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Mrs. Rose bequeathed £8000 to increase the stipend of the widows. This institution is under the direction of fourteen trustees, among whom are the archbishop of Canterbury, the bishop of London, the bishop, archdeacon, and chancellor of Rochester, the dean of St. Paul's, and the dean of the Arches, besides others who are elected. The college is a handsome appropriate pile of buildings, surrounding two quadrangular areas, in which there is a chapel also.* There are at present forty widows resident in the college, who receive £38 per annum each, with an allowance of coals and candles. The chaplain's salary has been advanced to £150 per annum. Almshouses for Widows and Daughters of Clergymen, in Lichfield,
County of Stafford, Founded by Andrew Newton, Esq. for twenty females, who have a neat separate residence, and £50 per annum each ; persons eligible to this charity must be either the relict or daughter, not under fifty years of age, of some deceased clergyman of the Church of England.
In almost every diocese there is a fund for the relief of the widows and children of clergymen, supported by voluntary annual contributions.
The Clergy Daughters' School, Casterton,
(Established 1823), Is
open to the whole kingdom; but its benefits are confined to the clergy with the smallest incomes. One hundred pupils are clothed and educated for £14 per annum, and £3 extra for drawing or music. The greater part are provided for, on leaving the school, as governesses in respectable families, for whom there is always a larger demand than can be met. The twofold benefit is thus conferred upon a clergyman, of a sound education, and future provision.
The Preparatory Clergy School,
(Established 1837), Is situated close to the parent institution, at Casterton. It provides, on the same terms, for twenty-four children, chiefly orphans, and the daughters of missionaries abroad, who, when fit, are advanced into the other school.
All communications, respecting these schools, should be made to the Rev. W. CARUS WILSON, Casterton Hall, Kirby Lonsdale, Westmoreland.
The Gloucester Clergy Daughters' School.
(Established, July 1831.) That there is a numerous body of the clergy of this country, men of education, respectability and piety, who are placed in circumstances by no means affluent, is too well known to need any laboured proof. Many of them have large families dependent on them, and a limited income precludes them from affording their children such an education as their station in society would lead them reasonably to desire.
* Lewis's Top. Dict., Art. Bromley.
Not only so, the scanty resources of the clergy are for the most part only life incomes, and in the event of the death of the father of a family, the daughters are not unfrequently compelled to have recourse to tuition for their own support or that of their relatives. Education too is now making such rapid advances that the degree of information which was formerly considered as qualifying a lady to act in the capacity of a governess, would now be quite insufficient. And even in the more important branches of early instruction, the regulation of the temper, the formation of the mind, and the cultivation of religious principles, the clerical occupations of one parent, and the anxious domestic duties of the other, greatly interfere to retard the progress of their children.
To relieve the mind of many an anxious parent, to secure to their beloved offspring not only such advantages of mental culture as their domestic circumstances could not afford, but also a sound religious education upon the principles of the national church, The Gloucester Clergy Daughters' School has been established.
Children are admitted into this school only upon the nomination of donors of £50 ; every such donor is entitled to nominate one child ; who is at liberty to continue in the school not more than five years. An annual subscriber of ten pounds is entitled to the same privilege as long as his subscription is paid. The parents also pay ten pounds per annum with each child, however nominated. Accomplishments, if required, are charged extra. Thus it will be seen that the donors and parents pay between them £20 per annum towards the support of each child. But the board, clothing, education, &c. of each child, including also house-rent, salaries, &c. cost the institution fully £30; in the early years of the undertaking, while the number of children is small, probably more: the deficiency, therefore, can only be supplied by free donations and annual subscriptions.
The committee have received most satisfactory letters from the parents expressive of their entire satisfaction with the progress of their children, and the general treatment they have experienced. The house itself which had previously been used as a school for the greater part of a century, is commodious and airy, and sufficient for the accommodation of the present number of children : but should the anxious wishes of the committee be fulfilled, and a greater number of children received, the house must be enlarged, and so additional expense would be incurred.
The committee would not close their brief appeal without attempting to direct the attention of their brethren in the ministry rather more particularly to this cause, which is especially the cause of the clergy and their families. It is impossible to say what changes or reverses may take place in the circumstances of the more affluent or influential of their brethren, even in the course of a few years. But they would affectionately request them to direct a portion of their present property or influence into this channel. Clergymen in different parts of the country would efficiently assist this institution by making it known among their friends, and by kindly consenting to receive subscriptions and donations for it, which they might forward, from time to time, either to the treasurers, JOHN MOUNTAIN, Esq. and JAMES HELPs, Esq. Gloucester ; or to Messrs. T. TURNER and Co. bankers at that city ; to Messrs. Hankey and Co. bankers, Fenchurch-street, London ; or to any member of the committee : by all of whom donations and subscriptions of any amount, however small, will be thankfully received.
Finally, the directors of this establishment solicit the devout prayers of all pious Christians in its behalf; knowing that it can only succeed according to the measure of the divine blessing vouchsafed to it. Continual supplications at the throne of grace, if they be fervent and believing, can never be ineffectual ; and in the confidence that
such will be offered, the committee will proceed with their grateful undertaking, in the humble expectation that many of these daughters may become as corner stones polished after the similitude of a palace.”
A similar institution has also been established at Brighton, the particulars of which may be known on application to the Rev. H. v. ELLIOTT, Brighton.
Proposed School for the Sons of the Clergy.
The provisional committee, for carrying into effect this most desirable object, have issued the following circular :
The provisional committee having given their best attention to this subject, are of opinion, that the establishment of a school (not in London) for the sons of clergymen is of the utmost importance.
