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God, must shortly all appear hefore the judgment seat of Christ, to give acconnt of the deeds which are done in the hody: often meditate on the solemnities of that day, live in hahitual preparation for its approach, "he stedfast, unmoveahle, always ahounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your lahonr is not in vain in the Lord."
Having heen already engaged as a Scripture Reader, yon are of course well acquainted with the duties of that office, and yon are to continue to employ all the time which is not required for the inspection of the Society's Schools in the discharge of the duties of your former employment.
In addition to the duties of a Scripture Reader, you are now required to inspect all the Schools in the district to which yon are appointed, in regular succession, acccording to the directions from time to time given hy the person under whose superintendence you are placed, and yon are to endeavonr, as much as possihle, to visit and inspect every School within yonr district, once a month, and, as far as practicahle, to examine one School every day.
You are, according to the instructions given hy yonr immediate Superior, or, in case no such instructions are given hy him, according to the best of yonr own judgment, to vary your ronte, so that you may visit the several Schools withont any previous intimation, and when not expected ; yon are carefully to examine the different classes, especially the Senior Spelling Book and Scripture classes, in order to ascertain whether they understand the grammatical meaning of the less9ons they are required to commit to memory. Yon are to ohserve whether the School is kept in proper order —whether the Rules and Regulations are attended to-whether any improper hooks are introduced into the Schools, and, in short, any hooks, except the Holy Scriptures, and the Society's Spelling Books. You are to make entries of all such matters on the hack of the class paper, and insert a copy of your ohservations in yonr next communication to Duhlin.
You are to wait upon those Clergymen and Gentlemen in yonr district, who are favourahle to the Society's ohjects, and patronize its Schools; communicating unto them, in a respectful manner, the ohservations which you have made, receiving any directions or testimonials which they may wish to communicate to the Society, and recording, in your Journals, any circumstances of importance which may arise. Yon will also pay respectful attention to the Committees of the Auxiliary Societies within your district, and transmit from them any testimonials which they may think proper to communicate, either in your own favonr, or with regard to the Society's general operations, or with reference to any particular Schools.
You are carefully to read over, and seriously to meditate npon the different instructions given to the Scripture Readers, with reference to their general duties, and their personal religion; rememhering always, that every step you are advanced in the Society's service, it hecomes you the more sedulonsly to advance in the Divine life, that yon may more faithfully discharge the trnst reposed in yon, to the glory of God, and the welfare of your fellow-men.
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 heen, hy the Divine blessing, productive of a great deal of good, hoth to the children and to their parents; and I hope nothing may interfere with the lahonrs of yonr Society, as I find hoth the system, and especially the visits of the
Inspectors, very useful. Mr. R , an Inspector, who has heen in this
quarter for some time, wa3 very attentive.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 21, 1833.
The School at T has heen closed for the last quarter, on acconnt of the illness of the Teacher; however, I have had sufficient experience of it during the last three or fonr years, to make me give my testimony, most sincerely, to the advantage it derives from heing in connexion with your Society.
The quarterly inspections hold ont a constant stimulus to hoth the Teachers and Scholars; and the latter look to it quite as a pleasure, from the kind enconraging manner in which the inspection is conducted. I trnst they will ever find a real advantage from the Scripture instructions they thus receive, and the large portions they commit to memory. There are very few Roman Catholics in the neighhonrhood, hut there is not any ohjection made to their attending the Schools and reading the Scriptures, &c.
From a Layman. March 5,1833.
It gives rae 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 hreaking, hy night, of fourscore panes of glass, and some of the sashes of one of the School Houses ; and an onparallelled opposition from the Roman Catholic Priests, fonr of whom are now stationed in this important district, where two formerly did the duty ; hut, thank God, instead of damping my zeal, these exertions, on the other side, seem to increase my energy, and render me, if possihle, more anxions for the welfare of those institutions, which, I hope, will, ere long, prove a lasting, as at present they are, a temporary hlessing to this part of the conntry. We have 112 Scholars upon the hooks, and, in my opinion, the lower classes of society in this neighhourhood are daily hecoming more sensihle of the advantages derived to them from those valuahle institutions; and my hope is, that the time is not far distant when they will all he as anxions to receive, as the London Hihernian Sqciety is to impart instruction.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 13, 1833. The Schools here go on with perfect regularity and good order; the gross numher in one, is 67, and the other 32. The attendance is not as regular as we conld wish, owing to the usual interruptions cansed hy conntry husiness; and, also, hy the constant opposition of the Roman Catholic Priest. Were it not for this, onr rooms wonld not hold the numher that would flock to us. We have no adults in our Schools; h'it 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 conscientiously recommend your Society to the puhlic for support, particularly at tins important crisis. I consider yonr system and arrangements excellent; and what most particularly calls for my approhation, is the plan of inspection. Other Societies have, no donht, adopted this plan; hut I have found yonr Inspectors the most useful of any that have come under my ohservation: they seem humhle, pains-taking, correct men, and not ahove their husiness. 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 canse for that Anti-Christian opposition which Scriptural Education meets with from the Romish Priesthood. I have heard this Society accused of heing of a Sectarian character; I can only say, in answer, that I never perceived any thing of the kind.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 10, 1633.
