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Society for Promoting Christian afford for the past year: as, with the sins Knowledge.
gle exception of Barrow-upon-Soar, local
circumstances and the general state of DEAN ERY OF ACKLEY. Agriculture, have rendered it inexpedient
to make any such appeal for the present, Extracts from Fourth Annual Report,
even in those Parishes where it has been The Committee of Members of the So- formerly made. The Committee hope ciety for Promoting Christian Knowledge however that this important mode of re. within the Deanery of Ackley and its commending the Society's objects to pub: Neighbourhood, beg to present to the lic attention and support, though sospendPublic the Fourth Annnal Report of their ed, will not altimately be abandoned; but Proceedings in the District.
rather revived, on a recurrence of more From the statement of the number of favorable circuinstances, with encreased Parish Schools in the District, given in the energy and success. In the Parish of KegAppendix, which are taught either wholly worth, where a collection has been foror in part by publications from the Society merly made for this Society, a collection for Promoting Christian Koowledge, it was made during the last year for the Son appears, that the number of Children so ciety for the Propagation of the Gospel iu taught; in 18 Parishes from whence returns Foreign Parts, as will appear from the have been received, amounts to 2,738. short statement of that Society's proceedThe distribution of Books from the so- ings in this District, affixed to the present ciety's stores, though not so extensive with Report. regard to Tracts as recorded in former The proceedings of the Committee, as Years, yet continues to be considerable. they respect the Society for the PropagaFrom the Parishes of Appleby, Ashby-de- tion of the Gospel in Foreign Parts will la - Zonch, Austrey, Barrow - upon - Soar, be found in a subsequent part of this ReCástle-Donington, Church-Gresley, Cole- port. Orton, Kegworth, Loughborough, Mount After having thus briefly stated the local Sorrell, Packington, Polesworth, Raven. proceedings of this particular district, the stone, Rothley, Seale, Shuttington, Swep: Committee have great and peculiar plea stone, and Whitwick, and from the Cha. sare in further reporting, that a County pelry on Charnwood Forest, there have Anniversary for the advancement of the been distributed since the 30th of April, designs of the Societies for Promoting 1821:
Christian Knowledge, and of the IncorpoFrom Parent Society.
rated Society for the Propagation of the
Gospel in Foreign Parts, was held at LeiBibles and Testaments....
178 cester during the last suinmer, which was Prayer Books and Psalters 160 both numerously and respectably attended, Tracts, bound and stitched ...... 970 and was abundantly sufficient (in point of From Local Depository.
success,) to encourage the repetition of the
same measure during the present year. Bibles and Testaments
199 The Committee cannot but express their Prayer Books and Psaslters.
strongest persuasion, that an occasional Tracts bound and suitched
1219 intercourse of the several Districts with Total.
each other, and a communication of eacla
others views and proceedings, must be atBibles and Testaments...
377 tended with great advantage to the genePrayer Books and Psalters
ral objects of the Society: and whilst the Tracts bound and stitched
2189 nature of the union between the county in
general and each particular district, will
Total 2945 gradually unfold itself, so also experience The Quarterly Meetings of the Com. will shew in what particulars it is desirmittee continue to be lield, alternately at able to keep the proceedings of each disLoughborough and Ashby-de-la-Zouch; trict distinct. this arrangenient being still found to be at The Committee conclude this Report once conducive to the convenience of with expressing their bearty satisfaction at Members, and to the general objects of the the continued progress of their several de. Committee.
signs; and with a humble hope and prayer, On the subject of Parochial Collections, that ander the blessing of Almighty God, the Committee lave little information to aud through the exertions of the Clergy
and laity thronghont the several Districts; John Cradock. I there found, that if the the Society for Promoting Christian Know- leading principles of the National Society ledge may increase more and more in ex had been ever, as I was informed, fully tending its pious and useful services acted upon, the School had now greatly thronghout all parts of the United King degenerated. The system of mutual indonis in Great Britain and Ireland and struction was almost lost sight of, and the their Dependencies : to the glory of God, mechanical parts of the system, which apto the extension of sound religion, and the pear so well calculated to keep up the atpropagation of morality and good order tention, and to infuse life and activity throughout the realms.of Great Britain. through every department, were so much Fras. MEREWETHER,
neglected, that I thought it necessary to
address a letter to the Colonial GovernSecretary.
