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resigned the Academy, and was succeeded by the Rey. Messrs. Stuart, and W. H. Cooper, the former being Divinity and the latter Classical Tutor, and that the Academy is in a flourishing state. It also gives an account of many late students who are labouring with zeal and success in various parts of the country, in the sister island. Several places no longer need the Society's aid. Some ministers are preaching to the
Irish poor in their native tongue, and are gladly received. The Report closes with a powerful and affecting appeal in behalf of Ireland.
May 21, at noon, was held at the Freemason's Tavern, the Annual Meeting of THE CONTINENTAL SOCIETY for Propagating Religious Knowledge over the whole Continent: Sir T. BARING, Bart. in the Chair. The Report stated, that during the last year a footing had been gained in the south of France, and meetings established amongst Jews, Catholics, and the nominal Protestants, and the circulation of the Bible went on there in spite of the opposition it met with from the authorities. There was great need of the Scriptures amongst French Protestants, for the name meant nothing but a person who was not a Catholic, and who had, with the superstitions of the Church, renounced the fundamentals of Christianity. The works in circulation among them were chiefly such as acknowledged the Saviour only as a pattern of morality. In the north of France, reformation was proceeding with rapid strides-300 souls had been converted by one minister, In Germany the Bible was going on well, but no entrance had been gained in Spain. In Paris a Society had been established for all denominations of Christians to unite and refute the objections of Atheists and Materialists, to convert the Jews, and direct their efforts against the enemies of Christianity. The funds are in a good condition, and the receipts greater than the disbursements. Lord Powerscourt, Mr. Spencer Perceval, Lord Rocksavage, and Mr. Wilberforce, addressed the meeting.
Same day, was held the Annual Meeting of the friends of the SOCIETY FOR THE BUILDING AND ENLARGEMENT OF CHURCHES AND CHAPELS, at the Society's House, 32, Lincoln's Inn Fields. The Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chair. Present, the Archbishop of York, Bishops of Chester and St. Asaph, Lord Kenyon, Sir T. Acland, &c &c. The Report stated that grants had been made last year in forty-six cases for enlarging places of worship amounting to L9,489 and an increase thus provided for accommodating 13,797 persons, the number of free sittings being 11,114. The Society has already been instrumental in accommodating 80,526, of which number there are free sittings for 60,510.
CITY OF LONDON NATIONAL SCHOOLS.-May 9th, the Tenth anniversary Festival of the City of London National Schools' Society was held at the City of London Tavern.
At half past six o'clock, Alderman Atkins was invited to the Chair, in consequence of the absence of his Royal Highness the Duke of York, occasioned by indisposition.
The first toast given was" The Church and King," which sentiment was warmly applauded, and drank with three times three.".
The next toast was— His Royal Highness the Duke of York, and better health to him.
Then followed—“The Duke of Clarence and the Navy," and “His Grace the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, and Parent of the National Schools."
The Chairman now proposed the “Health of the Lord Bishop of London,” whose attentions, instructions, and encouragement of the children, merited that encomium he was unable to express.
The Bishop of London returned thanks, and concluded a powerful and eloquent speech with the following: When, genilemen, I speak of Christian education, I speak of every thing that makes life respectable and renders death happy: I think, therefore, no time, no expense, no labour, are really lost, or can be estimated too highly when referred to the expected contri. butions of this day. I earnestly hope that your beneficence will go very far to relieve this institution from the difficulties it labors under. What you have to do, Gentlemen, should be promptly done.'
The Chairman gave The city of London National Schools ; and may God's blessing rest upon them!
0. Hatch, Esq. the Treasurer, then made his Report --The total amount received was 6871.
The Bishop of London proposed the Chairman's health, which he accompanied with an eulogium on his private and public life.
