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derired from Sunday School libraries: we had them from the before-ramed persons; they say, “ In another house we visited respecting bibles; the woman said her son was now a sailor, and had been a Sunday School scholar; he had got such a love for reading, that the book was scarcely ever out of his hands." In another house, the woman said, My son has just returned from a voyage to the Brazils.” On the Sunday he said, “ Mother, I will go to the school, --surely they will not refuse to let me read books out of the library, as I used to do.” These accounts we consider as great encouragement to proceed in the work, believing, if we faint not, we shall see yet greater fruit of our labour.
One of our friends related to the Committee that, when his boy got a book from the library, such was his eagerness to read and study it, that his mother could hardly get him to bed at night. The children, who are privileged with books from the library, give evident signs of improvement, both in knowledge and behaviour.
We beg leave to subjoin the following: "Some years ago, a boy attended our school; he resided at some distance: one sabbath, being later than usual in getting home, his father came out to meei him; when he met him, the father began to enquire the cause of his staying so late, the boy, with apparent concern in his countenance, said “Every body's daddy goes to the meeting but you." The father felt something touch his heart; the tears started in his eye; he determined with himself to go to the meeting the next Lord's day, which he accordingly did, and continued to attend preaching till his mind was enlightened, and his soul converted to God. Last Monday, the Lord removed him out of time into eternity. During his long atfliction he was visited by our friends, who always found him happy and resigned to the will of God, having a strong confidence in the Saviour of mankind.
NO Report has been received from the Frome Sunday School Cnion. Mr. Blatch the late secretary has quitted the scenes of earthly labour, to enter on his heavenly rest and Teward.
EXTRACT from the First ANNUAL REPORT of the West KENT
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION WHATEVER may have been the expectation of the individuals who first encouraged and promoted the formation of the West Kent Sunday School Union, your committee have good reason to believe that their most anxious desire for its prosperity has been noi ooly fulfiiled, but exceeded; and although they are aware that much remains to be done, they entertain a well grounded hope and belief, that you will rejoice that the exertions already made for the establishment of new schools, and the support of
such as have been already formed, have been attended with such abundant success.
Since the first quarterly meeting, the school which had just been opened under your patronage, near the Cana! Bridge, Lower Road, leading from Deptford to Rotherhithe, and then contained 28 children, has increased to 83; and as convenient school-roovis have been made at the new Meeting lately built, there is reason to expect a further increase.
A new school has lately been opened under the auspices of the Union, in Brewhouse-lane, Greenwich, in which 26 boys are now instructed.
Your committee cannot forbear to congratulate the Union on the prosperous state of the Adult School which has been established at Greenwich, where 53 men and 10 women manifest the *utmost anxiety to receive instruction; and the progress they make in the acquirement of knowledge, affords the bighest gratification to the persons employed to communicate it.
A similar school has been established at Woolwich, and from the accounts last reported, there is reason to believe that it will be attended with the most complete success, and form a distin'guishing feature in the next annual report.
It is with regret your committee have to state, that in consequence of the number of children who attended the school esta"blished at Brockley, having been considerably diminished by removals, it has been found expedient to transfer the remainder to the school at Lewisham, where they now attend.
Repeated efforts have been used to establish a school at Charlton, and although they have not yet been attended with the wished for success, your committee will not relax in their endeavours to effect this desirable object, and hope that by prudent perseverance, they will be enabled ultimately to surmount the difficulties which have hitherto intervened.
The schools at Woolwich Common and Erith continue to be supported by the Union, in the former of which there lias been an increase of 9, and in the latter of 16 children since the first quarterly meeting.
From the following statement of ile several schools' connected with the Union, it will be seen that, in the aggregate, an increase of 223 children has taken place in a period of 9 months, independent of the two Adult schools at Greenwich and Woolwich, viz.
No. May 1814. No. Feb. 1815 Butt Lane, Deptford......
178 Hughes's Fields, Deptford.
144 New Cross
88 Greenwich Road...
183 East-street, Greenwich
87 Brewhouse-lane, Greenwich
26 Providence Chapel, Woolwich
170 Salem Chapel, Woolwich ..
Rev. Vr. Culver's Chapel, Woolwich 130
1149 ...... 1372 Your committee having opened a correspondence with, and attached tbemselves to, the Sunday School Union in London, have been enabled to obtain and supply the schools under their care with the school-books and publications of that society at very reduced prices, whereby the funds of this Union have been materially economised; and it is in contemplation to establish a depository of books suitable for Sunday Schools where such as are comected with the Union will be entitled to purchase them at cost prices.
EXTRACT from the RePORT of the Essex SUNDAY
Chelmsford, April 29, 1815. IS again transmitting to you our Annual Report of the Essex Sunday School Union, we feel much satisfaction in observing that our expectations have been realised, and our conviction of the utility of Sunday School Unions has been strengthened and established. Old Schools have increased, new ones have been opened under the most pleasing auspices, and repeated instances of usefulness have sufficiently demonstrated that the work is of the Lord; with this persuasion we feel increasing encouragement to press forward, believing that in due time we shall reap if we faint not.
There are 15 Sunday Schools connected with this Union, containing 1170 children, and 181 teachers.
