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praying their lordships to abolish an indecent and absurd custom by which he held certain lands; that custom being, that on every Palm Sunday a person deputed by him should hold a whip over the head of the clergyman when he ascended the pulpit of the parish church."-Times.

MIDDLESEX.

ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL.-The apposition of this noble institution took place on Thursday, the 5th of May. The school-room was crowded at two o'clock by the friends and relations of the scholars; and about a quarter past two the masters entered, accompanied by a crowd of distinguished visitors; among whom we noticed the Bishops of Durham, Bangor, and Llandaff. The exercises commenced, as usual, with orations in Greek, Latin, and English, to the memory of the munificent founder, Dean Colet. They were composed and delivered by the three senior boys of the school (Messrs. Jowett, Wright, and Jephson), in a manner which did credit to their own talents and industry, as well as to the attention of their tutors. The prize compositions followed. The subject of the first was, " Iter ad Emmaum," for Latin hexameters; of the second, "Jeptha Votum," for Gr. Trim. Iam. They were both of them written and spoken by Mr. Jowett, the captain. The high master's prize was given to Mr. Stokes, for a Latin essay on the following subject:—“Quænam fuerit Atheniensium, in coloniis administrandis, imperii conservandi ratio." The remainder of the speeches were selected from various classical authors, as well ancient as modern, and were spoken with taste, spirit, and judgment. They were all received with much applause.-Times.

ANNIVERSARY OF THE SONS OF THE CLERGY. This annual festival was held on Thursday, the 19th of May, at St. Paul's Cathedral. The sermon was preached by Dr. Pearson, the Dean of Salisbury, from Deuteronomy, chap. xii. v. 19. The music was the same as that given at the rehearsal on Tuesday. The anniversary dinner was afterwards held at Merchant Tailors' Hall. -The Lord Mayor was in the chair. The cloth having been removed, "Church and King" was given from the chair, and received with acclamations. The next toast, "The Queen," was also received with the most lively satisfaction. The Chairman proposed the health of his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury. The toast was then drunk with enthusiasm. The Archbishop of Canterbury returned thanks. After several toasts had been drunk, the Chairman rose to propose the last-viz., “Pros

perity to the Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy." In proposing this, however, he was sorry to have to say that the subscriptions of the evening were deficient. They presented a diminution of 150l. on the amount of the previous year. He felt convinced, however, that at a time when prosperity was smiling on trade and manufactures, the citizens of London would not allow so excellent an institution to be neglected. He was sure that the best energies of the friends of the institution would be directed towards ensuring the payment of the deficiency before long into the treasurer's hands. The toast having been drunk with applause, the chairman retired, and the company shortly afterwards separated.-The subscriptions at the doors of the cathedral and at the dinner exceeded 1,000l.

At a meeting of the National Society for the Education of the Poor, &c., holden at the Central School, Westminster, on Wednesday, May 4, there were present-the Lords Bishops of London, Winchester, Bangor, Carlisle; Rev. H. H. Norris, Rev. Dr. Walmesley, Colonel Clitheroe, W. Davis, Esq., Joshua Watson, Esq., James Trimmer, Esq., and Rev. J. C. Wigram.

SOCIETY FOR BUILDING AND ENLARGING CHURCHES.-On Wednesday, May 18th, the anniversary of this society was held at No.4, St. Martin's-place, Trafalgar-square. The Archbishop of Canterbury took the chair. The secretary read the report for the year ending March 31 last, from which it appeared that, during the year preceding March 31, 1835, the number of applications made to the society was 170, the amount granted 21,171l., and the additional church accommodation 34,336 sittings, of which 24,990 were free. In the year preceding the 31st of March last, the applications had been 146, the money expended 17,4177., and the additional church accommodation 30,237 sittings, of which 22,219 were free. In 1835, aid had been granted for enlarging 25 churches, for rebuilding 14, and for building 18 additional chapels, and for increasing church accommodation in 28 cases. In 1836, 15 churches were enlarged, 110 rebuilt with enlargement, 26 additional churches built, and the church accommodation increased in 41 cases.

