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shall be considered as free. . My endea- tlemen, there are jurymen of all the vours bave at last, as you will see by the different casts among the oatives, such enclosed papers, been attended with as Vellales, fishermen, men of the Masuccess. I wrote on the 10th of this habadde or Cinnamon department, Chitmonth a letter (of which No. I. is a tees, and Mahomedans. The moment copy) upon the subject, to the principal the jurymen of these casts beard of the proprietors of slaves at this place who resolutions which had been come to by are upon the list of the special jurymen the Dutch special jurymen, they were for the province of Colombo, and who so much struck with the example whicke are therefore all personally known to they had set them, that they also immeme. By the letter (of which No. II. is a diately addressed me in the same mana copy) you will see that the proposal ner as the Dutch had done ; announcing contained in my letter was well re- their unanimous acquiescence in the ceived by them; and that they, at a measure which had been adopted by General Meeting, which they called to the Dutch, and their unanimous detertake the contents of that letter into mination to consider as free all children consideration, unanimously came to the that may be born of their slaves, after resolution, that all children born of their the 12th of August. slaves after the 12th of August next 66 No. IV. is a copy of the answer should be free ;-(the 12th of August which I sent to the address which was was fixed upon by them at my sugges- presented to me on the occasion by the tion, as a compliment to the Prince Dutch special jurymen; and No. v. a Regent.) They afterwards appointed copy of that which I returned to the rea committee, from among themselves, to spective addresses which were sent me frame certain resolutions, (No. III.,) for by all the jurymen of the different casts the purpose of carrying their benevolent of Natives at Colombo. intention into effect. The principal “ The example of the jurymen at Coobject of these resolutions is, as you lombo is, I understand, to be immediwill perceive, to secure that the chil- ately followed by all the jurymen on the dren, born free after the 12th of August island. You will, I am sure, be delighted next, shall be provided for by the mas- to hear of this event. The state of doters of their parents until the age of mestic slavery, which has prevailed in fourteen; it being supposed that after this island for three centuries, may now they have attained that age they will be considered at an end." be able to provide for themselves.
It appears, from the accompanying “ The Dutch special jurymen of this documents referred to above, that this place consist of about 130 of the most great change was brought about, in no respectable Dutch gentlemen of the small degree, by the effect produced on place; in which number are contained public opinion by the perusal of the almost all the Dutch who are large pro- Reports of the African Institution, parprietors of slaves. Besides these gen- ticularly the Eighth and Ninth.
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SUNDAY-SCHOOL SOCIETY FOR and one of the causes which renders its IRELAND.
effects so very beneficial. Such teachers Txis Society was formerly called the feel a parental affection to the children ; Hibernian Sunday-School Society, and and this is returned by a filial affection by that name its proceedings already from the children: a strong and benestand recorded in our pages. (vol. for ficial union is thus formed between the 1814, p. 845, and vol. for 1815, p. 865.) orders of society. Thus are provided a Its Sixth Report for the year ending number of sincere friends, who will April, 1816, has recently reached us, protect the children in after life; by and it conveys the gratifying intelligence whose advice they may be directed; by of increasing prosperity and extended whose assistance they may be guarded usefulness. Its funds have been aided against many evils ; whose good opinion by various other societies. From the they will be anxious to retain, and will British and Foreign Bible Society it has be restrained from faults to which those received 5,000 Testaments and 500 Bi. are exposed, who have not so strong an bles, at half the cost price ; and from inducement to maintain their character. two sermons preached in Dublin, one Nor is it only the children who are beby the Rev. Robert M'Ghee, the other nefited by this connexion ; the teachers by the Rev. James Dunn, it received themselves learn how to teach ; they be45A, The Committee have printed come acquainted with the dispositions 20,000 Alphabets and 20,000 Spelling- of children ; they acquire a facility of books No. 1, in the course of the year. interesting and instructing them, and They expect to be under the necessity become more qualified to educate their of printing an edition of 30,000 Spelling- own families. books No. 2. At the beginning of the " Your Committee cannot but exult year, the number of schools deriving aid in the progress of a work so fraught from the Society was 252, containing with blessings to all engaged in it, so 28,598 children. At the close of the calculated to remedy many of those year the number is 335 schools, contain- evils which affect Ireland, and to impart ing 37,590 children. The Committee, in to her peasantry the principles of social recording, in appropriate terms, their order, domestic happiness, and true obligations, and the obligations of religion. While under the conviction Ireland, to the conductors and teachers that this success of your Society has of these schools, who have had many been the result of a concurrence of sedifficulties to contend with, observe- veral'independent causes ; of the desire
“ There are upwards of 2,000 indi-. of the people for instruction; of the viduals, who, anxious to promote the zeal and energy of those who have unhappiness of their poor neighbours, de- dertaken to instruct them, and of the vote a part of their valuable time on patronage and assistance of the public ; Sundays to their instruction ; and do so your Committee would fervently and without any other reward than that gratefully ascribe their prosperity to heart-felt satisfaction which ever attends His blessing, from whom all good counbenevolent exertions. Your Committee sels and just works do proceed; and cannot avoid considering this gratuitous would, with humble confidence, cominstruction as one of the peculiar ad- mit their cause to His care, trusting, vantages of the Sunday-school system, that He will perfect the same to His own
CARIST. OBSERV. No. 181.
