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contained the basis on which the deed of constitution of college council was to be framed; and the following is a list of the individuals of whom that body is to be composed at the outset :—1st, The Bench of Bishops, ea officio; 2nd, the three Presbyters following, viz., the Very Rev. E. B. Ramsay, Dean of Edinburgh; the Rev. A. Ranken, and the Rev. A. Lendrum; 3rd, the following noblemen and gentlemen, as lay members, viz., the Duke of Buccleuh, the Earl of Home, the Right Hon. William E. Gladstone, Hon. John Talbot, Q.C., Sir Archibald Edmonstone, Bart., Sir Patrick M. Triepland, Bart., Hon. Lord Medwyn, John Gladstone, Esq., of Fasque, William Smythe, Esq., Advocate, and William P. Dundas, Esq., Advocate. The adoption of the report was moved by the Bishop of Edinburgh, who expressed his own and the cordial concurrence of his Right Rev. brethren in the arrangements which had been made by the committee for the establishment of this institution, which was calculated to be of such important benefit to the Church, and their entire and unanimous approval of the principles on which it was to be conducted. The meeting was also addressed by Sir Archibald Edmonstone, Bart., who congratulated the Right Rev. bishops and the clergy present on the prosperous state of the Church in 1845, compared with that which it enjoyed in 1745, and expressed the confident expectation that, through the instrumentality of the institution now on the eve of being established, the Scottish Episcopal Church would speedily assume that influence and position which the primitive purity of her system, and her apostolic origin, entitle her to look forward to. The Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, in moving a vote of thanks to the bishops and clergy, entered at great length, and with his usual eloquence and feeling, into the objects which the college was designed to promote; and concluded by a powerful appeal to the members of the Episcopal Communion in Scotland to come forward and evince, by their liberality in behalf of this institution, their convictions of the truth of the principles which they professed, and, under the blessing of God, enable the Church thus to realize those inestimable benefits which she was destined to produce. The meeting was also addressed by Mr. Badely, the secretary of the London
committee, Mr. J. W. Colville, advocategeneral of Bengal, and by the Rev. E. B. Ramsay, and others, who united in the expression of their satisfaction with the prospects of the institution, and congratulated the meeting on the harmonious and unanimous feeling which had pervaded their proceedings.
National Society.—A grant of £500
has been obtained from government by the National Society, to meet the expense of an inquiry into the statistics of education among the children of the poor throughout England and Wales. The form of queries will be the same which the society made use of four years ago in its inquiries into the statistics of the diocese of Rochester, and which has since been successfully adopted by the Archidiaconal Board of Bristol, and by the Diocesan Board of Ripon. We subjoin the explanatory letter which accompanied the queries, addressed to the parochial clergy; and in another number of the “Gazette,” we propose to insert a digest of the returns obtained.
“Rev. Sir, It has hitherto been the practice of this society to print every third year a list of schools in union, and to obtain every fifth year a return of all Church of England schools. The report of the society for 1841 should contain the list of schools in union; and the report for the year following should exhibit the result of the inquiry into all Church of England schools. To save, however, as much as possible the time of the clergy in making these important returns, it has been determined that in future one inquiry only shall be made, every fifth year; embracing in one report the materials which before were separately communicated.
It is with this view that the accompanying form has been drawn up; and it is hoped that little difficulty will be experienced in furnishing the required information. The annexed tables are arranged to suit all parishes, and you will perceive at once under which table your schools should be entered.
