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134 NOTICES OF BOOKS.
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_Tbut it is easier to find a blot than to decipher a whole manuscript , and these are only the blots upon a record of fair and even noble
effort . To the uninitiated , the scene at Guildhall last summer presented
considerable confusion , as busy members crossed in search of something going * on in a particular department , or idlers dropped in to
stare , or struggled out to talk . It is the active members , of course , who profit most—those who have come to inquire in order to set
on foot , in their own locality , some movement whose results they know , but the workings of which they do not understand—who
have come to propagate an idea , or even to ride a hobby . The meetingstooare productive of friendships , which yoke together
true fellow , workers , who learn to reconcile their differences in order to accomplish something , that singly must be foregone . They
help to form public opinion , offering a fair field and no favour to the champions of adverse social systems—an arena in which
disputed questions can be discussed without reserve , and sent up to the [ Legislature so siftedand tested , and marked by public
, approval , as to leave no room for dealing with them save on their merits . The volumes exert another kind of influence . They go
Into the hands of the members , and some of them may be traced into strangely remote corners—into the heart of [ Russia , into
Turkey , America , and Australia . Their track is often marked with practical results , though of these , as the test of all truth and
worth , the world may well be heartily wearied . An increasing number of foreigners frequent the meetings , and bear testimony
to their value as a means of making them acquainted with our social life ; and they are also beginning to contribute facts and
suggestions from their own countries . Further , the volumes may be traced to the tables and shelves of city functionaries , who find
them as good as the " Ready Reckoner , " when they are at a loss how to out some much needed local reform .
carry The [ Reports of the [ London Meeting , most meagre—tkey could hardlbe other—as regards the work of the Departments , gave
_~ fche Presidents y ' addresses in fulland with sufficient comment ; but several of these addresses are , of much more than temporary
interest . The address of the Dean of St . Paul ' s is remarkable for Its wise and bold strictures on religious teaching , and that of the
Common Serjeant of [ London for its thorough and able defence of the The princi Juri ples sprudence of the [ Department Reformatory movement opens with . an interesting * paper
by Mr . Best , "On the Importance of the Study of Jurisprudence , " pointing out the great evils in procedure and legislation which
have arisen from its neglect , " for , " he justly says , " if law had been studied as a sciencelawyers would not have attempted to
introduce such practices , and , were they weak or base enough to
_4 o so , those practices , if not themselves also , would soon have
134 Notices Of Books.
134 NOTICES OF BOOKS .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), April 1, 1863, page 134, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01041863/page/62/