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I have not, at any period, witnessed a better appetite in this neighbour. hood for the hidden manna than at present; and I never saw our London Hibernian Parochial School so well attended. I was yesterday highly gratified to see upwards of sixty in attendance, twenty of whom read to me a portion of the New Testament.
The Sword of the Spirit, which the London Hibernian Society has drawn, and hitherto, under the Divine blessing, so successfully brandished, is going on conquering and to conquer; nothing but that Sword, nothing but God's Word, will or can save or tranquilize our country, in any sense, civil, political, or religious; there never will be national, domestic, and individnal peace, experienced or enjoyed, aggregately or separately, until that peace of God which passeth all understanding is shed abroad in the hearts of the people, by the Word and Spirit of Jehovah.
May God bless the labours of the London Hibernian Society, and of all who are engaged in the holy war of true religion, against infidelity, superstition, and crime.
· From a Clergyman. Feb. 20, 1833. I beg leave to say, that the Schools in this parish, and I may further state, in this district, which are under your Society, were never flourishing with greater prosperity, both as to the numberand education of Pupils, as well as the beneficial effects produced thereby in their respective neighbourhoods, than now. Opposition was raised a few years ago in this parish to your Schools, which, at the time, proved somewhat detrimental to the cause of Scripture education ; but I am happy to state, the storm has passed by, and we are now advancing with the sunshine of prosperity. To the silent, tranqnil, and unostentatious manner in which the labours of the Society are carried on, I attribute this good effect. The more I consider and witness the labours of your Inspectors, and the effects produced thereby, the more I admire the machinery of the Society. I have sometimes heard a charge bronight forward, that the Society was too profuse with regard to their School Books; bnt this, I am satisfied, is from the want of sufficient information on the subject by those who make the objection. Being the Book Agent of this district, and one who has paid strict attention to this subject, I can faithfully say that I have always witnessed a most judicious distribution thereof; in fact, the Quarterly Tyspector orders none, unless when and where he sees it absolutely necessary, after a strict investigation.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 15, 1833. I have the pleasure of assuring you of my continned attachment and gratitude to the London Hibernian Society, arising from my conviction of the important blessings conferred by the Author of all good, throngh the instrumentality of this Society, upon our country in general, and this parish in particular. As to the state of the Scholars under my superintendence, I trust I can make a favonrable report of the Scriptural reading, whatever defects may exist in other de. partments. The Inspector is very assiduous, and very ready to extend the advantages of books and inspection. The condition of the L- - School House, as to furniture, and, of course, in facility
instruction, has been much improved by the bounty of the Mercers Company, on whose estate it is situate.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 23, 1833 I am happy to inform you that the three Schools under my immediate patronage continue in a prosperous state ; and I consider that they have been the means, under Providence, of greatly improving the religious, moral, and intellectual state of the young persons in this neighbourhood, The judicious and liberal aid afforded by your Society, we cannot too highly prize ; nor do I know any Society in our conntry, which I think has stronger claims for liberal support from the Philanthropist or the Christian.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 26, 1833. I have every reason to bless God, and to be thankful, that my small exertions has met with such encouragement, both from your Society, and the few Protestant inhabitants of the parish.
The hand of God has been so much with us, I cannot forbear mentioning, that since the Roman Catholic children have been withdrawn from our School, it has increased in number tenfold beyond whatever has been known in the memory of the oldest man, (even when both parties were together); there are at present 170 children on the books. Our School has been but little more than one quarter in connexion with your Society, and I can with pleasure say, that the good effects of the instruction which the children have received are already conspicuous. There is much opposition shown by the Roman Catholic party, and every endeavour made to establish a National School, in all of which they have failed as yet.
Under these peculiar circumstances, it is with much pleasure I ac. knowledge your kind support, and beg for a continuance of it. You may rest assured that nothing shall be wanting on my part to render you every assistance in my power to forward the objects of your Society. I hope to have some collections made in aid of your Society very soon. I cannot close this without giving my meed of approbation to the Inspector under whose auspices the labours of your Society have prospered greatly in this district; and I have reason to think, that, under his indefatigable exertions, they will prosper.
