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266 Intelligence.---Lancasterian System in Ireland. journey to serve one fellow crea. Street, in the Liberty of this City. ture, a contrivance is made to be. Twenty-eight thousand poor chilnefit another. When Mr. Lan. dren have been already instructed caster left Shrewsbury he was not here; and though it is an irrele. forgotten by his opponents. Those vant fact, it is not at the same meritorious individuals who would time unworthy of notice, for quict. ke«p the human mind in thedarkness ing the imaginations of Mr. Lan. of ignorance unless its intelligonce caster's opponents, that at this come blended with the poison of school no proselyte has ever been bigotry, renewed their clamour made to any religious opinions--(with a zeal that has latterly be- yet it is notorious, it has seni thou. come no novelty) about" the dansands of pupils into ger of the Establishment;" but the world,” from the first steps of superior persuasion and influence knowledge, who have never been of the Mayor, and his enlighten. reproached for any laxity in their ed coadjutors, put down the illib- attachment to their king or the coneral efforts of their adversaries, and stitution. Nay, it has sent away Mr. Lancaster was left the conso. many who are at this day respect. lation of reflecting that his visit to able citizens of this city, and who Shrewsbury was not unavailing. if they have been distinguished for
About the 6th of November, any thing, it is for exemplary loyMr. Lancaster landed in Ireland, alty and unaffected social virtue. and shortly after commenced his With the School-street commit. lectures in this city. His notice tee Mr. Lancaster naturally be. of his first lecture at the Rotunda came acquainted. There was a immediately caught the public congeniality of sentiment and feel. eye, and insured him a full and ing that attracted the parties to. respectable attendance. His se. wards each other ; but there was cond night attracted a larger a stronger impulse to bring them throng than the first, but his third together. Mr. Lancaster, ever ar. collected together a greater multi. dent in advancing his objects, tude, consisting of persons of the waited upon the committee to arfirst distinction (many of whom range a plan he understood they came a considerable distance from meditated, of not only adopting the country) and of people of all his system in toto (having already religious persuasions, than we ever partially availed themselves of it) saw assembled before. It is need. but of extending its benefits to less to say we never witnessed at. other parts of the kingdom. The tention só marked, or interest so committee had already a good idea fixed upon any occasion as this, of Mr. Lancaster's plan-indeed, except when they were interrupt- they were the only persons in Dub. ed by bursts of acclamation from lin who were in any degree prac. the entire auditory.
tically conversant with il; the It is well known that the La communication with Mr. L. ex. Touche family, Mr. Leland Ma- panded their views, and it was ul. quay, and some others (among timately resolved to convene a whom are some benevolent Mem- meeting at the Exchange by pubbers of the Society of Friends) lic advertisement, in order to form have established a school in School a society for the extention of tbe
Lancasterian system of Education different schools of the city, Mr. in Ireland." The meeting took Lancaster contrived to find leisure place, and a society was formed; to visit Castlecomer and 10 supos. and the first resolution entered ine intend in person a school opened to was an approval of the Lancas- there by a teacher of his own train. terian system, on the ground of ing at the expense of a lady, whose its affording
on the smallest name will be long endeared to the scale of expense the mcans of a youth of that neighbourhood, we scriptural education, by which mean the Countess Dowager of the Bible could be read without Ormonde. Mr. Lancaster had invidious commentary; and chil. reason to feel much satisfaction at dren could be instrucied without the state in which he found this the mischievous influence of sec. benevolent institution, and his tarian catechisms and controver, visit to Castlecomer was further sial tracts.”—The society further remunerated by learning it was resolved to aid the progress of her Ladyship’s intention, to still education by procuring properly further his views by the establish. qualified school-masters, and fura ment of a school for One Thousand nishing schools with all' the arti- children at the Collieries. The cles necessary for their out-fit and neatness and general appearance establishment on the economical of this village exhibit already graprinciple, and they are now in tifying specimens of the benevo. correspondence with Mr. Lancas- lence of a most munificent patron. ter for information on those inter. ess; but what will it be when the esting subjects. Thus the society effects of education are fully ex. are proceeding, and such are their emplified in the demeanour of so broad, liberal and philanthropic many hundred children! views. Donations for their patri. Mr. Lancaster's attention was otic purposes are received at the next directed to the populous city Bank of La Touche and Co. There of Kilkenny. He had not been can be little doubt of their meet. disappointed in the calculations he ing the warm support of the public made upon the benevolence of Lord at large. Their objects are strikingly Ormonde. His lecture was at. national, and admirably calculat- tended by the Countess of Or. ed for the adoption of all sects and monde, Lady Carrick, and several persuasions. To the community persons of the first respectability, in general, they must render the It is needless to add, that by Lord most important benefits; and if Ormonde's liberality, a school is Mr. Lancaster's visit to this coun- to be established at Kilkenny. In try had been productive of no this neighbourhood alone, 2000 other advantage than giving life children are likely to be educated. and energy to this society by his Tullamore afforded another scene presence in Dublin; this alone of pleasure to our unwearied tia. would entitle him to the thanks veller, having enabled him to wit. and gratitude of Ireland. ness a gratifying example of Lord
Though constantly employed in and Lady Charleville's zeal in the Dublin during the intervals of advancement of his system. It appublic duty, having among other pears that Lord and Lady Charleoccupations devoted much time to ville, who rank among his warm
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back tisfaction Mr. Lancaster felt at to Dublin; and in this city he Tullamore.
