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of such institutions as are more especially that there will be no weariness on their clerical they are obviously disinterested, part, so long as ignorance, error, and unand deserve the warmest thanks of all belief, remain to be informed, reclaimed, classes. His Lordship begged therefore and refuted. to give the health of Lord Kenyon ayd Many additional subscriptions and do. the respectable body of Laity who were nations have been received by the Com. then present.
mittee during the last year. Lord Kenyon replied, that he and the The numbers of Books distributed by laymen present had done no more than the Committee since the last Report, is as their duty in supporting a Society which follows: 375 Bibles, 257 Testaments, 960 80 well consulted the religious, the civil, Common Prayer Books, 872 boud Books, and the social interests of mankind ;-and, and 4298 half-bound Tracts, &c. the whole as they bad done their duty, so would it of which, to the PARENT SOCIETY, ao always be their pleasure to encourage and mounted to 2311. 45. 9d. but, owing to the sustain all the Societies that day recom- very liberal terins on which its Members are mended from the Chair.
supplied, the funds of the Committee have Lord Kenyon again rose, and stated that been charged only 1801. 1s. 11d, for them*. for thegratification of his personal and here. The benefits, which we trust have been ditaryfeelings, he had obtained permission to derived from our endeavours to promote give a toast usually given from the Chair, Christian Knowledge, may be estimated It was a common saying, Justitiæ soror by a reference to our Annual Reports; Fides—he would add, Fidei soror Justitia. while the advantage which has resulted to He proposed the health of Mr. Justice the Parent Society, through whose in. Park and the Judges of the land.
strumentality we have been enabled to be Mr. Justice Park, with great feeling, thus useful, may be seen in the printed acknowledged the honour done him and Account of Benefactions received by the bis brother Judges, who were unavoid. Society from Diocesan and District ably absent on the occasion, and added, Committees. When it is considered that that he had seen for three and thirty years in the last year alone we have distributed the gradual progress of the Society from nearly sixteen hundred Bibles and Prayer small to great, and that nothing bad Books, we may be allowed to hope that afforded him greater satisfaction tban its our labour will not be entirely bestowed growing prosperity.—The Company then in vain; but that some of the good seed, retired.
so plentifully sown, has fallen on good ground, and by the Divine blessing will
bring forth fruit accordingly. It is, moreThe Tenth Report of the Chichester over, satisfactory to us to reflect, that, Diocesan and District Committee, with which we have been so highly favour
through the encouragement and assistance Established in 1812, in aid of the ed, we have had it in our power, not only Society for Promoting Christian to provide for the necessities of our poor Knowledge.
neighbours in the District, but in the In submitting the Tenth Annual Report of twelfth year of our establishment, to contheir proceedings, the Chichester Dioce.
tribute a Donation of upwards of 1001. san Committee of the Society FOR PRO
towards furthering the general desigus of MOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE antici. the Parent Society.
So successful have been the endeavours pate with pleasure the gratification with which the friends of the Church of England of the friends of education to diffuse the will receive the intelligence of their in- blessings of it around them, that the creasing prosperity.
Notwithstanding that each succeeding * A comparison between the cost and year, since the establishment of the Com- selling prices of the Society, will shew mittee in 1812, has exhibited a progres- the reasonableness of the Tenth Standing sive improvement in its affairs and objects, Rule, which stipulates that “an entire it is with peculiar satisfaction that general third of all Subscriptions and Receipts by attention is invited to the following state- sale of Books, &c. be transmitted as a ment; by which it will appear that the Donation to the Society." The amount same readiness to give, apıl gladness to dise of the Donation sent up by the Chichester tribate, which has all along been mani- Diocesan Committee, for the year 1823, is fested by the friends and promoters of this 1011. 38. 11d, which sum, ample as it may excellent Institution, still characterizes appear, does not make good the loss sus. their zeal, and authorizes the humble hope tained by the Society.
means of knowledge may be said to have and seconded by Sir T. B. Pechell, was been brought within reach of most of the unanimously adopted: lower classes. The faculty of reading, and understanding what they read, owing “ To the Right Reverend Futher in God, .to the improved systein upon which they Christopher, by Divine Permission are generally taught, is no longer confined Lord Bishop of Gloucester. to their superiors. There are few who do not, or may not, possess it. This ac
“Called as you have been, under the quirement has created in them, as might
guidance of Divine Providence, to the naturally be expected, a desire for infor
high and arduous office of a Bishop in the mation, and the Society FOR PROM()
Church of Christ; We, the Vice Presi
depts and Members of the Chichester TING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE, with a provident foresight of their wants, has not
Diocesan Committee of the Society for left them to “run here and there for meat,
Promoting Christian Knowledge, of which and grudge if they be not satistied,” but you have been for many years the zealous at the same time that, from its permanent
and active President, cannot but rejoice list, it provides them with a plentiful sup
in your elevation; and, as Members of ply of spiritual food in the Holy Scrip.
