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to get a living during the late severe place them for the owner's use on winter, lad left her, and was gone Sunday, who would only spare to sea. She had 'five children to them on this express condition. support, without any means of do- The consequence of his being ing it. She bired a mangle at four obliged to sell his week's labour shillings per week: but no one gave every Saturday, frequently was, ber any thing to do, because she that he obtained scarcely more was a stranger; and she has been than half the value of his chairs, for two days together without tast- To relieve the man from this ing victuals. The miserable apart- wretched state of dependance on ment in which she was confined, the pawnbroker, we advanced him was so damp that it struck the in- 21. which we thought it prudent to fant blind when it was a few days call a loan, to be repaid at Midold. On the first visit, the visitor summer: he immediately discontifound the wretched mother weeping nued his former system, (by which over her child, and three other fa- he lost so much time, and incurred mished little ones around her. Some an expense of 6d. per week for money was advanced to her, which the use of 30s., making the rate put her in a way of getting a living. of interest 130 per cent. per anShe is now inore comfortable, and num,) and we soon had the pleaexpresses the greatest thankfuluess sure of witnessing a considerable for the benefit received from the improvement in the condition of Society.
the family: and at present we 7. "We found Benjamin G. of have to state such advantages to Grey Eagle-street, and his family, have already arisen from this 21., in great distress. The man ap- as we ourselves could scarcely peared to be sober and industrious, give credit to, had we not reguwhich led us to inquire particularly larly visited the family once or into his circumstances and the cause twice every month since last Jamuof his wretchedness ; when we learnt ary, and observed the progressive that owing to the badness of trade, benefit arising from it. We visited &c. about three years ago, he be- them last the 23d instant, when came very much reduced, so that the man gave us back the 21. we he had no money at all to purchase had lent him in January. We, howmahogany to make chairs, by which ever, returned it to him as a gift, he used to maintain his family, viz. expressing our gratification at his a wife and three children. He then having wade so good use of it. had recourse to the following singu- He then enumerated the following lar mode of raising noney, which advantages, which he said, through he continued from that time till we the goodness of God, this money met with him :-It being a very rare had procured him and his fami.
thing for him to get on a single ly:-. week without every article of furni- " 1st, He said, It lias been the , ture and apparel, that could possi- means of filling all our bellies. bly be spared, being gone, it was “2d, It has inade us all comhis custom, every Monday morning, fortable on a Sabbath-day, so that to borrow of a neighbour a few we can go to a place of worship in silver tea-spoons, and a shawl, upon decent clothing. which he raised about twenty shile “3d, It has enabled us to relings at the pawobroker's. With deem from the pawnbrokers a this money he purchased mahogany, great many things, viz. two silver and worked hard all the week, watches, a wooden clock, several making it into chairs : these he was tools of great use in my business, obliged to sell, at any rate, on Sa. and many articles of wearing apturday evening, that he might re- parel: these had been pledged for deem the borrowed articles, and re- between 31, and 4l
" 4th, I have been able to buy.
Whites. Blacks. a bed this week : I have wood by Barbadoes . . . .17 me in ihe house worth 50s. beside's Grenada . ... 1 179 31, in money, and do not owe any
Trinidad . .
216 one a farthing."
Demarara. . .. 3 70 The above account was furnish. Jamaica · .22 2678 ed by the visitors 30th July last. Bermuda . . . . 29
They have now to add, that the New Providence and circumstances of this family are the Bahama Island . 404 660 still further improved to a much' Total in the West Indies this year greater degree, and the man has 17,856; being an increase in the recently given a donation of 10s. 6d. year of 1,064." to the Society, as a small tribute Besides this there are in British of gratitude io God for the bene- America 1759 members of the fits which he and his family have society'; and in the United States, derived from the very seasonable 168,698 whites, and 42,421 per. aid which he had received. sons of colour, who belong to it.
In all other parts of the world the METHODIST CONFERENCE. number is 270; making a total of The seventy-second annual Confe- upwards of 440,000. tence of the preachers in the cou- The following are some of the repection of the late Mr. Wesley was gulations which were either adoptheld at Manchester on the 31st of ed or renewed at the Conference. July last. From the minutes of “ Let no singing be allowed in that Conference it appears that any of our chapels, after the pubthere are at present 736 regular lic service has been regularly itinerating preachers of this partis closed by the officiating preacher; cular denomination stationed in as we think that singing, at such Great Britain, and 132 in Ireland: times, tends to extinguish the spi. that the number employed on their rit of devotion, and to destroy foreign missions in the East and those serious impressions which West Indies, British North-Ame may have been made on the con. rica, and Africa, is 74; and that gregations by the previous ministry the number in the methodist con- of God's word. nection within the United States is “ The Lord's Supper shall be 687. The total number of mem. always administered in England. bers in Great Britain is stated to according to the form of the Estabe 181.709, being an increase of blished Church; but the person 7824 since the preceding Confe- who administers shall bave full rence: and in Ireland 29,357, be. liberty to give out hymns, and to ing a decrease of 31. In the use exhortations and extemporary West Indies the numbers are as prayer. follows :
" Wherever Divine service is
Whites. Blacks. performed in England, on the ** Antigua ... ; 21 2905 Lord's Day, in church hours, the St. Christopher and St.