arrived time enough to receive an Mr. Lancaster's next visit was invitation to the celebrated dinner made to Belfast ; and its object given to the friends of religious li. was merely to inspect a school berty, at the Rotunda, on the 19th established there for five hundred of December. ebildren. He found this institu. We have followed Mr. Lancaster tion in the highest state of perfec- over a vast tract of country, com. tion. The utmost order prevailed, prehending several hundred miles, and to such a state of tractability which he traversed, lecturing, and were the children reduced, that propagating his principles of eduall acted under the directions of carion, as he went along, with a their teachers, as if they were sti- rapidity which would appear al. mulated by one impulse. The most incredible to those who know boys appeared contented, and even not how “ speed is winged" by a cheerful and happy, in the midst sincere ardour to serve mankind, of all this subordination ; present. Mr. Lancaster did not arrive in ing a captivating illustration of Ireland until the sixth of Novem. the superlative excellence of Mr. ber; his first lecture was not de. Lancaster's discipline, under which livered in this city for some time a rapid progress is made in the ac- after ; there was an interval of a quisition of knowledge, and an week between each of his three almost incredible controul obtain. lectures, yet he was able to leave ed over the mind, without the ap- Dublin, in a bad and unfavourpearance of irksome restraint or a able season, visit the distant quarloss of mental enjoymeut. It is ters we have alluded to, exclusive worthy of remark, that some of of his numberless bye-journeys, those children were the sons of and return to this metropolis before seafaring people, whose early ha. the 19th of December. An early bits had given them a marked encomiast, whose fancy was made rudeness and ungovernability of a little creative by observing the manner; yet those very boys had extraordinary exertions of this sinnot only been brought through gular character, remarked, that
“ Lancaster is here now. The next tigues, from all his sacrifices and instant he is in the east. We hear losses? Is it to be inferred from of him there, and he is presently his plain and humble demeanour, in the south. He is expected in from his unostentatious habits, the west, bul next day he is found from his contempt of parade and in the north !” We will not go show? Is it to be inferred from so far as the warmth of this gen- the entire tenour of bis life, from tleman's enthusiasm has led him, the rigid uniformity of his conduct, but we will with sincerity say, that has left him the same man in that if the colouring of this pic- 1812 that he was in 1805? But ture be pencilled down to the scope forgetting our narrative, we are of human exertion, it will exhibit arguing the point on a question, a faithful portrail of Joseph Lan. upon the merits of which there is caster. Commendation, when it never a dissentient voice, except is employed to compliment any where envy and malice make their man who disinterestedly sacrifices combination to prove that no ef. his property and bis repose for the fort of man can obtain the meed good of the human race, never of universal suffrages. fails to run into exaggeration : but. We have already observed, that if there ever was a man on whose Mr. Lancaster arrived in Dublin behalf there was least danger of its previous to the celebrated 19th of running into excess, that man is December. He received a speciJoseph Lancaster. Mr. Lancaster fic invitation from Lord Fingal to has been now several years at his dine at the Rotunda, and the bigh present pursuit, without a relaxa- honour of having his name toasted, tion of zeal or energy. All kinds and associated with · The Friends of bodily fatigue and mental anx. of Religious Freedom,' was beside jety he has suffered in his career conferred upon bim. We were of philanthropy, and he has never witnesses of the sensation that yet either looked for or enjoyed the seemed to run through upwards of slightest reward, except the appro. eight hundred noblemen and genbation of a benevolent beart. We tlemen of the first respectability, have never known an instance in when Mr. Lancaster rose to return which the