Besides the above institutions, which supply teachers in great numbers as well as bibles, there is the Prayer Book and Homily Society, instituted between six and seven years ago, by members of the established church. Its object is to distribute gratis, and to circulate at reduced prices, the authorized formularies of the united church, without note or comment. For the years 1817-18, there were issued from the society's depository l1,254 prayer-books, exceeding by 2,363 books, the issue of the preceding year. Psalters, 1,289; homily tracts, 42,186, being an increased circulation of about 3,746 since the report of 1817. The total issues of books since the formation of the society, amount to 48,722 prayer-books; 5,507 psalters; 384,418 homily tracts, with 5,229 copies of the articles in the same form; 975 copies of the homilies in folio, and 376 copies in octavo. The receipts of the year ending April 1818, were 2,148l.; the expenditure was 2,084l.
Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819