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LITERARY CRITICISM.

PAOE
Grattan's (Thomas C.) Heiress of Bruges

239
AFFECROMBIE'S (DT) Enquiries on the Intellectual Powers of

History of the Netherlands

179
Truth.

299
293

Harrison's (W.) Humourist
Ackermann's Juvenile Forget-Me-Noi

277
123

Hay's (Major) Narrative of the Peninsular Campaigns
Address to the Deil

311
Address to the Burgesses of Scotland

280
Hazliti's (W.) Conversations of James Northcote

221
Life of Napoleon
294

285
Advantages of Early Rising

Heber, Life of Bishop .

53
Adventures of a Griffin

58

Herrick's (Robert) Hesperides
251

307
Africa, The History of

Hinton's (John) History of the United States

161
Albus, The Cabinet

77
Hone's (W.) Annals of ihe French Revolution .

227
Album, The Family

76
Alexander's (Captain J.) Travels in the East

223
157

Howitt's (R.) Antediluvian Sketches .
Illustrations to the Poems and Plays of Shakspeare

121
Aleuader's (Archibald) Evidences of the Christian Religion 58
Alees (William) Collected Novels

Ingrate's Gift
Iris, The

280
Alison's (W.) Science of Physiology

359
Jerdan's (w.) National Portrait Gallery

200
Analet, The

302
Johnson, Life of Samuel

260
Anzzles des Mines

87
Journal of the Heart

28
Agpual, The Bengal

990
Journal of a Naturalist

175
Annuals, German

257
Annual, The Landscape

Journal of the Royal Institution of Britain

228
ib.

Journal, The Edinburgh New Philosophical
Annuals for 1831

235
An T-aillegan

ib.
Journal, The North of England Medical
161
Jurist, The Scottish

214
Anthologie Française

215
Juvenile Forget-Me-Not

316
Archives of History and Literature

45
Assebly, Report of the Committee of the General

1
Atkinson's (Thos.) “ Trystin' Tree"

280
Keightley's (Thomas) History of the War of Independence in
Greece

288
Babbage's (Charles) Decline of Science in England

Kennedy's (late James) Conversations on Religion
106
Kennedy's (W.) Arrow and the Rose

252
Barclay's (Hugh) Act of Sederunt, &c.

143
Knox's (Roberi) System of Human Anatomy

260
Basil Barrington and his Friends

213
Betty's (Lieut-Col.) Views of Brussels

291
Lamb's (Charles) Album Verses.

25
Bayley's (F. W.) French Revolution in 1830
227

214
Bernard's (late J.) Retrospections of the Stage

Landseer's (Thomas) Sketches of Animals
151

200
Boaden's (James) Life of Mrs Jordan

Landscape Illustrations of the Waverley Novels
354
Lanktree (John) on Roman Antiquities

125
Bourke's (Hannah) O'Donoghue

182
Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia

59, 110, 222
Brenan's (Justin) Utility of Latin discussed

345

Lauder's (Sir Thomas Dick) Account of the Great Floods of
Brighton

175
Bronzaiart's (Alex.) Tableau des Terrains

August, 1829

19
13
Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft :

210
Brown's (Capt. Thos.) Anecdotes of Horses
117 Letters from Thomas Percy

259
Bulletin Universelle
43, 87 Lloyd's (H. E.) Memoirs of George IV.

107
Library, The Juvenile, No, I.

29
Camden

242
-- No. II.

110
Campbell's (Lieut.) Dictionary of the Military Science

173
Library, The Family, No. XV.

183
Chambers's (Robt.) Anecdotes of the Three Nations

159
No. XVII.

357
(William) Book of Scotland
36

24L
Clapperton (John) on the Gospel

Library, the National, No. II.

316
Claverie's (M.) Models of French Conversation

Library, the Edinburgh Cabinet, Vol. I. and II.

