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the towns and villages of East Lothian with libraries of useful books, chiefly such as are calculated to promote the knowledge and influence of religion : and in order to keep up a constant supply of different books, they are arranged in divisions of fifty volumes each, which are removed from station to station every second year. A second period having arrived for removing the different divisions, it may be of some use to report the result of the experiment which has been made, and the progress of the plan, with the prospects of its extension.
In the year 1817, four libraries, of 50 volumes each, were stationed at the villages of Aberlady, Salton, Tynningham, and Garvald-kirk. The issues of books at these stations were as follows:
First year, 1461; second year, 733. Total, 2194.
In 1819, new divisions of the libraries were sent to the same places; and since that time the issues have been as follows:
First year, 1313; second year, 928. Total, 2241.
In 1819, four additional libraries were sent to the following places: Prestonpans, Penston, Stenton, and Highlie. In the present year, other two divisions have been sent from the parent library in Haddington; and by an arrangement which will be immediately noticed, three divisions from the North Berwick Evangelical Library are added to the Itinerating Libraries in the county, making in all, 13 libraries, containing 650 volumes. One in Haddington of 200 volumes.
Catholic National Education Society, Dublin.-The Annual Meeting of the new (Catholic) Education Society was held at the Rotunda, Dublin, on Thursday, May 9th, for the purpose of receiving the Report of the Committee for the last year, and appointing a new Commitee for the year ensuing.
On the motion of Lord Cloncurry, the Most Rev. Dr. Troy (Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin), was called to the chair.
Mr. Terry, the Secretary, read the Report, which stated, that there were 200 children educated at the Society's School, Abbey-street; that a school, containing 90, had been established at Magherafelt, and another at Newmarket; that if this Society were supplied with funds, it would have a larger number of schools under its direction and patronage, than any Society that had ever yet been established in Ireland; and they therefore determined to petition Parliament forthwith for the necessary aid. Mr. Terry remarked, that the Kildare-place Society had failed to obtain its object. Nine-tenths of the poor are Roman Catholics, and are averse to the Bible "without note or comment" as a school-book.-The other speakers were Lord Cloncurry (who stated at considerable length the causes of his secession from the Kildare-place Society); Sir Thos. Esmonde, Bart.; Archibald H. Rowan, Esq., and Counsellor O'Connell. The latter gentleman concluded by moving, "That this Society do petition Parliament for a grant in aid of its great objects."
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