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Scotland, in as far as they are made the means of reclaiming from the paths of idleness and vice the neglected offspring of careless parents, in our populous towns and cities, and hare for their object, like the West-London Lancastrian Association, the TAKING THE CHILDREN FROM THE STREETS TO TRAIN THEM UP TO GOODNESSt, they are cere tainly deserving of every support and encouragement. But when they fall short of, or attempt to do more than this, unider the guidance of hot-headed, ignorant, and mistaken zealots, ever more anxious to propagate their own selfish opinions, and sow dissensions in the church of Christ, than to in. culcate those sublime lessons, which have a natural tendency to eradicate vice, prevent the commission of crime, and promote that spirit of harmony and brotherly love, which according to the test laid down by the author of our holy religion, is the true badge of Christianity, and distinguishes his sincere followers from hypocritical professors of every sect and com. munionI; or when they take their rise in situations where their services are rendered perfectly nugatory, unless at the expense of encouraging habits of sloth and indolence among parents, whose circumstances enable them to give their child ren a suitable education at school through the week, are not destitute of ability, and have sufficient leisure to look after the religious and moral improvement of their little ones after church hours, on Sabbath, themselves, they may be pro
that on examining the registers of marriages in the collegiate church for the 6 years, ending 31st Dec. 1812, he found, from the signatures, that so many as 9756 persons had been married within that period, who were not able to write their own names!
† The humane propriety of such an institution, especially in London, will the more appear, when we consider the tender age at which the young are there made amenable to the laws, and may be capitally convicted. Will it be believed, that on Wednesday the 16th of February 1854, five children, the youngest 8. and the oldest 12 years of age, were condemned to death?
Yet such was the case, as appears by the following statement, for the correctness of which the reader is referred to the Calendar of Criminals tried at the Old-Bailey. Fourter
, aged 13 years;} for a burglary in a dwelling house. Morris,
8 years, Solomons,
for a burglary, and stealing a pair of
shoes. Burrell, # By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, IF YE LOVI ONE ANOTHER,
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar, 1. John, iv. 2o.
John xiii. 35
tive of more harm than good. It was, from this latter cone ration, and the infinite importance of parents attending the spiritual edification of their offspring personally, that
worthy minister gave no encouragement to the late atipt of a person, (who, by the by, was not of the best ree as to moral character,) to set up one of these seminaries jur village, under the specious pretence that it was a work of essity and mercy. For where (he said,) the whole of the Idren were or might be taught their necessary lessons in rse of the week by the schoolmaster, (who is a very worthy racter, and an experienced, judicious teacher,) at an expense hin the reach of every householder in the parish, it cannot alled a work of charity; and as for mercy, (he replied, to the son who made the proposal,) whether is she to be account he most merciful mother who acts the tender and becoming t of a nurse herself, when providence puts it in her power do so, or her, who merely to save herself a little trouble, or obtain more leisure for gadding abroad, commits her help
charge to the care of an hireling. It is impossible to des. be the satisfaction the good man seemed to feel on seeing
sentiments so faithfully expressed, as he was pleased to s, in the first paper I sent to the Cheap Magazine.
said Mr. ALLWORTHY, after having perused The Beacon: VERY WELL REGULATED FAMILY SHOULD BE SUNDAY SCHOOL OF ITSELF. The important truth inot be too often repeated, and many such may I see in my rish; for who more fit to superintend the spiritual edifica n of his own children after church hours than the parent ; father of the family? It is his natural duty, and he is com inded to it also by Revelation. And these words which I mmand thee this day shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt ach them diligently unto thy children, und shalt talk of them len thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the wy, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up* Crain up a child in the way he should go, and when he is 1 he will not depart from itt. We have also the example faithful ABRAHAM: “For I know him (saith the Lord) that : will command his children, and his household after him, and. ey shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgent:;' and of David, who instructed Solomon his son in his aty, and, with great affection, said to him, ? Now, my son, le Lord be with thee, &c. Besides, this may be inferred om the injunctions laid upon children themselves, to honour nd obey their parents, and the denunciations uttered against bellious children. But if all this will not do, a sense of their
* Deut. vi. 6. 7.
+ Proy, xxii. 6.
Gen xviii. 19.
own danger, and the responsibility that attaches to parents in the use or abuse of their sacred trust, one would think shout have some effect. The same wise man who says, Correu thy son, and he shall give thee rest ; yea, he shall give delight and thy soul;' says also: 'A child left to himself bringeth his ma ther to shume;' but even this is not the worst of it; what si awful example have we in the case of Eli, of the dreadful ishment of ÚTTER DESTRUCTION, ROOT and BRANCH those thoughtless parents expose themselves to, from the wrat of a justly incensed God, who neglect to attend to the principle and conduct of their children. In that day I will perform & gainst Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house when I begin I will also make an end. For I have told him, thall will judge his house for ever, for the iniquity which he knoweth; bei cause his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.* 1 " It is very strange, indeed,” replied Mr. MEANWELL, "the the circumstance of the Jewish lawgiver having laid so much stress on parents attending to the religious instruction of their children themselves, the many examples we have in Scripture and the dreadful punishment that awaited Eli for his neglect, should have been so much overlooked by Christians in ou day, especially as the same doctrine is evidently implied in the admonition of the Apostle: Children obey your parents, in the Lord: for this is right ;' and in the injunction to fathers to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lordt which does not at all accord with the too prevailing practice of parents delegating their spiritual authority and powers to others on such slight and trivial grounds."
