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in England during the last two years a charter, which having received the has been highly useful to the cause of sanction of the great seal, has been missions in the East. The information this day accepted by your Committee, he has conveyed, and the zeal which on behalf of the members at large; and he has excited: will not be lost at the National Society now constitutes home ; and in India his report of what one of the great incorporated charities he has witnessed here will, we trust, of the empire. I now request the Sehave considerable influence upon the cretary to read us the Report." European residents. The Rev. Bernard The Report baving been read by the Schmid, and the Rev. Deocar Schmid, Rev. T. T. Walmsley, the Secretary, his two Lutheran Clergymen, brothers, Grace thus resumed have accompanied him as missionaries. “I rise with great satisfaction, after They were educated at the University of hearing this Report, because it deveJena, and have been for some time in Eng- lopes most clearly the progress of the land, preparing for missionary labours, national system under the care of your under this Society. Their knowledge Committee. It appears that the numof languages is considerable. They are ber of scholars in your Central School accompanied by Mrs. Deocar Schmid, has increased one hundred and sixtywho from early habit and benevolence pine ; making the number now in attendof character is well qualified to assist ance nine hundred and seventy-four, the Society's plans of education in India ; being as many as the school can conveand also by Mr. John Adlington, a native niently hold ; a decisive proof that the of the West Indies, whom Mr. Corrie master and mistress have discharged brought with him from the East, and their duty. The state of the Central who has been studying for the ministry School is a matter of the very first im in this country, but has now returned portance, on the ground that it is the to India, to devote to the instruction of resort from whence all other schools art the young the years that must elapse till to receive information. he is of due age to receive holy orders. “ The training of masters, another

important branch of the Committee's NATIONAL EDUCATION SO. care, has received particular attention, CIETY.

and great numbers of those thus trained On the 5th of June, the National So- are now diffusing the system, both in ciety for the Education of the Poor in this kingdom and abroad. These exerthe Principles of the Established Church tions have not been made without incur held its annual meeting at the Central ring great expense; and it appears that School, in Baldwin's Gardens.

the disbursements bare exceeded the Ilis Grace the Archbishop of Canter- annual receipts by upwards of 1,0001. bury took the chair, supported by the This circumstance has been occasioned Archbishop of York, and the Bishops by many persons having withdrawn of Exeter, Salisbury, St. Asaph, Car- their subscriptions from the general lisle, Ely, Chester, Gloucester, Oxford, fund, and applied them to the support and Llandaff; the Archdeacons of Lon- of schools in their own immediate neighdon, Buckingham, Northumberland, bourhood. The expense of training masHuntingdon, and Chichester; Lords ters in the Central School alone, during Kenyon and Radstock; Mr. Wilber- the last year, has been apwards of 5001. force, Mr. Duncombe, Mr. Ashton 66 The extent to which the labours of Smith, Mr. G. Gipps, and a numerous the Committee have gone may be estiand highly respectable assembly of the mated, when we learn that not fewer clergy and laity.

than two hundred and thirty-three The Archbishop of Canterbury opened schools have been united to this Society the business of the day in nearly the in the course of the last year, making following words :-" I have the honour the whole number now united one thouto meet you for the sixth time to receive sand and nine. the Annual Report of your General 66 Your attention is farther called to Committee ; and I meet you with more the increased number of children now than ordinary satisfaction, because the under instruction in the principles of hopes which I ventured to express when the Established Church. It is estimated last I filled this chair have been realized. that the scbolars now taught upon the The law officers of the crown, by the plan and principles of our Society, of gracious directions of bis royal high- whom no official intimation has been ness the Prince Regent, have prepared received by the Committee, amount to

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no less than forty thousand. Of these,
it is probable that many are in fact BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL
united to District Committees in the

