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have been admitted members of the Pa. A Summary of the Books sold by the Barrent Society.
gor Committee, throughout their sereOf these the following persons, in pum- ral Districts, during the year comber eleven, have been admitted the present mencing with August 1823, and ending year :
Books sold in 1823.
Prayer Books, English and Welsh.. 24 Wm. Williams, Rector of Traws- Psalters, English
12 David Edwards, Curate of Celynyn. .... Richard Davis, Curate of Llanaber.
3211 Of these persons above named, the ten last are connected with the Dolgelly dis- Books sold by the Parochial Clergy, not trict, of which the Rev. R. Davies, of through the medium of this Committee. Llanaber, is now the secretary.
40 If proofs are any where wanting of the Prayer Books, English regard which is generally felt for our Prayer Books, Welsh.
558 Church, or of zeal in promoting the reli. Tracts, Welsh ..
56 gious and moral interests of its members, Tracts, English by the laity of rank and respectability Psalters, Welsh within this diocese; in the district alluded to, at least such proof will not be wanting.
758 At a time when the mind of Sir R. Vaughan might have been occupied with Total sold by the Committee and the important domestic event which has Parochial Clergy, in 1823...... 3978 now called forth the congratulations of this portion of the principality, this zealous
Books sold the preceding years. friend of the Church came forward, toge
.3984 ther with the Clergy of his neighbourhood, in support of her institutions.
1820. By the enrolment of their names, as
. 4907 members of the Parent Society, and by the
4054 sale of the Scriptures and of religious
7321 Tracts, will be given, we doubt not, a fresh
.3132 stimulus to the friends of religion and of
7259 the Church; nor can we but entertain a
...9726 hope that the gentry of the neighbourhood
..4100 may be induced to aid the impulse which has been given, and to lend their names
Total sold by the Committee and and influence to a society so venerable and
Parochial Clergy, since the year excellent.
50,999 That the friends of this Society may increase, that its objects may be universally known, and its utility generally acknow. The Bangor Diocesan Committee, in acledged, is the subject of the Committee's count with the Society for Promoting earnest desire and repeated effor bop- Christian Knowledge. ing that through their prayers to Almighty
£. s. d. God, that wish may be gratified, and those Dr.-Stock of books in band 117 4 11 efforts made effectual.
19 14 0
£. 8. d. case with this Society; the friends and Brought forward... 136 18 11 advocates of our most holy religion, and of Disbursements
14 13 1 the good order of civil society-who have Cash in hand
133 6 31 the present welfare and the eternal salva
tion of their fellow creatures at heart
284 18 34 have very generally come forward in its Interest of money by depo
support, with a zeal and liberality becomsiting cash in the Savings'
ing their own Christian profession, and Bank
4 16 highly honourable to that sacred and com
mon cause, in which we are all so deeply 289 14 41 and awfully concerned. The result we
humbly hope has been favourable to the Cr.-By amount of bills due
interests of religion and conducive to the for books
277 9 5 promotion of Christian knowledge. The Balance
12 4 111 Bible has been circulated in large num.
bers, and introduced into the too long
289 14 44 neglected dwellings of the poor : that Balance in favour of the Dio
sacred book—the volume of Divine Truth cesan Committee .... 12 4 114 -the great foundation of all religious in
struction, which sets forth, in the words J. H. Cotton, Secretary.
of inspired wisdom, the relation that subN.B. An opinion having prevailed that stupendous history of God's providential
sists between man and his Creator-the the laity are not admitted to the meetings dealings with his creatures--and that of this Society; the laity are hereby informed that every Subscribing Member is amazing dispensation of grace and mercy, admissible to the deliberations of the So
vouchsafed to fallen man by his blessed ciety; and that the attendance of the lay Son-to raise him from the death of sin members will be particularly acceptable him the Divine likeness, forfeited by trans
unto a life of righteousness—to restore to to the Clergy, who generally form the ma
gression-to redeem him from the bondage jor part of the subscribers in attendance.
of corruption--to ransom him from the power of the grave—and finally exalt him to a state of endless purity and felicity.
