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his opinion of the necessity of improving the series of weekly conferences, on subjects of education of the young, by giving an efficient great importance, in connexion with their training to those who were to instruct them ; work. The sales at the Depository had and stated, that among the more interesting amounted to £10,080 78. Id., being £303 proceedings of the past year, was the holding 188. 3d. more than those of the previous of two conferences upon the great subject of year. education, which had had the effect of obtaining The Report also stated, that there were for the Association a larger amount of atten- now 345 schools, 7258 teachers, and 75,657 tion than it had hitherto received, and had scholars, connected with the Union. also called forth a considerable amount of The Earl of Roden had retired from the pecuniary help.
Presidency, and W. B. Gurney, Esq., the The Secretary then read the Report, which, founder, and first Secretary, had accepted after a general reference to the principles on that office. The vacant Treasurership, thus which the Association was based, proceeded created, had been filled by Mr. Alderman to a statement of the progress made during Challis. The meeting was powerfully adthe past year, both at home and abroad. The dressed by the Revs. D. Katterns, L. WiseTreasurer's account showed that there was a man, Dr. Dyer, G. Rose, and W. Brock, and balance in hand of £561 88. 6d. The Rev. T. Thompson, Esq. After a vote of thanks J. B. Brown, B.A., in moving the adoption to the Chairman, a hymn was sung, and the of the Report, and the appointment of the vast assembly retired, evidently much pleased Committee for the ensuing year, spoke at with the proceedings of the evening. soine length in favour of the Association, insisting strongly upon the importance of connecting religion with education. The Rev. The above Society held its Fifty-third S. Green briefly seconded the resolution. Anniversary Meeting, at Exeter Hall, on The Rev. J. H. Hinton, M.A., in moving the Friday evening, May 7th. The chair was second resolution, said, that the Association occupied by the Earl of Chichester. held principles with which he thoroughly large building was well filled, and the plataccorded, and the progress of which he had form crowded with the more prominent watched with the greatest interest. The friends of the Society. Prayer was offered Rev. W. Brock moved the third resolution, by the Rev. Dr. Henderson, after which, the and reserred to the extent and influence of Chairman briefly addressed the meeting. He education, more especially in connection with expressed his admiration of the Catholic Sunday-schools, in the town of Stockport. character of the Institution, of its various The Rev. D. Thomas seconded the resolu. estimable publications, and of the very judition. A vote of thanks to the Chairman, cious way in which it had ministered to the which was duly acknowledged, closed the growing intelligence and wants of the age. meeting.
The Report glanced at the Society's operations throughout the world. In reviewing
the Home proceedings, especial reference was The Forty-ninth Anniversary of the Sun- made to the efforts directed against Popery, day School Union took place on Thursday and the publication of the “Leisure Hour,"– evening, May 6th, in Exeter Hall, which a periodical designed to supplant the cheap, was, as usual, completely crowded in every vicious literature which so abounds. During part, and presented a most interesting and the year, 760 libraries had been granted, exanimating scene. After a hymn had been clusive of books to ministers and schoolsung, and the Divine blessing supplicated by masters for their own private use.
The new the Rev. J. W. Richardson, the Chairman, publications had been 174: while the total Alfred Rooker, Esq., Mayor of Plymouth, issues of the Society amounted to 22,546,747. opened the business of the evening, with ex- The entire receipts had been £68,126, being pressing the deep interest he had long taken an increase on the past year of £5957. The in Sabbath-school instruction. W. H. Wat-resolutions were ably spoken to by the Rev. son, Esq., one of the Secretaries, read the T. R. Birks, Rev. G. Smith, the Ilon, and Report, which gave a summary of the opera- Rev. Baptist Noel, Rev. W. W. Champneys, tions of the Union during the year, in Eng- M.A., Dr. Johns, M. De Watteville, Rev. J. land, France, South Africa, Van Diemen's Weir, and Rev. C. Prest, who testitied to the Land, Australia, New Zealand, the East and increasing prosperity and usefulness of this West Indies, Central America, &c. Eight valuable Society. The proceedings termigrants for buildings, and 209 for libraries, nated with singing the Doxology. had been made. Deputations from the Parent Society had visited many of the local Unions, and the Committee bad taken advantage of The Anniversary Meeting of this useful many country teachers being in the metro and flourishing Society was held on Thursday, polis, during the last summer, to arrange a May 6th, at Exeter Hall. The chair was
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
LONDON CITY MISSION.
BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY,
taken, at eleven o'clock, by Sir E. N. an abstract of the Report, which gave detailed Buxton, in the absence of J. Plumptre, Esq., information of the Society's operations during M.P., who was prevented, by illness, from the year, and of the encouraging success attending. The Rev. J. Robinson gave out a which had attended the labours of the Mishymn, and engaged in prayer, after which, sionaries, in their various districts. the Chairman expressed his entire concurrence The total number of Missionaries and in the principles and operations of the Society. Grantees assisted had been 91, who were The Annual Report of the Committee was aided in village preaching, the distribution of then read, which commenced with taking a tracts, and similar modes of usefulness, by glance at the present state of the masses of about 200 “fellow-helpers to the truth." the London population, and showed that the ' The gospel had been preached by them every efforts of the Missions had been vigorously week, in 270 different places, to upwards of sustained; while the increasing support which 20,000 of our countrymen. There were 94 had been given, afforded enlarged ground for Sabbath-schools, 867 teachers, and 6406 encouragement and hope. Reference was scholars; and 405 persons had been added to made to the special exertions of the Society the Mission churches during the year. The in connexion with the Great Exhibition. Treasurer's account showed that the receipts
The present number of Missionaries em- for the year ending March 31st, 1852, ployed was 270; there having been an increase' amounted to £3865 78. 3d., and the expendiof 25 during the year. The Report also ture to £4269 78. 7d. alluded to country Auxiliaries, with marked The meeting was effectively addressed by cominendation of one formed in Sunderland. the Rev. E. Griffiths, Rev. J. Landells, Rev.
The receipts of the Society for the year C. Stovel, the Hon. and Rev. B. Noel, Mr. were £23,216 178. 4d., being an increase on Sanders, and Mr. Baker; after which the the previous year of £162 18s. An addi- | benediction was pronounced, and the proceedtional sum of £125 4s, had been received ings terminated. for the disabled Missionaries' Fund, and £124 93. towards the erection of a few almshouses, in one of the suburbs, which would The Annual Meeting of the above Society serve as an asylum for incapacitated Mission- was held at Finsbury Chapel, on Tuesday aries and their families.
evening, the 27th of April, when the chair The circulation of tracts had been quite was taken by J. Tritton, Esq. The proceedunprecedented, owing to the large numbers ings of the evening were commenced with given away at the Crystal Palace. 5986 singing and prayer, after which the Chair. children had been sent to school; and 2041 man expressed the great pleasure it afforded adults induced to attend public worship; 384 him to preside on that occasion, and the drunkards had been reformed; 438 fallen more especially, as it would be seen from women reclaimed, and lodged in asylums; the Report, that the past year had been and 35 restored to their homes; while 300 one of the most encouraging in the Society's families had been persuaded to commence operations, and the most gratifying in the private prayer:
whole course of the Society's history. The assembly was very effectively ad- The Rev. W. Groser, the Secretary, was dressed by the Rev. W. W. Champneys, M.A., then called upon to read the Report, which Chevalier Bunsen, Rev. J. C. Harrison, Rev. was principally of a statistical character, and W. Arthur, the Hon. and Rev. Baptist Noel, from which it appeared that the debt of Rev. J. M. Hussey, Rev. W. Blood, Rev. J. £1828 4s. 1d. reinaining against the Society Garwood, and J. Foster, Esq. A vote of at its last anniversary, had been reduced to thanks to the Chairman concluded the meet- £449 103. 7d. ing, which was felt to be peculiarly interest- We were happy to learn that the Society ing and animating.
might be regarded as being in a very pros
perous condition, and that its labours had not BAPTIST HOME MISSION.
been in vain. The first resolution was ably This useful Society held its Annual Meet- moved by the Rev. N. B. Bowes, and seconded, ing on Monday evening, the 26th of April, in an excellent speech, by the Rev. S. Manunder the presidency of S. Leonard, Esq. ning, M.A. A resolution, nominating the
The Rev. W. Larom having opened the pro- officers for the ensuing year, was then moved ceedings with prayer, the Chairman made a by the Rev. B. C. Young, and seconded by very suitable introductory speech, in which the Rev. N. Haycroft. A liberal collection he expressed his increasing attachment to the was made, and the doxology and benediction Baptist Home Mission, whose object it was closed the interesting engagements of the more widely to diffuse the gospel of Christ evening. amongst populous and neglected districts of our own beloved country.