The inquiry is directed to the following particulars:—Name and description of each school ; number of separate schools and school-rooms; number of schools in union with the National Society, or with diocesan and district boards, or with both ; number of children on the books of each school; number of gratuitous teachers in Sunday schools; number of school-rooms permanently secured for the education of the poor; number of teachers’ houses, and what proportion of them permanently secured; number of paid masters, mistresses, and assistants; amount of salary to the master or mistress; annual expense of maintaining schools, and sources of the funds for meeting that expense. The above particulars would enable the society and the public to ascertain what are the existing means of church education for the poor, and at what annual cost those means may be maintained. It would, however, be desirable also to know what additional means, if any, are wanting, and at what cost they could be provided. As these latter particulars could not be conveniently arranged into a schedule which should apply to all the various peculiarities of different parishes, you are particularly requested to state them in a separate paper; or to signify, under the head of Remarks, below, that the provision is already sufficient. Although the annexed printed form may at first sight appear intricate and voluminous, you will perceive that only a small portion of it requires in most cases to be filled up. The request, that you would fill up this return, is made in the name of the National Society; and I am authorised to add, that your own diocesan requests your compliance. From the zeal and energy which the clergy have shown in advancing the cause of popular education upon right principles, the society is persuaded that you will appreciate the importance of these statistical inquiries; and consequently be prepared, by the readiness and accuracy of your replies, to give it your assistance in the completion of its undertaking. I have the honour to be, Rev. Sir, Your faithful and obedient servant, John SINCLAIR, Sec. P. S. You are earnestly requested to insert in the proper table, rather than under the head of general Remarks, the particulars relating to any church school whatever, that is carried on within the parish.”
Battersea Training Institution.—The National Society having been induced by the “offer of contributions to be especially appropriated in aid of one or other of its training institutions, to establish subsidiary funds for their special be
nefit,” an appeal has recently been made to the friends of education in behalf of the Battersea College. This establishment was instituted, some years ago, by Mr. Kay Shuttleworth and Mr. Tufnell, and having been much enlarged, it was transferred to the National Society at the close of the year 1843; and the main features of the system on which it is conducted, are fully described in the minutes of the Committee of Council on Education for 1842 and 1843. The only modification it has received under the present management, is in the departments of ecclesiastical and liturgical history, and in the study of the English language. The time occupied in these subjects has been increased. The masters it has sent out are now at work in various parts of the country, especially the manufacturing and mining districts: and the strongest testimonials are constantly received of their efficiency and usefulness. It has been found, that many of the most eligible candidates for admission are utterly unable to contribute any sum towards their own training, and are destitute of books and school apparatus. Others have exhausted their little funds in paying for their training, clothes, washing, &c., and are equally without means when they receive an appointment to a School. The special fund will be devoted to the following objects:— 1. The foundation of exhibitions of &15 and £10 each towards the expenses of deserving students. 2. The enlargement of the institution library, and the presentation to such Schools, as may receive masters from the Battersea institution, of text-books, black-boards, and other apparatus, required for efficient elementary instruction, according to the methods employed in the model school. 3. The development of the industrial department of the institution; e.g. the enlargement of the workshops, the purchase of a printing press, electrical apparatus, &c., and the formation of a botanical garden. [Through the kindness of a few friends, a new printing office has been erected, materials for book-binding and printing purchased, and four exhibitions, one of £5, two of £10, and one of £15, given to deserving students.] 4. The erection of a dormitory for students from the colonies and dependencies of Great Britain, whose expenses will be paid by the government, — a most important feature in the prospects of the institution. 5. The erection of a large class-room, capable of holding 120 students, to serve as a chapel and examination hall. 6. The purchase of standard works on education, maps, models, diagrams, plans of school buildings, &c., as specimens of method in elementary instruction.
London Diocesan Board.—At the last annual meeting, the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man in the chair, among other resolutions, the following was unanimously adopted :
“That the success which has attended the plan adopted by this board for supplying schools with assistant teachers, and at the same time raising up candidates for the National Society’s and Diocesan Training Institutions, is such as to encourage the board to proceed in carrying out their plan, and to appeal to the friends of education in the metropolis for increased support and encouragement.”
Parliamentary Grant.—The House of Commons, during the last session, raised the grant for education in England, Wales, and Scotland, to £75,000 for the current year.
