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to go to bed immediately on his arrival; nor did he rise from it till he entered, (about the 17th of the same month, in or about the 25th year of his

age) that rest which remaineth for the people of God. I am sorry that his removal should have taken place in a situation so remote from Christian notice and regard; but I pray

that this circumstance, which has debarred me the pleasure of knowing and communicating the particulars of his last moments' experience, may lead his wecping parents, who have lost in him their only child, to the knowledge of that God who has wiped away his tears, and adorned his countenance with celestial and eternal smiles,

Life was an April-day to him,

It came in sin's dark vestments clad,
And, veiling Christ's enliv'ning beam,
Shed on his path it's influence sad;

But ere it's close,
The hostile clouds gave way,

And Jesu's life-conferring day,
Broke thro' the cheerless glooms, and drank up all his woes.

With joy his eyes beheld it's light,

And gladly where it led he trod.-
Fast hast'ning from the shades of night,
He left the world to dwell with God;

Where led his light,
There did his soul pursue,

"Till all it's glories met his viewFor ever freed from clouds, and shades of endless night. As a man, he was an ornament and a blessing to society; as a friend, he was affectionate and sincere; and as a Christian, he was attached and devoted to his master. He was so preserved from soiling the garments of his profession, that his enemies could not justly accuse him with any thing, except it were that he surpassed them in excellence of principle and of character. Let his friends cease to mourn this temporary remove, recollecting that the winged chariot of time is bearing them, in rapid and continued motion, to the same society, employment, and abode

Where they shall rest with him from sin, from grief, and pain-
Drink the same draughts of bliss, and never part again.


THE first Quarterly Meeting was held at the Scots Church, Swallow-street, on Tuesday Evening, the 20th inst.- Samuel Yockney, Esq. in the chair. The Secretary read a report of the progress of the society since its formation ; after which several resolutions were unanimously agreed to. The representatives of the following Schools read reports of their rise and progress : New-court, Kentish Town, Peter-street, and Wild-street. After which the following question:

" What are the best means of seçuring the constant attendance of Sunday School Children,” was opened by Mr. Coombs, and adjourned. The meeting was closed with singing, after which the Rev. Mr. Hasklock engaged in prayer.

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* Hebrew for Praise ye Jehovah; a song of praise to God.

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SUNDAY Schools.

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PLACE OF MEETING. THE premises used for this purpose, should be as near, as possible to the residence of the children whose benefit is in-, tended; and should be light, airy, and spacious. The crowding a considerable number of children into a small compass, which is often done on the principle of æconomy, tends to defeat the design of the institution, by impeding the progress of the scholars

, and is also injurious to their health. A number of small rooms will in general be found more convenient than one or two large ones : but if a large room in which all the scholars inay be assembled at the opening and conclusion of School, can be had in addition, it will be very desirable; or, if a situation can be found, where two or more rooms can at pleasure be thrown into one by the opeving of folding doors, or the removal of a slight partition, much time will be saved, and the confusion sometimes occasioned by the children retiring to their respective rooms after the opening of the School, and assembling again at the conclusion, may be avoided. It is almost needless to say, that the sexes should, if possible, be kept quite distinct, and that (especially in a large School) each class should be provided with a separate room, as the improvement of the children greatly depends upon order and silence being preserved. *

A School-honse has been erected on the above plan, on Friar's Moant, ado joining to Church-Street, Bethnal-Green. This building, which is capable of accommodating 1000 children, is 66 feet long by 37 wide, and consists of a ground



Hours of Attendance. The time to be occupied in the School must be regulated by the periods fixed for attendance on public worship - Where the number of children is so large, that they cannot be conveniently accommodated in the place of worship, the whole of the forenoon may be devoted to the purposes of tuition and religious instruction in the School-room; or a certain number of classes taken every Sunday morning in rotation. It appears desirable that each child should attend public worship at least once every Lord's Day. The managers, however, must act in this respect as circumstances may dictate.- Where there is no public service in the afternoon, the whole of that time may be employed in the work of tuition, An hour and a half, or two hours before worship in the morning, may be spent in the same way. In the evening, the children may be taken to the public lecture, if any; or it may be found the most profitable to devote the whole of that time to religious instruction; such as examining the children on the subjects which have been discussed in public; hearing them repeat their hymns, catechisms, &c. and giving them a word of exhortation. This exercise should not exceed two hours, lest, the children being wearied with long oonfinement, religious duties should be made a burden, which would defeat the design of the institution. It need hardly be added, that on every occasion the School should be opened and concluded with prayer,

Business of the Schools. It is advisable that there should be an established order of proceeding in the employments of the day, that the children inay not be at a loss how to proceed, in case the teacher should at any time be unavoidably detained after the usual hour of beginning School. It is to be hoped, however, that he will not permit any thing which may not strictly be considered as unavoidable to prevent his being in time, as punctuality is of the greatest importance not only to the discipline of the School and progress of the scholars, but to the habits, in other respects, of the children, and consequently to a great extent, of

their parents.

and upper story; the former of which is divided into seven, and the latter into might distinct rooms, which are capable of increase by subdividing. The rooms, though divided by a passage which runs from end to end, are thrown open by means of sliding partitions, consisting of three parts, divided horizontally; the lower part (about three feet big!) is fixed to the floor, the middle (of the same dimensions) .slides down as a shutter till it reaches the ground, at the same time acting by means of pullies upon the upper part which it raises to an horizontal position against the ceiling,

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