Together with the Bible, the Book of The Ninth Annual Report of the Common Prayer has also been very largely Great Berkhamstead Şub-Com
distributed : containing the sound docmittee of the Society for Pro- trines, the sacred services, the holy sacra
ments, the elementary instruction, and moting Christian Knowledge, the devout modes of worship of our Aposfor the Year 1824.
tolical National Church : and it may with
truth be said, that, if just notions of the The Great Berkhamstead Sub-Commit. Christian system—if a pure spirit of faith tee of the Society for Promoting Christian and bolivess—if the most beautiful, suKnowledge, now present their Ninth An- blime, and affecting aspirations of piety, nual Report. Guided by the same spirit gratitude, and contrition are to be found which animates the venerable Institution, united, and are iustrumental in quickening from which they are derived, and associat. our love, purifying our hearts, and elevated in the same benevolent and pious work, ing our devotion, the Prayer Book of the they have, they trust, persevered, with an Church of England merits the entire and uniform and steady course in diffusing the lasting veneration of every Christian. The blessings of religious truth among the other most excellent books and tracts poorer classes of this district. By those edited by the Parent Society, and filled who feel for the spiritual wants of their with pious and salutary instruction in more indigent and unenlightened brethren, almost every branch of Christian doctrine and who are impressed with the urgent and moral duty, have at the same time vecessity of supplying these wants, by been very numerously dispersed by the furnishing them with the proper and effic Committee—they trust, to the spiritual cacious means of instruction, the impor- comfort, to the religious edification, and tance of such an Institution, throughout to the practical improvement of very the extensive sphere of its operation, will many of their fellow Christians. Of the be readily and duly estimated. Such, by whole number of books and tracts distri. the blessing of God, has hitherto been the buted since the last Annual Report, thic
Committee are enabled to announce with their minutes a lasting testimony of their the most cordial satisfaction, and a devout profound veneration for the virtues of his and thankful acknowledgment of the character, and their unfeigned regret for goodness of a gracious Providence, that it the loss of such a benefactor and friend.” exceeds to a very considerable extent the It will awaken the most sincere regret amount of the pfeceding year. It con- in the Members of this Society, to be in. sists of
formed, that the perusal of this Memorial, Bibles
and the proposing a resolution that it New Testaments
should be inserted in the Annual Report, Common Prayer Books
were the very last acts which the declinOther Books and Tracts
ing health of the Earl of Clarendon ena
bled him to perform in the chair of this Total........ 1183
Committee. At the ensuing meeting in But, whilst the Committee thus fulfil January last, the following note, addressed
to the Secretary, was received from his their welcome office in recording the suc- Lordship, which so fully testified his own cessful issue of their labours during the last feelings and wishes in relation to this Soyear, they have at the same time a very ciety, that it was directed to be entered paioful duty to discharge, in directing upon the Minntes; accompanied after the your attention to two events, of the high- fatal termination of his illness, by the subest importance to the Society, and of a
sequent Memorial. very afflictive nature, which have unbappily taken place within the same short pe
“ The Grove near Watford, Herts, riod of time-- the lamented deaths of the
“ Jan. 27, 1824. Earls of Bridgewater and Clarendon-it is
“ Tuesday. well known, that to the suggestion of the
“ Many thanks to you, my dear Sir, for former of these distinguished individuals, the Earl of Bridgewater, this Society wishes and endeavours to be of any use in
a very friendly and obliging note. My owes its original foundation and establish
any business, which I undertake, cannot ment, and it is no less felt, that to the easily be over-rated; my services, I fear, zealous and unremitting assiduity of the
can only rise in importance from the view Earl of Clarendon, it mainly indebted
which the kind partiality of friends may for its continued success and increasing take of them. If I had been sooner prosperity. Upon referring to the Mi
aware of our Meeting, perhaps I migbt nutes of the proceedings of the Select have taken the liberty of asking to have it Committee, it appears that, at the Quar
held at the Grove. terly, Meeting in the month of October
dear Sir, with much regard, last, the following Memorial upon the
“ Your's sincerely, heavy loss which the Society liad then re
“ CLARENDON." cently sustained, by the death of the Earl of Bridgewater, was presented by tbe Se
“ To the Rev. John Crofts, fic. &c. &c." cretary, and read from the Chair.