Roystone Grammar School, Yorkshire.— The suit in Chancery, which has been pending between the master and trustees of this school for the last seven years, has recently been brought to a close. By the scheme drawn up by the court it is required, that the master to be appointed for the school, if not in holy orders, shall be a lay member of the Church of England. He is to be appointed, and may be dismissed by the trustees, of which the vicar of Roystone for the time being is one, subject to the approval of the Archbishop of York, the diocesan. The school is to be opened each day with prayer, and the children are to be catechised, at least once in each month, in the grounds of the religion of the Church. No child is to be admitted to the school before he can read the New Testament in English ; and the vicar is to be requested to examine the scholars once a-year. Should he refuse, the archbishop is to appoint an examiner. Boys to the number of forty may be taught Latin and Greek free ; but if any instruction in English be given, a quarterly payment is due to the master. These are the most important
features of the scheme; and although there will be a diminution, happily only temporary, of the funds of the institution by this litigation, it is gratifying to find that the school is restored to the Church, and placed upon a footing suited to the wants of the parish. With the grammar school for the children of the middle classes, and the national school recently established for the children of the poor, the Christian education of the young is now amply provided for.
Tiverton.—A silver salver and a cup, bearing the following inscription, have been presented, by his former and late pupils, to the Rev. Dr. Boulton, upon the occasion of his retirement from the head-mastership of Blundell’s school, Tiverton :Viro Reverendo ANToNio BoulTon, S.T. P. Scholas Blundellinae xviii. annos SubMagistro, Hoc quantulumcumque ut Perpetuac benevolentiae testimonium, Vitae integrae, summae morum comitatis, Animique in sefere paterni memores, D. D. Discipuli amantissimi valedicentes vi. KAL. Sept. A. D. MDCCCXLV.
Ireland.—In the town of Londonderry, besides the usual seminaries, there has recently been erected a very handsome school, called the “ Glynn School,” founded on the munificent bequest of a gentleman of the name of Glynn, who left £50,000 for its establishment. 100 boys are here educated and taught some trade. They are afterwards apprenticed, and, until their apprenticeship has ceased, a care and supervision is exercised over them. This establishment has, since its foundation, been attended with the most beneficial results to the community.
In 1826 a number of the gentry in the neighbourhood established an agricultural seminary at Templemoyle, the object of which was to give a substantially good English education to the sons of farmers, and also to instruct them in the scientific and practical knowledge of farming pursuits. The Grocers' Company contributed £1,500 towards the establishment of this institution, the Irish Society £200, and other large sums were subscribed by the gentry and other companies. A commodious and well-planned school was built on a farm of 172 acres
of poor land rented from the Grocers' Company. Each subscriber to the funds to a certain amount, has the privilege of nominating a pupil, the whole cost of whose education to his parents is but £10 a year. One half the day the pupils are instructed in the school; the other half they are practically taught farming by a Scotch farmer, and made to labour on the land. The sphere of the society is confined to no district; pupils are received from every part of Ireland, and indeed from all parts of the kingdom. Its object is to train up young men as agriculturists, to fit them to become either clever practical agents or skilful farmers. The system pursued necessarily inculcates in them habits of great cleanliness and order, as well as practical and scientific knowledge; and there cannot be a doubt but that such habits, carried home by these young men to the dwellings from which many of them come, must have the most beneficial effect. This has been found to be the case in practice. The great bulk of the young men taught at this establishment settle down at home in agricultural pursuits, and by their superior knowledge of agriculture, succeed well in life, and set a valuable example to their neighbours. Many become surveyors, clerks, and agents, and not a few of them emigrate. Sir Robert A. Ferguson, M.P., Sir Robert Bateson of Castrense, and many of the gentry of the neighbourhood, deserve much credit for their exertions in getting up and supporting this institution. I had an opportunity of being present at its anniversary on Thursday. The 70 young men who there receive their agricultural instruction, went through a very creditable examination in the different branches of their studies, and had afterwards a lecture delivered to them by Mr. Johnson, Professor of Chymistry in the Durham University. The Bishop of Derry and his family, Sir E. M'Naughton, and most of the gentry of the neighbourhood were present. — Correspondent of the Times.
