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of such institutions as are more especially that there will be no weariness on their clerical they are obviously disinterested, part, so long as ignorance, error, and unand deserve the warmest thanks of all belief, remain to be informed, reclaimed, classes. His Lordship begged therefore aod refuted. to give the health of Lord Kenyon and Many additional subscriptions and dothe respectable body of Laity who were nations have been received by the Comthen present.
mittee during the last year. Lord Kenyon replied, that he and the The numbers of Books distributed by laymen present had done no more than the Committee since the last Report, is as their duty in supporting a Society which follows: 375 Bibles, 257 Testaments, 960 80 well consulted the religious, the civil, Common Prayer Books, 872 boumd Books, and the social interests of mankind;-and, and 4298 half-bound Tracts, &c, the whole as they had done their duty, 80 wonld it of which, to the PARENT SOCIETY, a. always be their pleasure to encourage and mounted to 2311. 45. 9d. but, owing to the sustain all the Societies that day recom- very liberal terins on which its Members are meuded from the Chair.
supplied, the funds of the Committee have Lord Kenyon again rose, and stated, that been charged only 1801. 18. 11d, for them*. for thegratification of his personal and here. The benefits, which we trust have been ditaryfeelings, he had obtained permission to derived from our endeavours to promote give a toast usually given from the Chair. Christian Knowledge, may be estimated It was a common saying, Justitiæ soror by a reference to our Annual Reports; Fides - he would add, Fidei soror Justitia. while the advantage which bas resulted to He proposed the health of Mr. Justice the PARENT Society, through whose in. Park and the Judges of the land.
strumentality we have been enabled to be Mr. Justice Park, with great feeling, thus useful, may be seen in the printed acknowledged the honour done him and Account of Benefactions received by the his brother Judges, who were unavoid Society from Diocesan and District ably absent on the occasion, and added, Committees. When it is considered that tliat he had seen for three and thirty years in the last year alone we have distributed the gradual progress of the Society from nearly sixteen hundred Bibles and Prayer small to great, and that nothing had Books, we may be allowed to hope that afforded him greater satisfaction than its our labour will not be entirely bestowed growing prosperity.—The Company then in vain; but that some of the good seed, retired.
so plentifully sown, has fallen on good ground, and by the Divine blessing will
bring forth fruit accordingly. It is, moreThe Tenth Report of the Chichester
over, satisfactory to us to reflect, that, Diocesan and District Committee,
through the encouragement and assistance no commute, with which we have been so highly favour
wir Established in 1812, in aid of the ed, we have had it in our power, not only Society for Promoting Christian to provide for the necessities of our poor Knowledge.
neighbours in the District, but in the In submitting the Tenth Annual Report of
twelfth year of our establishment, to contheir proceedings, the Chichester Dioce.
tribute a Donation of upwards of 1001. san Committee of the SOCIETY FOR PRO
towards furthering the general desigus of MOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE antici.
the Parent Society. pate with pleasure the gratification with
So successful have been the endeavours which the friends of the Church of England
of the friends of education to diffuse the will receive the intelligence of their in
blessings of it around them, that the creasing prosperity.
Notwithstanding that each succeeding * A comparison between the cost and year, since the establishment of the Com- selling prices of the Society, will shew mittee in 1812, has exhibited a progres- the reasonableness of the Tenth Standing sive improvement in its affairs and objects, Rule, which stipulates that “ an entire it is with peculiar satisfaction that general third of all Subscriptions and Receipts by attention is invited to the following state sale of Books, &c. be transmitted as a ment; by which it will appear that the Donation to the Society." The amount same readipess to give, apıl gladness to dis- of the Donation sent up by the Chichester tribute, which has all along been mani. Diocesan Committee, for the year 1823, is fested by the friends and promoters of this 1011. 38. Ild, which sum, ample as it may excellent Institution, still characterizes appear, does not make good the loss sus. their zeal, and authorizes the humble hope tained by the SOCIETY.
