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AN ACCOUNT OF THE BRISTOL EDUCA. TION SOCIETY, FOR THE YEAR ENDING
HE principal design of this Society, as far as it
may please God to succeed the Institution, is to sup ply destitute Congregations with a succession of able and evan, gelical Ministers.
With this view, it is proposed to allist pious young men of promising abilities for the Ministry, in such a course of prepara: tory studies, as may enable them, with the divine blessing, to ex ercise their ministerial talents with the greater acceptance and usefulness.
To guard, as much as possible, against an unconverted Ministry, which whether learned or unlearned, is the bane of religion, the Society receive no students but such as are members of churches, and recommended as persons of promising abilities for the Ministry
Nor does the society confine itself entirely to the business of education, but as far as its present finances admit of it, extends its patronage to evangelical and popular ministers as miffionaries and itinerant preachers, in some of those many places where there is an opening for the gospel, but not an ability to support the necessary expense attending it, without considerable affiftance.
An institution this, fo manifestly adapted to answer the most valuable and important purposes, that it seems almost impossible for any, but the enemies of religion, and such as have imbibed unreasonable prejudices against learning not to approve of it, and heartily unite in countenancing and supporting it. Vol. II.
Hitherto it has been remarkably favoured with the smiles of Divine Providence. The Institution was first set on foot in the year 1770, in aid of the Baptist Academy in Bristol, which was founded by that most excellent man, Mr. Edward Terril, more than a century ago, on a small scale, and which was conducted for many years with considerable success, by the late learned and truly reverend and pious Mr. Folkett. And in the short period which has elapsed since the first constitution of this society, it has been enabled to realize a capital in the public funds of three thoufand five hundred pounds, producing an annual income of one hundred and forty pounds ; and a liberal subscription of about two hundred pounds per annum, exclusive of the truly noble bequests of the late Rev. Dr. Gifford, and Dr. Llewelyn, which have been more particularly noticed in our former annual accounts, and by which, though dead, they still live in the grateful remembrance of the surviving friends of religion and learning.
But notwithftanding the present flourishing state of this society, and the uncommon patronage with which it has been favoured, it should not be imagined it stands in no further need of encouragement. Several valuable and generous members have lately been removed by death ; but we hope other friends to the cause of God, are rising up in their stead, who will account it their honour to lend us their asistance, in our attempts to promote the kingdom of our Lord. They shall prosper, who love Zion; they shall be accounted the friends of God, who prefer his church to their chief joy. In the business of education, as well as in the very important article of encouraging the propagation of the gospel
, patronizing decayed churches, and planting new ones ; there is still an ple and delightful scope for the employe ment of an income vastly superior to any sum this society can entertain an idea of ever possessing.
Every subscriber of one guinea to the capital, and one guinea annually, is considered as a member of this society, has a voice in all its deliberations, and liberty to inspect the accounts, which are audited by a committee appointed for that purpose, and at the annual meeting.
Annual meeting of the Bristol Education Society, Broad.
mead Meeting, August, 1801. The Rev. Mr. Cooper, of Trowbridge, preached from Hebrews 13th chapter, 17th verse, “ They watch for your souls as they that must give account.”
Adjourned to the vestry.
Present. Rev. Dr. Ryland, President, Rev. John Cooper, Rev. Job David, Rev. Thomas Symonds, Rev. Thomas Flint, W. A. Ballard, Esq. J. Tomkins, Esq. Mr. Sol. Leonard, Mr.
James arres Rees, Mr. Thomas Ransford, Mr. E. Phillips, Mr. John Daniel, Mr. Jofeph Cottle, Mr. Tho's. Pafco, Mr. Tho's. Burchell, Mr. Jos. Dear.
Rev. Dr. Ryland, in the Chair.
The thanks of the society were unanimoufy voted to the Rev. Mr. Cooper, for his excellent sermon.
