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much concerned about the education in it, that he did not confine himself to of my three children who attend tliis one chapter, but read on, and conversed school. May the God of heaven pro about Jesus Christ, and what be accomtect and prosper the individuals who are plished for singers, as revealed in the the promoters of such institutions; for Scriptures. I trust this man, and part my desires for the education of my of his family, have experienced a real children would never have been accom- change of character, and are delivered plished, had not Providence sent a free from the power of sin.” school to my very door.' »
From W- (-, a Local Reader. 1822. From D. B, un Itinerant Reader. 1822. “ On the 16th instant, I set off early
« Tbe schools I visited on my way to to a village called C-; and on my way. S—, are going on well. Mr. H, of met with a man who invited me to bis B-, has, as usual, a good school. I house, where a pilgrim liad lodged the found his house crowded with pupils, preceding night, on his way to L-: who are truly instructed in the ways of On my arrival, I found the pilgrim God; and notwithstanding the many preparing for his journey. In the course attempts made, in the commencement, of conversation, I asked him how lie by the enemies of truth, to put a total expected to get to heaven. He gave stop lo the proceedings of this school, me a long account of his works; that yet it stauds as firm as a rock. Up- he was to fast on one meal a day till he wards of 90 pupils daily attend; the arrived at the holy Longh, and was principal part of whom are Catho. then to punish his body by fasting and lics, whose improvement in knowo performing stations, and that this was ledge manifests that the labours of the only way to everlasting lite. I the society are uot in vain. In this auswered, that if this was the ouly way house I saw the poor distressed inhabit. of salvation, Christ in his word had ants of the town, and its vicinity, re• utiered an untrnth. He replied, that lieved. This is the storelouse for the
he was ignorant of the Scriptures, and poor; and the gentlemen of the neigli. he could not read Irisli. I then read bourhood have appointed Mr. H- to to him sach portions of Scripture as distribute meal and potatoes. It was were calculated to inform his judgment, truly pleasing 10 behold the temporal which appeared to produce a good wants of the adults relieved, and, at effect; for, on my closing the book, he, the same time, their little ones receive with tears in his eyei, inquired where ing spiritual food from the Word of he could parchase an English Testa. God.”
ment; that lie came from a remote part From J. B—, u Locul Reader. 1822. of the C- of M-, and never heard a
6. On the 31st ultimo, I went to a place word of the Testament before. I precalled G-, and read the Scriptures to sented bim with my English Testament; many individuals who were assembled on which he lifted up his lands and there. They were very attentive, and eyes to heaven, and thanked God, the expressed their gratitade for the oppor Society, and me, for the book, which tunity of hearing the Word of Life. lie said he esteemed the greatest treaOne of them said, 'I am satisfied that sure in the world. He proceeded no the reading of the Scriptures inakes a further in his intended journey, but great change in people for the better; returned home rejoicing, with his Testatwo of my children, when I lived in B-, ment in his pocket.” attended the free school: before they From P. C. an Itinerant Reader. 1822. went, they were very disobedient and “Sunday, the 16th of June, I travelled stubborn; but they had not been six through the country, reading the Scripmonths there, before a very great change tures : I was warmly received by most was seen in their conduct. They each of the people. The 30th, I entered into obtained a Testament, which they read the next parish with my Bible. I trato us of an evening while altending 10 velled a great deal, and read to many. their tasks; so that they were a blessing They are particularly fond of the Irishi to us.'»
here. I was received very kindly by From T-M--, a Schoolmaster. 1822. them, although they are supposed to be
“ In July 1818, I gave a l'estament to a crnel and wicked people. They gave a Roman Catholic, named J— 5—, who me an invitation to come again to them. promised me that be would read one Superstition prevails very much among chapter every day. He had not read them, and the most evil practices are long, before be found so mucb pleasure indulged in. Most of those Bow under
sentence of death in Sligo, are from this Ireland, is of the greatest importance parish. I read to some of the aged pa- to both countries. It is to be hoped rents of these uuhappy individuals, who that the two parts of the empire are were very much affected; saying, if now bound together by the strongest their children had followed the advice and most affectionate ties—the pleasure of my good Irish book, they never would of relieving, and the gratitude with have been brought to their present un- which relief has been received. The timely end."
acknowledgments of the Irish people From P.K-, 1822.