means of knowledge may be said to have and seconded by Sir T. B. Pechell, was been brought within reach of most of the unanimously adopted : lower classes. The faculty of reading, and understanding what they read, owing “ To the Right Reverend Father in God, to the improved system upon which they C hristopher, by Divine Permission are generally taught, is no longer confined Lord Bishop of Gloucester, to their superiors. There are few who do not, or may not, possess it. This ac
“Called as you have been, under the quirement has created in them, as might guidance of Divine Providence, to the naturally be expected, a desire for infor- high and arduous office of a Bishop in the mation, and the SocieTY FOR PROM(). Church of Christ ; We, the Vice PresiTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE, with a debts and Members of the Chichester provident foresight of their wants, has not
Diocesan Committee of the Society for left them to “run here and there for meat, Promoting Christian Knowledge, of which and grudge if they be not satisfied,” but you have been for many years the zealous at the same time that, from its permanent and active President, cannot but rejoice list, it provides them with a plentiful sup
if sun in your elevation; and, as Members of ply of spiritual food in the Holy Scrip
the Church of England, look forward with tures, and other works of a purely religi
other works of a purely religi. pleasure to the good effects, which under ous character, presents them, also in its the Divine blessing, we are persuaded will Supplemental Catalogue, with a judicious
result from your labours in a more extenselection of works of a lighter cast, as a
sive field for their exertion.
With the source of moral entertainment.
voice of gratulation, however, will mingle The Committee, sensible of the expe
that of regret, when we reflect that your dience of combining amusement with in- promotion will deprive this institution of struction, will be happy to afford every a President, to whose zeal and unremitfacility in their power to the formation of
ting attention it owes so much of its preLending Libraries. They hope to see the sent prosperity and success. We pray day when every Scbool, if not every
that the Divine Grace which has called Parish within the District, is provided you to this great work will comfort and with a Library of this description
strengthen you in the discharge of it, and The advancement of the Dean of Chi
with the niost sincere wishes for your chester to the Bishoprick of Gloucester
briek of Gloucester health, happiness, and welfare, we subhas deprived the Committee of the super- scribe ourselves, &c. &c." intendence of a President, under whose To the foregoing address, signed by the auspices it has been raised to a degree of noble Chairman, and nearly eighty other. efficiency and importance, which few sini. Members of the Committee, the following lar Institutions have hitherto attained, and reply has been received by the Secretary. none have surpassed. The Committee could not contemplate the dissolution of a
London, April 24, 1824. connection which had been productive of
Rev. and dear Sir, so much satisfaction to themselves, and of
You will have the goodness to commu80 much benefit to society, without some
nicate to the Members of the Chichester memorial of their gratitude and respect
Diocesan Committee of the Society for and accordiogly at the last Quarterly
Promoting Cbristian Knowledge my Irigh Meeting (which was attended by his Grace
sense of the honour which they have done the Duke of Richmond in the chair-the
me in addressing to me their congratulaRight Hon. Lord Selsey, Lord G. Lennox,
tions on my late promotion; and to preSir Thomas Brooke Pechell, Bart, M.P.
sent them (the noble Chairman of your Sir James Brisbane, the Venerable Arch
Meeting, particularly, the noble mover; deacon of Chichester, the Canons Residentiary, the Prebendaries, and the prin.
