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has not been intimidated by these threats ; and has, hitherto, resolved, with her husband's approval, and the blessing of God, that she will continue to stand firmly to do what she considers her duty, instructing those committed to her care in the whole Word of God. I believe some of those children are humble followers of Christ; all of them seem to love the Word of God exceedingly ; and evince, by their conduct at home, that they have not learned in vain. I have only to pray that God would grant a continuance and increase of the blessed fruits of a Scrip. tural Education, which I have already witnessed.
From a Dissenting Minister. Feb. 27, 1833. I have much pleasure in stating, the Sabbath School, under the patronage of your Committee, in my Meeting House, is at present in a prosperous state ; at this inclement season nearly fifty attend regularly ; their improvement, during the first quarter, just terminated, was truly gratifying. The premiums that have been adjudged by the Inspector, have been thankfully received, and will tend to stimulate the children to attention and application.
Already, the good effects of Scriptural instruction is apparent in the children. I visit, occasionally, other (Day) Schools under your Society; and of the K- School, I hope good things. Of the prospects of the Society, to general support in this quarter, I am sorry I can say little.
I will only say, that I have much pleasure in bearing authenticated testimony to the real good effected by the labours of your Society.
P.S. I still indulge the hope of having a Day School in L—, under your Society; that quarter is greatly in want of a School for Scripture education ; not far from it, I found out, amongst some of my hearers, that a Popish Schoolmaster would not allow the New Testament into his School; when the children, anxiong to read it, stated to him, that they would be withdrawn, unless they were permitted to read the New Testament, he tolerated the reading of it. But how easily can an artful Papist divert the attention of children from the Word of Life; I could state many instances, that equally shew, that a School, under your Society, wonld be truly valuable. If there be any hope, however distant, please let me know.
From a Lady. February 21, 1833. Since I had the honour of being connected with the Hibernian Society, I am satisfied that its rules and regulations are highly commendable, and are calculated to impress on the youthful mind that, of all blessings, the knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. I find many persons are anxious to send their children wbere the Scriptures are taught with so much advantage, as they are in your Schools; and I think the adults are now seeing the superiority their children have over them, which induces them to attend to a Sunday School I have established in the School-house. Since I had the honour of addressing you last, I think we have 20 adults, and 30 children; and, please Providence, when the weather gets a little milder, I expect a good many more will follow their example. It is a great excitement among the children when the Inspector is coining; and, indeed, I think a wonderful advantage, particularly such men as have come to my Schools, where no partiality is shown; and where they are exact in their duty, too much praise cannot be bestowed on such a Society as your's; and may the Lord prosper it daily, is the humble petition of many.
EXTRACTS FROM INSPECTORS' REPORTS.
Sept. 27, 1832. The School at C- is much improved ; general proficiency very good; repetition and answering very gratifying. A Roman Catholic little girl, seven years old, repeated fourteen chapters, not only without missing a word, but answered all questions asked her. The parents of children continue to take an interest in the welfare of the School ; many of the Roman Catholic parents of the children were present.
Oct. 6, 1832.
succeeded in taking 21 away; however, 10 of them have already re. turned ; and it is hoped others will follow their example.
March 29, 1833. I was particularly struck with the appearance of a blind adult boy in this School, whose attendance was very regular, and who repeated cor. rectly five Chapters, and answered all the interrogations in a pleasing spiritual manner; he solicited me for a Bible; I asked him what to do, as he could not see to read; he answered, if he had one he would get many to read for him, and that he would keep it while he lived. I promised him a Bible at next inspection ; he seemed overjoyed, and expressed many thanks.
April 4, 1833. Spelling of the Classes generally, but middling. The Scriptures were accurately repeated. One boy, named P D - , repeated correctly 33 Chapters, wbich completed the whole of the New Testament, within the last two years; his brother and sister repeated ten Chapters each, very well; the father of these children, a Roman Catholic, attended the inspection, and was very well pleased with their performance.
April 8, 1833. They read very well, and many of them gave accurate answers to the questions I proposed, while others were deficient. The Copy-books produced, shewed a fair proficiency in writing and cyphering; nearly half the number on the roll are Roman Catholics, and, I have to add, that some of them are the most efficient in repetition and answering. No. 318 recited 21 Chapters, without scarcely missing a word; her proficiency in writing was nothing inferior, though, having such a large task. I gave her a Bible.
April 9, 1833. This School is conducted with satisfaction ; the children, generally, answered well; the Teacher is a Roman Catholic, and, perhaps, one of
the poorest Masters in connexion with the Society; the children under his care are also poor, so that I fear, if the Society cannot afford giving him something, he must, of necessity, give up connexion with the Society.
April 12, 1833. The tasks have been recited with regularity and attention ; the proficiency manifested in reading and answering questions, surpassed my expectations. A Roman Catholic girl, about 12 years of age, could give an answer to almost every question proposed; she is well acquainted with the plan of salvation through the Saviour. The Teacher, the daughter of a deceased Curate of the Established Church, is a great object of pity; the children's parents are quite poor, and not able to pay, she therefore solicits your attention; the children, though poor in appearance, were clean, and behaved themselves well during the Inspection.