the Church of England, look forward with tures, and other works of a purely religi- pleasure to the good effects, which under 0118 character, presents them, also in its
the Divine blessing, we are persuaded will Supplemental Catalogue, with a judicious
result from your labours in a more extenselection of works of a lighter cast, as a
sive field for their exertion, With the source of moral entertainment.
voice of gratulation, bowever, will mingle The Committee, sensible of the expe
that of regret, when we reflect that your dience of combining amusement with in- promotion will deprive this institution of struction, will be happy to afford every
a President, to whose zeal and unremit. facility in their power to the formation of ting aitention it owes so much of its preLending Libraries. They hope to see the sent prosperity and success. day when every School, if not every
that the Divine Grace which has called Parish within the District, is provided you to this great work will comfort and with a Library of this description*, strengthen you in the discharge of it, and The advancement of the Dean of Chi.
with the most sincere wishes for your chester to the Bishoprick of Gloucester
health, happiness, and welfare, we subhas deprived tlie Committee of the super
scribe ourselves, &c. &c." intendence of a President, under whose
To the foregoing address, signed by the auspices it has been raised to a degree of noble Chairman, and nearly eighty other. efficiency and importance, which few siini
Members of the Committee, the following lar Institutions have hitherto attained, and
reply has been received by the Secretary. none bave surpassed. The Committee could not conteniplate the dissolution of a
London, April 24, 1824. connection which had been productive of
Rev, and dear Sir, so much satisfaction to themselves, and of
You will bave the goodness to commu80 much benefit to society, without some
nicate to the Members of the Chichester memorial of their gratitude and respectand accordingly at the last Quarterly Promoting Christian Knowledge my Ingga
Diocesan Committee of the Society for Meeting (which was attended by his Grace
sense of the honour which they have done the Duke of Richmond in the chair-the Right Hon. Lord Selsey, Lord G. Lennox, tions on my late promotion; and to pre
me in addressing to me their congratulaSir Thomas Brooke Pechell, Bart, M.P.
sent them (the noble Chairman of your Sir James Brisbane, the Venerable Arch
Meeting, particularly, the noble mover, deacon of Chichester, the Canons Residentiary, the Prebendaries, and the prin- acknowledgments and warmest thanks for
and the seconder of the address) my best cipal Clergy and Laity of the District) the following Address, moved by Lord Selsey, and favourable opinion.
thuis distinguished mark of their kindness
Though the affairs of the Committee * With a view to promote the establish. have succeeded beyond our expectations, ment of Lending Libraries, the Committee during the time I have been hononred with undertake to supply any School or Parish, the office of its Presideut, I am conscious where such Library is formed, with a copy that it is in no respect indebted to me for of the SOCIETY's Family Bible at the cost its success. My residence at Chichester price, and to be at the expence of the has been only partial: and the zealous binding.
exertions of the venerable Archdeacon, the Secretary, the Clergy of the District, reference to the Bible, as the fountain of and the Friends and Favorers of the IŅ- all her doctrines, with her constant appeal stitution, have left me little opportunity to the precepts and practice of Christ and of taking an active part in promoting its his Apostles, as the model of all her rites prosperity.
sand ordinauces,-has nothing to fear, but Sensible as I am of the great import- exery thing to hope, from this advanceance of these Institutions to the promotion ment of the faculties of the human mind, of Christian Knowledge and practice, I and from the spirit of investigation to offer up my fervent prayers to the Alo which it has given birth. But the popumiglity for the welfare and success of your lation of the kingdom bas been progresCommittee, and shall always feel the most sively increasing beyond the capacity of lively interest in its charitable and pious her Churches and Chapels, and to keep labours ; and I am confident that, under a pace with the limes, she must erect new more able and efficient President, it will places of Worship,* as well as provide all continue to increase in numbers, revenue, the other means which it may be in her and usefulness.
power for the religious education of her The Committee may be assured that I people. am deeply sensible of the importance and Of the Clergy, animated as they genedifficulty of the situation to which I have rally appear to be, to supply by National been promoted, and I am truly thankful to and Parochial Schools, by catechetical them for the prayer which they offer in lectures, &c, the increasing demand for my behalf to the fountain of strength and Christian Knowledge, it canuot be exwisdom; as yet I have but little expe- pected that their natural powers will sufrience of the burdens attached to my fice, under the most regular attention to office in the Church of Christ, but I hum- their ministerial fimctions, and by the bly trust to God's grace for assistance and most unwearied parochial visitations to support in the discharge of its arduous and complete the edification of all the persons momentous duties.
