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LAMBETH RAGGED SCHOOLS.-SHOE-BLACK SOCIETY.
Remember, time is short-eternity is long ; you are hastening there, and the main end of your life is to prepare for it. You would make a poor bargain, though you gained all Australia, if by so doing you lost your soul. Think much of what the Bible says about this. Seek the Lord Jesus now, and take him as your Saviour, Guide, and best Friend.
Strive so to live on earth that we may meet again in heaven.
Do not lose this paper; read it over and over until you are able to practise very much of what it tells
you. Farewell! The Lord give you understanding in all things.
Ever your sincere friend, A. A. Read Deut. ch. xxx. 15, to the end ; Ezek. xxxvi. 25-29.
DEPARTURE OF MORE EMIGRANTS. We are happy to state that another batch of emigrants from the Ragged Schools sailed from Liverpool in the “ Hibernia,” for Port Adelaide, on the 22nd of February. They were connected with the following Schools :Grotto Passage School, 3; Golden Lane, 1; Hoxton, 2; Field Lane, 1; Paddington Wharfs, 1 ; and Westminster Refuge, 2.- Total, 1).
LAMBETH RAGGED SCHOOLS. We have pleasure in directing the attention of our readers to the advertisement announcing the opening of these schools. We are also enabled, in the frontispiece of our present number, to give sketches of the elevation and the ground-plan of this substantial and commodious building.
The schools have been erected at a cost of about £10,000, at the sole expense of Henry Beaufoy, Esq., of South Lambeth ; and although it may be considered that this is a large sum to expend upon the erection of Ragged Schools, yet it must be borne in mind, that the munificent founder of this institution, while he has been desirous of providing for the instruction of the ragged children in the most ample manner, has also intentionally reared a becoming and enduring memorial of his deceased wife, whose benevolence and sympathy in her lifetime were largely extended towards the very poorest children, for whom she purposed in her heart to make some lasting provision.
In building these schools, Mr. Beaufoy has also been desirous that no extra burden arising from maintaining such an extensive erection should ever fall upon the committee who have to provide for the educational purposes of the school, and with this object he intends investing in the funds the sum of £4,000, the interest of which is to be devoted to the perpetual maintenance of the building in complete repair.
Besides the rooms shown in the ground-plan, there are four rooms above, two of which are intended for senior and improved youths, one for a girls' sewing class and a committee room. There are also extensive and separate washing and other necessary offices attached, but which are not shown in the plan. The rooms are well lighted with gas, and warmed throughout by hot water. We give the ground-plan, believing it will be found a desirable arrangement for schools of less expensive construction.
A large sum will be annually required for the educational purposes of the school, and we trust our Lambeth friends will receive the support of a goodly number of annual subscribers, to enable them effectively to work the splendid schools which the munificence of Mr. Beaufoy has placed in their hands.
SHOE-BLACK SOCIETY. “Why should it be necessary to form a Society, merely for the purpose of employing a number of ragged scholars as shoe-blacks during a few months of the approaching summer? “Could it not be managed in a quiet way by a few friends connected with the several schools, without making so much noise about it P”-Such are the questions occasionally asked respecting this
MR. WILBERFORCE AND HIS VISIT TO CHEDDER.
temporary association, and which, we think, may be answered in a few words. A proper agency was required to carry out the arrangements systematically, or the effort might become an evil instead of a blessing; and none were so likely to accomplish this as a number of gentlemen in an associated capacity, who would undertake all the responsibilities. There are also difficulties connected with the proposal, requiring much careful consideration and prudent management, and which could not be properly dealt with if intrusted to isolated individuals.
We are glad to find that the committee have, to a certain degree, matured their arrangements, and are now in a position to receive candidates
for the new employment. It must be evident that the success of the scheme will depend very much upon a proper selection of the lads who are to be employed, and no parties will be so able to assist in this as the superintendents and teachers of the schools. We therefore entreat them most earnestly to recommend none but those on whom they can place the utmost dependence, and whose age, character, and general conduct, render them proper and hopeful candidates. Let none be recommended on the mere ground of individual necessity.