The amount voted in 1855 and 1836 was 38,5881., and the disposable balance on the 31st of March last, was 30961. 14s. Since the institution of the society, in 1818, by an expenditure of 199,4051., the society have rebuilt and enlarged 1260 churches, and provided $13,550 sittings, of which 233,925 are

free. A district committee of the society has lately been established at Cambridge, from which the society had received a donation of 470l., and the Durham Diocesan Society has, for the last six years, transmitted to the society one-fourth of its receipts. A diocesan society has also lately been established at Worcester. Motions were moved and seconded by the Rev. C. Benson, the Right Hon. Sir G. H. Rose, and the Bishops of Winchester and Chester. The latter stated, that in the manufacturing districts of his diocese, twenty-eight churches and chapels were now in the course of erection, which it was estimated would cost 75,000l. These were the districts in which the opposition to the church was supposed to be the greatest; but the church had only to afford additional accommodation to the population, and increase the number of faithful ministers, and there was no doubt it would maintain its ground.

ESTABLISHED CHURCH SOCIETY.-On Saturday, May 7, a meeting of this association was held at Exeter Hall, Lord Ashley, M.P., in the chair. The secretary read the report, which at great length lamented the obvious deficiency of establishments in which people might hear the word of God, and mentioned that the committee had presented petitions to all the archbishops and bishops, on the subject of this important want both in town and country. It concluded with expressing an apprehension that the Irish Tithe Bill, if carried, would lead to the destruction of the protestant church in Ireland, and endanger the protestant religion throughout the empire. Sir Oswald Mosley, M.P., the Rev. Hugh Stowell, the Dean of Ardagh, and others, addressed the meeting, and moved resolutions in furtherance of the views embodied in the report. They particularly dwelt upon the irremediable injury the establishment would sustain, if the Irish appropriation clause were permitted to become law.

CHURCH PASTORAL AID SOCIETY.The first public meeting of this association was held on Monday, 9th of May, in the lower room, Exeter Hall; Lord Ashley in the chair. Mr. Harding read the report. It stated that the society was instituted at a meeting of about seventy of the clergy and laity in February last, and the outline of its plan had been submitted to the members of the episcopal bench. Letters were read from the Bishops of Exeter and Chester, and from many distinguished clergymen in different parts of the country. The report then went on to explain more fully the object of the society; it was to provide,

as far as possible, according to the principles laid down, additional clerical assistants, and places of worship, for necessitous and populous parishes and districts. From the peculiar state of some masses of the population, and the necessities of the church, some incumbents had already requested lay assistants to be employed under their guidance (hear, hear) to break up the fallow ground, and prepare the people for the ministration of the word of God and the ordinances of the church. After stating the regulations which the committee had laid down for their guid ance as to the assistance to be rendered by the society, the fundamental principle was repeated, namely, that no aid of any kind should be granted in any parish, except on the application of the incumbent, or with his concurrence. All clergymen employed by the agency of the society to be, in every respect, as subject to the authority of the incumbent as any other cu

rate.

It was stated to be the firm conviction of the committee, strengthened by the opinion of many superior authorities in the church, that a wide field was open for the profitable employment of lay agency, consistently with the due order of the church, provided the lay assistant was, what the committee would always desire to have, a man of sound and intelligent piety, attached to the principles of the established church. (Hear, and cheers.) Some applications, as agents, had already been received from some clergymen, and from several graduates and under-graduates of the University of Cambridge, designed for holy orders. (Much cheering.) More applications for aid had been made than the committee could at present comply with. Other regulations of the society were then stated; and the report concluded by calling upon all present to render every possible aid by the formation of local associations -the speedy transmission of subscriptions and donations-appeals from the pulpit, and earnest and persevering prayers for the Divine blessing. (Cheers.) It was stated that the subscriptions and donations already received amounted to nearly 20001.

LONDON EPISCOPAL FLOATING CHURCH SOCIETY. On Tuesday, May 24, the 8th anniversary of this association was held in the lower room, Exeter Hall; Lord Radstock in the chair. The report stated, that the attendance afloat had not been equal to the anticipations of the committee, and, in order to render the operations of the Society more efficient, it had been determined, if adequate funds could be obtained, to erect or obtain an episcopal chapel on

shore. It appeared, from the financial statement, that the receipts had been 2931., and the expenditure 3171., leaving a balance due to the treasurer of 241. Motions were moved or seconded by Capt. Allan, R. N., A. Heaviside, Esq., the Hon. Capt. Maude, the Rev. N. Jones, the Rev. W. Sawyer, and Capt. Elliot.

