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should be specially brought to notice, and as he looked over the names of those who had testified their regard, he should continue to oiler up earnest prayer for them, and as one after another was removed from this world, he should put the death mark against their uames, and continue to pray on for the living. He thanked them again, but could not rind words to express all he felt on receiving these parting tokens. It was painful for him to say farewell—to rend those ties which bound them together is pastor and people, but a sense of duty constrained him. Messrs. Chaplin, Marvin, Bug well, and Chamberlain addressed the meeting, in short and appropriate speeches.

G. H., Secretar.i.

HOXTON.

Pavement Chapel Sbnday Scuooa. -rTlie anniversary of the above Sundayschools HoEton, took place on Wednesday evening, January 12th. Tea was provided for the children and their friends. The occasion is always looked forward to with great pleasure by the children, who, by the kindly attention which the treat allows being bestowed upon them, are encouraged in attention to their studies, and, at the same time, have their attachment increased both to their teachers and to the congregation. The room was over-crowded, and, whilst this circumstance was on some accounts to be regretted, it gave gratifying evidence of the increasing interest attaching to the above schools. The Be v. L. Herschell took the chair on this occasion, and, on the eloth being removed, gave a brief address, commending the devotion of the teachers, and the general assiduity of the scholars, and further encouraging the friends of the schools. He was followed by Jas. Harman, Esq., the excellent superintendent of these schools, who confirmed what the Iicv. Chairman bad stated as to (heir extreme efficiency, and dwelt op the ad

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There are in the parish two most yaluable clergymen, three lay-assistants, and an evening reader. There are on the books of the Sunday Bchools 705 teachers and scholars: average attendance nearly 500. The Day school has an average attendance of 216, and the congregation, almost wholly composed of the working classes, has in it above 130 communicants. There are on the average 800 persons in receipt of relief from the poor rates; and the proportion of the widows to the widowers

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is as four to one. There is adjoining the church a depository for the sale of Bibles and religions tracts and books, which is most valuable. I have omitted all names, but to any person taking special interest in the matter, I shall be glad to prove the correctness of the various particulars; and to any wealthy person wishing to assist Buch a parish in a pecuniary manner, I shall be glad to be the medium of communication. Yours faithfully, T. 8.—Church Sunday School Quarterly Magazine.

HAMMERSMITH.—MIDDLESEX.

The Jubilee of West End Chapel Sunday school was celebrated on Thursday, 18th November. The Rev. John Graham, of Craven Chapel, preached the Jubilee Sermon in the afternoon, from 22nd Proverbi, 6th verse. After the service, nearly 300 friends of the cause, among whom were a large proportion of old teachers and scholars, sat down to tea in the school room, which was tastefully decorated with flowers and evergreens, while appropriate mottoes adorned the walls.

A public meeting was held in the evening, Rev. J. Leechman, A.M., Pastor of the church, took the chair, and after singing and prayer, introduced the business of the evening in a few remarks expressive of his happiness at seeing the school, at this interesting period of its existence, in so prosperous a condition, At the unanimity and good feeling which existed among the teachers, and at the success which had crowned their labors. He then called upon the Secretary, Mr. John Leechman, to read a brief history of the school, from which it appears, that the boys' school was founded on 14th February, 1808; and in four years had so far increased in numbers, that a school room was erected for their accommodation. At first, the superintendent received a salary, though the teachers always gave their services gratuitously. Writing was taught on Monday evenings, a tray of sand being provided

for beginners, and slates for the more advanced. In 1818, the numbers on the hooks were 130, which necessitated the erection of a larger room, which was opened at the close of the year; but from this time the attendance begun to decline, till in January, 1824, there was only eight boys present in the morning, and nine in the afternoon. Vigorous efforts were made to remedy this unhappy state of the school, which were so far successful, that in 1830, the superintendent was able to report forty six as the average attendance for the year. Since then the school has steadily advanced, till there are now 230 names on the books. In 1839, the girls' school was commenced at the suggestion of the Rev. Daniel Katterns, who was then pastor of the church, and by whom the foundation stone of the present school room was laid in 1844.

During the present year great improvements have been effected in the school room, and large additions made to the library, which now numbers 428 vols. The Juvenile Missionary Association have raised £24. 19s. 5Jd., being a large increase upon any former year. The church have had the happiness of receiving into fellowship forty-two of the scholars, five of whom have been added during the past year. The report concluded by stating that the condition of the school was most encouraging, and expressing a hope that the Lord would pour a yet more abundant blessing upon the labours of the teachers in years to come.

