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12,067 children sent to Day and Sunday- ! tian publications in the United Kingdom schools ; and 140 shops closed on the not fewer than 29,000,000. In 1857, the Lord's-day, through the labours of the issue of these infidel, sceptical, and missionaries. A special mission had useless publications had decreased to been opened at Guy's Hospital ; the Com- 20,000,000, while the publications of the mittee of that Institution subscribing Tract Society had increased to 34,000,000. £50 a-year towards the support of the missionary. The number of in-patients CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY. is, on an average, 5,226 annually, of On Monday evening, April 19th, the whom 378 die. The results of this mis- | Annual General Meeting of this Society sion had been 80 beneficial, that the was held in the Lecture-room of the SunDirectors of the London Hospital have day-school Union, Alderman Challis in applied for a missionary, and one has been the chair. appointed. The receipts for the year The Rev. J. E. Richards opened the amounted to £32,230 108. 3d.
proceedings with prayer. The Rev. R. The Bishop of Ripon, the Rev. J. Gra. Ashton read the Report. From that ham, Canon Stowell, W. Landels, and document it appeared that the affairs of G. Macdonald addressed the meeting, the Society, after being in a very declinwhich concluded with the doxology and ing state, had materially improved. the benediction.
During the past year, it had been the
means of doing much good, by keeping RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIBTY.
up a correspondence with affiliated 50The Anniversary Meeting of this Societies, and by conducting open-air serciety was held at Exeter Hall, on Friday vices. Some time ago the Rev. J. H. evening, May 7th, under the presidency Wilson, of Aberdeen, was brought under of J. C. Marshman, Esq. After singing the notice of the Committee, with a view and prayer, the Report was read, which to his being invited to become the general stated that during the year the Society Superintendent of the Society ; and at had issued 13,018,484 tracts, and that the end of last year Mr. Wilson accepted the circulation of periodicals amounted an invitation to spend a few months in to 10,909,820. Grants had been made to London, that he might visit as many various libraries at home and abroad, to churches as possible, in the hope of the amount of £3,576 48, 3d. Tracts and stimulating them by his advocacy of the books had been distributed among the cause of aggressive Christianity. The soldiers proceeding to India, and also reception that gentleman met with was among the natives-of that country, in the of the most encouraging and gratifying vernacular tongue. The total receipts character, and the Committee trusted for the year were £88,730, being more that important results would follow. than any previous year, and exceeding The Chairman introduced Mr. Wilson the receipts of last year by £6,854. The to the assembly, who stated that, owing total circulation of books and tracts by to the increasing claims of his own misthe Society, during the fifty-nine years of sion at Aberdeen to all his time and
attention, he felt that he could not The assembly was addressed by the accept the kind and urgent invitation Rev. Canon Champneys, Dr. Lockhart given him by that Society to conduct its (of China), Rev. James Smith (of Agra), affairs. Mr. Wilson then read a deeply Rev. J. Murray Mitchell, Mr. Baxter, and interesting and important paper which he the Rev. J.H. Wilson, of Aberdeen; from had prepared on the moral statistics of whose interesting statements we gathered London. the following figures, which are highly The Revs. H. Townley, P. Davison, gratifying and encouraging :
J. H. Hinton, S. J. Pearsall, J. W. In 1832, the number of the Society's Richardson, H. March, and others spoke publications was 27,000,000, and in the very earnestly in favour of the principles same year there were issued of unchris- and objects of this Society, which we
shall now rejoice to see evincing signs of Number of visits, 212,115; number of new life and power.
visits to the sick and dying, 54,982 ;
number of times read the Scriptures, BRITISH JEWS' SOCIETY.
196,697 ; meetings held, 9,924 ; meetings The Fifteenth Anniversary Meeting of held in the open air, 1,016; tracts disthe British Society for the Propagation tributed, 390,453 ; Bibles sold or given, of the Gospel among the Jews was held 1,208 ; children sent to day-schools, on Friday evening, April 30th, at Free 1,942; children sent to Sunday schools, masons' Hall, when the attendance was | 1,563; persons induced to attend public large and encouraging,
worship, 1,180. The income of the So. In the unavoidable absence of Sir ciety still bears pleasing evidence of prosC. E. Eardley, the chair was taken by Mr. perity. The amount received by the Bamford, one of the Society's warmest Committee has been £2,748 14s. 2d., friends and supporters. After the usual which, if added to £5,670 188, 9d., the devotional exercises, the chairman made salaries paid by local treasurers directly a few remarks on the importance of the to the agents, instead of transmitting object contemplated by that Society, them to London, gives a total of £8,419 whose interests they had met to advance. 138. 6d., as the income between March
Mr. John Yonge, the Secretary, then 31st, 1857-58, read the Report, which set forth the The Report was adopted, and resoluoperations of the Society, both at home tions in favour of the objects of the Soand abroad, during the year, and con- ciety having been passed, a cordial vote cluded by stating that the Committee had of thanks to the esteemed Chairman requested all the Society's friends, in all terminated the proceedings. places, to unite in prayer with them at that particular time.