The Chairman said that he had now a duty to discharge, in calling the attention of the company to their expected Royal President. He regretted his absence. But it was consoling to reflect on the fact, which had His Royal Highness been present, would have impressed his noble mind, namely, that during five years, not one boy educated in the National Schools of the City had been brought before a Magistrate. In fact, the Institution went to cement the Constitution, and therefore he would drink • Increased Prosperity to the National Seminaries.'
Several other toasts were drank before the company separated, and all with three times three.
CITY OF LONDON GENERAL PENSION SOCIETY.This Society was instituted in 1818, and held its Anniversary Meeting, at the City of London Tavern.
His R. H. the Duke of Sussex entered the Room at six o'clock, and took the Chair, amidst universal applause.
After dinner Non nobis was sung, and the usual loyal toasts given, after which the health of H. R. H. the D. of Sussex was then drank with enthusiasm, and His Royal Highness returned thanks in a speech, which was replete with every sentiment of satisfaction at the success of the Society. His Royal Highness enumerated the various blessings which had been afforded by the present Association of Gentlemen, who had at heart the welfare of the human species-who had exerted every power they were possessed of to rescue human nature from misery; and concluded, by exhorting all present to give their support to this great and benevolent undertaking.
There were upwards of 200 persons present, and more than 3001. was collected.
REFUGE FOR THE DESTITUTE.-On the 10th was held the 17th Anniversary festival of this valuable Institution. His R. H. the Duke of York, their President, having intimated his inability to attend the Meeting through indisposition.
At half-past six the Right Hon. Lord Kenyon took the Chair ; supported by the Hon. H. G. Bennet, M. P. Ald. Atkins, Sir C. Flower, the Chamberlain of London, &c. On the cloth being removed, Non nobis was sung by Mess. Taylor, &ci, and the King's health was drank with 4 times 4 and loud applause.
The Noble Chairman, on rising to address the company, regretted most sincerely, that the duty had not fallen into hands more capable of doing justice to the toast he was about to have the honour of proposing. He had however the consulati knowing, that nothing short of the most imperious necessity could have prevented His Royal Highness the Duke of York from having attended the meeting of that day.-(Applause.)
The Noble Chairman then gave successively, the healths of H. R. H. the Duke of York, and success to the Refuge for the Destitute 2 the Earl of Liverpool, Lord Viscount Sidmouth, &c. expatiating on their respective merits; all which were drank with great enthusiasm.
The Chairman apologized for the absence of their Treasurer' through death in his family; but stated, that the Institntion was indebted to him, not only for his personal services, but for a constant advance of from 5 to 60001.
S. Hoare, Esq. acting in his place, read a list of donations, &c. among which were, Lord Liverpool, 301. _Lord Kenyon 20 guineas; Lord Sidmouth, Lord Harcourt, the Bishop of London, &c. 10 guineas each, amounting to about 250%.
SCOTTISH HOSPITAL.—The Annual Spring Festival of this well-regulated and eminently useful Establishment was celebrated at the Freemasons' Tavern, where a number of highly respectable Gentlemen sat down to a sumptuous dinner, His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence and St. Andrew's 'in the Chair.
After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given and drank with appropriate feelings, His Royal Highness proposed*Snccess to the Scottish Hospital.'—The toast was drank with loud applause. The Secretary then read over a list of numerous benefactions, which had been made by the Company.
A very respectable company of nobility and gentry attended, and the Ladies had agreed to give a ball to the same object in the evening.
LONDON HIBERNIAN SOCIETY.—The 17th Anniversary Meeting of this Society took place on 10th at 12 at noon, at the Freemasons' Tavern, His R. H. the Duke of Gloucester in the Chair, and was numerously and respectably attended.
The Secretary read the Report for the present year. From this it appeared that the number of Schools in Ireland, under the patronage of this Society, are considerably on the increase. They are divided into three classes, as follows:
Day Schools . . . 553 Scholars . . 51,889
66,873 Of these last nearly nine tenths are Roman Catholics, and of the whole, about five sixths. The increase within the last year, upon the whole, is 13,640 Scholars.