April 17, 1833. Charles Mc M- took charge of this School, on the 18th ult., from which date his quarter is to be reckoned; there was no Master since then, till the former inspection. I classed the School anew. The former Master, B- , had arrangements actually entered into, to put the School under the New Board of Education, but was prevented by Mr. K- The School is established on Books and Inspection.
April 18, 1833. This School, though few in number, I found efficient. I consider the proficiency in the writing and arithmetic progressive; the tasks were recited tolerably well; and many of them gave appropriate answers to the questions therefrom. The children's parents are, I believe, quite anxious to have their children instructed in the Society School, in consequence of the Scriptures being taught without separation.
April 23, 1833. A Roman Catholic little girl, aged nine years, repeated 12 Chapters in Romans, scarcely missing a word, while the whole Class repeated in Acts ; she, by her diligence, having gone so far beyond them. Her father was present, and holds out every encouragement to her committing the Scriptures to memory. The general proficiency was good; the Teacher is very attentive to his duty.
April 27, 1838. I consider this a very orderly and well-conducted School; the children of the Scripture Classes acquitted themselves with great accuracy in reading and repetition ; they gave some very satisfactory replies to my questions on the import of the portions of Scripture which they recited and read; and, in general, they performed much to my satisfaction.
April 30, 1833. I have been very much gratified with the accurate reading and repeti. tion of the children in the Senior Classes, but, more particularly so, with the suitable answers to the questions proposed on the grammatical import of those portions of the Scriptures which they read and recited; by which they evinced a great deal of intelligence therein, They made a very pleasing proficiency in writing and arithmetic. I have marked 49 Copybooks, which I mention, to shew, that, although the School has not been visited since last examination, there has been no imposition by way of accommodation Scholars; the School is not only orderly and well conducted, but respectable.
May 1, 1833. The girls of this School appeared orderly and clean; those of the Scripture Class present, repeated their tasks, and read remarkably well. Thirty-four of the children repeated 26 verses from oral instruction.
May 1, 1833. The number present was well prepared; one of the Pay Scholars purchased a Bible in one of the shops; the Priest heard of it, and demanded it; the girl gave it to him very reluctantly, and told him he had no right to take it; her mother reproyed her for speaking so bold to the Priest, but she said she would buy anotber that he would know nothing of.
May 10, 1833. The Scripture tasks were repeated with more satisfaction than I have witnessed at any former inspection of this School. The Teacher, in order to stimulate the children to exertion, committed the Four Chapters himself to memory in the course of the quarter, which had the desired effect. In writing and accounts the proficiency was good.
May 13, 1833. This School did remarkably well throughout the Testament Classes ; repeated their tasks very satisfactorily, and in general answered very well; in like manner the Spelling-book Reading Class repeated well, and apswered well. The Junior Classes repeated (each pupil therein) 30 verses from the Third Chapter of St. John's Gospel.
May 16, 1833. Having attended Mr. A , at the Classification of this School, I feel deeply convinced of its necessity in this neighbourhood, as the people who are likely to be benefitted by it are generally extremely poor. Some discouragements in promoting the education of the poor in the neighbourhood, bas, through priestly influence, already taken place; but, under the excellent regulations of the London Hibernian Society, and the vigilance of some zealous visitors and patrons in this district, it is bumbly hoped, under the Divine blessing, that the laudable objects of the Society, with reference to this School, will be crowned with ultimate success.
May 21, 1838. The two premiums given, were to Roman Catholic children for superior repetition and answering; and it is pleasant to observe, that the father of one of the boys, named B- , took great delight in the whole proceeding,
and thanked the Lord that his little boy was enabled to bring so valuable a prize as the Will of Heaven to cheer his fire-side. All the Class repeated and answered very well. Another Roman Catholic boy, on the deducted scale for non-attendance, as he had not given a single day's attendance during the qnarter, had six chapters. Such is the zeal of Roman Catholics for the Scriptures.
May 22, 1833. The general proficiency of the Lower Classes was very good; repetition and answering, satisfactory; writing and arithmetic, tolerable ; spelling, good. Two Roman Catholic children took the premiums, after, being well contested by Protestant children.
May 27, 1833. This School is on an improving scale; the Scripture and Spelling Book Reading Classes acquitted themselves in a most satisfactory manner, and superior to what they have hitherto done; the Lower Classes were in general well prepared, and have a good method of spelling and pronouncing.
The Priest is an avowed enemy to those Roman Catholic parents wlio send their children to this School, instead of sending them to the National School, about a furlong distant from this. It was established by a Pro. testant gentleman in connexion with the Priest, but their efforts cannot perenade the Roman Catholic children to leave this School.
June 19, 1833. The Scripture Class, with very few exceptions, recited well, and read with accuracy; a few answered historical and other questions on the import of their lessons, tolerably; among those, two Roman Catholic pupils particularly distinguished themselves. Some were far superior to the rest of the Class; one of them answered almost every question proposed; both were remarkably quick and apt in their replies. To one I awarded a Bible; the other, who was the best answerer of the two, preferred getting a large Testament for the use of his aged father, whose sight he said was failing; willing to pronote this feeling, and anxious to encourage the boy, I promised he should have a Bible at the next examination, if deserving : each of those recited seven chapters without a mistake.