The first anniversary of the Protestant Association, established for the purpose of promoting, by every possible means, the principles of the Reformation, and to support the institution of church and state, was held on Wednesday, May 11, at Exeter Hall, the Earl of Winchelsea presiding. The first resolution, shewing the fearful progress of the Romish church now making for the extinction of protestantism, and the fatal effects of the Catholic Emancipation Bill, was moved by the Duke of Newcastle, and carried unanimously; as was a second, to the effect that parliament should be petitioned on the deviation from protestant principles which it had of late years exhibited.-A petition founded on the resolutions was agreed to, and several gentlemen having addressed the meeting in furtherance of the views of the associa tion, the business of the day concluded.

KING'S COLLEGE.-The annual meeting of the proprietors and friends of King's College was held on Saturday, April 30, at the theatre of the Institution. The Archbishop of Canterbury, as visitor of the college, presided. His Grace was accompanied on his entrance by the Bishops of London, Winchester, and Llandaff; the Marquis of Bute, Lord Bexley, Sir Robt. Inglis, Bart., Alderman Thompson, Alderman Winchester, and other members of the council, and distinguished persons. The report was read by the secretary. It stated that in 1834 the number of scholars in the senior departments was 93, in 1835 it was 105; in the medical department it had increased from 80 to 100, and in the junior school from 381 to 473. The regular receipts for the year over the ordinary expenditure presented a surplus of 8581., and the cash in hand at the present time, over and above all liabilities, was 1,500l., which sum it was deemed expedient to keep in readiness for any alterations that an increased and an increasing business might require. The Dean of Salisbury moved a vote of thanks to the council, for the zeal and ability displayed by them in conducting the affairs of the college. The Bishop of London returned thanks. The favourable appreciation of their labours was the reward they aspired to obtain at the hands of the proprietary. The council already possessed a rich re

ward in witnessing the rapid progress of the college, which, founded on the soundest moral and religious principles, must, under the blessing of God, go on more and more prospering, and prove a powerful auxiliary to the church in the diffusion of the principles and practice of true religion and solid learning. He begged to state that the Archbishop of York, as chairman of the council, intended to have been present, but was prevented by an imperative official engagement. As a member of the council, he felt it due to state that they received the most efficient practical assistance from the principal, and the various professors and tutors of the college.

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL. The annual election of King's Scholars from this foundation, to the two universities, took place on Wednesday 11th, when Messrs. Robert Henry Gray, Vernon Page, and Charles Smith, were elected to studentships in Christchurch, Oxford, and Messrs. George Henry Drew, William John Butler, and Cuthbert Edward Ellison, to scholarships in Trinity College Cambridge. The election was conducted by the Dean of Christchurch, assisted by the Rev. R. Hussey and the master of Trinity, assisted by the Rev. W. Heath, who employed the two preceding days in the examination of the candidates. We understand it is in the contemplation of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster to make some alterations within the dormitory, with the view of diminishing the expenses and increasing the comforts of the King's scholars.

ELECTED INTO ST. PETER'S COLLEGE, WESTMINSTER. Richard Phillimore, Edward Vaughan Richards, Cyril Joseph Monkhouse, Charles Edward Phillpotts, Granville Robert Henry Somerset, Isaac Jeremiah Preston, and Augustus Robert Boyce.