The Society also has 22 Readers of the Scriptures, in daily employ, and 8 principal Inspectors in uniform circulation through the scene of its labours.
The Society also distributes the Scriptures both in English and in Irish. The distribution of last year has been, Testaments, English
100 These making 92,600 Bibles and Testaments since the commencement of the Society, and the Society's funds were, through recent legacies, &c., in a flourishing condition. Instead of being in debt as formerly, they have 30001. in the hands of their Treasurer.
Right Hon. Lord Lorton moved that the Report be printed and circulated. The Rev. J. W. Cunningham seconded the resolution.
The Secretary then begged leave to introduce Lieut. Gordon to the Company, as a Gentleman to whose exertions the Society had been much indebted.
Mr. Gordon said, that his exertions had been greatly overrated by the Gentleman who had introduced him to the meeting.. He had spent 12 months in Ireland, and in the space of that time had devoted much attention to the affairs and proceedings of the Society, but he had never acted or been considered as an avowed agent; and he now made this statement, because it would shew that his testimony, whatever it might be, would at least have the merit of being disinterested. Mr. G. after relating several interesting and gratifying facts, sat down amidst the loud applause of the Meeting:
Earl Gosford passed a very high encomium on the object of the Society, and moved the grateful acknowledgment of the meeting to H. R. H. the Duke of Gloucester for the patronage which he had invariably given to this Institution.
The Hon. C. Shore seconded the Resolution, and proceeded in a very eloquent strain to point out and refute the various objections which had been urged against the Society, and concluded by seconding the resolution.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester returned thanks. No one felt for the success of the Society more warmly than himself. To Ireland they owed a debt which they could never be able to discharge; but that was no reason why they ought pot discharge it to the best of their ability. (Applause.)
Thanks to the Royal Chairman were then moved by Lord Caledon, and seconded by the Hon.and Rev.Mr. Noel. His Royal Highness returned thanks, and the Meeting closed.
LONDON SOCIETY FOR THE IMPROVEMENT AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF FEMALE SERVANTS.—The Tenth Anniversary of this Society was held April 30th, at the Old London Tavern, Mr. Ald. Brown in the Chair, the Lord Mayor, who is President of the Society, being unable to attend. The Chairman, after a brief introductory address, explaining and commending the objects of the Society, called upon one of the Secretaries to read the Report.
· The Report was then read by the Rev. Mr. Watkins, which stated, that since the Society's Institution 40,000 tracts appropriate to servants had been dispersed among them; 612 servants had received the reward of a Bible each, with a gilt inscription, on the completion of the first year of their service ; 1180 rewards and donations had been assigned, to the amount of one thousand nine hundred and twenty-eight pounds six shillings; and 3919: engagements had been made between subscribers and servants. It also mentioned the Societies at Manchester and York, and that application had been made to the Secretaries from Edinburgh and Paris for such information as might be necessary for the Institution of Societies in those places.
The Rev. Mr. Mortimer moved that the Report be received and printed.
Jno. Poynder, Esq. in seconding the motion, spoke at considerable length in coinmendation of the Institution, as highly worthy the public patronage and support.
Mr. Ald. Key, in moving thanks to S. Tomkins, Esq. the Treasurer, enlarged on the utility of the Institution-upon the importance of distributing Bibles and religious tracts-on the duty of instilling religious principles into the minds of domestics and children-and on the utility, as well as fitness, of family devotion -and he appealed to masters and mistresses on the value of good and religious servants.
This motion was seconded by the Rev. Mr. Morrin, aud the thanks acknowledged by Mr. Tomkins.
Rev. Mr. Rueli moved thanks to the Honorary Secretaries, Rev. Mr. Watkins and Mr. Wheelton.--The names of the Committee for the ensuing year were also now read and approvedi and the Meeting closed by an address from Mr. Watkins.