large, might be managed by one master, and one set of lessons, thus diminishing the ex

pense for each individual child to a mere. BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL trifle ; while at the same time the plan comSOCIETY.

municated instruction with astonishing cele

rity. In the year 1805, our late venerable His Most Gracious Majesty

Sovereign honoured Mr. Joseph Lancaster; KING GEORGE THE FOURTII,

with a private audience, fully informed him, An Annual Subscriber of 1001.

self of the nature of the system, and saw its Vice-Patrons.

important bearing on the whole mass of the

poor population. It was on this occasion H. R. H. the Duke of Sussex.

that the King uttered those memorable wordsg." H. R. H. the Prince of Saxe-Cobourg.

which will do honour to the name of George , President.

the Third to the latest posterity :- It is The Duke of Bedford.

my wish, that every poor child in my kingdon. Vice-Presidents.

may be taught to reud the Bible.From that The Marquises of Lansdown, Hastings, and period His Majesiy not only gave to the BriTavistock ; Earls Darnley, Rosslyn, and

tish System his royal sanction and patronage, Fingall; Bishop of Norwich ; Lords Car

but subscribed 1001. per annum towards its rington, Clifford, and Eardlcy; Chief support and propagation. This liberal subCommissioner Adam; Sir J. Swinburne, scription has been regularly continued by his Bart. Sir J. Macintosh, M. P. and Sir A. present Majesty. The value of the British Johnston; H. Brougham, M.P. Charles System of mutual instruction becoming graBarclay, Esq. J. Butterworth, M.P. Tho. , dually more and more known, schools were F. Buxton, M.P. William Smith, M.P.

established in most of the principal towns of John Smith, M.P. W. Wilberforce, M.P. the Kingdom, many of which were organised and William Williams, M.P.

by masters trained and sent by the Commit,

tee of the parent Society in the Borough Treasurer - William Allen.

Road: the accounts of the Schools upon this Secretary

plan, which have been published from time Foreign Secretary, Rev. Dr. Schwabe.

to time in the Reports of the Society, preAssistant Secretary. Mr. J. Millar, Museum Street, Blonomsbury. prosperity, and especially of the extensive

sent many interesting particulars of their Collector.

moral effects produced by their establishment. Mr. B. Lepa rd, Punderson-pl. Bethnal-green.s. In the manufacturing districts, where, from

the demand for juvenile labour, the children A BRIEF ACCOUNT.

are soon taken into close employment, the The object of this Society is to promote system has proved itself pre-eminently usethe education of the children of all the poor, ful, from the rapidity with which it conveys. of every class, sect, and country, in moral and instruction. religions principles, as the surest means of This Institution, though in no nianner diminishing crime and misery, and producing connected with the British and Foreign Bible general peace and happiness. The system Society, has powerfully co-operated in its which it acts upon, while eminently calcu- designs, and acts upon the same liberal prinos lated to fix in the infant mind the fundamen- ciples: while on one hand, by the exertions tal principles of the Christian religion, does of the Bible Society in their endeavours to not interfere with the particular opinions or introduce the Holy Scriptures into every creed of any, being in conformity with that house and cottage, the deplorable want of

“ Whatsoever ye would that education was discovered; the School Society, men should do unto you, do ye even so unto on the other hand, became the ready co-adjuthem."

tors of the Bible Society, by providing the The common means of instruction, being means of instruction, without which the gift far too expensive to be adopted for the edu- of Bibles would have been of little avail. It cation of the poor upon a great scale, Mr. is a fundamental principle of the British Syse Joseph Lancaster, about the year 1798, de- tem that nothing should be taught which can vised a method by which a school, however in any way tend to prevent conscientious and

divine precept,

pious parents, of any religious denomination, them, was printed under the name of “ The from sending their children

for instruction ;- Manual of the British System;" a second the Bible, in the authorised version, without edition of which is just published, and will note or comment, being the only religious book be found extremely useful to those who wisk taught in the schools. Care is at the same time to establish schools for the poor. The work taken to secure attention to religious duties, by has been translated, and published in the promoting the attendance of the children at different languages of the Continent. such Sunday Schools as are approved by their The Committee endeavour to embrace parents, and by requiring proofs of their pre- every opportunity for extending the System sence at those places of worship which their abroad as well as at home. They correspond parents or friends may prefer.