: officiating preacher shall read Eustatius . . . . 44 2946 either the service of the Esta. Nevis . . . . . . 34 1311 blished Church, our venerable fa. St. Bartholomew's . . 23 643 ther's abridgement, or at least the Tortola and Virgin Is
Lessons appointed by the calendar; land . . . . . 76 2072 but we recommend either the full Dominica (return of
service or the abridgement i last year). ... 1 709 “Before any preacher, having St. Vincent (there was
travelled four years, is recommend a mistake last year
ed by his district meeting, for ade of 810 too many), 16 2638 mission into full-connection, he
shall undergo a careful examina- posed to be Roman Catholics; and tion, by the chairman of that much opposition has ärisen, and still meeting, respecting his acquain- exists among this class, to the estabtance with Mr. Wesley's works in lishment of the Society's schools, and general, and especially with his to the course of education pursued sermons, and his notes on the in them. New Testament, in addition to the To confer on the children of the other examinations required by our poor, in Ireland, the benefits of inexisting rules: and no preacher tellectual and moral culture ought shall be su recommended, unless to be regarded as a national object; the result of his examination be sa- and to connect with this benefit the tisfactory to the meeting."
blessings of a religious education, The foreign missions of the founded on the holy Scriptures, society were formerly under the ought to be considered as a work superintendance of the Rev. Dr. of bounden duty, and of infinite Coke. In consequence of his death, importance, by every Christian. they are taken under the more The Committee have the pleasure immediate care and direction of to state, that additions have been the Conference, and placed under made to the number both of schools new regulations,
and pupils in the last year; and In an Address of the Conference that the number of children taught of the last year to the prince regent, by the Society is now upwards of on the conclusion of peace with eleven thousand. This number is France, we perceive with pleasure considerable; but it bears only a their strong espressions of Christian small proportion to the aggregate loyalty and of attachment to the of that part of the population of government of the king, and the Ireland, whose condition is caleudecisive testimony which they bear lated to excite' commiseration, and to the iniquity of the slave trade. to claim exertion. For
The Hibernian Society has
printed an elementary book for the • HIBERNIAN SOCIETY.
instruction of children in the Irish
language. An edition of - 5000 of We have before us the Ninth Re these books was published in 1810. port of this Society, of which we In the districts where Irish is the proceed to give an abstract. colloquial language, the Society's • The exertions of the Society Schools have an Irish class; and are advancing both in importance both children and adults, after and efficiency. To diffuse religious being taught to read in the Irish instruction among the poor in (re- Spelling.book, have the New Testa. land is the great object, to which ment in the same language put into the exertions of this Institution are their hands, and its truths impressdirected. In order to succeed in ed on their minds. this object, it is required to remove All the schools are subjected to a the afflicting spectacle of ignorance, quarterly inspection; and the state immorality, and mental degrada. in which each of them is found is, tion, which the lower classes of the at those periods, reported to the community present; and to provide Committee. a remedy for their want of early. The children who have been culture. The most prominent im- taken into the Society's schools pediment to the designs of the have, in general, exbibited an aptSociety has proceeded from the di- ness to receive instruction which versity of religious sentiment which has proved very satisfactory and exists in Ireland. In that country, encouraging. The Committee baye about three millions two hundred to report favourably of the state of thousand of its population are sup the schools. The Scriptures are CHRIST, OBSERV, APP.
taught in all of them: the progress The funds of the Society have of the children in committing them improved in the last year; but as to memory is highly pleasing; and the operations of the Society are some of them have learned from increasing, its funds will need pretwenty to forty, chapters each, in portional aid. half a year. This proficiency has The British and Foreign Bible much gratified their Catholic pa- Society has granted to the Society rents, who have appeared not a 250 Bibles, and 1000 Testaments, little elated, that their children with permission to purchase a furbave proved more expert in Serip- ther quantity at prime cost. ture-quotations than their neigh- Considerable donations have also bours. The masters employed been received from several Scotch under the Society are those who Bible and other Societies, and from were previously found teaching in congregational collections, Ireland, and mapy of them are Catholics. Good impressions have, Before we close this article, we in many instances, been made ou must be permitted to make one or the minds of these masters, while two passing observations. . instructing their pupils out of the In looking over the Appendix to Scriptures; and they frequently this Report, we have been restrainbecome the medium of communi- ed from extracting some interesting cating the knowledge of Divine communications whịch it contains, truth to their respective families by perceiving that almost every avd neighbourhoods.