They find, that, notwithstanding the advantages to be derived from endowed and other schools, there are very many clergymen who are unable to provide their sons with a really good education, except at a cost totally unsuited to their professional incomes; while, with slight assistance from the public, the best education possible might be secured permanently to a large number of pupils at a comparatively small expense.
By observing what is done in the metropolis and its neighbourhood for education only, they are convinced, that, for a trifling sum extra, both education and maintenance might be provided ; and thus clergymen at any distance be enabled to obtain benefits for their children equal to
that are to be found in our best public schools. They wish it, however, to be understood, that they cannot recommend any scheme for adoption which shall interfere with the operations or prospects of schools already established, whether public or private ; and with this feeling, combined with an earnest desire to afford to clergymen (and others to a certain extent) the opportunity of procuring, by means of mutual contributions, the best education, at the cheapest rate consistent with respectability and comfort, they venture to propose the following plan for the consideration of the public; and—if, after due examination, it shall be found worthy of being acted upon, that means be taken to carry the whole into effect.
1. It is proposed, that the school consist, at first, of three hundred boys (hereafter to be increased to five hundred), of whom two-thirds shall be sons of clergymen, and one-third sons of laymen.
2. That no pupil be admitted under eight years of age, nor allowed
to remain in the school after eighteen, unless under special circumstances to be approved by the council; and that the mode of admission be by nomination only.
3. That the total charge for each boy, for education and maintenance, lodging, books, stationery, washing, medical attendance, and every other necessary, except wearing apparel, be, for the sons of clergymen, thirty guineas per annum, and for the sons of laymen sixty guineas.
4. Although the school, when in full operation, becomes a self-supporting society ; yet, in order to its commencement, a considerable outlay will be required : it is therefore proposed to raise, by donations from members of the Church of England, the sum of £30,000, with power to the council to accept donations to any greater amount.
5. The fund so raised to be applied, in the first place, to the providing and maintaining such buildings as may be required for the full accommodation of masters, dames, and pupils; the residue, if any, to go to the formation of a fund for the foundation of scholarships, or exhibitions to the universities, open to the whole school, and distributed according to merit.
6. Donors of £100 and upwards to be governors for life, and to be alone eligible (except as hereinafter mentioned) as members of the council for the management of the institution—to have power to vote in all general meetings—and to have the right of having always one pupil in the school for every £100 subscribed in manner next hereinafter explained.
Donations of governors to be made either in one or two payments within one year; or, by two payments, of fifty guineas each, in two successive years.
7. Donors of £50 to be entitled to one nomination only, but to have no vote in elections.
8. Life governors to nominate and elect a council, consisting of eighteen persons, of whom, as near as may be, two-thirds shall be clergymen, and one-third laymen ; and by them the whole property and affairs of the institution shall be managed.
Council to have power, with consent of visitor, to add to their number such contributors to the funds of the institution as shall in the opinion of the council possess high qualifications for carrying out its designs.
9. The president, vice-presidents, trustees, treasurers, and secretaries, to be members of the council ex officio.
10. Members of the council first appointed to continue in office three years ; afterwards, one-third to go out annually, but to be re-eligible for the like period.
11. Council to have power to nominate pupils, being sons of clergymen; but the number so appointed not to exceed fifty in any one year, in addition to lapsed nominations : which also (after six months' notice to the donor, whose turn it is to nominate) the council shall have power
12. Every pupil, being the son of a clergyman, and nominated by the council, to pay £35 per annum ; and every pupil, being the son of a layman, and nominated by the council, through lapse (in which cases alone the council shall have power to nominate sons of laymen) to pay £70 per annum.
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13. At the opening of the school, preference to be given by the council to the earliest applicants for admission.
14. Council to have power, if they shall deem fitting, to expel any pupil ; subject to appeal to the visitor.
15. The funds of the institution to be invested in the names of trustees; and the income arising from such investments, together with the monies received from pupils, to be held by treasurers, who must give security.
16. Accounts of treasurers to be examined periodically; and, at the end of each year, to be audited by two auditors appointed at the previous annual general meeting, not being members of the council.
17. All payments by parents or guardians of pupils, to be made half yearly in advance; and no pupil to be removed from the school without giving three months' notice.
18. The plan of education to be, as nearly as possible, similar to that of King's College, London.
19. The archbishop of Canterbury to be visitor. The bishop of London, president; and the bishops of the several dioceses in England and Wales to be vice-presidents.
20. General annual meetings to be held in London, in the month of May : and the council to prepare a report, one month previous, showing the state of the institution in every respect.
21. The annual general meeting to have power to make any alterations in the rules of the institution that may be deemed desirable by the council, and by the majority of votes of governors personally present at such meeting ; each governor being entitled to as many votes at all general meetings and elections, as he has nominations.
22. The provisional committee to have power to commence operations when the donations received amount to £10,000.
The provisional committee have only to add, that the subject having been carefully and repeatedly examined, they are unable to see in what other way the like good can be effected, consistently either with the station which the clergy hold in society, or with the respectability of character for which it is most necessary that a school for the education of the sons of clergymen should be distinguished : and they are gratified in being able to state, that in its general bearings the plan now offered has the sanction of approval by the archbishop of Canterbury, the bishop of London, and other dignitaries, and attached members of the Church of England, all of whom see in this endeavour advantages to the public as well as to the clergy, and most heartily wish it success.
Communications addressed to the Rev. J. D. Glennie and the Rev. G. H. Bowers, vestry-room, St. Paul's, Covent Garden, London, will be immediately attended to.
Bankers, Messrs. Coutts & Co.