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a great part of the blame will surely rest that it is the Archdeacon's intention, upon ourselves.
in compliance with their request, to " But the Christian is actuated by higher and purer motives, than a regard
o follow up this discourse on the Duty to his own personal advantages. It is his of family Devotion with a collecduty to embrace every convenient oppor. tion of prayers proper for its due tunity of promoting the growth of true performance. For ourselves, inreligion, and of making men better Chris- deed, we are inclined to think with tians. In his own family and liousehold the Archdeacon, that a selection he has advantages for this work, which no
the Liturgy of our Church other person, not even a minister of the Gospel, can possess; he has the means of
would be sufficient; and we recolaffording that assistance to his children lect having seen an old work on and servants, in the business of religion, which we cannot now lay our hands which they cannot readily procure from to examine into its merits, which any other quarter. It is in his power, proceeds on this plan, and is entiand therefore it must be his duty, bis
tled, if we mistake not, “ The Comsacred, solemn duty, to set his household
mon Prayer the best Companion for forward in the way to heaven. Every Christian ought to be the head and guide
the Closet.” “ As many persons," of the church in his own house; to instruct, however, to adopt the Archdeacon's admonish, and encourage all its inmates to words, “ think it advisable to re. the zealous performance of the common serve the prayers of the Liturgy for work which they have to do for Him, who
the public service of the Lord's is the Lord and Master of them all. O what a blessed thing would it be for this
Day, and to diversify the expression Christian country, if this principle were
of their daily wants," we would acted up to, and every family were made not set up our own judgment as a a seminary of religious principles and guide to others, but rather express habits! The bitter waters which mingle our satisfaction that the task of themselves too plentifully in the stream of providing a manual of family devohunan life would then be sweetened at tion bas been undertaken by so able
their source; the Word of the Lord would · have free course and be glorified Again
a hand. We would not be thought I repeat it, that every father and master by this to speak slightingly of the of a family ought to be a preacher to the manuals already before the public, church in his bouse : and this lie ought to of one or two of which we think be for his own sake, for the sake of his highly; but certainly the ground family, and for the sake of the church
the church has never yet been so satisfactorily
has never vet heen so satisfactorilo itself, of which he is a member. If there
occupied as to preclude the neces. be no family instruction nor devotion, the public ministry of the Word will lose half sity of any subsequent attempts. its efficacy. It is not the solemn ordi. Personal considerations will also nances of the Church alone, it is not have their weight, and render one merely the periodical admonitions of its selection more popular in one place teachers, which are the appointed means than another, perhaps of equal meof upholding true religion. We must be rit.
rit; and we may fairly avail ourassisted. The way must be prepared for us, by the private exercises of domestic
selves of every predilection of this religion. We call upon every father of a
kind, if we may by “ any lawful family to aid our ministry. Of what use means,” win men to the discharge will it be to us to tell your children and of their duty. We shall look for. servants, every Lord's day, of the unspeak. ward most anxiously to the selection able importance of religion, and of the promised by the Archdeacon, and indispensable necessity of prayer and
in the meanwhile conclude, for we praise, if, during the remainder of the
cannot offer ought better or more week, they perceive no confirmation of our doctrine in the practise of those whom
consonant to our own feelings, than they are accustomed to respect?” P. 10. with these concluding words of the
- Archdeacon. Surely such an appeal as this cannot be made in vain; and we « Christian, are yon a father, or a masare happy to learn from the intro. ter? Remember, I beseech you, that you ductory address to his parishioners, do not stand alone in the world; that you have others to take care of, and to answer trihute to a great national improvement in for, as well as yourself. Neglect no op- piety and virtue; and vot only ensure the portunity of forwarding them in the way blessing of God upon your own houseliold, of life: but set them ouward in their but diffuse a healing influence beyond the course, and go along with them yourself, immediate sphere of your example. And their companion, friend, and guide. Bring surely it will be a source of anspeakable them to an acquaintance and fellowship comfort to you, when the Lord shall call with Christ; teach them to converse daily you to give an account of your stewardwith God. Give them every help to the ship, if your conscience shall tell you, faithful discharge of their duty, for their that you have acted the part of that faithsake, and for your own. Make every ful and wise servant whom his Lord made niorning and evening a season of mutual ruler of his household, to give them ineat advancement in the road to glory; comfort in due season ; and you can say to Him and encourage one another by the way. with truth, “Lord, of those whom thou It is by the sanctification of your own gavest me, by my own carelessness have I family, amongst others, that you will con- lost nonc.'” P. 22.
