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Mr. Justices Park and Richardson, rage attendance of boys, at the and a very respectable number of Central School, amounted to 493, other Members of the Society. and girls, 2:32. Many of the Secretaries and Trea lu the course of last year various surers of the District Comniittees Schools had been supplied with of the Society were present.
masters and mistresses, and their The total Number of Bibles, &c. system has been conveyed to various distributed on the Terms of the missionaries in foreign parts, teachSociety, and gratuitously, is, ers in classical schools, and in the
higher circles of society. EightyBibles.
32,085 New Testaments and Psalters
two new Schools have been formed
54,270 Common Prayers ....
in the past year, but thirteen Other Bound Books
81,943 have ceased in consequence of the Small Tracts, half-bound, &c. 822,374 peculiar state of the times. The Books and Papers, issued gratui
total number of Schools in union is tously
140,855 1790, and the children under a sys
tem of education amount to nearly Total 1,222,382
250,000. At New Brunswick and
Bombay the number of scholars, The receipts of the Society dur- Christian and natives, amount to ing the past year amounted to 1023. It also appeared that 79 grants £36,021. 58. 3d. and the expendi- have been made to erect ture to £53,703. 10s. 1d.
Schools, and 3,4251, have been exNational School Society.
The Report concludes by stat. The Annual General Meeting of ing, that the funds are not in that this Society, took place at the Cen. affluent condition required by the tral School, Baldwin's Gardens, on Institution, in consequence of its Wednesday, June 5, where a nume. late extreme demands, but trusts its rous and highly respectable attend- future success will be established. ance took place.
Thanks were voted to his Grace Among the company were the the Archbishop of Canterbury, to following persons of distinction : the General Committee, to Joshua The Archbishops of Canterbury and Watson, Esq. the Treasurer, to Dr. York ; Bishops, of London, Exeter, Walmsley, the Secretary, and to Llandaff, Chester, Worcester, Sa. Dr. Bell: and, after several approJisbury, and Bangor ; Lords, Ken. priate speeches had been delivered, yon and Calthorp; Archdeacons, the Meeting separated. Goddard, Pott, Prosser, Cambridge,
CHURCH BRIEFS. Watson, and Cotton; Deans, of Chester and Chichester; Messrs. It is known that a Committee of Wilberforce, M. P. Butterworth, the House of Lords has been ap. M.P. Round, M.P. &c.; Sir J. pointed to take into consideration Langham, Sir R. Abercrombie, Sir the best means of improving the F. Ommaney, M.P.; Drs. D'Oy. collections upon Church Briefs. ley, Yates, Sutton, Moore, Shep- The public attention was drawn to pard, and Walmsley; J. Watson. this measure in the resolutions Esq. &c. &c.
adopted by the magistrates assemThe Archbishop of Canterbury in bled at the Quarter Sessious for the the chair.
county of Stafford, in the year From the Report it appeared, 1820, and the object was pursued that during the last year, the ave, in a bill introduced in the last ses
sions into the House of Commons, A fifth Edition of the Society's Family and after some consideration withBible is now publishing in Parts.
drawn by Mr. Littleton the Chair
man of the Quarter Sessions, and adopt in framing a Bill so as to make the Representative of the county in Par. Collection of Briefs most productive? liament. The report of the com
“ If I am asked, what Course in my mittee of the House of Lords has most productive, I presume that I must
Opinion would make a Collection by Briefs not yet been printed, but it is un
confine my Attention, in some Degree, to derstood to recommend in prefer- the present System; but I wonld premise, ence to a general annual collection, that to secure a general Subscription accompanied by a statement of the throughout England and Wales, for the benefits produced by the collections Purpose of promoting the Repair, the of the preceding year, which is ad- Enlargement, and perhaps the Buildvocated by bigli authorities, that Churches, it would be far more advisable
ing, in populous Districts, of additional briefs shall in future be confined to
to abolish the present System altogether, dioceses. The advantages of this and to substitute in lieu of it an annual plan are, that it will reduce the ex- Collection. I last Year introduced into pence of the distribution of briefs, the House of Commons a Bill, the Object and consequently of collections, and of which was to remove those Miscoveepthat it will excite an increased in- tions under which the present System la-
bours, and to introduce such Provisions as terest favour of churches situate would ensure a more regular Distribution in the diocese in which the collec. of Briefs, reading of the same in Churches, tion is to be made. It is further and Collection upon them. I thought intended to give a compensation to that this Object could not be better sethe patentee, who is interested as a cured than, in the first Place, by ascerclerk of the briefs, by means of sur. taining whether it were practicable to do plus contributions which have been away the Fees now paid, not as generally received for some old fire briefs, and but to his Secretary, to the Holder of the
supposed to the Lord Chancellor himself, some small outstanding balances Patent Office, and to the Registrar who which are due on some old Church stamps the Briefs. I experienced, on the briefs, for wbich no claimants can Part of the Lord Chancellor himself, every be found, and which are now invest. Attention which I could have expected; ed in Exchequer bills, by the direc. his Lordship expressed his perfect Willing. tion of the Lord Chancellor: and it be thought advantageous in this Respect