BAPTIST HOME MISSION. · The receipts of the past year amounted Tas Society held its Annual Meeting to £4,662 178. being an increase upon the on Monday evening, April 26th, in former year of £376 68.4d. The expen- Kingsgate Chapel, Holborn; Potto diture amounted to £4,430 98. 4d. Brown, Esq., presiding. The Rev. James
The number of missionaries employed Smith having offered prayer, the Chairby the Society during the year had been man introduced the business, by showing eighteen, and many pleasing instances the importance that was to be attached, were given of conversions in various parts in the present day, to Home Missions, where they had laboured.
and by expressing his opinion of the deThe Rev. Dr. Archer, J. Graham, Dr. sirableness of raising up congregations Hamilton, R. Herschell, and others, ad round large chapels, by which means he dressed the meeting in favour of the considered they would best concentrate Society, which we rejoice to find is still their energies. experiencing a large measure of the The Secretary read the Report, which Divine blessing upon its interesting and stated that both in the manufacturing and important work.
rural districts the agents of the Society
had been labouring with gratifying sucCOUNTRY TOWNS MISSION.
cess; and, in some instances, with more The friends and supporters of this than the average amount. Many openSociety held their Twenty-first Anniver- air services had been held during the sary Meeting at the Hanover-square summer, and special services in the Rooms, on Friday afternoon, April 30th, winter. In numerous instances they had when G. Hitchcock, Esq., presided. been instrumental in awakening the at
The Report stated that the number of tention of the careless, and in inducing agents connected with the Society is 109, some to frequent public worship, who and the number of missionaries 85. had lived in habitual neglect of the SabFrom the general summary of labour for bath and the sanctuary. After giving the year, we gathered the following :- selections from the correspondence of the missionaries in various districts, the Re- | HOME AND COLONIAL SCHOOL SOCIETY. port stated that the number of central The Annual Examination and Meeting stations was 105; the number of subor- of this Society was held at the Institudinate and tributary stations, 98. During tion, Gray's Inn-road, on Monday after. the year, 401 persons were added to the noon, May 3rd. In the unavoidable missionary churches. The entire number absence of the Earl of Chichester, who of members was 4,208. There were 98 was expected to take the chair, Mr, L Sunday-schools, with 1,095 teachers and bouchere presided. The examination of 8,309 scholars. The Society commenced the children gave the greatest satisfaction its financial year with a debt of £240, to all present. The Report read by the which had been increased by the sum of Secretary was a very lengthy document, £130.
and furnished an interesting account of The Hon, and Rev. B. Noel, Revs. J. the operations of the Society, and the W. Best, C. Vince, Paxton Hood, c. | educational movement generally. After Short, and S. J. Davis addressed the quoting the reports of the government Meeting, which concluded with singing | inspectors, it went on to give a summary and prayer.
of the work of the training department
during the year, and set forth the numHOME AND IRISH EVANGELICAL MISSIONS. ber of teachers, schools, and children.
The Annual Meeting of these Societies The Treasurer's balance-sheet showed the was held in the Poultry Chapel, on receipts to have been £7,307 10s. lld., Tuesday evening, May 11th. The chair and after all the expenses had been met, was taken by John Cheetham, Esq., M.P. there was a balance of £10 38. 5d, in
After the meeting had been opened with hand, devotional exercises, the chairman made The Report was unanimously adopted, a few introductory remarks. Dr. Massie and several addresses delivered in favour then read the Report of the Home Mis of the objects of this useful Institution. sionary Society, from which we find that the services of its agents are employed
YOUNG MEN'S MISSIONARY ASSOCIATION. among 538,000 people. There are 113
The Annual Fraternal Meeting of this stations, diffusing their influence among
Association was held at the Regent's. 633 parishes, villages, and towns; 358 chapels and rooms are occupied for wor
park College, on Tuesday evening, May
11th, when there was a large and influenship, while the adult hearers average
tial attendance, over which Dr. Angus 30,000. There are 170 Sunday-schools in operation, in which 13,797 scholars are
was called to preside. taught by 1,808 male and female teachers.