have been as warm and as sincere as « On the 15th, I visited the county the British subscription has been liberal. jail, and heard the Testament classes in Correspondence has been opened bedifferent wards read ; in number, 54. It tween the charitable and benevolent on is gratifying to the Society to fiod, that both sides of the channel; the nations through their means are diffused the have been made better known to each blessed fruits of education among such other, prejudices have been forgotten, a circle of adult peasantry, who come new sources of sympathy are opened, here from time to time, and who acquire enlarged powers of usefulness are cresuch considerable improvement in their ated. This kind spirit of benevolence morals from reading the Scriptures, as will, it may be hoped, loug survive the to dispel the mist of discord and igno. calamity which gave it birth; and Irerance, with their atteudant train of land may perhaps fiod, in her season of vices and of crimes, and to elevate adversity, not only lessons of virtue, them to a moral practice of good order but the spring of permanent improveand harmony. There is, also, mach ment. Indeed the present opportunity reason to hope, that those criminals who is one so peculiarly suited to the comare discharged from this place, instead mencement of the great work of ime of a curse, will prove a blessing to their proving the condition of the Irish Poor, families and neighbours, in reading their that it would be lamentable if it were Testaments to them, which they are
to be lost. The hearts of the peasantry allowed to take with them on leaving are now opened by kindness, and their prison."
minds are now softened to receive any From T-P-, a Local Reader. 1822. impression made upon them by intelli, “When I take a view of this county, at gence and experience. A moral impulse the present period, and compare it with may now be given; advice and assists what it was when I first came to it, I am ance may now be offered ; and the be. lost in astonishment at the progress
neficial effects produced on the peawhich the word of God has made. Every santry may be rendered both strong and day's experience affords fresh encou- permanent. ragement to continued exertions.
“ English ladies are endeavouring, “ The present season of distress bas by providing supplies of clothing, to mi. cou vinced the poor of tbe effects of the tigate the misery which, to a peasantry Gospel. · Surely,' they exclaim,' the forced to sacrifice clothes and bedding good ministers round the country, who for food, the approaching winter can. distribute the money sent from England, not fail to produce. But they do not prove themselves to be good Christians, wish to contine their efforts to this temby their feeling for the poor.""
porary benefit. Without overstepping
those bounds of reserve which duty and PROPOSED BRITISH AND IRISH iuclination prescribe to their sex, and
LADIES' ASSOCIATION, without undertaking a task which beThe Ladies' Committee for contribut- longs to the inore powerful part of soing clothing towards the relief of the ciety, it has appeared to them, tbat if distressed Irish, have urged the forma. they cau unite with the country women tion of a permanent Society, under the of the unhappy sufferers, they may as, title of " The British and Irish Ladies' sist in the great work of general imAssociation,” for improving the condi. provement in Ireland. Among the fetion and promoting the industry of the male peasantry of Ireland is to be found Female Peasantry in Ireland. The fol- the greatest anxiety for occupation, lowing extracts from their circular ad. combined with almost a total want of dress, will shew the nature of their pro, employment; hundreds and thousands posed plans.
of hands are idle for want of means of “ The intercourse which has lately working ; poor females, who, if possesstaken place between Great Britain and ed of a spioniug-wheel, would be ena.
bled to clothe their children, and even tered by those who can raise themto contribute to the maintenance of their selves above party interests, and feel families, are without the means of pro. for the welfare of a community, instead curing the implements required for their of giving themselves to a system of local domestic manufacture of linen. Io some petty jobbing. The attention of the instances, spinning wheels are hired by county of Limerick Agricultural So. the poor to enable them to prosecute ciety, I find, is particularly directed to their industry, and wherever the expe- ' encourage the growth of flax, the spinriment has been tried of assisting the ning of yarn, and the manufacture of female poor by instruction in useful la linen: and they will, I presume, be bonr,it appears to have been successful." the best instrumental agents for dif.
The object of this Association will be, fusing the disposable bounty of the to open a correspondence with ladies London Committee, in the manner best in Ireland, and to invite them to form calculated to promote the increase of themselves into local committees. The industry among our peasantry. means intended to be used for improv " But, with a view both to permanent ing the condition of the Irish female and extended benefit, I have an addi. peasantry, are, Visiting their families, tional plan to suggest. It does not seem and obtaining a knowledge of their si. to me enough, that aid towards the tuation; Exciting them to habits of in. purchase of flax, flax-seeds, spinning dustry, cleanliness, and attention to do and weaving implements, &c. should mestic duty; Endeavouring to procure be distributed through the different employment for poor women at their parishes of this country. To introduce own dwellings ; Visiting the sick, pro- a new manufacture, which, to all intents viding temporary assistance in the loan and purposes, the linen manufacture of linen, &c. and procuring medical here is, we want, in some one or more advice where necessary; Encouraging places of the county, an establishment, them to send their children to schools; that shall be at once experimental and and assisting them in any other way exemplary: experimental, to ascertain which circumstances may reqnire. the best mode of manufacturing; ex.