page brings before the public, " Another branch of the Society's statements of collisions with the concerns is, the instruction which Catholic clergy, and rather strong is afforded to adults. The masters complaints of the conduct of that of the schools have a class of adult body. We are not surprised that pupils, on mornings and evenings, such collisious should occur, nor on Sundays and holidays; and also that the agents of the Society lend Testaments to such as can should have frequent cause to comread, every Sunday. H itude plain of unreasonable opposition:
It is, stated, that the people in but then we do vot think that the general begin to shew a spirit of best way of disarming that opposireligious inquiry, and that they now tion, and of conciliating the Cathoseem athirst for the Word of Life; lic clergy and people, is to publish that many parents, who not long since the instances of splenetic or intemwould have refused to receive the perate conduct which a priest may New Testament into their houses, exhibit. The Society would not make are now anxious to procure it for the less progress either in England the instruction of their children, or Ireland, if it exercised some forwhile in those parts of Ireland, bearance and self-denial in this rewhere no schools are yet establish spect, and if such recitals as those ed, it is almost impossible to gain to which we alludes were either the attention of the lower orders to entirely oniitted or at least merged the Word of God; and also, that in generalities. It may be perthere are particular instances, of anfectly right to attack the errors of affecting kind, in which religious Popery, and to expose the bigotry iustruction 'has been blessed to ayd intolerance, or other misconchildren, and, through them, has duct, of the Romish clergy but interested the hearts of their pa: this seems a work which should be rents, enabling both to experience, left, by such a society as this, in Divine consolation and support, in other hands to 13 y 19toit mati ** the hovels of poverty, in seasons Asowarm friends also to the ob of sickness, and at the hour of jects of this and of all religious death;'?'1 s 1
societies, we would take this occt.
t. 6,38 sod-audo
sion of recommending to them the several visitors, who all expressed un. uniform employment of a measured common satisfaction, both with the tone in speaking of their owu exer- progress of the scholars, and the dilitions, and of the effects which at
gence and conduct of the teacher,
during the short session of three months tend them. The influence eyen of
he resided amongst us. Of the above striking instances of success, we number, there were eight able to read are quite sure, is always weakened, the Old Testament distinctly, twentyin the minds of sober Englishmen two the New Testament and Psalm. at least, by whatever is tumid in book, and the remaining thirty-nine description, or overstrained in the were making considerable progress in way of inference: to say nothing the First Book. Among these, there of what is exaggerated or too ex
were men and women from thirty to clusive in pretension,
forty years, and upwards, as well as children, The one half, at least, of
the whole, did not know a letter till SOCIETY FOR THE SUPPORT last winter.' This school bas been re
OF GAELIC SCHOOLS. opened this session, with the prospect The last Report of this Society of a larger number of scholars." which has reached us, is dated 'the
“ Strathmore, in the same parish. 29th of Nov. 1814. At that time, the In a letter of the 28th September last, circulating teachers employed by them our correspondent, Mr. Findlater, says, occupied twenty-two stations in the 'Two of my Elders accompanied me Highlands of Scotland, and trelre in there, on Monday last, when we found the Islands. At ten of the stations in
fifty on the list, both children and the Highlands, and seven in the Islands, adults. Eleven were reading the Old, which had originally been occupied by nineteen the New Testament, and the the Society's schoolmasters, but from other twenty-two, (three of whom were which they had been removed, either absent,) were making commendable schoolmasters, bired by the people at progress in reading their Psalm-books their own expense, continued the work
and First Books. Their progress, inof instruction, or it was continued by
deed, exceeded my expectations, and the people themselves, who attended to was gratifying to the parents and vi. their own education, and mutually
sitors. The services of the young man helped each other forward. The follow there, to whom yon gave five pounds as ing extracts from the Report will ena- a donation of encouragement, conduced ble our readers to appreciate the bene. to initiate them in reading Gaelic. fits of that system of circulating schools
I trust now, with very little assistance which this Society has adopted, and of from the same young man, and others which a particular description will be
particular deseription will be who are advanced, they will be able found in our preceding volumes. (See
to proceed by themselves. It is a Vol. for 1811, pp. 195 and 817; and Vol. pleasing consideration, that the Bible for 1813, p. 191.)
is no longer a sealed book among them: * “ Durin, in the parish of Duirness
it is read now in several families, by At this school, which was opened last some of the children, before family winter, there were above fifty scholars, prayer is offered up by the parent." and towards the close of the session “ Glencalvie, in tlie parish of Kin. the attendance increased considerably. cardine, Ross-shire. At this school, The people manifested the greatest de which was opened last summier, the sire of being instructed, by attending people have displayed an eagerness to pot only duripg the day-time, but also acquire instruction, which must prove at night, carrying peats and light along
highly gratifying to all the members of with them, and hardly dismissing at
this Society. The Rev. Alexander ten o'clock. During the last month Macbean, mipister of the parish, in a of the session,' says the Rev. William letter dated the 9th of August, says, ' I Fiudlater, minister of the parish have now the satisfaction to inform you,
there were sixty-nine who derived in that the school has coinmenced, and is struction from your Society's liberality. attended by about forty scholars of al. These (except a very few, who were most all ages, from, infancy to fifty necessarily detained) I had the plea- years. I visited it some days ago, and sure of examining at the Parochial had great pleasure in witnessing the School-house, and in the presence of desire slewn by all the inhabitants of