ment on the subject. My letter was dated Society for the Propagation of the the 7th of April
, and on the 21st of the Gospel. sanie month I received a most
reply from Colonel Bird, the Colonial SeExtracts from the last Report. cretary, stating that my letter had been
submitted to the consideration of his We subjoin the following letters, Excellency the Acting Governor, and that which appear in the Report of the
a communication had been Society. The first is froin the Rev. made to the Members of the “ Bible and W. Wright, Missionary to the Cape
School Comunission," with whom arrangeof Good Hope; the second from
ments of this nature exclusively rested, and the Rev. Professor Mill, of Bishop's adopted as to meet the object which all
that he trusted such measures would be College, Calcutta.
must feel equally interested in ; " that of “ Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, improving the system of education is every September, 1st, 1821.
possible way.” În conseqnence of the com“In compliance with your desire, and in munication from Government, a meeting conformity to the rules of the Society, that of the Bible and School Commission was I should communicate with you, I take the called, in which it was agreed, that I should opportunity of writing to you by the ship be authorized to visit and superintend the Morley, which leaves this in a few days for Free School, and introduce the necessary England, and I trust that I liave at length improvements. I therefore, without turther soniething to communicate which may not delay, set about the improvement of the be wholly unworthy of the attention of the School; and though it has been attended Society.
with considerable difficulty, I have the sa“ My voyage from England lasted three tisfaction of adding, that the School is now months, during that period I performed nearly conducted on the principles of the Divine Service regularly, and preached Central School in Baldwin's Gardens. I every Sunday and holiday, with two ex have also the pleasure of being able to ceptions, having been ovce prevented by inform the Society, that since this change sickness, and at another time by the in- has taken place, the School is daily in. clemency of the weather. We anchored creasing in numbers, and I have every in Table Bay, on Wednesday, the 7th of reason to be satisfied with the progress and March; and I ani happy to say, that the diligence of the children, as well as the atvoyage in general was very favourable. tention of the Masters. When I first On the 8th I landed, and presented my visited the School, the number of Scholars letters of introduction to Sir Rufane Don- in the English department was 45, of whom kin, the acting Governor, by whom I was nine were slaves. In the Dutch departcourteously received; and obtained from ment the number attending was 194, of him, as well as from the Colonial Secretary, whom about 24 were slaves. The number every promise of encouragement in my at present of those attending, is, in the humble endeavours to carry into effect the English department, 60, seven of whom benevolent designs of the Venerable So are slaves; and, in the Dutch, there are ciety for Propagating the Gospel, the con now 235, of whom 36 are slaves, and 199 stitution and objects of which I explained. free. Of these latter, 133 are of the Re.
“ My first object was to eviqnire into the formed Church, which is the old establishstate of education in the Public Schools, ed religion of the colony, and 12 are Lu. I therefore, in company with the Rev. therans. Of the remaining 5t, two are Mr. Hough, Colonial Chaplain in Cape Hottentots, seven the children of MahoTown, visited the Free School, first insti- medan parents, and the remainder are getuted here under the government of Sir Derally the children of slaves who have ob.
REMEMBRANCER, No. 45.
tained their freedom; but thongla instruct. The Rev. Mr. Hough introduced
the ed at the School in the principles of the subject to the Acting Governor, who enChristian religion, none of the latter have tered fully into the measure, and immebeen baptized.
diately gave orders for the preparation of “ There is also at present a more con a Chapel, of which I was requested to onstant and regular attendance than for. dertake the duties. To this I readily asmerly. The general number of those sented, confident of the approbation of the lately attending the morning School, ave Society. The Clapel was originally one of raged about 170-it is at present above a pumber of huts, which were erected as a 200; for it cannot be expected that the at temporary barrack, and which has been tendance can be quite regular, particularly very neatly fitted up for Divine Service, at on the part of the slaves, whose time is not the public expence, I officiated there for at their own disposal.
the first time on Sunday, the 22d of July. “ I have distributed a considerable The congregation, on that day, amounted number of the National School-books to 70, which was thought a considerable which I received from the Society; but we number for the Winter season; but it has are very much inconvenienced by not since so much increased, tbat there are having a sufficient number of Alphabets, sometimes 120 or 130, and scarcely ever Arithinetical Tables, and National School- less than 100. I expect that the congrebooks, Nos. 1 and 2. In the Dutch de- gation will be much more numerous in the partment, there is a great want of good Summer montiis, which are just commencelementary books. I am not certain ing. It has not yet been thonght advisable whether the National School-books liave to have the Sacraments administered there, been translated into Dutch ; if they liave, as it was deemed rxpedient to wait for the a supply of them would be particularly arrival of Lord Charles Somerset, whose gratifying, as they would be far superior sanction would be necessary for the conto those now in use. The re-organi- tiouance of the measure, and whose supzation of the School has, particularly in the port, which I have no doubt it will receive, commencement, occupied a great deal of would be of the utmost consequence. It is time and trouble, and the School will con- also my intention, on Lord Charles Sotinue to reqnire a strict attention on my merset's arrival (which is daily expected,) part, as I am almost the only visitor; but to endeavour to have a School established, I have been also latterly engaged in other on the principles of the National System, duties, an account of wliich I proceed to which I trust will be productive of much lay before the Society.
