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or 'Tis the cruel gripe,
That lean, hard-handed Poverty inflicts,
The hope of better things, the chance to win,
The wish to shine, the thirst to be amused,
That at the sound of Winter's hoary wing
Unpeople all our counties of such herds
Of fluttering, loitering, cringing, begging, loose,
And wanton vagrants, as make London, vast
And boundless as it is, a crowded coop.

O thou, resort and mart of all the earth,
Chequer'd with all complexions of mankind,
And spotted with all crimes; in whom I see
Much that I love, and more that I admire,
And all that I abhor ; thou freckled fair,
That pleasest and yet shock’st me. I can laugh,
And I can weep, can hope, and can despond,
Feel wrath and pity, when I think on thee !
Ten righteous would have saved a city once ;
And thou hast many righteous.-Well for thee-
That salt preserves thee; more corrupted else,
And, therefore, more obnoxious, at this hour,
Than Sodom, in her day, had power to be,
For whom God heard his Abraham plead in vain."-CowPER.




It is a good old custom in issuing a Volume to prefix a few sentences addressed to its readers. To this practice we feel it a privilege to conform on the present occasion. The year now closing has been an eventful one in the history of Ragged Schools. We have laboured for years, in concert with those great and good men with whom the movement originated, to bring the cause into that position of interest and usefulness which it now occupies. Not without congratulations to all friends, and above all, with fervent thankfulness to Almighty God, do we review the past and contemplate the future. This Volume, in its successive Numbers, has not only given ample details of facts, and statistics illustrative of popular ignorance, poverty, and crime, especially among


young, but it also contains most gratifying records, either of new enterprises starting full in their beneficent career, or else of golden sheaves gathered, after much prayer and praise, from fields long cultivated, and for some time at least, apparently cultivated in vain. We have also given a series of leading articles, by which attention has, we trust, been concentrated on specific objects, and difficulties and objections as to their practicability or usefulness, thoroughly considered and obviated. We have also noticed the hopeful signs of the times manifested in the increased attention which, contrasted with the past, is now given by political economists, by writers of the press, by persons of rank and influence, and by the British Legislature itself, to the condition of those in whom we are so deeply interested. The working of the “ Common Lodging House Act” is truly gratifying, while the operations of the “Board of Health," the parish authorities, under its direction, the auspicious movements of “The Ragged Church and Chapel Union,” together with the proposed Bills of Lord Shaftesbury and Mr. Adderley, have all received our particular attention, and will continue to do so.

We shall be happy to receive continued and increased co-operation from all our Subscribers and Friends. This can be rendered in various ways :

First,-By seeking to extend the circulation of our “ Magazine.” Past experience has proved, as a rule, that fresh readers become subscribers and warm supporters of the “Union” and its objects. And are there not many more who would help in this blessed work, if it were but brought before them by a periodical which is entirely devoted to its advancement ?

Secondly.-We also entreat our friends to take a warmer interest in “Our Children's Magazine.” We fear there are many supporters of our Schools and Refuges who are not aware of the existence of this little monthly messenger. It is specially designed for the children of our schools, who eagerly read it; but it is equally adapted for the children of the better classes, and we believe that Christian parents will best teach their own children “ to feel another's woe," and train them to become the active friends of Christian philanthropic movements in their generations, by awakening in them love and pity for the outcast young by such instrumentality as this. The price of each number is one halfpenny. It is illustrated by wood engravings. Many a child has here received its first lessons in natural history, in sacred music and poetry, in the blessedness of prayerful habits, in the hatefulness and misery of sin, and, above all, in the power and love of a Saviour, and the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Thirdly. We shall be happy to receive original articles, suitable anecdotes, accounts of public meetings, and anniversaries of schools ; condensed, however, into such a brief compass as our pages require in order to preserve variety in the contents, and to do justice to the many kindred objects demanding our notice.

