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Seven Hundred and Twelve, of whom Twenty-seven Thousand and Fourteen were Romanists, and ThirtyFive Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety-eight were Protestants. The nnmber of Snnday Schools has been Four Hundred and Ninety-four, containing Twenty-nine Thousand One Hundred and Sixteen Pnpils, of whom Seventeen Thousand Four HunDred and Fifty-nine also attended the Day Schools.
, The Adnlt Schools have amonnted to Four Hun" Dred and Nineteen, and the Scholars to Seven ThouSand Eight Hundred and Eighty-two; there have been Seven exclnsively Irish Adnlt Schools, with Seventy-eight Scholars; and in the Day Schools are inclnded Twenty-three Irish Classes for Children, and Three Hundred and Twenty-five Pnpils instrncted in the Irish langnage.
These Schools, as in the former year, have been distribnted over Twenty-nine Connties, as arranged in the following Table:—
The conntenance and snperintendence of Schools, by Christian friends, in their immediate neighbonrhood, has always been esteemed of great importance, hoth as, tending to secure the efficiency of the estahlishment, and also as a check upon the daily attendance; and it is with pleasure that your Committee are enahled to state, that this patronage, and watchful care, has heen extended during the last year; and they would embrace this opportunity of making known to these valuahle cooperators in this hlessed 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 affixing their signature thereto, as it very materially assists the Agent of the Society in awarding the remuneration to the respective Teachers.
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Of the Seven Hundred and Seventy Day Schools, attached to your Society last year, ,. , ,;
402 were under the superintendence of Clergymen of the Estahlished Church of Ireland;
53 under that of Ministers of other denominations;
295 in connexion with Nohlemen, Ladies, or Gentlemen; and 20 had no local Patrons or Visitors, arising ont of their peculiar sitnation.
In addition to the valnahle patronage with which your Society has been favoured in former years, your Committee have the pleasure to announce, that the Right Honourahle Lord Radstock has kindly consented to hecome one of its Vice-Presidents.
PROFICIENCY AT INSPECTION. As the ohject of your Institution is not merely to indnce the peasantry of Ireland to read the Holy
Scriptures, bnt also to commit them to memory, and to possess a competent understanding of what is thus suhmitted to their attention, the Quarterly Inspections are of primary importance; and your Committee can assure their friends, that the lahours of the Inspectors have heen unremitting, and highly beneficial; While testimonials 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 numher, 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 ohtain remuneration for the Master.
INSPECTORS AND SCRIPTURE READERS.
The numher of General and Cursory Inspectors, and Scripture Readers, employed hy the Society, has been Fifty; and these, under the controul and superintendence of your Agent, and other valned friends in Ireland, have very materially forwarded the views of your Institntion, not only in examining the Schools, and reading in the cabins of the poor the revealed will of God, hoth in the English and Irish languages; hut 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 hy which these Officers are guided.
The distrihntion of the Holy Scriptures, through the medium of the Schools, or hy the exertion of the Scripture Readers, has this year heen—Six Thousand Seven Hundred and Twelve Bibles, and Nineteen Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety-six Testaments, in English; and Twelve Bihles, and ThirtyEight Testaments, in the Irish Langnage; making a total of Twenty-six Thousand One Hundred and Fifty-eight for the year, and since the formation of the Society, Two Hundred and Ninety-nine ThouSand Six Hundred and Seventy-seven Bihles and Testaments circulated in Ireland hy this Institntion alone, heside some hundred thousands of Spelling Books, for the use of the younger Children in the Schools, the lessons of which are taken from the Bihle; not intended, in any degree, as a substitnte for the Inspired Volume, hut with the desire of leading all their Scholars, as quickly as possihle, to the fountain head of living waters, full and unadulterated, as they came from the source of all good. And, anxious to give to God all the glory of every measure of snccess vonchsafed to the operations of the Society, your Committee are constrained, from year to year, most gratefully to acknowledge the kind support, and repeated liberality, of the British and Foreign' Bihle Society, from whom they have received nearly the whole of those Scriptures, which it has been their' privilege to circulate for the henefit of the poorest of the poor, and the too generally ignorant and superstitious in the Sister Island. Since the publication of the last Report, your Committee have been entrnsted with a further munificent grant from that nohle Institution," of Ten Thousand English Bibles, and Ten Thonsand
English Testaments; a fresh token of confidence in their measures, afforded by the Committee of the Bihle Society, which it shall he their constant endeavour, in no instance, to ahuse.
Ahundant proofs are supplied in the correspondence with the Society, as to the heneficial results of its lahours; hnt your Committee feel that it would be ont of place to introdnce many of them here; and, referring their friends to the Appendix, when the Report is printed and circulated, for many snch testimonials, they will content themselves with some extracts from only two communications, hearing on the gratuitous distrihution of the Holy Scriptures, and the great importance of a Bihle School, in a dark and long-neglected neighhourhood.
The Rev. M. C. Motherwell, of Kilrea, remarks:—
\ " I would heg leave to state some points of view in "which I think your Society worthy of general support. "Its unobtrusive character appears to me to render it "hest suited to the present distracted state of our un"happy country. It has wisely connected itself with "no political party. The revealed will of God has "always heen the basis of its instruction; and erecting "its superstrncture on that foundation alone, it has pre"served undeviating consistency amidst surrounding "vacillation. Expediency savours too mnch of the "spirit of the world, and it may have a temporary tri"umph; but principle alone will meet with eventual "snccess. Strict economy, in my mind, also entitles it "to general confidence; other Societies may have