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a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." A public
Praise ye the Lord, 'tis good to raise,
Our hearts and voices in his praise,
formed as early as possible. The day was accordingly fixed for the twenty-third August. A gentleman present delighted with the scene-so pleasing to the eye and grateful to the ear, anticipating the happiest results, expressed a bope, in which all present coincided, that a dinner would be given annually, and begge to subscribe £5. 58. a year for that purpose. The children were then called together, a bun an: a broad sheet tract on the Peace given to each, the best child of each class was rewarded with a prayer-book by a friend of the Church of England; they were then dismissed, under the care of their teachers to their respective habitations, regreting the hours of the day had Hed with such rap lity. An interesting scene took place at Soutl: borough: the Penslurst children who had accompanied them of Southborougii to ileir School, requested to sing, “ Lord dismiss us with thy blessing,” which being done with suitable unity of mind and cheerfulness of voice, produced an effect on the spectators, difficult to describe. Prior to the meeting for the formation of the Union, the provisional secretary (agrecable to a plan noticed in the Evangelical Magazine for September, and which had been so successful that 150 children were subscribing for Bibles, issued a circular letter to the friends of youth in the different villages, embracing a circle of twelve miles, and whereby much important information was obtained at the meeting, which took place agreeable to appointment, at the Rev. Mr. Finley's, Mount Ephraim Chapel; after the hymn, "Attracted by love's sacred force," the Rev. Mr. Cook engaged in prayer. The Chairman requested whatever information those friends could afford; their interesting statements enabled him to introduce the subject, and evident necessity of union: the Rev. Mr. Sabine urged its necessity, as conferring respectability and security on the teachers who should offer their services in the destitute villages, being the representatives of a large body many difficulties would vanish, which might be otherwise anticipated, where bigotry and ignorance, two inseperable associates, had so long maintained a despotic sway, and where it had frequently been boasted, they had not a methodist among thein, it also tended to remove prejudice and display their principles.
Quarterly Meetings of the teachers being always open to the neighbourhood, in many instances it had stirred up numbers of the establishment and awakened them to the importance of opening Schools; whether from proper motives or not rested with themselves, and that thereby their strength would be increased; as it had been remarked that two lights at a distance, if united, would produce as much light as three in separate stations, so by a union in this labor of christian love, they would burn brighter and dispel with greater ease the clouds of ignorance yet encompassing so inany villages around them; it was ihen proposed, seconde and unanimously resolved, that a union be formed, called th Tunbridge Surday School Union, the rules and regulations
which were nearly similar to those already formed. Many interesting remarks were afterwards made by other Ministers present, and after singing a lymn and concluding with prayer, a collection was made amounting to about £25. The committee were chosen of persons from the surrounding villages, who all appeared much impressed with the importance of the object; arrangements were made for opening schools in the destitute villages as soon as possible. At Groombridge a school has been opened for the reception of children and adults under the zealous superintendence of the Rev. Mr. Cook, and is in a prosperous state; also one at Southborough, consisting of seventy-three children and is on the increase. Several persons of respectability have offered their services as teachers, and the children have been regularly sent and attended cheerfully, and some of the parents also have since regularly attended public ordinances: the schools are now held in much higher esteem. The females in two.of them have been pipplied with bonnets, and in one school with shoes and stockings in addition, the gift of some Ladies. In one of the little girls who entered the school since, there is every reason to believe a work of grace is begun; these are their encouragements, and may ve not hope the first report the Secretaries, Rev. Mr. Sabine and Mr. Dickenson of Pembury intend to present the Sunday School Union at their next annual meeting in May, will realize the prediction of the Prophet, “Instead of the thorn, shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree, and it shall be to the Lord for a name.
