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EARL OF MACCLESFIELD, (Lord EARL OF ABINGDON, (Lord

Lieutenant.)

EARL OF JERSEY.

LORD SAY AND SELE.
LORD REDESDALE.
LORD CHURCHILL.
W. H. ASHHURST, Esq.
HON. COLONEL PARKER.
LORD NORREYS, M.P.
G. V. HARCOURT, Esq. M.P.
T. A. W. PARKER, Esq. M.P.
SIR HENRY LAMBERT, Bart.
SIR GEORGE DASHWOOD, Bart.
J. H. LANGSTON, Esq.

CHANCELLOR OF THE DIOCESE.
COLONEL DAWKINS.

ARCHDEACON OF OXFORD.
ARCHBISHOP OF YORK.
REV. DR. BARNES.

REV. DR. BUCKLAND.

REV. DR. PUSEY.

REV. DR. Jelf.

REV. DR. Bull.

REV. DR. HAMPDEN.

PRESIDENT OF ST. JOHN'S. COLL. PRINCIPAL OF NEW INN HALL. RECTOR OF EXETER COLLEGE. THE RURAL DEANS OF THE ARCHDEACONRY.

Lieutenant.)

THE MARQUESS OF DOWNSHIRE.
VISCOUNT BARRINGTON, M.P.
SIR HENRY RUSSELL, Bart.
ROBERT PALMER, Esq. M.P.
Philip Pusey, Esq. M.P.
W. S. BLACKSTONE, Esq. M.P.
THOMAS DUFFIELD, Esq. M.P.
B. WROUGHTON, Esq.

HON. GENERAL BRODRICK.
FULLER MAITLAND, Esq.
SIR H. MARTIN, Bart.
JOHN WALTER, Esq.

SIR EAST CLAYTON EAST, Bart.

ARCHDEACON OF BERKS.
PRESIDENT OF MAGD. COLL.
WARDEN OF ALL SOULS.
REV. DR. VANSITTART.
REV. S. W. YATES.
REV. GEORGE HULME.

THE RURAL DEANS OF THE
ARCHDEACONRY.

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At the Quarterly Meeting held Feb. 4, 1840, it was resolved, "That the Secretaries of the Bucks Board, and of the Windsor and Eton Church Union Society, as well as of the Archidiaconal and Local Boards in the diocese, be considered members of the Diocesan Board."

Quarterly Meetings of the Diocesan Board are held in Oxford on the first Tuesdays in February, May, August, and November. When either of these days in any year are appointed by the Church to be kept holy, the Secretary will fix some other convenient day, of which due notice will be given.

(AUTHORIZED BY THE BISHOP)

TO BE USED BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF BUSINESS.

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PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with Thy most gracious favour and further us with Thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in Thee, we may glorify Thy holy name, and finally by Thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all works of piety and charity do proceed, we beseech Thee to visit with Thy favour our Sovereign Lady Queen Victoria, and so rule her heart that she may in all things seek Thy honour and glory. Bless the ministry of Thy servants the clergy, and the endeavours of all who are engaged in spreading abroad the knowledge of Thy true religion. Prosper with Thy blessing the designs of this Society, and mercifully look upon those benefactors who contribute to its support. Extend Thy goodness to those who are in need of its assistance, and defend with Thy heavenly grace all those who receive instruction under its care. And may Thy Holy Spirit direct all our consultations to the advancement of Thy glory, and the good of Thy Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Almighty God, who hast instructed Thy holy Church with heavenly doctrines, and never failest to help and govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast fear and love, keep us, we beseech Thee, under the protection of Thy good providence, that being not carried away by every blast of vain doctrine, we may be established in the truth of Thy holy Gospel, and may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, as one fold, under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Thine unworthy servants do give Thee most humble and hearty thanks, for all Thy goodness and lovingkindness to us and to all men: more particularly for that providential care by which we have been brought to the knowledge of Thy sacred Truth. But, above all, for Thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by Thy blessed Son; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory, which Thou hast given us in the same our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ: to whom with Thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

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REPORT.

IN presenting the first Report of their proceedings, the OXFORD DIOCESAN BOARD OF EDUCATION beg leave to refer the Subscribers to the principles adopted, and the measures recommended, at the public meeting held in the Town Hall, under the presidency of the Lord Bishop of the diocese, on the 19th of February last.

At that meeting the Board was formed, and the following Resolutions were unanimously passed:

1. That in the opinion of this meeting it is most desirable to improve and extend education in this diocese, according to the principles of the Church of England.

2. That for this purpose it is desirable to form a Diocesan Board of Education, in connexion with the National Society; the regulations of such Board to be subject to the approval of the Bishop of the diocese.

3. That the Diocesan Board consist of the President, Vice Presidents, the Archdeacons, and Rural Deans of the diocese, the treasurer and secretaries, together with twenty-four elected members out of each archdeaconry, one-fourth of whom shall retire annually, but be capable of re-election.

4. That the Diocesan Board shall appoint in each archdeaconry a Board of Management, empowered to establish local Boards, at their discretion, and to carry into effect such measures as shall be adopted by the Diocesan Board.

5. That all subscriptions do commence from the first of January in each year, and be paid in advance; and that an annual meeting of Subscribers be held on a day to be fixed by the Diocesan Board, for the purpose of receiving the yearly report, of auditing the treasurer's accounts, and filling up the vacancies in the board; at which meeting all subscribers of 17., and donors of 10l., shall be entitled to vote.

The Diocesan Board thus established, lost no time in applying themselves to the various important duties assigned to them. Two Archidiaconal Boards were immediately constituted (one for the Archdeaconry of Oxford, the other for the Archdeaconry of Berks), to consist of all the members of the Diocesan Board

resident within the respective archdeaconries, with power to add to their numbers. These Boards were requested to commence inquiries into the state of schools throughout the diocese. Two committees were also appointed; the one to inquire into the practicability and best method of establishing a Diocesan Training School for masters, the other to consider the terms on which schools already in existence might be received into union with the Board. The present Report will follow these divisions.

I. The Committee of the Training School report, that after very great and unremitting labour, they have succeeded, as they hope, in setting on foot this important institution, under auspices that promise the most beneficial results. In so untried a path, it is scarcely to be wondered at that several months should elapse before they could complete their arrangements. The difficulties they have had to contend with have certainly been great, beyond expectation they are willing to believe, however, that the time has not been lost, since the delay has given them an opportunity of viewing the question in all its bearings, and of weighing the different opinions that have been advanced respecting it. The first question they were called upon to decide, was whether or no it was expedient that there should be an establishment in this diocese devoted entirely to the training of masters, or whether it might not be sufficient to engraft on some one parochial or middle school a higher department, which would answer all the purposes. In adopting the former alternative, the Committee were determined by the peculiar circumstances of this diocese, which, by its connexion with the university, affords facility both for supporting such an institution, and for securing an efficient control and superintendence over it. Here, therefore, it was felt, if anywhere, should a fair trial be afforded to this great experiment, from which, under God's blessing, if the expectations of its promoters are in any way realized, extensive and lasting good will be derived to this church and people.

So much being settled, and it being also agreed, after some discussion, that a site should be, if possible, selected, which, while removed from the confinement, as well as the moral disadvantages of a town, should yet be such as to admit of easy visitation by persons resident in Oxford, or who might occasionally come up there from distant parts of the diocese, it then became

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