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the native teachers were to be paid in proportion to the number and proficiency of the scholars. By this means; their own interest would stimulate them not only to increase the number as far as possible, but to use their utmost endeavours to bring them forward through different branches of education. An emulation will be excited amongst the teachers, as well as the scholars, and thus an impulse would be given, which it is hoped would leave no room on either part, for either idleness or inattention, while each would be directing the whole force of his mind towards the attainment of the object in view.
“3. We think it highly proper that the school should be regularly visited one day in every week by an European and a native member of the committee, and a resolution to this effect has accordingly been adopted. It will be the business of the visitors to hear the classes read and go througb their different exercises; to make inquiry with respect to the absent; to take cognizance of any in stance of bad behaviour; to give such instructions as may appear requisite to the teachers; and, in short, to endeavour to carry into the fullest effect the regulations, and every part of the discipline of the school.
“4. We are of opinion, that it is worthy of consideration, whether the exclusion or separation of the Caffree children, would not tend to the respectability of the school, in the view of the native Malay population. believe, pretty well known, that they regard the Caffrees as a very inferior race of people, and that they have in general, especially the higher classes, an aversion to any sort of connexion with them. If this be really the case, as the Caffree children are few in number, and those few are for the most part stubborn and refractory, we certainly think that it becomes a question whether it be an object to retain them, at least that it suggests the propriety of appropriating a separate apartment for their use.
“ 5. We are farther of opinion, that it may be of advantage to form a class from the most promising of the scholars, for the purpose of instruction in the English language. Whilst an advancement to this class would be considered by them as a high distinction, they would become emulous to excel, as a means of acquiring this honour. Thus also would a door of access be opened to our rich stores of English literature and science, and it is not beyond the verge of possibility, or perhaps even of probability, that in some few minds of a superior order, and such are not exclu
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sively confined to any particular country or state of society, a kindred genius may be elicited, which in process of time may be destined in its turn, under the direction of Providence, to add to the stock of human knowledge, and to instruct and enlighten mankind.
.“ In adverting to the progress of the school since the last report of the committee, and its present state of proficiency, although from unavoidable and unlooked for occurrences we have not been able to realize all that we promised and anticipated, yet neither are we without ample ground for hope and encouragement. We have to regret the long absence of Mr. Ward, on whom the management of the school immediately devolved, and who is the only member of the committee thoroughly acquainted with the minutiæ of the British system of education. Another very efficient member of the committee has also been unavoidably absent until within a short period; and of you, honourable Sir, to whom, as patron of the institution, we look for counsel and advice, we have likewise been deprived. The school has, therefore, been in a great degree carried on by the impulse first given to it; yet, even under these circumstances, seventy children have been added to the original number, of whom the greater part have been advancing progressively through the different classes; and we trust, that on the day of examination, many will be found deserving of the rewards which you purpose to bestow. “ We have the honour to be,
“ Honourable Sir,
" C. WINTER,
- J. LUMSDAINE, " Fort Marlborough,
“ T. C. WATSON, June, 1820.
“ J. BOARDMAN." The projected examination took place on the day appointed, June the 4th, 1820, in the presence of the lieutenant-governor, several native chiefs, the principal European and native inhabitants, the Mahomedan priests and others, when two-and-twenty pieces of velvet chintz and handkerchiefs were distributed as rewards to as many native children.
Since that period, an interesting communication has been made by the lieutenant-governor to the committee, which we give entire, as the latest intelligence on the subject:
« To the Rev. C. Winter, Jus. Lumsdaine, Esq., Captain Walson, and N. M. Ward, Members of the School Committee.
“ GENTLEMEN, “ Several circumstances have occurred to induce a delay in communicating to you my sentiments on the native school under your superintendance. Among these, the arrival of intelligent and active missionaries, under the sanction of the Court of Directors, for the express purpose of extending useful knowledge; and a plan which has been suggested, of combining a knowledge of several branches of industry with the usual course of education, are not the least important.
“ I have now much pleasure in expressing to you the very high degree of satisfaction which I derived from the recent public examination of the pupils; the result of this examination is as creditable to your active and zealous superintendance, as to the application and capacities of the scholars, and abundantly proves that where pains are taken to direct the minds of the youth of this country to proper and desirable ends, and to train them in habits of regularity and assiduity, a corresponding degree of improvement and civilization must and will take place.
