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much the Lord had blessed such institutions IN THE OLD WORLD; and concluded by humbly hoping that he would extend his blessing to bis hand-maidens, in their attempts to train up a seed to serve him in the New WORLD. The following extracts were then read.
First part of the Report of London Sunday School Union ; the Second Report of the Hibernian Sunday School Society; two letters from the Reverend Mr. Charles of Bala, to the London Society. Mr. P's two letters to D. B. The swearing father reproved by his child, a Sunday School scholar; and concluded with the Salopian Adult SCHOLARS Address.
I may venture to affirm there was not a dry eye in the room, and tears flowed copiously down the cheeks of many. After some conversation I called upon the ladies of different denominations, who were willing to collect scholars and subscriptions to come forward, which they cheerfully did, from all except one, which I regret to say we bad neglected to notify the Moravians.
A committee, consisting of one or two from each denomination was appointed to form a constitution, and general rules for the union and schools under their care, to be laid before the society at a meeting this day week.
The committee will meet at my house two days hence. I trust, with the blessing of the Lord, we shall see Sabbath Schools in every part of the city in a few weeks. I read the rules of the Bristol Sunday School, which I think we shall adopt, with a very few alterations. I opened a school for adult Blacks last Sunday morning, I shall send you copies of our rules, reports, &c. as soon as published; thus may those united in Christ, although separated by the Atlantic, provoke each other to good works, until we meet around the throne to join the spirits of the just made perfect. Hallelujah, glory be to that God who works all our works in us.
Be so good as communicate the contents of this letter to our friends Mr. B's family, and should you think that it would give pleasure to the friends of Sunday Schools, to hear that their transatlantic brethren are following their good example, I have only to request that you will withhold my name. Sincerely wishing you success in your works of faith and labour of love.
I am, dear sir, your's,
Extract of a Letter from a Gentleman to his Friend at Bristol.
New York, February 4, 1816. My dear friend, I HAVE but little to communicate to you in return for all the valuable informativn you were so kind as to send me by Captaią C-, on subjects of religious interest or moral improvement. One effect of your zeal however will, I doubt not, prove a suffi. cient reward for your labour of love. This city is in a stir throughout, a strong interest awakened, and great exertions commenced for the instruction on Sabbath days of children and adults. Mrs. B. has written to you an account of the first meeting of the ladies ; on that day week the second meeting was held, and so great was the crowd of ladies pressing forward, that the company had to adjourn from a lecture room to a cburch.
Next Sabbath I believe, was appointed for the commencement of the work of teaching; the zeal of three of the congregations led them to begin this day. Mrs. B. visited these three schools, which with a SCHOOL OF BLACK ADULTS, taught by my family, made up one hundred and thirty six scholars, I presume the number, next Lord's day, will amount to one thousand in all the schools. I had forgot to mention that at the second meeting of the ladies, a society was formed, and a constitution drawn up, following very closely the plan which you had sent us. Mrs. B. was elected first directress, and a pious friend of hers, Mrs. M. second directress, with a view to aid the superintendents and teachers of the several schools, and to take a general charge of the concerns of the institution. The constitution will soon be published, and we shall send you a copy of it. I believe the gentlemen are mustering their numbers to follow the example of the ladies, and to take charge of the adults and children of their
I will thank you to subscribe for me to the Evangelical Magazine, and the Sunday School periodical publication, and to forward them as regularly as you can.
10th. February, 1816. The gentlemen of this city are now busily engaged, and a general meeting is called on Monday next, for the organization of a society for the instruction of children and adults.
Your's sincerely, &c.
SABBATH SCHOOL UNION, for SCOTLAND.
To the Editor of the Sunday School Repository.
Edinburgh, March 12, 1816. Sir,
I HAVE the pleasure of transmitting you an account of the formation of the Sabbath School Union for Scotland, and the proceedings of the general meeting, at its formation, will explain both its objects and plan, and put you in possession of every information regarding it.
The Sabbath Schools in Scotland, you are no doubt aware, are
instituted solely for imparting religious instruction to the children attending them, most of whom have, in the common course of, education in this country, been previously taught the rudiments of human knowledge.
The advantages which result from the establishment of Sabbath Schools are so universally acknowledged and felt, that to enlarge upon these would now be altogether unnecessary: but while we have cause to rejoice in being permitted to witness, and some. what to share in, the exertions which have already been made, and still are making, by societies and individuals of various denominations throughout the country, in a work of such magnitude and importance, as the religious education of the young, yet we cannot but be sensible that there is yet room afforded, and a necessity still existing, for the more vigorous, extended, and united efforts of Christians in the cause. And it bas been a conviction of the truth of this, and a desire to afford every facility and encouragement to all who may be willing to engage in the work, which has led to the formation of the Sabbath School Union for Scotland.
