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Since the historical account of the new system of Education, contained in this Number, was printed, several circumstances have oceurred which deserve to be noticed. In particular, the extraordia nary and praiseworthy activity displayed by some of the most distin. guished 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 Institution,' we should guard our readers against the intrigues of another class of persons who would most willingly turn the enlightened 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 also—but 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 protest against the attempt manifestly now making to deter persons from supporting Mr Lancaster, under the penalties of being reputed enemies 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 hy clamour and intrigue, we vehemently suspect, they would suffer the other to languish and die away. That such 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 mere. ly 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 against 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. ferves to be particularized, in justice to the Illustrious Personage whose name has been made subservient to it. The Prince Regent being applied to, as the head of the Church, to lend the high sanction of his patronage to tủe · National Institution,' acceded to a request fo fair and reafonable, that we dare to say the most zealous friends of the other system could find nothing to blame in it. His Royal Highness had already evinced his warm anxiety for the plan of Mr Lancaster,-had munificently contributed to the funds of his Institution, and had condescended to place himself at the head of its promoters. When a scheme-of a more limited nature indeed, hut in its general and profeffed intention equally laudable,-a fcheme for instructing the poor belonging to the Eitablishment, 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 helitate, 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 Highnefs's good wishes towards Mr Lancaster, but in truth flowing from the
fame fource, his anxiety for the education of all tlie 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 subjects should be so ignorant of his character as to lend an ear to such infidious tales, and suffer their affections to be weaned from him,- We might inform them, that, since the period alluded to, his Royal Highnels has paid thė sum of three hundred guineas towards the funds of the Lancaster Institution.
We cannot conclude this Notice, without apologising to our readers for an omission 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 neceffarily preferred (for, to which of the great interests of mankind has this excellent man ever proved a'lukewarm friend ?) - will fufficiently excuse us, in his eyes, for this neglect of a subject which we have moit reluctantly poftponed. We purpole, 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 Dupont with his usual felicity of execution.
No. XXXVIII. will be published in February 1812.