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CuatawHie upwards of 40 scholars, several of whom have learnt to read the Scriptures, who, before they entered the School, were unable to read a letter. The third was opened at PaddingtonCbapd on t!i, 5th March, and at present contain* upwards of 280 children, and about io teachers. The fourth was opened at Uounslot* on Sunday the 23d April, when about JO children were admitted.

The Committee have divided thcdi.trict iutosettensub-di visions, to each of which a secretary is appointed, in order to facilitata tbt businejs of -the L'oiou, which is going on as prosperous as its ■«st sanguine friends could wish. TJiere are .upwards of fifty schools within the district, the greater part ,of which have joined (1? Inioo, and reported their numbers, which amounts to 7032 children, and 703 t ai hers.

T.i.- Committee cannot conclude this report without stating that tine spirit of union has been fuily manifested by the teachers throughout the whole district, and rejoice in the prospect which la;> before them for the cultivation of the barren fields; they thu return their most sincere thanks for the very liberal support thej ba\e already experienced from the friends of the rising geuentuua; ud trust that the good work which has already ccun

aeocol kill be crowned willi an abundant blessing by Him who

"duut as pleaseth in the armies of heaven, and amongst the

inJubiUaU of the earth."

THE central and North London Auxiliary Sunday School I own, lie most recently established, reports 43 Schools la thedist/ict, of which <J9 have already joined the society. Two Schools that were declining have been revived. A donation, pf £b has been presented to the Parent Society.

\ our Committee have the pleasure to report the formation of die (j following new Sunday School Unions in the country: The Warrington:—The Wilts and East Somerset—The South Ijjjcowouc and Isle of lily—The Tuubrklgc—The Bedford— Tbe Duisky and Uley.

Lxtsact of a Letter from the Secretaries of the Wakrisgion Sunday School Union.

WITH respect to the present state of our Schools, we are happy to state that each is, upon the whole, in an increasing and noiirishiog condition. Since the commencement of the Union •e ha»e opened two new Schools; one at a village called Moor, and tb* other at Poulton, near this town: the former belongs to rtw Methodist and the latter to Lady Huntingdon's connection. Both are considered very promising; each containing 100 scholars and unaards.

TH£ Wiltshire and East Somerset Sunday School Union has been recently-formed, and also an Auxiliary Sunday School


Union at Trowbridge: your Committee have not jet received any reports.

Extract of a Letter from the Secretaries of the South Lincolnshire and Isle Of Ely Sunday School Unions.

WE feel a peculiar pleasure in being enabled to state unto you, and to the friends of Sunday Schools, that a Union has been formed in this part of the kingdom, which is called the South Lincolnshire and Isle of Ely Sunday School Union, and which we trust will, under the influence of the Divine Spirit, be the blessed instrument of bringing many to righteousness.

Our institution was formed in January, 1814, and though, we differ in some respects from the constitution of the generality of Sunday School Unions, (owing to our local situation) yet we trust that our plans for the diffusion of knowledge will prove equally acceptable to that Wise Being whose superintending Providence is directed for the happiness of his creatures.

From our reports (which we inclose) you will perceive that we held two half,yearly meetings, by rotation, at the different places in which the Schools are. The business commences at eleven o'clock, and continues until public worship in the evening, when a sermon is delivered to the teachers; the ministers of the different denominations preaching by turns. Our number of Schools at our first half-yearly meeting was eight, consisting of upwards of 56l children, taught by 80, gratuitous teachers. At our second half-yearly meeting, which was held at Wisbech, in January last, the number of Schools was 12, children 886, teachers 121, so that our increase in the half-year was 4 Schools, 325 children, 32 teachers.

Both these meetings proved highly pleasing to all, and we hope have had a beneficial influence on the minds of some.

We are exceedingly happy to find that these meetings arc like that noble institution, whose branches are extending to the remotest corners of the earth, the British and Foreign Bible Society, highly calculated to remove party prejudice, and at the same time to cultivate that beloved and" amiable principle of Christian charity, which was so eminently conspicuous in the character and practice of our Divine Lord and Master,

NO recent Report has been received from He Tunbridge Sunday School Union.

THE Bedford Sunday School Union has been lately formed, and has published " An Invitation to assist the attempts of the Bedford Sunday School Union, for the instruction qf the Children of the Poor, addressed by the Committee to the Inhabitants of the Town and County of Bedford; from this address your Committee present the following extracts:

Of all the benevolent institutions of the present age, none seems better calculated to distinguish and benefit the British nation than the establishment of Sunday Schools, for the instruction of the childrep of the poor and miserable cottager. These institutions tend most to inspire a fear of God, loyalty to the king, aod good-will to mankind—as also to the consummation of the desire of our beloved monarch, "that every child in his dominions might be able to read the Bible.

