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Comprising a System, alike fitted to reduce the expense of Tuition, 5
abridge the labour of the Master, and expedite the progress of
Rev. Dr. ANDREW BELL, A.M: F.A.S: F.R.S. E.
Rector of Swanage, Dorset;
and Superintendent of the Male Asylum at Egmore..
Pueri efferuntur lætitia cum vicerint, et pudet victos; ut tam
PRINTED BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT COURT, FLEET STREET,
TOR CADELL AND DAVIES, IN THE STRAND.
MOST REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE,
LORD ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY,
PRIMATE OF ALL ENGLAND,
&c. &c. &c.
In the distinguished privilege of presenting this Essay to your GRACE I feel a gratification, which words cannot express. My every wish in regard to my System of Education is fulfilled. The boon, which I had heretofore destined for general diffusion in future ages, seems to me already realized to the rising generation. Not only the exalted station which your GRACE fills, but the individual who, happily for the best interests of the church and state, fills that station, stamps a present character on this experiment. And it is its highest recommendation, that the illustrious patronage and sacred sanction, under which it now goes forth to the world, are solely to be ascribed to the principles on which it is founded, and to the ends to which it is directed.
I have the honour to be,
With profound veneration,
Your GRACE's dutiful,
and devoted servant,
LONDON, 5th Feb. 1807.
THE FIRST EDITION..
In the education of youth three objects presented themselves to my mind; to prevent the waste of time in school; to render the condition of pupils pleasant to themselves; and to lead the attention to proper pursuits. In other words, my purpose was to make good scholars, good men, and good Christians.
In charge of a new institution, and by situation free from any bias or trammel that might warp the mind or shackle exertion, I tried every method, which a long and earnest attention to the nature and disposition of youth suggested, to accomplish these ends to my own satisfaction. After many attempts with various success, I rested in a system surpassing in its effect any expectation I had formed, and “far exceeding the most sanguine hopes” of the directors of the institution, and others interested in the event.
The experiment, thus made at Madras, has appeared to those who have witnessed the result,
a See the despatches of the Madras Government to the Court of Directors. First Edition. Cadell and Davies, 1797.