The Prelident reported—That fix students were supported last year by the Education Society, viz. Messrs. William Gray, W. Rowe, S. Saunders, Joseph Tyso, John Chamberlain, and Thomas Grifin ; who all return their thanks to the society, and requek the continuance of their kind affiftance in the farther prosecution of their studies ; except Mr. Gray, who having been long solicited to settle with the church at Bratton, is willing to comply with their request if it meets the approbation of the society. The Bristol fund had only two Atudents, during the first half year ; viz. Mr. John Douglas, and Mr. Joseph Webb. Their education being finished at Whitsuntide, the latter is invited in probation by the church at Tiverton; the former is at present unsettled. Two other students were admitted on this foundation, at Christmas ; Mr. Daniel White, from the church at Bluntilham, in Huntingdonshire, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Coxey Feary; and Mr. Samuel Shaw, from the church in Cannon-street, Birming. ham. Messrs. White and Shaw return to the academy, and will be joined by Mr. Richard Owers, from Earl's Colne, in Essex, to whom the fundees have promised their patronage.
The Broadmead benefactions were granted to Messrs. Jenkin Fones, and Matthew Griffiths ; Mr. Jones having been four years in the academy, is returned into Wales ; Mr. Griffiths is gone to reside with Mr. Littlewood, at Rochdale in Lancashire. These benefactions cannot maintain any students this year ; more have ing been taken upon them sometime back, than they are found fufficient to support.
Mr. Samuel Stennett had an exhibition from the London Socie. ty; and Mr. Micah Thomas, from the church at Pen-y-garn, was admitted into the academy at Christmas under the patronage of tha London fund.
The students of last year have very generally conducted themselves in such a manner as to afford much fatisfaction to their tutors; by their diligence, and improvement in literature ; and by the evidence of their piety and promising talents, which we trut will render them acceptable to our churches, and useful in the cause of God.
ISAAC JAMES. Four guineas were allowed to Mr. William Gray, on his leaving the academy. Resolved, that Mr. Daniel Davis, be admitted into the Acade.
my, of which the president will inform his father, but having no room for more students on the foundation of the society, Mr. Ifaac Isaac, cannot yet be received.
Resolved, that Mr. Sutcliff, of Olney, be invited to preach the next annual sermon, and in case of failure Mr. Birt, of Plymouth Dock.
Resolved, to allow Dr. Ryland 40 guincas for extra expenfe in housekeeping
The thanks of the society were voted to the secretar y, and he was requested to continue in office the following year.
The next meeting of the society to be held on the first Wod. nesday in August, 1802.
The committee to be continued with the same powers as usual, and to be open to every subscriber.
Mr. Edw. Phillips,
Mr. Thomas Ransford,
Mr. Joseph Cottle,
Mr. James Rees,
Mr. John Protheroe,
*An account of Receipts and Disbursements.
To old subscriptions
£139 2 6 New ditto
15 15 0 Arrears
165 76 Donation from Mr. Fontleroy, Southwark
20 Ditto from Mr. Foster, Biggleswade
10 One year's dividend on 3500l. 4 per cent. ann. 140 i. 2 sets of Theodofia's Poems
o 196 Balance of Dr. Ryland's account Anonymous Donation per Dr. Ryland
£347 3 11
26 6 4
From June 1800, to June 1801.
£. s. d. By balance of last year's account due the Treasurer Board of fix students
126 Tuition of Ditto. Allowance to Ditto
25 4 Vacation for one ditto in 1800
4 4 Allowance to Dr. Ryland for extra expenses in housekeeping,
42 Rent and taxes one year
31 10 Sundry repairs
7 1 6 Floor cloth for the Museum Books, Printing, Binding, &c.
II 16 1 Allowed towards the funeral of Mr. Williams, late ftudent at the Academy
4 4 12 students attending a philosophical lecture
I 16 Insurance to Sept. 29, 1801
3 6 By balance in the hands of the Treasurer
19 14 6
£347 3 11
Examined and approved by us,
A copy of the Table of Benefactions, in the Museum belonging to the Society.
£. s. d. 1770 Frederick Bull, Esq. London
25 5 Jofeph Butler, Esq. ditto
10 10 10 10