SOCIETY.
country, though no regular return has The Anniversary Meeting of the
yet been received from them. I am British and Foreign School Society was
happy to say, that the scholars, of whom held on Tuesday, May 13th, at Free-
regular returns have been received by masons'-hall.
the Secretary, amount to one hundred His Grace the Duke of Bedford took
and fifty-five thousand. The number of the chair, and was accompanied by the
scholars now educating acco og to the Marquis of Tavistock; Sir John Jack-
plan and principles of our Society, can- son, Bart.; Sir James Mackintosh, M.P.;
not, therefore, be much less than two Mr.Barclay,M.P.; Mr. Brougham,M.P.;
hundred thousand. When you connect his Excellency the French Ambassador;
this statement with the rapid succes- Lord Ossulston ; Lord Wm. Russel;
sion of scholars which takes place in the Sulton Katteghery; Barop Strand-
our schools, some idea may be formed man; Dr. Hamel ; Mr. Mallett, the
of the good which has been done, and Secretary of the Elementary School
which is now doing, throughout the Society at Paris ; Mr. Moran ; and a
island. Nor has the benefit of our plan considerable number of Ministers from
heen confined to this kingdom only; various parts of the country. His Royal
the colonies and several foreign nations Highness the Duke of Sussex shortly
have largely participated; a reflection after entered, and took a part in the
which, to the liberal feelings of an Eng- proceedings.
Jishman, will afford the highest gratifica- The Report stated, that the sum of
tion.

10,0001. which was required to clear off “ The expenditure of our funds has some old debts, and erect a proper proceeded nearly to their whole extent; school-house, bad, with an additional and I trust we have not been faulty in sum, been procured within the last giving an assurance, that although year. Mr. Owen, of Lanark, bad contrithere is a deficiency at present, we ex- buted 1,0001. to this vested subscription. pect a fresh spring in the bounty of our The new system bad been widely fellow countrymen.

Three thousand spread in every quarter of the world. pounds only now remain, and this we In the Borough of Southwark Freewill liberally dispense, trusting that Schools, 12,000 children had been eduwhen the public know our wants, and cated, independently of their forming see our efforts, we shall not have reason à centre, from which instructors were to regret our liberality.

initiated into the system, and sent to " The result of the whole appears to every part of the world. A Jews' School, be, that with a sum of about 30.0001. for the education of 400 boys, had been upwards of a thousand schools have been established in Houndsditch. Satisfacunited with this Society, and two hun- tory accounts were received from dred thousand children are enjoying the Scotland and Ireland : in the latter benefit of a religious education. We country, the Catholic Clergy, in many hope this result shows that your Com- instances, had lent their aid to the mittee have endeavoured to do their diffusion of education, according to the duty. It must not, and will not be for- new system. Similar intelligence was gotten, that putting books into the hands received from India, where the missionof this immense population, may be the aries co-operated in the undertaking, means of doing infinite good, if rightly In France, according to the information superintended; and the means of doing conveyed by Mr. Moran, (who first infinite mischief, if left loose and undi- introduced the system into that country,) rected to their proper channel.”

a very liberal support had been given Mr. Joshua Watson, the treasurer, by the king, the duke de la Chartre, stated, that the Vice-Chancellor and the count Laine, and several prefects and Lord Chief Baron, the auditors of the other functionaries. His majesty had accounts, had commissioned him to ex- directed that the Catholic and Pro. press their satisfaction at being ena. testant boys should be educated in bled to render their services to the So- different schools, to admit of their reciety. Various persons of distinction ceiving religious instruction from their spoke at the meeting, and co

several pastors.

ussia and the testifying the merits and the importance North or Europe, it received every supof the institution.

port. In Rome, no objections had been

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raised against its introduction; and cardinal Gonsalvi, on the part of the pope, desired that the Society's books should be forwarded for perusal. In

the kingdom of Hayti, it had also obtained a footing; and also in Spain, Africa, America, Sierra Leone, and other places.

VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

The occurrences of the last month, been detected, and for the time appaboth foreign and domestic, have excited rently suppressed; but it is still evident more than usual interest.

that a large number of persons in PorThe whole of the South-American túgal feel unwilling to submit much Continent appears to be on the verge of longer with cordiality to a trans-atlantic the most important changes. Both in government; and that the royal family the Portuguese and Spanish dominions will be ultimately obliged to make a dee the successes of the popular party against cisive choice between the evils which the royalists have of late been very on every side are gathering around considerable. Pernambuco especially them. bas made the most strenuous efforts to It gives us much pleasure to find, that throw off the yoke, and has been joined the Congress of the United States have by several of the neighbouring pro- authorized their President to negociate vinces ; so that, upon the whole, there with all goveruments in which they have is

every probability for supposing that accredited agents respecting the best the period is not far distant, in which means of effecting an entire and immeSouth America will achieve its inde. diate abolition of the Slave Trade. pendence, and open new prospects of They also wish Great Britain to receive the most important kind to the hopes into the colony of Sierra Leone, free and energies of the European world. People of Colour from the United

The difficulties with which the royal States; or, in case of this being refused, house of Portugal have had to contend that we and other maritime powers in the Brazils, have been accompanied should guaranty the permanent neuwith serious revolutionary movements trality of a similar colony, to be esta: in the parent state. A conspiracy for blished at the expense of the United subverting the regency, and organ- States, on some other part of the African izing a new system of government, has coast.

GREAT BRITAIN.

The right honourable Manners Sut. the expenditure by two or three mil, ton has been appointed Speaker of the lions per annum, even independently of House of Commons, in the room of the the probable improvement which may late Speaker, Mr. Abbot, whose ill be expected in the general circumhealth has obliged him to retire from stances of the country. The net revenue his bigh office, amidst the eulogies and for the year, ending April 5, 1317, was regrets of men of every party and 52,850,3231. opinion, both in and out of the House. The trials of the state prisoners have He has been rewarded with the title of occupied a considerable portion of pubBaron Colchester, of Colchester, and a lic attention and anxiety during the last pension of 4,0001, per annum for his own month : the particulars are doubtless life, with 3,0001. per annum for the two known to all our readers, and need not lives next in succession,

therefore be here repeated. After a The finance committee have esti- minute investigation, which lasted a mated the future produce of the whole week, and excited the most inpublic income at about fifty mil- tense interest, Watson, who was first put lions; the expenditure for 1817, at to the bar, being found Not Guilty, the 67,817,7521.; and of 1818,at 65,216,6571. other prisoners were liberated without As, however, each of the latter sums any witnesses being called. This result includes fourteen or fifteen millions to has, of course, produced on the minds of be applied for the reduction of debt, the public very different impressions ; the revenue, it is calculated, will exceed but it seems on all hands to be admitted,

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that seditions, and indeed treasonable wish to see the public safety risked by conspiracies, of a very decided and atro- denying for a short time, till the next cious character, have been proved to meeting of Parliament, this important have existed; and that however ignoble power. The recent disturbances in the conspirators, or ridiculous soine of the North, where tumults of a serious their projects when contrasted with kind have arisen, affecting particuthe inadequacy of their powers, yet larly the counties of Nottingham and that an extensive and organized plan Derby, and part of Yorkshire, are a was actually formed for subverting strong argument for the further suspenthe present government, and for esta

sion. These tumults were promptly supblishing a system of the most wild and pressed, (the more promptly on acrevolutionary nature. It was not the count of this very suspension,) and a fault of the conspirators that it did large number of persons taken into cusnot succeed: nor ought the miserable tody. We rejoice, however, to find that imbecility of their plot to be admitted neither these por preceding riots have as an extenuation of the guilt of its pro- been encouraged by any persons af jectors. The principal witness for the consideration, or even by the neighbourprosecution was a man of the name of ing farmers and tradesmen : so that we Castles, whose disreputable character, may reasonably hope, that in proportion as well as his inflammatory mode of pro- as the fatuity of such plots and the chacedure in the character of a spy and racter of the ringleaders are discovered, secret informer, appear to have ope- the misguided part of the populace, in rated very much in favour of the pri- every part of the kingdom, will return