Fourthly.We ask for liberal and increased support to the funds of the Ragged School Union, and also of those local efforts now in operation. Fresh ground, too, must be broken in the coming year. Let no obstacle be thrown in the way by lack of

Lastly.Let prayer be made to God continually for his blessing. The officers of the Society, the teachers of the various Schools and Refuges, with their coadjutors, all

say, “Brethren, pray for us,” And those little ones whom we seek to rescue from ruin, save with an everlasting salvation all seem to stretch forth their hands, and re-echo the cry, “ PRAY FOR US!!"

1 Exeter Hall, December, 1853.




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Papers Original and Selected. Page


Abstract of the Ninth Annual Report Open Air Preaching

of the Ragged School Union 101 Pavement Chalker, The


An Important Inquiry; or, Our Policemen at Ragged School Doors . 238

Prospects Brightening

61 Presentations to Ragged School

Archbishop of Canterbury, Sermon by 52 Friends

. 233
Aspirations and Duties, in Relation Proceedings of the Ninth Anniver-

to some of the London Rookeries 225 sary of the Ragged School Union 108

A Visit to Ipswich Dormitory and Prisons not Reformatories,-Why?. 68

School of Industry

233 Plan for clearing the streets of

Assistant Judge and the Ragged thieves

School Teacher, The
51 Prize Essay--Ragged School :

. 190
Bazaar, King Edward Street 219 Ragged Churches

41, 129
Birmingham Reformatory School 70 Ragged Homes Improving


Boys' Refuge, The (Whitechapel) · 150 Ragged Schools, The Past and Future

The (Rag Fair)

215 of


Brewer's Court, The late Accident at 197 Ragged School Teacher, The : 157

Bristol New Orphan House
214 Real Pleasure .


Chobham of Other Days, The-Dol- Refuges-(York Place, Kentish Town,

phin Court School

171 Boys' Refuge)


Cholera, The

201 Saltley, Reformatory School at 195

Christian Beneficence ; its Benefits Sunday School Union, Boys' Ragged
Direct and Reflex

81 Refuge, and the King Edward
Crime and Misery, Producers of. Ragged and Industrial Schools and
By Alexander Thompson, Esq., of Juvenile Refuge


Banchory-No. I. Intemperance . 6 Training Institution, Westminster,

No. II. Low Lodging-

London Colonial .


houses and Low Theatres
27 Vagabond Boy, The

-No. III. Fences, Igno-

rance, Sabbath Desecration



Criminal and Destitute Children, by A Noble Work


the Select Committee of the House A Voice from the Ragged School 35

of Commons, Report on

199 Adelphi


Crystal Palace and Sabbath Desecra- Address to the New Year, The Ragged

tion, The New

9 School Teacher's .


Dublin Night Asylum, Ragged Alley, Lane, and Court

Schools, Ragged School Dormi- Appeal to Royalty for the Ragged on

tory, Ragged School Shoe-black, the Birth of a Fourth Prince 95

Broomer, and Messenger Society, Contrast, The


Ragged or Mission Church 217 Earl King, The, or, the Earl of Shaf-


92 tesbury and the Juvenile Mendi-

“ Faint, yet Pursuing A Brief



Memoir of the late Miss Jane M. Faggot Gatherers. A Plea for Ragged

Hughes, the devoted Day School


Teacher of the Field Lane Ragged Honest Men and True



135 Impromptu, inclosing a Sovereign 122

Girl Thief, Autobiography of a 210 Ragged School Teachers, To · 121

Grotto, A Visit to the (Grotto Pas- Teachers, Look Thrice


såge Refuge and Schools.) 87 Verses suggested by the two lines

Juvenile Delinquency in Newcastle-

with which each verse begins,


30 which were found in Miss Hughes'

Mendicancy-Lord Shaftes.

Diary for the First of January,

bury's Bill :

165 1853

· 157

Offenders-Mr. Adderley's Voyage of the Ragged School Ship,


185 The


Lamb and Flag Court Ragged Schools 21 What is Duty


New York, The Children's Aid So- Working Men of Great Britain, To

ciety of

133 the



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