332, 313
214 Life of a Lawyer

58
Clavering's (D. C.) Voyage to Spitzbergen
112 Liston's (Robert) Elements of Surgery

306
Coinage. Tlustrations of the Anglo-French

359
Comie Offering

Logan's (James) Scottish Gael

339
313
Casio's (Don Telesforo de Trueba y) Conquest of Peru

Love, Life of Dr J.

140
375 Lowrie's (w.) Questions on the Doctrines of the Bible

318
Costumes of the French Pyrenees
77 Lyell's (Charles) Principles of Geology

116
Corenanters, History of the, in Scotland

213
Crapan's (Geoffrey) Glance at the Exhibitions of the Works of Major's (Rev. J.) Orestes of Euripides

318
Crotys (Res. J.) Life and Times of his late Majesty George IV. 315
200 Martyrof Prusa

30
Melodies, Peninsular

258
Crope's (Egre Evans) History of France

301 Memes's (Dr) Bourrienne's Memoirs of Bonaparte : 70, 121, 194
Cruickshank's (Thomas) Practical Planter
325 Midsummer Medley

159
Mitchel's (Ed.) Anatomy of the Body :

214
Dalrymple's (Sir Hew) Memoirs
186 Monsieur Non-tong paw

297
Dasson's (Robert) State of Australia
330 Moncrieff's (W.) Old Booty

308
De tranche's (M.) Tableau des Corps Organisés Fossiles 43 Morell's (Rev. 1.) Miscellaneous Works of Dr Doddridge 40
De L'Orme
155 Morgan's (Lady) France

195
Devil's Progress
200 Morrison's (C.) Practical Arithmetic

201
Desil's Visit
227 Murray (John) on Pulmonary Consumption

172
Diadem, The

91 Murray's (John) Researches in Natural History
Dictionnaire Technologique

57
87 Murray (John) on Atmospherical Electricity

56
Diriges of the Church of England
29 M.Der ment's (James) Farmer's Assistant .

259
Daglas's (James) Truths of Religion
5 Mackenzie's (George) Manual of the Weather

ib.
'On the Advancement of Society in Knowledge Mackintosh's (Sir James) History of England

23
and Religion

112
on Ethical Philosophy

65
Dorning's (Harriet) Bride of Sicily
200 Mackie's (Charles) Visit of George IV. to Scotland

375
Derles Martin) Irish Cottagers
30 MacNab (W.) on Planting

175
Dress, the whole Art of
225 Macnish's (Robert) Anatomy of Sleep

238
Duncan's (Andrew) Edinburgh New Dispensaiory

184 MacVicar's (J. G.) Elements of the Economy of Nature 26
Eaun's (Pierce) Snuff-box, and the Leetel Bird

375 Narrative of Discovery and Adventure in the Polar Seas 208
Droot's (Mrs Col.) Narrative, &c.
168 Neilson's (Peter) Recollections of America

90
Ercyclopædia Britannica, Vol. I.

3 Nelson's (Rev. Thomas) Biographical Memoirs of Dr Oudney,
Lagravings of Rogers' Italy
101 Captain Clapperton, and Major Laing

213
Fagravings of Ancient Cathedrals
171 | New Year's Gift

293
Evelid's Elements, First Book of
185 Northcote's (James) Life of Titian

353
Eraas' (Rev. R.) Rectory of Valehead
318 Norrington

109
Ereitement, The
373 Norton's (the Hon. Mrs) Undying One

37
Feuerbach (Anselm Von) on the Legal Institutions of France 87 Olive Branch

332
Tati, Life and Adventures of Giovanni
360 Outcast, The

30
Feming's (John) Views of the Lakes of Scotland

124
Tabe's (John) Colloquial Arithmetic
29 Pembroke's (W.) Woman-a Satire

226
Haign Exclusives in London
ib. Periodicals for October

227
Foreet-Me-Not

292 Pitcairn's (Robert) Account of the Families of Kennedy
seatis

140
186

Criminal Trials
Frandship's Offering

66, 305
275 Pollock's (Robert) Persecuted Family, and Ralph Gemmel 294
Porter (George R.) on the Sugar Cane

39
Gali's (John) Life of Lord Byron

165
Southennan
67 Ravenstondale

226
l's (Sir W.) Pompeiana
101 Reid's (John) English Grammar :

95
ileman in Black

362 Review of the Principles of Necessary and Contingent Truth 92
Gags (Rev. G. R.) Life of Sir T. Münzo
223 | Review, the Westminster, No. XXV.