' and the seconder of the address) my best
acknowledgments and warmest thauks for cipal Clergy and Laity of the District) the
this distinguished mark of thicir kindness following Address, moved by Lord Selsey, and favonrable opinion
Though the affairs of the Committee * With a view to promote the establish. have succeeded beyond our expectations, ment of Lending Libraries, the Committee daring the time I have been hononred with undertake to supply any School or Parish, the office of its President, I am conscious where such Library is formed, with a copy that it is in no respect indebted to me for of the Society's Family Bible at the cost its success. My residence at Chichester price, and to be at the expence of the has been only partial : and the zealous binding. •
exertions of the venerable Archdeacon,
the Secretary, the Clergy of the District, reference to the Bible, as the fountain of and the Friends and Favorers of the In- all her doctrines, with her constant appeal stitution, have left me little opportunity to the precepts and practice of Christ and of taking an active part in promoting its his Apostles, as the model of all her rites prosperity.
sand ordinances,-has nothing to fear, but Sensible as I am of the great import- exery tking to hope, from this advanceance of these Institutions to the promotion ment of the faculties of the human miod, of Christian Knowledge and practice, I and from the spirit of investigation to offer np my fervent prayers to the Al which it has given birth. But the popumighty for the welfare and success of your lation of the kingdom has been progresComarittee, and shall always feel the most sively increasing beyond the capacity of lively interest in its charitable and pious her Churches and Chapels, and to keep labours; and I am confident that, under a pace with the limes, she must erect new more able and efficient President, it will places of Worship, * as well as provide all continue to increase in numbers, revenue, the other means which it may be in her and usefulness.
power for the religious education of her The Committee may be assured that I people. am deeply sensible of the importance and Of the Clergy, animated as they genedifficnlty of the situation to which I have rally appear to be, to supply by National been promoted, and I am truly thankful to and Parochial Schools, by catechetical them for the prayer which they offer in lectures, &c, the increasing demand for my behalf to the fountain of strength and Christian Knowledge, it cannot be exwisdom; as yet I have but little expe- pected that their natural powers will sufrieuce of the burdens attached to my fice, under the most regular attention to office in the Church of Christ, but I hum their ministerial functions, and by the bly trust to God's grace for assistance and most unwearied parochial visitations to support in the discharge of its arduous and complete the edification of all the persons momentous duties.
committed to their charge by oral instrucI cannot conclude without adding my tion. They must have the means presentbest wishes and fervent prayers for the ed to them of aidiog their own labours by health and happiness of the individual an increased distribution of the word of Members of your Committee, and ex- God, and of that excellent formulary of pressing my most grateful sense of the Christian worship, which the Church of kindness, which I lrave uniformly expe- England has founded thereupon. And, as rienced at Chichester in this and every the enemy of souls is still permitted for the other capacity,
trial of human virtue, to roam the earth: Believe me to be,
as it is his unceasing endeavour to beguile Rev. and dear Sir,
the senses and captivate the judgment, and Your faithful Friend and Brother, to make, as in the case of our first parents,
even the thirst for knowledge a snare for Rev. W. W. HOLLAND, Secretary those who may not suspect his specious of the Diocesan Committee, fc. wiles, other means are required to check
Consolatory and cheering as is the view bis insidious progress. To rendove the of the good already achieved by the Com. obscurities which have in process of time mittee, and of the respectable patronage gathered over the sacred volame, to set in by which their designs bave been fostered their proper light those holy truths which and advanced, they are conscious that the passions of man are ever inciting him much yet remains to be done.-The to misinterpret or to misapply, further expowers of the human mind have within a positions of the letter of the sacred vo. few years awakened, as it were, from a
Jame, and written illustrations of its long sleep. The lower orders of the spirit, become necessary in furtherance of Cominanity, who intent upon their worldly
ministerial exertions. These expositions pursuits, with little either of leisure or and illustrations, composed principally by ability to study the Scriptures, used impli
the Clergy, but in a few honourable incitly to rely upon their Teachers, now
stances by their lay brethren, the Society learn to read and think for themselyes
have long and abundantly supplied in variand as was to liave been expected, and ous Books and Tracts, now amounting to by no means to be deplored, scan with some jealousy those doctrines which they * The Committee have great pleasure heretofore admitted with little or no exa in announcing that arrangements have mination. The change is most important been made for rebuilding the Parish to the cause of Truth, and consequently to Church of St. Bartholomew, in Chichesthe interests of Morality and Religion, ter, which was totally destroyed by the The Church of England, with her ready Paršiamentary Forces in 1642. .
several hundreds; and, as has been before ples of the Established Church, was intimated, are constantly issuing new held at the Central School, Baldwin's Treatises adapted to the changed, and perGardens, on Thursday, June 3. haps improving, taste of modern times.