good, both among the white and black po* At the distance of eight miles from pulation. I lave had some difficulty in Cape Town, is the village of Wynberg, procuring a good Clerk, in which I have consisting chiefly of a number of scattered at length sacceeded, and have, with his cottages, in which, as well as in the imme- assistance, formed a very decent cboir of diate neighbourhood of the village, reside singers. It will, perhaps, be right to inmany families, both Dutch and English, form the Society, that, though attended who have no opportunity of attending with sonie expence, all the doties have Divine Service, unless at Cape Town, been gratuitonsly performed." P. 136, The consequence is, that many of the Extract from the Correspondence of lower orders have been entirely without the benefit of religions instruction for
Professor Mil. years, and the distance often renders it too “ The impulse given to the public mind inconvenient for those of the better order here, with respect to the obligation of imto attend their Church in town. The vi- proving the state of the native population, cinity of the village, particularly in the hot is indeed remarkable; and the conviction months, is the residence of many of the among the more reflecting and religions most respectable of the inhabitants, as part of the Europeau society, seems to be well as invalids from India, who come here gaining ground, that this improvement must to enjoy the benefits arising from a cooler involve in it the introduction of Chris. atmosphere, the thermometer being at least rianity, and should be conducted accordsix degrees lower than in Cape Town, ing to the sober principles, the apostolical There are also some officers and soldiers' doctrine and discipline of our Church. The stationed here. Among the inhabitants great difficulty with which we have to must also be included a number of slaves, contend, is the prejudice which associates and some Hottentots,
every endeavour of this nature, with bos. “ A House of Worship appeared to bę tility to the establishment; a prejudice, here particularly wanting, and was much which though contradicted by innumerable wished for by many of the inhabitants. testimonies both in former times and the
present, exists in the minds of many very defrayed by the voluntary contributions of different classes of persons, and is con the parishioners and their friends, aided by firmed in them by much that they see and a very liberal grant from the parish funds, bear around them. The good which the and a donation of 1501. from the National Missionaries of the dissenting communions, Society.
the Baptists especially, are actually efEfecting among the heathens, is strongly
LAW INTELLIGENCE. counterbalauced by the evil of this false opinion, which many of them avowedly, May, v. Purish Officers of West and all indirectly, are the means of pro
Mersea. pagating with it. Excepting this obstacle, 'This most important appeal, which 11 arising naturally out of the original evil of
was conducted by Mr. Broadrick their separation, which threatens more at
and Mr. Ryland for the appellant, future times than at the present, the plants and by Mr. Jessop and Mr. Knox ing of the Church in India, there seems no reason for discouragement. Apprehen- for the respondents, occupied the sions of danger from the vative prejudices, Court from 12 o'clock till 7. “It are, in the judgment of alınost every obó involved the question, which has exserver liere, without foundation. The ex. cited so much interest, since a deperience of the Diocesan Schools, and
cision that lately took place in Nor. others 'where the children of Pagans are instructed, proves that they will admit folk, namely, whether the rent is to any thing, provided their errors be not tire be taken as a criterion of the occu. direct objects of attack; and that while pier's ability, when it is proved that the jódolence and sensnality of their native the occupation of his land is prohabits bind them most to their super- ductive of no profit; and whether stitions, the hopes of their childrens ad- the actual profit derived from the vancement, are sufficient to make them tithes is not to be taken as the cri. consent to the method, which more ef
terion of the tithe-owner's ability; = fectually than any other, tends to ander!! mine the same superstitions in them. From
and consequently, whether in a pa. the very limited experience I have myself rish in which the occupiers of land acquired in this country, I can speak with derive from it no ability to support confidence to the fact, that the Scriptures, the
the statute of Elizabeth and other Christian books, even in places does not throw the burden'upon the the most contradictory to the whole system
tithe owner exclusively *." of idolatry, may be read in Heathen
Mr. Broadrick, in his opening, Schools, where Brahmin Pandits are the bearers and teachers, without exciting any
stated that Mr. May, the improprialarm or offence whatsoever.” P 150. ator of the great tithes of West
Mersea, had, in April last, been NATIONAL SCHOOLS.
