On the Use and Abuse of Literary and Ecclesiastical Endowments

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William Collins, 1827 - 194 pages
 

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Page 175 - ... was wholly, or even principally paid by it, he would soon learn to neglect his business. In Scotland the establishment of such parish schools has taught almost the whole common people to read, and a very great proportion of them to write and account. In England the establishment of charity schools has had an effect of the same kind, though not so universally, because the establishment is not so universal.
Page 175 - They have little time to spare for education. -Their parents can scarce afford to maintain them even in infancy. As soon as they are able to work, they must apply to some trade by which they can earn their subsistence. That trade too is generally so simple and uniform as to give little exercise to the understanding ; while, at the same time, their labour is both so constant and so severe, that it leaves them little leisure and less inclination to apply to, or even to think of anything else.
Page 175 - For a very small expense the public can facilitate, can encourage, and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people, the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education. " The public can facilitate this acquisition, by establishing in every parish or district a little school, where children may be taught for a reward so moderate, that even a common labourer may afford it ; the master...
Page 180 - There was now a general decay of Students, no College having more Scholars therein than hardly those of the foundation ; no volunteers at all, and only persons pressed, in a manner, by their places to reside.
Page 190 - Yet the opportunity he found there was of doing the more good, by having those that were his charge near about him. made him all his days bear his testimony to parish order, where it may be had upon good terms, as much more eligible and more likely to answer the end designed by the institution of the gospel ministry, than the promiscuous way of gathering churches from places far distant, which could not ordinarily meet to worship God together.
Page 189 - Gulf of Mexico, is as the valley of the shadow of death. Darkness rests upon it. Only here and there, a few rays of gospel light pierce through the awful gloom. This vast country contains more than a million of inhabitants. Their number is every year increased, by a mighty flood of emigration.
Page 176 - ... of men of letters. Where church benefices, on the contrary, are many of them very considerable, the church naturally draws from the universities the greater part of their eminent men of letters, who generally find some patron, who does himself honour by procuring them church preferment.
Page 51 - ... and literary wealth of the nation. It is not so often by flashes of inspiration, as by power and patience united, that works are reared and ripened for immortality. It is not in the hasty effervescence of a mind under sudden and sanguine excitement, that a service so precious to society is generally rendered. It is when a strong, and, at the same time, a steadfast mind gives its collected energies to the ^task ; and not only brings its own independent judgment, but laboriously collecting the...
Page 175 - The public can facilitate this acquisition, by establishing in every parish or district a little school, where children may be taught for a reward so moderate, that even a common labourer may afford it ; the master being partly, but not wholly paid by the public ; because if he was wholly, or even principally paid by it, he would soon learn to neglect his business.
Page 48 - Chalmers reminded his countrymen eighty years ago, " and, till the present generation, we scarcely remember, with the exception of Hume in philosophy and Thomson in poetry, any of our eminent writers who did not achieve, or at least germinate, all their greatest works while labouring in their vocation of public instruction in one or other of our universities.

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