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Review, the Edinburgh, No. CII.

120 Paris and its Environs

94

Review, the North American, No. LVIII.

151 | Panorama of Switzerland

Review, the Quarterly, No. LXXXVI.

243 | Roslin, the Chapel and Castle of

Review, the Edinburgh, No. CIII.

273 Supplicants of Asclıylus, and Macdonald's New Statue 229

Review, the Foreign Quarterly, No. XII.

306 Wild's English Cathedrals

91

Rhodes's (W.) Bombastes Furioso

187

Robertson's (Rev. A.) Vindication of the Religion of the Land 41

THE DRAMA.

Robertson's (David) Parent's Guide to the Baptism of his The London Drama, pages 15, 247, 260, 283, 297, 308, 323, 337,

Children

259

350, 364, 377, 404.

Rodwell's (J. G.) Rudiments of Harmony

214

The Edinburgh Drama, pages 15, 336, 348, 349, 377.

308

Rothes (Earl of) on the Affairs of the Kirk' of Scotland

Theatrical Gossip in every Number, als ) App. 13, 15, 19, 31, 35, 41,

361

Rozet's (M.) Description Geognostique

41, 43, 45.

43

Russels (Rev. M.) Discourses on the Millennium

51

ORIGINAL POETRY.

Sandford's (Rev. J.) Remains of Bishop Sandford

ALASTOR, Song

177

Schleiermacher's (Dr) Principles of Christian Belief

45

Highland Reaping

232

Scottish Tourist and Itinerary

43

Highland Fishing

233

Scripture the Test of Character

226

Sonnets to Genevieve

ih

Sea-Kings in England

342 ALLAN, (GEORGE) Stanzas

99

Select Views of the Principal Cities of Europe

214 ATKINSON, (Tuos.) A Ballad

Sherwood's (Mrs) Juvenile Stories

318

To the Aurora Borealis

404

Shoberl's (Fred.) Patriot Father

95 BELL, (HENRY G.) Stanzas

62

Sillery's (Charles Doyne) Essay on the Creation of the Universe 74

Sonnet

86

Sonnets of Shakspeare and Milton

227

To Juliana

95

Souvenir, The Literary, for 1831

256, 287

To One I Love

Spittal's (Robert) Treatise on Auscultation

298

Two Sonnets

119

Star, The Polar, Vol. IV.

42

The Betrayed One

191

Vol. V.

362

Two Sonnets

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Stoddart's (Thomas) Death-Wake

327

The Death of Pan

205

Sutherland's (Alex.) Knights of Malta

Loch-Lomond

216

A Point

for the Critics

219

Talbot's (H. F.) Legendary Tales

35

Matrimony

309

Tales of other Days

214

Love and Jealousy

351

Teeth and Gums, Economy of the

225

Scotch Ballad

365

Terrot's (C. H.) Letter to Dr Russel

226

Sonnet

379

Thompson (Thomas) on Heat and Electricity

42

Sonnet

380

Thomson's (James) Treatise on the Gallopades

294

A Meeting sadder than a Parting

399

Thomson's Rev. A.) English and Scottish Dissenters

346 BELL, (JONATHAN A.) Dramatic Sketch

127

Thomson's (James) Seasons and Castle of Indolence

161 CUNNINGHAM, (ALLAN) To Captain Thomas Blair

48

Timb's (Jobn) Knowledge for the People

318

The Rover's Ship

388

Traits of Scottish Life

55 GERTRUDE, Gentleness

16

Turcan's (John) Practical Baker

201

I do not Weep

164

Dreams

190

Valpy's (Rev. F.) Greek Exercises

6

Stanzas

205

Vega's (Signor Juan de) Journal of a Tour, &c.'

