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of observing a more regular and cheer- taking in which they have embarked ful attendance of the children at school their best feelings and exertions for and at church, neatly attired. This the good of the rising generation. pleasing result of the first-fruits of The subscriptions and donations for their labours was most encouraging, one year amount to 721. and
your Committee, as soon as their funds would admit, furnished thirty Antigua Branch Association of the Inboys with a leather cap and blue cloth corporated Society for “ I'he Conjacket each, and an equal number of version and Religious Instruction and girls with plaid bonnets. Twelve most Education of the Negro Slaves in the indigent boys were also supplied with British West India Islands." a suit of clothes each, to enable them From the Report of last year, it to attend the school, from which they
appears that in the extensive and
popuhad been previously almost excluded. lous parish of St. John, the Schools,
Your Committee might mention, as supported by the Parent Society, are some proof of the benefits which have
producing the most beneficial results. already attended their humble efforts, At the close of 1828, the number in that the average attendance of chil- the Boys' School was reported to be dren at school and church has lately as follows: · Free, 163, slaves, 42; increased from forty-five to eighty in total, 205. number; a circumstance to which they Quitted during the year 1829, viz. advert with pleasure, and which can only be rendered permanent by the Apprenticed to trades.
7 kind assistance of a generous public. Gone into Service
Your Comınittee have the honour, Ditto, with or for the bewith sentiments of the highest respect,
nefit of their owners 0 ..20 to acknowledge the liberal donation
Gone to other schools.... 14 0
Left the school, without for which they beg most respectfully
affording the Master any
38 33 71 ship is actuated by higher motives
134 than any satisfaction to be derived
Admitted during the same period 54 from the praises of a few humible individuals, but they cannot suffer the
Total at the close of 1829: opportunity to pass, without noticing
148 the peculiar gratification felt by your Slaves
40 Committee, that their endeavours have
188 received the sanction and support of a At the close of 1828, the number in Prelate of the Church so justly held the Girls' School was reported to in the highest estimation in every part be as follows :-Free, 70, slaves 28; of his diocese.
total, 98. The thanks of the Committee are
Quitted during the year 1829, viz. offered, as well to the friends of the Society generally, for their support Finished, and at home with during the past year, as to those in
12 0 particular by whose liberal contribu
Left the school
3 0 tions a plain and wholesome repast
Removed to other schools
0 was provided for the children con
Removed to the properties nected with the School, during the
in the country to which
3 Christmas holidays; and likewise to
0 those gentlemen who honoured them
12 4 with their presence on that occasion. The Committee trust that a Society so
34 7 41 decidedly useful will not be suffered to
57 become extinct through actual want,
Admitted during the year 1829 35 and they fervently hope that they may be enabled to prosecute an under
Free. Slaves. Total
At the examination of the boys and sation from their respective masters, girls at Christmas, great satisfaction having failed, and the depressed state was afforded to all present at the pro- of the funds of the Branch Association ficiency made by the children; and it being inadequate to recompense any was gratifying to observe the effects of longer, as it has been wont to do, a plan, formed with a view of training even so small a number as seven such up boys and girls in habits of economy teachers for the whole parish, the and industry. From the small weekly Rector was induced, when he required saving of two 'dogs, or three halfpence the resignation of the catechist, to sterling, and the like sum added to it entreat the Bishop to allow a portion by a few charitably disposed persons
of that officer's salary to be applied to associated with the Rector, several of the rewarding of the humble but inthe children were enabled to appear, dispensable labours of the subordinate the boys, each in a pair of white drill teachers. His Lordship, ever anxious trowsers, distinguished by a red stripe, to meet the wishes of his Clergy in and the girls, each in a plain white adopting such measures as they confrock, distinguished by a bow of blue sider most beneficial to their respecriband, as the produce of their little tive parishes, immediately consented savings.
to the arrangement; and thus, with The day after Christmas-day, a com- the sacrifice of the labours of the fortable dinner, consisting of roast catechist, the services of a larger mutton and plum pudding, was pro
number of subordinate teachers have vided for the children, from contribu- been secured, and through their entions raised expressly for the purpose. deavours, directed and encouraged by
The “ Society for aiding the Edu- the visits of the minister on every chief cation of Poor Children,” has fully estate once in a fortnight out of crop, answered the end mainly contemplated instruction in the Church Catechism, in its formation, and by the judicious broken into short questions and anand kind attention of the Managing swers, and especially in reading, has Committee in furnishing sixty of the made a marked progress; and with children with a common and Sunday great satisfaction it can now be said, that dress, their attendance at school has out of about forty estates in the parish, been much more regular, and their every considerable estate has its subappearance at church highly respect- ordinate teacher, either belonging to able.