AGED PILGRIMS' SOCIETY. The Rev. S. J. Davies, the Secretary, read Tue Anniversary Meeting of this Society,
instituted in 1806, was held at the London and presented the balance sheet, from which Tavern, on Monday evening, the 26th of it appeared that the receipts for the year had April, when the large room was well filled. been £339 168. 4d., and the expenditure The chair was occupied by H. Pownall, Esq., £277 16s. 3d. who introduced the business of the evening The Rev. J. B. Brown, B.A., in moving by expressing his unabated attachment to the the first resolution, referred, in very striking Society, and by promising to give it his con- terms, to the tremendous power of the printtinued and zealous support.
ing-press for good or for evil ; and congratuMr. Box, the Secretary, then read a very lated the Society on its position and its prosinteresting Report, from which we found that pects. This resolution was seconded by the the number of pensioners upon the Society's Rev. W. Kirkus, B.A., who trusted that all fund was larger than usual, and that many of present would co-operate with the Society, in those who had thus received relief would its simple but praiseworthy efforts to do good have been utterly destitute, if such a Society to man, and to bring glory to God. Mr. had not been in existence.
Palliser related several striking and encouOn the motion of the Rev. R. W. Dibdin, raging instances of the benefits which had seconded by Mr. Alderman Wire, the Report resulted from the circulation of the tracts was adopted.
issued by the Society. The Rev. J. Leech. A resolution, according the Society's tri- man, M.A., the Rev. J. G. Pigg, B.A., Lieubute of love and esteem for the memory of tenant Blackmore, and Mr. Murphy, also the late Rev. J. Irons, one of its warmest addressed the meeting, which was well susadvocates and supporters, was moved by the tained ; while in the minds of all present Rev. J. W. Gillen, and powerfully seconded there appeared to be a deep conviction of the by the Rev. W. Leask. The Rev. C. Gil- usefulness of this young but valuable Society. bert, in a brief but very appropriate speech, moved the re-appointment of the Treasurer, Secretary, and Committee, with thanks for The Annual Meeting of the Congregatheir long and gratuitous services to the So- tional Union of England and Wales was ciety, which was seconded by the Rev. J. held at New Broad-street Chapel, on TuesStent. A vote of thanks to the Chairman day morning, May 11th, at half.past nine was then moved by the Rev. Mr. Bloomfield, o'clock. We were pleased to observe an unand seconded by the Rev. C. Woollacott, usually large attendance of members and of which was duly acknowledged.
visitors, who were admitted to the galleries The doxology was then sung, and the by ticket. The session was opened with a meeting separated.
devotional exercise, after which, the Rev. Dr.
Harris presided, according to arrangement, WEEKLY TRACT SOCIETY.
and delivered the introductory address, which The Annual Meeting of this very useful was listened to with the greatest attention, Society was held at Freemasons' Hall, on and was considered by all present as being Friday evening, April 30th.
most comprehensive, appropriate, and imThe room was well filled, and the proceed-pressive,-alike worthy of the occasion, and ings were of an exceedingly interesting cha. of his own high reputation. The first resoracter. In the unavoidable absence of Mr. lution was one of thanks to the Chairman Alderman Kershaw, who had been announced for his very admirable address, accompanied to take the chair, Mr. Garlick, the Treasurer, with the request that he would permit it to be presided. Prayer having been offered, the printed, and circulated in the form of a tract. Secretary opened the business by reading the This was proposed by Dr. Ferguson, seReport, which stated that the Society had conded by the Rev. E. Mannering, and carmade the most gratifying progress during the ried by acclamation. The Revs. J. Geikie, year, and was being incrt asingly appreciated. J. Henson, and two foreign pastors, the one Such had been the demand for the tracts, from Switzerland, and the other from France, both in town and country, that the Society were introduced to the asst mbly by the Rev. bad been induced to issue 5000 weekly, ex- T. James and the Secretary- the Chairman, clusive of those published on special occa- in the name of the brethren, giving them a sions.