Where is the Christian, who, in remembrance of the transactions of Calvary, views before him a universe but partially illumined, that will yet deny himself a share in these pleasures? which, when travelling in pursuit of healtli, recreation or friendship, are, by a little arrangement, so easily accomplished. How, it may be asked, is this world to be evangelized? How is Britain, our native isle, to become the light and glory of the nations? Only, it may be Aliswered, by the niore active co-operation of Christians; here though much has been done very much remains undone. A good man near the residence of the writer, went a few Weeks since, to a village in Somersetsbire, intending to preach there; but having left his Bible at home, sent all round the village to procure one, but alas, there was not one to be liad!! and at this moment many of the villages in Gloucestershire, Somersetshire, Dorsetshire and Devonshire, have no Sunday School, nor yet a Bible Association, and it is to be feared many other Counties are equally destitute in Britain, the land of Goshen. These are calls, and loud calls indeed, to the adoption of any plan (however occasional disappointtrent may attend a few) that may in any degree tend to promote thie knowledge of the truth. Soon, it is hoped, the nations on the Continent will request our aid to assist them in these designs of mercy, and unless active steps are taken, we shall, with regret, be obliged to reply, our own vineyard is not fully watered.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR, FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE
ESSEX SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
Sir, HAVING read, with peculiar pleasure, your valuable and in. teresting miscellany, and being deeply impressed with the utility and importance of such productions, in promoting the best interest of the rising generation; we must be very defective in our duty as Sunday School Teachers, if we neglect to communicate that information which has a tendency to advance this glorious work.
With this end in view, we send you the following additional proof of the beneficial effects of Sunday School teaching: whicli, we think, will not be disagreeable to that class of readers, for which your publication is particularly designed.
We send it to you in the form in which it was delivered at a quarterly meeting of the Essex Sunday School Union.
“ As repeated instances of usefulness have sufficiently demonstrated the utility of Sunday School teaching, there can be no further need of comment upon it. But as those instances are the objects, in pursuit of which Sunday School teachers are engaged and which the persons present are professedly met to promote: the following brief account of an instance of usefulness, which has rocently transpired within our own Sunday School (at Chelmsford) will, we trust, prove a powerful stimulus to increasing exertion.
“Susanna Balls was the dau ter of Robert Balls of Galleywood Con:non. She was admitted into the Sunday School at Chelmsford, in April, 1899, at which time she was about eleven years old. In the year 1812, her health became impaired, yet not so inuch so as entirely to prevent her attendance ai School ; to which she care as frequently as she could till the 5th of September, 1813. At this time slie left the School, after having proceeded from reading words of three letters, to read in the Testament. After she left the School, she continued in a poor state of health till August 1814, and then she gradually grew worse, At this time she was visited by Mr. George Richardson, of Galleywood Comuon, who states as follows: “She appeared to have been under serious impressions for two years, and seemed to live under the influence of those impressions. This Mr. Richardson bad an opportunity of observing as she lived near him, and her conduct came frequently under bis cognizance. Her delight says Mr. R. was to be with the people of God; that she might converse on the concerns of her soul.
" In her fast illness, which terminated in death, she expressed, to the friend above mentioned, a perfect resignation to the will of God, in törence to whether she should live or die. And she ob served
her whole trust fo: salvation, was in what Jesus Christ had done and suffered : and that her knowledge and experience of these things was, under God, the effects of the instruction which she had received by attending at the Sunday School.
She continued getting worse till the second week in October, 1814, when, to all appearance, she died in the comfortable hope of being accepted of God, through Jesus Christ. Aged about sixteen years, leaving us another evidence that our labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
In connexion with our Sunday School, we have a quarterly prayer meeting among the teachers; for the purpose of imploring ile divine blessing on our labours, and for adopting any improvement that may be suggested. For the purpose of rendering these meetings the more interesting, we have adopted the plan of proposing for discussion, some subject connected with the interest of Sunday Schools. Those subjects, when discussed, are neither classical nor of superlative elegance. Their principle beauty and most prominent feature is “ Christian sincerity.” If the insertion of such is consistent with your proposed plan of publication, I know not, but that in the course of next quarter, we shall trouble you with one or two of them.
Wishing the Divine blessing to attend your valuable work, we remain yours in the strictest bonds of Gospel friendship and love,
JAMES SAYER. Some account of our Sunday School Union will, by Divine permission, be forwarded to you after our next anniversary,
WEST KENT SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
DEAR SIR, AGGREGATE meetings of persons engaged in the same pursuits have a tendency to arouse every feeling and excite every fnergy of the mind. If this be admitted as a general principle, it will apply more particularly to meetings of Sunday School Teachers. The teacher is animated when he beholds numbers assembled together actuated by the same principle—the love of God; and having in view one common object-the welfare of immortal beings: he is satisfied that considerable success must reward the united efforts of such a numerous body, and as in associations for benevolent purposes (unlike commercial or other partnerships) each individual has a claim to the pleasure that results from the contemplation of the whole of the good effected ; he feels a strong inducement to contribute all in his power to a fund so highly advantageous.
Perhaps it must be allowed that part of the feeling excited on these occasions proves merely a transitory glow; yet surely much