it or living nigh by; and it is confiFrom the gratifying report here dently hoped, that by this domestic given of the Daily Schools, attention provision a security has been made is next called to the progress of reli- against the loss of instruction, hitherto gious instruction among the negroes. so painfully felt by the interruption With them a system different from what had been heretofore followed has The good effect of this system has been of late pursued, and the success been further proved by the great that has attended it warrants its per- increase of the Sunday School in St. manent adoption. It was found that John's, the instruction there to be in this parish the visits of a lay received, as well as on the estate, catechist, unless frequently supported being, by an understanding between by the presence of the minister, were the Rector and the subordinate teacher, coldly received by the negroes, and
connected with each other. The numlittle appreciated by the planter. Ex- ber in August was found to be about perience had already pointed out the seventy; from September to the prenecessity of engaging subordinate sent time it has been seldom below teachers to give instruction daily, if 250, and often as high as 300. possible, on each estate, in order to The day after Christmas-day, nearly make any sure progress. The expec- 300 slaves, who attend the Sunday tations held out at the Rector's depar- School, were assembled in the unture to England at the close of 1828, occupied space before the altar in St. that such teachers would, in some few John's Church, and examined in the instances, receive pecuniary compen- broken Catechism by companies, ac
of the crop
cording to the estates to which they (male and female), composed of the belonged. The effect was most pleasing, free blacks and slaves of the town of not only for the accuracy with which St. John. Its object is, by small the answers were made, but for the savings (the men of four shillings curwell-ordered and varied tone in which rency, the women of two shillings they were delivered by the united
currency per month), to lay up in voices of the negroes from each estate, store for themselves a provision for according to the manner in which they sickness, and in death for their interare taught in classes by their teachers. ment. It has merited the kind paSome of them afterwards spelt words tronage of his Excellency and Lady of one
more syllables on the Ross, the former having contributed national system, ard others (about a liberal donation to the males, and twenty) read correctly in the Psalms. the latter to the females, on their first The examination concluded, as it had organization; and the like liberality begun, with singing a portion of the was also shewn by the Bishop and Evening Hymn.
Mrs. Coleridge, the moment that the By the following statement of mar- institution was recommended to his riages and baptisms in the parish of Lordship’s notice by the Rector of the St. John, it will be seen that of the parish. The number and condition of former, as respects the slaves, there has the members of the two branches of been a most gratifying increase during this Friendly Society are as follows:the last year, far beyond any former
Males-Free blacks ..... 84 return.
131 Marriages-Free, coloured and
Females-Free blacks .... 182
519 Baptisms-Free, coloured and
74 Slaves (of whom 5 were adults) 162
As is the custom with similar so
cieties in England—the members of the Total....
236 Friendly Society, the males first, two
and two, and the females next, in the The attendance of all classes at same order—the procession, headed by church, both at morning and after- the Rector and his Curate in their noon service, has been greatly on the gowns, walked to St. John's Church increase. The pews have been found on New-year's-day, where there was inadequate to meet the numerous ap- delivered to them a sermon approplications for sittings, and being also priate to the occasion. The deportin a state of decay, the inhabitants of ment of all the members was very the town and parish have, with a respectable, and their
deliberality highly creditable to them- cent and sober; and this association of selves, come forward with subscrip- religious feelings with moral obligations for erecting new pews on an tion will tend, it is hoped, under the arrangement by which it is calculated
Divine blessing, to knit them together 250 persons more than at present will more closely, and induce them, as be accommodated, and it is hoped that they were then exhorted to do, to before the close of this year that “consider one another, to provoke highly desired object will be accom- unto love and good works.” plished.
The space which this department of Connected, if not with the religious our journal already occupies, prevents instruction, doubtless with the moral
us from entering more into detail with improvement of that part of the com- this interesting Report. We may remunity whom the Society in England, mark, however, that the state of the and the Association here, have ever other parishes are in a corresponding regarded as objects of their care, is the course of progressive, intellectual and establishment of a FRIENDLY Society religious improvement; and thus the
unremitting exertions of the Bishop system of domestic instruction is inand Clergy are abundantly attested by dispensable to the furtherance of the their success.
