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to the chairman, which was seconded by Mr. Preston of Walworth.
The Rev. Nir. Day, replied in a short but encouraging address to the teachers to persevere in the work, in which he related an apeedote of the success of a child in his endeavours to convert an
The Rev. Mr. West concluded the meeting by prayer. 'The meeting was more numerously attended than any of the former ones, and it is hoped the animation felt and testified by all, will prove that they are not in vain, but often kindle afresh the almost expiring zeal of many, while they encourage others “never to be weary in well doing.”
A Report of the State of the Schools under the care of the South
wark Auriliary Sunday School Union. First District. (Secretary, Mr. James Taylor, Holland-street,
ted since its Children on Children Teacher. commeucement. the Books. attending.
400 370 26 2285 386 293 23
143 122 101 12
Surry Chapel School.... in 1799.
Do.... July, 1802.
Second District. (Secretary, Mr. Dry, 9, Swan-st. Kent-road.) Prospect place School.. July, 1808. 1500 330 295
28 Lyon-street Do..... Decein. 1808. 514
180 140 13 Kennington-lane Do.... in 1800. 1146 212 160 20
Third District. (Secretary, Mr. Legg, Russel-st. Bermondsey.) Borough School..... in 1801. 2500 230 190 23 Mint Do.
July, 1799. 3026 300 250 Carter-lane Do. for Girls Aug. 1812. 230 96 30 11 Do. Do. for Boys June, 1805. 870
70) 60 6 Fourth District. (Secretary, Mr. Denliam, 3, Baal Zephor-st.
368 52 Kent-street Do....
Aug. 1798. 3000 245 200 23 Bermondsey New-rd, Do.Decem. 1812. 307 173
17 Fifth District. (Secretary, Mr. Brown, 6, John-street,
Horsely down.) C'nicorn-yard School ... Jan. 1807. 1367 152 120 13 Dock-head Do. Nov. 1809. 1325 230 200 18
Sirth District. (Secretary, Mr. Courthope, 33, Rotherhithe-st.) Jamaica-row School....
350 76 70 7 Greenland-dock Do...,. May, 1802. 1000 180 140 22
Seventh District.' (Secretary Mr. Nettleton, 4, Queen-street,
Horselydown.) Walworth Boys School.
600 70 60 7 Walworth Common Oct. 1813. 283 268 180 15 Eight District. (Secretary, Mr. Hoskyns, Grovę School
Battersea.) Battersea School Aug. 1814.
46 40 1 Battersea-fields Do.
in 1804. 400 48 42 4 Wandsworth Do.
350 100 80 14 Putney Do.
173 85 80 6 Ninth District, (Secretary, Mr. Coy, 205, Kent-street.) Lewisham School
.140 110 8 Sydenham Do.
26 18 I Bromley Do.
40 30 3 Dulwich Do.
30 20 2 Norwood Do.
55 45 3 Streatham Do.
1 Garratt Do.
40 30 2 Merton Do.
20 13 1 Wimbledon Do.
6 Total number of Schools belonging to the Union...... 32 Ditto of Children
. 5017 Ditto of Teachers
CENTRAL AND NORTH LONDON
AUXILIARY SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. AFTER several meetings of superintendents and teachers of Sunday Schools in this district; it was unanimously resolved, to call a general meeting of the teachers and friends of these institutions ; for the purpose of forming an Auxiliary Union, for the central and North parts of the metropolis; a provisional committee was appointed to prepare the constitution, rules, &c. and a numerous meeting was held at the Rev. E. J. Jones's chapel, Silver-street, Wood-street, on Wednesday evening, 230 November, 1814, for that purpose.
Thomas Pellatt, Esq. being called to the chair, the Rev. E. J. Jones gave out the 324th hymn, in the Nottingham Sunday School Union collection, and the chairman requested the Rev. Mr. Blackburn to ask a blessing on the meeting.
The chairman then briefly stated the objects of the meeting, and the great benefit which would result from united operations against ignorance and vice.
On the motion of the Rev. E. J. Jones; seconded by the Rev. Mr. James. Resolved unanimously:
That we do unite for the purpose of forming the Central and North London Auxiliary Sunday School Union.
The chairman requested Mr. Rogers, the provisional secretary, to read the constitution, and rules as prepared by the sub-committee, which on the motion of Charles Stokes Dudley, Esq. seconded by Mr. Collins, were unanimously approved and adopted.
The several other motions were moved and seconded by the Rev. Francis Martin, (from Bourdeaux) the Rev. Mr. Jones, Rev. Mr. Blackburn, Messrs. Lloyd, Jones, Thompson, Stainby, Hardy, Kemp, and Roth.
Several interesting anecdotes of the utility of Sunday Schools were related by the different speakers; and it was highly gratifying to witness a protestant minister of Great Britain, and one of France, joining in a motion to recommend a union of exertions, to diffuse the gospel of peace. The chairman in putting the motion very aptly applied the remark, which produced the most lively pleasure to every one present. There are nearly fifty schools already established within the district, several of which have sent their representatives and subscription to the union. Nearly forty pounds have been contributed within the fortnight, since its formation.