Communications on this subject, containing names of candidates, time in school, nature of former employment, and other necessary particulars, should be addressed to the Honorary Secretary, R. J. Snape, Esq., 11, Serle Street, Lincoln's Inn.
The attention of many parties, hitherto uninterested in Ragged Schools, has been directed to them through this novel scheme, and we trust that through the blessing of God, it may even exceed the anticipations of its sanguine projectors, and besides benefiting those lads who may be employed, lead to an extended interest in the good work.
The following letter, addressed to a member of our Visiting Committee, has lately been forwarded to us, with the liberal donation to which it refers. We insert it in our columns with the desire that other commercial firms may be induced to follow the good example :
MY DEAR FOSTER, I have not forgot you once told me that we ought to belong to the Ragged School Union. I now inclose you a cheque for £52. TOs., to be entered in the name of our firm, as a donation from Messrs. Groucock, Copestake, and Moore. As you are a visitor and take a deep interest in these schools, I shall feel obliged if you can call here on Thursday to meet Dr. Rice, (to whom I have given a cheque for the Royal Free Hospital, which we are going to visit,) and kindly accompany us to the Field Lane and other Ragged Schools, which we wish to see, and also the Westminster Juvenile Refuge. Bow Churchyard.
I am, truly yours, G. MOORE.
MR. WILBERFORCE AND HIS VISIT TO CHEDDER. MR. WILBERFORCE writes in his diary for 1789:-"Thursday, August 20. At Cowslip Green all day. 21st. After breakfast to see Chedder. Intended to read, dine, etc., among the rocks, but could not get rid of the people, so determined to go back again. The rocks very fine. Had some talk with the people, and gave them something ; grateful beyond measure ; wretchedly poor and deficient in spiritual help. I hope to amend their state.” It was this
MR. WILBERFORCE AND HIS VISIT TO CHEDDER.
visit which gave rise to Mrs. More’s exertions for her neglected neighbours. The vicar of Chedder at that time was non-resident, and his curate, who lived nine miles off, at Wells, visited the parish on Sundays only. The following circumstances have been recorded by Mrs. Martha More :
“In the month of August, 1789, Providence directed Mr. Wilberforce and his sister to spend a few days at Cowslip Green. The cliffs of Chedder are esteemed the greatest curiosity in those parts. We recommended Mr. W. not to quit the country till he had spent a day in surveying these. We easily prevailed on him, and the day was fixed; but after a little reflection he changed his mind, fancied time would hardly permit, and the whole was given up. The subject of the cliffs was renewed at breakfast; we again extolled their beauties, and urged the pleasure he would receive by going. He went. When he returned, I inquired how he liked the cliffs. He replied, they were very fine, but the poverty and distress of the people was dreadful. He retired to his apartment, and dismissed even his reader. I feared Mr. W. was not well. The cold chicken and wine put into his carriage for dinner were returned untouched. Mr. W. appeared at supper, seemingly refreshed with a higher feast than we had sent with him. The servant at his desire was dismissed, when immediately he began, ‘Miss Hannah More, something must be done for Chedder.' He then proceeded to a particular account of his day—of the inquiries he had made respecting the poor; there was no - resident minister, no manufactory, nor any dawn of comfort, either temporal or spiritual. The method or possibility of assisting them was discussed till a late hour; it was at length decided in a few words by Mr. W. exclaiming, * If you will be at the trouble, I will be at the expense.' Something, commonly called an impulse, crossed my heart, that told me it was God's work, and it would do; and though I never have, nor probably shall, recover the same emotion, yet it is my business to water it with watchfulness, and to act up to its dictates. Mr. W. and his sister left us in a day or two afterwards. We turned many schemes in our heads, every possible way; at length those measures were adopted which led to the foundation of the different schools.” Of these very schools Mr. Wilberforce wrote, just three years
afterwards :August 26, 1792.-Sunday: “ Accompanied the Miss Mores to Shipham, Hounswick, Axbridge, and Chedder. God seems to prosper the work ; both among old and young are those who are turning to him. Near a thousand children in all. One mere child had brought all his father's household to family prayers.” At a still later date, Hannah More wrote to Mr. Wilberforce, in 1808 :-"In October we shall keep our twentieth anniversary of the opening of Chedder schools. We have very many children of those who were heretofore scholars; and within the last eight or nine years, above a hundred are gone out to service (well instructed and
promising) from Chedder only. Do you remember John Hill, our first scholar, whose piety and good manners you used to notice? He afterwards became a teacher, but war tore him from us. Judge of our pleasure to see him at Weymouth. There was a sort of review. Everybody praised the training of eight hundred men, so well disciplined. The officers said they were fit for any service. One of them said, “ All this is owing to the great abilities and industry of Sergeant Hill."--Tract Magazine.