Society for Promoting Christian
Knowledge. The following Circular has been recently sent to the Incumbents, or Officiating Ministers, in and round the Metropolis. We insert it, in hopes that the plan therein recommended may be found applicable to other large towns.
Reverend Sir, The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, being convinced that the estaba lishment of District Committees, in the Me trop lis and its Neighbourhood, would place within the hands of the Parochial Clergy a most important instrument of doing good. and, at the same time, enlarge the sphere
he same time. enlarge the spliere of the Society's operations; bas much plea sure in statiny, that the experiment, having been tried in three instances, has been at tended with the most encouraging success. In the year 1814, the Rev. Basil Woodd formed a District Committee in the neighbourhood of Bentinck Chapel, which still continues its operations. In the year 1816, a siunilar Committee was formed at Stepney, which has, ever since its establishment, been actively engaged in the distribution of Bi. bles, Testaments, Common Prayer-Books, and Religious Tracts, among the poorer inhabitants of the several populous parishes in the Eastero division of the Metropolis. A District Committee bas very recently been established in the Ward of Bishopsgate (coinprehending four parishes) the dona. tions to which already amount to more than One Hundred Pounds, and the Annual Subseriptions to early the same sumn. These instances are mentioned, in order to show the prácticability of the measure. Under a conviction of its importance, the Society
begs leave respectfully to request those of its Members, who are Incumbents or Officiating Ministers of parishes in London and its vicinity, to take into their consideration the expediency of forming similar Com. mittees (either for parishes or districts) where the circumstances of their neighbourhood may be judged favourable to such an undertaking.
Parish (or District) of . It is proposed to form an Association, for the purpose of supplying the poorer Inhabitants of this District with Bibles, Common Prayer-Books, and Religious Tracts, either gratuitously, or at very low Prices; and also for the purpose of aiding the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, in the prosecution of its pious designs: this Associaation to be called, The
District Committee, in oid of the Society for Promoting Christiun Knowledge.
It is proposed, that one-third of the Con. tributions be remitted to the Society, in aid of its general designs. The Committee will then be entitled to receive from the Society, Books, to the value of the remaining twothirds, at the reduced prices marked in the Society's Catalogue ; which prices are about two-thirds of the Booksellers' charges to the Public:-for instance, if 607. be subscribed, 201. will be remitted to the Society; and with the remaining 401. as many Bibles, Prayer-Books, &c. may be purchased at the Society's prices, as would cost, at the Booksellers', 601. So that, in fact, the Commit. tee will contribute 201. to the Society's important designs, and obtain 601. worth of books for distribution.
It is proposed, that Subscribers shall be entitled to recommend poor persons, either to receive gratuitously, or to purchase at low prices, Books on the Society's Lists.
Those persons who are friendly to the design, are requested to meet at the Rectory
House, on Monday, January 5th, at Ten creasing importance ; and in consequence o'Clock, A.x. for the purpose of sanctioning they have been led to believe that they the necessary regulations.
are now in a fair way of realizing the most N.B. The smallest Subscriptions will be sanguine expectations which liave been received.
formed of this Society. From very small The Society for Promoting Christian
beginnings they have at length succeeded Knowledge was established in the year 1700, for the purpose of effecting the following
in acquiring a pretty extensive sale for objects:
their books, and as the very low prices at 1. Tbe distribution of the Scriptures, the
which they are enabled to offer them, parLiturgy and Homilies of the Church of Eng
ticularly Bibles and Testaments, defy comJand, with other Religious Books.
petition from any other source, they are 2. The Religious Education of poor Chil. looking forward with confidence to a pedren. As long ago as the year 1741, the riod, not very far distant, when the supSociety had contributed to establish 2000 plying of the wants, not ouly of this large Charity Schools. The Anniversary Meet- city, but of a very large portion of the ing of the Charity Schools in the Metropolis
province, will devolve almost entirely or is still holden before this Society in the Ca
them. To prepare theinselves for such an thedral Church of St. Paul. 3. The establishment and support of
event, they are about to transmit to the Christian Missions in the Scilly Isles and
Society in London, an order for books, Asia; the Missions in North America being
more extensive than any which they have supported by the Society for the Propaga.
hitherto deemed it safe to send; a meation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts;' and sure which is fully justified by the great those in the West India Islands, by the and increased demand, which has this year “ Society for the Conversion and Religious been made upon their Depository. In the Instruction and Education of the Negro preceding year the amount of books issued Slaves."