Present-His Grace the ArchTo insure, therefore, the uninterrupted
of bishop of Canterbury, in the Chair ; issue of Bibles, of Prayer Books, and of those approved Treatises of Christian in the Archbishop of York; the Bi. struction and Moral entertainment, the shops of London, Worcester, GlouCommittee respectfully, but earnestly cester, Lincoln, Oxford, and Exesolicit, their present Friends not only to ter; the Dean of Worcester; Rev. continue their subscriptions, but to advo- Doctors Walmsley. Inglis, D'Ovly. cate with unremitted zeal, the cause of
Burrow, Hawes, Wordsworth, Crane, the Institution in their respective neighbourhoods. Thus will they be the happy
aud Hollingworth ; the members of instruments of “ turning many to righte- the General Committee and many ousness," who might otherwise be lost to others of the Clergy and Laity. : peace in this world, and to happiness in As soon as the Chair had been the next-thus will they enjoy the glori- taken by the Archbishop of Can. ous opportunity of snatching ingenuous and terbury,' the Secretary, Dr. Walmsunsuspecting youth ---and uninstructed age,
seley, opened the business of the meetas forlorn and pitiable, from the dangers : wbich every where surround the path of iog, by reading the Report of the life-thus will they save them from those proceedings of the Society during fatal errors which spring from unwarranted the last year. interpretations of holy writ, which mislead The Archbishop of Canterbury rose to the moral sense, and teach the soul to re- move that the Report then read be adopts pose in a fallacious security; but, above ed and printed. His Grace said, that all, thus will they effectually guard them
after the clear and satisfactory, account against that spirit of infidelity which seeks which they had just heard, there remained at once to intercept from fallen man the little with which he conld havet
little with which he could have to trouble light of Heaven, and to disqualify him for them; but he could not help congratuits pure felicities.
lating them that he saw around him the (By order of the Committee,)!
same persons as were engaged the day W. W. HOLLAND. before (at the Society for the Enlargement
SECRETARY. of Churches in the same cause ; for it was Account of Bibles, COMMON PRAYER- obvious that the one undertaking without
Books, TRACTS, &c. distributed by the the other would be but an imperfect work. COMMITTEE, between the Audit of At the last annual meeting the Society 1822 and the Audit of 1823.
was in want of money, but it did not disBibles ..............
continue its work then in progress; it
even ventured to incur a debt, but it has Testaments ...........
now a fund which not only completely Common Prayers ....... 960 Bound Books.......... 872
exonerates it from the burthen of its enStitched Tracts ........ 4298
gagements, but ensures new vigour and
efficacy to its widely extended operations, Total..6762
His Grace added, that he had himself wit
nessed the very great advantage which had The whole Number of Books distributed
been derived to the lower ranks from the
diffusion of the National System of educasince the ESTABLISHMENT of the Com
tion, as it was manifested in the candiMittee in 1812, is
dates for confirmation, · The difference * Bibles ............
between the last and preceding confirmaTestaments ........