The Schools are, at present, as far as I ran judge, in a good state, and the children making excellent progress in general. But the more important advantages resulting from the labonrs of yonr Society, arise from the great circulation yon have given to the Sacred Scriptures, which are incalculahle, as there is scarcely a cottage in the whole neighhonrhood, indeed I have never yet heen in one in this parish, in which the Word of God is not to he found; and thongh other Societies have contrihuted to this extensive circulation, I feel hound, in answer to yonr Letter, to state, that it proceeds principally, as far as I can judge, from the lahours of your Society. I should think every one who hecomes acquainted with yonr institution will feel that it is entitled to their warmest support.
Having said thus much, I must here ohserve, that the Association for discountenancing Vice has heen, for many years, most active and heneficial in circulating the same hlessed Word, not only in this parish, hut in all others with which I am acquainted. The Sunday School Society, and the Kildare Place Society, have heen also most useful.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 15, I8S3.
I am happy to say, that the Schools arc not, hy any means, retrograding, if not advancing, in their utility and efficiency in promoting Scriptural knowledge and trnth in onr land. In my own School, there is some increase of numhers. In my humhle opinion, no system of general education has such high claims of support on Christian henevolence as that of the London Hihernian Society.
from a Clergyman. Feb. 22, 1833. 1 have to state, that the Schools In connexion with your Society, in this parish (D— and G Female Schools,) are in a most flonrishing state, and that they are conducted in a manner which calls forth not only the most decided marks of approhation from the Patron and your Inspector, hut also from every individual who may happen to visit them.
I consider the claims of the Society to general support, if I may he allowed to judge from the success of the Schools connected with it, very strong indeed.
From a Lady, Feb. 22, 1833.
I beg leave to state, that the L Female School appears to
me, considering its recent estahlishment, to have heen productive of mncu good in this vicinity. Many young females, who, in former times, wonld have heen 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. structed in this School. I mast also hope the steady attention paid to 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 husiness of the Society, I can have no hesitation in expressing my opinion, that the London Hihernian Society has the strongest claims on puhlic and private support.
From a Layman. Feb. 16,1833.
I have great pleasure in stating my approhation 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 hlessing of God, will he highly heneficial iu this neighhourhood.
It appears to me that your Society has a peculiar claim to general support, your plans heing so well calculated to give a Scriptural Education, which is so much wanted in this conntry.
from a Dissenting Minister. Feb. 20, 1833.
It is to yonr valuahle Society the Protestant poor of D — are
indehted for the means of an education for their children, according to the principles of the Gospel. Before onr School was opened, they were compelled to send their little ones to Monks and Nuns of the town, to he Instructed; hut neglected hy those who shonld have provided them witli
the means. Never did there exist in D a free School, on Protestant
principles, hefore your Society enahled the present School to he opened.
However useful our School, however important it is that the children of poor Protestants should he taught the principles of the Gospel, I fear it must he closed. As we find it impossihle to raise the (-mall sum of £10. annually, to pay our Mistress in this district, I will, on hehalf of our children, entreat the Committee not to allow the means of instrnction to he withdrawn from them ; hut to recommend our School to the Ladies Hihernian School Society; that the Committee here may he enahled to forward the interests, temporal and spiritual, of the children committed to their charge.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 22, 1833. I have inquired more particularly into the state of the Schools in this district, which are in connexion with the London Hihernian Society, and have much pleasure in reporting that they still hold a fair share of puhlic confidence. As to my own opinion, founded on extensive experience, I can safely affirm that there is not any other system of education so well adapted to the wants of the poor of Ireland; and that the Roman Catholic population actually receive much henefit, and are generally satisfied with the mode of teaching pursued in the several Schools under my notice. I have not nnfrequently fonnd the children of that religion as desirons of Scriptural instrnction 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 hy the London Hihernian Society is hetter 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, admirahly calculated to raise the attention of the Teacher, and to awaken the pupils to honourahle exertion in their respective classes; while the regulation which enjoins a certain portion of the Scriptures to he committed to memory quarterly, fills the storehonses of their memories, (at an age when the memory is most susceptihle and retentive,) with the treasures of that heavenly wisdom, which is " ahle 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 Hihernian Society, and have always heen particularly struck with the attention paid hy the Inspectors, hoth to the interests of the Society and the wants of the pupils.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 18, 1833.
With respect to the Hihernian School, in the Parish of A—-, I am thankful to have it in my power to speak most favourahly. The Master, appointed ahont 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; hut having narrowly watched the proceedings of various Schools under your Society, I have fonnd, that althongh, in some cases, my first opinion was correct, still a solid foundation has, in very many instances, heen laid. Much depends on the Teacher; and it too frequently happens, that worldly acquirements, not a knowledge of the Holy Bihle, have heen the chief recommendation in the appointment of Masters.
As far as I can judge, the London Hihernian Society is very deserving of the warm co-operation of every one who is really interested in the welfare of onr poor hrethren in this unhappy country.