ness to concur in any Measure that might is boped that the bishops will be
I afterwards saw Mr. Homphrys, who is able to make arrangements in their the Clerk, and Mr. Nares, his Lordslip's respective dioceses, by which the Secretary of Briefs ; but I do not think expenses of receiving the collections that I saw the Registrar. I proposed, with may be considerably reduced. respect to Mr. Humphrys, an Arrangement
The examination of Mr. Littleton which your Lordships Committee will find before the committee of the House
in an amended Bill, of which I beg Leave
to offer you a Copy; your Lordships will of Lords will remove many popular there find a Clause enabling Mr. Salt to misapprehensions on the subject of apply for the Benefit of the Clerk of -briefs, and will explain the nieasure Briefs, a Surplus wbich had accrued on of last year,
some few former. Briefs, and which had
long remained in his Hands unappropriExtracts from the Evidence given Anne containing no Provision regarding
ated, in consequence of the Act of Queen before a Committee of the House of any Surplus which might accrue, and Lords, upon Church Briefs. 29th which Surplus had been laid out by Mr. March, 1822.
Salt, under the Lord Chancellor's Direc
tions, till Parliament should make some Lord Kenyon in the Chair.
Provision respecting it. Mr. Salt and Edward John Lyttleton Esq. a
myself had conceived that it would be Member of the House of Commons, right to calculate, on the Average of Years
what had been the Value of Mr. Humaliending, is called in, and examined as follows:
phrys' Place, and it was ascertained, og
reference to Mr. Humphrys' Age, that the “ Have the Goodness to state what Place might be considered to be of the Course you consider the most expedient to value of 2,033l. 68. 8d. I should here
state, that Mr. Humphrys' Son having been never received more than Four-pence on pat in the Reversion of his Patent, it was 'each Brief. The next Object was, to innecessary to ascertain the Value of his troduce into the Bill compulsory RegulaLife also. With respect to the Secretary tions for a more regular Distribution of of Briefs, we thought it just and right to Briefs, realing the same in the Churches, propose that no greater Fee should be al- and Collection upon them; perhaps it will lowed or paid to him for the Lord Chan save your Lordships' Time, if I content cellor's Fiat than Is. 6d. for each County myself with referring your Lordships to where it was read, instead of a Fee of 38. the Provisions introduced into the Bill 4d, which had been before allowed. I was quyon that Subject; but it appeared to me extremely sorry to propose this Arrange- extremely desirable to introduce a Clause, ment in respect of Mr. Nares, because I to which I beg leave particularly to call did not see the Means of providing for him your Lordships' Attention, for a more rethat Compensation to which I conceived gular Collection upon them; it is in Page him entitled; but the kind Manner in 3 of the Print. In very few Churches, as which the Lord Chancellor had been pleased far as my Information goes, bas this Cole to speak respecting Mr. Nares, and re Jection ever been made in a reguiar Manspecting his equitable Right to expect ner, or in a Manner, I presume, contemsome Remuneration for the Deduction plated by the Law; very seldom has any made in his Fee, induced me to hope that Collection been made at all in the Church; his Lordship might seize some Opportu- sometimes a Plate has been held at the nity of recompensing him for the Loss of Door, more as a Matter of Form, in order it. With respect to the Registrar, who to satisfy the Intentions of the Law, than stamps the Briefs, it did not occur to me for any other Purpose; for seldom have that he had the same Claim for Remunera- Subscriptions (when the Collection has tion. I cannot now accurately remember been made in such a Manner) been of any all the circumstances relative to the Value Amount. The present Law requires that of the Proceeds of this Office; but I re Subscription should also be made from member perfectly well, that it did not oc House to House, but this, I believe, is also cur either to Mr. Salt or myself, or to any generally omitted. I therefore thought it other Parties who had examined the Mat right to introduce a Clause enacting the ter, that the Registrar's Claim was of the precise Time at which the Collection should same Nature with that of the other Parties. be made, namely, either before or after I accordingly proposed to leave out of the the Communion Service, and directing Bill I had introduced, altogether, the Ob Plates to be carried into every Pew in the ligation to have Briefs stamped, merely Church; and that a Collection should also substituting, iu lieu thereof, a Mark wiiich be made from House to House of the Memyoor Lordships will find mentioned in the bers of the respective Congregations or Bill; these were the principal Arrange- Parishes, if the Briefs should require the ments proposed for the Purpose of meet- same, but not otherwise. I also conceived ing the principal Objections so universally, that there could be no Impropriety in proaod, as I thought, so justly, made to the viding, that the Churchwardens should be present System of Briefs, with respect to allowed to subscribe the Sum of 2s. 6d. the Charges upon them. The next Subject out of the Church Rates; my Reason for which called for my Attention was, the doing this was, that a very general PracCharge made by the Collector on the Dis- tice had prevailed of contributing a Shiltribution of Briefs, or the Dispersion of ling, or some small Sum, out of the Pathem throughout the Kingdom; and I must rish Rates, a thing in itself illegal; and as here do myself and Mr. Salt the Justice of I still conceived, that were the Machinery saying, that I think bis Conduct