93

Remember Me!

232

Night

298

Water Witch, The

290

A Remembered Hour

337

Watson's (Rev. Charles) Family Prayers

344

Oh ! Marvel Not

364

Welsh's (Colonel) Military Reminiscences

198

The Absent One

393

White's (Rev. J.) Natural History of Selborne

124 HALL, (S. C.) Fragments-An Indian Battle

403

Wiffen's (J. H.) Jerusalem Delivered

29 HEMANS, (Mrs) Good Night!.

247

Woodford's (Ed.) Elements of the Latin Language

6 HETHERINGTON, (W. M.) The Voice of Streams

147

World, History of the Western

374

To the Wind

148

Hogg, (JAMES) A Ballad from the Gaelic

Alan Dhu

232

MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

A Genuine Love-Letter

262

ORIGINAL PROSE COMMUNICATIONS BY

379

ALLAN (GEORGE)

A Highland Song of Triumph för King William 385

AUTHORS of the OLD VOLUME

63

• 162, 388

IMLACH, (J.) The Meeting Smile and Parting Tear

AUTHOR of " TALES of a PILGRIM

282

Ane New Sange

BELL (HENRY G.)

51, 175. 187

The Gloamin'

th.

BELL (JONATRAN A.)

KENNEDY, (w.) December Twilight

146

177

BROWNE (Dr)

161, 189, 201

In Honour and Praise of Knavery

395

BRYDSON (Thos.)

61, 112

KNOWLES, (JAMES S.) Emancipation

CARNE (John)

391

390)

LANDON, (Miss) Stanzas

CHAMBERS (ROBT.)

MALOOLM, (John) A Day at Roslin

117

EDITOR IN HIS SLIPPERS

190

The Music of Night

6, 130, 266

ETTRICK SHEPHERD

263

The Cureless Sorrow

280, 396

GILLESPIE (Dr)

si, ui, 296, 347, 362, 385

Winter

323

HALL (Mrs S. C.)

On the Funeral of a Military Friend

382

338

LORMA

973

A Christmas Reverie

386

MALCOLM (John)

393

MAYNE, (W.) To a Stranded Ship

85

SINCLAIR SIR John, Bart.)

84

387

MACDONALD, (LAURENCE) To

Stanzas

Sonnet

205

ANONYMOUS PROSE COMMUNICATIONS.

The False One

338

Stanzas

404

Biographical Sketches of Eminent Persons

MACKENZIE, (R. SHELTON) Sonnet

99

Buondelmonti

202

Weep not for Her !

Burns, Anecdotes of Robert,

261 M'LAGGAN, (ALEXANDER) Song

364

Critica Sacra

322 SOUTHEY, (ROBERT) Lines

398

Culloden, a Visit to

244

STODDART, (THOMAS T.) The Lost Jewel

232

Christmas Day

381

The Sailor's Funeral

248

Education in Scotland

80

A Contrast

351

Erroneous Management of the Edinburgh Trustees' Gallery of TENNANT, (W.) The Sweetest Spot

16

Sculpture and Drawing Academy

110, 230

Tammy Little

49

Ettrick Shepherd-Himself-His Portrait-and his Songs 405

The Tangiers Giant

261

India, Advice to Young Men about to proceed to

333

Socratic Drinking Song

Maitland Club of Glasgow

260 WILSON, (JOHN MACKAY) Thoughts of an Absent One 379

Majesties, their, Visit to the Theatres.

309 Wilson, (WILLIAM) A Monody

17

Malcolm, Jane (a tale).

295

Philosophy of Law

33

ANONYMOUS POETRY.

Pleasure Islands, some Account of the

335

Six Weeks after Marriage

99

Priestly, unpublished Letters of Dr

218 Specimens of Translations from various Languages

115

Sculpture-Mr Macdonald's Exhibition

363 The Demon Lady

321

Single Blessedness

83

The Sons of St Luke

351

Societies, Literary and Scientific, of Edinburgh 375, 405 The Unblessit Bairn's Stane

101

Whack, and the Whack System

402

Written on the Frith of Forth

81

FINE ARTS.

