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tangles the free exercise of the catechetical office of the church is, so far, a pure evil; any scheme which excludes or slights it is shallow and feeble, and certain of defeat. Who can foretell what a work may be done in a generation, by the united action of the whole English clergy acting as the catechists of the nation; what an order of light and purity may arise out of the darkness and corruptions of our mines and factories; what a restoration of peaceful and paternal rule, of dutiful and glad obedience; what a healing of intense and inveterate schisms; what a power of beneficence and benediction to the whole empire, and to the world!
THE FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CHURCH SCHOOLMASTERS' ASSOCIATION.
It is with mingled feelings of pleasure and regret, that the committee of the Church Schoolmasters' Association present their fifth annual report. With no small pleasure they announce that the association is still progressing, and its usefulness daily becoming more apparent. They believe, moreover, that there never was a time more favourable than the present for the dissemination of sound views and practical systems of education, or in which church schoolmasters by uniting their energies in the promotion of this good work, might look forward with better grounded hopes of ultimate success.
It must, however, be a matter of some regret, that from want of adequate funds the usefulness of the association has, in a manner, been crippled. Efforts indeed have been made amongst the members, and by some at a great personal sacrifice, to defray those outstanding liabilities which pressed the most heavily. Much expense was necessarily incurred in fitting up the premises in Exeter Street, without which, indeed, the business of the association could not have been carried on conveniently, if at all. The balance still owing is large, but there is good reason to hope that the association will soon be free from debt. It is, however, a matter of anxious concern to devise plans, whereby, for the future, the association may be placed on a less encumbered footing. With this grand object in view your committee venture to propose, not without reluctance, that the annual subscriptions of the members living within five miles of the place of meeting, be increased. At the same time it is hoped, that when the principles which have called us together are better and more generally known, school committees will not be indifferent to the claims of this association, nor regardless of the efforts here made for the express benefit of their schools. Certainly it ought not to be forgotten that many of our members have willingly giving up to the business of the association the little time which they can call their own, and which their health would almost require to be otherwise employed, besides often incurring thereby an expense that can be but ill afforded.
Your committee trust they may state, that the past year has not been wholly unprofitable. They refer with satisfaction to the establishment of a second Language Class, which, though adorned with no extrinsic attractions, * * * * has been felt and acknowledged by all the members well worthy the time and attention they have bestowed upon it, and to be increasing in interest and value every time they meet. The first Language Class has been continued with steady perseverance.
* * * With great satisfaction too have your committee to speak of the lectures upon the English Language, now in course of delivery by the Rev. W. H Jones. It is scarcely necessary to remark, to you who have heard them, upon their originality, research, and usefulness.
They are happy in being able to announce, that some of the clergy who feel a deep interest in the association, have kindly promised their valuable assistance, so as to ensure a continuous series of lectures on various subjects for the next twelve months.
With regard to the library, your committee regret that, from want of funds, they have been able to add to it but few standard works ; indeed, the librarian has been reluctantly compelled to suspend for a while the issuing of the periodicals. He wishes it, however, to be distinctly understood, that the members will again have the use of them, so soon as the necessary funds are at his command. It is desirable, indeed, not only that every work connected with education should be within your reach, but that there should be also formed a museum, so to speak, in which might be placed specimens of every kind of school apparatus. It may, perhaps, be said without presumption, that even by the patrons and managers of schools it would be esteemed an advantage to be able to inspect, at any time, the most improved machinery for their purpose. Before dismissing the subject of the library, the committee beg to congratulate the members generally, and all friends of the rising generation, upon the establishment of a cheap and now widely-circulated periodical, devoted to the promotion of sound learning and religious education. They refer of course to The English Journal of Education, which, if not directly connected with this association, yet, as edited by its president, they cannot but regard with pleasure as a valuable instrument for the advancement of the same good work and upon the same principles.
