21 November 1854. I Am a steady, pious, young man, twenty-five years of age. I have been married above three years, and have no family. My brother-in-law is a schoolmaster, and, as I have every qualification for the same, I wish to become one myself. I thoroughly understand reading, writing, arithmetick, grammar, geography, &c. I am particularly well suited to become a schoolmaster. I am of a very thoughtful quiet turn of mind, steady, honourable, and just towards all men. Although I am but twenty-five years of age, I have had a very great deal of experience in spiritual and worldly matters, and would make it my whole study to learn my scholars their duty towards God and man, and insert the principles of Christianity with those of business into them, whereby they might become a God-fearing people and useful members to society. My wife is a very pious, quiet, respectable person, twenty-five years of age, and is capable of teaching reading, writing, spelling, and the primitive elements of arithmetick, geography, history, &c., likewise, is very clever at her needle. I have been shopman for the last eight years, and have always bore an unblemished character. My last employer, Mr. —, would be most happy to give me a first-rate reference, either personally or by letter. Anxiously waiting your pleasure, I beg to remain yours obediently,

London. P.S.-An answer would very much oblige. No objection to teach middleage people.


21 November 1854, In glancing over the advertisements of Saturday's paper, I saw one which bore a statement to this effect, viz. :—That you were in wants of a schoolmaster and mistress at Colliery School. I have been brought up under the Government system of education, and have done nothing else all my life but go to school and teach schools. Schooling is a situation that I have studied a deal, and could always bring a character away with me that would always bear the strictest examination. By giving me a trial you will find me to give satisfaotion both to the parents and to the children, and all who are concerned in it.

I remain, Sir, your obedient seryant,


28 November 1854. HAVING seen an advertisement in one of the

papers for a schoolmaster and mistress for schools at

Colliery, and being acquainted with the locality and having some knowledge of the kind of tuition that will be required there. And having long had a desire to be placed in a situation whereby I might be made usefull to my fellow workingmen. That situation as schoolmaster would be one, I perceive, whereby I might gain access unto them, and so be made a blessing both to the rising generation and the adult population too. Being myselfe a miner I might converse with them more freely, for I shall whant to make myselfe generally useful to all around, should you think well to prefer me for that office. Neither my wife nor me, tho' we take the boldness to offer ourselves as candidates for the situation, have had no classical instruction. For I was took to the pit at the age ten, and do still follow the employment of a miner, so that what learning I have got hath been principally from selfe cultivation. But my acquaintance with the rising generation and mode of instruction needful for them is such that I feel quiet satisfied in my own mind that a trial will give satisfaction not only to the proprietors of the school, but to the rising generation and their parents as well. I ain no stranger to teaching, having been about 9 years a Sunday-school teacher, but at present am a local preacher amongst the Wesleyan Reformers in the and

circuits. My character, tact, and moral capability for å schoolmaster, with, as I said before, the exception of a classical education, may be had, if required. And as far as my wife's capabilityes for the work, she hath had about 30 children under her care as pupils, and gave great satisfaction too.

We have no family, so that we should be at liberty to devote our whole energies to the cause.

I would had in conclution, that we will spare no pains, and think no sacrifice to great in order to benifit the children. Should you think well to give us a trial, you will much oblige,

Yours truly,

(Signed) James and Ann To the Proprietors of the - Colliery Schools.

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Berkshire, Wiltshire, &c.
British and Denominational, Northern

Midland and Eastern

Southern and Western Scotch Established Church

Free Church

Episcopal Church
Roman Catholic, Southern and Western

Northern and North-western

S. d.
1 3 13
0 19 23
0 14 101
0 16 9
0 16 5
0 17 92
1 2 13
0 17 41
0 18 34
0 16 4
1 0 0
0 13 63
0 16 2
0 19 23
0 15 32
0 18 10
0 18 2
0 17 1
0 12 113
0 10 10

£ S. d. 1 3 9 0 18 1 0 14 1 0 16 10% 0 16 63 0 15 63 1 0 5 0 18 8 0 17 9 0 14 43 0 18 8 0 14 63 0 15 9 0 13 11 0 16 13 1 1 7 0 16 91 No return. 097 No return.

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Proportion and practice
Compound rules
Writing in copy-books

on slates
Reading books of general information

easy narrative
Letters and monosyllables
Holy Scriptures

Per cent.

Per cent. 25.68 0:32 0:58 0.28 3:16 6:48 20:39 32:53 44:02 3.96 4.8 12:86 16:05 24:1 37:73 50.8 41.65 31:0 31.87 33.61 11:39 82:16 79.09

Table (10.) COMPARATIVE Condition of large Towns in Yorkshire, as shown by

Educational Grants from the Committee of Council on Education.

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8. d. d. 2,497 19 21 7,662 0 5 12,118 4 41 4,241 10 54 26,519 14 54 1,296 17 0 7,135 14 94 11,150 6 4 3,054 9 1 22,637 7 21 2,216 0 1

9,996 3 81 14,363 11 4 4,265 15 45 30,841 10 6

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22,658 9 61 1,996 13 6 6,518 14 5

30,173 17 6

General Report, for the Year 1851, by Her Majesty's Inspector

of Schools, the Rev. E. DOUGLAS TINLING, M.A., on the Schools inspected in the Counties of Dorset, Somerset,

Devon, and Cornwall. MY LORDS,

Bath, 1854. The work in which I have been engaged during the past year, from the 1st of September 1853 to the 31st of August 1854, is briefly summed up in the following table, wherein the occupation of each day is stated.

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During the 125 days devoted to the inspection of elementary schools, I visited : -

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The normal institutions of Exeter and Salisbury were in. spected by me, with my colleagues, the Rev. H. Moseley and the Rev. F. C. Cook, upon whom devolves the duty of reporting upon these institutions; but, as these training schools are specially connected with the elementary schools in this South-western district, I would take this opportunity of again recording my opinion that in both these schools a great and increasing work is being effected for the advance of national education in this country.

In the 195 schools which I have visited, there were present on the day of inspection 16,000 children, whilst the tabulated reports of the Rev. R. F. Meredith refer to :

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In addition to these 310 separate institutions, containing 411 schools under distinct and separate teachers, in which

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