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Another Association of the same kind, and closely connected with our own, is the Society of Patrons of this Anniversary of the Charity Schools. This Society is likewise a true Church-of-England society. It contains a thousand members, who, as trustees or subscribers to these assembled charity-schools, are all employed in supporting the Protestant Religion, as established in this country. They deserve, therefore, the protection of every friend of the British Constitution. And, if viewed in the light of humanity, as well as of policy, they claim the patronage of every human nature.' To this Society we are indebted for the glorious display of these thousands of children, who are
Society.” No plan could be better devised, or more suited to the ob. ject in view. As every Bishop is a member of the Society, these diocesan committees, at which the Bishops themselves should of course preside, afford a medium of communication, a bond of union, between every diocese and the board in London. The distant clergy, as well as other friends of the establishment, become in this manner acquainted with a Society, whose usefulness, or even existence, might otherwise be unknown to them. And, when they are admitted members, their communications with it are facilitated by committees, to which they have constant and easy access. Nor is this the sole advantage of the plan. It promotes (what at present is more than ever wanted) the intercourse between the Bishops and their Clergy; it invigorates the principle of diocesan government; it reduces co-operation to a system ; and thus contributes, beyond the reach of individual efforts, to promote both the interests of our Society, and the general welfare of the Church. It would be want of gratitude therefore not to add, that we are indebted for the introduction of this plan to the Bishop of Ely, and for the zealous promotion of it, to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who immediately communicated and recommended it to the Bishops of his Province.' See p. 178–180 of the Society's last annual publication.
· See the Preface to the List of the Patrons of the Anniversary of the Charity Schools, 1811.
* « More than seven thousand children clothed and educated in this metropolis." Ib.
now acquiring those principles of religion, and those habits of industry, which, if they are careful to preserve them, will ensure their happiness in this world, and in the world to come.
And may God Almighty, of his infinite goodness, so rule their wills and affections, so put into their minds good desires, that, by his continual help, they may bring the same to good effect, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
An Address to the Members of the Senate of the University
of Cambridge, occasioned by the Proposal to introduce in that place an Auxiliary Bible Society.
e have at present two very extensive Bible Societies, the one founded in 1699, the other in 1804. Both of our Archbishops and all our Bishops (with the Prince Regent at the head) are members of the former : neither of the two Archbishops, and only a small proportion of the Bishops are members of the latter. The members of the former, now amounting to about five thousand, are exclusively Churchmen, no one being admitted to it without testimony of his attachment to the Constitution, as well in Church as in State. The members of the latter are much more numerous, than those of the former; but they consist of Churchmen and Dissenters indiscriminately. The two Societies agree in the very laudable object of distributing Bibles, both at home and abroad, though the number of Bibles distributed by the latter, especially abroad, greatly exceeds the number distributed by the former. For not only are the funds of the latter much superior to those of the former; but those funds are employed in the distribution of Bibles only, whereas the funds of the former are employed partly on Bibles, partly on Prayer-Books, and partly on Religious