At all times, the evidence of to their ancient loyalty and submission persons who are themselves implicated to constituted authorities. Should Proviin criminal transactions, is to be re

dence bless us, as there appears every ceived with caution, and it certainly reason to expect, with an abundant har. does appear, and is indeed expressly vest, and its consequent benefits, the stated in the late Report of the Secret discontented will lose one of their most Committee of the House of Lords, that in- powerful instruments of popular delustances have of late occurred of persons sion : for great as have been the wants fomenting those conspiracies which they and privations of the poor, they have were authorized only to detect. Yet been rather the instrument and pretext allowing the utmost for these palliating employed by a few seditious individuals circumstances, the general leading fact to stir men up against the government, of the existence of a bold and regular than the motive cause in which such design to subvert the present system proceedings originated. of things has been unequivocally esta- A measure proposed by the chancellor blished; and, in the opinion of Parlia- of the exchequer is now before the ment, (as far as that opinion has been hi- House of Commons, for facilitating the therto expressed,) the necessity for the erection of places of worship in concontinued suspension of the Habeas Cor- nexion with the Established Church, pus Act still remains. Indeed, under pre- in those parishes where the existing sent circumstances, it certainly appears,

churches and episcopal chapels are inhowever painful the sacrifice, to be ne- sufficient for the public accommodation. cessary,not only for the peace of the com The details of the measure are not yet munity at large, but also for the benefit completed; but our readers will rejoice of the deluded individuals of whose suf- with us that something, at least, is to be ferings the leaders of revolt are glad to at length done on a subject of such viavail themselves, to allow Government tal importance both to the interests of the power of detaining notoriously fac- the Established Church, and of Christious characters. We deeply lament the tianity at large. necessity, but would not, therefore,

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To the Editor of the Christian Observer. As the youthful subject of this
On Thursday, May 1, died at short memorial had often before
Rodney House, Clifion, the Right expressed her surprise at the con-
Honourable Lady EDWARD O'Bry- duct of those whom higher thoughts
en, aged twenty-nine.

and views had detached from the To attempt some slight sketch objects of this lower scene; so, on of her religious character is con- the other hand, was her astonishsidered—rather fondly perhaps-a ment now excited in an equal dedebt due to the worth of the de- gree, by the too common devotion parted, no less than to the general of mankind to the

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and interests of the church of God; to .vanities of the world. This change, the glory of whose grace, it is trust- which most clearly appeared to all ed, she hath been made “accepted who knew her, made it no doubtful in the beloved.”

fact that the eyes of her underPlaced by the providence of standing had been enlightened to God in one of the higher walks behold the true glories of the Cross; of life, and elevated to a still more --in Scripture language,

to know advanced station by her marriage the breadth, and length, and depth, with the Right Honourable Lord and height of the love of Christ;" Edward O'Bryen, in April, 1816, and from this discovery she had she accounted it still ber highest derived the full conviction of it behonour to sit at the feet of her ing her duty, “no longer to live unto Redeemer. To this wise choice herself, but unto Him that died for she had been gradually led by her and rose again.” In her situation, Divine grace for several years be, it will easily be credited, that this fore; having first of all made a duty was not merely “a sacrifice persevering, but a fruitless, search of that which would cost her noafter happiness in the pursuits and thing." She had fully counted the amusements of fashionable life. cost of a religious profession, beScarcely had she been convinced, fore she began to make it. She upon experience, of the vanity of had learned already, as well from these expectations, when it pleased her own observation of the world, God to visit with illness, and in the as from the concurrent testimony course of twelve months to remove of sacred history in every age, that by death, an elder and beloved love to the Redeemer was not to sister. This painful, but seasonable be faithfully maintained without disruption of one of the tenderest the censure of the world.

The of human ties, proved the happy“ better part” was modestly, but means of binding the affections of deliberately, chosen by her. Her the attached survivor more closely conduct, indeed, towards others, to her Saviour. The world now proved her just value for Christian appeared to her, indeed, “a prudence, combined with Christian broken cistern, that can hold no charity, in order to remove all water;" and she in consequence reasonable occasion of offence: but determined, never to wander more it proved likewise that her first obfrom “the fountain of living waters." ject was a prize alike beyond this CHRIST. OBSERV. No. 187.

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