In reference to the Sunday School at Chelmsford, we have to observe, that the attendance of the children has in general been tegular, and a very pleasing instance of usefulness has occurred during the past year, as stated in the Sunday School Repository for April 1815. We have recently adopted the plan of address ing the children collectively, with a view of impressing their minds with the importance of a personal acquaintance with those things that concern their eternal interests, which, under the divine blessing, we hope will be attended with many beneficial effects.
A bew School has been opened at Kelvedon. A letter, dated Nov. 4, 1814, says, I received yours of the 31sf this day, and, in compliance with your request, cheerfully return an answer to the several questions contained in your letter. We have now 70 children in our Sunday School, 23 girls and 47 boys, to whom there are 11 teachers, 7 males and 4 females; and I think I may justly say, very suitable persons, who fear God and regard his institutions. I can only say at present that the morals of the children are better, and that their progress in learning to read, &c. is greater than we could have expected. I would also inform you, we have commenced-an Adult School consisting of 12 males and 3 females.
Chisshill, March 10, 1815.-Our friend observes, Our School commenced February 5, 1815, with the most pleasing prospects of extensive usefulness, and now consists of 70 boys and near 60 girls, to whom we expect a very considerable increase. The earnestness they discover, the diligence of their attendauce, and their extensive improvement, are to me a matter of most grateful surprise; especially when I consider that many of these children have been literally brought from the high-ways and hedges, and from those employments which often end in an iguominious exit. The influence of our school on the parents of some of these children is already visible; one old man in particular, seems to be deeply impressed with a sense of the importance of eternal things. Our young friends, give me much satisfaction, near 30 have generously come forward to this good work. Our school is in its infancy, we want help, and any thing which you consider as beneficial we shall receive with thankfulness, and improve with fidelity. The same correspondent, in a letter, dated April 25, 1815, says, Our school has increased to near 200, and is increasing, so that we want very much a supply of books.
Dunmow, April 3, 1815.-1 have the pleasure to inform you, that our Sunday School consists of about 70 children, some of them who can now read very well in the Testament, did not know their letters when they entered the school. The teachers have taken great pains in storing their memories with useful knowledge, and I have no doubt the time is coming, when at least some of them will “ rise up and call them blessed,” as the honoured instruments of their preservation from vice and misery, and of their first acquaintance with the principles and duties of the Gospel. A child who was in our school of the name of Little, died lately giving very hopeful evidence of a work of grace upon his mind. In the former part of his illness he was fretful and peevish, but for many months before his departure he was full of patience and gratitude. He seems to have had proper views of himself as a sinner, and of the Gospel method of salvation. It was not so much what this child said, as what he did, that satisfied mind that the Holy Spirit had accompanied Divine Truth with power to his heart. He was humble, teachable, and childlike, begged the
prayers of others, intreated them to pray to him, and while he valued the society of the righteous, “ belield the transgressors, and was grieved;" he was about 10 years of age when he died. His favourite book was Janeway's Token for Children; may we not hope that something he had heard at school or in the House
of God, to which his teachers brought him, was rendered useful to his soul? I entertain hopes that his dying conversation was blessed to one in the family--a family which, till now, has been destitute of religion.
Extract from First ANNUAL REPORT of the COMMITTEE of
the STROUD SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. One of the principal objects for which the members of this Cnion formed themselves into a society, was to stimulate one another to increased activity in the work of gratuitous instruction. On this point the committee feel that they are justified in using the language of assured conviction. They can refer to the records of the Society, and appeal to the recollection of its members in proof of their conviction, that the meetings which have been held daring the year, have made them more than ever before zcalously affected in this good work. The pleasing instances which have been related at those meetings, of the happy effects of Sunday School instruction, have excited in the minds of the teachers fresh ardor in the cause. At one of those meetings, the committee had the great satisfaction of introducing to the Society Mr. Lloyd, the secretary of the Sunday School Union in London, whose judicious and zealous exhortations, contributed greatly to the interest of the meeting, and to the advantage of those who were present. One point on which Mr. Lloyd touched, the committee deem it proper to recal to the minds of the members of the Union. He adverted to the abundant supply of teachers with which some of the schools were furnished, so as to render it unnecessary for those teachers to attend their school more frequently than one Sunday in two, three, or four Sundays. He observed, that teachers ought to be sufficiently attached to their work to induce them, when circumstances allowed, to give a constant attendance. Many advantages are doubtless connected with such an attendance, beyond what can be expected from services which are merely occasional. He remarked, that it was highly desirable, that when any school had a superabundance of teachers, it should send detachments to places which were destitute, either to esta. blish new schools, or to assist those schools which were languishing for want of help. This suggestion of Mr. Lloyd has not been entirely fruitless.
In speaking of the good which has resulted from the meetings of the Society, it would be inexcusable not to advert to the general muster of scholars, teachers, and friends of Sunday Schools, which was made last Whitmonday. The scenes which that day exhibited will not soon be forgotten. The very sight of more than two thousand of the children of the poor who, from Sabbath to Sabbath, enjoy the blessing of religious instruction, was itself a sermon of no ordinary force. The Redeemer of mankind seemed to the eye and ear of faith to be repeating to every friend of