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formation in their families, by their example and influence.
William Pardon, a little boy who has been but a few years in the Institution, so wrought on the feelings of his father, by the pain he expressed when he seemed to be drinking more than was necessary to quench his thirst, that, in pity to the child, the poor man used frequently to drink water instead of cider or spirits; and he actually declared, that he had saved enough money from the public-house, during the four weeks that the boy stayed at home, to buy himself a pair of strong shoes.
Richard Peters, during the last summer holidays, superintended a little class of children in the Dawlish Sunday-school: he very much engaged the affections of his little friends, who expressed great grief when he left them to return to the Institution. We have seen a copy of Gastrel's Institutes, which the teachers of the Sunday-school had given him as a reward for his services.
The following reply, made by a boy named Chapman, to the inquiry, "Is your condition happier now than it was before you were educated?" shows very forcibly the unhappy state of these children when without the means of social intercourse. "You ask me, am I happier than before I came to school? I am happier; my mind is opened; I have joy in my heart, and my words do not understand to tell you of my joy. I look at all around me— the work of my Eternal Father-I am happy; I read his promise to me: can I be unhappy? I know my Saviour lives for me: can I be unhappy? Before I was educated, I had fierce passions; I suspected my mother was cruel to me, because she laughed with my brothers, and was cheerful to them; and she signed to me, and I did not understand her; and I thought that she hated me, and had stopped my ears. But now I know my Father's will is done to me, and I love my mother; and my mind is about her with great love.”
John Wilton, the head boy of the Institution, now about seventeen years old, is at this time engaged in preparing himself for
becoming the master of a small Normal agricultural school, about to be established in the neighbourhood of Exeter. He is training two or three boys as teachers, who will act as his organs of speech. It was found impossible to obtain any where a youth educated at a common school, whose principles, abilities, zeal, temper, and intelligence, could be equally depended upon for this undertaking.
To this account of the school we had intended to add a few Exercises and Letters, written by the boys, to show their improvement in morals and religion: but the matter of this little volume has increased so much on our hands, that we are obliged to deny ourselves the gratification we should have had in doing so, and to conclude with a hope that our short paper may excite such an interest as to lead to the formation of other establishments for the Deaf and Dumb, and the improvement of such as already exist.
REV. DR. VALPY.
THIS eminent scholar and admirable man died amongst us, whilst on a visit to his eldest son, on the 28th of March, aged 82; and, although only a brief and occasional resident in Kensington, his interest in the cause of education, local as well as general, was so vivid, and his course, go where he might, so tracked by an overflowing and perpetual charity, that a short and imperfect account of a character not more remarkable for extensive learning than for benevolence, simplicity, and truth, may not be quite out of place in this little volume, which, had he lived, would undoubtedly have been honoured by his patronage, and possibly enriched by his contributions.
If the story of his long and blameless life offers, like that of most men of letters, little of incident or variety, it yet differs from them most pleasantly in the brilliant prosperity which marked his public career, and the pure and tender affections which rendered his fireside an unclouded scene of domestic felicity. We are often called upon to trace misery back to sin : let us, for once, make ourselves amends by the contemplation of a long course of happiness derived from virtue!
DR. VALPY was the son of a respectable family in Jersey, to which island, with its piquant mixture of natural beauty and primitive manners, he continued through life warmly attached. Part of his boyhood was spent in a French college, where he remained long enough to give him the command of a native over the language and literature of France: the chief part of his education was, however, reserved for England. He distinguished himself highly at Oxford; entered the Church; and being chosen, at an early age, Head Master of Reading School, fixed himself in the beautiful town which continued, for half a century,