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“The school of the elder boys is, as usual, over full, and we have more than a hundred inscribed, waiting for admission. This is also the case as to the class of younger boys, hitherto taught in the Corridor. Though during fourteen years, through the goodness of God, you know that the authorities, notwithstanding the desire of the priests, have not found any means of attacking us, or of hindering our labours, it may now be very different, and I assure you I now begin to tremble; for if it is once reported that the health of the children is endangered, or that the discipline is defective in that class, the authorities will have a pretext for interfering with the whole of the establishment. In that case, you know how we shall be vexed and tormented, till we are obliged to give way; and the nine hundred children, almost all Roman Catholics, who frequent our schools, will be deprived of the Christian instruction they receive during the week, and also every Sabbath-day.

“I must further inform you, that the wing of the great building, in which is the girls' sewing and working class, absolutely requires repairs which can no longer be delayed. We desire, therefore, to take advantage of this unavoidable circumstance, to construct, while the work is about, a suitable school-room for the younger boys, capable of holding a larger number. We shall not then have to fear the visits or the reports of the inspectors, who may otherwise, any day, involve us in the greatest difficulties. Alas! I am obliged to tell you, and I do it with a heart full of sorrow, that our debt rather increases than diminishes, and that we are so borne down by the efforts and sacrifices we are called to make for our various Christian works in France, that we know not how to go on any longer.

“You know perfectly all our labours and trials—labours that we continue to pursue with the greatest economy, and trials that we support with joy-and, nevertheless, we are in the greatest distress. We venture then again to ask you if it is possible for you to procure us, without delay, pecuniary aid among your friends and compatriots, who, notwithstanding their great liberality, are still so richly blessed by Providence, as it respects temporal supplies. We have the greatest need of at least fourteen thousand francs (£560) to meet what is absolutely required for the schools, and we do not know where to obtain them. O, that God may give you the courage, to ask in his name, and may be incline the hearts of your Christian friends to give liberally in favour of this work of Christian education, so important, and that has been so blessed in this great city, where are more than a million souls. Accept, I beg of you, the assurance of the Christian affection of

Yours, respectfully and devotedly, " Paris.

“ DE PRESSENSE.”

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BENEFIT SOCIETIES. We gave, in the last "Teacher's Visitor," the particulars of an admirably conducted Benefit Society in Birmingham, and specially adapted for towns and populous districts. We now give some account of the St. Michael's Friendly Society, near Garstang, Lancashire, which is in efficient progress, and applicable even to the smallest population. The Rev. G. Nightingale, Secretary, will kindly transmit the rules to any applicant sending his address and stamps for postage.

The following letter accompanied a copy of the rules, &c. to the Editor :

“The Vicarage, St. Michael's, Garstang,

July 12th, 1845. “MY DEAR SIR,- I am happy to say that our Friendly Society is in a most flourishing state ; it has succeeded beyond what I anticipated ; and as its calculations are safe, there is no doubt that its funds will always be sufficient to meet any demands which may be made upon them.

“But our Friendly Society is not only useful in affording relief in sickness: it has been a great help in promoting temperance and morality in this neighbourhood, and I am persuaded it will continue to be so. It has certainly tended to improve the habits of our young men, and to keep them from public-houses.

“ Until the last year, we admitted any respectable men as members, in whatever part of the surrounding neighbourhood they might live; but we now admit none except those who reside in the district connected with the parish church. It was almost necessary to make this rule, as our members were increasing faster than we wished. But if not a necessary rule, it is a most desirable one, as it falls in with the parochial system, and enables the clergyman, who, in my mind, ought to be the main-spring of a club, to exercise such a superintendence over the members as would be impossible if they lived beyond this district.

We have an annual dinner in the school-room, which is always attended by as many of the higher ranks as I can muster. This tends to create a good feeling between high and low; and the object of the speeches, which of course are always numerous on the occasion, is to recommend such habits as most surely promote the comfort and respectability of an agricultural population.

I enclose copies of the Report for the two last years, and also a copy of the Rules of the Knowseley Club, which is doing very well.

“ Yours very truly,

I WILLIAM HORNBY."

ST. MICHAEL'S FRIENDLY SOCIETY.

This society has been established six years, and has 133 benefited members, and 52 honorary members, and its funds amount to upwards of £300.

The peculiar advantages of this society are chiefly the following:

Instead of all, of whatever age they may be, being required to pay the same sum, which is plainly unfair towards those who enter a club when they are young, the payment which each member makes to this society depends upon his age when he enters it.

Persons may also assure any sum from 4s. to 128. a week in sickness, and from £4 to £12 at death, according to what they choose to pay in.

The following scale shews the rate of payment:

8.

In order to assure 6s. a week full pay in sickness, and £6 at death, a person who enters at the age of

d. s. d. 15 and under 20 pays from 0 9 to 0 103 20 25 0 10 1 03

Every calendar 25 30

1 02 1 2 30 35 1 2

month;

1 3 35

that is, twelve
40
1 3

times a year.
40
45

1 6

19 45 50

1 9 2 11 The entrance money which each member pays is only a sum equal to one week's allowance in sickness, and it may be paid any time within six months of his admission.

If a person wishes to have more or less than 6s. a week in sick. ness, his payments are proportionably more or less than those given above.

