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Christian Knowlege among the poor: Thousands
and ten thousands of children have been snatched from the jaws of ruin, from ignorance and vice, and educated in the fear of God, in the CharitySchools originally foftered and reared, through Great-Britain and Ireland, by their parental care, and which at this time contain above forty thoufand. To this part of the plan the following teftimony is borne by a celebrated prelate, in a charge delivered fo long ago as the year 1716, though published only a few months fince. He is speaking of the great and neceffary duty of catechifing" The "late encouragers of Charity-Schools are never "enough to be commended for their care and dili*i gence on this head, by which they have deserved "well of God and man, and have done the church "of England and the pure religion of Chrift ex"cellent service; and verily they shall not fail of "their reward ‡."
A multitude of Bibles, Common-Prayer-Books, and a variety of Religious Tracts, adapted to the
The learned and eloquent Bishop Atterbury's Charge to the Diocefe of Rochefter, in Mr. Nichols's publication of The Epiftolary Correspondence, &c. Vol. II. p. 260.
A SERMON PREACHED
capacities and fpiritual exigencies of the poor,
I do not enlarge upon these feveral objects of the Society's bounty, because, in general, the world is now well acquainted with the nature of them; and the particulars may be seen in the annual account of it's proceedings. That much good has been effected, is known to all those who have been concerned in carrying these benevolent designs into execution, or who have by any means happened to fall
fall within the reach of their influence; but how much, it never will, nor can be known, till manifefted by that day, which fhall manifeft all things. The diligence of the husbandman, with the quantity and quality of the feed fown, will then best appear, when the harvest shall crown his toil, and "the valleys ftand fo thick with corn, that they "shall laugh and fing."
Thus engaged in well-doing, be not ye, therefore, "for in due time weary; ye fhall reap, if ye faint "not." Look back with joy and pleasure on what has been done; look forward with hope and confidence on what may be done. The adversary is not weary of exerting his endeavours to fupprefs and extinguish the religious fpirit among us; be not ye weary of exerting yours (as they always have been exerted) to cherish and support it. Consider the profpect which presented itself to the first preachers of the Gospel, when they entered upon the task of promoting Chriftian Knowlege; and confider the event: remember the mustard-feed, and view the tree which it has produced. Ye are fellow-labourers with them and according to the measures of his grace, and the courfe
course of his dispensations, Chrift will be with YOU,