The plain statement important objects which the Society of facts is an ample refutation of the in England and the Association here calumnies which are daily poured forth so anxiously desire. But the low state by the anti-slavery orators, and of the of the finances of the Association forfalsehoods which are unblushingly pub- bids us to look to that quarter for the lished in their Reports.
means required. By the subjoined This attendance of the negro popu- statement from the Treasurer, it will lation at public worship increases, not- be seen that the small sum of 701. 19s. withstanding the evil continuance of currency only has been appropriated Sunday markets would tempt them to to the payment of such teachers, and profane the Sabbath, and to turn their that this is all that the funds can backs on the house of God. It is allow towards that purpose, the refurther gratifying to observe an in- mainder being applied, for the precreasing desire to abandon the still too sent, to the payment of the rent of a common and unholy practice of pro- house for the Mistress of the Girls' miscuous intercourse, and to enter the School, in St. John's. Still it is hoped, holy estate of matrimony. As re- that as the character of the Society spects the progress in reading and is better understood, and the measures religious instruction in the several pursued in connexion with it are better parishes of this island, it would appear appreciated, greater readiness will be from the Report, that a more extended shewn in forwarding its objects.
Anthony Musgrave, Treasurer, in Account with “ The Branch Association.”
ST. CHRISTOPHER. At a meeting of the Legislature, the Report of the Governors of the ChariReport of the Governors of the Chari
table Institution. table Institution, directed at the last To the Honourable the Board of meeting to be prepared, was laid before Council, and the Honourable the the Honourable Board and House. House of Assembly. The children, with the Principal, at- The Governors of the Charitable tended in the Assembly Room, and Institution, for the support and eduthe House expressed itself highly gra
cation of destitute white children, pretified at the improvement which had sent to the Honourable the Board of taken place in the appearance and in Council, and the Honourable the House the education of the children, and at of Assembly, the accompanying statethe attention of the Principal. The ments, as the most satisfactory means following is a copy of the Report. of shewing how they have discharged
the important trust which has been designed for a boarder, who had been reposed in them. The first statement negligent in attendance, to one of the shews the amount of money which day-scholars, that had been more has been at the disposal of the Gover- punctual; and they have found this nors since the 1st of August, 1827, to occasional practice produce a most the 8th of February, 1830, with the happy effect, in procuring a regular application in gross sums; the second, attendance at church and school. In the several charges in each quarter's December last, the Governors deemed account, with its amount, and first and it advisable to renew the practice of second years' expenses; and the third, the Anniversary Sermon, chiefly with the number of children that have been the view of bringing again the interests admitted and discharged since the of the important establishment more passing of the present Bill. It will distinctly before the public. The be found, that during that period, Governors trust that the measure has eighteen children have been educated been attended with this effect, and and sent out to business ; and there they are happy to state that the col
at present on the Institution, lection made on the occasion enabled twelve permanent boarders, who are them to afford the children a very furnished with every necessary, at
comfortable dinner on that day, and 401. each; twenty-two day-boarders, to take into the establishment two who are supplied with breakfast on additional day-boarders. The Goverevery school-day, and clothing suf- nors trust it will be found that they ficient to enable them to give a con- have conducted the Institution entirely stant attendance at church and school, on the principles of the Bill under and generally to make a decent appear- which they acted, and they would ance, at about 11l.each per annum; and further, from ample experience, give thirty-four day-scholars, who receive a most decided opinion as to the imthe benefits of education, and occa- portant good ends which the Institusionally have a small gratuity, gene- tion is now furthering. rally shoes, as a reward for their
DANIEL GATEWARD Davis. punctual attendance at church and
T. O'MALEY. school. The Governors have tried
THOMAS SWANSTON. every means of rendering the liberal
Jos. K. WATTLEY. grant of the Legislature as effective as
G. H. BURT. possible, and they have sometimes
Chas. O'HARA Neate. found it necessary to give the clothing
Nichs. CLEMENTS HENRY.
BARBADOS. Eleventh Annual Report of the Bar- To those who have been prevented
bados Society, for the Education from witnessing the manner in which of the Poor in the Principles of the the schools are conducted, it may be Established Church.
desirable to convey some accurate in
formation, as to the routine of daily. The number of boys at present in employment and study. Before the the school is 121, the number of girls, hour of school, the boarders are busied 65—total 186 children: of these, 40 in putting their dormitory and schoolboys and 15 girls are clothed and room in order—in making or mending boarded Through the liberal pro- their clothes-in cleaning their shoesvision of the vestry of St. Michael's, and in forming other habits conducive the day-scholars continue to have a to method and cleanliness.
At nine dinner every day, with the exception o'clock the school is opened with of Saturday; and are clothed in a prayers, which are read by the Rev. uniform dress, which both gives re- Mr. Redwar, the master, after the spectability to their appearance, and Morning Hymn has been
Two secures their attendance at public hours are then devoted to reading, to worship on Sunday.
writing (on paper and slate), and to