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the tables for each particular county . Many of these copies had been circulated for the express purpose of bringing to the test the accuracy of the tables , but many remained still uncirculated . If , therefore * any person in any county would take the trouble to write to him ( Mr . Brougham ) for a copy , he would take
care to send him a copy of the digest for that county by return of post , and free of expeuse , as it was a parliamentary paper . He hoped no person would make an application to lam from a spirit of idle curiosity . Aoy person really desirous of entering on an inquiry , would find in the digest the names qf all the persons
making the returns . He would « , sk those gentlemen who might turn their attention to this subject , to bear in mind , should they discover any apparent omissions in their returns , that they were made in 1818 , since which time he had reason to believe many schools had been established . He trusted that this notice
would have its effect , and that in the course of the summer it might be discovered what part of the returns was incorrect , and that the house would be enabled to enter on the subject next session with satisfaction to all parties . He hoped that this subject would be met in a spirit of amity and good-will for the sake of the
common object which all parties JiaU in \ iew ; and here he was ready te shew 4 hat concession should not be wanting on his part , for although his plan was tha result of the most deliberate reflection , both with regard to its general principle ,
and even its minuter details , for two or three years , yet if any part of it , after a fair consideration of the subject , should be deemed inefficient , or likely to be attended with danger , he would be the first to abandon it . And even if the whole
should be considered inefficient , he was not so wedded to his plan as . to the great cause of religious and moral instruction , and he would , therefore , if necessary , abandon the whole . He had turned his mind to this subject with calmness : he
had weighed all the objections which had been urged against his plan ; he had read again and again every line that had been written on the subject ; but up to the present moment he saw no reason to depart from the fundamental principle of the Bill which had received the sanction
of the education committee , on the report of which , a . s nearly as possible , the details of the Bill were founded . No modifications could be expected to be made in favour of one party which would be sufficient ibr the success of the * measure , unless they were met by an equal spirit af liberal concession on the other . The
hon . member conclj «| ecL with stating , that unless he were convinced of the inefficaey of the plan ; he would continue steadilyto pursue it . ( Hear , hear . ) Mr . Bright thought that religious liberty was attacked by the Bill before the House . Mr . Brougham here observed , that there was no Bill before the House .
Mr . Bright continued . He thought the honourable and learned gentleman ought to have stated more distinctly what was the nature of the modifications of his plain . The . effect of the Bill , if it passed , would be to rplace the management of all schools in the hands of the Established
Church . He thought education a great good , but he did not think education in error a good . He was astonished that the Bill was still persevered in . The honourable and learned gentleman had , by his own statement , shewn tnat education was rapidly advancing ; and he ( Mr . Bright ) had yet to learn that it was more
desirable to promote education by legislative enactments , than to allow it to proceed by its own spontaneous operation . The honourable gentleman then proceeded to complain of the inaccuracy of the returns , as an example of which he stated in the digest , that the number of persons educated in Northumberland was only
5 , 551 , whereas it-appeared that the number amounted to 9 , 400 . The honourable gentleman concluded with expressing his intention of opposing any measure which would have the effect of placing the system of education , in this country , under the controul of the clergy of the Established Church .
Mr . Brougham thought the honourable gentleman who had just sat < down # had no right to presume that the advocates of the Bill wished to do any thing offensive to the feelings of any class of religious
Dissenters . The report of the Committee , on which the Bill was founded , was drawn up by gentlemen , many of whom were Dissenters themselves , and others who were as favourably disposed towards Dissenters as the honourable gentleman ,
or any other member of that House . Mr . Bright said a few words , the object of which we could not collect . Mr . Becher expressed his satisfaction that the attention of the House had been drawn to the state of education in Ireland . He thought that a Parliamentary in
recognition of the principles contained the Report upon the table , would be attended with the most beneficial e ^ ^ * After a few observations from Mr-Grattan , Colonel French , and Mr . W . Smith , the Report was ordered to be reprinted . " .. . • .
S 04 Intelligence \—ParUam , entafy . popular Education ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1821, page 504, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2503/page/64/