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Mr. Brown of Haddington,* by which they hope to be enabled to supply the children, and the increasing reading portion of the populous villages in that vicinity, with books of a useful, interesting, and religious nature. From the itinerating character of this plan, the committee urge how much it is adapted to the operations of the Newcastle Sunday School Union, (an institution which has in connexion with it 128 schools, 13,397 scholars, and 2,489 gratuitous teachers.) The conductors of the various village Sunday schools would be accredited library agents; while the visitors of the union, (who regularly visit the schools three times in the year,) by becoming inspectors, would thus be a guarantee that the libraries were serving all the useful ends and purposes for which they were designed.
WARWICK AND LEAMINGTON MECHANICS' INSTITUTION.-At the annual general meeting, held Jan. 3, 1832, the report of the committee stated, that a considerable decrease in the number of members had taken place within the last year, which they ascribe to the political excitement which has existed, and which has prevented a regular succession of lectures; but they express a strong confidence in the improvement of their affairs, and announce the accession of Dr. Conolly, late Professor in the London University, to the society, who, with others, has undertaken to deliver lectures, which, in future, will be delivered once a fortnight.
UXBRIDGE NATIONAL FREE SCHOOLS.-The committee in their annual report for 1831, state that the school has maintained its usual number of scholars, there being at present 193 names on the books, of whom about 160 attend regularly. The number of those who are able to read the Holy Scriptures is about 136, the rest are learning to spell: 80 can write on paper, and upwards of 140 have attained a knowledge (varying of course in degree) of the fundamental rules of arithmetic.' After urging the beneficial effects of the education supplied, impressing upon parents the necessity of affording a good example to their children, and replying to some of the objections that have been raised to a little knowledge, the report concludes by stating that from information laid before the committee, it appears that out of 53 boys who have left the school during the past year, 49 have received excellent characters from their employers.'
BANGOR NATIONAL SCHOOLS.-There are three national schools within the parish of Bangor, namely, Bangor, Vaynol, and Pentir. By a return recently issued, it appears that since 1812, when they were first established, there have been 1333 children admitted, of whom 324 are yet remaining in the different schools, and it is added, that of those who have left, being upwards of a thousand, nine only are known to have acted immorally, and three of these at least have given evident proofs of contrition.' The correspondent to whom we are obliged for this return, also states, that in the counties
* See Quarterly Journal of Education, No. II. p. 409.
of Carmarthen and Anglesea, there are three endowed grammar schools; about forty national schools, to which the payment with each child is a penny, or twopence a week; a Sunday school in most of the parishes; an infant school in the town of Bangor; and some night schools for adults. The means for supporting the above establishments are chiefly voluntary contributions; and it is estimated that about 6000 children are instructed by them. There are also many other small private schools, generally kept by very incompetent persons.
LEEDS MANUFACTORIES.-In several of the large manufactories of Leeds, a plan has been recently adopted of establishing on the premises schools for the education of the children of those connected with the establishment. In the manufactory of Messrs. Marshall and Co. one hundred and twenty boys and seventy girls are receiving instruction as day-scholars, in rooms purposely erected on their premises; and an extension of the accommodation is in progress, in order to meet an increase of scholars, and improve their classification: the parents of the children contribute a moderate sum towards the expenses of this establishment. In the manufactories of Messrs. Hirst and Co. and of Messrs. Hinde and Co., masters are provided by the firms, who instruct the children who are employed both morning and afternoon, for which purpose stated intervals are allowed by the employers. These examples are likely to be followed; and cannot fail to be attended with beneficial effects.
There are fifteen Sabbath-School
Associations in Glasgow and its suburbs. At the annual general meeting, held in June, 1831, reports were given of the state of twelve of these associations. These twelve associations reported on their lists 199 schools, attended by 8130 children; eight of them are provided with libraries. The books are generally distributed among the schools in divisions, containing from twenty to thirty volumes in each, and are exchanged once a year. The teachers of each school usually take in and give out the books once a fortnight; making, in many instances, the distribution of them a mark of distinction among the children. Several of the remaining associations, it is understood, are also provided with libraries, distributed and employed in a similar manner. These libraries are supported by funds raised by contributions; and, with one exception, in which the children using the books pay one halfpenny a fortnight, their use is entirely gratuitous. The books are selected by committees, appointed by the several associations, and are uniformly of a thoroughly religious character.
DUBLIN UNIVERSITY. - Dr. Whately, the Archbishop of Dublin, has founded a professorship of political economy in the above university. The professor to be selected from graduates of Oxford, Cambridge, or Dublin,
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