We copy the following remarks, on emplary, to exhibit the beneficial effects some of the means of permanently be of that mode, and gradually to induce, nefiting the Irish peasantry, from a let. and extend its adoption, throughont ter from Archdeacon Jebb, to the Com- this county in particular, and the south mittee for the distressed Irish, dated of Ireland in general." Abington Glebe, Limerick, Sept. 2, 1822 “ The introduction of scutching mills,
“ I shall now endeavour to offer those of spinning schools, and of weaving suggestions which have occurred to me, schools, is indispensable, in order to respecting the principle, and mode of bring the south to the level of the north, applying the balance in the hands of the in the article of the linen manufacture. London Committee, to the best ad. And it seems most desirable, that, in vantage.
some one or more places, an establish6 The principle, I think, should be, ment embracing all these objects should to do at once the most permanent, and be set on foot, by the way, at once, of the most extended good in your power experiment and of example.” Now that alone, in aiding the popu. It is pleasing to find the benevolent lation of a country, is permanent good, writer adding: “ The people of this which will encourage, and gradually country are overflowing with gratitude enable them, by honest industry, to to their English fellow.subjects. More, provide for themselves : and, on this I trust, has been done in this single principle, (except in cases of urgent year than in past centuries, towards a calamity, like the occasion which called real union of the countries. One little forth the unexampled liberality of Eng. anecdote I will mention. My friend, land this year,) gifts of money, of food, Mr. Forster, in a ride the other mornof clothing, are, I couceive to be depre- ing, fell in with a party of our peasants. cated, especially where the Irish are One man said, ' But for the Englisli, the concerned, in whom it should be our people would have perished in the great object to elicit and cherish, what, ditches, and we should now have a from long mismanagement, is deplora. plague in the country.' Another, a ve. bly wanting among us-a spirit of inde nerable old man, then, calmly, but with pendence. And again, that only can profound emotion, said, 'God bless them be extended good which is adminise for their goodness !' and, after a short
panse, added, " And He will bless them!' and of depositing the record of them in These are the very words, and this is but the hands of the destitute in all couna fair specimen of the prevaleut feeling.". tries, nominally Christian,' it has been
presented to the notice of the convenAMERICAN PROTESTANT EPIS. tions for sundry years past; and, under
COPAL CONVENTIONS. continnance of the impression, there is Many of our readers having expressed now declared a deep conviction of the great interest in the state of the Pro- importance of the subject." testant Episcopal Church in the United
Connecticut Contention. States of America, it may be gratifying “ The convention was well attended, to them to be preseuted with a few pas. both by clergy and laity; and it must sages from the minutes of the proceed. be gratifying to the friends of the church, ings of soine recent diocesan Conventions to be informed, that the returns of conof that church. We have selected the tributions from the varions parishes in following miscellaneous particulars from the diocese, for the support of inissions, the reports of their proceedings contain- have much increased, and that a growedin the last twelve or fonrteen Numbers ing zeal for the general canse of religion, of the “ Gospel Adyocate," an American and for the particular interest of onr Episcopal periodical publication noticed Zion, was uniformly manifested on this in our Literary Intelligence.
occasion." Pennsylrania Convention.
Mussachusetts Contention. Attached to the society for the ad. The following representation revancement of Christianity in Pennsylva. specting the Massachusetts Protestant nia, “ is a Female Tract Society, which Episcopal Missionary Society, and truscontivne their exertions in publications, tees of the Bible, Prayer-book, and small in size, but eminently instructive." Tract Society, was read.
The Prayer-book Society, in conse. “ The Directors of the Massachusetts quence of gratuitous distributions be- Episcopal Missionary Society ask leave yond their means, are obliged to confine respectfully to represent to the conventhemselves 10 sell to subscribers at the tion the objects, condition, and prospects least possible price; and by this economy of this society; and to solicit their counhope to retrieve their affairs.
tenance and co-operation, “ The Sunday-school Society,” the “This Society was incorporated by bisliop observes, " are pursning the ob. an act of the legislature in 1815, by the ject for which they were associated. It name of the Massachusetts Episcopal should be anderstood, that the object is Missionary Society, and trustees of the distinct from that of any Sonday-school Massachusetts Episcopal Prayer-book society formed for giving instruction and Tract Society.' It was soon after It is merely for the cheaper supplying organized, and has since been continued of societies of the latter description, in existence by an annual election of with elementary and other necessary officers on EasterTuesday. Bot little else books; and in this work they are likely has been done until the present year. On to be useful."
the fourth of February last, a meeting The bishop recommends to the clergy of the friends of the elxirch, called at to consider the importance of the fund the request of the society, was beld in of the society for the widows and chil. Boston, at which, and at an adjourned dren of deceased clergymen; and he meeting, the subject was fully discussed; very delicately brings to the view of the and measures were adopted to provide convention “the design of creating a means to enable the society to go into fund for the support of a future bishop, operation. Subscriptions were opened, so as to relieve him from the necessity of from which a considerable som has al having a parochial cnre."