with persons friendly to education in all The Society has never been unmindful parts of the world.—They receive and comthat both its name and its origin pointed to municate information — train masters and the British Dominions, as the first and prin mistresses at the Central School-supply cipal object of its attention. Hence the teachers, and afford every facility to foreignsupport and management of the Central

ers to study the plan, and propagate it Schools in the Borough Road, and of the abroad. They keep a stock of slates, les establishment for the instruction of masters sons, and school apparatus for the schools and mistresses connected with them, have formed upon the System. A small number always formed the main object of its atteue of persons are boarded and trained in the tion. The flourishing state of these schools, Central School, and are more immediately and the good conduct of the children, have under the patronage and controul of the been a source of high gratification. These Committee. Others are trained and boarded schools, of which that for Boys admits and at their own charge.* now contains 500, and that for Girls 300 In IRELAND the System has been widely

pupils, have since their establishment given and very favourably received; and from the education, the forrner to 13,661, the latter to liberality of its principle, it has been de7,028 children, making a total of 20,689. clared by the Commission appointed by PatThe endeavours used to adopt such measures liament (consisting of the Lord Primate, seas might eventually lead to the establishment veral Bishops, and other distinguished chaof schools sufficient for the population of the racters) to be peculiarly adapted for that metropolis and its vicinity have been unre

country, as“ keeping clear of all interfermitting ; and the number of these establish

ence with the particular religious tenets of ments has every year increased. In the me

any, inducing the whole population to retropolis 43 schools are at present known to ceive its benefits as one undivided body, the Committee, as being conducted upon the under one and the same system, and in the British System, in which not fewer than same establishment." 5833 boys and 2165 girls receive instruction In SCOTLAND, the British System is still upon principles, and by methods, best calcu- making progress. The school in Edin.' lated to impress their minds with religious burgh is flourishing; while in the other knowledge, and pious and moral habits. Of large cities, where schools have been esta«' these schools 22 have been forined within blished on this System, it continues to pro

duce its beneficial effects. The Committee It was not long after the establishment of have also had the satisfaction of affording an the System in this kingdom, that it began to opportunity of acquiring a perfect knowledge attract the attention of some bengvolent and of the British System to Mr., Cameron, enlightened individuals in foreign parts; and whom the Highland Society has appointed to in consequence of the happy restoration of take charge of a Model School, which they peace in 1814, the intercourse between are about to establish at Inverness, and England and the Continent being resumed, which is intended to supply masters for numerous applications were made for infor- schools in the Highlands. mation respecting the System. The establishment was visited by many distinguished

[In our next Number will be given an acforeigners, and numerous applications were

count of the Proceedings of the Society in Form made for information respecting the plan. reign Countries.] In the year 1817, the present buildings in the Borough Road were erected, in which Model Schools for Boys and Girls are kept * Inquiries or applications (post paid) for the inspection of visitors. In the year may be addressed to Mr. Millar, Museum1816, the plan of the schools for children of street, Bloomsbury; or Mr. Pickton, at the both sexes, and directions for organising Royal British School, Borough-road.

the last five years.


sparrows and who numbers the stars -- who Extract from a Letter of the Rev. Peter Treso searches his sheep and seeks them out and chow, while engaged on a Tour through the most trifling, for bringing salvation to

who can sanctify circumstances, apparently Denmark and part of Norway.

thousands. In this instance, surely, the Christiania, Aug. 6, 1821. Scripture is fulfilled: “ There shall be an I should now proceed to relate what has handful of corn in the earth upon the top of been done in promoting the chief object of the mountains: the fruit thereof shall shake my journey with regard to the Norwegian like Lebanon, and they of the city shall Bible Society; but His Majesty the King flourish like grass of the earth.” (Psalm arriving here a few days after me, has so Ixii. 16. much engaged the time and attention of all