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.

Etty's Judith

229 Pages 17, 31, 50, 63, 86, 99, 113, 149, 164, 178, 191, 206, 219, 233

Fine Arts in Scotland The Scottish Academy

367 248, 263, 283, 323, 352, 365, 380, 406.-also App. 13, 15, 19

Illustrations of the Winter's Wreath

230

31, 35, 41, 41*, 43, 45.

Landscape Annual for 1831

91 ADVERTISEMENTS, 150, 108,- also App. p. 1. et seq.

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LITERARY CRITICISM,

such as could read with difficulty, thirty-eight; among

such as had been tolerably educated, forty-four; and among EDUCATION IN SCOTLAND.

such as had received a superior education, sixty-five. Report of the Committee of the General

Assembly for in

These reflections have been suggested by the very increasing the means of Education and Religious instruc- teresting Report of the General Assembly's Committee tion in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and is for increasing the means of education and religious inlands.

Submitted to the General Assembly, May, struction in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. A 1830. Edinburgh.

series of the Committee's Reports, since the period of its

institution, is now before us, and we feel assured that we We have no intention to argue, at this time of day, the could not present our readers with any thing more inteadvantages of diffusing education through the whole body resting than a history of its labours. of the people. It is alike necessary in our crowded ma. There is nothing of which Scotland is more justly nufacturing districts, where the suffocating crowd engen- proud than the education of her peasantry. There is no ders a moral rottenness, and in our lonely valleys, where brighter gem in that crown of glory which hangs suspended the absence of human conversation petrifies or brutities over our national church, than her anxious care for the unithe heart. By awakening the intellectual powers, it, and versal diffusion of knowledge. But there is one part of it alone, raises man superior to his mere animal propen our land to which the benefits of this motherly solicitude sities, and gives him the mastery over them. There is not had not been able to penetrate,—those mountain and a more glaring error in the long catalogue of prejudices island districts chiefly inhabited by the Celtic race. Not to which men cling with such desperate affection, than that that the necessities of this part of our population were unwhich would persuade us, an uneducated community can known, but that all endeavours to remove them had hibe virtuous. They have, it is true, the common affec- therto been fruitless. An attempt was made by the Ge.. tions of humanity, and find a pleasure in their exercise ; neral Assembly, shortly after the Revolution, to secure but even in this gentler mood they are pettish, wayward, the education of a number of the native Gael competent and not to be depended upon; and let self once come in to act as ministers, but seems to have failed, for we hear the way, and their humanity quickly disappears. We no more of it. In 1704, the Commission of Assembly have now examined, sometimes with our own eyes, some was appointed, and instructed to raise a fund by parotimes in books, most countries in Europe, and although chial and other contributions, with a view to increasing we have found crime fostered and exaggerated by favour- the means of education in the Highlands. After five ing eircamstances, yet, amid all the anomalies of human years of fruitless attempts, the Assembly directed such skiety, we have found one principle always hold—the sums as had been collected, to be transferred to the Solower a community in the scale of intelligence, the lower ciety for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, at it likewise stands in moral worth. Two very striking that time recently established by a few private individuals, instances occur to us at this moment. The one belongs and erected into a corporation by a charter from Queen to our own country. The mining district of Leadhills, Anne. The society immediately applied these sums to on the borders of Clydesdale and Dumfries-shire, was the very object contemplated by the Assembly. Since noted about the commencement of the eighteenth cen- 1725, a sum has been annually allowed by government tury for being inhabited by the most lawless and brutal for the support of missionaries and catechists in the race in the south of Scotland. A Mr Goldie (of the Highlands and Islands, and administered by a Commitsame family, we believe, into which the lady married who tee of the Assembly. In addition to these provisions, furnished Sir Walter Scott with the first bint of his Jeanie there were the regular parish schools; and at a later date, Deans) was appointed superintendent of the lead mines those instituted by the Gaelic School Society, which, there, and conceived the idea of instituting a free school. however, confined themselves to elementary instruction The effects soon showed themselves. Since that time in reading Gaelic. With all these aids, however, the proLeadbills, although situated in an almost inaccessible part visions for education in the Highlands were extremely of the country, and affording what has ever been esteemed insufficient. It appeared from the returns obtained by one of the greatest encouragements to crime, a facility of Principal Baird in 1825, “ that in the six synods of Arescaping into a neighbouring jurisdiction, has given even gyle, Glenelg, Ross, Sutherland and Caithness, Orkney, less trouble to the county police than any of its neigh- and Shetland, containing 143 parishes, and a population bours. Our second instance is taken from an official re- of 377,730 persons, no less than 250 additional schools, port published in the Moniteur, concerning the adminis- and 130 catechists, were urgently called for." tration of justice in criminal matters for France in 1828. Dr Baird's attention was first directed to the state of According to this document, out of every hundred per our Highland population while acting as convener to a sons accused of criminal acts, on an average only forty Committee of the General Assembly, nominated to revise were found to have received even the slightest degree of and transmit to the several parishes the queries issued by instruction, whilst the other three-fifths were uniformly the Commission of Parliament appointed in 1818, to enfound in a state of the most congplete ignorance. A si- quire into the existing state of education throughout the milar proportion holds among those who were acquitted. United Kingdom. Štruck by the picture which these Among such as could neither read nor write, the propor- returns presented of the destitute condition of our Hightion of acquittals was thirty-seen in the hundred; among land districts, he persuaded, in 1824, the Presbytery of