All Christians have not the same means of doing good ; but all in some measure promote the glory of God, and the good of man. The Ragged Schools open to every benevolent heart a special way to pour out its bounty, and support their effort-children's mites-weekly pence--annual pounds ; their magazines twopence, and one a half-penny, meet all classes, and invité them to come and help us.” And when they, like Chedder, shall keep their twentieth anniversary, our heavenly Father accepting the work and giving the increase—“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these little ones, ye have done it to Me,"-we, too, shall
reap the peaceable fruits of righteousness, and see, in effect, that good and pleasant thing, “ brethren dwelling together in unity."
HOW MUCH OUGHT I TO KEEP ? A FRIEND lately said, “I have often asked myself what I ought to give for the cause of Christ, but I have recently been thinking and asking what I OUGHT TO KEEP P"
This is the question every Christian ought to put to himself. We may keep as much of God's property, which he has put into our hands, as is needed for sustaining life ; we may keep some of the comforts of life, but we are not at liberty to indulge in luxuries, and give little or nothing for spreading the Gospel
. The questions," How much ought I to give P" and “How much ought I to do?” are often tantamount to, “How little can I give P” and “How little can I do and yet be respectable ?” Reader ! how much have you done for the promotion of God's glory? How much have you given to relieve the poor and the needy ?
PATRIOTIC GARDENS, PERTH.-Last autumn, the Directors held an inspection of the allotments; and taking the assistance of a deputation from the Kinnoull Horticultural Society, (consisting of Messrs. Gowenlock, Clark, and M‘Dougall,) they made a minute examination of each lot, and agreed to recommend for prizes the following, from the 150 into which the grounds are divided :
1. G. LORIMER- Lot neatly inclosed, with an excellent variety of vegetables, a tasteful arbour with flower departments—all in the most excellent order.
2. The Boys' SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY—Though amongst the latest of cultivation, has excellent crops, well cultivated, clean, and in good order, doing great credit to the industry of the boys.
THE LOST FOUND.
Heedless, once, of every warning,
The Children's Gallery.
THE RAGGED GIRL'S DYING boys and girls sporting in the street, or TESTIMONY.
among the grassy clumps in the square, Does it not sound strange to hear it said you knew quite well that your last game of some people, that when dying they were was played, that never again would you run happy? Just think, the next time you races on the lawn, and before the sweet look into the glass, how you would like flowers had begun to bloom, you would be to see your bright eyes become dim and “ faded and gone?” Would it not rather sunk, your full rosy cheeks pale and make you very sad to see mother standing wasted, your hair lying in locks upon at your bedside weeping, and know that your aching forehead, wet with the cold she had your winding-sheet lying in a dampsweat, and your poor body full of pains drawer, that men would soon be nailing the that would never leave you till you died ! plate upon your coffin, which told how Could you be happy if, when confined to long you had lived and when you died?-to bed, you saw your fingers grow smaller think that, before the end ofanother month, every day, and felt sure that in less than that sweet face you were once so fond of a week they would be cold and stiff; and looking at would be deep down in a dark when you heard the merry laughter of damp grave, and so loathsome that no
THE CHILDREN'S GALLERY.
