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one for white boys, and one for people of colour of both sexes and all ages--and the Board are happy to have it in their power to state, that these schools were never in a more flourishing state than at present. The Board have recently attended an examination of each with high satisfaction. The schools are fuller than they ever were before, notwithstanding a number of scholars left the schools last spring, in consequence of the formation of a Sunday school in the Episcopal church. Strict order is observed, and the progress in learning which has been made by the scholars, reflects high honour on the several superintendents and teachers. Each of the superintendents has given to the Board a detailed account of the state of their respective schools, an abstract of which they beg leave to lay before the association.
1. The school for the instruction of white female children. According to the last annual report this school had been for some time in a declining state. The number of names of scholars registered in the superintendent's book was eighty-two, and the average num-' ber of regular attendants fifty-six. The number now registered is one hundred and fifty-sir, and the number of regular attendants from seventy to ninety.
The scholars of this school are divided into seven classes, under fourteen young ladies as teachers. The studies attended to have been, Bible Questions, committing to memory portions of Scripture, the Westminster Larger and Shorter, and the Mother's and Brown's Catechisms, Psalms and Hymns, and reading and spelling. Many of the scholars have made very commendable improvements, but the Board can particularize but a few instances of the best.
In the first division of the first class, one scholar has recited through the Bible history, with M’Dowell's Questions, and has commenced reviewing; and has committed to memory three chapters in Revelation, twenty of David's Psalms, twenty-eight of Watts', one hundred and forty answers in the larger Catechism, and the texts from which she has heard sermons preached. Three other scholars in this division have done nearly as much. In the second division of the first class, one scholar has committed the whole of the Westminster Larger Catechism, lias been twice through the Bible history with the Questions, and has committed to memory seven chapters in John, three in Revelation, thirty Psalms in the Bible, and forty-two of Watts' Psalms. In the second class one scholar has recited in Bible Questions from Judges through Matthew, Mother's and Brown's Catechisms, twenty answers in the Westminster Larger Catechism, thirty Psalms in the Bible, nine chapters in Matthew, and a number of divine songs. In the first division of the third class four scholars have recited through the Westminster Shorter Catechism, forty answers in the Larger Catechism, Christ's sermon on the mount, ten chapters in John, in Bible Questions from 1 Samuel to Job, and fifty or sixty Hymns. In the second division of the fourth class, one scholar of only seven years of age has committed to memory the whole Gospel according to John, the
seventy-six last questions in the Westminster Larger Catechism, and has reviewed the whole twice, has learned a number of divine songs, and has recited the book of Genesis, with the Bible Questions. In the first division of the sixth class, one scholar has recited perfectly the whole of the Westminster Larger Catechism, three chapters in Matthew, and several hymns. The seventh class was formed in June last, and consisted of nineteen. The children are all small, most of them began their letters: they now spell quite well in words of two and three syllables, and have learned several pages in the Mother's Catechism.
The scholars of this school, as the superintendent reports, are generally attentive, obedient, and engaged in treasuring up the word of God in their minds.
2. The school for the instruction of white boys. This school is divided into four classes, under eight teachers. The studies in this school are the same as in the female. In the superintendent's report, while many scholars are spoken of as having made commendable progress, the proficiency of but one is particularly detailed. This one, a member of the first division of the first class, has recited twice through the Bible history with the questions, and is now reviewing it again. He has also committed several chapters in John, the 119th Psalm, and a number of hymns.
It is a pleasing circumstance, that in this school, and also in the female, there is a much greater proportion than heretofore of that class of scholars for whose benefit Sabbath Schools were instituted. This is a circumstance that the Board mention with peculiar satisfaction; and they cannot but hope, that as the benefits of these schools become more and more known, the attention of the poorer class of people will be more and more awakened to the real interests of their children; and that there will be none among us who will neglect their present opportunities, and withhold their children from the schools.
3. The school for people of colour. At the date of the last annual report this school consisted of ninety-two ; the number is now ninety-five. Of these, forty-six are males, and forty nine females; and among them is found persons of all ages, from the man and woman of sixty, to the child of but a few years. This is an exceedingly interesting school to the true philanthropist, who believes that God “ hath made of one blood all nations of men," and who takes an interest in human happiness. Shortly after the last annual meeting, a number of females, hearing of the difficulty to procure a sufficient number of young men to be teachers, generously came forward and offered their services to teach the female part of the school. Several of these were young ladies who were already engaged, before the morning service in the church, and at noon in the interval of worship, in teaching in the female school of white children, and who offered to devote the remainder of the day after the afternoon service to instructing the females of colour. Services so generously offered, were promptly and thankfully accepted by the Board. The school, in consequence, was newly arranged. The females were divided into seven classes, under female teachers, and the males into seven classes, under the instruction of young gentlemen.
The studies in this school are nearly the same as in the other two. Among the females, in the first class, one has been two or three times through the Scripture history, with M‘Dowell's Questions and another has learned the whole of the Westminster Larger Catechism, made considerable progress in Bible history, and learned a great' many hymns. The members of this class all read, and so do those of the second. The third class, at the beginning of the year, were spelling in words of three and four syllables : they now all read quite well. The fourth class, at the beginning of the year, were spelling in words of two and three syllables very imperfectly : most of them can now read quite well. One little girl, about six years of age, has committed to memory 225 answers in the Mother's Catechism, and 12 Divine Songs. Three in the sixth class, who at the date of the last report were spelling in words of one syllable, now begin to read. The seventh class, at the beginning of the year, had just learned their letters : they now all spell in words of three and four syllables, and some of them begin to read, and have recited most of the Mother's Catechism.