From a Clergyman. March 5, 1833. · I bave been some time anxious, and have at length succeeded in establishing a Boys School in this large and populous town. Your Society has already a Female School here ; inay I ask yon to place my Boys School also under the valuable superintendence of your Society. I fear, from the low state of your Society's Fund, you will not be able to allow a remuneration to the Teacher ; but I hope you will give me books and inspection. In case you accede to my request, will you allow me at once to draw some books from your Depository here, as we have already 50 boys in attendance, and few or no books for them; and I hope some of your Inspectors may shortly be able to classify the School; or, if allowable, I would try and do it myself, if your Inspector will not be here shortly.
Every day convinces me more and more of the usefulness of your Society; the committal of the Scriptures to memory, and the system of quarterly inspection, seem to me the means best calculated to insure the end we have in view, of making the children of our distracted land acquainted with the word of God.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 22, 1833. It gives me much pleasure to be able to say, that our School here is in a very prosperous state ; and I beg leave (for the information of your Committee) also to say, that the plan your Inspector adopts at Quarterly Examinations seems (in my humble opinion) particularly well suited to insure attention on the part of the Master, as well as in exciting a just emulation in the Scholars; and in this town, I think the system of your Society of particular advantage, as it is calculated to please the parents of children, who do not greatly like the idea of sending them to our Free Schools ; although they are quite unable to pay the expense of the Schools in the town, which are not assisted by any public society. Here the patronage of your Society comes in, and removes at once the mis. taken prejudice of the Parent, at the same time that it instructs the child; and that, too, without depriving him of the Word of God.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 16, 1833. There never was a time at which I valued more highly than I do at present your excellent Institution; and I know that its whole system and mode of operation is approved of in these parts very much by my brethren in the ministry, and all other friends of Scriptural Education. It is, therefore, a constant grief to me to find its operations so much contracted from want of funds. I have it in contemplation to try the effects of an annual sermon in your behalf, though I am sure I shall not collect thereby more than one or two pounds; but yet the good may not be limited to this ; the example may be followed.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 16, 1833. I beg to state that I don't think the Schools in this District were ever in so flourishing a state as at present. The Scriptores are com. mitted to memory with regularity and avidity by the children of every denomination wbo are able to read them. I believe this plan was, at first, peculiar to your Society; but now I require all the Schools under my superintendence to learn them. I find the Roman Catholic children as willing, ready, and able to learn, read, and answer in the Scriptures, as the Protestants. The attention that has been paid to the Scriptural Education of the people in this district, has certainly been attended with a beneficial effect. We are peaceable and quiet, whilst other places are disorganised and disturbed. I am sure the education of the people has contribated, through the good hand of our God apon us, to effect this, together with the advantage of a kind and resident andlord.
From a Clergymun. March 20, 1833. Our Schools, ander the guidance and guardianship of a fostering Lord, are thriving and growing in value. The Sabbath Schools are increasing in number, and in knowledge ; and I think I may conscientiously say, three of them at least are educated by decidedly Christian Teachers, most of whom have themselves received the first dawning of that knowledge which maketh wise unto salvation, through faith in a Covenant Saviour, at your Schools. In one very dark and mountainous district, (L ) there is not merely a spread of Scripture knowledge, but likewise an evident amelioration of appearance and habit among the children, and an incipient taste for reading. I may say from my heart, that wherever one of your Society's Schools is planted, the circle of district which sur. round it, in a few years puts on a new appearance; and the Lord, working His own will through His own taught Word, causes what was heretofore a moral and spiritual wilderness, to blossom as a rose.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 12, 1833. I am thankful that I can say, that I do not know of any period, during the existence of my Schools, in which they have given me more satisfaction ; although, from various circumstances, as the state of the weather, the opposition of the Priests, &c. they have been often more numerously attended. I am of opinion that not only the Protestant parents, but, also, the Roman Catholic,-yea, and even the scholars themselves, are in general well satisfied with the Schools, and prize them highly. I think that there is a silent work carrying on, which all the power of man will not upset; this is my deliberate opinion, not founded merely on the consideration of the effects of the Schools here, but, also, on that of various other Schools with which I am acquainted. As to your Society, I think it has as strong claims upon every member of the Church of God, as any other Society, perhaps, in the world.