was only 651. while this year it has actuThe number of Books distributed by the ally exceeded 1001. The onmber of books Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,
issued bas increased in proportion, being between April 1810, when the Diocesan and
98 Bibles, 143 Testaments, 226 Common District Committees were first established,
Prayer Books, and 1058 bound Books and April 1823, are as follows:
and Tracts, in all 1525:-of which num. Bibles * .............. ................ 345,498
ber 543 have henn sent in gratuitous dona. Testaments and Psalters .... 604,219
tions to Shediac, and the Gulf Shore, the Common Prayer-Books...... 925,830
military settlements in the parish of Wood. Other Bound Books ......... 769,768 Small Tracts t, half-bound, &c. 8,555,129
stock, Loch Lomond, &c. Books and Papers issued
The funds of the Committee contidae in
2.332,993 gratuitously ............5
the same prosperous state that they were
in last year, as will be seen by the followlo all ............ 13,533,237 ing abstract from the treasurer's accounts:
trict Committee. 1823.
• Exclusive of the Society's Family Bible, of which about 23,300 copies have been sold.
+ Exclusive of the Society's Tracts against Biasphemy and Infidelity, of which1,000,000 were circulated, and likewise of Tracts printed in the French, Gaelic, and Eastern Languages.
Disbursements ........ £225
Society ........ 97 16 8
same ......... 12 10 0
for 1822 and
1823 ......... 10 7 6
Balance in lois bands £103 199
Quebec Diocesan Coinmittee. nagement of Mr. Little and Mrs. Ellis, are
undoubtedly in a more favourable state, " The Quebec Diocesan Committee of than they were at the period of the last the Society for promoting Christian Know Report. The system is still, however, far ledge beg to lay before their Members and from having attained that perfection, which the Public, the Fifth Annual Report of is essential to its complete success; and their proceedings; and they bave sincere changes are contemplated by the Commit. salistaction in being able to state, that tee, which, they trust, will lead to the their exertions have at least kept pace with most satisfactory results. those of preceding years.
“ The usual Annual Examination of the “ Tue books, alluded to in the last Re- children of both schools took place in the port, arrived in the month of October last, month of February last, before a highly to the amount, including the expences of respectable Meeting of the Members and freight and insurance, of 3231. 178. 11d. Friends of the Committee. The same sterling. Notwithstanding this large or routine was observed as on former occader, by far the most extensive which has sions, and there was a manifest improve. yet been remitted by the Diocesan Com. ment in the discipline and progress of mittee, the demand has been proportioned the children. The total pumber present to the supply, and the stock at the Depot amounted to 148 boys and 109 girls--237, is now so much reduced, that they have being an increase of no less than 110 chil. recently been obliged to send home a fresh dren since the last Report. The whole order. Books to the amount of 601. 138. 9d. pomber now on the list is boys, 190, girls, have been transmitted to the Montreal 112—302; but all of these are by no District Committee; and supplies have means in regular attendance. This great been forwarded to the Missionaries at increase of numbers is a most gratifying Rivière du Lonp, Drummondville, Ascott, circumstance, and affords, perhaps, the Eaton, St. Amand, and Hatley, in the surest criterion of the growing popularity. Lower Province; and in the Upper, at and ability of the Schools. The sum of Cavan, Adolphus Town, and Fort Welling. 311. 11s. 8d. has been expended, since the ton. The Clergy of the Established Church last Report, in clothing for the most indi. at · Quebec bave circulated books and gent children; but the source is now extracts in the town and neighbourliood, as hansted, froin which these funds have occasion required; and a zealous friend of hitherto been derived, and new means the Society, K. C. Chandler, Esq. of Ni must be devised another winter to supply colet, has received a small supply for dis. the deficiency. tribution in his Seigniury, where he is "The Ladies have continued their valu. actively engaged in forming a Protestant able superiotendence, as Visitors of the Congregation, and collecting subscriptions Girls' School, with unabated zeal, and for building a Church, to be erected in they report very favourably of the work the ensning sommer. The Central School done by the children, and the uniform at. has continued to be supplied as before; tention of the Mistress to their proficiency and a small supply has been forwardeil to in needle-work, the Rev. J. C. Driscoll, for the use of a “ One circumstance, connected with school established under his auspices, on the subject of Education, remains to be the borders of Lake Maskinongé. The noticed, and the Committee have the most schools of Royal foundation at Frampton, lively and heart-felt satisfaction in anPort Nenf, and Coteau du Lac, have also nouncing it to all, who feel interested in been fornislied with books, for the use of the diffusion of religious instruction. They the Protestant children, either gratuitous: advert to the steps which have recently ly, or at the reduced rates; and it is a been taken, under the superintendence of source of deep regret to the Committee, the Archdeacon of Quebec, towards the that the state of their funds will not admit formation of a Sunday School for boys and of their forwarding gratnitous supplies of girls, belonging to the Establishment books to the whole of the Protestant “ This was always indeed within the schools under the Royal institution, espe- views of the Committee, but the plan, cially those in the Eastero townships, which has hitherto been adopted, bas failwhere the want of them is particularly ed of adequate sucéess. Various meetings argent, for reasons stated in their last Re- liave been held for the accomplishment of
60 desirable an object; and several reports 6 The Committee now proceed to no. of Sub-Committees will be submitted to tice that branch of their labours, which you, at the conclusion of this Report, regards the Education of the poor. The which it is proposed to subjoin to it, in Central Schools in this City, under the ma. the shape of an Appendix, when it is sent REMEMBRANCER, No. 64.