In the male department two of the scholars of the first class have been three times through the Scripture history. They have also recited a great number of hymns, together with the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The members of this class, as also those of the second, third, and fourth classes of the males, all read. The fifth class are spelling in words of three and four syllables, and the sixth and seventh in words of two and three syllables.
The Board, before they take leave of this school, would more particularly notice four of the scholars, who were examined by them on Bible history. The questions were asked without book, both in the Old and New Testament, and the promptness and correctness of their answers manifested an acquaintance with the Scripture history which, while it delighted, astonished them; and they doubt whether four persons of any colour, can be found in any school, who can stand a better examination on the whole history of the Scriptures. These scholars have given a practical refutation of that slander, which prejudice and selfishness have often cast upon the descendants of Africa, that they are destitute of talents, and incapable of much mental improvement: and, indeed, this whole school presents a practical refutation of this slander. It is doubted whether the same number of whites, placed in similar circumstances of depression, degradation, and ignorance, and of the same age, could be selected in this or any country, who in the same time, and with the same opportunities for study, would make greater improvement.
The Board are happy to state that there has been no complaint through the last year, as there was in the preceding, by the superintendents, of a want of a suficient number of teachers. A sufficient number of teachers offered directly after the last annual meeting, and most of them have continued with persevering diligence through
The Board would further report, that the young ladies of the female school, soon after the last annual meeting, formed a Society, to furnish the
children that attend the Sabbath Schools with clothes as premiums. For this labour of love they deserve high commendation. This Society has doubtless had an important influence on the attendance of the scholars at the schools.
To the Treasurer of the American Board of Missions. DEAR SIR,
Enclosed I send you fifty cents, from a little girl, for the Heathen School Fund. This, added to her former donations, amounts to one dollar 25 cents within a year; a noble example of liberality in a child.
Permit me, Sir, to give some further account of this truly amiable and interesting little creature. I have before heard her spoken of with some admiration; and in my late visit to Vermont I had the pleasure of seeing her, and of learning the particular traits in her character.
Henrietta is not yet six years old. She is a decendant, of the tenth generation, from the martyr John Rogers. How far she may possess a kindred spirit, remains yet to be unfolded in her subsequent life. It may be said in some sense, however, as of Abel, Rogers being dead, yet speaketh.'
She has remarkable sweetness of temper, and discovers a peculiar fondness for the Bible, and other religious books. She loves to hear religious conversation ; she has her regular seasons, morning and evening, for secret prayer; in which she is very punctual, and appears to be sincerely devotional. She has been overheard to express herself, on some of these occasions, with great propriety and earnestness. Henrietta takes a lively interest in the condition of the Heathen children. She prays for them, converses often about them, and expresses a willingness to do what she can for their relief, even to go herself, if she were able, to carry them the Bible, and to teach them how to read it. As she is not able to go herself, she is willing to send her money. But it may be asked, How does this little creature get money for such an object? Just as other good children would delight to get it, if properly encouraged.
But to be more particular: the first 25 cents of the sum which I mentioned above, was set up as a premium in her class, to be given to the scholar that should excell during the quarter. When this was proposed she immediately told her mother that she intended to study and get it, for she wished to send it to the Heathen children. Such emulation to do good was successful. She obtained the premium, and cheerfully devoted it to her favourite object. To try her faith a little, it was proposed to her to buy various articles with it for her own pleasure. To which she replied, “Then they would be eat up; and it would not do any good—and the poor Heathen children—they have no Bibles nor catechisms!'
After this, her mother proposed to give her a cent apiece for al the bymns that she would commit to memory. She eagerly embraced this opportunity to earn something for the poor orphans
, with a voluntary intention to devote it exclusively to her favourite object. For, she said, “it will do me good to learn the hymns, and then the money would do the heathen children good; so it will do good both ways. By this, and some other means, she soon obtained 50 cents, which she immediately consecrated to the education of Heathen children; but not without praying that it might də them good.
The next 50 cents are the savings of little presents. This last donation, which I now send you, she put into my hands with much apparent interest in the object; with a request that I should 'give it to the Missionaries, to teach the Heathen children how to read the Bible.' Who knows but that this child is yet to be a Harriet Newell-a Missionary to the Heathen? Who knows but that the blessing of the promise is on its way from the martyr, through this child, down to the thousandth generation? I do not say that she gives satisfactory evidence of a radical change of heart; but there is reason to believe that she will be the means of perpetuating the promised blessing.
SABBATH SCHOOL ANECDOTE. In a populous town in the province of Ulster, there is a Sabbath School consisting of 250 scholars; and on one Sabbath day, when a party of dragoons had landed in the morning, and all ranks were enjoying the fine weather and the military spectacle, after they had attended the public worship of the day, the poor children preferred the school-room; and the whole 250, with the exception of the sick, were in their places, although only five teachers were there.
FOR THE CHRISTIAN HERALD
Lines composed by Dr. Slock, of Bristol, England ; occasioned by a Sermon
preached by Rev. Dr. Ryland, from John xi. 35 :—“JESUS WEPT.” Shall the Belicver dare to sin
And make each cruel stripe more keen,
By which his holy flesh was torn.
Yet ev'ry sin be does commit,
If he indeed has tasted grace,
And marrd with deeper lines that face.
Dear, injur'd Saviour, ne'er may those
For whom thy precious blood was shed If yet those suffprings were to come
Give cause of triumph to thy foes, Which should a guilty worm redeem,
But shrink from sin with holy dread. Oh! could he bear to swell the sum of what must be endur'd for him ;
Let not the cruel sight be shown,
That he, whose care all love transcends, Oh! could he bear 10 add, ly sin,
Was wounded in the house of one A sharper point to ev'ry thorn;
of those who call themselves his friends.