tions, in respect of the due qualification of Common Prayers .. 7211
the young people was most marked; and do Bound Books ...... 6687
stronger or more gratifying evidence of Stitched Tracts .... 28,584 the benefits arising from religious educan
tion could possibly be given. Grand Total. .46,579
General Thornton fully concurred with
the Report on all the topics which had NATIONAL SOCIETY. been mentioned in it, especially on that of
the King's letter; but lamented that the The annual meeting of the Na
boys were not instructed in soine useful tional Society for Promoting the works of industry, and expressed bis apEducation of the Poor in the Princis prehension that to the omission of some
mode of teaching the children to earn a principles there instilled, nor to have cast subsistence after they have left the schools off the lawless habits they had acquired bewas to be attributed the lamentable fact of fore their admission, so many juvenile offenders being brought Lord Calthorpe begged permission to to justice for their crimes, of the streets move the thanks of the meeting to the and prisons being filled with youthful de most Reverend President for his great predators, and of the shocking scenes of kiudness and condescension in devoting so depravity and destitution in which so many much of his valuable time to the business children were continually discovered. The of the Society, and for his unwearied zeal General concluded by moving, “ That it and exertions in promotiong its interests. be a special recommendation to the several His Lordship was not unprepared to admit National Schools to devote half the time that some of the observations which fell appointed for school hours in the employ- from General Thornton were deserving of ment of boys as well as girls in some sort the consideration of the Society, though he of labour or business."
thought them premature, and such as onght • After a pause, during which no one ap rather to be referred to the Committee peared to second the motion, the Bishop for discussion in a less official manner than of Worcester remarked, that as there was introduced upon an occasiou like the preno seconder, he presumed tho motion sent. His Lordship was not insensible to must fall to the ground,
the dangers to which the rising generation The Archbishop of Canterbury then rose was exposed in an age of luxury and disand said, that there was one part of the sipation. It was a melancholy fact, that General's speech to which he felt himself in the calendars of offences, and in the called upon to offer a reply, because it prisons so great a puniber of juvenile dewas of the greatest importance that the linquents are to be seen; but were it not fact alluded to should be rightly under: for this institution, he was perfectly per. stood, and he was sure that it could only suaded, the number would be far greater. arise from a misunderstanding of the real The Church of England would have been circumstances of the case, that the General unfaithful to her character, and would had thought it expedient to urge the argu- have acted inconsistently with the cordial ments he bad used. He had charged upon spirit of humanity and Christian zeal, the mode, or at least on the deficiency, which she is wont at all times to display, of education received in National Schools if she had abstained from using her best the crimes of the children, whose deplora. endeavours to rescue the rising generable conduct and condition excited so tion from the danger to which it is exmuch disgust in the mind of the public; posed. The labours of the institution are but his Grace had the high satisfaction of to be the more appreciated, because the being able to assure the meeting that this schools under its direction are in general charge was altogetber groundless, that the peculiarly well managed. The instruction very contrary was proved by experience which is furnished in them is inost judicito be the truth. And this assurance he ously adapted to the age, the mind, and gave upon the authority of those who the abilities of the scholars ; the improvewere best qualified to ascertain the fact, ment is gradual and certain; the system of those who had professionally been en tends to cherish no principle of irregular abled to pay the strictest attention to the mischievous exertion, no ungoverned imgubject; and who unanimously declare, pulse, but rather a sober, chastised prin. that the establishment of National Schools ciple of action, giving the character by dehas not only not contributed to crime, but grees a steady, consistent, moral, and rehas very materially lessened it among ligious tone. We may surely anticipate those classes, who, without such education, that children so bronght up will preserve are usually found to be the most profligate. their earliest impressions : it will be found
The Bishop of Exeler wished to add to that the Society enlists into the service of the foregoing testimony, the fact which the Church the operations of their mature had been stated, and reinained uncontra- judgment, and that their feelings and habits dicted, that not one child educated in a will contribute essentially to its stability National School had been brought to jug- and strength. We may already observe tice. It had, indeed, happened that in a' that this effect is produced. 'Besides, the few, and a very few instances, children benefit of these schools is not a single had been committed, who were said to be one, it is not confined to the first and im. from National Schools; but it had been mediate object, but it is diffused ou discovered upon due investigation that every side and through various channels. either they had been dismissed as incorri. The connexion which the system tends to gible, or had been so very short a time in establish between the clergyman and his the scbool, as neither to have imbibed the flock, bringing him into contact with ibe.