cordial greeting. The Rev. G. Smith then The total number published and circulated read the Report of the Committee, which was in the course of the year had been 199,000. deemed highly satistactory, and which spoke During the time the Great Exhibition was of the increasing sale of the “Christian Witopen, 40,000 eight-page tracts had been pub- ness," the “ Penny Magazine," and the “Hymn lished and circulated by the Society, in the Book;" while it made a very touching referEnglish and Continental languages, and were ence to the loss the Union had sustained in gratuitously distributed among the visitors. the death of the Rev. W. S. Palmer, one of its
The Chairman then expressed his growing Secretaries. The Rev. Dr. Morison, with conviction of the importance of the Society, his accustomed energy and ability, moved
the adoption of the Report, and said, that, Christian Churches adequately to sustain
The officers and committee for the ensuing CONGREGATIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION. year were then nominated by the Rev, J. The Annual Meeting of the CongregaKelly, and secon.led by the Rev. J. Alexander. tional Board of Education was held at Crosby The Rev. T. James next submitted a brief Hall, on Wednesday evening, May the 12thi, Report of the British Missions; after which, S. Morley, Esq., the excellent Treasurer, the Chairman called upon the Secretary to presiding. The Rev. J. N. Goulty having read the Report of the Special Committee offered prayer, the Chairman introduced the appointed at the last autumnal meeting, to business of the evening, in a briet' but admiinquire into the working of that organization. rable speech. The Rev. J. Viney read the
Those parts of the Report which referred Report, which gave a condensed view of the to the Colonial and Home Missions were labours of the Committee during the year. at once unanimously adopted. On that part We found that ten male and fifteen female which related to the Irish Evangelical So- teachers had been appointed to Schools ; ciety, a long and important discussion took while there were daily gathered under the place, in the course of which a great deal of care of teachers, trained by the Board, many highly valuable information was elicited, from thousands of children, in different parts of several ministers who had laboured in different the country. Reference was made to the parts of Ireland. The benediction was then large number of public meetings, lectures, pronounced, and the assembly adjourned to and conferences, which had taken place Radley's Hotel, where a cold collation had since the last Anniversary. The
Educabeen provided. After dinner, the delegates, tor," a quarterly periodical, which comwho were officially introduced to the meet- menced last May, had secured a permanent ing in the morning, Mr. Douglas, Jun., and place in our literature. The sale of school other gentlemen, delivered briet addresses. materials, at reduced prices, had consider
The Union resumed its sitting on Friday ably increased. Homerton College, sacred morning. After the devotional exercises, the to Nonconformity, had been thoroughly Rev. J. Davies introduced to the meeting two adapted to the purposes and requirements foreign brethren, M. B. de Watteville, and of the Board, and was now occupied by the M. W. Turrettini, who were very cordially Principal and pupils. A legacy of £200 had received. A resolution of thanks to the able been bequeathed by the late E. Wilcocks, and indefatigable Editor of the Magazines, was Esq., of Alphington, Devon. The interestmoved by Dr. Burder, in a most suitable ing Report concluded with a warm appeal speech, and very appropriately seconded by for increased contributions, and with expresthe Rev. J. A. James. Dr. Morison said sions of devout gratitude to God, for what he could not refrain from being a volunteer on had already been accomplished. The first that occasion, and expressed, in the most kind resolution was moved by the Rev. T. Adkins, and generous spirit, his hearty concurrence in who congratulated the Board upon the prothe remarks which had been made in reference gress wbich the question of Education bad to Dr. Campbell, for whom he entertained the made in this country. The Rev. S. Curwen warmest esteem and affection. The Revs. seconded the resolution, and exposed the A. Reed, B.A., and J. G. Miall, supported the fallacies which were abroad on that subject. resolution, which was adopted unanimously. Mr. Alderman Wire, in supporting the resoDr. Campbell then rose, and stated how lution, expressed himself perfectly satisfied, fully he reciprocated the feeling evinced that after having given the matter the most morning, which would greatly tend to cheer deliberate consideration, that the only true him in his arduous work. Two admirable system upon which the people could be edupapers were then read,--the one by the Rev. cated, was that adopted and recommended J. Viney, on “British Missions," and the by the Congregational Board. Alfred Rooker, other by E. Swaine, Esq., “On the Duty of Esq., moved the next resolution, and stated
his firm opinion that voluntary effort, rightly | very satisfactory and promising condition. cherished and duly sustained, was adequate to The income for the year had been £3275 the great work in which they were engaged. 148. 2d., and the expenditure £2966 8s. The Rev. A. E. Pearce seconded the reso- The Revs. Dr. Morison, W. Kirkus, B.A., lution, and announced his full belief that J. G. Miall, A. Reed, B.A., J. Henson, W. the inquiry which was proceeding in the Leask, and E. Morley, very effectively adHouse of Commons would be triumphantly dressed the meeting, in favour of the various in favour of the principles they had met that resolutions of the evening. evening to advocate. Sir J. B. Williains moved, and the Rev. J. Kelly seconded, a vote of thanks to the Chairman, which was
N.B.-Notices of all the other important appropriately acknowledged, and the proceed Societies will appear in the July Magazine. ings terminated.