Jiay those of us, who have the religious instruction of youth entrosted to our care, ever have our hearts encouraged and our hands strengthened, and resting on the high assurance which has been given us, that “ our labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.” May we all be enabled, with united efforts, and increased zeal, to go forward in the prosecution of a work, which has for its object, the glory of God, and the best interests of the rising generation
of our country
I am, Sir,
HENRY PAUL, Sec. At a numerous and respectable meeting of gentlemen, residing in Edinburgh and its vicinity, assembled in the Merchants' Hall
, this 31st day of January, 1816, to consider the propriety of forming a Society, having for its object the encouragement, union, and increase of Sabbath Schools and Societies in every part of Scotland
JOHN WAUGII, Esq. in the Chair. The meeting was addressed by John Campbell, Esq. of Carbrook, *ho gave a general outline of the objects and plan of the proposed Society, and explained the important benefits which might be expected to result from its formation. Mr. Henry Paul then cominunicated to the meeting letters of approbation from Societies in Falinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth, Greenock, &c. after which Mr. Georg? Yule and Mr. Andrew Scott, deputed from the Edinburgh Gratis Sabbath School Society, Mr. Jamieson frou Aberdeen, and Rev. James Thomson, president of the society formed at Dundee, expressed the satisfaction with which their constituents looked to the institution of such a central Society, and the cordial co-operation they were desirous to afford.
i The resolutions, which our limits must exclude, were moved by the Rev. David Dickson of St. Cuthbert's, seconded by John Abercrombie, Esq. and then agreed to unanimously.
SUNDAY SCHOols in the Scilly Isles.
Dear sir, THE inhabitants of the above islands are about 3500 in number, and being about half a days sail from Penzance, the scene of the indefatigable labours of the Rev. Mr. Smith, were first visited by him in June 1814. Their ignorance of divine things, the scarcity of the means of instruction, and the dreadful state of their morals, all contributed to increase bis anxiety to diffuse among them the blessings of the gospel of peace, and to aim at converting them from habits of intoxication, smuggling, and the plunder of shipwrecks, to which they had been accustomed from their earliest hours, to the love of holiness, and providing things honest in the sight of all men.
Encouraged by the Baptist Itinerant Society, a few other friends, and by the donation of the committee of the Sunday School' Union of 51. he sent to their aid the Rev. Mr. Jeffery, in April last, whose labours the Lord has been pleased to bless, to the turning of several from the error of their ways, and by raising up teachers. Sunday Schools have been established, and a great moral change effected in most of the islands.
At Tresco, where scarce any could read, and the Sacred Veiume was nearly unknown, sixty children and adults are now taught every Sabbath.
St. Martin's, where they had often been five or six weeks without seeing the minister, appointed by a society in London, for their moral instruction, eighty children and adults are in a course of tuition.
St. Agnes, where they bad been subject to the same neglect, frequently for as many months, sixty scholars regularly attend, and a prayer meeting hias been established, which the inhabitants attend with great eagerness, and sometimes as early as 3 o'clock in the morning
Sampson. The inhabitants say they have been visited but once in seven or eight years. Thirty-one children attend with apparent pleasure to receive instruction ; a poor woman on the island grants the use of her room, and assists in instructing the children for the trifling remuneration of 6d. per week.
Brehar. Fifty children and aduits attend, and several appear to have been brought to a saving acquaintance with, and love to the Redeemer.
St. Mary's. Seventy are receiving the blessings of Sabbath instruction. Thus, during the short period of one year, the
means have been abundantly blessed; drunkenness and profaneness are beginning to disappear, and the day I trust is not far distant, when the terrified mariner may hope to find in the Scilly Isles, friends in the hour of distress, and the voice of prayer and praise shall be heard in all their dwellings.
At Tresco, where the truth has been remarkably blessed, the inhabitants no longer daring to pursue their fornier plundering life, are much exercised with poverty, Smuggling and shipwrecks having been hitherto their chief support. May I be allowed, through the medium of the Repository, to recommend their situation to the attention of your readers. Donations for the purchase of provision or clothing would be gratefully re, ceived and appropriated to their use, if sent to Mr. Collins, 60, Paternoster Row, London. Common writing paper for their improvement in writing; Testaments, Spelling Books, &c. would be particularly useful in enabling Mr. J. to carry on, with more efficiency, his benevolent labours. Anticipating the above particulars of the past and present situation of these hitherto much neglected islanders, would deeply interest your readers, as wel as justify the donation granted by the committee of the London Sunday School Union for their use. I feel a pleasure ju fur, aishing you therewith for insertion in your valuable work.
I am, &c.
A friend to Sunday Schools,
FORMATION OF THE
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION for BERKSHIRE and its Vicinity.
PREVIOUS to the establishment of this Union a meeting was held on the 26th of January last, at the Rev. Mr, Douglas's place of worship, Reading, when the gentlemen present, including the Rev. Messrs. Douglas, Dyer, Parrott, and Watkins, of Reading: Welch of Newbury, Jefferies of Thatcham, and Goulty of Henley, formed themselves into a provisional committee to carry into effect the object for which they were assembled. After the plan proposed for a County Union was fully discussed, and unanimously approved of, it was determined to call a general meeting at Read, ing, of the friends to sabbath-school education, to establish such an Union, and suitable resolutions were adopted for that purpose. Application being made to John Blandy, Esq mayor, for the use of the Town Hall for the public meeting, it was very readily granted. In consequence of the foregoing deterinination, Messrs. Douglas and Dyer, acting on behalf of the provisional committee, circulated throughout the county and its vicinity the printed address to clergymen and ministers issued by the Parent Union, to wbich a note of invitation was annexed,
On the evening of the 12th of February the provisional com