After singing a hymn, prayer was
offered by the Rev. I. Vale Mummery. The There are 52 missionaries and students,
Chairman then briefly explained the object and 63 grantees, associated with 172
of the meeting. Addresses were delivered lay coadjutors. During the year, 62,000
on missions-Home, Irish, and Foreignmagazines, 150,000 religious tracts, and
by the Revs. J. Harcourt, A. M. Hender1,565 copies of the Bible have been sold or
son, and J. P. Chown. The Rev. W. distributed. The Report of the Irish Evangelical
Howieson, Mr. Templeton, and Mr. J. Society alluded to a handsome gift of
Mead, the senior student in the College, books, received from Dr. Campbell, to
also took part in the engagements of the
evening, which were deeply interesting. the value of £100. We regret to learn that the proportion of British Mission collections appropriated for Ireland, this
LONDON JEWS' SOCIETY. year, has been £111 less than last year. The Jubilee Meeting of this very use
The Revs. A. Reed, Dr. Morton Brown, ful Society was held at Exeter Hall, on Mr. Payton, H, P. Bowen, T. Ball, and Friday morning, May 7th; the Earl of Paxton Hood spoke to the various reso- | Shaftesbury presiding. The proceedings lutions.
having been commenced by prayer and
reading the Scriptures, the noble Chair- | land and Wales, but also in the West man offered a few remarks.
Indies, where it has aided many of the The Rev. C. J. Goodhart, the Secretary, schools connected with the London, Morathen read the Report, which stated that vian, and Baptist Missionary Societies. the gross receipts of the Society, exclu | The receipts for the past year, with a sive of the Jubilee Fund, amounted to balance in hand of £272 13s. at the for£31,368, and the expenditure to £35,150. | mer audit, amounted to £731 28. 6d., The Jubilee Fund, on the 31st of March, which, after all expenses being paid, left amounted to £1,018. The Report gave a balance of £282 14s. 2d, in the hands an interesting account of the operations of the Treasurer. of the Society during the year, and re- The claims of this valuable Association ferred with devout gratitude to the large upon the friends of voluntary education measure of success with which the God were very efficiently urged upon the of Israel had crowned their labours audience by the Revs. D. Katterns, J. during the past fifty years.
Curwen, H. Richards, A. Reed, J. H. The Bishop of London ably moved the Hinton, and W. Brock. first resolution, and suggested the desirableness of educating young men of the Hebrew persuasion, who had embraced
COLONIAL MISSIONARY SOCIETY. Christianity, to go abroad as missionaries. The Twenty-second Anniversary MeetThe Rev. Dr. Marsh seconded the reso-ing of this Society was held in the Poultry lution, and called on the assembly to aid Chapel, on Monday evening, May 17th, the Society, not only with their purses, the Earl of Shaftesbury in the chair. A but by their prayers. The Rev. Dr. hymn having been sung, the Rev. Dr. M'Neile supported the resolution, in an Spence offered up prayer. The Rev. T. energetic speech; after which it was James read the Report, which gave a passed unanimously.
sketch of the Society's operations at Other resolutions, urging increased | Toronto, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, exertions on the part of the meeting, hay- New Brunswick, Cape of Good Hope, ing been adopted, a vote of thanks to the
| Cape Town, Natal, Victoria, Tasmania, Chairman terminated the business of the Sydney, Adelaide, &c. &c. The receipts
for the year were stated to have exceeded those of any former year, the total
amount being £6,544 138. 6d., and the VOLUNTARY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION.