Very interesting and appropriate addresses were then delivered by Revs. W. Isaac, D. Katterns, F. Trestrail, and De Kewer Williams. The meeting, which was one of great interest, was brought to a close by singing the Doxology.

ISLINGTON. Ofpord Road Sukdat Schools.In connection with the above institution, two instances of an interesting character have occurred, which deserve to be recorded as an incentive to those who are engaged in the work of Sunday school instruction. The children of the Sunday school lately met in their capacious school-room to present, through their president, the Rev. Paxton Hood, a testimonial to their secretary, Mr. John Bull, on the occasion of his marriage, for the zeal and love displayed whilst connected with them. This testimonial consisted of a very handsome timepiece, bearing the following inscription:—

"A token of affection from the scholars of Offard Road Sunday school to their beloved secretary and teacher, Mr. and Mrs. John Bull, on the occasion of their marriage. November 12th 1858."

And indeed, it was given by the children, for they first thought of it, set on foot and collected the necessary funds for its purchase. The Rev. Paxton Hood presented it in a suitable address, when the secretary in acknowledging such an unexpected and unlooked for reward for services rendered, tendered them his, and that of his wife's best and warmest thanks for such a noble present. Mr. Johnson, the superintendent, then spoke of the pleasure thus received, and trusted that the affection there displayed, would induce them to give their warmest affection to Him, who gave himself for them. Messrs Jenkins, Webber, and J. and G. Williams then severally addressed the meeting in short but appropriate speeches, which then closed, adding another striking instance that the labours of Sunday school teachers and officers are not overlooked by the children.

On Tuesday evening, December 21st, a soirle of the teachers and their immediate friends was held; when after partaking heartily and sociably of "the cup that cheers but not inebriates," and thanks having been sung, the Rev. Paxton Hood took the chair. Three magnificent volumes, being "Cobbins'

Domestic Bible," handsomely bound, gilt edged, and bearing inside the following inscription in gold letters, on a blue ground,

"Presented to Mr. Robert Johnson, the
Superintendent of Offord Road Chapel
Sabbath School, by the Officers and
Teachers of the School, as a slight
token of affectionate regard and es-
teem, December 21st, 1858,"
were then laid on the table, and which
the chairman, in his usual felicitous
manner, presented in the name of the
teachers, to their superintendent, Mr.
Robert Johnson, who had presided over
the school ever since it had a being.
The recipient then addressed the meet-
ing, and expressed his surprise, (for it
had been kept a secret from him) at
such a transaction, not having had the
least idea of it, and his sincere grati-
tude to them for such a costly mark of
their affection, and hoped that it would
afresh stir him, to make the work
more successful in which they were all
united. The chairman having vacated
the chair in order to attend another
meeting, it was ably filled by Mr.
George Cuthbertson, who having ex-
pressed his entire sympathy with the
object of the meeting, called upon all
the male teachers in succession, to
speak; and in terms not of flattery or
of envy, each of the teachers spoke
their own opinion of their superinten-
dent, whilst more than one, publicly
acknowledged that ho was the means
of bringing them to the school, as well
as to the Lord.

RUGBY WESLEYAN SUNDAY^
SCHOOL.

The annual meeting of the Rugby Wesleyan Sunday School teachers waB held in the Wesleyan school room, on Thursday, the 30th December, 1858, after partaking of a very excellent tea, provided by tbe ladies connected with the school. The Rev. G. 0. Bute cocupied the chair.

Mr. Cleaver, senior superintendent, called the attention Of the teachers to the importance of self-culture, and carefully studying the lessous before coming -to school to teacli them.

Mr. Tombs said, as a proof of the good lie derived from these schools, he would gay, that he now had the honor of being a superintendent where he was formerly a pupil.

Mr. Underwood, another superintendent, said, that when he was a teacher, he had seven boys in his class, and rio'w four of them art* members Of the church. This result to his labors gave him great encouragement He regretted to say, that some of the teachers were very irregular in their attendance; some were always absent, some very punctual, others, although always there, were never in time.

Mr. Maoral, a teacher, acknowledged that, through a misunderstanding with one lie expected to have filled his place, he was absent once during the last twelve months. He was sensible that the difficulties to be encountered were so great, that to overcome them, punctuality, regularity) earnestness, and perseverance were indispensable. Although the difficulties were) such as would reqnire our best effort, that should not deter us from persevering to evercdme them. If there were no hindrance to our success, that would make our services the less valuable. That the contrary being the case, when our labors succeed, their importance is greater. To all of ns who are destined to earn our bread by the sweat of our brow, what good ever comes within our reach without difficulties being in the way of obtaining it. And should it happen that wo could obtain it without putting ourselves to much exertion, as we are so used to hard pulling for our fare, we should be inclined to undervttlue it. Great schemes are always Surrounded with great difficulties. We are all familiar with the good resulting from Ragged Schools, bat we must net

forgot that their projectors found themselves surrounded with mountains of difficulties. That they were exposed to opposition and ridicule from some, and those that were most likely to assent, seemed to stand aloof waiting and wondering what good conld result from sueh a scheme of education. The result has been what Dr. Guthrie stated at Manchester the other day, "Mendicancy has been reduced from hundreds to a very few in his own native city."