glory, and the happiness of many of the scholars their letters, to spell, and rising generation of our countrymen." read; for we see them increasing in
The Appendix contains no less than cleanliness and order, and, we may add, seventy-six different letters from the in the fear of the Lord ; and from these teachers of Sunday-Schools to the Com- views and feelings our hands have been mittee. Many of them are highly iote- held up thus far. We believe the work resting, as marking the progress of in- to be of God, and to him we look for the struction, and its beneficial effects. We blessing." can only give a few very brief extracts. 4. Dromedy." It is upwards of nine
1. Derrygonelly.--" I enclose for the years since I collected a few children, consideration of the Sunday-school chiefly to show them the evil of profanCommittee, a Report of a school lately ing the Lord's day, without any view of established in this parish. It gives a either order or discipline. In taking a proof that the poor are ready to hear retrospective view of that period, I have and receive instruction, if there can be cause to thank Almighty God that I any found to concern themselves for engaged in such a work. Many who them. The harvest is great, and labour- came to the Dromedy Sunday-school ers are few.
since that time, ignorant of God and his - The neighbourhood of Derrygonelly, word, do make it now the rule of their proverbially devoted to every species of faith and practice. To God be all the folly and idleness on the Lord's day, will glory given ! Our school has been in a now, through the Divine blessing, hear thriving state, in every sense, this year; the feeble voice sounding its Maker's and, although we labour under many inpraise, and thus correct the gray head conveniences, which other schools are of iniquity. No religious distinction has relieved from that are more warmly yet prevented the attendance of the patronized by men of afluence and teachers and scholars : all co-operate in ability, yet God's word is read, and the same blessed cause; all pray that partly understood, by our scholars; and you inay be their successful advocate in
we hope that our public labours will not obtaining a small gru for building a
prove abortive." school-house."
5. Coolkenno.-" On the whole, I 2. Killyscolvan." I have been much humbly trust, that the work of God is interested in the fate of one boy who prospering among the poor; and though came to us in 1812: he was then sixteen one might reasonably conclude, that years old, and had never learned his the effects of your exertions would be letters. He continued to attend very rather remote in their operation, and regularly, (although he lived more than that their fruits would not be fully apthree miles from the school, both parent for another generation, yet even winter and summer, until last month, now I think you have great reason to be when he died, after a short illness, grateful to Him who giveth the increase, brought on, I fear, by over fatigue. that He has already ripened some of He had read through the Testament, your fruits to maturity. I have seen and showed considerable knowledge of some comfortable testimonies of sick the essential truths of the Gospel. He and dying children, that through the was the oldest of a large and very poor means of Sunday-school instruction they family, and was remarkable for his in- have been able to cast anchor within dustry and good conduct, as much as for the veil; and some of them, whose his strong desire of improvement. Such parents have been negligent in attendwas Robert R.; and if we may, without ing Divine service, have reminded me presumption, trust that this school was of my own duty, by requesting that I made a blessing to him, how thankful would speak to their father and mother." should we be to that Providence who has 6. Maryborough.—“It is ten years made us instrumental to so
since the school was first opened. benefit !"
