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feform and improvement . Harmony between the governors and the governed is the best pledge of a safe and speedy issue from the anomalies of our present condition into a state of social order and promise , above what we have hitherto attained , and towards which it is the irresistible tendency of things to direct men ' s desires and exertions .
The question of reform in the representation of the people could never have arisen into its present interest and importance but in connexion with a strong and general conviction of the necessity of a multitude of other changes which it is expected will be facilitated by the adoption of that measure . The Church cannot remain as it is ; its temples have long ceased to be
national , in any other respect save that of the taxation by which they are supported . Its faith is not national opinion , nor are its forms national devotion . Independently of the fiscal burden , too heavy to be borne , especially when the clergy as a body are sunk in public estimation , and their chiefs have irritated and insulted the community , —the state of religion requires either
comprehension or freedom , and will probably advance to the one through the other . The law cannot remain as it is * Sir R . Peel did much , and Lord Brougham is attempting more ; but while professional interests may oppose formidable obstacles to every attempt which is made , public opinion demands more than any man will be found bold enough to propose
in an unreforroed parliament . Almost every man on whom it has at any time devolved to prosecute a criminal ; almost every man who has either had occasion to enforce the payment of a just debt , or to resist an unjust demand , is impatient of the needless delay , complication , and expense of the present system- Education cannot remain as it is . The
poor must be educated , though it be at the public expense . The public safety requires it ; and selfishness must seek for security in the gratification of the wishes of philanthropy * We are probably not far distant from the time when every parish shall have its school * The Church will not be able to nullify or stultify another Education Bill ; nor will the word education
continue to designate merely reading and writing for the offspring of poor parents , and Latin and Greek for that of rich ones * Science , history , and morals , the elements of real knowledge , are ceasing to be excluded , and will not remain in the rank of subordinate considerations . The London University would have done something for the best interests of mankind by thia
time , but for the almost incredible blundering and perversity of ita management * The means for disseminating information cannot remain as they are . The taxes on paper * books , newspapers , &c , have been ri g htly described as taxes on knowledge . They intercept information in its passage to the people ; what is stift worse , they operate , to a large extent * m 0 bpunty upon , pre *
State and Prospects of the Country * 3
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1832, page 3, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1804/page/3/