Of the Education of the Poor: Being the First Part of a Digest of the Reports of the Society for Bettering the Condition of the Poor, and Containing a Selection of Those Articles which Have a Reference to Education
Society, 1809 - Charities - 376 pages
Compilation of reports on specific schools, industry schools, Sunday schools and endowed schools, together with a long essay on the "general education of the poor" by Thomas Bernard, and reports on the education of the poor in Ireland and in Scotland.
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Page 91 - A thing which delighteth all ages and beseemeth all states; a thing as seasonable in grief as in joy; as decent being added unto actions of greatest weight and solemnity, as being used when men most sequester themselves from action.
Page 9 - ... the accommodation of an European prince does not always so much exceed that of an industrious and frugal peasant, as the accommodation of the latter exceeds that of many an African king, the absolute master of the lives and liberties of ten thousand naked savages.
Page 291 - God ; every mouth must be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God; therefore, by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh living be justified in His sight.
Page 90 - ... a most unspeakable oppression to poor tenants (who if they give not bread, or some kind of provision to perhaps forty such villains in one day, are sure to be insulted by them) but they rob many poor people who live in houses distant from any neighbourhood. In years of plenty many thousands of them meet together in the mountains, where they feast and riot for many days; and at country weddings, markets, burials, and other the like public occasions, they are to be seen both men and women perpetually...
Page 47 - Thus with the year Seasons return ; but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine ; But cloud instead, and everduring dark Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of nature's works, to me expunged and rased, And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.
Page 89 - And though the number of them be perhaps double to what it was formerly, by reason of this present great distress, yet in all times there have been about one hundred thousand of those vagabonds, who have lived without any regard or subjection either to the laws of the land, or even those of God and nature ; fathers incestuously accompanying with their own daughters, the son with the mother, and the brother with the sister.
Page 162 - In addition to this, the same trouble which teaches twenty, will suffice to teach sixty or a hundred, by employing some of the senior boys to inspect the slates of the others, they not omitting to spell the word themselves ; and, on a signal given by them to the principal teacher, that the word is finished by all the boys they overlook, he is informed when to dictate another to the class. This experiment has been...
Page 270 - That every Town within this Province, having the Number of Fifty Householders or upwards, shall be constantly provided of a School-Master to teach Children and Youth to read and write. And where any Town or Towns have the Number of one Hundred Families or Householders, there shall also be a Grammar School set up in every such Town, and some discreet Person of good Conversation, well instructed in the Tongues, procured to keep such School. Every such School-Master to be suitably encouraged and paid...
Page 149 - In order to dispose our hearts to devotion, the active life is to be preferred to the contemplative. To be doing good to mankind, disposes the soul most powerfully to devotion. And indeed, we are surrounded with motives to piety and devotion, if we would but mind them. The poor are designed to excite our liberality ; the miserable, our pity ; the sick, our assistance ; the ignorant, our instruction ; those that are fallen, our helping hand. In...