by no of the Law to remain the same, it would means deserves the strictures which I have still be subject to be treated with that. frequently heard applied to it, no doubt Neglect which had been the Ruin of the. under a very false Impression respecting System altogether ; that the most effectual the Circumstances of the Case; for in. Way of securing from it some Benefit stance, Mr. Salt has no Office whatever, would be, to give this Permission to the he is nierely Collector' to those Briefs Churchwardens. There being 10,800 Cowhich the Parties entitled to the Briefs pies distributed of each Church Brief, a shall choose to put into his Hands; he is Subscription of Halt a Crown on each of allowed by Law on such Briefs a Recom- those Briefs returned could not fail to have pence of Five-pence on each Brief re- procured a Sum, not only adequate to the turned; but at no Time has Mr. Salt ever Purposes required in the Brief, but probataken the whole Amount of the Recom- bly would have also furnished a Surplus. I pence so allowed him ; I believe he has have found, on Conversation with several
Parties in different Parts of the Kingdom. pect to the preparing and notifying this who have interested themselves in this Statement by the Board of Commis. Matter, and from the very general Corres- sion? pondence which the circumstance of my I have never matured, in my own Mind, having introduced a Bill upon the Subject any Plan for that Object; but if I may drew npon me, that Part of the general briefly state what had occurred to me, I Feeling of Repugnance to contribute arose should say, that the best Mode of effecting from a very natural Mode of reasoning, that it would be, to allow Parishes requiring if each Individual were to contribute, even either additional Churches, or whose anin the smallest Amount, there would natu cient Churches might stand in need of rerally accrue a Sum larger than that re pair or rebuilding, to send in to the Com. quired for the Brief; therefore, to meet missioners, in the Course of One Year, this Objection, and to render that Feeling their Application; and I would then reuseful to the Object of Briefs, I also intro commend that, in the Course of the next duced a Clause directing the Collector to Year, a Report should be drawn up re. pay over any Surplus, either to the Gover. ferring to all those Applications, and that, nors of Queen Anne's Bounty, to be by on the reading of such Report in the vathem applied for the Purposes of that Cha rious Parishes of the Country, a Collection rity, or to the Commissioners acting ander should be made. I have no Doubt that the the Act of the 58th of His late Majesty, Personages of whom this Committee is intituled “ An Act to promote the build- composed are more competent than any ing of Churches," I thought that either of others to devise the most effectual Plan for those Objects would be very popular; the the Distribution of such a Report, and for latter, no Donbt, would have been most a Collection to be made upon it. so, because, I think, there exists in the “In any Communications you have bad Country a very strong Feeling indeed re with Persons on the Subject of Collections specting the Necessity of enabling our by Brief, what has been the general OpiChurch Establishment to cope with the nion expressed as to the most desirable increasing Population; but I introduced Mode of Proceeding, so as to obtain the the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, largest possible Collection? also thinking that that Object might have * In the first Place, I may say that, with some lufluence with the Clergy, by in- very few Exceptions, all Parties have conducing them to pay more Attention in curred in condemning the existing Law; reading the Briefs. Those were the prio- they seem divided, as to the best Substicipal Arrangements I proposed; but I am tute, into Two Parties, one being for cossorry to say, notwithstanding considerable fining the Distribution and Collection to Labour which I have taken to remove the the Dioceses, and the other being in FaMisconceptions which existed, and to put vour of a general annual Collection. For the Matter in a fair Light, my Efforts my own Part, I have very great Doubts seemed by no means likely to be success respecting the Efficacy of a Diocesan Plan; fal; and I very much doubt wliether, as great Part of the present System, I conlong as the present Machinery is retained, ceive, under such a Plan, must be retainthe Prejudice which has now existed so ed; and the Object which I should most long against it can be removed. I should strongly recommend to be kept in view therefore greatly prefer, in considering the would be, an entire Abolition of the prebest Means of altering the System, that sent System. There is no Doubt, lowwhich should be in Form the furthest re ever, that under a Diocesan Plan, the moved from the present Plan; and my Clergy might be influenced to increase own Reasoning upon the Subject has led their Exertions much better than under the me to take the same View which I find, present. from my Correspondence upon it, has been “What appears to be the general Impres. a very general one; that an annual Collec sion on the Minds of those with whom you tion made on a Report of Commissioners have communicated, as to whether a Dio. constituted for that Parpose, would be in cesan Collection, or one general annual finitely more likely to succeed than any Collection, would be preferable? other, especially in addition to the pre " I should say, that the average Feeling in sent Objects of repairing and rebuilding the Minds of those with whom I have comCharches, there were added the more ne municated upon the Sabject seems to be in cossary one of building additional Churches Favour of a Diocesan Plaa, as compared in populous Districts.
