considerably enlarged the numbers of Richmond-street School by the same means, so that the teachers of that School have now sufficient employ.
The Committee have granted books for the use of the children in the Westminster Itinerant Schools at Tyburn and Edgware, also to the Oxford-street Union Sunday School, all of which have been thankfully received.
The Committee have voted the sum of five pounds to the parent institution since the formation of the society.
The Committee have the pleasure of reporting the opening of four new Schools since the formation of the society. The first of which was opened by their Wesleyan friends in January last, and is situated in the Horseferry-road, Westminster, containing now about 300 children, and 40 teachers. The second is an Adult School, and was opened in February at Grafton-street Chapel,
containing upwards of 40 scholars, several of whom have learnt to read the Scriptures, who, before they entered the School, were unable to read a letter. The third was opened at PaddingtonChapel on the 5th March, and at present contains upwards of 280 children, and about 35 teachers. The fourth was opened at Hounslow on Sunday the 23d April, when about 30 children were admitted.
The Committee have divided the district into seven sub-divisions, to each of which a secretary is appointed, in order to facilitate the business of the Union, which is going on as prosperous as its most sanguine friends could wish. There are upwards of fifty schools within the district, the greater part of which have joined the Union, and reported their numbers, which amounts to 7032 children, and 703 teachers.
The Committee cannot conclude this report without stating that the spirit of union has been fully manifested by the teachers throughout the whole district, and rejoice in the prospect which lays before them for the cultivation of the barren fields; they also return their most sincere thanks for the very liberal support they have already experienced from the friends of the rising generation; and trust that the good work which has already commenced will be crowned with an abundant blessing by Him who "doth as he pleaseth in the armies of heaven, and amongst the inhabitants of the earth.”
THE central and North London Auxiliary Sunday School Union, the most recently established, reports 43 Schools in the district, of which 29 have already joined the society. Two Schools that were declining have been revived. A donation of £5 has been presented to the Parent Society.
Your Committee have the pleasure to report the formation of the 6 following new Sunday School Unions in the country: The Warrington-The Wilts and East Somerset-The South Lincolnshire and Isle of Ely-The Tunbridge-The BedfordThe Dursley and Cley.
EXTRACT of a LETTER from the SECRETARIES of the WARRINGTON SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
WITH respect to the present state of our Schools, we are happy to state that each is, upon the whole, in an increasing and flourishing condition. Since the commencement of the Union we have opened two new Schools; one at a village called Moor, and the other at Poulton, near this town: the former belongs to the Methodist and the latter to Lady Huntingdon's connection. Both are considered very promising; each containing 100 scholars and upwards.
THE Wiltshire and East Somerset Sunday School Union has been recently formed, and also au Auxiliary Sunday School
Union at Trowbridge: your Committee have not yet received any reports.
EXTRACT of a LETTER from the SECRETARIES of the SOUTH LINCOLNSHIRE and ISLE OF ELY SUNDAY SCHOOL UNIONS.
WE feel a peculiar pleasure in being enabled to state unto you, and to the friends of Sunday Schools, that a Union has been formed in this part of the kingdom, which is called the South Lincolnshire and Isle of Ely Sunday School Union, and which we trust will, under the influence of the Divine Spirit, be the blessed instrument of bringing many to righteousness.
Our institution was formed in January, 1814, and though we differ in some respects from the constitution of the generality of Sunday School Unions, (owing to our local situation) yet we trust that our plans for the diffusion of knowledge will prove equally acceptable to that Wise Being whose superintending Providence is directed for the happiness of his creatures.
From our reports (which we inclose) you will perceive that we held two half yearly meetings, by rotation, at the different places in which the Schools are. The business commences at eleven o'clock, and continues until public worship in the evening, when a şermon is delivered to the teachers; the ministers of the different denominations preaching by turns. Our number of Schools at our first half-yearly meeting was eight, consisting of upwards of 561 children, taught by 89 gratuitous teachers. At our second half-yearly meeting, which was held at Wisbech, in January last, the number of Schools was 12, children 886, teachers 121, 50 that our increase in the half-year was 4 Schools, 325 children, 32 teachers.
Both these meetings proved highly pleasing to all, and we hope have had a beneficial influence on the minds of some.
We are exceedingly happy to find that these meetings are like that noble institution, whose branches are extending to the remotest corners of the earth, the British and Foreign Bible Society, highly calculated to remove party prejudice, and at the same time to cultivate that beloved and amiable principle of Christian charity, which was so eminently conspicuous in the character and practice of our Divine Lord and Master,
NO recent Report has been received from the Tunbridge Sunday School Union.
THE Bedford Sunday School Union has been lately formed, and has published" An Invitation to assist the attempts of the Bedford Sunday School Union, for the instruction of the Children of the Poor, addressed by the Committee to the Inhabitants of the Town and County of Bedford; from this address your Committee present the following extracts:
Of all the benevolent institutions of the present age, none seems better calculated to distinguish and benefit the British nation than the establishment of Sunday Schools, for the instruction of the children of the poor and miserable cottager. These institutions tend most to inspire a fear of God, loyalty to the king, and good-will to mankind-as also to the consummation of the desire of our beloved monarch, "that every child in his dominions might be able to read the Bible.
The children of the town of Bedford have for a considerable time enjoyed the advantage of gratuitous sabbath instruction, as Sunday Schools have long been formed, both in the Establishment and among the various classes of Dissenters; but it is to be lamented that hundreds of children in the surrounding villages are entirely destitute of such a privilege. The grand object of the members of this Union is to direct their attention to those forlorn and neglected tribes of their fellow-creatures, and they hope not to rest from their labour until every child, capable of receiving instruction, within the precincts of the county of Bedford, is able to read the Bible. Beholding the general activity which surrounds them-considering the immense practical good and national felicity this system of tuition is calculated to produce, the mem→ bers of the Committee feel themselves imperiously called upon to use every laudable endeavour to accomplish an object so much desired.
The principles upon which this society is founded, and on which they intend to proceed, will, it is hoped, be deemed unexceptionable, and in every respect liberal. Without attaching themselves to any party, they earnestly solicit the co-operation of all-their object is to promote the instruction of indigent children, and thus improve the condition of the rising generation.
The Committee respectfully beg the cordial co-operation of the established clergy and ministers of religion of every denomination, in the various towns and villages throughout the county of Bedford, and solicit the patronage and support of the principal inhabitants of those villages where Schools are established, or may be hereafter formed: the object of the Union being not to make selytes to any sect or party, but to "instruct the youthful mind, and teach the young idea how to shoot," and to comprehend the meaning of that volume of inspiration which contains the fundamental doctrines of every protestant church.
With these benevolent views the Committee enter an extensive field, and anticipate that success which is inseparably connected with Christian unanimity. The Committee hope to convince the British public, that although an immortal Howard (who supported a Sunday School at his individual expence) is no longer a resident in their neighbourhood, the sacred fire of philanthropy was not extinguished in the county of Bedford when that prodigy of benevolence quitted the world.