Some of our first scholars have arrived 3. Cookstown." It appears from our to the age of twenty, and twenty-one; weekly register for the last year, that they are now some of our best teachers : we have taughi 8,497 children, and we some of them are scattered through the expect to exceed this number in the kingdom ; and we have reason to be present, if spared to see it concluded ; thankful that they evidence by their and we, with heart-felt gratitude, behold attachment to the Sunday-school instithat the good that has arisen from our tution, that they have not been taught labour of love has, and is, producing in vain. We have sent from this instimuch more than merely to learn the tution, at different times, teachers into
the different parts of the kingdom; and light. On this account she hesitated; we are thankful that their moral conduct till, one day, the Rev. Mr. Light, a mishas not been a reproach to the Gospel sionary of the United Brethren, calling of Christ. They are useful members of upon her, and observing that there was society; and this we can affirm, that a great field for the instruction of chil. most of the boys taught in our school, dren in English Harbour and its vicinity, who have grown to man's estate, give his remark kindled in her a fresh desire evidence in their life that they fear and to attempt their instruction. She aclove God. This is the Lord's work, cordingly made a beginning in Oct. 1809, and He shall have all the glory. Our aided by her sister Mrs. Thwaites, forwish is for the spread and increase of merly her coadjutress in the like undersuch institutions, because ignorance and taking in the country, and by another darkness flee before them."
female friend. 7. Bangor. The improvement of the The number of children gradually inchildren in morals, learning, and appear- creased ; and, in 1812, they amounted ance, has been rapidly progressive'; and to twenty-eight slaves, thirty Free Black it is very apparent the utility of the in- and Coloured, and four White. A weekly stitution is become so evident, that many meeting was then commenced, for the contribute to its support now, that at first religious instruction of the children, by refused that assistance. There is also explaining the Church Catechism, and reason to believe, that the example of the by other methods suited to their capachildren has had a good effect on the con- cities and situation. This meeting is duct of their parents; as in six months ļ conducted by the Superintendant of the had no occasion to take a single examniņa. Girls' School, and two other female tion against any inhabitant of Bangor, teachers, and is now held on Wednesday Formerly they were numerous. It is pos- mornings, sible I may err as to the cause, (as there In the year 1812, à very seasonable are several institutions in Bangor cal- supply of Bibles and Testaments, sent culated to promote industry and good out by the Hon. Mrs. (now Lady) Grey, conduct,) but such is the fact; and while was presented to the schools, and, since other parts of the country suffer nocture that time, her Ladyship has felt much nal outrages, this parish is, at present, interest in the success of this institution, blessed with peace and tranquillity." which she has furnished with books and
"I find that thirteen pence a year for lessons. That Lady's benevolence has each scholar is, on an average, fully also been exercised in raising a sum of sufficient (the teachers acting gratui- money for the purpose of erecting a tously) to supply them with books, and school-house ; but some circumstances to pay all other expenses."
have occurred, which have hitherto frusANTIGUA.
trated her Ladyship's kind intentions.
The number of children at present In the year 1809, the late Bishop belonging to the Girls' School, is, thirty Porteus addressed to West India pro- slaves, one hundred and fifteen Free prietors and planters, a letter, recom- Black and Coloured, and two White. The mending that the young slaves should country schools belonging to the English be taught to read, and be instructed in Harbour School Society were instituted the principles of religion.
by Mr. Thwaites, and comprise children A printed copy of this letter was from twenty estates, five hundred in sent to Mr. Gilbert, resident at English number, The Boys' School at English Harbour, by the Rev. Mr. Curtin. Mrs. Harbour consists of seventy-two boys, Gilbert having been engaged some years superintended by Mr. Mead. In the before, in instructing young Negroes, Girls' School are twelve Teachers; in when resident upon her father's estate, the Boys' School four; and in the felt a strong desire to recommence a Country Schools, twelve. practice which appeared to her to pro- The situation of the children at Engmise much for the rising generation; lish Harbour, especially the females, but was discouraged from the attempt, excites much interest and compassion by the consideration that some of the in those who are engaged for their good. proprietors or their attorneys considered The greater part of them are the illeteaching slaves to read, as an impolitic gitimate offspring of White men, princimeasure ; and it was therefore rather to
pally in the Navy and Army, who have be expected, that whoever attempted it been from time to time on this station. would be viewed in an unfavourable One of these girls is a natural daughter