PRAYER BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY.The Twenty-fourth anniversary meeting of this society was held on Thursday, May the 5th, at Exeter Hall; and in the numbers of its friends who assembled, it partook of the general increase in the attendance which has been observable in all the meetings of the season up to this time. Lord Bexley was in the chair, and addressed the meeting on the operations of the society; after which, the secretary read the report. From this it appeared that 3,019 ships had been visited in the Port of London during the last year. Of these, the crews of 838 had been particularly spoken with, and supplied with books and tracts. It appeared from the statements of the crews themselves, that in

82 ships divine service was regularly per formed on the Sabbath-day; that in 133, the crews occasionally attended at divine worship, but, that in 636 it was altogether neglected. The report further stated, that there had been a great increase in the distribution of Prayer-books and tracts in merchant-vessels during the last year, accompanied by the best results on the character of the men. The report then went on to state, that there had been distributed in the course of last year 16,015 Prayer books, and 114,272 Homilies and tracts, exceeding considerably the number issued the preceding year. Of this there were sent to Ireland 1,293 Prayer-books, and 14,700 Homily Tracts. The total number issued by the society since its commencement was 309,417 Prayer-books, and 1,937,259 Homily-tracts. The receipts of the last year, from all sources, amounted to 2,3961. 3s. 114d.; the expenditure in the same period was 2,4491. 10s. 5d.; leaving a balance due to the treasurer on the 31st of March last, of 53l. 6s. 6d., besides which, the society were under obligations, not yet due, to the amount of 7421. 9s. 1d.

LORD'S DAY SOCIETY. On Friday, April the 30th, a very numerous and respectable meeting of the friends and supporters of this society was held in the large room of Exeter Hall. Amongst the distinguished persons on the platform were the Bishops of London and Chester, the Marquis Cholmondeley, Sir A.Agnew, Sir Oswald Mosley, Dr. Dealtry, the Rev. C. Benson, J. Hardy, Esq., M. P., with many other eminent clergymen and gentlemen. The meeting was addressed by the Bishop of London, Sir Oswald Mosley, Rev. Dr. Dealtry, W. Roberts, Esq., Rev. George Cubitt, the Bishop of Chester, the Rev. C. Benson, John Hardy, Esq., M. P., and the Rev. Mr. Stewart. The committee had circulated 113,250 tracts, and 15,000 copies of the evidence given before the Parliamentary committee. The receipts had been 8121. 14s. 9d.; the expenditure 7401. 2s. 3d. ; but there were outstanding debts 3631. The appointment of a salaried agent was recommended.

The annual meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society was held May 4th, at Exeter-ball, Lord Morpeth in the chair. The room was full in every part, and the platform was crowded with the friends of the society, amongst whom were several bishops and noblemen. The Earl of Chichester sent an excuse for being absent on account of ill health, and Lord Harrowby regretted that he could not be present. As "a fine for non-attendance" (his lordVOL. IX.-June, 1836.

ship's own words,) he inclosed a check for 100l.

NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY, - The fifty-sixth anniversary of the, Naval and Military Bible Society was held at the great room in the Freemasons'. Tavern, Great Queen-street, on May 10th, the Marquis of Cholmondeley was in the chair. The secretary read a very long report, from which it appeared, that although the receipts have amounted to upwards of 2,500l. during the last year, the expenditure has been equally large; and that since the original foundation of the society, upwards of 300,000 Bibles have been distributed amongst the objects of its solicitude.

The annual meeting of the Church Missionary Society was held on Tuesday, May 3rd, in Exeter Hall. Lord Chichester in the chair. The attendance was numerous. The report presented a highly gratifying view of its affairs during the past year. The gross receipts had been 68,3547, 10s. 6d. ; those of the preceding year were about 12201. more; but they included a legacy of 10,000l. from Horatio Cock, Esq.; so that, in point of regular income, there is a large increase. Fiftytwo new associations have been formed.

RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. - The thirty-seventh anniversary of this society was celebrated in Exeter Hall, on Friday evening, May 6th, and was more numerously attended than on any previous occasion. The chair was taken by Samuel Hoare, Esq., the treasurer. The chairman stated that, but a few years ago, the amount of the society's receipts was 4701.; during the past year 63,000l. had been received; but a few years ago, the society circulated 200,000 tracts. The circulation last year amounted to about 16,000,000. A few years ago, they had tracts in only eight languages, and the circulation of those was limited to a small portion of the globe; now they had tracts in 83 languages.