“ I enter fully into the views expressed in your report of the 3d of June, except in as far as they apply to the Caffrees; I see no objection, however, to their being separated from the other scholars, should you think it advantageous to persevere in this arrangement; but I hope the conduct they have since evinced, will be found fully to entitle them to all the advantages of an institution originally established for their peculiar benefit and advantage. Many of these children have already arrived at an age when they may be advantageously bound out as apprentices, under indentures to be framed by you, to learn some useful trade, or as servants, and the few that will remain, shall be required to attend regularly.
“ It appears to me, that much advantage might arise, were the immediate direction of the school placed in the hands of the Reverend Mr. Evans and Mr. Ward; and if those gentlemen are willing to unite this charge with that of the higher school they have lately undertaken, I would suggest the propriety of such an arrangement, which need not in any way interfere with your more general superintendance.
" I would also suggest the advantage of introducing
among the children of this institution, a knowledge of such of the more immediately useful arts, as may enable them, after leaving the school, to obtain a respectable livelihood, such as carpentry, joinery, braziery, mat-making, pottery, and various other employments, for which there is a constant demand, as well in Marlborough as in the surrounding districts. The officer in charge of artificers, being a member of your committee, will be able to suggest those which are most in demand, and which may be most readily taught, and I shall be happy to receive your sentiments, how far a plan of this kind is practicable, and likely to be attended with advantage.
“ I take this occasion to urge you to persevere without relaxation, in the plan which has been so advantageously commenced.
Ultimate success appears to me to depend almost entirely on the continuance of the zeal and interest you have already taken in the institution; and as our second year commences with increased advantages, so I would hope the result of another public examination, will show a corresponding improvement, and a more general and permanent extension of the plan.
e I am,
« Fort Marlborough,
Aug. 7, 1820.
“ T. S. Raffles.”
Reflections written by John Bradford the Martyr, on the blank
leuves of his New Testament.
(Continued from Vol. I. p.74.] BEWARE more of evil thoughts than of any evil words or deeds; for of evil words and deeds there is judgment here, and they be of such sins as precede the judgment; but of evil thoughts there is here no judgment, and they be of such sins as do follow the judgment. Farewell, my own most dearly beloved pastor in the Lord for ever, forth of prison, the 8th February, 1555, by your own most assured
Many would come to thee, O Lord, but few will come after thee. Many would have the reward of thy saints, but very few will follow their ways; and yet we know, or at the least should know, that the entrance to thy kingdom and paradise, is not from a paradise, but from a wilderness; for we come not from pleasure to pleasure, but from pain to plea
sure, or from pleasure to pain, as thy story of the rich glutton and Lazarus doth something set forth and teach. Ex carcere, 15th February,
Enemies to God are such as hate God, Ps. lxviii., so when in thyself thou seest not through hatred of God, think that the punishments, how great and grievous soever they be—be not the punishments of enemies, but rather the fatherly castigations of children; therefore be not dismayed, but take occasion, as a child, to go to God, as to thy father through Christ, and doubt not of love and friendship accordingly, how deeply soever thou hast deserved the contrary
Labour for a lively sight and sense of heavenly things, and so shall no sight or sense of earthly things trouble your affections, further than you shall be able enough with ease, and pleasure to relinquish and forsake them whenever God's glory shall require. Now this sight and sense of heavenly things is not otherwise than by faith, which begins not but where reason faileth, or rather maketh an end; therefore, in all matters of religion, and concerning salvation, have reason with Abraham's ass, and leave your corporeal sense with his servants, in the valley, to be occupied in evil things, if that you will climb up with Isaac into the hill of heaven, whither God our father bring us for his mercy's sake.
If we ought to be patient when any man doth wrong us, much more then when God doth deal roughly with us, in that he cannot wrong us. God is patient, he then that is patient is common with God, or rather hath communion with God in this virtue, whereby it followeth, that the patient man cannot perish; inasmuch, as none having any communion with God, can perish.
Monumental Enscriptions to the Memory of Great and
Good Men. UNDER this title it is our intention to form a collection of the epitaphs of such of our countrymen as have been distinguished for their talents and their piety, or who have otherwise merited the preservation of the last tribute to their worth, now fast perishing from the mouldering stones on which it has been traced,
as the fond memorial of affection