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Sixcf the historical account of the new system of Education, con tained in this Number, was printed, several circumstances have occurred which deserve to be noticed. In particular, the extraordi. nary and praiseworthy activity displayed by some of the most distingnished members of the Establishment, merits the attention of every friend to the country, and its poorer inhabitants. Into the origin of these exertions, and the probable motives of their chief patrons, we shall not be very scrupulous to inquire. If they really lead to the great object which they profess to have in view, we are satisfied. În places where there are as many children of Church-of-England parents, and also as many of Dissenting parents, as may suffice to support a school on either of the plans, great and unmingled good will result from each description of persons establishing a school. In all other places, we have shown, in the article alluded to, the competition will do harm..
But it is fit that, in bestowing our humble tribute of applause on the sincere and honest promoters of what is called the National In. stitution,' we should guard our readers against the intrigues of an: other class of persons who would most willingly turn the enlighten. ed zeal of the former excellent characters to a very different use. We pass over the unaccountable circumstance, of the members of the Establishment (as those monopolists of religious reputation style themselves) never having discovered, till late in the year 1811, the necessity of educating the poor at all of their never having dreamt of such a thing, until the friends of Mr Lancaster's method, many of them, nay most of them, members of the Establishment alsa--bur chiefly Mr Lancaster himself, had succeeded, by great exertions and activity, in spreading his system widely over the country. This difficulty we pass by; and content ourselves with entering a pro st against the attempt manifestly now making to deter persons from supporting Mr Lancaster, under the penalties of being reputed ene mies to the Church. If such a foul design should succeed, and the cause of Mr Lancaster be deserted, it requires no great discernment to foresee a speedy abatement of the sudden and not very explicable zeal for education which the persons in question have just at this moment happened to be stricken withal. Having put down the one system by clamour and intrigue, we vehemently suspect, they would suffer the other to languish and die away. That sach is the design of not a few professing themselves friends of the Establishment, we are entitled to conclude, from the efforts which they are making, not merely to encourage Dr Bell's plan, but at the same time to obstruct Mr Lancaster's ;-efforts hitherto, no doubt, very harmless--but not the less to be reprobated on that account, nor the less to be guarded a. gainst by such as know the powers of calumny and trick, under the patronage of men who disgrace their clerical character by perverting it to political purposes.
One of the last attempts of this kind which have been made, de serves to be particularized, in justice to the Illuftrious Personage whose name has been made fubfervient to it. The Prince Regent being applied to, as the head of the Church, to lend the high fanction of his patron age to the National Institution,' acceded to a request fo fair and reasonable, that we dare to say the most zealous friends of the other fyftem could find nothing to blame in it. His Royal Highness had already evinced his warm anxiety for the plan of Mr Lancafter,—had munificently contributed to the funds of his Inftitution, and had condescended to place himself at the head of its promoters. When a scheme, of a more limited nature indeed, but in its general and profeffed intention equally laudable,--a scheme for inttructing the poor belonging to the Ettablishment, was submitted by the dignitaries of the Church to the confideration of the Prince, it was impossible for him to avoid wishing it well, as a friend of education, or to hesitate, as head of the Establishment, in extending to it a portion of the patronage which he had so liberally bestowed upon the other institution. And yet, this favour, not only quite consistent with his Royal Highacss's good wishes towards Mr Lancaster, but in truth fowing from the same source, his anxiety for the education of all the poor of his realm, has been represented-falsely and daringly represented as a pledge of the Prince having given up Mr Lancaster. To refute this base ca. lumny, is, we trust, unnecessary. A due respect for the Royal person thus traduced, forbids any such vindication. But, if any of his sub. jects should be so ignorant of his character as to lend an ear to such insidious tales, and suffer their affections to be weaned from him,—we might inform them, that, since the period alluded to, his Royal Highneis has paid the sum of three hundred guineas towards the funds of the Lancaster Institution.
We cannot conclude this Notice, without apologifing to our readers for an omiffion in the present Number, rendered unavoidable by the space which the important and pressing questions of Education and West Indian policy have occupied. We mean, our having left to the next Number, the subject of Sir S. Romilly's bills for the amendment of the Criminal Law. To that eminent person himself no excufe is required. His known zeal in behalf of the questions, now from temporary confiderations necessarily preferred—(for, to which of the great interests of mankind has this excellent man ever proved a lukewarm friend?)—will fufficiently excuse ns, in his eyes, for this neglect of a subject which we have most reluctantly poftponed. We purpose, in the next Number, to call the attention of our readers to it; and, if poffible, we shall at the fame time take into consideration, the admirable work of Mr Bentham, • sur les Peines et les Recompenses,' lately given to the world by Mr Dumont with his usual felicity of execution.
No. XXXVIII. will be published in February 1812,
D. Willison, printer.)
CONTENTS OF No. XXXVIII.
II. The Crisis of the Dispute with America. By a Mer.