You are aware, Sir, that a Society has classes, that I must wait a short time until been formed in London, denominated the a meeting of the Committee can be convened. Continental Society, for the specific purpose The day after the King's arrival, he gave a of diffusing religious knowledge over the grand audience to the Members of the dif- Continent of Europe by the aid of native ferent departments of the Norwegian go- ministers, of whom there is a large and vernment, after which I had the honour to

increasing number in Germany and France. be presented to His Majesty. He recol- The proceedings of that Society, which is lected having seen me at Christiansfeld in yet in its infancy, are before the public, 1807, when he, at that time Prince of Ponte- Much has been already accomplished by its corvo, was at the head of a French corps operations, and very extensive prospects are d'armée in Holstein. I told him, that now opening before it, the whole of which might I lived in London, and was connected with be occupied, did the Society possess the adesome of the well known religious Societies in


funds. England, especially with the British and Fo- 'The attention of the Committee of the reign Bible Society, which, I added, had the Continental Society has been drawn to the honour of numbering His Majesty among subject of the above letter; and measures its crowned patrons. He, in the most fa- are now in operation to supply the hamlet vourable terms, expressed the high regard he with a suitable preacher, whose only object felt for that Institution, and closed a pretty will be to exhibit the truth of eternal life to long conversation with these words, “ You the view of the people, hoping that the Lord see therefore, Sir, that as a Christian and a the Spirit will work with him, “ and confirm King, I feel myself bound in duty to support the word with signs following." The Conthe circulation of the Bible.”

tinental Society has no design to establish any distinct sect or party; and seeing that there are connected with it Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Independents, and Baptists, it

is trusted that this fact will afford a sufficient To the Editor, SIR,

pledge to the public, that its aim is simply In common with many of your readers, I preaching of the Gospel of Christ. have been greatly interested by the perusal The fact of the travellers making the disof “the letter from France” in your last coveries adverted to through the medium of month's Magazine, signed by M. Wilks, now a personal visit and private conversation, resident in Paris.

may serve to shew the great utility of one While we are concerned for the spiritual branch of this society:—it is that of sending illumination of the heathen nations, we persons about the country in France and cannot be unmindful of the gross darkness of other places, with cases of New Testaments our neighbours; and when we contemplate on their heads, which they offer for sale, and the gloomy history of the countries of the at the same time take occasion to speak of Continent, where they have killed God's the contents of the books which they are prophets and thrown down his altars, the selling. From the mode cf carrying their mind is relieved with the assurance, that books, they are called Colporteurs. "Three even there are multitudes who have never are now employed by the Continental So" bowed the knee to the image of Baal, and ciety. They transmit their journals from whose mouths have not kissed him.” time to time to the Committee, which are

The travels of Mr. Wilks's friends-their very interesting, as the following quotations passing the mountains, and their going from one of them will fully testify:through the hamlet to which he alludes “ 1820. By. Oct. 28.- Returning to their rescuing the child from danger, and N- -n, I passed through B--y. A young their conversation with the widow, are events

man, to whom I had sold a New Testament, not to be viewed as contingencies: surely told me that the Cure and clerk were requestthey were directed by Him who counts the ing to see me.

The Curé received me very


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well. He bought a New Testament and se- into eternal life. I pointed out to him séve. veral tracts. The clerk also wished to have a ral passages of Scripture. He again spoke New Testament; but my chest was empty: of the Missionaries, and asked if any of them I promised to take him one on the Monday would ever come to S-n.