Your committee beg to acknowledge the receipt of several well-timed donations and subscriptions, a list of which is appended to this report They feel, that the best way they can give utterance to their thanks, is the assurance that such assistance has enabled them to overcome difficulties which would have been otherwise almost insurmountable.
It is highly gratifying to be able to state, that public attention has of late been somewhat more excited towards the objects of the association. Important meetings have been held at Liverpool, Chelmsford, and Bradford in Yorkshire, for the purpose of establishing similar institutions. The Surrey Association has continued in useful operations, and in a manner reflecting the highest credit upon its members, many of whom regularly walk several miles to take part in its business. The Hackney and Chelsea District Associations have also frequently assembled.
With regard to the energy with which our own proceedings have been carried on during the year, it will, perhaps, be sufficient to mention that our Rev. President himself has presided over nearly seventy meetings. During the ensuing year the language classes will assemble every Saturday, at half-past one o'clock, P.M., monthly lectures will be given on the third Saturday in every month, at three o'clock, P.M. ; upon the latter occasion members will have the privilege of introducing a friend. The monthly general meetings will be held at the same hour, on the first Saturday in the month, when essays of a practical character will be delivered by members, and followed up by discussions on the several subjects of which they treat. The reading room will continue to be open on the evenings of Wednesday and Saturday, and each member will be allowed to carry home one volume from the library for private use. Communications addressed to any of the members will be received at the office at any time. Clergymen and committees requiring masters, or members wanting situations, can have an advertisement to that effect placed upon the notice board, on application to the secretary.
It has hitherto been the privilege of your committee, in concluding their report, to address to you a few words of affectionate exhortation ; and never did they so willingly avail themselves of that privilege as at the present time. Undisturbed by the slightest discord amongst its members, our association has been steadily progressing, without any ostentatious display, its operations have all been carried on with a constant regard to that great, that holy principlethat education, to be good, must be religious; and to be religious, must be conducted on sound church principles. Great temptations have been placed before us, by yielding to which we might, perhaps, have raised to ourselves a present reputation ; by so doing, however, we should have forfeited this great principle, and we have preferred to struggle on, relying on the promise of an Almighty God, who has said, “ Them that honour me, I will honour.” Happy are we in this, that our principles are not those of a day : they have stood the test of time, they will endure to eternity. How cheering to every church schoolmaster is the language of the venerable Primate of our church :-“ Our National Schools," remarks His Grace, “ even in their present state have been to a large extent the means of instilling christian principles.” Shall we, then, relax our energies in this noble work? Surely not. Great encouragement is daily given to us. Not only have we the countenance of the clergy, who are ever ready with their advice and co-operation, but we have lived to witness an effort made in behalf of our schools, which indeed reflects credit on our church, in the readiness and munificence with which many have come forward in support of that noble society, alike the pride of the nation and the glory of those engaged in carrying on“ its labour of love." We then surely lack not encouragement, and if by diligence and watchfulness we cannot exceed the expectations formed of us, at least let us not disappoint them. We are not indeed called upon to attain to an extensive knowledge of this world's acquirements. Our church simply bids us, while teaching our children to do that which by the vows of their infancy they are bound to do, to furnish them with such knowledge as will help to keep them “ wise unto salvation.” Surely this honourable work is one of far too animating a nature for us to suffer our usefulness to be impaired by any common hinderance. Difficulties we shall have to encounter, but the certainty of the prize should make us think lightly of the burden of the race. One thing we know, that if we teach faithfully the word of God, with prayer to him that He would grant us his blessing, it cannot fail of an ultimate influence on the minds of our children. The world may strive to choke the seed thus sown, and render it unfruitful,our confidence is in his power, who has said, “His word shall not return to him void.” And hence, though we may never witness its growth, still we may have sure confidence, that one day it will spring up, and bring forth fruit abundantly to the honour and praise of God. « Now one soweth and another reapeth, but then both he that soweth and he that reapeth shall rejoice together.”—G. W. Winfield, Secretary.
