A lecture on the evils of popular ignorance, and on the remedies thereof

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Page 8 - Resolved, — That the Senate and Commons of the Dominion of Canada during the first session of the first Parliament of Canada adopted an address to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty would be graciously pleased by and with the advice of her most honourable Privy Council under the provisions of 146th section of The British North America Act 1867...
Page 8 - I think I may say, that of all the men we meet with, nine parts of ten are what they are, good or evil, useful or not, by their education.
Page 11 - ... misery. My own experience tells me, that the instruction of the females in the work of a house, in teaching them to produce cheerfulness and comfort at the fireside, would prevent a great amount of misery and crime. There would be fewer drunken husbands and disobedient children. As a working man, within my own observation, female education is disgracefully neglected. I attach more importance to it than to any thing else. They impart the first impressions to the young susceptible mind ; they model...
Page 45 - ... by all possible and just provisions. For if the people die for want of knowledge, they who are set over them, shall also die for want of charity.
Page 16 - Majesty will be graciously pleased to take into her instant and serious consideration the best means of diffusing the benefits and blessings of a moral and religious education among the working classes of the people.
Page 35 - REPORT. has been swayed by it still liable to the influence of example in any other direction. PRACTICAL EXERCISE IN MORAL HABITS for a course of time, is the essence of moral training. To attain this exercise, it is necessary to collect infants in suitable numbers, to form a society of equals, in unrestrained but well observed intercourse, where the selfish feelings may be regulated, and the social strengthened and improved; in which the practice shall be habitual of cleanliness, delicacy, refinement,...
Page 13 - Edinburgh, and having for two years had charge of the house of refuge for the destitute, I have had, perhaps, the best opportunities of observing how far drunkenness produced ignorance, destitution, and crime ; and the result of my experience is a firm conviction that, but for the effects of intemperance, directly and indirectly, instead of having 500 prisoners in this prison at this time, there would not have been fifty.
Page 10 - have these children of becoming good members of society ? These unfortunates gradually acquire vagrant habits, become beggars, vagrants, criminals. It does not appear unfair to calculate that in the borough of Manchester 1500 children are added to 'les classes dangereuses' annually. Besides," he adds, " the moral evil produced by these 1500, let a calculation be made how much money per annum this criminal class costs the state.
Page 11 - A great proportion of the working classes are ignorant and profligate . . . the morals of their children exceedingly depraved and corrupt . . . given, at a very early age, to petty theft, swearing and lying; during minority to drunkenness, debauchery, idleness, profanation of the Sabbath; dog- and prize-fighting.
Page 14 - Dr. Browne, of the Crichton Asylum, Dumfries, says — " The applications for the introduction of individuals who have lost reason from excessive drinking continue to be very numerous." At Northampton, the superintendent of the asylum says — " Amongst the causes of insanity intemperance predominates.

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