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th-m not, leach them to rely for pardon and eternal life upon the sufficiency of his merits. Inculcate upon them the necessity of that "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord."
To religious instruction Air. J. states that religious impression should be added.
By every thing solemn and every thins pathetic, j by every thing awful and every thing attractive, and how niuch is there of each in the New Testament, labour to impress them in favour of religion. Their hearts are more susceptible than you are apt to imagine, for although they are -t ongly under the influence of original and inherent corruption, they are not yet rendered so callous at others, by the hardening process of actual sin.
There is not a child before me but has a soul, which miU'ons of ages hence will be towering from heighth to heigbth in glory, or sinking from depth tn depth of despair in hell; shall 1 make nn effort, drop no hint to-day to save them from the latter and elevate them to the former, especially when I consider that, with respect to many of them, all the religious instruction they ever receive is imparted to them here? I will watch for their souls as one that must give account.
Under the second head "the possession of real personal religion" is considered as a pre-eminently important ami indispensably necessary qualification.
The lamp of Christian zeal should in every case be fed with the oil of genuine piety, without which it will soon be exhausted in fitful fia.sb.es, or languish to extinction in a glimmering and useless spark.
- Provided other qualifications are possessed in tolerable competency, those will be the best teachers whose hearts arc most deeply under the inlluencc of personal religion. The fatal cause of that indifference towards the spiritual concerns of the scholars, which is so lamentably prevalent, is the languid state of the teachers' own piety. Lnkc-warniness hits unnerved the arm of zeal and smitten its tongue with the destructive paralysis. Cultivate religion more in your own breast. It is from the abundance of the heart the mouth speak'th. Seek to have the love of fiod shed abroad in your hearts, and you will turn evince more of its constraining influence in your lives. Meditate more seriously the north of your own soul, and you will then be more affected by the value which attaches to those of your children, l.ove God more, and you will be ruOre anxious that they should love him too. Grow in grace, and you will then increase in zeal."
In describing the manner in which the duty should be performed', the following exhortations are illustrated. "You should engage in this work with the deepest interest and solicitude. Let your efforts !>e accompanied with earnest prayer. Let your exertions manifestly appear to be the labour of love. Pursue your labour with unremitting constancy. Commence your duties with the greatest punctuality. Observe the strictest regard to . order and peace." ■"
The following extract on the accompaniment of our exertions with prayer, is peculiarly beautiful and appropriate.
Did yon come to the school every Sabbath! direct, from the fountain of celestial mercy, where, with all the importunity of prayer, you had been wres* ling for the welfare of your children, what a character would be imparl 10 all your deprrtment. What an impressive seriousness, mingled t** 6,041 and tcaclicrs must be unconcerned spectators, capable of being imposed upon, and dictated to by the monitors; which fully proves, that he knows nothing of the system practically, and the operation of which he does not appear to understand.
I take this occasion to bewail what has long appeared to me considerably tr> lessen the benefit which otherwise would result from the Sunday School system. I mean the inattention with which it is treated by the leading persons of most congregations. One wonld be ready to imagine from their neglect, that the business of these institutions was either below their notice or beyond their dity; and to be left exclusively to the hands of youth and" inexperience. This arises from the opinion that they are intended merely for the purpose of teaching reading and writing; than which a more mistaken notion was never imbibed, nor one more injurious to the best interests of myriads of immortal beings. 1 heave what I fear will be an unavailing sigh, while 1 consider what would be the blessing that these dear children would derive, could they but enjoy the benefit of that matured experience, that enlarged knowledge, that exemplary piety, which most of our congregations possess in many of their leading members. I am aware that many of them have families of their own that prefer large and sacred claims upon their time. This, however, is not the case witb others, whose children are perhaps at hoarding schools, or are either too young •r too old to be the subjects of parental instruction; while in some cases there are no children at all. Did such persons consider how much they could benefit an institution, the spiritual advantages of which have never yet been a thousandth part known; did they but know what a negative injury they are doing to innumerable immortal souls, by withholding the benefits of their knowledge and experience; did they but know how much their assistance, either statedly or even occasionally, would encourage their younger friends, and especially did they but recollect how speedily the day of their usefulness is running onto a close, they would no longer deny that which would not impoverish their own souls, but which would be likcLy to make others rich indeed.
Oor schools have been very often deprived much sooner than was necessary of the valuable assistance of many excellent teachers, by the foolish practice of young persons giving up their attendance immediately after marriage. I acknowledge that the secession of females in such circumstances becomes very frequently a matter of propriety; domestic arrangements requiring their presence in (heir own habitations. But for a young' m:in to withdraw bis assistance merely because he is a husband, is an absurdity too manifest to be justified. Till such time us a rising family of his own demand his attention, there is certainly no reason why it should be taken away from toe children of the poorThere is no divine law that I am acquainted with which makes it a crime, nor any human ordinance which makes it a disgrace for a married person tu be a teacher in a Sunday Schodl.
Note.—We rejoice to inform our readers that Mr. J. is preparing for the press, in the form of a small pocket volume, price about 8s. or 2s. &1. Th> Sunday School Ttacher's fintirV, containing
Introduction,—A brief survey of the origin, progress, and improvement of tba
Sunday School system.
Chnp. 1—The ultimate olijcct which every teacher shouM keep in view as !h» eiivl of his encrlioDs.
Chap. 2—The necessary qualifications for properly discharging the duties of a teacher.
Chap. 3—The manner in which the duties of a teacher should be performed.
Chap. &—The best means of keeping up the spirit ©f the work in a teacs«»'»
Chap. -, — Sixne motives which should excite to diligence la the work.
We here leave this little work, hoping that before our author attempts to write for the public again, he will more closely investigate any subject that may come under his notice; and study plainness and simplicity in communicating his ideas.
SUNDAY SCHOOL INTELLIGENCE.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION, at New York, in Ameeici. Copy of a Letter from a Lady to her Friend at Bristol.
I CANNOT resist the desire I feel to employ my pen in thanking you for your presents to myself and children of so many interesting publications, from which I trust we have derived bolli profit and pleasure.
I believe I cannot express my gratitude in a manner better suited to your liberal soul, than by giving you an account of a meeting held this day in this city. Mr. 15. published one of your letters in one of our daily papers, I lent the different publications relative to Sunday Schools to a number of our friends, and was in hopes the gentlemen would have come forward in the business; but, after waiting a number of weeks, I conversed with several of my own sex, who expressed a wish to unite with me in a " Female Sunday School Union;" accordingly, we called a meeting of the female members of all denominations, who met this day in the lecture room of one of our churches, although the notice was not as general as intended, several hundreds were
present. Dr. R opened the meeting with a very appropriate
prayer. When he withdrew, the ladies were pleased to call ine to the chair. I addressed the company in a few words, slating for what purpose their attendance was requested, the great need of such an institution in a city where numbers of one sex were training for the gallows and state prison, and of the other for
in our small schools; the parents of children attending such, not having time to teach them, would probably gladly avail themselves of Sunday Schools, if within their reach. I said, in onler to stimulate them to so good a work, I would read them several extracts from British publications, which would shew them how
New York, January 24, 1S16.
want of religious instruction