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From a Clergyman. March 9, 1833. The Schools under your Society, in the parish of T- , where I have the privilege to exercise my ministry, have been, by the Divine blessing, productive of a great deal of good, both to the children and to their parents; and I hope nothing may interfere with the labours of your Society, as I find both the system, and especially the visits of the Inspectors, very useful. Mr. R ---, an Inspector, who has been in this quarter for some time, was very attentive.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 21, 1833. The School at T h as been closed for the last quarter, on account of the illness of the Teacher; however, I have had sufficient experience of it during the last three or four years, to make me give my testimony, most sincerely, to the advantage it derives from being in connexion with your Society.
The quarterly inspections hold out a constant stimulus to both the Teachers and Scholars; and the latter look to it quite as a pleasure, from the kind encouraging manner in which the inspection is conducted. I trust they will ever find a real advantage from the Scripture instructions they thue receive, and the large portions they commit to memory. There are very few Roman Catholics in the neighbourhood, but there is not any objection made to their attending the Schools and reading the Scriptures, &c.
From a Layman. March 6, 1833. It gives me great pleasure in having it in my power to inform the Committee, that the Schools under my patronage are reviving from a check which they lately received, owing to incidental circumstances, together with the malicious breaking, by night, of fourscore panes of glass, and some of the sashes of one of the School Houses ; and an un. parallelled opposition from the Roman Catholic Priests, four of whom are now stationed in this important district, where two formerly did the duty ; but, thank God, instead of damping my zeal, these exertions, on the other side, seem to increase my energy, and render me, if possible, more anxious for the welfare of those institutions, which, I hope, will,
this part of the country. We have 112 Scholars upon the books, and, in my opinion, the lower classes of society in this neighbourhood are daily becoming more sensible of the advantages derived to them from those valuable institutions; and my hope is, that the time is not far distant when they will all be as anxious to receive, as the London Hibernian Society is to impart instruction.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 13, 1833. The Schools here go on with perfect regularity and good order; the gross number in one, is 67, and the other 32. The attendance is not as regular as we could wish, owing to the usual interruptions caused by country business; and, also, by the constant opposition of the Roman Catholic Priest. Were it not for this, our rooms would not hold the number that would fock to us. We have no adults in our Schools; but I can safely testify to the good effects of education on those children who have attended with regularity. In conduct and appearance they are quite different from those whose interests are neglected. I can most conscientionsly recommend your Society to the public for support, particularly at this important crisis. I consider your system and arrangements excellent; and what most particularly calls for my approbation, is the plan of inspection. Other Societies have, no doubt, adopted this plan; but I have found your Inspectors the most useful of any that have come under my observation : they seem humble, pains-taking, correct men, and not above their business. As a Clergyman, I feel the value of this Society. I can go on with it without any compromise of principle ; and yet, I think, without giving just cause for that Anti-Christian opposition which Scriptural Education meets with from the Romish Priesthood. I
can only say, in answer, that I never perceived any thing of the kind.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 16, 1833. The Schools are, at present, as far as I can judge, in a good state, and the children making excellent progress in general. But the more important advantages resulting from the labonrs of your Society, arise from the great circulation you have given to the Sacred Scriptures, which are incalculable, as there is scarcely a cottage in the whole neighbourhood, indeed I have never yet been in one in this parish, in which the Word of God is not to be found ; and though other Societies have contributed to this extensive circulation, I feel bound, in answer to your Letter, to state, that it proceeds principally, as far as I can judge, from the labours of your Society. I should think every one who becomes acquainted with your institution will feel that it is entitled to their warmest support.
Having said thus much, I must here observe, that the Association for discountenancing Vice has been, for many years, most active and beneficial in circulating the same blessed Word, not only in this parish, but in all others with which I am acquainted. The Sunday School Society, and the Kildare Place Society, have been also most useful.
grading, if not advancing, in their utility and efficiency in promoting Scriptural knowledge and truth in our land. In my own School, there is some increase of numbers. In my humble opinion, no system of general education has such high clainas of support on Christian benevolence as that of the London Hibernian Society.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 22, 1833. i have to state, that the Schools in connexion with your Society, in this parish (D and G- Female Schools,) are in a most
flourishing state, and that they are conducted in a manner which calls forth not only the most decided marks of approbation from the Patron and your Inspector, but also from every individual who may happen to visit them.
I consider the clains of the Socieży to general support, if I may be allowed to judge from the success of the Schools connected with it, very strong indeed.
From u Lady. Feb. 22, 1833. I beg leave to state, that the L- Female School appears to me, considering its recent establishment, to have been productive of much good in this vicinity. Many young females, who, in former times, would have been engaged in the linen manufactory, are, in consequence of its decline, resorting to other means of gaining a livelihood; and amongst others to needle-work, in which they are in.
the instruction of the girls in religious education, may produce a lasting influence on their morals and character.
From the manner in which the two Inspectors sent appear to examine the children, and conduct the business of the Society, I can have no hesitation in expressing my opinion, that the London Hibernian Society has the strongest claims on public and private support.
From a Layman. Feb. 16, 1833. I have great pleasure in stating my approbation of the condition of the Schools connected with your Society, which are under my superintendence, and that there is every prospect that the effects, with the bless. ing of God, will be highly beneficial in this neighbourhood.
