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Grateful for the favor bestowed, we now conclude, to meet again at the usual time next year if consistent with the Divine will.
Extracted from the Minutes.
MINUTE OF REPRESENTATIVE COMMITTEE AND LIST OF
BOOKS ON HAND.
The Representative Committee, or Meeting for Sufferings, state for the information of Friends that the books and pamphlets in the "fire-proof” and book-case belonging to the Yearly Meeting are for distribution among those who desire to become acquainted with our religious principles and testimonies.
Members of the Representative Committee have access to the “fire-proof” by application to Isaac N. Wells, on the premises.
It is expected that Friends who have a concern to distribute books and pamphlets contained therein, will apply to any member of the Committee appointed by his or her Quarterly Meeting
A book is provided for the purpose of recording books taken out, and the name of the Friend granting the order.
The Committee having charge of the “fire-proof” report that the following books are contained therein, Fifth month 14th, 1884:
2 copies Barclay's Apology. 6
Catechism. 11 Life of William Penn. Cloth. S. M. Janney. 460
10 copies Life of John Richardson. 44 Journal of John Woolman.
1 Peace Principles Exemplified. S. M. Janney. 70 Conversations on Religious Subjects. 21 Summary of Christian Doctrines. 184 No Cross, No Crown.
William Penn. 20 Holy Life.
Hugh Turford. 9 Paul's Speech. 527 Dr. Joseph Parrish's Letter. 219
Dymond on War. 48 Letter of Wm. Penn to his Wife and Children, 350 Short Account of Peter Gardiner. 2 packages Testimonies and Views of Friends concerning
the Scriptures. 130 copies Rules of Discipline. 139 Rise and Progress.
William Penn. 21 Epistle of Tender Caution. Job Scott. 89 Testimonies of Truth.
Jane Johnson. 33 Memoir of Samuel M. Janney. 13 Dell on Baptism. 129 Wm. Penn's Advice to his Children. 369 Vital Religion.
S. M. Janney. 22 Memoirs Rachel Hicks. Sundry Pamphlets and Memorials.
During the year from Fifth month 18th, 1883, to Fifth month 5th, 1884, 2,178 books and pamphlets have been distributed.
REPORT OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND
To Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends :
The number of schools under the care of the Meetings of the Yearly Meeting remains nearly the same as last year, being thirty-seven.
Whilst the Committee have endeavored to embrace every right opportunity to encourage the establishing of schools within our limits, their work for the past year has been directed mostly to increasing the efficiency of those already in existence.
Conferences have been held with Friends in many places in the interest of their schools, and nearly all of the schools have been visited, some of them more than once, by members of the Committee, or on their behalf, by George L. Maris, who has continued to give acceptable aid during the past year.
The Meetings of the Teachers, School Committees and others for considering questions of practical value relating to educational work, were resumed at Race Street Meetinghouse, and held at intervals during the winter; they were largely attended and thought to be opportunities of much value and interest.
The subject of aiding and encouraging the teachers engaged with us, to visit other schools, to see the different methods of
teaching and of school management, claimed our attention, and circulars were addressed to the different local committees, asking them to give the subject their consideration, and offering the services of this Committee in forwarding the work. This was responded to by eleven schools, whose teachers, at three different times, visited prominent schools in Philadelphia in company with members of this Committee. The teachers expressed themselves gratified, and it is believed much good may result from such visits.
Our expenses for the year, including the aid to schools, have been $357.98.
There are 3,054 children reported as members with us, of whom about 2,200 are of suitable age to attend school.
Our reports from the different schools give 715 as the number of children in attendance who are members, leaving the large number of 1,485 children who are not reported as attending Friends' schools. This should claim our thoughtful attention.
In the earlier history of our Society the subject of education always claimed the earnest and serious attention of Friends. Many of the most prominent members were engaged in teaching, and their schools were generally the best schools in each community in which they existed ; to preserve the excellent reputation we have so long held as educators, and to keep our hold on the children of our Society, we must continue to be alive to the importance of making our schools the best schools. On behalf of the Committee,
WM. WADE GRISCOM, Clerk.