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which I am conscious. It seems proper and even necessary to remark, that the system explained in this volume, is the result of many years of labour. Thousands of children have been attentively observed, and for the necessities that arise in their instruction, provision has been made. Others have doubtless reached some of the conclusions at which I bave arrived, but this is only another instance of the coincidence in judgment and effort often discoverable in persons far apart; for, with the exception of the elliptical plan devised by Dr. Gilchrist, I am not aware that I owe an idea or contrivance to any writer whatever. Nearly sixteen thousand children have now been under my own care, in various parts of the United Kingdom, whose age
has not exceeded six years; myself, my daughter, and my agents, have organized many scores of schools, and thus I have had opportunities of studying the infant mind and heart, such as none of my contemporaries have ever possessed.
Still I am aware I have much to learn am far less satisfied with my knowledge, and
far less confident now than I was in the earlier part of my course; but should I have the pleasure to labour for years to come, I trust I shall have much more to communicate on the subject.
Two editions of this work, in its former state have been printed in German, and it has also been reprinted in America.
Alpha House, Alstone, near Cheltenham. May 21, 1832.
Sets of apparatus for Nurseries from five to ten pounds. Sets of ditto, for Infant Schools from ten to seventeen pounds, according to size of School and number of Scholars; to be had of Mr. WILDERSPIN, Alpha House, Alstone, near Chel. tenham. Agent for Scotland, Mr. Scott, Hawkill, Dundee.
THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS From the different Reviews, are inserted as Testimonials in
favour of the former Editions of this Work.
“We have no space to enter upon the subject of early juvenile delinquency, to the consideration of wbich, Mr. Wilderspin's book naturally invites us, and for the prevention of which, Infant Schools, seem to present a more hopeful remedy than most other plans which have been suggested. Our author shall relate, in his own way, one of his adventures, in bis benevolent rambles, which will furnish a good commentary on all that has been stated both in and out of parliament, on this great moral and national question."
Christian Observer, May, 1823.
“We cordially approve of the plan, particularly as due care seems to be taken for the exercise, amusement, and health of the little pupils; and we hope a cheap edition of this book will be printed for circulation through the country, whereby it may prove a national benefit."
Evangelical Magazine, April, 1823. '
“We cannot conclude our remarks without returning thanks to Mr. W. for this interesting and useful, though plain and unadorned volume, and we sincerely recommend all our readers to procure it for their own use, and should they be heads of families, we may add, that there are, throughout, many valuable hints founded on experience, which deserve the serious attention of every parent.”
Teachers' Magazine, February, 1823.
“We found it impossible to lay the book down until we had read the whole, and were, in consequence, induced to take the earliest opportunity of visiting the School, a visit which afforded the highest gratification.”
Christian Guardian, April, 1823.
“We have read this little book with uncommon pleasure, Infant Schools, under religious and judicious management, would be an inestimable blessing in every considerable town and village of the kingdom.
“All who feel it a duty to preserve their generation, are, we think, bound in conscience to encourage and extend this new and most important scheme for the prevention of juvenile delinquency, and for the promotion of the best interests of society.”
Wesleyan Methodists' Magazine, April, 1823.
“We clearly gather, from the information which Mr. W. gives us, that similar schools must be of essential service to the labouring classes in every part of the kingdom; and that they are particularly needed in manufacturing districts.”
Inquirer, April, 1823, p. 345.
“We take this occasion, in announcing the second edition of this interesting volume, to join others of the critical corps, in thanking the worthy author for a most valuable perform ance; and from the perusal of which many parents and teachers may derive much practical instruction, in the right management of children from the early dawn of reason. Many pleasing anecdotes are interspersed through the volume, that cannot fail of interesting the reader.”