It appears to me that your Society has a peculiar claim to general support, your plans being so well calculated to give a Scriptural Education, which is so much wanted in this country,
From a Dissenting Minister. Feb. 20, 1833. It is to your valnable Society the Protestant poor of
a re indebted for the means of an education for their children, according to the principles of the Gospel. Before our School was opened, they were compelled to send their little ones to Monks and Nuns of the town, to be instructed; but neglected by those who should have provided them with the mcans. Never did there exist in D- a free School, op Protestant principles, before your Society enabled the present School to be opened.
However useful our School, however important it is that the children of poor Protestants should be taught the principles of the Gospel, I fear it must be closed. As we find it impossible to raise the small sum of £10. annually, to pay our Mistress in this district, I will, on behalf of our children, entreat the Committee not to allow the means of insiruction to be withdrawn from them ; but to recommend onr School to the Ladies Hibernian School Society ; that the Committee here may be enabled to forward the interests, temporal and spiritual, of the children committed to their charge.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 22, 1833. I have inqnired more particularly into the state of the Schools in this district, which are in connexion with the London Hibernian Society, and have much pleasure in reporting that they still hold a fair share of public confidence. As to my own opinion, founded on extensive ex. perience, I can safely affirm that there is not any other system of edacation so well adapted to the wants of the poor of Ireland ; and that the Roman Catholic population actually receive much benefit, and are generally satisfied with the mode of teaching pursued in the several Schools under my notice. I have not infrequently found the children of that religion as desirous of Scriptural instruction as any others, and have known them, in several of the Schools, to commit to memory large portions of that volume which maketh wise unto salvation.
From a Presbyterian Minister. Feb. 21, 1833. I feel great pleasure in stating, that, in my opinion, the system of national education adopted by the London Hibernian Society is better calculated to relieve the moral wants of the illiterate Irish than any other that has yet appeared. The plan of paying the Teacher according to the progress of his pupils, is, in my opinion, admirably calculated to raise the attention of the Teacher, and to awaken the pupils to honourable exertion in their respective classes ; while the regulation which enjoins a certain portion of the Scriptures to be committed to memory quarterly, fills the storehouses of their memories, (at an age when the memory is most susceptible and retentive,) with the treasures of that heavenly wisdomn, which is “ able to make wise unto salvation."
I have attended most of the inspections which have taken place in the Schools under my care, since they were connected with the London Hibernian Society, and have always been particularly struck with the attention paid by the Inspectors, both to the interests of the Society and the wants of the pupils.
From a Clergymun. Feb. 18, 1833. With respect to the Hibernian School, in the Parish of A-, I am thankful to have it in my power to speak most favourably. The Master, appointed about a year since, is an efficient Scriptural Teacher, and his School is, under Divine Providence, prospering. At one period, not, however, lately, I had conceived your Society's plan of education was only adapted to convey a “ head knowledge” of Scripture to the pupils ; but having narrowly watched the proceedings of various Schools under your Society, I have found, that although, in some cases, my first opinion was correct, still a solid foundation has, in very many instances, been laid. Much depends on the Teacher; and it too frequently happens, that worldly acquirements, not a knowledge of the Holy Bible, have been the chief recommendation in the appointment of Masters. - As far as I can judge, the London Hibernian Society is very deserving of the warm co-operation of every one who is really interested in the welfare of our poor brethren in this unhappy country.
From a Lady. Feb. 19, 1833. The School of T- , under my superiutendence, is, I am happy to say, coming on very well; the attendance of the children has been much better this last quarter than usual; and the repetition of Scripture to the Inspector was very good, particularly the eldest class. I see the greatest improvement in the childrens' conduct since the commencement of the School. The Society deserves every encouragement, it is of such essential service.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 19, 1833. I feel happy in having it in my power to bear ample testimony to the great benefits which have accrued to the inhabitants of this part of the country, both children and adults, froin the instruction conveyed to them through the medium of the Schools of the Society, and particularly from that part of their system whereby the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures is communicated to them; and thereby contributing, in a great degree, to make them wise unto salvation, by removing from their minds the dense clouds of ignorance and superstition which they are taught, and, I may say, compelled to imbibe from certain institutions opposed to your Society,
From a Clergyman. Feb. 9, 1833. I have witnessed with delight the zealous, though unobtrusive labours of the London Hibernian Society; through many dangers have they sped their way; many difficulties have they encountered, and many obstacles have they overcome. It does not require much foresight to perceive, that, through the instrumentality of this National Society, much good is doing, and much more will yet be done. Rising generations may yet bless the Lord, that, in the Schools under the Society's care and management, that Word was taught, which, under God's grace, made them wise, and enabled them to tell to others of the true wisdom which is from above. Ireland's moral darkness must be dispelled, before the glorious light of the Gospel of Christ; the cause of your Society must meet with success; and when Zion's King will be universally acknowledged Britain's King, then I do expect that the London Hibernian Society will be found to have borne its part during the toil
and heat of the day, and to have been originally favoured by God's * providence in winning souls to Jesus.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 14, 1833. A ship makes little way in a calm ; a rough sea and heavy gales, instead of retarding, accelerate its motion. The sea of Society, at present, is much disturbed in our latitude; the storms of persecution against God's word and vital religion rage most violently, and yet the saving truth of the Gospel is progressing; it is no less extraordinary than true, that notwithstanding the great and melancholy increase of infidelity and crime in our unhappily disturbed country, there is a light shining in darkness, and a hungering and thirsting after the bread and water of life, that satisfactorily prove the spark of spiritual life is not extinct.