Edinburgh to overture the ensuing Assembly on the sub-were justly deemed to have the more immediate claims on ject. Not contented with this, he stirred up several other their attention. Presbyteries and Synods with which he corresponded, to The Committee at the same time corresponded with follow the example thus set them. And finally, in order the heritors, from whom they solicited the accommodato create a popular inclination to the proposed measure, tions required:for the convenience of the schoolmasters. he prepared, a few weeks before the meeting of the As- These consisted of_lst. A school-house; 2d. A dwellsembly, an abstract of the returns, so far as they illustra- ing-house, containing two apartments at least ; 3d. A garted the more striking deficiencies in education and religions den ; 4th. Fuel ; 5th. Grass for the summer and winter knowledge throughout the Highlands and Islands. This maintenance of a cow. They were encouraged to demand abstract was printed and circulated largely among the so much, by the success which had attended similar apMembers of Assembly during the first days of the Ses- plications on the part of the Society for Propagating sion. These industrious preparations, seconded by a host Christian Knowledge. It had been found, too, that the of talent in the Assembly, were successful. A committee heritors, who had thus contributed in behalf of the Sowas appointed to digest a plan for the promotion of edu- ciety's schools, were led to take a warmer interest in their cation in such districts as should be found most to stand welfare. And it has since appeared, that the provision in need of assistance; and also, to ascertain what degree of such accommodations has the effect of increasing the of co-operation might be expected from heritors and other respect paid to the schoolmaster by the peasantry. inhabitants of the country on the one hand, and from go The Committee next set itself to prepare a set of eleVernment on the other.

mentary school-books in the Gaelic language.