gratuitous efforts of any thanks for the compliment of hav. man have been so ardent or so in. ing his health drank, and really if defatigable. There is no man we were not present, we could be whom the shafis of calumny have never persuaded of the universal not reached.;, even Joseph Lan, interest excited, His address bad caster can describe their malevo, all the strong characteristics of his lence. “He certainly has been mind; it was plain, candid, and profuse in bis contributions for the energetic. He confessed that good of his country,” say the en. large scenes of conviviality neither vious, to whom the fame of others suited the turn of his disposition is ever insupportable," he has nor accorded with the maxims of been laborious and active without his creed; but he was nevertheless premium or compensation, but he gratified at the splendid illustra. is-vain !” By' what criterion is lion he had seen around of the his vanity judged ? Is it deducią effects of union, harmony, and ble from all his hardships and fa- brotherly love.'
All the topics
270 Intelligence.-- Lancasterian System in Ireland. he touched upon were received not had the satisfaction of learning, with acclamations of applause. were active in promoting his views. His ingenuous statement of what A school on a small scale had he had ' from King George's own been for several years conducted lips, which no man living could in Limerick, on the Lancasterian tell but himself, and which he had plan ; and the Report of the Treas derived neither from courtier nor surer (an active friend of the instistatesman,' relative to bis Majes. tution) was, “ that the improve. ty's opposition to Catholic Eman. ment of the pupils was facilitated cipation, flowing alone from a in a four-fold degree within a scruple of conscience, called forth given period, since the introduc. special marks of approbation. He tion of the system !” A school dwelt upon this topic at some on a large scale is in contemplalength, and he impressed with tion; and a considerable sum has great force, (what indeed was al. been already raised to carry it into already the feeling of every man effect. present) that the views of a mind At the special request of Sir influenced byanimpulse of religion, Edward O'Brien, of Dromoland, were, more especially in a sove. Bart. (one of those few “ owners reign, entitled to consideration, re- of the soil," who can spend an spect and esteem. He closed his ad. ample fortune in Ireland, in pro. dress by a feeling and emphatic ap- moting agriculture and manufaca peal on behalf of the poor children tures; in ameliorating the condi. of Ireland,' for even here Joseph tion of his tenantry, and giving Lancaster could not forget the du. employment to the poor) Mr. ties of his ministry, and he retired Lancaster visited Ennis. He lecamidst tumults of applause, leav. tured to upwards of 400 persons ing an impression on the assembly in this populous town, and receiva which will doubtless prove in no from them all the attention and little degree advantageons to his politeness for which they are re. benevolent purposes.
markable. A school is to be Shortly after this memorable immediately established in Ennis, night, Mr. Lancaster set out on for we perceive that, at a Meeting his journey to Limerick. He lec- of the Gentry of the County, held tured at Edenderry, Tullamore, during the Assizes, under the title Moate, Mount Mellick, and Ros. of “ Friends to the Lancasterian crea as he went along. The au- System," a sum was raised by ditories were in general numerous subscription, amounting to 2501. and respectable, exhibiting in eve. and that, besides, annual grants ry instance the strongest marks of amounting to 361. had been en. pleasure and satisfaction.
sured for the support of the instiThe citizens of Limerick receiv. tution. Sir Edward and Lady ed him with their accustomed li. O'Brien have & Lancasterian berality. From that distinguished school in great perfection at Dro. and promising young nobleman, moland, and we have the further Lord Glentworth, he experienced pleasure to add, that the last Enpeculiarattention, and Messrs. Har. nis Chronicle acknowledges the vey, Ryan, Mahony, and number. receipt of " a sum of 501, by the less others whose names we have Rev. Frederick Blood, from Sir