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Your committee having opened a correspondence with, and attoched themselves to, the Sunday School Union in London, have b^en 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 mate* rally economised; and it is iu contemplation to establish « depository of books suitable for Sunday Schools where such as are connected with the Union will be entitled to purchase them at cost prices.
Extract from the Report of the Essex Sundat
Chelmsfbtd, April 29,1815. IS again transmitting to you our Annual Report of the Essex Suniaj School Union, we feel much satisfaction in observing that oar expectations have been realised, and our conviction of the utility of Sunday School Unions has been strengthened and ->ubiijied. Old Schools have increased, new ones have been opened under the most pleasing auspices, and repeated instances ui' usefulness have sufficiently demonstrated that the work is of tic Lord; with this persuasion we feel increasing encouragement to press forward, believing that in due time we shall reap if we taint not.
There are 15 Sunday Schools connected with this Union, containing 1170 children, and 184- teachers.
In reference to the Sunday School at Chelmsford, We have to observe, that the attendance of the children has in general been regular, and a very pleasing instance of usefulness has odcurre'd during the past year, as stated in the Sunday School'Repository for April 1815. We have recently adopted the plan of addressing the children colJectivelv, with a view of impressing their mind;, with the importance of a personal acquaintance with those tktass that concern their eternal interests, which, Under the blessing, we hope will be attended with many beneficial
A new School has been opened at Kelvedon. 'A letter, dated Not. i, 181-t, says, 1 received yours of the 31st this day, arid, in compliance with your request, cheerfully return an answer to tbeteveral questions contained in your letter. We have now 70 > in our Sunday School, 23 girls aad 47 hoys, to whom there are 11 teachers, 7 males and 4 females; and I think I mav justly say, very suitable persons, who fear God and regatA Vis institutions. I can only say at present that the morals of the children are better, and that their progress in learning to wad, &c. is greater than we could have expected. 1 would also inform you, we have commenced-a;i Adult School consisting of 12 males and S females.
Chisshill, March 10, 1815.—Our friend observes. Our Schoo commenced February 5, 1815, with the most pleasing prosper of extensive usefulness, and now consists of 70 boys anil near t girls, to whom we expect a very considerable increase,. Tl earnestness they discover, the diligence of their attendance, ai their extensive improvement, are to me a matter of most prate) surprise; especially when I consider that many of these cAiMt have been literally brought from the high-ways and hedges, a from those employments which often end in an ignominious c The influence of our school on the parents of some of tli children is already visible; one old man in particular, seem: be deeply impressed with a sense of the importance of ete things. Our young friends, give me much satisfaction, nea; have geneiously come forward to this good work. Our is in its infancy, we want help, and any thing which you cons as beneficial wc shall receive with thankfulness, and improve fidelity. The same correspondent, in a letter, dated Apri 1815, says, Our school has increased to near 200, and is inc ing, so that we want very much a supply of books.
Dunmow, April 3, 1815.—I have the pleasure to inform that our Sunday School consists of about 70 children, soi them who can now read very well in the Testament, did not their letters when they entered the school. The teacher taken great pains in storing their memories with useful knov and I have no doubt the time is coming, when at least sc them will *' rise up and call them blessed,'* as the honou struments of their preservation from vice and misery, and c first acquaintance with the principles and duties of the ( A child who was in our school of the name of Little, die< giving very hopeful evidence of a work of grace upon hi In the former part of his illness he was fretful and pceV' for many months before his departure he was full of patie gratitude. He seems to have had proper views of htmsi sinner, and of the Gospel method of salvation. It wa much what this child said, as what he did, that satisfied that the Holy Spirit had accompanied Divine Truth wV to his heart. He was humble, teachable, and childlike the prayers of others, intreatcd them to pray to him, a he valued the society of the righteous, " beheld the tram and was grieved;" he was about 10 years of age wH«■ i His favourite book was Jaucway's Token for Children not hope tlmt something he had heard at school or Lu t 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 Cojtmitteeo/ the Stroud Sunday .school Union.
One of the principal objects for which the members of this Union 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 couviction, that the meetings which have been held during the year, have made them more than ever before zealously affected in this good work. The pleasing instances which have btto 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 tecrelary of the Sunday School Union in London, whose judicious and mlous exhortations, contributed greatly to the interest of the * laetung, and to the advantage of those who were present. One point on which Mr. Lloyd touched, the committee deem it proper tortca/ to the minds of the members of the Union. He adverted to the abundant supply of teachers with which some of the school} 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, ■ben circumstances allowed, to give a constant attendance. Many advantages are doubtless connected with such an attendance, tveyoml 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 tend detachments to places which were destitute, either to estabush 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 AVhitmoudav. 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 Sunday Schools the exhortation once addressed to Peter—"Peed my iambs." The influence of reflections of this nature was evidently felt by the ministers who conducted the religious services of the day.
