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He received the following grateful testimony from the teachers of his Sunday-schools-
“ PAILADELPHIA, May 31st, 1825. “ The Rev. B. Allen
“ Dear Sir:—The teachers of St. Paul's Sunday-schools, as an evidence of their personal regard for you, and also of the high estimation in which they hold your services in the cause of Sunday-schools, have caused the necessary sum to be paid the Treasurer of the American Sunday-School Union for the purpose of constituting you a life-member of that valuable Institution. Allow me, Sir, to add, it is with feelings of no ordinary gratification, that I have undertaken the pleasing duty of announcing to you this fact : and in the name and behalf of the Societies, accept Sir, the assurance of our warm attachment and personal regard.
JOHN FARR, “ In behalf of the Sunday-school Teachers
of St. Paul's Church."
In his anxiety for the salvation of the souls of his people, he did not neglect their bodies. He formed a Society for the benefit of the poor of St. Paul's Church. The immediate object of this society was to supply the poor members of the Church, once a week, with groceries and other comforts.
The concerns of his Sunday-schools required so much attention, that the labour of another person was necessary in lecturing, visiting the scholars and parents. An addi. tional society, was consequently organized, under the name of the Eldred Missionary Society. The services of a clergyman were thus obtained for a short time; and the funds of the society were finally given to assist in furnishing a supply for my brother's pulpit, during his visit to Europe.
He was so successful in his attempts to instruct the young by means of lectures, in connexion with the magic lantern, that he was finally led to deliver public lectures to the citizens of Philadelphia, on Sacred and Profane History, and Astronomy. He wrote to me on this subject
6 October 26th, 1825. - Dear Thomas :~My labours, with the young especially, increasing and redoubling. The plans with the magic lantern are wonderfully beneficial. The use is now extending to adults, in lectures on Sacred and Profane History connected; costumes and manners of eastern nations alluded to in the Bible illustrated, evidences, &c. &c. &c. Could
you take a rapid trip here, you might see the whole system, and transplant it; it is hardly describable.”
His public lectures were for some time delivered in the Philadelphia Medical Society Hall. From the account for the use of the room, it appears, that at one period he occupied the room four times in the week, Tuesday evenings, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons, during a part of 1825 and 1826.
The proceeds of the above lectures were devoted to be. nevolent objects. A friend informed me, that when my brother was making arrangements for his lectures on Astronomy, he observed that his object was, that as he could not obtain money from the people for missionary purposes any other way, he therefore adopted this course. tive is further developed, also the favourable manner in which his lectures were received, by the following
“ The Directors of the · Female Association, present their respects to Mr. Allen, and acknowledge, with many thanks, the very liberal donation derived from his interesting and instructive lectures on Astronomy.
February 8th, 1826." “ Dear Sir :- I had great pleasure in availing myself of your kind invitation to the introductory of last evening, for which I beg you to accept my thanks. And you will
have the goodness to permit me to contribute my mite towards, and at the same time to profit by, a purpose so liberal and useful, by sending me a ticket for the course. Very truly and respectfully your's, W. MEREDITH.
“ Rev. Mr. ALLEN."
On the back of the above, is endorsed, in my brother's hand—“Lectures for House of Refuge.”
“ Received, 8th September, 1826, of Rev. B. Allen, twelve dollars, as part proceeds of his lectures for House of Refuge.
JOHN S. HENRY."
These lectures were not confined to the Episcopal community, but were attended by various denominations.
My brother, discovering that his labours were so acceptable, and really profitable to different benevolent societies, into whose treasury he cast the proceeds, was induced to branch out on different subjects, and continue them at least for more than a year.
The high estimate in which his plans for the instruction of youth were held, is evidenced, by the following applica. tion to him
“ AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,
Philadelphia, November 7, 1826. “ Rev, B. Allen• “Dear Sir :-At the solicitation of many respectable individuals in different parts of our country, the American Sunday-School Union have resolved to adopt measures to promote the formation, and conducting of Bible Classes, and have appointed a Committee of the Board to superintend this department; to obtain and circulate information on the subject; employ agents to promote them, and adopt such other measures as may be proper for the attainment of this important object. One of the measures which the Board deemed it expedient to adopt, is the issuing of a plain and simple plan for conducting Bible Classes for
adults; to be generally instructed by ministers, and another for Bible Classes for youth of fourteen years of age and upwards, who may eventually be admitted into the Pastor's Bible Class. The latter to be usually instructed by competent Sunday-School teachers.
“ The Committee wish to form a set of rules which may be unexceptionable, and of general adaptation, and have instructed me to solicit from you such a plan, or plans, as in experience you have found best fitted to answer the important ends of pursuing the social study of the Word of God. The deep interest which you have manifested in this department of pastoral duty, point the Committee to you to aid them in this desirable and important work, and the same reason precludes the necessity of making an apology for the liberty they take, and they hope you will consent to furnish them with a reply, as early as consistent with your various duties. I am, Rev. and Dear Sir, most respectfully, your's, “ FREDERICK W. PORTER, Cor. Sec.”
The missionary cause was a favourite object with my brother. He was one of the most active and efficient members of the Executive Committee of the Protestant Episcopal Society for Domestic and Foreign Missions. The contemplated mission to Africa, especially excited his attention. In fact, nearly all the movements in connexion with this subject, appeared to originate with him.
The following are the Resolutions
“ Extract from the minutes of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America,' at a meeting held June 1st, 1822
“Resolved, on motion of the Rev. Mr. Allen, that a Mission School be establised on the western coast of Africa; and that Mr. Ephraim Bacon, the recently appointed schoolmaster and catechist, be authorized to go forth and make the collections necessary to the establishment of said school.”
“ From the minutes of the meeting of June 22d.”
“On motion of the Rev. Mr. Allen, Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to superintend the establishment and progress of the contemplated Mission School on the western coast of Africa, and to give all directions necessary thereto."
Whereupon, the Rev. Mr. Allen and Charles Wheeler were appointed."
“ From the minutes of the meeting of September 7th."
“On motion of the Rev. Mr. Allen, the Rev. Mr. Kemper was added to the Committee on Africa ; and it was directed to consult with the Bishop on all important matters coming within their province. “ True extracts from the minutes.
Attest, JAMES MONTGOMERY, Rec. Sec. “Philadelphia, September 18th, 1822. “ On motion of the Rev. Mr. Allen,
Resolved, That the African Committee be empowered, in concurrence with the Bishop, to send out Mr. E. Bacon to collect funds for the Society. And that they be further authorized to make such disposition of the goods collected by Mr. E. Bacon, for the purposes of the Mission School in Africa, as they may think expedient.
“ A true extract from the minutes of the Executive Committee, November 19th, 1822.
“JAMES MONTGOMERY, R. S.” The letters of instruction to Mr. Bacon, while engaged in the business of the Society in this country, were written by my brother, and he was made the organ of communication on the concerns of the Society, not only by Mr. Bacon, but others.