with the present Plan. Have the Goodnoss to describe to the " In Favour of which is the Balance of Committee the particular Course which Feeling, whether a Diocesan Collection, or you think it desirable to pursue with res a general annual Collection?
“ I should say decidedly in Favour of a ing Briefs for soch a Purpose; and I do general annual Collection.
not remember, in the Course of any Ob“Are you able to state, with respect to jections which I heard made in Parliathat general Opinion, whether it prevails ment, or by Members of Parliament oat more with respect to the Laity or the of Doors, to any parts of the Bill I inClergy with whom you liave communi- troduced last Year, that any one objected cated
to the Circumstance of Fire Briefs having * I should say more with respect to the been omitted in that Bill; on the contrary, Laity. It has One very evident Advan it was universally approved of. tage, that whereas on an Average now there “ Will you have the Goodness to state are Eleven Briefs a Year, there would then your View as to the Manner in which the be only One Collection made, and suppo
annual Collection might be conducted? sing the Scale of Expence of the present
“I have an Opinion only on the PrinPlan to be retained, it would of course be ciple of such a Measure; I have not at all done at One Eleventh Part of that Ex. digested any Detail. pence, or nearly so.
“ Have the Goodness to state your “ Can you state whether any Difficulty Reasons why yon observed, that a great occurs to you with respect to the Expence Part of the present National System of Collertion by Briefs, in case no Briefs must be retained under the Diocesan should henceforth be issued on acconnt of Plan, but would not under the general anFires or Inondations ?
nual Collection ? “ Undoubtedly, if Briefs for Fires and “ I have before stated, that I have not loundations should be abolished, I con digested any Plan for a general andual ceive, it would be impossible for any Col.. Subscription, and perhaps, therefore, it lector to conduct the Distribution of would have been more correct had I said, Church Briefs at the present Rate of that it might not be necessary to retain Charge; and I have learned from the En any Part of the present Plan. quiries I have made, principally from Mr. “ If there are Twelve Collections in a Salt, in whose Veracity I bave the greatest Parish, do not you think there would be a Confidence, that were it not that he is a larger actual Collection than if there was Banker, and, consequently, is enabled to only one for the same Object in the Course avail himself of the Services of the Clerks of the Year? in his Establishment, he could not under “I have vot the slightest Hesitation in take the Distribution and Collection upon saying, that if the Public could be satis10,800 Church and Fire Briefs at the pre- fied that all the Charges to which they sent Rate of Charge; he assures me, that conceive the present System is unjustly he conceives he should be a Loser by it. subject, were done away, a single Collec
What do you think with respect to the tion would be Ten-fold larger than the agPropriety of continuing to collect Money gregate of Ten Collections ; that is my by Briefs for Fires and Inundations? decided Opinion. I feel very desirous,
I cannot have received fewer than be- before I withdraw, of stating, that as tween Three and Four hundred Letters, much has been said relative to the Cooopon the Subject of Briefs, during the last duct of Mr. Salt, the Collector, having Year; and it so happens, that most of given myself great Trouble to examine those Letters, I should think the Majority his Books, and to ascertain the Facts, I of them, have referred to the Subject of have never discovered any the slightest Fire Briefs; and I do not remember any Inaccuracy, either in his Account or bis one Instance in which the Party writing Conduct; on the contrary, he has exhidid not concur in the Propriety of abo- bited the greatest Anxiety to have the lishing them. I speak of Laymen as well System improved ; and, I am confident, as of the Clergy. It seems to be a general will not retain it if it is continued on its Opinion, that the valuable Institutions for present Footing; he is a Person of very effecting Insurances in every Part of the large Property, and the Emolument of it Kingdom have, since the Act of Queen is not an object to him." Anne, superseded the Necessity of issu
(By accident, an incorrect list of the The right bon. lord John GEORGE DE appointments to the vacant Irish Pre LA POER BERESFORD, Lord Archlacies was inserted in our last Number bishop of Dublin, to the Archbishopthe following, however, may now be re rick of Armagh, and Primacy of all