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j@i 73- s 6 & 6 &J aiwJt , tl ^^ se announce *! q 4- , iiiQ qwer erf . Jhs * Monthly Repository Vfbr Janu ^ iry ^ i 8 i 9 ; amounting to : 3 $ . , \ 7 * . the following have been
—mmmmm—m——The Nonconformist . No . XIX . I nquiry into the Operation of Mr . Brougham 8 Education Bill as far as regards the Protestant DAssen tern .
PTHHE Education of the People , in JL whatever point of view it be considered , is a subject of transcendant importance . Public attention has of late years been happily attracted towards it , and measures have been adopted with Unexampled benevolence and zeal to raise "Schools for All . "
Of the effects of this general instruction some person ^ entertain gloomy apprehension ? , » r Their . « fears are , it may be hoped , groundless ; although it roust be allowed , ' that the education
of the people is > the-introduction of si new power into tlie machine of society , and ;> yftU <> trt ; ex |> etffetoc # We cannot tell exfctiy l ^ ow it wilt work . Some confusion may ensue from H& earliest pne-
£ &ther since ^ eeeivfed ^ -or had'been « in ~ advjeiFtentiy omi ^ tedfiiirtheifimiaer Ji ^ ts ; viz j ¦ ¦ . - . * .. . , - r : ' , \ : i ...... .: , > .. ' ¦ ¦
Thomas Gibson , Esq ., Newcastle-upon-Tyne ,..., ;• . £ ! 1 0 W . H . Pattison , Esq ., Witham ..... ••; . J . 11 0 ] yjL * s . Pat&ison , ditto ... * .. ..... » .. ** 110 Rev . H . H . Piper , Norton , near Sheffield .. ; ,,. 010 6 Xtiomas $ udwor # h , Esq ., Chester , ....... .. * ... » i , 11 0 Rev . Edward Higginson , Derby ... * ... . „; lk , 1 0 Sundry Subscriptions from Lidyate , near Holmfirth .. * , 1 , 5 , 0 Ditto , Halifax ... * ,, . . .., « S > & . 6 Rev . J . Ashworth and Friends , Newch \ nch ........... 1 1 0 \ . . ' ^ 84 0 0 ^/ been
^ 9 . 1 . 1 has as interest upon the subscriptions received , and a further sum of M 7 . 18 ^ . has been contributed towards the deficiency by two of the ori g inal subscribers at Manchester . Thus tie total amount of receipts will be ^ £ 234 . 4 s . 4 d . £ 213 . 7 s . has been remitted to Mr .
Chantrey , viz . c £ 200 for the execution of the Monument , and the remainder for packing cases , travelling expenses of one of his workmen , &c . The expenses of printing , advertising , postage , carriage , ana fixing up of the
Monument , have altogether amounted to £ 26 . 6 s . 5 d . The trifling deficiency still remaining will be met by some friends in this immediate neighbourhood . RICHARD ASTLEY .
rations . But in this , as in many other moral cases , we must determine particular questions by general principles ; and no principle seems better entitled to the force of an axiom than , that
whatever increases the power of mankind must upon the whole promote their happiness , and ought therefore to be welcomed as a blessing to the world . Were the means discovered of
imparting a new sense to man , equal in influence to any of the five senses , he would be accounted a timid reasoner and a cool friend to his species who should object to the promulgation of the discovery , lest it should interfere
with and correct the customary impressions of sense , and produce a temporary hesitation and embarrassment . Knowledge is a new sense ; and whatever may be its immediate effect on the public mind—even should the sudden influx of unaccustomed light occasion for a moment blindness—no doubt
can be entertained by him that holds Man in reverence or places any confidence in Truth , that its final results will be great and salutary . It may be still a question how far it is desirable that general education should be forced by public authority .
The interference of governments with private concerns has been often mischievous , and as the world is managed their patronage is always suspicious . All the beneficial moral changes that have taken place in society have been
effected by private activity and benevolence , and conimonly in opposition to political power . Governments folipw rather than lead the public mind . They cannot go before the general intellect without endangering their o ^ wn safety . It is well , perhaps , when they are content to move in the p ^ rtK Mrhich the
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1821, page 25, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2496/page/25/