We know that we have under instruction children, who, were it not for these schools, would be spending the Sabbath roving along the high ways and streets of our towns. Instead of this, they are congregated together to learn to read, sing, and worship God. And as the result of this, how many of those ministers that now adorn our pulpits owe their elevation to these schools? How many of our missionaries in foreign lands received their first training in them. How many of them are now among our most zealous teachers. How many good husbands, wives, sons, and daughters, have been trained in them. How many have died in youth, bearing the most satisfactory testimony to the benofits they conferred upon them. And how many who have no pleasure in conforming to the instruction received, yet are retarded from running headlong into vice? The fact that all the branches of the Christian church in Britain are unanimous in their adoption of these schools, is one of the best proofs of their importance

Politically, the good resulting from these schools is considered as of the utmost importance. Mr. Bkiqut says, "1 don't believe that all the statesmen —all those officials who set us down for knowing nothing about public affairs, I don't believe that all the efforts they have over made, tended so muoh to the greatness, to the happiness, to the security, and to the true glory of this country, as have the efforts of our Sonday school teachers." The success

already attained ought tu stimulate us to persevere, and we know that perseverance overcomes great difficulties; and if our motto be onwards, the time will com*; (we shall not see it.) when the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our God and his Christ.

Mr. Hogg, Mr. Morly, Mr. Smith, Mr. Faulkenor, Mr. Symes, Mr. Palmer, Mr. Oldham, Mr. Towers, and Mr. Satchell. subsequently addressed the meeting in appropriate terms.

NEWCASTLE-1 IP ON-TT NE SUNDAY" SCHOOL UNION. Letter from the Hon. George Fife Angat, at Pretident of the Inttitution.

It may be interesting to many of the readers of the "Teachers' Magazine" to know, though not an associated with a reeling of regret, that at a recent meeting of the committee of this Union, the accompanying letter, from one of its oldest and best friends, was read by the secretary.

"My dear brethren.—The time has now arrived when it seems proper for me to resign my connection with the affairs of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Sunday School Union.

"It is not probable that it will be in my power henceforth to fender any further active service to the institution as its president, and I think that some friend should fill the office who resides in the neighbourhood, tthote heart is in Ike rorhi arid who will give his best attention to a faithful discharge of the important duties thereof.

"While tendering to the society triy resignation* permit me to express to you, as corresponding secretary, and to the committee, my warmest gratitude for the uniform kindness and co-operation which, for so many years, I havft received from you all. I hope there will Still continue to exist between us a mutual and earnest desire for the success of each other's efforts, under the r, although the field of

labor may be as far apart as the northern and southern hemispheres.

"I trust tbat the presence and blessing of God our Saviour will bo with you at all times, and still graciously crown your endeavours, and make them effectual, by the power of the Holy Spirit. May yon ever be kept in peace and unity, and be guided by the wisdom which oometh from above. "I remain,

"With much esteem, "My dear Brethren, "Yours very affectionately, "Gfconoa Pi*e Angus. "To the Treasurer and Secretaries, with the Committee) of the Sunday School Union of Ncwcastlo-npon-Tyno."

This communication did not come uniooked for. It was received With much emotion, and accepted with mingled feelings of regret and esteem. The following minute Was unanimously passed, and ordered to be placed on the records of the institution:—

"The committee of the Newcastle Sunday School Union has received, with much concern, the resignation of thoir venerable president) the Hon. George Fife Angas, and would record on their minutes a cordial expression of the valuable services he has been enabled to render the institution for a long course of years; associated with their sympathy and fervent prayer to God, foT the like prosperity of the Australian Sunday School Union, ovta which their honored friend presides. A copy hereof they respectfully tender to Mr. Angas, with their best wishes for his happiness, and that of his esteemed partner in life and family, hero and hereafter." Signed by and for the Committee, E. RIDLEY, J. HARRISON, R MANN.

DORSETSHIRE. ShEiBORHE.—The Superintendents and teachers of the Independent Chapel Snnday-scliool in this town determined

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