committed to their charge by oral instracI cannot conclude without adding my tion. They must have the means presentbest wishes and fervent prayers for the ed to them of aidiog their own labours by health and happiness of the individual an increased distribution of the word of Members of your Conimittee, and ex- God, and of that excellent formulary of pressing my most grateful sense of the Christian worship, which the Church of kindness, which I have uniformly expe- England has founded thereupon. And, as rienced at Chichester in this and every the enemy of souls is still permitted for the other capacity.
trial of human virtue, to roam the earth: Believe me to be,
as it is his unceasing endeavour to beguile Rev. and dear Sir,
the senses and captivate the judgment, and Your faithful Friend and Brother, to make, as in the case of our first parents,
C. GLOUCESTER. even the thirst for knowledge a snare for Rev. W. W. HOLLAND, Sccretary those who may pot suspect his specious
of the Diocesan Committee, 8c. wiles, other means are required to check Consolatory and cheering as is the view bis insidious progress. To remove the of the good already achieved by the Com. obscurities which have in process of time Inittee, and of the respectable patronage gathered over the sacred volume, to set in by which their designs bave been fostered their proper light those holy truths which and advanced, they are conscious that the passions of man are ever inciting him much yet remains to be done. The to misinterpret or to misapply, further expowers of the human mind have within a positions of the letter of the sacred you few years awakened, as it were, from a lume, and written illustrations of its long sleep. The lower orders of the spirit, become necessary in furtherance of Comjanity, who intent upon their worldly ministerial exertions. These expositions possuits, with little either of leisure or and illustrations, composed principally by ability to study the Scriptures, used impli- the Clergy, but in a few honourable incitly to rely upon their Teachers, now
stances by their lay brethren, the Society learn to read and think for themselyes-- have long and abundantly supplied ja variand as was to have been expected, and
ous Books and Tracts, now amounting to by no means to be deplored, scan with some jealousy those doctrines which they * The Committee have great pleasure heretofore admitted with little or no exa in announcing that arrangements_have mivation. The change is most important been made for rebuilding the Parish to the cause of Truth, and consequently to Church of St. Bartholomew, in Chichesthe interests of Morality and Religion. ter, which was totally destroyed by the The Church of England, with her ready Parżiamentary Forces in 1642.
several hundreds; and, as has been before ples of the Established Church, was intimated, are constantly issuing new held at the Central School, Baldwin's Treatises adapted to the changed, and per. Gardens, on Thursday, June 3. haps improviny, taste of modern times.
Present-His Grace the ArchTo insure, therefore, the uninterrupted issue of Bibles, of Prayer Books, and of bishop of Canterbury, in the Chair; those approved Treatises of Christian in the Archbishop of York; the Bi. struction and Moral entertainment, the shops of London, Worcester, GlouCommittee respectfully, but earnestly cester, Lincoln, Oxford, and Exesolicit, their present Friends not only to ter; the Dean of Worcester; Rev. contipue their subscriptions, but to advocate with unremitted zeal, the cause of Burrow, Hawes, Wordsworth, Crane,
Doctors Walmsley, Inglis, D'Oyly, the Institution
in their respective, neigh aud Hollingworth ; the members of bourhoods. Thus will they be the happy instruments of “ turning many to righte. the General Committee and many Ousness," who might otherwise be lost to others of the Clergy and Laity. peace in this world, and to happiness in As soon as the Chair had been the next--thus will they enjoy the glori- taken by the Archbishop of Can. ous opportunity of snatching ingenuous and terbury, the Secretary, Dr. Walmsunsuspecting yonth--and uninstructed age, as forlorn and pitiable, from the dangers ley, opened the business of the meetwhich every where surround the path of ing, by reading the Report of the life-thus will they save them from those proceedings of the Society during fatal errors which spring from unwarranted the last year. interpretations of holy writ, which mislead
The Archbishop of Canterbury rose to the moral sense, and teach the soul to re
move that the Report then read be adoptpose in a fallacious security; but, above ed and printed. His Grace said, that all, thus will they effectually guard them after the clear and satisfactory account against that spirit of infidelity which secks which they had just heard, there remained at once to intercept from fallen man the little with which he could have to trouble light of Heaven, and to disqualify him for them; but he could not lielp congratuits pure felicities.
lating them that he saw around him the (By order of the Committee,)
same persons as were engaged the day W. W. HOLLAND.
before (at the Society for the Enlargement
SECRETARY. of Churches) in the same cause ; for it was Account of Bibles, Common PRAYER- obvious that the one undertaking without
Books, Tracts, &c. distributed by the the other would be but an imperfect work. Committee, between the Audit of At the last annual meeting the Society 1822 and the Audit of 1823.
was in want of money, but it did not dis
continue its work then in progress; it Bibles
even ventured to incur a debt, but it has
now a fund which not only completely Common Prayers
exonerates it from the burthen of its enBound Books..