From a Clergyman. Feb. 16, 1833. I am happy to be able to state that the Schools of the London Hibernian Society in this neighbourhood, with which I am acquainted, are in a very prosperous condition.
The liberal supply of books to the children, to be taken to their respective homes, appears to be productive of the happiest effects. There is here a great desire for the Word of God, and a marked disapprobation of that system of education which would restrict or curtail the Sacred Volume
By the gratuitous distribution of Bibles and Testaments, I consider the Society has done much good. Of the supply sent to me for that purpose, I have given a considerable number to persons who were previously destitute of a copy of the Word of God, and totally unable to purchase one, though very anxious to obtain it.
I have generally observed in the Society's Schools that there is a quickness of comprehension among the children, together with such knowledge of the Scripture, and such a sense of their importance, as is not frequently to be found elsewhere.
I think, therefore, that the London Hibernian Society is well entitled to the support and prayers of every Christian, and every friend to Ireland; as being a means, under God, well calculated to bring about a great and permanent improvement in this distracted and unhappy country.
From a Gentleman. Feb. 26, 1832. Had I been called upon some months ago for my Annual Report of the B- School, I should not have had the cheering intelligence to come municate which is now in my power. The School has had many difficulties to encounter during the last year; the loss of an excellent Teacher, was one means of reducing the School. The Priest's anathemas had so far succeeded, as to draw every Roman Catholic from the School; subsequently, the opening of the National School, and the liberal offers held out by them, induced most of our Protestants to leave us also. For a time I felt almost hopeless, that our School would ever revive; but God made good His promise, “ that the Word of the Lord shall prevail ; and I have the pleasure of stating, that our Bible School is now in a more flourishing state than it eper was ; so greatly increased, that I have been obliged to put up additional desks, &c. to accommodate them. Both Protestants and Roman Catholics have returned to us; this, too, after having tried both systems, and feeling a conviction of the superior value of that Institution which takes the whole Word of God for its basis. The value of your Society's exertions in that long neglected neighbourhood, is, indeed, very great; its extent will be only known when God shall come to judge the world by that Word which your Society has been the means of disseminating.
Our present Teacher was, also, educated for a Clergyman, and seems every way qualified for communicating religious instruction. His Sabbath School is numerously attended; he devotes one evening in the week for meeting the Teachers, to pray with them, and consider the portions allotted for the edification of the children the ensuing Sabbath.
The testimony of many pious Clergymen who have visited and examined the School, has been most gratifying; and give ample proof, how valuable the labours of your excellent Society have been in a neighbourhood where so little had been previously done. The School has now been in operation several years; many boys have left us; and I believe, without any exception their conduct since has been such as to reflect credit upon a Scriptural education. One boy is very anxious to enter the Ministry, apparently deeply embued with the Spirit of the Gospel.
From a Lady. Feb. 26, 1833. In making my report of the progress of the B- Female School, I can continue to assure your Society, that the work of benefitting our fellow creatures still goes on; it is, indeed, progressive, and has been sometimes interrupted by the opposition of the Priest, whose persecution against the Mistress, (a Roman Catholic,) continues with unabated force. He has used all the influence in his power to induce her to take charge of the National Female School, offering more, in a pecuniary way, than she has with us. Roman Catholics have urged her to take a class of their children at ber own house, that they might have the advantage of her instruction in needle-work, without the Scriptures: these offers she has refused : the Priest has threatened to excommunicate her, and not to permit even those most nearly connected with her to speak to her, if she dues not cease to hold Bible Classes : though greatly distressed, she