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firmed by some previous acquaintance and intercourse ? On the whole , sir , it appears to me that ( he old fashioned mode of choosing our pastors is on every
account the best ; it is the most direct , the most intelligible , and the least likely to fail in effecting the purpose intended ; and I certainly think it a subject of regret , that considerations of minor
importance should ever be suffered to take place of such as these . A LAY DISSENTER .
Mr * Spencer $ Plan for educating Christian Ministers * Bristol , June 10 , 1812 . Sir , In compliance with the wishes
of some highly respectable persons , I beg leave to submit to your readers the outlines of a plan for forming Christian tutors and teaching elders of Christian societies .
t , very pupil is to be gratuitously taught to become a tutor of other pupils , and an elder of a Christian society . No pupil , tutor , or elder is to be withdrawn from his
secular occupation for more than two hours each day . Every pupil is to engage to instruct , when he shall be able , four other pupils , if they can be procured , upon the same free terms on which he is to
receive instruction himself . No tutor or elder is to receive any emolument for his instructions . No person is to become a Christian elder of a congregation before he
is about thirty years of age , and , therefore , not to become a pupil till he is about twenty . As the tutors arid elders are to receive no emolument for their in-, structions , bo none are to be en-
couraged to become pupils , tutors or elders , who have not the probable means of supporting themselves and families by their fortunes , professions or trades .
The time the pupils are to devote to their studies is two hours every day for six years . During the first three years , they are to be taught th * ir own language grammatically , the Hebrew of the Old
Testament , the Greek of the Septuagint translation and of the New Testament . And during the remaining three years , the pupils are , for their greater improvement , for one hour every day to teach .
pupils English , Hebrew and Greek . And for one hour they are to be taught what is further necessary to enable them to read well , and explain clearly , the New Testament in public : namely , the
geography and natural history of the countries where the scriptures were written , —» the history of the four great empires with which the Jews were connected , —the customs of the Jews and other East .
ern nations , —Christian ecclesiastical history , — the elements of natural philosophy , of logic , and of rhetoric . The pupils having , at the end of six years , completed
their course of studies , are , for three years more , to teach their pupils what they themselves shall have learnt , during the last three years of their own education .
The author of the above Plan is aware that it cannot be carried into execution in its fullest extent , but that it may in a sufficient degree , he is so fully persuaded , that he is ready to put it to the test , if a sufficient number of proper pupils shall offer . B . SPENCER .
378 Mr . Spencer ' s Plan for educating Christian Ministers
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 378, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/34/