one would wish to see it again? This Saviour, she said, “Oh, yes! I do love has been the case with thousands of boys Him, because he loved sinners, and died to and girls, who were once as young and save them from their sins." sprightly as you; and the world will not be When he was reading a part of the much older than it is before the same thing fourteenth chapter of John, she looked up takes place with many more. (Some lovely with a half smile upon her little face, and children are wasting away now.) Perhaps said, “ Wasn't Christ kind to poor sinmost of them were very much afraid ;
On being asked if she was a they did not like to die so soon. They sinner, she replied, “Oh! I am a great got on very fast at school, but never sinner; I have a very wicked heart.” learned to love Jesus; so they were very “But how can you be so wicked ; you are anxious to live a little longer; sometimes so young ?” “ We were all born in sin," they said,
was the reply, “and unless we are born "I am content to die; but, oh, not now!"
again, we cannot see Jesus.” She said But others were not afraid ; they were
the meaning of being born again was, that
God changed the heart and put love in it, very happy even in death ; they did not
for Christ's sake. think so much of the grave as of heaven; She then asked the gentleman to pray and although they did not know much about
for her; while he was offering prayer, it, yet they knew a great deal about
with her little hands clasped, and her Jesus, and this made them often say,
eyes raised to heaven, she cried out, “ 'Tis quite enough that He knows all, « Lord, hear prayer; hear prayer for me; And I shall be with him.”
for Christ's sake, pardon my sins, and They loved the Saviour, and in loving
prepare me for heaven.”
Her father, him they were happy, and felt safe in his
mother, and little sister, were kneeling hands. Even when suffering great pain round the bed, sobbing aloud, less happy they could sometimes sing, like the boy in than their dying child. While her kind his “garret home”
friend was praying for them, she looked " And when I'm to die,
up still more anxiously, the sweat shining Receive me,' I'll cry,
upon her forehead, and with a clear voice 'For Jesus hath loved me I cannot tell why. But this I do find,
cried out, “O God! for Jesus' sake, give We two are so join'd,
my father and mother new hearts.” That he'll not be in glory and leave me behind.” When he was about to leave, she took Some little boys and girls from the
him by the hand, and looking gratefully Ragged Schools are there ; they left all
in his face, said, “ You are my father.” their rags behind them, and now they are
“You are mistaken,” said he, “ father is “arrayed in fine linen clean and white- standing at the foot of the bed.” “Yes,” the righteousness of the saints.”
she replied, “I know he is, but it was you About six weeks ago, a kind gentleman
who first told me about Jesus Christ." belonging to one of these schools was
She then added, “I am going very soon; sent for by a little girl who was very ill.
I hope to see you again, but if I don't, I She was not old—having only seen seven
will meet you in heaven.” rummers—and although she could not Two days after this, “the pale horse read the Bible, yet she had committed
and his rider” came, and took up her many texts to memory from hearing happy spirit to dwell with God for ever. others repeat them. Her parents were “ Far from home, fatigued, oppress’d, very poor and very careless—the little
Here she found no place of rest, girl had not always enough to eat, and
But now she leans on Jesus' breast,
From cold and hunger free." her clothes were so thin and tattered that during the damp, chilly month of Decem- During her illness, she often entreated ber her teeth were often chattering with her father and mother to repent of their the cold ; this brought on inflammation sins, and to go to a place of worship, which, of the bowels. When her kind friend of course, they promised to do, in order entered the dull, empty-looking room in to please her. The day before she died, which she lay, the little sufferer looked she said to her mother, “ You are not to up so gratefully, and said, “Oh! I am glad allow my sister to wear my clothes; I you have come—I thought I would not want you to keep them ; not that I care have
seen you again I am so ill.” “What for the clothes, but when you see them is it you want with me?” She replied, they will make you think of me, and "I want you to read the Bible to me, perhaps remind you of the promise and tell me more about Jesus Christ and you have made to seek the Saviour, for heaven.” When asked if she loved the I do want to meet you in heaven.”