based upon the whole Bible, is best calculated to produce a proper respect for, and obedience to, the laws of our country, and the happiness both of individuals and of the community; and they state with confidence, that in proportion as Scriptural Education has advanced in the Sister Island, the effects produced have been highly favourable to the object which they seek to promote; and that it is the want of such instruction which has chiefly occasioned that anarchy, disorder, and bloodshed, which every true Christian and Patriot must deeply deplore.

Before entering upon the details of your Society's operations, your Committee have the painful duty of recording the death of that eminently pious, and distinguished Nobleman, the Right Honourable Lord ,Gambier, who, for many years, gave to this Institution the benefit of his countenance and support, as one of its Vice-Presidents; and the removal, also, by death, of their long tried and valuable fellow-labourer, John Blackett, jun. Esq. ; but, whilst lamenting, on account of the Society, and the Church of Christ, the loss of services, which they believe were influenced by Christian love, they rejoice in the assurance, that the servants of the Lord have entered into their rest, and will evermore be employed in the immediate presence of God, free from those bodily afflictions which embittered the last days of their sojourning here..

Your Committee have the gratification of informing you, that, by the goodness of Almighty God, the Society has been enabled to make a considerable advance in its great work since the publication of the last Report; and that at no former period has there been more anxiety manifested for the connexion of new Schools with your Institution, or more decided testimonials in favour of its system, or tending to prove the beneficial results of its operations.

SCHOOLS AND SCHOLARS. The total number of Schools for the year has amounted to. Sixteen HUNDRBD and Ninety; and of Scholars enrolled in them, to ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ONE Hundred and Thirteen; but after making a deduction for Sunday Scholars, who also attend Day Schools, all of whom receive sever, instead of six days Scriptural Instruction, during the week, your Committee are enabled to state, that not less than Esanty-Two ThouSAND THREE HUNDRED and TWENTY-NINE persons have been receiving the benefit of your Society's system, during either the whole, or part of the last year ; shewing an increase upon the statement of 1832, of no less than ONE HUNDRED and TWENTY-ONE Schools, (of which SEVENTY-EIGHT are Day Schools,) and Eight THOUSAND Sıx HUNDRED and SEVENTY-FOUR Scholars; affording, as your Committee consider, a convincing proof of the justness of their frequently repeated opinion, that the disposition of the people of Ireland is decidedly favourable to a Bible Education ; especially, when, in the increase just announced, and in the Day Schools only, (for the increase in the Sunday and Adult Schools cannot be accurately ascertained, and, therefore, is pot noticed,) there have been Two THOUSAND Five Hundred and TWENTY-FOUR Roman Catholics more than in the preceding year; and this, notwithstanding the prevalence of an awfully devastating pestilence; and, in some places, a more marked and decided hostility to our system, on the part of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy.

The Day Schools have amounted to Seven HUNDRED and Seventy, and the Scholars to Sixty-two THOUSAND

Seven Hundred and Twelve, of whom Twenty-SEVEN THOUSAND and FOURTEEN were Romanists, and ThirtyFIVE THOUSAND Six HUNDRED and NINETY-EIGHT were Protestants. The number of Sunday Schools has been Four Hundred and Ninety-four, containing TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED and Sixteen Pupils, of whom SevenTEEN THOUSAND Four HunPRED and FIFTY-NINE also attended the Day Schools.

The Adult Schools have amounted to Four HUN DRED and NineTEEN, and the Scholars to Seven Thou

been Seven exclusively Irish Adult Schools, with SEVENTY-EIGHT Scholars; and in the Day Schools are included TWENTY-THREE Irish Classes for Children, and THREE HUNDRED and TWENTY-FIVE Pupils instructed in the Irish language.

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· These Schools, as in the former year, have been distributed over TWENTY-NINE Counties, as arranged in the following 'Table :

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Munster 62 32071771 1436 87 2529 149 5736
Leinster .. 945567 25702997 126 3798 220 9365
Connaught| 148 126001 9004 35961 86 2572 234| 15172
Ulster .... 466 41338 13669 27669 621 28502 1087 69840

770 62712 27014 35698 920 37401 1690 100113


The countenance and superintendence of Schools, by Christian friends, in their immediate neighbourhood,

has always been esteemed of great importance, both as tending to secure the efficiency of the establishment, and also as a check upon the daily attendance; and it is with pleasure that your Committee are enabled to state, that this patronage, and watchful care, has been ex, tended during the last year; and they would embrace this opportunity of making known to these valuable co. operators in this blessed work, how highly they estimate their labour of love; and would impress upon them the propriety, upon every visit to the Schools, of marking the attendance of the Pupils upon the Roll Paper, and affix ing their signature thereto, as it very materially, assists the Agent of the Society in awarding the remuneration to the respective Teachers,

Of the Seven HUNDRED and Seventy Day Schools, attached to your Society last year, . : win 402 were under the superintendence of Clergymen of

the Established Church of Ireland; 53 under that of Ministers of other denominations; 295 in connexion with Noblemen, Ladics, or Gentle.

men; and 20 had no local Patrons or. Visitors, arising out of

their peculiar situation.



PATRONAGE. In addition to the valuable patronage with which your Society has been favoured in former years, your Committee have the pleasure to announce, that the Right Honourable Lord Radstock has kindly consented to become one of its Vice-Presidents.

PROFICIENCY AT INSPECTION. .. As the object of your Institution is not merely to induce the peasantry of Ireland to read the Holy


Scriptures, but also to commit them to memory, and to possess a competent understanding of what is thus submitted to their attention, the Quarterly Inspections are of primary importance; and your Committee can assure their friends, that the labours of the Inspectors have been unremitting, and highly beneficial; while testi. monials of their faithfulness, and strict 'regard to the regulations of the Society, are furnished from every district. The average number of Scholars who have attended the inspections during the year, have amounted to FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED and FORTYSEVEN ; and of this number, THIRTY-ONE' THOUSAND Three HUNDRED and Five attained to the required proficiency; while several thousands of other Pupils had made good progress in Scriptural and other knowledge, although not to such an extent as 'to obtain remuneration for the Master.


The number of General and Cursory Inspectors, and Scripture Readers, employed by the Society, has been FIFTY; and these, under the controul and superintendence of your Agent, and other valued friends in Ireland, have very materially forwarded the views of your Instiiution, not only in examining the Schools, and reading in the cabins of the poor the revealed will of Gud, both in the English and Irish languages; but they have created, in many instances, an increased anxiety for the possession of copies of the Holy Scriptures; and your Committee would again refer their friends to the Appendix, which will be published with the Report, for the regulations by which these Officers are gaided.

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