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If the above remark of the great Roman Orator be true , ' W apology need be offered for submitting the fallowing Me * - mpir to the public eye . 1 $ traces a few lineaments in the character of one who was very eminent as an instructor of the rising generation , and who , therefore brought to the national altar a pure and munificent oblation .
MEMOIR of M *> WihhlAM BUTLER , " Nullum raunus Reipublicae afferre majus meliuave possuinus , quam « i doceamm atque erudiamus juventutein . " Ciefenov
The late Mr , William Butler , whose merits as a teacher of writing and geo > - graphy are here recorded , was a native of Stf John's , near Worcester , wjiere he was born October 12 , 1748 . Splendid lineage conferred upon him none of its honours , nor was he anxious to claim them .
Without affecting to undervalue high birth , when it is illustrated by the talent or virtue of its possessor , he felt no wish to trace his pedigree to remote antiquity or great ancestors . His father enjoyed a very moderate competency , arising from the cultivation of a small farm * If , however , his advantages of fortune were
slender , he derived from Ins parents a better inheritance tfr ^ u tjm € whic h wjre fortune can bqstow * The plain good ^ gnge , the strong an 4 taeajthy constitution , m& the independence of character which distiaguished the son through life , were bere » -
ditary qualities ; white U > the admonitions of a mother , siren thawed by the prudent frugality of her tabte * he owed that obedience to the temperate dictates of nature , in the choice and love of simple diet , which he inflexibly evinced hi riper
years . Mr . Butler received Wfi early education at Worcester , and was originally intended for the profession of a land-surveyor . Beimg disappointed , however , in this expectation , and having acquired considerable knowledge , and especially a fime
style of penmanship , be resolved to try his fortune as a tetfehec of writing wd geography ia that great mart of talent and wealth , the metropolis He accord-* ngly quitted Worcester in * 7 $ 5 , and from that period ( being then only in his * 7 th year ) he wholly maintained himself by his own exertions .
Mr . Butler might claim a fair and even superior distinction as an able penman : ne diligently copied an 4 imbibed the vanous exeellencieis of masters eminent in ^ teraphy , eapecially those of Bland , his
great favourite ; upon the model of whose penmanship his own free , tasteful and elegant running hand was formed-But the great reputation and success which he attained sprang from a different
source . They . flowed from the improvements which were introduced by him intQ the mode of instruction in writing ami geography . The former branch of education acquired under his care a usefulness and an elevation which it had not
before possessed . He perceived that a writing master has it in his power to introduce a copious store of miscellaneous information into the schools that he attends by jmeans of a judicious choice of copies , particularly geographical ones , sabered and profane , and such as contain historical facts , dates in chronology , and biographical notices of characters illustrious for " deeds of excellence and high
renown . " As an auxiliary to these , he proposed the publication of literary work 3 having a direct reference to his own particular departments of instruction , but containing a rich fund of general and useful knowledge . The plan was original ; it had , therefore , the impress of genius upon it . There was no laurel picked up which had fallen from the brow of a » y
predecessor . Libera per vacuum posui vestigial princepd . Hoa . In aid of the plan above-mentioned , of combining general knowledge with his own immediate pursuits , Mr , Butler published his " Arithmetical Questions /*
" Exercises on the Globes ; " " Chronological Exercises " and " Geographical Exercises in the New Testament" with other works . It is not here intended to enumerate , much less to analyze , all the publications which his indefatigable industry and literary zeal induced him to compose . The favour with which they
have been received by the public , the station which they occupy , not only in the youthful library , but often in that of the adult ; and the commendation beatp ^ ved upon them by those who have thejnselves been deservedly praised , and whose suffrage is therefore valuable , preclude 3 ucji a necessity . It may , however , be said , that they present a mass of information , both instructive and entertaining , rarely
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Sept. 2, 1822, page 571, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2516/page/51/