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learning and respectability of its masters, and at no period more than the present. With a few exceptions, however, they are all day-schools, a circumstance, I conceive, of less importance in the education of girls than of boys, and for these reasons: girls are more dutiful, more domestic, and remain longer with their parents, than boys; they are the constant companions of their mothers; but the pastimes of boys take them from home, and expose them to the contamination of bad principles and practices. Girls more cheerfully submit to maternal influence; hence, when the engagements of the father prevent his superintending care, the boys, though requiring much more, are under less, control than the girls; they love their parents, and are unwilling to give them pain; but this is not that obedience which is essential to forming their character. When a daughter has finished her education, she remains with her parents, and enjoys the benefit of her advice; but on a boy leaving school his character is committed to himself.The master with whom he is placed to acquire the knowledge of a business or profession, anticipates the operation of moral habits, and the exercise of judg ment proportionate to his years; it is not his province to form them. Other reasons might be added, were they necessary, to show that a more strict, methodical, and uninterrupted education is necessary for boys than for girls, and which requires more attention than can generally be given with the assistance of a day-school only; for there the duties of the master go no further than to instruct, which forms but a small part of education. The time allotted to this important purpose is too short, and much must be accomplished in it; therefore it is important that it be conducted on a fixed and determined plan, and by whom can this plan be so well executed as by one who devotes himself to the office, who has his charge always around him, who studies their individual character, and governs them according to its nature. You will perceive by these remarks that I deem boarding-schools highly desirable in the education of youths in the middle rank of society, but it is of the first importance that they be well conducted.

A century ago, boarding-schools were

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in high and deserved reputation, their penditure, till a number of pupils should importance was felt and acknowledged, be collected. Laws were formed, by and those parents whose circumstances which each scholar is allowed a separate admitted of it gladly sent their children bed, the food to be ample, and during the to them; a master of celebrity gave re- play-hours a master is to attend the puspectability to his pupils, for a good edu- pils; a committee was formed to superincation and a good character were consid- tend the school, and to see the laws exeered as cause and effect: but at the pre- cuted; masters of the first respectability, sent day, an increase of wealth gives as gentlemen and scholars, were appointbirth to pursuits and pleasures, which ed, and the school commenced. Death take from the family the attention it for- in a short time after removed one of merly received, and relaxes its disci- them; the loss was severely felt, but the pline; and thus the children are indulged vacancy was supplied by the appointment and gratified more than is consistent of a gentleman of high attainments, who, with their future welfare. This state of however, from the call of duty to fill anthings at home has proved a serious in- other office, in a short time resigned that jury to schools, which no longer receive at Leaf-square. The committee immethe respect due to them; they are dis- diately took measures to supply the loss," liked because the scholars are abridged and I trust their best hopes will be realof the indulgences they had been accus- ized in the appointment of the present tomed to; and the enquiries respecting master. And now, sir, will you allow them relate chiefly to their domestic ma- me to state an outline of that system of nagement; and when one is found that education, the practical illustration of promises to be agreeable to the child, it which induced me to take an active part

is approved. Hence education is become in founding this school, and which will be the subject of a future letter. I am, &c.

To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.

SIR,

so uncertain in its effects, and so unlike what it used to be, that it excites no interest. A tradesman, engaging an apprentice, seldom even asks by whom he was educated; he hopes to meet with a good character, but he has no solid ground on which to expect it; and many respectable families, prefer paying a salary to receiving an apprentice with a fee, on account of the trouble and vexation to which it might expose them. There is one exception; the son of a respectable quaker is received with confidence, his education has created it, the parents are the prototypes of the son, he has drank into their spirit, and will follow their steps.

THANK your correspondent Mr. A. for the notice he has taken of one of my papers inserted in your journal; I allude to my remarks on fulminating silver, and the relations of vegetable poisons to the galvanic agencies, through the medium of the nervous system.

However much I may be inclined to admit the importance of the collision of minds, for the purposeз of iting truth, I feel disinclined to combat with those rude sentiments, which flatly accuse me of "exaggeration," and being desirous of "preposterously" thrusting my dictum, unsupported and alone, on the credulity of the world.

To add to the number of boarding schools, and to excite an increased attention to the subject of education, I connected myself with a number of gentlemen, who were contemplating an establishment, adapted to the wants and circumstances of the times, which should connect the solidity of the ancient with the facilities of the modern system, and whose reputation should be built on the I have laid it down as a fixed principle moral worth and solid attainments of its never to throw the gauntlet to any one, pupils. In furtherance of this object, a and to retire from that fruitless field, suitable house was engaged at Leaf-square where no good is to be gained, but in a short distance from Manchester. The which much evil may be found. sum of 1500l. was subscribed and given to furnish the house and support the ex

My counter-remarks shall be few, and they are final; the sooner the asperities raised by controversy are smoothed down the better, else they may swell into all the unlovely form of personal invective.

As to the quantum of danger to be ap prehended from the incautious use of ful

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