These are The first meeting of the Committee was held in the four in number, and are sold for 1s. 2d. The set of month of June, 1824. The first step taken was to de- English school-books which was afterwards added costs volve the active management of the business intrusted to 2s. 4d. Thus a scholar is enabled to procure, for 3s. 6d., them on a Sub-committee, consisting of a select few of all the books which he requires, from the time he comtheir number. This was wisely done,for, though the mences the alphabet, till he finishes his course of elemany may deliberate, it is only the few who can execute. mentary instruction. This Sub-committee has been continued upon the suc It is not to be thought that the Committee set about cessive re-appointments of its constituent, and has hither- these operations exactly in the order here stated, or that to acted as the sole executive. Those gentlemen who only one of them occupied their attention at one time. have deserved so well of the Highlands ought to be held We have merely mentioned their occupations thus systemin memory, and what little we can contribute to that de-atically and apart, in order to give the reader a clearer sirable end, shall not be wanting. The Sub-committee notion of what they effected. They were likewise busied, consists of the Rev. Principal Baird; Dr David Dick- during that year, examining candidates for employment son, Dr_Andrew Thomson, Dr John Lee; and John as teachers; framing regulations for the management of Tawse, Robert Paul, James MʻInnes, and Robert Roy, their schools ; and devising a form of commission for Esquires. To these we may add the name of Mr Gor their schoolmasters. But, above all, they were busy redon, the indefatigable and intelligent secretary of the commending and encouraging parochial collections in the Committee.

churches and chapels of ease of the establishment, and soThe Committee commenced its operations by prepa- liciting general subscriptions from other sources. In stirring a set of queries, which were transmitted early in the ring up the public mind, they were spurring a willing summer to every clergyman in Scotland. The informa- horse. They were enabled to report to the General Astion sought was, in what districts the provisions for the sembly, in 1826, that a fund had been realized, amounteducation of the community were most deficient; and ing to £5488—chiefly derived from parochial collections also,“ how far heritors and other parishioners, forming -although not one-half of the parishes of Scotland had the respectable and elevated classes, might be disposed to at that date found it convenient to contribute. They concur in supporting the proposed undertaking, upon a announced to the Assembly, at the same time, that they free charitable contribution, that should preserve it inde- had, after due enquiry, selected forty stations for schools, pendent of any aid from government, like other institu- in different districts, throughout the Highlands and Istions of a similar nature in Scotland.” The returns to lands, where heritors had engaged to supply the requisite these queries established a fearfully low state of educa- accommodations; and that they had already two schools tional provisions in the Highlands and Islands ; but at in actual operation. The first of the Assembly's schools the same time, the existence of an ardent desire of know was established at Ullapool in the month of October, ledge on the part of the population, a liberal willingness 1825. on the part of the heritors to lend their assistance, and a In 1827, the Committee communicated to the Assemfair hope that, for the present at least, any aid from go-bly the gratifying intelligence, that L.2151 had been addvernment might be dispensed with. The Assembly, uponed to their fund during the preceding year ; that thirty. receiving, in 1825, the Committee's report of these cir-five schools had been placed under the management of cumstances, authorised them to ascertain the practicabi- well-qualified teachers; and that eighty-six stations had lity of the plan they had recommended.

been selected for the purpose of planting schools, as soon The committee now corresponded extensively with the as accommodations should be provided. The Committee Highland clergymen respecting the most suitable stations had by this time found themselves in a situation to turn for schools. By these gentlemen two sorts of exigencies were their attention to those districts which were possessed of submitted to their notice. In the one case, owing to the elementary schools, but were too poor to support a teacher want of any school whatever, the population of whole dis- of the higher branches of education, although the public tricts were unable to read or write. In the other, the com mind was sufficiently advanced to be aware of their immon branches had been taught more generally; but the portance. The plan was adopted of offering to teachers desire of the people, seconded by the recommendation of the qualified in the higher branches a salary exceeding by a heritors and ministers, was, that tuition in Latin, geogra- trifle what was offered to mere elementary teachers; and phy, and practical mathematics, should also be afforded to on such terms a number of well-qualified individuals was such as wished it. In both cases the Committee recog

soon obtained. nised the propriety of these suggestions, remembering (to The receipts of the Committee in 1827-8 amounted to use their own words) “ the generous views entertained, somewhat more than L. 1600. The number of schools centuries ago, by the legislature of this country, when, in active operation at the close of this year was not fewer even at a less enlightened period, it enjoined the means of than seventy. The receipts from May, 1828, to May, a classical education to be provided at every parish school." 1829, somewhat exceeded L.2700. After all the expenses Those districts, however, which stood in the first case, incurred during the year had been paid off, there remained

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