872 Stitched Tracts
gagements, but ensures new vigour and
efficacy to its widely extended operations, Total..6762
His Grace added, that he had himself witnessed the very great advantage which had
been derived to the lower ranks from the The whole Number of Books distributed
diffusion of the National System of educasince the ESTABLISHMENT of the ComMittee in 1812, is
tion, as it was manifested in the candi
dates for confirmation, · The difference * Bibles ............
between the last and preceding confirmaTestaments
tions, in respect of the due qualification of Common Prayers
the young people was most marked; and do Bound Books .... 6687
stronger or more gratifying evidence of Stitched Tracts 28,684 the benefits arising from religious educa.
tion could possibly be given. Grand Total. .46,579 General Thornton fully concurred with
the Report on all the topics which had NATIONAL SOCIETY.
been mentioned in it, especially on that of The annual meeting of the Na- boys were not instructed in soine useful
the King's letter; but lamented that the tional Society for Promoting the works of industry, and expressed his apEducation of the Poor in the Princis prehension that to the optission of some
mode of teaching the children to earn a principles there instilled, nor to have cast
much of his valuable time to the business children were continually discovered. The of the Society, and for his imwearied zeal General concluded by moving, “ That it and exertions in promotiong its interests. be a special recommendation to the several His Lordship was not unprepared to admit National Schools to devote half the time that some of the observations which fell appointed for school hours in the employ- from General Thornton were deserving of ment of boys as well as girls in some sort the consideration of the Society, though he of labour or business."
thought them premature, and such as ought After a pause, during which no one ap- rather to be referred to the Committee peared to second the motion, the Bishop for discussion in a less official manner than of Worcester remarked, that as there was introduced upon an occasiou like the preno seconder, he presumed tho motion sent. His Lordship was not insensible to must fall to the ground.
the dangers to which the rising generation The Archbishop of Canterbury then rose was exposed in an age of luxury and disand said, that there was one part of the sipation. It was a melancholy fact, that General's speech to which he felt himself in the calendars of offences, and in the called upon to offer a reply, because it prisons so great a number of juvenile dewas of the greatest importance that the linquents are to be seen; but were it pot fact alluded to should be rightly under- for this institution, he was perfectly per. stood, and lie was sure that it could only suaded, the number would be far greater. arise from a misunderstanding of the real The Church of England would have been circumstances of the case, that the General unfaithful to her character, and would had thought it expedieot to urge the argu- have acted inconsistently with the cordial ments he had used. He had charged upon spirit of humanity and Christian zeal, the mode, or at least on the deficiency, which she is wont at all times to display, of education received in National Schools if she had abstained from using her best the crimes of the children, whose deplora. endeavours to rescue the rising generable conduct and condition excited so tion from the danger to wbich it is exmuch disgust in the mind of the public; posed. The labours of the institution are but bis Grace had the high satisfaction of to be the more appreciated, because the being able to assure the meeting that this
schools under its direction are in general charge was altogetber groundless, that the peculiarly well managed. The instruction very contrary was proved by experience which is furnished in them is most judicito be the truth. And this assurance he ously adapted to the age, the mind, and gave upon the authority of those who the abilities of the scholars; the improve. were best qualified to ascertain the fact, ment is gradual and certain; the system of those who had professionally been en- tends to cherish no principle of irregular abled to pay the strictest attention to the mischievous exertion, no ungoverned im. subject; and who unanimously declare, pulse, but rather a sober, chastised prin. that the establishment of National Schoolsciple of action, giving the character by dehas not only not contributed to crime, but grees a steady, consistent, moral, and re. has very materially lessened it
ligious tone. We may surely anticipate those classes, who, without such education,
that children so bronght up will preserve are usually found to be the most profligate their earliest impressions : it will be found
The Bishop of Exeter wished to add to that the Society enlists into the service of the foregoing testimony, the fact which the Church the operations of their mature had been stated, and reinained uncontra- judgment, and that their feelings and habits dicted, that not one child educated in a will contribute essentially to its stability National School had been brought to jus- and strength. We may already observe tice. It bad, indeed, happened that in a that this effect is produced. Besides, the few, and a very few instances, children benefit of these schools is not a single had been committed, who were said to be one, it is not confined to the first and imfrom National Schools; but it had been mediate object, but it is diffused on discovered upon due investigation that every side and through various channels. either they had been dismissed as incorri- The connexion which the system tends to gible, or had been so very short a time in establish between the clergyman and his the school, as neither to have imbibed the dock, bringing him into coutact with ibe