I replied, following. On Monday I took a New Tes“ that if he wished to see one, I could tell him tament to the clerk. Going through the where he must go. Immediately his wife village, a woman to whom I sold one, called said, she should like it much better if he me, to tell me that she was very much would go to their house (without doubt she pleased with it, and that her neighbour also wished to hear him also) - He shall not wished for one. A man who was there, want any thing to eat and drink here,' she asked me what book I was selling: the said, and since these people are so charitawoman immediately replied, “ It is the Sa- ble as to wish to preach the Gospel to all the viour's book ;and then began to explain to world, they ought to put us among the numhim what I had before explained to her. I ber; for I should very much like, and my shewed this man, John v. 39, and I John husband also, to hear them speak of Jesus ii. 4. He immediately bought a New Testa- Christ.' "Well,' said I to them, I shal ment, and he paid me and went away. I see one of them in a few days, and I will again exhorted the woman on several passages, tell him what you say; and if he thinks it shewing her the way of salvation through right to come this way, he will.' This gave Jesus Christ. I went to lodge with a Protes- them great pleasure. They sereral times tant of B-X. We passed the evening in repeated to me, 'Do not forget.' The speaking of the Saviour.

next morning I spake again to them of the 31st:-I entered a house Holy Scriptures; and from time to time where I found a family of eighteen children. they repeated, 'Do not forget to send that I asked the mother if she had taken care to gentleman to come and see us.' I left this speak to her children of the Saviour: she house much pleased. On going through told me that she had taught them to go to the village, as I was offering a New Testa mass and obey the Cure, and that was enough ment at one of the houses, a man who was to obtain eternal life. I pointed out to her riding by heard me, and asked me for one. several passages, to make her understand Giving him one, I said the price was 30 sons; that we must not trust in man, but in the he quickly gave ine 30 sous, saying, If word of God. She told me, if she was not you had asked me 40 francs, I should have in the way of salvation it was not her fault bought it; I have a long time wished for it :"! but that of the Curé. As I told her we and he rode away quickly." must be judged by the word of God, she I will only add the hope, that whilst the asked me if I would sell it for 25 sous, &c. necessities of these desert płacés excite the "S

----n. August 8.-I arrived at this sympathies of Christians, they will call forth village in the evening. I found a large farm their liberal aid ; and that that Missionary where they received me very kindly. The spirit, which so peculiarly marks the present master of the house admired my books, as period, will induce Christians of all demomis did also his wife. When I told them at what nations in all places, to do something in price I sold them, they were astonished at the way of co-operating with the Continental the cheapness. I then explained to them Society, for the dissipation of the moral darkhow I was enabled to sell them so cheap. ness, which, through superstition and infideIn doing this I was led to speak of the Mis- lity, have overspread that portion of the world. sionaries, whom the Lord was sending to All applications for information, reports, preach the Gospel, At these words he said &c. shall be immediately attended to, if to me, • I should very much like that he addressed to me. I remain, Sir,&c. would come to our house; as to our Curé, he

ISAAC SAUNDERS, Secretary. never speaks of the Holy Scriptures.' He Blackfriars Rectory. told me also that he very much wished to have the Bible: I promised to procure him P.S. I beg to subjoin the names of the one, Supper time being come, he made me officers of the Society :sit down to talk with them, and during this Patron.-Sir Thomas Baring, Bart. M.P. repast we did not cease to speak cf the Sa- Vice-Presidents.-Gen. Carey ; Major-Gen. viour. None of the servants spoke, they Neville ; Rev. Lewis Way; H. Drumall listened to us. He often wished to en- mond, A. Smith, J. B. Wilson, and S. V. gage me in controversy, but I always avoided Wilder, Esqs. it. We spoke of justification by faith with

Treasurer. John Scott, Esq. out the works of the law. He had much

Secretary. - Rev. Isaac Saunders. difficulty in understanding, and continually Foreign Ditto. -Mr. E. De Coligny. relapsed into his errors, saying, that without Assistant Secretary and Collector.-Mr. S, doing some good thing we could not enter

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BRITISH AND FOREIGN SEAMEN'S FRIEND Sunday evening after public service, and also