The children of the town of Bedford have for a considerable tine enjoyed the advantage of gratuitous sabbath instruction, as Sun.lay Schools have long been formed, both in the Establishment ind among the various classes of Dissenters; but it is to be lamented that hundreds of children in the surrounding Villages are entirely destitute of such a privilege. The grand object of the ■umbers of this Union is to direct their attention to those forlorn tad neglected tribes of their fellow-creatures, and they hope not to rest from their labour until every child, capable of receiving instruction, w ithin the precincts of the county of Bedford, is able to read the Bible. Beholdi g the general activity which surrounds them—considering the immense practical good and national felicity this system of tuition is calculated to produce, the mem* kentf the Committee feel themselves imperiously called upon to

ose every laudable endeavour to accomplish an object so much


The principles upon w hich this society is founded, and on which tie? intend to proceed, will, it is hoped, be deemed unexceptionable, aad in every respect liberal. Without attaching themselves to any party, they earnestly solicit the co-operatioa of all—their object is to promote the instruction of indigent children, and thus improte the condition of the rising generation.

The Committee respectfully beg the cordial co-operation of the established clergy and ministers of religion of every denomination, in the various towns and villages throughout the county of Bedford, and solicit the patronage and support of the principal inhabitants of .those villages where Schools are established, or may be hereafter formed: the object of the Union being not to make proselytes to any sect or party, but to " instruct the youthful mind, and teach the young idea how to shoot," and to comprehend the meaning of that volume of inspiration which contains the funda-. mental doctrines of every protestant church.

With these benevolent views the Committee enter an extensive nVId, aod anticipate that success which is inseparably connected *ith Christian unanimity. The Committee hope: to convince the Briii>h public, that although an immortal Howard (who supported a Sunday school at his individual expence) is no longer a resident in their neighbourhood, the sacred tire of philanthropy was not ettiajuUhed in the county of Bedford when that prodigy of beue▼oleace quitted the world.

Extract of a Letter from the Secretary of the Dursiey and Uley Sunday School Union.

OUR fitst quarterly rheeting for prayer to Almighty God to trtess our endeavours, was held at Uley in July 1813, when three of the members engaged in prayer, and an appropriate address was delivered by a minister, suitable hymns were sung Wove each prayer.

Second meeting in October, was held at Cam, conducted en the

Same plan (as they all are.) >

Third meeting in January, Was held at the Tabernacle, Dursley,

when the secretary delivered the following report:

At the Tabernacle Sunday School are taught 2J)0 children.

Chapel, Dursley Sunday School 2$3

Uley ditto 170

Cam .....ditto' 130


136 of that number admitted since the second quarterly meetm After the third meeting, it wa9 unanimously agreed to exte

the services of the Union to neighbouring villages, namely, tl

more, Cambridge, and Nymphsfield, to be regularly supplied

two teachers from the Union, at which places schools have b

Established with great success.

Fourth meeting in April, was held at the chapel, Dursley. Fifth meeting, July, Uley chapel; when the secretary deli\(

the following report of the number of children taught by


Dursley Tabernacle, including 10 adults

Ditto, Chapel ditto--l6

Cam ditto-' 3 •••

UTey ditto-• 2

Halmore 65; Cambridge, 74; Nympbsfield.•• • 103 ••••

Last report • •

Increase since last. Sixth meeting in October, was lield at Cam meeting, which it was agreed to establish a school at rvingscote, um direction of the Union, which was accomplished beyond pectations.

Seventh meeting in January 181.5, was held at the Tabi Dursley, when the secretary delivered the report:

Dursley Tabernacle School 304. c

DittoChapcI ditto 3G3

Cam..-.. ditto--.^ 191

Uley ditto...... 17<>

Nymphsficld, 110; Cowley, 119 . . 22£>

Cambridge, 60; Halmore, 5(T . 110

Kiug-cote 100


Last report - • •• 125*

Increase..... • 219 Eighth meeting in April was held at the Chapel, Durslcy, where h was resolved to extend the Union to Siiortwood, from the solicitation of the teachers belonging to the Sunday School long since established there, therefore the next quarterly meeting in July •ill be held there.

It is worthy of remark, that the children of the three village schools, llalford, Nymphsfield, and Kingscote, have subscribed upwards of three thousand pence for Bibles and Testaments. I rejoice to mention, that at all the village schools established by the Union, the Lord has brought forward some who have kindly feat their hand in the work, particularly Kingscote, where our eadwours have been seconded beyond our most sanguine e*.atrtatwM.

1 am happy to say our quarterly meetings have been productive of ranch good to the institution, by animating our efforts, strengthens! o«r hands in the work, and uniting all in bonds of love and peace. You will perceive by the reports, that the number of children awler the teaching of the Union, have very considerably increased since the commencement; but it is not in the number of chiMrtn 1 would congratulate my associates in labour, but on the nurnix r of those to w hom they have been made instilments of impressing on their tender minds a lively concern for their immortal •oak 1 natter myself there are many tbat have, through the trace of God have, imbibed serious impressions; pray with us that their number may be increased, and that in these our imperfect aaboors, a single eye may be kept to the glory of God.

THE Reports of the Sunday School Unions previously tstablished, are become increasingly interesting, as will be evinced by the following extracts: .

Extract from Ike Report of the NoTTiNeHAM Sunday School Union.

THE committee of this Union, hail with great satisfaction, the return of the anniversary of an institution which they are persuaded has contributed very materially to promote the cause of iilibuth Schools, the best interests of the rising generation, and the enlargement of the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Canst And, while they reflect with pleasure on the fruit which has been already produced, they look forward, with an animating tapecution, and with a firm reliauce upon the Divine blessing, to

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