raised in bis assessment to the sum On Monday last the Parochial Charity of 3461. 12s., being 4s. per acre on School at Paddington, which has been
1733 acres of land; no alteration lately enlarged on an extensive plan, so as to afford the benefits of moral and religious
having at that time been made on instruction, and habits of indastry, to all any other proprietor in the parish. the poor children of the parish, was opened Against that rate be appealed, on by the Lord Bishop of London, Patron, the ground that he was assessed at attended by the School Committee, and a the whole value of the tithes; wherenumerous and respectable assemblage of as the land was charged at 10s. per, visitors. There was a Public Examination of the Children, who acquitted themselves. acre, which was only two-fifths of with great credit, both to themselves and its value. Mr. B. observed that their Instructors, and shewed a highly
there were several admissions agreed commendable progress in those attainments upon between the parties, that the suited to their condition of life. The new question might be decided upon
its School Rooms, 'recently erected imine. merits, and not evaded by any techdiately opposite the Church, are calculated to contain ápwards of 300 Children, and were much admired for the simplicity of * The part marked with commas here their construction and accommodation, and elsewhere, is taken from the Essex, The charge of the pew building will be Herald of July 23, 1822.
nical objections. It was also ad- case, and which he had no doubt he mitted that the productive value of should establish, although it would the great tithes was 4s. per acre. be attended with fearful consequen. On a question from the Court as to ces, and would involve in ruin the the precise extent of that admission, whole of that species of property there appeared some little confusion which the appellant possessed. But in the explanation, but it was under- he saw nothing more likely than the stood that 4s. per acre was the sum decision of the present case to call paid by several occupiers as a com- the attention of the legislature to position in the usual way, and that the necessity of alteriug the existthe appellant had offered to com- ing law upon this subject, and of pound with all at that price. giving that protection to agriculture
Two Surveyors, “ Mr. Lake and which was so loudly demanded. He Mr. Creek,” living in the neighbour- urged that both land and tithe were hood, and acquainted with the lands to be assessed alike according to in West Mersea, were called, who their productive value; and that in calculating on the produce of a sup- this case he should shew, that the - posed farm of 210 acres, agreed in produce of the tithes was abunstating the produce at the present dantly more than the sum at which prices of grain, exclusive of seed, it was now rated; but that to the corn, and of the oats, clover and occupier of land there was no proturnips for horse feed and cattle, to fit or rateable value whatever. be about 8481. The expences, in. In proof, two Surveyors, “Mr. clusive of parochial assessments, and Rogers and Mr. Dawson,” were of tithes, namely, 4s. per acre for called, who, taking the whole quangreat, and 1s. 6d. for small tithes; tity of land paying great tithe at and of seven per cent, to the occu 1733 acres, and calculating the propier for interest of capital and pro- duce of about 1246 acres now in fit, were estimated at about 585l., crop, estimated the whole produce leaving 2021. 10s. for rent, at 25s. at about 82201., the tenth of which per acre, with 108. over in the accu was 8221. Deducting 2s. for every rate balance of the account as given acre in crop for the cost of collectin Court. On cross-examination it ing, &c. there would be left 6971., appeared that they had omitted to the value of the tithe.' These gencharge for manure brought on the tlemen calculated the whole exfarm, which might be 201. These penses to be such as left only gentlemen agreed also in stating that is. 2 d. per acre for rent and profit; they considered one-fourth of the and denied that there was any proland or one-fifth of the aggregate of fit on stock as given in the account land and tithe, as the value of the on the other side. Mr. Smith, an great and small tithe together; from occupier, who had been overseer of wbich one-fourth was to be taken West Mersea, was called, from as the value of the small tithe. whose evidence it appeared that on Therefore if the land was worth 258. a farm of 95 acres, he had for some per acre, (and they expressed no time paid 3001, rent; but that last doubt of being able to find accu- year he paid only 1501, which he piers at that price) 68. 3d. would be said he paid out of his crop and the value of the whole tithe, and earrings; that if corn continued at about 48. 8d. the value of the great its present price, he could not pay țithe alone, which might be let for that rent, he could not get a living, 4s.
he had been losing money, he On the part of the respondents, could not do better than by day. Mr. Jessop represented the extreme labour. imporiance of the principle, for Mr. Knox, for the respondents, which he should contend in this in commenting on the cyidence,