BRITISH REFORMATION SOCIETY.-This society held its annual meeting on Friday, the 13th of May, in Exeter Hall, George Finch, Esq., M.P., in the absence of Lord Ashley, who had been prevented from attending according to appointment, in the chair. The Rev. Mr. Seymour read the report of the committee. It complained of limited resources, in consequence of which the society had been obliged to contract debts, and was yet unable to accom. plish its objects, which were to counteract the progress of popery in the United Kingdom, by circulating copies of the Protestant translation of the Scriptures and tracts

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among the Roman-catholic population. The income of the last year amounted to 27861.; the expenditure of the society, amongst missionaries, readers, printers, &c., came within 100l. of that sum; but on a general review of the finances, the society was in debt to the amount of 13001. It had circulated 400,000 tracts within the last six months, exclusive of Bibles, and was now issuing at the rate of 2000 numbers a week. The report concluded by adverting to the alarming progress of popery within these realms. Since the year 1800, the number of houses of worship belonging to the catholics had increased from 40 to 510, exclusive of 40 more in the course of erection in England alone.

At the Levee, on Wednesday, May the 4th, the following address was presented to his Majesty by Lord Kenyon:-From the vicar and clergy of Sheffield, in consequence of the peril to which the pure religion of the gospel is exposed, from the appointment of Dr. Hampden to the office of Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford; and humbly praying his Majesty, on account of the penalty of premunire, to which archbishops and bishops are exposed on the presentation of a bishop for consecration, that his Majesty will be graciously pleased to have them relieved from that penalty, and also require the counsel of the archbishops and bishops respecting such appointments.

UNIVERSITY ОATHS.-On the motion of the Earl of Radnor, on Monday, May the 9th, there were ordered to be laid before the House of Lords copies and translations of all oaths heretofore required to be taken by the university statutes of Oxford and Cambridge, abolished or altered by order of convocation or senate in either university respectively since Jan. 1, 1855. -Oxford Paper.

NORTHUMBERLAND.

The Rev. Mr. Procter, M.A., who who has been nearly half a century incumbent of the perpetual curacy of Alnwick, and bead-master of the grammar school in that town, was, on the 9th ult. presented with a handsome classical candelabrum, by his former pupils. Mr. Procter's

parishioners begged to be allowed to join in the subscrption; but as the tribute was intended to come from the rev. gentleman's pupils exclusively, that was declined. A separate subscription was then entered into by the parishioners, and a second piece of plate presented to Mr. Procter.

The Duke of Northumberland purchased a piece of ground without commu

nicating his intention as to the purposes to which he proposed to appropriate it, and built on it a Sunday school, which her Grace the Duchess personally superintends when at Alnwick. But the Duke did not

stop here; his Grace built a handsome house upon the ground, possessing all the attributes and comforts of a gentleman's residence; and when it was finished, his Grace informed Mr. Procter that he had built it for a glebe-house, and had taken measures to annex it permanently to the perpetual curacy of Alnwick - which he has since done. The Duke then told Mr. Procter that, as he had been the means of depriving him in his old age of the assistance of his son, by presenting that son to the perpetual curacy of Doddington, he begged to be permitted to pay from his private purse the stipend of the curate whom Mr. Procter must engage, and requested that the amount should be 2001. per annum.

To this princely proposition Mr. Procter replied in terms of a becoming grateful acknowledgment, and insisted, under the circumstances, that the curate should Occupy the new glebe-house, adding that he would thus end his days happily and peacefully in the old house, in which be had honourably brought up a family of twelve children.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE.

The Rev. H. B. Bacon has resigned his appointment of one of the justices of the Borough of Newark.-Notts Jour.

OXFORDSHIRE.

Among the many institutions lately adopted for the benefit of the labouring poor, that of the penny club deserves recommendation. In the village of Ensham, in this county, there is one, which has been now a twelvemonth in operation. Every child who is a member contributes a penny at least each week, or more if he can spare it, which is deposited in the Savings' Bank at Oxford. At the end of the year, the amount deposited by each individual is returned, together with a their wealthier neighbours in the parish, proportionate share of the money given by and occasional contributions raised at the solicitation of the kind ladies who take an interest in the institution. The receipts of last year were—

From the children themselves... 46 13 4
Donations and interest
13 11 0

......

60 4 4 Which sum was laid out in the purchase of useful articles of clothing; and on Friday last, 211 children received the

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