“ It is remarkable enough,” said I; “for did parents weigh well (to say nothing of their moral qualifications, the incapacity of some of those would-be bishops who are most ready to intrude their services to teach, they would not be s fond of sending their little ones to them for tuition, or of even endangering them so far as to put them under their care in any menial capacity. What, for instance, (as poor BRACWELL observed,) could be expected from such a tutor as SMon Frisk; yet it would appear, that not contented with bis occupation otherwise, he was wont to assemble his little flat for purposes of instruction in the fields. This fact of itse speaks volumes, and sufficiently indicates the propriety of pare ents and heads of families being cautious whom they tret with the education of their children, as it proves to a demeno stration, that it is not always the best qualified for the business of tuition that are most
forward to offer their services ; and this of all considerations, should weigh well to induce parents » obey the dictates of reason
and religion, and take upon their selves the pleasing and profitable task to which they are
* I. Sam. iii. 12. 13.
† Ephes. vi. 1. 4.
ed, bound by their baptismal engagement, to bring up their ildren in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; then may ey expect to know by experience the comfortable truth of at text, A wise son maketh a glad father ;'--then may they pect, that in giving up their account with joy, they shall be le to say: 'Behold, I, and the children the Lord has given me." “ As to the diffusion of tracts, I continued, “ that in as far they are judiciously chosen, and calculated for the purpose, ey certainly might be made the happy instruments
of doing uch good; but even these, by an imprudent zeal, and want of scernment in the selection, may be converted to the worst of trposes; and, instead of being made vehicles for conveying seful information, and inspiring men with just and rational eas of the DEITY, may be turned into tools for rivetting ore firmly the shackles of ignorance and prejudice ; giving en low and unworthy conceptions of that exalted and ador le Being, before whom angels' veil their faces; and for being ade more subservient to promote the spirit of party, than to... Ivance that Catholic unity, which should attach all men to ich other as children of the same common parent, and cement le little differences of Christians in the bonds of peace, by the es of affection and brotherly love.
« The PRESS, I observed, was but a passive instrument, and light be converted to either good or bad purposes--of either luminating and liberating the human mind, or of darkening nd enslaving it. It does not depend so much upon The RESS, as upon what flows from it, that the sentiments of manind are formed; and while we have men of learning and of alent (of whom better things should be expected) prostituting hemselves in flattering the prejudices of the people, instead of ndeavouring, by every gentle and judicious effort, to remove hem, and more zealous to keep up delusions, in which their wn interest or fame (as they may call it,) are interwoven, than o do them away by exposing their absurdity and fallacy, we leed neither wonder at the insipid and pernicious trash, which, under the most specious names and pretences, issues from the Tess, or the avidity by which it is devoured by those whose ritiated tastes have not been taught to relish more rational ood. What, for instance, can we expect from those who are. aught by their spiritual instructors, to esteem a publication in which is set forth, under the specious title of Memorials of Providence, the story of a poor man, who, being sadly pinched for want, in consequence of not receiving payment for his coaks on a certain day, instead of making the case of his family known to any of his neighbours, and applying for a little temporury aid, which, considering the character he bore, would most likely (without the intervention of a miracle) not 138
have been withheld, went, we are told, (it being a fine morte light night) to a retired spot,' after he had got his family bed, where he is represented on the wooden cut engaged in act of prayer, and on his return found upon a stool, or for before the bed ' a joint of meat roasted, and a loaf of bread aboa the size of our half-peck loaves !!!! Another publication intr duces a story, in which one of the heroes is taken to a watea house, in consequence of a riot he had been engaged in a theatre on a Saturday night, when in a state of intoxication in which it appears he did considerable mischief, and not only endangered the life of a police-officer, who had seized him the execution of his duty, but had actually made a despera effort to leap from the gallery to the pit, from which he w providentially prevented by one of the audience catching how of his coat; yet behold the moral of the story when the young man was brought to his senses next morning-Not a wond a bout the injury he had done to his neighbour's
property repugnance for the stroke that had nearly proved fatal to the poor peace-officer-No repentance for the dreadful act of sub cide, which he had not only imagined, but nigh fully accom plished-No expressions of gratitude to that providence which had so opportunely snatched him from the brink of destrue, tion-And no earnest supplication for forgiveness to that God whose image he had debased by his drunkenness, and whose sacred name he had most probably blasphemed by his impreca tions--No: all these, which were sufficient, one would have thought, to have weighed down the spirit of the most obdurate, and made him betake himself to å Throne of Grace, were overlooked or forgotten, as things of no value by this person, who is made to say: 'My companions knew nothing, and cared for nothing; but I had received a religious education; I had been trained up at Surry Chapel Sunday-School; I had been in the habit, in my youth, of hearing the Gospel at Rowland Hrue's Chapel, and had, by these means, recei that information, and those impressions, which all the aboundings oj'iniquity could never stifle !'' All the concern of this good young man, who, cording to his own account, had received a religious educae tion, seems to have been for the uneasiness that his conduct must occasion to his mother, and that, but for him, she would have been at the house of God on that Sabbath-morning be eleven o'clock !!! What good," I said, " can be expected from the press among the illiterate and uninformed, who are taught by those who have the direction of their consciences to hug such fancies, in preference to the sober and rational dictates of true religion and sound judgment.” :
“ These stories,” Mr. MEANWELL observed, tainly intended for the use of children, and can have lite effect upon grown-up people.”