to the press. The Diocesan Committee pledged to direct their attention, is the cannot but rejoice at the wide field of use situation of children, whose parents may ful labour, which is thus about to be open- be confined in the Jail; and their Tepth ed, and confidently anticipate a great and Regulation requires them to take steps never-faihiog harvest of every thing that is for ensuring their attendance at the Na« lovely and of good report.” It is in- tional or some other Free School. A deed of incalculable importance to the sufficient supply of Bibles, Testainents young, that they should not only be early and Prayer-Books, and other religions and confirmed in the invaluable principles of useful Books and Tracts, for the benefit the Christian faith, but that they should, of the Protestant Prisoners, will be fur. at the same time, be secured against that nished gratuitously by the Diocesan Com. indiscriminating laxity of opinion, which mittee. regards all modes of worship as alikethat specious liberality, which throws a
Bray's Associates. broad and dazzling glare over those distinctive features, that coustitute the peculiar From the Report of this Society, beanty and excellence of the Church, just published, we learn that the
" It may be recollected, that, when the following Parochial Libraries bave last Report was submitted to the General
been established in the last year: Meeting, His Excellency the Earl of Dalhousie kindly took the opportunity of mak “ A Parochial Library was established, ing an offer to the Committee of a lot of during the past year, in the parish of ground, which was thought more eligible Kiog's Bromley, in the county of Stafford, than the one originally intended, for the and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry. erection of the proposed School-house. The Rev. Thomas Moore, curate of the This offer was thankfully embraced by parish, gratefully acknowledging the rethe Committee, and measures were imme- ceipt of the books, in a letter dated May diately adopted for the commencement of 15, 1823, writes: the undertaking. The business was in- «. I will thank you to offer my best trusted to a respectable Magistrate, Mr. thanks to the Associates of the late Dr. Tremain, well versed in transactions of Bray for their kind present of many and this kind, and that Gentleman concluded a excellent books, to form a Parochial LiContract for the erection of a stone-build- brary at King's Bromley. ing, to be completed by the 1st instant; «'« My heart's desire and prayer are, comprising two School Rooms for boys and that I may be inclined and enabled to mark, girls, 46 by 34 feet each, and 10 feet in learn, and inwardly digest their valuable height, four rooms for a Master and Mis- contents. A catalogue of the books forming tress, and suitable Attics, for the sum of the above Library, has since been trans515l. currency. Various difficulties, how- mitted. ever, have occurred in the execution of " In consequence of application from the work, which has now been some several of the Clergy residing in and near months at a stand, and the builder has Cardigan, a considerable addition was finally failed in his Contract. The Com- made, during the past year, to the Lend. mittee are pow in treaty with the securi- ing Library formed at Cardigan, in the ties, towards whom, though at this mo- diocese of St. David's, in the year 1765, ment liable in a penalty of 500l., they The petition from the Clergy states : wish to sbew every indulgence, and to «We bave always regarded with ad. whom they propose to allow a reasonable miration the excellent Association of the time for the proper completion of the late Rev. Dr. Bray; and we acknowledge building. The Members will have as much with gratitude that this neighbourhood has satisfaction in hearing, as the Committee been permitted, in a considerable degree, have in being able to state, that there will to partake of the blessings which the be. be no deficiency of funds for all the extra bevolence of the Association has so widely work wliich may be required, to give a diffused. Aware that the streams of know. handsome finish to the edifice,
ledge are ever flowing from the same “ Before concluding this Report, the source, we presume to inform you that the Committee canvot owit to notice, and books wbich at present constitute the they trast it will not he thought irrelevaut " Lending Library of Cardigan' are far or unseasonable, the recent establishment from being considered sufficient, in this of an association, for the amelioration of neighbourhood, to answer the demands the conduct and condition of the Prisoners for clerical instruction and improvement. in the Jail of this City. One of the prin- We beg leave, also, to inform yon, that cipal objects, to which the Members are there is established at Cardigan a Literary