expenditure £5,569; leaving a balance in The Annual Soirée and Meeting of this favour of the Society of £974 18s. 1d., Association was held on Monday, May which is absorbed by the amount due to 3rd, at the Milton Club, when G. W. the fund raised to meet the expenses of Alexander, Esq., was called to the chair. the outfit of the sixteen missionaries The assembly having adjourned to the whom Mr. Poore came to England to large room, the Chairman commenced the obtain. business of the evening, by offering a few The noble Chairman then delivered one remarks upon the necessity that existed of the most admirable opening speeches for more vigorous efforts to promote the out of the many we have had the pleasure voluntary education of the people. of hearing from his Lordship, in which
The Secretary read the Report, from he bore distinct testimony to the importwhich it appeared, that in the normal in- ance and efficiency of the voluntary prinstitutions connected with the Association ciple, set forth the necessity and value of upwards of 100 young persons had been providing for the spiritual instruction of trained for teaching, a considerable por- of our colonial dependencies, and extion of whom were now engaged in the pressed the satisfaction it afforded him to work. The Association had contributed co-operate with his Nonconformist breliberal sums towards the establishment thren in carrying on the cause of God, and support of schools, not only in Eng. | whether at home or abroad.
The meeting, which we rejoiced to see the Jubilee Memorial Building, which so well attended, was effectively addressed had been transferred to the Benevolent by Mr. Baxter, M.P., F. J. Sargood, Esq. Fund. The sales at the Depository had (of Victoria), the Revs S. M‘All, T. amounted to £12,556 198. 6d. A legacy of Arnold, Newman Hall, F. Tomkins, and £200 had been left by Mrs. W. Flanders, Dr. Archer.
who had long been a warm friend to Sun
day-schools. The Report concluded by SOLDIERS' FRIEND AND ARMY SCRIPTURE stating the painful fact that there are READERS' SOCIETY.
still more than 300,000 young persons in The Sixteenth Annual Meeting of this
London alone, between five and fifteen Society was held in Exeter Hall, on Wed years of age, who are not found in the nesday evening, May 5th; Colonel Good.
Sunday-school; so that for every child wyn in the chair. There was a large
inside there are two outside the walls. number of soldiers present. The Report
Mr. G. H. Davis, the Rev. Paxton Hood, stated that agents were employed in
the Rev. Dr. Archer, the Rev. J. P. England, Scotland, and Ireland; and
Cook (of Paris), the Rev. Newman Hall, that two Scripture-readers had recently
and Mr. Charles Swallow addressed the been sent out to India. Scripture-readers
meeting. visited the barracks at Aldershott Camp,
The morning conference was held at Brighton, Bristol, Deal, Dover, Exeter,
the Jubilee Building at seven o'clock,
when the Committee, together with the Falmouth, Hampton-court, and numerous other places. The cash-statement showed
officers of the London Auxiliaries and receipts to the amount of £4,356 ls. 11d.,
branches, spent two hours in prayer, and which, after all expenses were paid, left
in discussing important subjects cona balance due to the Treasurer of
nected with Sunday-school Instruction. £39 188. 10d. The Report was adopted on the motion of Colonel Rawlinson,
EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE. seconded by Mr. Joseph Payne.
The usual Annual Soirée in connexion Various resolutions having been passed, with this Society was held on Tuesday a vote of thanks to the Chairman con- evening, May 4th, in the Freemasons' cluded the meeting.
Hall, where a numerous company assem
bled. Among those present, were the SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
Rev. Drs. Campbell, Spence, Steane, The Annual Meeting of this Union
Tidman, and the Revs. Messrs. Davies, was held on Thursday evening, May 6th,
Hall, Jobson, Lester, &c. Mr. Thomas
Chambers, the Common Serjeant, occu. in Exeter Hall, which was, as usual,
pied the chair. The Rev. Archdeacon densely crowded. A hymn having been
v Phillpott addressed the meeting, and sung, prayer was offered by the Rev. W. | Brock. The Hon. A. Kinnaird, M.P.,
exhorted them to more unity, who presided, expressed his regret that
The Rev. J. P. Cooke, as the represenhis Parliamentary duties obliged him to
tative of the French branch of that allileave shortly, and introduced to the as
ance, gave an account of the progress of sembly the Hon. George Fife Angas, of
religion in that country. The Rev. M.
| Malan, the Rev. Dr. M.Crie, and others, South Australia, who had taken so deep
also offered remarks on the importance an interest in Australian Sundayschools, and who would conduct the
of practically carrying out, as widely as
possible, the spirit and principles of that business in his absence.
Alliance, which had long proved an inte Mr. Watson read the Report, which
resting bond of union among so many of set forth the grants of school materials and books which had been made during
the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. the year. 250 lending libraries had been voted, at a cost of £1,519 145, 4d. A NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY. debt of £1,440 12s. 4d. still remained on Tue Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the