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tended the opening of this School, they will join with the Con mittee in admiring the hand of Providence in the event.

In the neighbourhood which met the eye of the Committee was a place of worship; the Committee waited upon the minister, and found him not only willing to open a School in the meeting, but to render it personal assistance. It appeared an attempt to establish a School had once been made in the same place, but it failed for want of teachers and sufficient time to teach the children. The minister offering the period allotted for the afternoon service, in addition to the hours between worship, and an active person being found to undertake its superintendency, the Committee decided upon its being opened. The minister and superintendent went round the neighbourhood a few days previous, and found nearly 100 children. not attending any Sunday School. On sunday, the 26th of February, 79 were admitted; on the third sunday 120 were on the books; and they are now increased to 139.

From the reports it appears, that there are 5275 children, and 419 teachers in the 35 Schools composing this Auxiliary Union.

EXTRACT from the FIRST ANNUAL REPORT of the EAST
LONDON AUXILIARY SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.

WHILE Sunday Schools are so highly important, every plan cal culated to increase their number, and to improve the methods of conveying instruction, demands our serious attention. And to what can we look with so good a hope of succeeding in the attain ment of these objects as to a cordial Union of Sunday School Teachers; who by meeting together, can encourage each other in their work, and without interfering in the management of their respective schools, benefit them by their consultations, and by resolving to adopt new plans and make important improvements. These may be easily communicated to the fullest extent, by means of the intercourse which is now established, and which did not exist until this society was formed.

. The exertions which have been made to extend the circulation
of the Scriptures, have been attended with events more surprising
than any recorded in the annals of all preceding ages.
"This
is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." But the
means which were employed to produce these almost miraculous
events, were the Union and Co-operation of Christians professing
various sentiments, but agreeing in the great end of promoting the
glory of God. And, we trust, the period is at hand when the Cos-
sack, the Greenlander, the North American Indian, the African,
the indoo, and the people of every clime, will read with reve-
rential joy, the wonders of redeeming love.

Union is delightful to the christian, and our Union which appeared to those who studied it beautiful in theory, has been found most useful in practice, and has excited an interest which must produce beneficial effects.

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At our Quarterly Meetings, hundreds of our fellow-labourers have assembled, to promote the welfare of Sunday Schools. Uniting in prayer for the divine benediction on our labours, and rejoicing to hear the good that has been done in the schools around us, it has stimulated many to greater exertions.

A compassionate regard for the welfare of poor children, was not contined to those already receiving instruction. Under a view of the importance of the object, our hearts were enlarged, and embraced the multitudes of children wandering about the streets and fields on the sabbath day. The state of this distriet was well known; and many parts had been pointed out as being totally neglected. The inquiry immediately was, what can be done to open schools in those places ? Our Union furnished both the plan and the means, Sub-Committees were appointed; and neighbourhoods were explored, in which they were received as the " Messengers of Peace." Additional assistavce has been afforded, and schools have risen into existence at an expence so small, as to excite the surprise and admiration of those connected with us.

Individuals may form ideas, and think of plans like those already mentioned: but it is only by the Union of these individuals that such ideas and such plans can be rendered productive of all the good they are calculated to promote. Let those who have not fet united with us, come forward and lend us their aid: and we shall then acquire such additional strength as may warrant us to hope that, in a few years, there will not be a child found growing up in ignorance.

Having mentioned the good results which may be expected from Union, we shall now adduce a detail of facts which may, in some degree, confirm what has been already stated,

Immediately after the formation of this Auxiliary Union, your Committee proceeded to adopt those resolutions which they considered best adapted to secure effectual co-operation. These resolutions, in connexion with the constitution of the society, have been printed and circulated, in order that the nature and objects of this Union might be fully known.

Your Committee then divided the general district of this Union into eleven parts, and appointed a District Secretary to each of these divisions, by which means the communications have been rendered easy and expeditious.

After this preparatory business was settled, your Committee prosecuted their undertaking, in attempting to accomplislų the main design of this society, by opening new Sunday Schools: and it is with great pleasure they inform their friends that those places which in the last report were stated as being destitute, have, since that time, engaged their attention, and most of them have become the scene of the labours of Sunday School Teachers. So that Sir New Sunday Schools have been established under the patronage of this Auxiliary Union, during the year which is now elapsed.

The first of these schools is at Layton, in which there are 4 teachers and 59 children. This school was opened in August last, by the exertions of our Wesleyan brethren, who were tur uished with books by your Committee.

The second school is at Stoke Newington, where 40 children have been collected, and a supply of books and teachers furnished by your Committee. After this school was established, it being discovered that it was not within the prescribed limits of this society: it was consequently, offered to the committee of the Central and North London Auxiliary Union; and accepted by that committee, who have, since that time, carried it on by ad ditional supplies of books and teachers.

The third school is in Ocean-street, Stepney, which was estab lished last September, and is attended by 12 teachers, and 242 children. To this school a liberal supply of bibles, testaments and spelling books has been granted by your Committee.

The fourth of these schools is at the Rev. Dr. Smith's Chapel, Gravel Pits, Hackney. This school contains 12 teachers, and 58 children; but did not need any assistance.

The fifth school is in that deplorable part of London called St. Catherine's, in the neighbourhood of which, it has been discovered by the friends who have visited the poor families, that the children were perishing for lack of knowledge. This school was opened in January last, and already contains 7 teachers and 169 children, the greater part of whom, when they first came to be instructed, could not read at all. Forms and books have been provided for this school by your Committee.

The sixth school is in that populous place called Shadwell Market, and contains 20 teachers and 51 children, which is as great a number as the present school-room will accommodate.

At the formation of this school, the minister of the chapel, who was cordial in promoting the design, declared at the meeting held there, that "Humanly speaking, but for Sunday Schools, he should not have been the pastor of that congregation."

The number of children in these six new schools, amounts to 619 The number of teachers is 55, the chief part of whom had not been engaged in this employment before.

Who is not glad to see these attempts to contract the boundaries of Satan's territories! Who does not rejoice to see inroad made on that baneful ignorance which facilitates the accomplishment of the malignant designs of the Prince of Darkness! And who is not transported with joy, when these attempts made by frail mortals, are crowned with success by Him who is omnipotent!

By the reports received from the Schools it appears that there are now 815 teachers and 8989 children in the 53 schools which form this Auxiliary Union, being 1220 children and 101 teachers more than we reported in September last.

Your Committee have it in contemplation to open Register Books in four different places within the limits of this Union, for

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the ipsertion 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 connecied with this Auxiliary Union, our kind female friends bave 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 teat heis, and in the opportunitis 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 beneficialıy blended together; and the children wili 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 neatņess; and efforts are made to induce the children to vie with each other in cleanliness and becoming simplicity, rather ihau 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, bowever, 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 blend. ed 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 exalieth himself, shall be abased; and he that hun. 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 éhief desire to possess a meek and quiet spirit. It is Christinn 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 atfeos 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

AUXILIARY SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. 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 with books at a very low rate, which they have been enabled 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 bave 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 o? five pounds to the parent institution since the forınation 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 Graftou-street Chapel,

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