WEST OF ENGLAND DISSENTERS' PROPRIE
TARY SCHOOL, TAUNTON. The Anniversary Meeting of British Mis
We have much pleasure in referring our sions, comprising the Home Missionary, the readers to an advertisement on our cover, of Irish Evangelical, and Colonial Societies, the West of England Dissenters' Proprietary took place in Exeter Hall, on Tuesday even
School, Taunton,- - an institution which has ing, May 12th, when the chair was occupied acquired for itself a high and honourable disby C. Hindley, Esq., M.P. A hymn having tinction. We can commend it with confi. been sung, and prayer offered by the Rev. R. dence to Christian parents and guardians, for Hamilton, the Chairman, after expressing his its economy, efficiency, and eminently reliundiminished attachment to the important gious character. Societies, represented under the appropriate name British Missions, made reference, in most affecting terms, to the fact that Dr. Matheson, and the Rev. Algernon Wells, who THE ordination of the Rev. Martin Reed on former occasions had given a spirit and a to the pastoral office over the church and power to their meetings never to be forgotten, congregation assembled in the Independent were not with them that evening; and con- Chapel, Thetford, took place on Thursday, clud ed his introductory remarks by com
May 6. The Rev. Browne, of North men ding the cause they had met to advance Walsham, introduced the services with readto their notice and affection.
ing and prayer: the Rev. Andrew Reed, B.A., The Rev. Dr. Massie then read the Annual of Norwich, then delivered a very able disReport of the affiliated Societies. We were course on the constitution and principles of glad to learn that the efforts of the Home Congregational Churches. The Rev. J. S. Missionary Society, in the towns, and espe- Russell, M.A., of Yarmouthı, proposed the cially in the metropolis, had been conducted usual questions and received the confession of with most hopeful indications of efficiency. faith: the Rev. Dr. Reed, of London, offered The Society now employed 47 agents, who the ordination prayer, with imposition of occupied 122 stations. Their hearers might hands, and the Rev. John Alexander, of Nor. be computed at nearly 40,000, and the church wich, delivered a most affectionate and immembers at nearly 5000. During the year pressive charge. The various devotional ser6 new stations had been adopted, and 14 new vices were conducted by the Revs. — Howard, agents or grantees employed. The entire of Norwich; Guenett, of Bury; Warren, of receipts had amounted to £5646 16s. 9d. Wattesfield; Ricbardson, of Barton Mills; and
The Report stated, in reference to Ireland, Matthews, of Brandon-an excellent sermon that the sum contributed by several of the being preached in the evening to the people, churches for the support of the Irish Evan- | by the Rev. W. A. Hundall, of Bishop's gelical Society, during the year, had exceeded Stortford. In the afternoon a large party any local contribution in former years; while dined together in the Town Hall. After it expressed deep regret at the lack of men dinner, among other interesting occurrences who appeared fully qualified to go forth, as was that of the presentation of a testimonial messengers of the Gospel, to the sister country. to the Rev. Martin Reed, from the Church Allusion was made to the new arrangements and Congregation assembling in Wycliffe for conducting the future operations of this Chapel, by a deputation consisting of two interesting and important Society. The re- Deacons, Messrs. W. Langford and S. Sargent, ceipts had been £2217 68. 7d., and the dis- of London. Brief speeches upon important bursements £1756 4s. 6d. We were grati- topics were delivered by several of the minfied to perceive, from the Report, that the isters already named, together with C. Fison, churches planted and watered by the Colonial | Esq., (Mayor of Thetford,) Mr. Charles Reed, Missionary Society were thriving, and that the of London, and Messrs. Brown and ChristoSociety, in its various departments, was in a pher of Thetford.