Account of Mr. CHARLES NORMAN, lute Superintendent of the
WESTMINSTER SUNDAY School. Mr. CHARLES NORMAN was born about the year 1790, of parents moving in the middle class of society, whose religion consisted only in a nominal relation to the Church of England, so that he was excluded from the privileges of a pious education. As soon as he had attained that learning which generally forms the zenith of acquirement among those in his sphere, he was sent to live with Mr. - a hosier in Lambeth, that in learning the business he might obtain a comfortable mean of providing for his wants in the future periods of his life. His new guardians received and treated him with kindness, but being under the governing influence of principles similar to those of his parents, he learned nothing from their precepts or example, but the common maxims of worldly policy--the best of which are, an adherence to honesty and sobriety. Pleased with their principles and service, and possessing a polite and obliging manner, he won and retained their favour, till the spring of 1809, when the Lord (who bad diviner principles for his espousal, and superior benefits 10 confer upon him) arrested his attention, converted him from darkness to light, and translated him from the kingdom of Satan to that of his own dear Son. Prior to this blessed event, he possessed but an external propriety of conduct attached to the name of Christian, and imagined, like many more, that they alone were necessary to constitute him safe in time and in eternity.
His conversion was accomplished in a way that proves the Divine agency of the Holy Spirit in the important and gracious work. Ignorant of the result, and far, very far, from desiring it, my friend consented to accompany a person (who worked for his master, and who had pressed bim to hear that gospel which never visited those places of religious resort which he generally attended) on a Lord's-Day to the Broadway Chapel. He wentthe minister who preached was Dr. Draper, wlose sermon was so applied by the Holy Spirit to ey friend's conscience, as (in the substance of his own expression) to lay him even with the dust: like a once towering cedar, when felled by the woodman's axe, bis former comparative excellence and vain ideas of safety sunk-all his hopes of future happiness, that were built thereon, fell to be raised no more--and with the feelings of the publican be was ready to exclaim, “ God be merciful to me a sinver.” It was thus that he was convinced of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment: how long he remained under the influence of these distressiug but salutary feelings I know not, but I should suppose it might be about two months; for I recollect he told me that it was through the instrumentality of Dr. Hawker, who visited London in the following summer, that the same divine agent first testified of Christ to his soul, and thereby bound up and hicaled the heart which he had broken.
After his conversion he was no longer the associate of his einployers in their idle games, the promoter of their idle conversation, nor their companion at those consecrated sanctuaries of refined morality and occasional resort, where the ears of such characters are not likely to be offended with the reproving voice of truth. Of course it was not in his power, even with increased diligence and attention in business, any longer to retain that esteem they previously had for him; but it was exchanged for ridicule and hatred. Living in the neighbourhood, and being partial to the Established Church, he generally attended the ministry of the Rev. 1. Saunders, at the Broadway Chapel, to whom he became attached, and eventually placed himself with his charge.
About six months after his conversion, I, who had previously played with him at the card-table, became his principal associate, and joined him in a sweeter employ; for it was about that period of his life that God was pleased to make him instrumental in my conversion, which circumstance tended to unite us so strongly together, that the distance to which death has removed him is but a waning interruption to our converse, and not the separation of our hearts. Possessing much less leisure in the week, and requiring more relaxation on the Sabbath, he did not become a teacher in the Westminster Sunday School till some time after myself
, and not till near twelve months had witnessed the reality of his conversion. He was then induced to devote the only interval of rest,- the only Sabbath he possessed, in the arduous work of instructing the ignorant and those who are out of the way.
During the whole period of his labours in this capacity, he exhibited a uniform example of Christian assiduity, exertion, and benevolence, flowing from its legitimate and only source-devotion of heart to God; and which will long remain in the recollection of all who knew him. In this station he continued till the resignation of the then superintendent, when he was invited and solicited by the Rev. J. Saunders to fill the vacant office: I need not add, but for the information of strangers to the institution, that my friend was selected by his minister, not as the greatest favourite, but as the most suitable person within the circle of his acquaintance. It was with some reluctance, arising from the opinion be had of his own abilities, that he could be prevailed upon to comply; but when he did, he proved himself neither deficient in that zeal, ability, and motive, which form the requisites for the due discharge of its several and important duties. He entered upon it near the commencement of the last year, amid the sincere congratulations of the committee and teachers, and so long as he was permitted by his God to retain it, his labours and attention were increased, -believing that a more elevated post, in attaching greater responsibility and honour to its occupant, required proportionate concern and exertion at his hands.
At the close of the last year, he was prevented attending the School by a violent attack of rheumatism, which was brought on by colds, and increased by attention to business. This painful affliction was attended by a deep and continued cough, which afterwards proved to have been the companion of consumption, and the harbinger of death.
Finding it necessary for his health to leave business, he went on the 3d of March last to the residence of his parents in Bedfordshire. He was accompanied by an unworthy friend to the stage, and to whom he remarked, in answer to an interrogative respecting his health and feelings," I do not doubt but that I shall soon get better; I feel no weakness within, and but little inconvenience from any thing but my cough. I feel myself to be that same poor sinner I was at first, and must still lay at the feet of Jesus, saying, in the words of Dr. Watts
" A guilty, weak, and belpless worm,
On thy kind arms I fall;
My Jesus, and my all!"