St. John's College, New Zealand.— Two years have barely elapsed since the foundation of this excellent institution, and already we have some of the fruits of the system apparent, which put to shame the abortive exertions of our own government. From a copy which we have seen of “The Calendar of St. John's College, New Zealand, corrected to July self to adopt English habits, and wear English clothes, and, above all, to be regular at church and school. The second class is composed of those who are candidates for admission into the first. The third class consists of those who wish to learn English, but have not yet made up their minds to give up native habits. Between forty and fifty natives have voluntarily connected themselves with this school. But the beneficent organisation of St. John's college does not cease here. We have an infant native school, with the names of from thirty to forty New Zealand children of both sexes, recorded upon a separate page of the “St. John's College Calendar;” and a native boys' school, where about twenty-two boys are boarded and clothed, and instructed in English, arithmetic, writing, and singing. We also observe that preparations are being made for a system of industrial employments, by which it is hoped the whole native establishment will ultimately be clothed and fed. This valuable institution has lately been removed from Waimati to a place in the neighbourhood of Auckland, called Bishop's Auckland, where it will have
24th, 1844, Waimati, printed at the College Press,” we gather that the Bishop of New Zealand is the visitor, and his examining chaplain presides over the studies of the college. The divinity lectureship was adorned by the rare and brilliant talents of the Rev. T. Whytehead, previously to his lamented decease. Many are already familiar with his distinguished university career at Cambridge, in which, as first chancellor’s medallist, he eclipsed every classical competitor of his year; and with the noble self-devotion which led him to follow the fortunes of the first missionary Bishop of New Zealand, whose examining chaplain he was. His early death has left a blank upon the annals of the infant church which all must deplore. Four ordina
stions had already taken place of students
from this college; and nine candidates, who were in course of preparation last July, have since been likewise ordained. Though designed principally for candidates for holy orders, the college is open to all other students. All members of the body are expected to devote themselves, during the intervals of study, to some useful study, in furtherance of the general purposes of the institution. The expense of tuition, commons, and attendance, does not exceed £30 per annum. There are two scholarships in the bishop's gift, for those who are unable to defray the above-mentioned expenses. The original sum which formed the foundation estate of the college was, we believe, £5,000, which has since been increased by donations and bequests. A collegiate school is attached to the college, under the charge of the Rev. W. C. Cotton, M.A., student of Christ Church, Oxford, and formerly of Eton. Fourteen scholars have already been entered. The general plan of education is similar to that of an English public school. The vacation begins Nov. 1, and ends Feb. 28. The expense of tuition, commons, and attendance does not exceed £25 a year. Not only is there provision made, however, for an education suited to the wants of the most advanced civilisation, conducted on the English public school system, but a second subsidiary institution appears to have been formed, viz., The St. John's Native Teachers’ School, for the especial advantage of the natives. Three classes are admitted into this institution. No teacher is admissible into the first class who does not pledge him
the advantage of being established on its own lands. Here is an energetic attempt being made to plant religion and learning of the highest order side by side, in the midst of a half-ruined settlement overrun with savages. Need we say that we heartily wish it success. We will go further, and avow our belief that it will succeed in triumphing over every difficulty, because it has been begun in good time, under the auspices of an authority equal to the due maintenance of the undertaking. We sincerely hope that New Zealand will not a generation hence share in the opprobrium which this colony has now to bear, that in the forty-first year of its existence it can barely yet be said to have been organised into a diocese, and is utterly devoid of any permanently established institution for the protection and maintenance of religious learning.— Hobart Town Courier.
Education in Denmark.-The King of Denmark has just ordered the teaching of the French language and singing in all the colleges of the kingdom. All scholars will be obliged to learn these subjects, there will be an annual examination.
DURING the last month the following books have been received:—
Plain Sermons, addressed to a Country Congregation. ward Blencowe, M.A. Foolscap 8vo. pp. 412. Questions on the Orders for Morning and Evening Prayer.
Exercises in Orthography. By the same.
By Emily Taylor.
By the late Rev. Ed(Bell.) 12mo, pp. 20.
18mo: pp. 387. (Houlston and
The Pupil's Manual of Exercises in Mental Arithmetic. By the same. pp. 120.
The Teacher's Manual of Exercises in Mental Arithmetic.
By the same. pp.
The First Class Cyphering-Book. Part First. By G. Scott. 4to. pp. 77. (Shep