Winchester Board. — At the last meeting applications for grants in aid of erecting parochial schools were made by the clergy and managers of schools at Richmond, Twyford, Thames Ditton, Brading (1. W.), Mickleham, Whippenham, Sway, Chilbolton, Albury, to which places sums were voted, varying from £10 to £5, according to their exigencies. George Mason, of this city; W. Vockers, of Clapham; and Thomas Munday of
Southampton, were, after examination, elected exhibitioners. A fresh impetus has been given to the Southampton Diocesan Church School, by the energy of the principal, Rev. G. Rowden, new application for admission having been made immediately on his commencing his duties. The Education Committee of the Privy Council having placed the services of their able Inspector of Schools at the disposal of the Bishop of the Dio
cese and the Diocesan Board, it is expected that he will commence his duties of inspection of such parochial schools, whose managers may desire it, immediately on the commencement of the new year.
the Church of England, to the children of the poor of Nottingham.
“My dear Mr. Archdeacon,-Though your connection with the town of Nottingham, in the character of a parochial incumbent, will so shortly cease, I think it right to send you the accompanying circular. I do not know the name of the donor of the £500.
“ Yours, very faithfully, J. LINCOLN. “Riseholme, Oct. 2.”
Winchester --A meeting of the clergy of the Rural Deanery and others, both laymen and clergymen of the neighbourhood, assembled in the Chapter Room of the Cathedral on the 6th instant, for the purpose of furthering the objects of the Manufacturing and Mining Committee of the National Society. The Very Rev. the Dean presided on the occasion, and was supported by the Warden; and, with hardly an exception, by the whole body of clergy of the city and neighbourhood, the few not present being absent from home or being prevented attending by official duties. Letters, accounting for their absence, were received from Lord Ashburton, Sir Thomas Baring, Bart., the Speaker of the House of Commons, J. B. East, Esq., the Mayor of Winchester, and Langford Lovell, Esq. It was moved by the Warden, and seconded by J. T. Waddington, Esq.:
“That this meeting agreeing in the statements expressed by the National Society, that at the present crisis it is the especial duty of the members of the church, laity as well as clergy, to make extraordinary efforts for raising the children of the poor in the more populous of the manu. facturing and mining districts, from the alarming state of ignorance and demo ralisation disclosed to public view by recent inquiries and events, desire to cooperate with the National Society in raising a special fund for the improve ment of education in the mining and manufacturing districts.”
It was also further resolved, Rev. Canon Vaux moving, and J. Campion, Esq. seconding, “ that the Rural Dean be requested to receive contributions for the above object, and to forward the same to the Treasurer of the National Society.” A large number of subscriptions, and of considerable amount, were given in on the occasion of the meeting.
"Riseholme, Lincoln, Sept. 23. “Rev. Sir -A lay member of the Church of England, connected with the town of Nottingham, and desirous to secure to the children of the poor the means of religious education, according to the principles of the Church of England, has offered to deposit in my hands the sum of £500 to be employed in the accomplishment of that object. The offer was made in the early part of last month, but the business of my visitation has hitherto prevented me from communicating with you upon it. You will, I am assured, share the anxiety which I feel to give effect to the benevolent donor's intentions; and in this assurance I request your co-operation in the following plan, which appears to me, after due consideration, to be the best calculated for the attainment of the desired end :
“1. That the incumbents of all the churches in the town of Nottingham, district as well as parochial, together with the clerical secretary of the committee for erecting the new church by the Leen Side, shall form themselves into a committee, having power to add to their number, for promoting the building, and, if possible, the endowing of a sufficient number of National Schools for the children of the poor of every parish. and parochial district in the town of Nottingham ; to be placed under the superintendence and controul of the several incumbents.
