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PART I. For 1815.

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capable of receiving one thousand childrea of the poor. Their lordships, taking into consideration the public be. nefit likely to arise therefrom, were of opiumon, that the institution had a claim upon the support and protection of the crown, and accordingly granted a lease of the piece of ground in question, for the term of ninety-nine years, at a pepper-corn rent, which they were enabled to do by an Act of the last session of parliament, (cap. 154,) whereby the patron, president, and vice-presidents, for the time being, were constituted a corporation, by the name of “The Patron, President, and Vice-presidents of the Westminster National Free-School,” and have a common seal. By the activity of the committee of management, and the very liberal do. nations of the distinguished inhabitants in and about the neighbourhood, they were encouraged to proceed with the building: the architect, William Inwood, esq. having volunteered his gra

tuitous services, and the several arti

ficers offering to forego their usual profits on the occasion. Accordingly, on the 21st day of July last, the first stone was laid by his Royal Highness the Duke of York, in the presence of his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishops of Salisbury and Peterborough, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Lord High Steward of Westminster, the Treasurer of the Navy, the Rev. Dr. Carey (late head master of Westminster school), and many other noble and distinguished personages. On the 30th of November following, the building having been reported fit for the reception of the children, they went in procession from the old school, in Orchard-street, and took possession; on which occasion they were entertained with roast-beef and plum-pudding, in the presence of the subscribers and friends to the institution. The relations and friends of the children were also allowed, upon this interesting occasion, to walk round the room, and, by witnessing, to partake of the happiness which was evident in the countenances of their offspring. The schools for the boys and girls are upon the same floor, separated by a wall, with a communication by means of double-folding doors, so as to exhibit them, at one view, upon public examinations, which take place half-yearly, when rewards, principally consisting of clothing, are distributed to the most descrying. The dimensions of the boy's

school are, 58 feet by 57 feet; the girl's school, 54 feet by 41 feet; the first calculated to hold six hundred, the latter four hundred ; the height is about twentyeight feet, with nine ventilators in the ceiling of each school, communicating with the open air through the roof. The building also embraces the necessary accommodation of committee. room, secretary-room, &c. and a house for the residence of the master and mistress, communicating with the school, is nearly compleated. It is computed, that the expences of the building, house and furniture, will be about 5000l.; towards which, the National Society have liberally contributed 500l., and the remainder will be defrayed by voluntary contributions, and the surplus of the subscriptions in hand. The number of children at present admitted into the school, are—boys, 306—girls, 250; and the applications for admitting children upon the committee days, are so numerous, that no doubt is entertained that the whole number, which the building is capable of receiving, will very shortly be compleated. The master and mistress, (Mr. James Wilmont, and Mrs. N. Graham,) were selected by the Rev. Dr. Bell; and to their indefatigable exertions the institution is much indebted, evinced by the rapid progress the children have made in the several branches of their education,—the boys being taught reading, writing, and arithmetic; the girls the same, with the addition of useful needle-work and knitting. The liturgy and catechism of the church of England have been constantly taught to all the children; a separate service at the parish church of St. Margaret is appointed for them, where the chaplain to the establishment (the Rev. William Graves,) delivers a lecture adapted to their capacity; but no children are refused on account of their parents being dissenters from the church of England. Regulations of the School. That i. school, united to, and aided by, the National Society for promoting the Education of the Poor, in the principles of the church of England, and supported by voluntary contributions, be adapted to the admission of one thousand children, all of them to be taught free of expence : and that orphan children, and the children of soldiers, sailors, and marines, who are, or have been, in his Majesty's service, be admitted in preserence to other children. That all children received into this. school be instructed in the liturgy and gatechisms. 1815.]

catechism of the church of England; and that they do constantly attend divine service on the Lord's day at the school, or at some place of public worship, under the establishment of the church of


But that the benefits of education in

this school be not refused to any child, on account of its parents being dissenters from the church of England, or of its non-attendance on the Lord's day at the school, or at some place of worship under the establishment; provided the parents or friends of such child undertake for its attendance with them, or some of their family, at some place of public worship on the Lord's day; or assign such other excuse for its nonattendance (on account of sickness or otherwise) as shall be satisfactory to the master or committee of management. And that such books and tracts only shall be admitted into, or used in this school, as are, or shall be, contained in the catalogue of the society for promoting Christian knowledge, or recommended and approved by the National Society. That the children be taught to read and to write, and the first four rules of arithmetic, and also such works of useful industry, as may be suited to their ages and sexes; and that a portion of the profits arising from works done in the school, be allowed to the children themselves as a reward for, and encouragement to, diligence, exertion, and good conduct. That no child be admitted under the age of six, nor above the age of twelve; except as teachers, or for other special reason. That no child be admitted until previously examined, to ascertain that it does not labour under any infectious disease; and no child be admitted, unless accompanied by the parents or friends who undertake for their obedience to the rules of the school. That the six following rules be established for conducting the school ; and that a printed copy thereof be delivered to all persons whose children are admitted into it. 1. School hours from Lady-day to Michaelmas, from 9 to 12 in the morning, and from 2 to 5 in the afternoon :and from Michaelmas to Lady-day, from 9 to 12 in the morning, and from 2 to 4 in the afternoon;–and upon Sundays, at 10 in the morning, and at 2 in the asternoon, in order for the children to be examined in their catechism, or other

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religious exercises, and to attend divine service. Punctual attendance at these hours is indispensably necessary. Every Thursday and Saturday to be a half-holiday, and such other holidays to be allowed, as the committee of management shall direct. 2. Parents, &c. are desired to send their children with clean skins, with their hair cut short and well combed; and with their clothes, on Sundays at least, well mended. 3. Parents, &c. must strictly enjoin their children to go direct to and from school, in an orderly manner; to behave respectfully to their teachers; to take great care of their books and slates; to behave with the greatest reverence during divine service; to be kind to one another; and never to tell a lie, cheat, steal, or swear. 4. The master and mistress of the school shall have tickets of merit to distribute impartially, as rewards to those children who best conduct themselves; the number and value of such tickets to be regulated by the committee of management, and to be paid to the children weekly, in presence of the visiting committee. Proficiency in moral and religious instruction, and uniform good behaviour, to be the strongest recommendation for such tickets. 5. That on the third Tuesday in the months of June and December, in each year, prizes and honorary rewards be distributed to the teachers and scholars, according to the number of tickets of merit, which they may have obtained in the preceding half-year. 6. In case of sickness, or any accident befalling a child, immediate notice must be sent to the master or mistress, in default of which, or in case of neglect of any of the foregoing rules, the child will not be permitted to attend the school, unless satisfactory explanation be given.

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