ready been obtained; and more, it is exOn the subject of the Bible Society, pected, will be received. The sum of 565 the bishop thus remarks : “ Although dollars has been already subscribed in the Bible Society of this city is not pec- this town, to be paid annually, and more Jiarly attached to our communion, yet, than 300 dollars have been given in doas their object is not only of supreme im- nations to the society. portance, but one in which-all denomi- . “At the same meeting, a committee pations of Christians agree, and as it was appointed tô correspond with all contributes its share to the great design the Episcopal Churches in tlie Commonof publishing the glad tidings of salvation wealth, for the pnrpose of procuring the where they have been hitherto unknown, establishment of an Auxiliary Society in
each church. A circular letter has that period, has never been known to be accordingly been addressed to each intoxicated once, thonyh jotrusted with chnrchi, stating the objects of the socie- a responsible office on the plantation, ty, with a reqnest for assistance. It is where he would not fail to be observed, not yet time to expect a full retorn from yet where opportunities for indulgence all the churches; but very encouraging would not be wanting: he therefore has accounts have been received from seve- given sufficient proof of bis reforination. ral, of the exertions which are making The other became a member of the in behalf of this society.
church, throngh baptism, last May; and, « The objects of the society are to although he has not undergone the same assist the destitute eburches in our own length of trial, yet he lately gave a strong State, in providing themselves with the manifestation of the sincerity of his promeans of religion ; and as we shall be fession, by manfully resisting an inveleable to extend the same assistance to rate habit; when opportunity threw other destitute portions of our country, femptation in his way: be has likewise and hereafter, if sufficient fnnds should regained the good will and approbation be provided, 10 other countries. It is of his master." also a prominent object, to provide
Maryland Concention. Prayer-books for the poor, either to be Ou the occasion of administering sold to them at a very low rate, or, in priest's orders to the Reverend Mr. some instauces, to be distributed gratui. Judalı, in lois own church, the bishop tously. The fouds now in hand will enable observes;>“ Such was the impression as to begin the prosecution of these made by this soleinn and Sacred service, objects, although ou a very limited scale. in a place where perhaps it had never
* The committee for inissions bave not before been performed, that a pious and as yet been able to do more in the pro- judicions layman remarked to me, that secution of the designs eutrusted to it would be of great service 10 the them, than to collect some information eburch to ordain ministers as often as I as to the portions of our church which could in their own churches. And I stand in the most urgent need of aid was so fully convinced of the correct. from the society. They bave been pre ness of this remark, that I have in every vented from doing more by the waut of case, when circumstances would admit, clergyment to act as missionaries." and my own parochial daties wonld
South Carolina Convention. allow, yielded to such reqnests: and I The bishop, who is a strenuous advo mean to continue to yield to them whencate for Sunday schools, remarks: “I ever my obligations to my own people will detain you from tbe business of the will authorize me." convention no longer than until I have
New Jersey Convention. again expressed to my brethren of the We notice with pleasure the judicious clergy ny earuest desire, that, wherever practice, adopted in New Jersey, of apit is not found, as the result of much pointing, at each convention, the pa. endeavour, utterly impracticable, Sun. rocbial clergy to perform missionary day schools should be instituted by duties in the vacant parishes. These them, having for their object, chiefly, duties are uot so likely to be neglected, the Christian instruction of the poor, when to each clergyman is assigned his and the lowly in conditioni, (whatever proper sphere of action, and he is rebe their colour), and their children." quired to report his pro
quired to report his proceedings at the The recior of St. John's, Berkley, stated annual meetings. made the following interesting report The Liturgy, constantly used, will on the instructionof the People of Colour. preserve a church in the worst of times. “ I cannot forbear stating a fact, which, This has been strikingly evinced in the to every unprejudiced mind, must teud State of New Jersey. Originally settled to recommend ibis labour of love. Among by the Swedes and Dutch, and, when those whom I have instructed, and after it became an Euglish province, inlia. wards baptized, are two men, who from bited chiefly by Quakers and Baptists, their frequent intoxication, (nay babi. it was not till the year 1701, tbat any tual drunkevyess,) bad become almost congregation existed there in commuuseless to their owners, but who, since nion with the Church of England. they have joined the church, have come When the revolutionary war completely reformed, and are valuable to menoed, a few scattered congregatious their masters. One has been a communi- had been formed under six or neven cant upwards of three years, and, within missionaries, sent over by the society CHRIST, OBSERV, No. 521.