“ 2. That schools capable of containing 400 boys and girls shall be erected for the several parishes of St. Peter, St. Nicholas, and St. James, and for the district hereafter to be assigned to the Leen Side Church ; that a school for 400 boys shall be erected in St. Mary's parish, there being already in that parish a school for 600 girls ; that the present National School, which is situated in St. Paul's district, shall be transferred to that district. Trinity district is not men
Nottingham.-The following letter has been addressed by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln to the Archdeacon of Nottingham, together with a circular from the Bishop, upon the subject of a more efficient supply of the means of religious education, according to the principles of
tioned, because it is understood that suf. ficient funds have already been raised for the erection of schools in that district.
"3. That applications shall be made to the Committee of Privy Council and to the National Society for assistance towards the erection of the schools, and that a subscription shall be immediately set on foot in the town of Nottingham and its vicinity. It is calculated that the sum of about £4,500 will be required for the erection of the schools, and that assistance to the extent of £3,000 may be obtained from the Committee of Privy Council, and from the National Society. In addition, therefore, to the benevolent donor's gift of £500, a sum of £1,000 must be raised by subscription.
“4. That the religious instruction given in these schools shall be in strict conformity with that given in the central school in London.
“ 5. That, in case the plan here proposed shall not be carried into effect, the sum of £500, which is to be deposited in the bishop's hands, shall be returned to the donor." I am, Rev. Sir, “ Your very faithful servant,
“ J. LINCOLN. “ The Rev. Archdeacon Wilkins.”
rate. The west front is to contain the entrance gate, and residences for the warden, sub-wardens, and tutors; the north is to contain the class-rooms and dormitory; and the east, the hall and library; the south front is to be an open cloister. In the meanwhile, it is proposed to execute only the portion of the building necessary for opening the school department, and the theological part of the institution will not be in operation for some time. The college will contain about 250 boys, who are to reside within the building, as at Eton, and to be otherwise educated as in that great English seminary. The building is to be constructed of a very fine durable stone, which is found in great abundance upon the property, and a quarry of which has been opened, and is already in operation.
London Orphan Asylum.-At the recent anniversary meeting 125 of the lads, and 49 of the girls, who had quitted this institution within the last five or six years, and are now settled in various situations in or near London, brought testimonials from their several employers, which were read aloud before a numerous assemblage of friends. A small reward was bestowed upon each, from 25. 6d. the first year to 20s, the last, which the chairman accompanied with suitable remarks, They had also a good dinner.
Dewsbury-Opening of Sunday Schoolrooms.-On Sunday, Oct. 1, the commodious rooms, just erected, were opened for the reception of the children of the poor, and every part occupied, so that numbers, who had during the week made application for admission, were disappointed. Sermons were preached in the parish Church by the Vicar in the morning, the Curate in the afternoon, and by Archdeacon Musgrave in the evening. Collections, amounting to £60 17s. 3 d. were made at the services. Within a circle of one mile and a half from the town, from 300 to 400 teachers, all heartily working with the Clergy of the Established Church, are to be found.
Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, Kent Road.-There has been a progressive increase of this charity during a period of upwards of 50 years. In the first 5 years the admissions amounted only to 36, whereas in the course of the last 5 years more than 300 children have been admitted. Nearly 300 children are now under instruction, who, with the exception of the pay list, are clothed by the charity. No child, since the establishment of the Institution who appeared a suitable candidate, has lost his election. This fact will prove an encouragement to the benevolent, to exert themselves in favour of the deaf and dumb children in their respective neighbourhoods, who will find a ready admission to the half-yearly list of candidates, when the form of application to be had at the Asylum, has been filled up and returned to the committee, and when the children shall have arrived at the requisite age for election. Children are eligible from eight and a half to eleven and a half years of age.
Trinity College, Perth.- The plans for this institution (to be erected on the estate of Cairnies, about eight miles north-west of Perth), have been finally approved of, and the buildings will be commenced in the spring. The plan is in the English collegiate style of architecture, and does great credit to the talent, taste, and skill of the architect. Mr. Henderson. The buildings, when completed, will form a spacious quadrangle, with a bell-tower and chapel sepa