SOCIETY, AND BETHEL UNION. on the Monday and Thursday evenings on The Anniversary of this valuable Institution board different vessels in the river, and sevewas held in the Metropolis, the 2d week in ral masters of the Essex corn barges have October, On Monday, Oct. 8th, a sermon lately joined them. The like services have was preached in Great Queen-street Chapel, been commenced on board the smacks in the by the Rev. G. C. Smith. On Tuesday, the Scotch wharfs. In the neighbourhood of Step9th, the Rev. R. Marks, Vicar of Great ney and the lower pool, pious persons are ocMissenden, Buckinghamshire, preached for cupied every Sabbath in conducting sailors on the Society at St. Bride's Church in the shore, and other poor persons, to places of morning; and on the evening of the same worship appointed for their accommodation; day, the Rev. T. Roberts, of Bristol, preach the same is done by the Poplar, Millwall, ed at Zion Chapel. The Congregations and Blackwall Seamen's Friend Society. were uniformly large, attentive, and deeply At Barking, Harwich, Yarmouth, Gains. interested in the subjects discussed by the boro', Hull, Bridlington, Blyth, Whitby, respective preachers.' Nearly 1001. were Stockton, Sunderland, South and North collected at the different services.

Shields, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dundee, The Annual Public Meeting was held at Greenock, Liverpool, Swansea, Bristol, &c. the City of London Tavern, on Wed. the the Bethel Flag has been also raised, Socie10th, in the evening. Soon after five P. M. ties have been formed, Prayer Meetings the great room was crowded to excess with have been established, and sailors have been respectable persons of both sexes, and the brought under the sound of the Gospel with Orchestra and Committee Room were quite the happiest effect. The Missionary flame filled.

has also spread to Ireland and even to AmeIt was now absolutely necessary that ano- rica with the like success : and He who is ther room should be engaged, and orders converting the ends of the earth to himself, were given to this effect. This room was also has “ set his hand also in the sea, and his soon filled, and several persons went away. right hand in the rivers.” Ps. lxxxix. 25. Capt. Sir G. Keith, Bart, of the R.N. con- After the Report had been read, the Meetdescended to take the chair in the lower ing was addressed by ministers of different

The Report was handed down as denominations (several of whom in early life soon as possible, and the different speakers were in the sea service,) by several naval hastened from one room to another, that the officers, by the Treasurer of the Port of Lonwhole of this large and respectable assem- don Society (Mr. Marten,) and by the blage might be gratified with the very inte. noble President, Lord Gambier. Mr. Brand, resting information they had to communi- an Indian Chief from North America, was

also present, and (in good English) expressed Over the raised platform in the principal his high satisfaction with the object of the room the Royal standard was displayed, and Meeting. on each the blue Bethel dag, with the word

Bethel” inscribed. Several beautiful models of naval ingenuity were exhibited in the The following extract of a letter from a course of the evening.

benevolent and pious friend at Bideford, dated At half past six o'clock the Rt. Hon. Oct. 13th, connected with “ The Seamen's Lord Gambier, K.C.B., took the chair amidst Friend Society,” may be fully relied on, warm applause. He was supported by se

and will, we hope, interest the feelings of veral reverend and naval emen. The such of our readers as are able to contribute noble Chairman briefly addressed the Meet

to the relief of the distressed :*_ ing by congratulating them on the commenc

“ Have you heard of the awful effects of ing of the Institution, and on its progress. the storm that we had last, Thursday week ?

The Report was then read by the Secre- Clovelly and its vicinity will not, cannot tary, and presented a gratifying detail of the

cease to shed the tear of real distress for a labours of this Society, which appears to long season. I can give you but a very imhave effected great and lasting good for perfect sketch of the dismal catastrophe. I seamen. Many instances, some of an affect- have no recollection of a circumstance ever ing nature, were read to the Meeting in happening upon the coast, that will at all support of the utility of the Institution.

bear a comparison with the wreck that was The Report reviewed the various exer

then made. tions that had been made, both in the Royal Navy and in the Merchant service, for the * Any donations in aid of the distressed religious benefit of seamen. Under the pa- survivors will be thankfully received by Mr. tronage of the North London Auxiliary C. M. Sparkes, No. 14, Water Street, BlackSociety, prayer meetings are held every friars.




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