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CONGREGATIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION.
THE NORMAL AND THE MODEL BCHOOL.
UNDER this title, a most interesting little volume has been published by Mr. Snow, which has been, by mere accident, sadly neglected by us. It consists of “ an Inaugural Discourse, delivered at the opening of the Congregational Board of Education Normal School, Liverpool-street, Finsbury, August 23d, 1848, by Algernon Wells;" and an “Inaugural Discourse, delivered at the opening of the Congregational Board of Education Model Schools, Jewin-street, London, January 14th, 1849, by William J. Unwin, M.A., Principal of the Normal School ; with Notes, Illustrations, Views, and Plans."
It would be difficult to speak too highly of these lectures. They are replete with the best suggestions, and the best information on the subject of education, considered in its popular aspects. Mr. Wells's lecture is in his
own sensible, glowing, and convincing style, full of thoughts which Congregationalists need to ponder. And Mr. Unwin's, which proves his fitness for the post he occupies, is an invaluable treasure to all who are either devoted to the work of tuition, or who are looking forward to it. It is, moreover, fitted to be extensively useful wherever the churches are engaged in originating or perfecting educational plans. Mr. Unwin is master of his subject; and, in his Appendix, has furnished a vast amount of information on all topics connected with the efficient conduct of the schools, now so generally springing up in the Congregational Denomination.
We cannot but express a strong desire that wherever there is a Congregational School this volume may find a place.
PRIZE ESSAY ON POPERY. We have now to announce that the ad- The first Prize will have an award of judicators of this Prize are the Rev. John Twenty Pounds,-the second, of Ten, -and the Stoughton, of Kensington ; the Rev. William third, of Five. Campbell, A.M., late of Stockton; and the The Essays, with the words “Prize Essays" Rev. John Morison, D.D., LL.D.
written upon them, must be sent to Messrs. N.B.—The Essays may be sent in till the Ward and Co., Booksellers, Paternoster Row. 1st of April, 1850.
THE CALLS ARE SO MANY. This is one of the most common complaints she was perfectly ashamed to find that she of those who are called upon to contribute to had spent so much and given so little. She charitable objects: “The calls are so many," found that the calls were not
so very they say.
Now, let us inquire into this many." matter.
2. If the calls are so many,yet do not make 1. Are they really so many? Reckon that a reason for refusing them all. I fear them up. Perhaps they are not, after all, so that some do. But surely, that the calls are many as you imagine. Anything which an- so many, is no reason that you should not noys us at intervals, is apt to be considered comply with some of them. It is only a as coming oftener than it really does. When reason why you should not comply with all. a man has rent to pay, how frequently quar- Meet one-half of them generously, if you ter-day seems to come round! But it is not cannot meet them all. You acknowledge 60 with him who is the receiver. The calls that there ought to be some calls, when you are not, in fact, so many as yon imagine. I complain that they are so many: asked a wealthy lady once, who thought she 3. If the calls are many, are they more than gave a great deal away in charity, to keep an the wants ? Ought they not to be as many? accurate account for one year, of all she gave Would you have the calls fewer than the away, particularly to the religious charities; wants? That would never do;-then some (which are those that are most complained wants would never be supplied. Besides, of;) and I predicted that she would find, at you should consider who makes or permits the close of the year, that her donations had the wants--and therefore the calls-to be so been less than she imagined. She did so, and many, lest your complaint cast a reflection at the end of the year came to me, and said on God. If the calls are so many—too many,
and we must dispense with some, which shall they be?
Widows and orphans, and the poor generally, you dare not, as you fear God, except from your charities. Will you refuse the call of the Bible agent, or the Tract agent ? Will you withhold from Foreign Missions, or from Home Missions, or from both? Or will you say, “ We will contribute to send out and support missionaries both at home and abroad; but we will not aid in their education Let them get that as they can. Let them make their way through the academy, the college, and the theological seminary as they can. And let Sunday schools establish and support themselves; and temperance agents see, since they are so much in favour of abstinence, if they cannot get along without the staff of life.” For my part, I do not know what calls to except, and therefore I judge the safer way to be to receive none.
4. If the calls are many, the expenditures are more; and we not only spend, but waste, in more ways than we give.
5. If the calls you receive are so many, suppose, in order to avoid them, that you make some. Turn agent for some society, and you shall see how much more pleasant it is to make calls than to receive them. We will excuse you from contributing, if you will solicit. But that you would not like at all. * You cannot bear begging. It is the most unpleasant thing in the world to apply to people for money." Very well; if you decline this branch of the alternative, then do not complain of the other. If you will not turn out and make the calls, you must sit still and
receive them. It is the easier part; and you ought to be good-natured when you receive one of these calls—ay, and even grateful to the man who comes to you, that he affords you another opportunity of offering one of the sacrifices with which God is well pleased, without going out of your way to do it. Others must go about to do good, but you can sit still and do good.
6. If the calls are so many, this importunity will not last long. Not more than seventy or eighty years does it ever continue. If it is an annoyance, you can bear it a few years.
In eternity you will never receive these or any other calls. I know several richi men whose last calls were made on them in 1833.
Do these calls pester you? Ther bless others. Yonder is a poor woman reading the Bible which your money paid for. And there is another weeping over a tract which she owes to your donation. And there is a third blessing the good people that support domestic missions: and there is a heathen mother, bo, perhaps, would have immolated her child, if your contribution had not helped to send her the gospel. Do you hear that young man? How well he preaches! You assisted to educate him. Dear friend, do not complain, but welcome every call; treat all the agents with civility, and do as much as you any way can for the various benevolent objects; for " the time is short," and all the regret which your liberality will occasion you I will sent to suffer.--Dr. Nerins.
HYMN FOR CHRISTMAS.
ADAPTED TO THE SPANISH CHANT.
FAR, far from realms of light
Angels are bending.
Come and adore him.
Angels attend him.
Come and adore him,
Sinners, he left for you
Come and adore him.
And all adore thee.
Bible, the best Book for the Closet 513
No. 3. The Wisdom and
Thought" . 72, 187, 295, 353, 465,577
to Ministers on Economising their
No. 5. The Missionary An-
REVIEW OF Books.
the London Missionary Society 362
REVIEW OF BOOKs.
Alexander's “Spirits of Just Men made
REVIEW OF BOOKS.
Newmau's Sorrows and Aspirations of
Ollerenshaw's Seventh-day Slavery , 587
Albion Chapel, Southampton