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means of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and its numerous auxiliaries.

Account of Adult Schools in Bath and some of the neighbouring towns and villages, under the direction of the Bath Sunday School Union.

Schools for men which are established in Avon
Street, Holloway, St. Swithin's Court, Weston, Twer-
ton, Batheaston, and Bradford, have admitted
Of which remain in the schools ..
Brought to read in the Testament.


Schools for women have been opened in Avon, Street, Holloway, St. Swithin's Court, Weston, Batheaston, Widcombe, Widcombe poor house for the united parishes of St. Peter and Paul and St. James, Bathwick, Twerton and Bradford. In which have been admitted....

Remain in the schools


Brought to read in the Testament...

Comb Down and Philip's Norton, men and women.

Women's school in the vineyards, conducted by a few benevolent ladies, contains...

Total number admitted....












THE fifth Annual Report of the useful Society, established for the support of Gaelic Schools, is very pleasing and satisfactory; and though it is not perhaps exactly in our express and peculiar department, we shall always rejoice to hear of the dif fusion of education by day as well as Sunday Schools. We are the more desirous of noticing this Report, as we wish to suggest to the committee of the Society the desirableness of connecting the establishment of Sunday Schools with their other plans. As in some situations the day schools are only continued for a limited period: when the school-master leaves the place, the establishment of a Sunday School, under local teachers, would perpetuate the means of education, prevent the children from forgetting what they had learned, and operate as a constant moral and religious blessing.

It appears that there are at present seventy schools supported by this Society, at an annual expense of £2100. that is £30. each school. We observe, that owing to the extended exertions of this useful Society, its funds are reduced very low. Donations and subscriptions are received by Wm. Allen, esq. Plough Court, Lombard Street.



O! DAVID's Son, and David's Lord!
From age to age thou art the same;
Thy gracious presence now afford,

And teach our youth to know thy name.

Thy people, Lord, though oft distrest,
Upheld by thee, thus far are come;
And now we long to see thy rest,

And wait thy word to call us home.

Like David, when this life shall end,
We trust in thee sure peace to find;
Like him to thee we now commend

The children we must leave behind.

Ere long we hope to be, where care

And sin and sorrow never come;

But O! accept our humble prayer,
That they may praise thee in our room.

Shew them how vile they are by sin,

And wash them in thy cleansing blood;
O! make them willing to be thine,
And be to them a covenant God.

Long may thy light and truth remain,

To bless this place when we are gone; And numbers here be born again,

To dwell for ever near thy throne.




BE the little ones instructed,

Taught the knowledge of the Lord;
To the school-to church conducted,
Christ invites them in his word.

Brethren, sisters, far around-look

Where the youthful wand'rers stray;
Teach them to read God's holy book;
Guide them in the narrow way.

Still the Lord, by invitation

Welcomes children to his arms;
Boundless is the Lord's compassion,
Sweet the voice of Jesu's charms.

Lamb of God! while interceding

For these objects of thy care,
May the Holy Spirit, leading,

Draw their hearts, fulfil our prayer.

Lord of Teachers-blessed Jesus!
As thou wert make us to be;
Then what pleaseth thee will please us;
We shall then resemble thee.

Children, once by thee invited,

At thy kindly bidding came;
May we all, in love united,

Train the young to praise thy name.

Holy men, thy word oft preaching,
Much of thy salvation know;
So may we, while others teaching,
Grow in grace-in knowledge grow.

Saviour, bless us,-bless all teachers;

Thy upholding power we crave;
May we all, like faithful preachers,
Seek the souls 'tis thine to save.


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From the Report of Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee of the House of Commons, on the Education of the Lower Orders of the Metropolis.

Mr. HENRY ALTHANS called in and Examined. ARE you secretary to the East London Auxiliary Sunday School Union Society?-I am one of the secretaries. How long has it been established?-Rather more than two years.

How many Sunday schools has it established? About

ten since its commencement.

How many children are taught at these ten schools?-One thousand two hundred and ninety-six children.

What district does the care of this society extend to?The Union is confined to Sunday schools within the following limits the River Thames, Gracechurch-street, Bishopsgate-street, through Shoreditch and Kingsland to Stamfordhill, allowing any Sunday school in the county of Essex to unite that may find it convenient: that is the line of demarcation, and we take all on the east of that line.

What assistance do you give to Schools, as established in your parish? We assist them by giving them money for the purpose of fitting up their schools, or providing books for the commencement of them, and any other assistance that they may apply to the committee for, which is found necessary.

How are your funds raised? Partly by subscriptions of the existing Sunday schools, and partly by voluntary contri


What is your yearly expenditure?-During the two years it was between £50. and £60. each year.

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What are the receipts?-They are about the same. Is the teaching in these Sunday schools performed gratuitously?-Entirely so.

How many hours on the Sunday do the children generally attend?-I think, upon an average, we may say about five hours, besides attending a place of worship.

Are children admitted without any distinction of sect?Entirely.

Are they obliged, in any of these schools, to attend the national church? I do not know that there is any compul


Is there any reluctance on the part of the Dissenters to send their children to them?-They are quite willing.

On the part of Catholics there is a reluctance?-Yes; we have had in our Sunday schools instances of the children of Roman Catholics attending them with the consent of their parents, but after having attended a few Sabbaths, the children tell us they are not to come any more; we presume on account of the interference of the parent.*

So that, in point of fact, few or no Catholics do attend these Schools?-Certainly.

What are the children taught in these Sunday schools?First, they are taught to read, and our main object is to teach them to read the Bible, and we exhort them to attend to all the moral duties of life. Our chief object is to convey religious instruction to the children, believing that to be the foundation of all moral good.

Do you teach any particular catechism in these schools?No particular catechism, unless in schools connected with the established church. The chief catechism we use is that of

Dr. Watts.

Are many of the ten schools mentioned, so connected with the established church, as that a Dissenter could not, consistently with his tenets, send his children to them?-1 believe there is not one of them connected with the established church.

How many schools then are connected with your Union altogether?-Fifty-nine.

How many children are taught in those fifty-nine schools? -There are 913 teachers, and 9,291 children.

In what way are these connected with your Union?-By sending subscriptions and representatives to the committee of our Union.

Mr. A. informs us it should have been priest.

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