" The Select Committee have now to « The Select Committee cannot con- fulfil the painful duty of recording upon clude the business of this Meeting without their Minutes the very severe and afflictalluding to an event, which has recently ing deprivation they have sustained, since taken place; and which in common with their last Quarterly Meeting, of that most the whole neighbourhood they deeply de- firm friend and zealous supporter of this plore—the lamented death of the Earl of Institution, who, from the period of its Bridgewater. To his suggestion, dictated first establishment, so ably and assiduously by an exemplary zeal in the service of our filled the Chair at their Meetings :-10 holy religion, and a most devoted attach- those, who have so often observed the zeal ment to the welfare of the Established and earnestness, the judgment and discreChurch, this important branch of our ve- tion-- who have experienced the kindness perable Parent Society owes its original and candour, the uniform and condescendinstitution : and, although his constant ing urbanity, with which the Earl of Claand unwearied attention to other works rendon presided over and conducted the of general utility and the most extensive business of this Committee, it may appear beneficence, prevented bis frequent pre- unnecessary to dwell upon those estimable sence at these Meetings, this Committee qualities, which were so deeply felt, so entertain the highest sense of the valuable universally acknowledged; and which support he continued to afford them; and must endear his memory to their respect. are carvestly desirous to record upon ful veneration and affectionate regard:
but, indebted as this Society is for that custom upon this interesting occasion, Divaluable patronage and unwearied support, vine service was performed at the Catheto which so large a share of its prosperity dral in the morning, at which about 1450 is attributable-Witnesses as its Members children from the schools that are supplied have so often been, of that pious solici- with books from the Society, attended ; tude for the best interests of our holy re- and where was also present, the Lord ligion, which so peculiarly manifested itself Bishop of Barbados and Lord Gifford, in the cause of this Institution, amidst the who, as natives of this county, took a lively languors of increasing sickness, and the interest in the proceedings. The Rev. infirmities of final decay—and painfully Archdeacon Moore delivered an eloquent sensible of the heavy loss they have suffer- and appropriate sermon. The 100th ed by his death – they cannot fail to offer Psalin was sung hy the congregation, in this sincere but mournful tribute of their which the children joined ; and the “ Hal. esteem and gratitude to the virtues they lelujah" Chorus by the choir, accompanied deplore."
by the organ, trombones, trumpets, &c. În inserting the above Memorials in produced a grand effect. A collection their present Annnal Report, in confor- was made at the doors, at which the plates mity with the Resolutions entered upon were held by Lady Rolle, Lady Harriet their Minutes, the Committee are ear- Courtenay, Lady Frances Ley, Mrs. Moore, nestly desirous of recording a public and Lord Rolle, Lord Gifford, the Bishop of lasting testimony of their gratitude and re- Barbados, the High Sheriff, Sir T. D. spect to those first patrons and zealous Ackland, Mr. Courtenay, M. P., Mr. Ley, friends of this Institution, who were not and Mr. Kekewich. On retiring froin more elevated by their rank, than enpo- Divine service, a meeting of subscribers bled by their Christian virtnes.
was held at the Guildhall, over which the Their labours in the service of God, and
Lord Bisbop presided, and read the follow. in the cause of his true religion, are finish- ing Report of the Committee for the past ed: but their names will continue to be
year, which presents an account peculiarly had in honour; their memory will be che- gratifying to the friends and supporters of rished in our grateful remembrance; and this excellent Society. the recollection of their illustrious example “ The Exeter Diocesan Committee of still survives to animate our exertions in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowaccomplishing the same pious and benefi- ledge, cannot commerce their annual cent desigo they had in view, “ the pro- statement withont again congratulating the motion of Christian knowledge.”
friends of religion and good order upon the The Committee are enabled to add the great success which, by the blessing of following satisfactory account of the books
God, has uniformly attended their la. and tracts distributed by the Parent So- bours. ciety, between their audit in April, 1823,
“ Eight years have now elapsed since and their audit in April, 1824.
the formation of the Diocesan Committee, The total number issued to Members on
and each succeeding Report has borne witthe terms of the Society, granted gratui- ness to its increased utility. By means of tously on special application, and delivered
this Committee, the constitution and obto Members for their gratuitous distribu- jects of the Parent Society have been tion, is as follows :
made more widely known; its claims to the Bibles
44,590 support of all good men have been more New Testaments and Psalters 60,275 fully substantiated ; and its treasures have Common Prayer Books 126,431 been more extensively and usefully distriOther Bound Books ....
By the establishment, also, of Small Tracts, Half-bound, &c... 811,949 other District Committees, a fresh impulse Books and Papers for gratuitous
has been given to the whole machine, and Distribution ....
