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efforts have at all times been received with gratitude. We are happy to find that the attention of the Rev. James Sherman, of Surrey Chapel, was recently directed to the spiritual welfare of the firemen, in consequence of the loss of two lives at the late fire in the Blackfriars-road. The sermon preached by Mr. Sherman is published in the "Pulpit." About forty firemen were present and paid the greatest attention. To show how sensible every body of Englishmen are of the kindness and importance of benevolent and Christian efforts made either in their own behalf, or of those connected with them, we have much pleasure in publishing the following letter, received by Mr. Sherman, from the Committee of the London Fire-engine Establishment:
"68, Watling-street, Nov. 23, 1841.
"Sir, I am directed by the Committee for managing the London Fire-engine Establishment, respectfully to present their thanks to you for your kind and considerate notice of the loss of life among their firemen, and they sincerely hope that your eloquent and truly Christian address may be of lasting benefit to the survivors.
"I have the honour to be, Sir,
"JAMES BRAIDWOOD, Superintendent.
"The Rev. James Sherman, Surrey Chapel."
The firemen themselves were very grateful; and we feel assured that if the attention of the clergy, and of ministers generally, could be brought to bear upon distinct classes of our metropolitan population, a wide field of usefulness would be open to them, and worthy of the most diligent cultivation.
THE CENSUS OF 1841.
THE first publication of the Commissioners for taking the census of the population is now issued, and we learn from this valuable document the totals of the population of our counties, and of the superintendent registrar's districts of the counties of England. A future document, which we find cannot be ready for the public for a long time, will give the population of the parishes and other multifarious matters of great interest and importance. As we shall have occasion in future often to refer to the population of our counties, and of the United Kingdom generally, we shall transfer the account of it to our columns, leaving all comment for a future article.
The population of London is not given separately, but we have the satisfaction of finding that the estimate of about 2,000,000, within a circle of eight miles round St. Paul's Cathedral, is
SUMMARY.-GREAT BRITAIN, AND ISLANDS IN THE BRITISH SEAS.
"THE Gray's-inn-road Model-school contains about 250 children. Nothing more strongly shows the neglected state of the population of this great metropolis than the fact that the Committee choosing a situation, mainly because certain premises were convenient, and the price not unreasonable, should at once collect so large a number of children, not one in ten of whom knew their letters, or had apparently ever been in any school. It is obvious * This Return includes only such part of the Army, Navy, and Merchant Seamen, as were at the time of the Census within the kingdom on shore.
† See page 193.