The scenes of the morning of that day were excellent preparatives for the duties, of the evening, when 300 teachers met with one accord, in one place, to hear the Word of God. They hcatd with attention and with profit. At subsequent meetings the most satisfactory proofs were given, that the effect of the services of that day had been an increase in many of the schools in the number both of teachers and of scholars, together with a visible improvement in point of diligence on the part of each.
The second of the objects for which this Uuion was formed was improvement in the method of instruction by means of hint on the subject, whi'eh it was expected the Society would, fro: various quarters, receive. This expectation has not been di appointed, and many useful suggestions have been offered at tl quarterly meetings.
The third object proposed to be answered by the Union, v the opening of new schools where they might be needed; a Under this head your committee have the pleasure to state, t during the year seven new schools have been established, viz Standish, at the Thrup, at Painswick Slad, at Bisley, at liri comb, at Chalford, and at Thieves-comb.
There are in connexion with the Stroud Uuion 25 schools,' taining 3,635 children, and 453 teachers, an increase of i than one-third part of the present numbers having been I during the last year. A few schools within the district o Society have not yet joined the Union; those schools, a<Mt the above, make a grand total of more thau 4000 children.
The last, but not the least, of the four objects for whic Union was formed, was to cherish sentiments of Christian co and affection.
The teachers of the various schools belonging to the \ wish to consider one another not as rivals, but as frieni fellow-labourers. They are aware, at the same time, of' istence of various obstacles which oppose the cultivation sentiment, arising from a multiplicity of sources, but chief' the imperfection of our nature. They do not think tl Scripture saith in vain—" The spirit that dwelleth in us to envy." Many of the schools are contiguous to one s The 25 of which the Union is composed, are contained' circle of twelve miles diameter, and the majority of then one-third part of that space. People are naturally mos to the religious denomination to which they belong, at school in which from week to week they laboriously ex« selves; nor are the Committee of the Stroud Union enough to expect, that the result of the Union will be this partiality in every iastance within legitimate bo.un fhey assuredly know, because they have felt, that the tendency of the Union is to promote a disposition of which, among other excellencies, it is said that it envieth not, hopeth all things, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth in the truth, and is in a word the fulfilling of the Law. On this subject the committee particularly recommend to the attention of the Society, a resolution passed at a former meeting, respecting children who may leave one school with the wish to join another. The observation of that rule has already been attended with considerable benefit.
THE Hibernian Sunday School Society is very actively and successfully employed in extending the work of instruction in Ireland. It has been already instrumental in producing many good effects, and the sphere of its operations and usefulness is constantly extending. When we consider the amazing benefits which have arisen in England from the establishment of Sunday Schools, during more than thirty years, we cannot refrain from entertaining ardent expectations of the happy influence of similar institutions in the sister kingdom. The lollowing is au
Extract Jrom the Fifth Report of the Hibernian Sunday School Societt, for the year ending April, 1815.
THE number of Schools in connexion with your society still eonnaocs to increase. Within the last year aid lias been given in noBry and books to one hundred and twenty-nine Schools, of wfcif/i firt>-two had received similar assistance in former years; seventy-seven applied for the first time. To these one hundred sad twenty-nine Schools, grants have been made by your Committee of 6ll Bibles; 3,624 Testaments; 4,193 Spelling-Books No. I; 4,275 Spelling-Books No. 2; 3,4j)3 Alphabets, and 171 Hint* for the Establishment of Sunday Schools, and £7\. 1 is. in SMwey.
Exclusive of which the following books have been sold at reduced prices:—50 Testaments; 1,2»9 Spell >ng-books No. 1; 1,641 Spelling-Rooks No. 2, and 315 Alphabets.
The entire number of Schools assisted since the establishment •f the society will appear from the following statement Grauts were made in
1SUD, to. 1 Schools
1811, to 42 Schools which had not before applied
1813- 14, to 58 Schools which had not before applied
1814- 15, to 77 Schools which»had not before applied Making a total, 252 School*, containing 28,598 children.
Within the same period the following assistance has been afforded gratuitously:—1,288 Bibles; 10,089 Testaments; 15,311 Spelling-Books No. 1; 13,329 Spelling-Books No. 2; 9>095 Alphabets; 394 Hints for conducting Sunday Schools; and 5± Bibles, 707 Testaments, 5,413 Spelling-Books No. 1; 5,270 SpellingBwk» No. 2; 1,212 Alphabets, and 11 Hints for conducting