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:- REPORT'""


OF THE BANGOR DIOCESAN COMMITTEE, OF THE Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, ENDING AUGUST 3d, 1825. On the summary of Books placed at the foot of this Report, it will be found that the sale of Bi- biss. Pra'ver-books and Psalters, in both the Bnsflish and Languages, has greatly ex- ceeded thesaj" of last year The saie of Bibles has increased in the ratio of one-third, and the sale of the Prayer-books and Psalters four-fold. A proof that with an increasing population, there —ca—K—isaca—— continues to be an increasing demand both for the word of God, and also for that book which forms its best commentary. During the last year, six hew Members have been added to the list of subscribers to the Parent Society, recommended by the Diocesan Commit- tee. The persons so recommended are, The Rev. Thomas Griffith Roberts, Rector of Llan- aber, Merionethshire; The Rev. William Hicks Owen, Curate of Llancil, Merionethshire Johti Williams, Esq. Pant Lodge. Anglesey Griffith Jones, ,Esq. Banker, Dolgelley, Merionethshire; Rev. JEvan Williams, Curate of Rhoscolyn, An- glesey. Rev. David Hughes, Curate of Llan- fairfeohan, Carnarvonshire; the whole number of persons admitted giuce the formation of this Com- mittee is 17-k Donations also have been made t the Society amounting to more than £ 110. As to the state of education in the principles of the established Church, within the district con- nected with this Committee, nothing new of im- portance remains to be added 10 the full report which was given in the year 1S22, by which it appeared that the number of daily schools, under the direction of the parochial Clergy, were 32.— The children educated 2709, and that the amount of annual sums for supporting these schools was about,11300, being less than 10s. a-head; includ- ing all incidental expenses, as books, fire, the re- pair of School-houses, &c. &c. It may be pro- per to add here, that the School established in the parishes of Llandrygarn and Bodwrog. in the Is- land of Anglesey, which was referred to last year as being in a state of progress, is now in full ac- tion. Another School is contemplated for the benefit of the united parishes of Llanrhyddlad, I Llanrhwydrus, and LlanffleWyn, in the same county, to which considerable contributions have been made; and having been united with the National Society, it is now awaiting the result of an application for a grant of money from that Society. Much has been done in some parts of this dis- trict towards the religious and moral education of the poor; much yet remains to be done in every part. Even in the connty of Anglesey, in which greater exertions have been made by the paro- chial Clergy towards this object than in manv parts of the kingdom, which are far more favour- ably circumstanced even in that county there are places in which the formation of National Schools is much called for. An examination of the Schools in Anglesey took place a short tiiiie ago; three centrical examinations'were held bv the C lergy of the Island, attended by the local" Se- cretary of the National Society and by some of the Laity of the first respectability, as well as by some of the parents of the children who were ex- amined. One of these examinations was held at Pentraeth, which embraced the Peiiti-aetli and Llangefni Schools. A second was held at L'an- dyfrydog, which embraced the Llanerchvmed<i, Amlwch, and Llangwyfan Schools t and a third was held at Holyhead. At these Meetings a stlln was collected amounting to £ ($, which3 was expended in the purchase of religious books, which books were distributed to the deserving children. These examinations appear to have been at- tended with the very best effects they act as en- couragements both to those who teach and to those who are taught they create new friends to the religious and moral instruction of the poor and they awaken the poor to a sense of the sub- stantial benefits, which the rich are seeking to pro- cure for them. May we not yet hope, that they who are not friendly to the modern system that is adopted for the instruction of the poorerclasses, will at length be convinced, and suffer their doubts and antici- pations to yield to the evidence of well attested facts ? The Committee held out a promise some time since, to give a return of the numbers educated in the Sunday Schools in both the English and Welsh Languages, they await a favourable op- portunity for making that report, and that they may ao It with satisfaction, they earnestly press upon the consideration of the public the impor- tance of these institutions, as affording the only means of Instruction by which some of the lower orders can benefit; many of whom thro' past neg- lect, or by reason of their present daily occupa- tions, are debarred from every other means of re- ligious improvement. By many of this descrip- t.on of persons, the Sabbath is spent in idleness and profligacy. In some places these Schools are conducted by the gratuitous assistance and voluntary Contributions of the laity, directed by the Clergymen, here much is effected and at little expense. The formation of a New Institution has been suggested by many persons, and approved of by others, which, could it be effected, would per- haps meet the wishes of two opposing parties, both of those who would promote and of those who are not satisfied as to the propriety of edu- cating the poor. The institution alluded to is "A School or House of Industry for the training of Female Servants," to be instructed in such branches of knowledge, both religious, moral and domestic, as may best fit them for the offices of the humble stations in which they may be placed, whether as the wives of labourers or me- chanics, or as the servants of the middle or hiffher "<;}I\lO nf xe T r- ° I y ii an iiisiiiuiion oi tnis natur< should be adopted by the higher laity, and sup- ported by the united efforts of two or more ad. joining counties, it is presumed that it might con- tribute much to the religious improvement tt moral restraints, the industrious and cleanly ha bits of the lower classes, and to the comfort ant interest of the higher.