Whenever any member becomes infirm, so that he cannot attend to his business, whatever may be his age, he will have an allowance for life amounting to a fourth part of his full allowance in sickness.

The payments and allowances are so calculated as to ensure the safety of the club.

Whenever the funds shall be found to allow of it, the payments both to the sick and at funerals will be increased.

There are no additional contributions at funerals, or on any other occasion.

The funds of the society cannot be placed in any private hand, but must be secured either in the public funds or on land.

If any member shall leave the country, or, from any other unavoidable cause, become unable to continue a member of the society, he may have a fair share of his contributions paid back to him. The rules having been enrolled according to Act of Parliament, all payments can be enforced by law.

The society has no connection with any public-house, all its meetings being held in the school-room.

Any person wishing for further information, or desiring to become a member of the society, may apply to The Rev. J. Nightingale, Secretary, St.

Michael's, near Garstang, by whom arrangements will be made for receiving the monthly contributions of the members and paying their allowances in sickness.

MARINERS' CHURCH SUNDAY-SCHOOL. A MEETING of the members of the Mariners' Church was held on Monday evening, the fourth ultimo, when a beautiful silver sugar basin, cream jug, spoons, and sugar tongs, with an address enclosed in a handsome rosewood

frame, were presented to Mr. John Thompson, by the Teachers and friends of the Mariners' Church Sunday-school,

as a token of their sincere affection. The value of the above was upwards of £20, which

was voluntarily subscribed by upwards of one hundred and forty friends and well wishers.

The Rev. W. Maynard occupied the chair, and spoke at some length on the period of time Mr. T. had so successfully laboured in connection with the various associations attached to the church and school, and the regret which they all felt at the loss of one whom they so highly esteemed. The rev. gentleman read the following resolution, which was unanimously resolved at a committee meeting on the previous Friday, viz:

“That the committee desire to express their sense of Mr. Thompson's faithful and praiseworthy conduct during the time that he acted as superintendent of the school and reading-room, and sincerely regret his resignation.”

The rev. gentleman continued, “I can only add, that none can have a kindlier feeling towards him than I have had, and will ever continue to have to the latest period of my life.”

Mr. Worrall then presented the gratifying testimonials to Mr. Thompson, and read the following address:

“ Faithful and beloved brother, —You have now been labouring in this school, and the different associations in connection with it, for the past eleven years, (viz., since 1834 to the present time,) and, we believe, with a single eye to the glory of God, and to the good of souls; for God, who commandeth the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in your heart, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

“But you have this treasure in an earthen vessel, that the excellency of the power may be of God.

“You have been troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken ; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus.

“Knowing thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; we rejoice greatly before God on your behalf, night and day, praying exceedingly that the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus.

“We have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

“This address, with the accompanying testimonial, the teachers and friends of this school present you with, as a small token of their sincere affection.

“ Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; and knowing, brother beloved, your election of God, we heartily desire to commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified, through faith which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“We are, your faithful friends in the Lord. [Signed by W. Maynard, Minister of the Mariners' Church, and about thirty members of the congregation.]

July, 1845.
"To Mr. John Thompson.”

Mr. Thompson then read the following reply to the address, and expressed in feeling terms the regret which he experienced on lear

ing so many friends with whom he had been associated for such a lengthened period :

“ Beloved Friends, I am at a loss to express my feelings to you upon my retiring from the Mariners! Church, which it has been my privilege to attend uninterruptedly for the last eleven years, and occasionally for five years before.

I can say that the Providence of God directed me thither, for it was within its sacred walls I first tasted a Saviour's love, which endears to me this Church, with the many religious associations connected with it. When I look back upon the way I have been led through good and evil report, I can truly say, 'Hitherto the Lord bath helped me.' Can we not discern a father's hand in supporting us to endure patiently, to press on cheerfully, in the midst of trials, troubles, and afflictions? And can we not point to each little association beloning to the Mariners' Church, and say, 'See what hath God wroughi' ? During the years we have been connected together, have we not seen that God hath ‘chosen the weak things of the world to do his work'? (1 Cor i. 26, 29.) Has he not graciously borne us witness that our labour has not been in vain in the Lord? Let us ascribe the praise to Him, who called us to a knowledge of himself, and was pleased to reveal his Son in us. As we then are to separate, we may remember

'Though sunder'd far, by faith we meet

Around one common mercy-seat.' Let us look for that happy period when we shall be absent from the body, and be present with the Lord. O! the happiness of that union, which the redeemed shall enjoy in joining for ever in the ‘Song of Moses and the Lamb'!

“I thank you for your kind and Scriptural address, which will ever be valued by me as a token of your love and sympathy. I may from this conclude that I am still remembered by many amongst you whom I highly esteem. Accept also my thanks for your testimonial, which is another proof of your sincere affection, and also a testimony that my feeble efforts have not been in vain in the Lord.

Finally, brethren, farewell! Be perfect; be of good comfort; be of one mind; live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

“ I am your affectionate friend and brother, “ August, 1845.

“J. THOMPSON."

WATCH AND PRAY.

Watch and pray! Watch and pray!
Pilgrim on life's tearful way!
Strength ye need, each fleeting hour,
While ye feel the tempter's power:

Watch and pray!
Paith shall turn the night to day!

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