316,431 the incalculable advantages of personal
inspection and superintendence have been 1,454,818 secured to the most remote parts of the
“ Great, however, as the benefits thus
derived from these local institutions unExeter Diocesan Committee.
doubtedly are, there is, nevertheless, good The Exeter Diocesan Committee of this reason to believe that still greater benefits Society held their Anniversary Meeting on would flow from a closer union, and more Thursday last. Agreeably to the general direct communication, with the Diocesau REMEMBRANCER, No. 70.
Committee. Disclaiming, as the members An amount, we are proud to say, far exof this Committee nofeignedly do, all idea ceeding the issue of any other single disof dictating to the friends of the Society trict in the kingdom. the mode of that connexion; and disavow. “ There is one point, however, to which ing all pretension to interfere with the pri- the Coinmittee are obliged to advert with vate regulations of local establishments, regret- they confess their disappointment they cannot but feel convinced that if, as when they state that one parish only, that originally recommended, all the District of St. Edmund's, in Exeter, has hitherto Committees throughout the Diocese were applied for aid in the formation of a Paroformed into one Diocesan Association, and chial Lending Library. Recommended as their several Reports annually addressed to these institutions were, in the strongest the Central Committee at Exeter-if, in a terms, last year, and singularly adapted, as word, the Diocesan Committee were really they are, to the present times, not only as what its naine inports, a larger and more a check to existing evil, but as a preven. valuable body of information would, from tion of future mischief, the Committee year to year, be collected, and brought to cannot help lamenting the little encoga point-more accurate and detailed re- ragement they have received. But notturns would be obtained—the wants of withstanding this deduction from their enparticular districts would be better under- tire satisfaction, they are confident that stood and supplied-greater energy would the statement of the year will be allowed be infused into the general system and at to contain abundant matter for gratitode the same time that Local Institutions ex- and joy- they are confident that it will panded and multiplied, the unity of pur supply the friends of the Society with the pose and plan, which are equally the safe most ample reasons, not merely for codguards of all the branches of this great so- tinuing their own efforts in its cause, bat ciety, would be more easily and more effec- also for stimulating those of others; and, tually maintained. In the mean time, it while they venture thus to urge those friends cannot fail to prove highly gratifying to to increased exertion, they pledge themthe present Meeting to learn, that the selves, individually and collectively, to concerns of our own district are progress- continue, with unabated zeal, to plant' jvely improving.
and to 'water,' in the firm but humble “If we may fairly measure the pros- hope that, in His own good time, the perity of our establishment by the receipts “Lord of the Harvest' will Himself and disbursements of the year, by the vouchsafe the increase." quantity of books issued from our deposi- The Lord Bishop congratulated the tory, and the number of children educated Meeting on the cheering nature of the reat schools supplied by us, it will be found port he had just read. Bat (his Lordship to be in all respects on the advance. The observed), they would accomplish only balf Dames of new subscribers to the local fund, their work without the aid of other Soand of new members recommended to the cieties; it would be of very little advanParent Society, will be seen in our lists. tage to give Bibles and Testaments to the Our debt has been extinguished; our poor, unless the poor were taught to read stock in hand is greatly increased ; and the them; and hence arose the value of the number of books and tracts issued during National Schools. There was another Sothe last year exceeds the number of the ciety, less known, indeed, and therefore preceding year by 2037. At the Annual less supported than it ought to be whose Meeting of 1823, the numbers reported object had a pre-eminent tendency to pro
mote morality and religion ; for, after Bibles. ....
teaching the poor to read, and supplying Testaments and Psalters. 1235
them with Bibles and Prayer Books, it was Prayer Books ....
highly important that they should use them Bound Books and Tracts.... 15,318
in the public worship of God. He refer
red to the Society for the enlargement of
19,673 Churches and Chapels, which, though it The numbers now returned are
had been established but six years, bad Bibles
provided accommodation for 92,000 per
835 Testaments and Psalters.ac.
sons, including 69,000 free sittings for the
1555 Prayer Books ....
poor, an an expense of 64,0001. The SoBound Books and Tracts....
ciety had exhausted its funds, and now ap16,705
pealed to public benevolence for means of Making, in all, a sum total for
further usefulness. His Lordship begged the last year of ... 21,710
pardon for introdacing a subject not im
mediately connected with the business be