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of it will be permanently fixed in the breast-the judgeinent must approve it-it will influence the association of ideas--- it will forn the habit, and long continue to be productive of conspicuous benefits. These thoughts very naturally arise on presenting a report of our last quarterly meeting, for we feel persuaded that there was uot a teacher present on the occasion whose heart did not burn within bin," or who went away without resolving to be niore zealous in his work for the future. The very appropriate remarks of the chairman who so kindly favored us with bis presence, and the cheering information he gave concerning the success of the good cause, will leave an impression upon the minds of the teachers not soon to be effaced.
We are, &c.
T. W. KERSHAW, 10th Mureh, 1815.
The fourth Quarterly Meeting of die West Kent Sunday School Vuion was held at the Rev. Mr. Culver's Chapel, High-Street, Woolwich, on Friday evening the 17th ult.
It was commenced with singing a hymn, reading a portion of Scripture, and prayer.
Nir. W. F. Lloyd being called to the chair, addressed the meeting, and gave a general statement of the history of Sunday Schools, the importance of Sunday School Unions, and the success which has attended these societies,
The secretaries then read the reports from the several Sunday Schools belonging to the Union, and the following one from the Greenwich Adult School;
Since the last meeting of this Society, the superintendents of the Adult School at Greenwich have taken measures to give all possible publicity to its establishment, and they have now the pleasure to report that it consists of forty-four males, and five females, all of whom manifest considerable anxiety to be enabled to read, and twenty wlo a short time since scarcely knew the leiters of the alphabet, can now read with tolerable fluency the New Testament, with which they have supplied themselves, and it is no small gratification to add, that of the male scholars, seventeen or eighteen are Catholics: several are also now learning to write, and the progress they have made at once sbcws the desire they manifest to receive instruction, and the great encouragement the superintendents of this and other Schools of a similar description have to persevere in the important work in which they are engaged.
The School for Females has been only recently established, and was undertaken in consequence of a master chimney-sweeper having, when the establishment of the Adult School was publicly made known, immediately offered himself for instruction, and expressed a strong desire that his wife also might be taught to read. Of the small puniber of wh it consists, one is a negro woman, iately arrived from Jamaica, and there is good reason to believe, that when it is more extensively known, a further number of scholars will be obtained.
A teacher stated, that on the previous evening having recog. nized one of the adults, whom he thought a Catholic, at Greenwich-Road Chapel, after the service was concluded, he went to : him, and by way of introduction asked him if he was in the habit of attending-he replied that he had been only two or three times. The teacher then asked him if he was an Irishman-he replied “yes;" and a Catholic? this question seemed to embarrass him, but after a little hesitation he said, “yes, I am.” He then asked him if he purposed to continue attending--with evident pleasure in his countenace, and all the emphasis peculiar to his countryman, he replied, “O yes, I do;" and expressed himself as having derived considerable satisfaction from the attendance be had already given.
A report was read from the Woolwich Adult Schools. The number of males has increased to twenty; that of the females is nearly the same as quoted in the last report.
Amongst a variety of gratifying matter contained in the reports of the Sunday Schools, the following appears the most interesting:
At Salem Chapel School the female department has experienced a considerable revival. Some of the senior girls, from their uniform good conduct, have been entrusted with the care of small classes, over which they preside with great propriety. A library has been formed for the use of those children who, for their good behaviour, merit the privilege that it affords, and has already produced very beneficial results.
A female scholar, lately belonging to the Rev. Mr. Culver's, has departed this life, after a short illness, during which she gave satisfactory evidence that the exchange of worlds would be for her eternal advantage.
An instance was mentioned in the report from Providence Chapel, of a boy who being distnissed the School for repeated misconduct, became sensible of bis folly, and at his earnest entreaty, seconded by that of his friends, he was re-admitted; he has since proved one of the stcadiest boys in the School, and renders limself particularly useful in the instruction of the junior classes.
One of the secretaries lamented that he had to notice a want of regard to the interests of the Schools at Erith and Woolwich Cominon.
The report from New Cross stated, that the ladies who so benevolentiy employ their time there, had not suffered their attendance in any instance to be interrupted by the severity of the weather, although they have to walk a distance of nearly two miles. The chairman proposed them as a pattern to those teachers whose duty it is to attend at Erith and Woolwich Common, observing that it ladies walk two miles, gentlemen ought to walk six.
It was stated that the school at Brockley had been discontinued, in consequence of the number of children being diminished by removals, but that most of those who remained had been prevailed upon to attend at Lewishain, wliere they enjoy the advantage of Divine worship
It was also stated that a new School had been recently opened for boys only, in Brewhouse-lane, Greenwich. On the first sub). bath thirteen attended, at present there are twenty six. .
The Rev. Messrs. Percy and Culver suitably addressed the meeting, and it was closed with a hymn and prayer.
ANTIGUA SUNDAY SCHOOL SOCIETY. ON the 29th of May, 1813, a Society was torined in Antigua, terming themselves, “ A Society for the support and encouragement of Sunday Schools in Antigua:” governed by a president, and a committee of eight persons. The number of schools in Jan. 1813, were four, and of scholars seven hundred; and notwithstanding the great inconvenience caused by a want of proper school-rooms, their improvement gave pleasure to all who at. tended the examinations which took place at Christmas. By a subsequent letter, dated in May last, it appears that they have heard of the sum of £200 having been raised in England, with a view to the erection of school-rooms, and the maintenance of the schools ; and though this sum is still far from being adequate to the wants of the poor benighted population of this Island, yet it has greatly served to encourage the exertions of those benevolent individuals who were devoting their time and labour to this object; an object worthy of the charitable consideration of all classes of Christians.
The deficiency of SUNDAY Schools in the Isle of TUANET.
Sir, IN a late visit to the Isle of Thanet, I was deeply affected to find all the villages destitute of Sunday Schools: I need not add that the sad effects arising fron the want of instruction were visible; and while beholding them, I could not help ardently wishing for the formation of a Sunday School Union. I knew no way so likely of accomplishing this desiralle end, as informing you, Sir, of these lamentable facis. I hope you will pardon the freedom I have taken; I am sure you will, when you reflect on the feelings that must be excited in conversing with children who are ignorant, and finding the desirous of instruction, and yet uuable to attain it. I likewise feel confident, that if it is in your power to do any thing to promote the best interests of these poor villagers, you will not suffer them to perish for lack of knowledge.Wishing that abundant success may attend all your plans for the promotion of the Redeemer's kingdom,
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