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Brought forward 1 Head Infirmary Nurse 2 Infirmary Nurses 1 Infirmary Cook 1 Helper (Female) 1 Labourer (Pensioner). 1 Head Laundress 2 Assistants

£3148 19 2

45 17 4 74 5 8 35 2 10 18 5 0 12 0 0 45 17 4 71 14 8

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Total Salaries.

£3,451 5 0 The total salaries, wages, and allowances at present being 35391. 198. 8d., the difference is only 881. 145. 8d. in favour of the proposed new arrangement; the deductions made severally on the presumed removal of the Girls' School, on the reduced number of the boys, and on the supposition that in the Middle and Lower School the boys would perform a great part of the domestic work themselves, being nearly balanced by the increased number of masters and mates necessary to raise the standard of the instruction, and to maintain a more vigilant superintendence. It remains, however, to be stated that the scale of salaries, which has been adopted from that now in force, appears, under many heads, to be much too high, and would call for reduction, on vacancies occurring, if not before, to an extent more than sufficient to cover any cost which has not been taken into this account, consequent on the increased demand on the time of the masters, on the disuse of the girls in mending, and of the nurses in mending and superintending the linen, and performing other domestic duties which must be provided for. It may also be a question for consideration whether a more satisfactory arrangement might not be made for an adequate and constant superintendence of the establishment, and whether some of the inferior offices might not be modified or dispensed with.

The reduction of 200 in the number of the boys would give the following result:

Per Annum. Present cost of 930 children, say

£20,000 Deduct salaries, the amount being nearly the same in both cases

3,500

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£16,500 This gives, for the present annual cost of each child, exclusive of salaries to masters, &c., the sum of 171. 6s. 6d. All other expenses remaining the same, the reduction of the number of boys by 200 would, therefore, if taken at 171. per head, cause a saving to the establishment of 34001. per annum.

This sum would amply cover any additional cost consequent on the separate establishment of the Girls' School, and on the alterations proposed for the Boys' Schools.

The detail of expenditure for the altered numbers would probably, on an accurate revision, be found susceptible of some reductions. The article of clothing may be particularly specified. No inconsiderable portion of the work now done by hired labour would, after some practice, be executed by the boys. At Chelsea 40 boys in rotation of alternate days, 20 on each day, make the shoes for the whole number, 350; the leather being supplied by contract, ready cut into patterns and sizes. All that the boys could not make might be supplied by contract.

With reference to the alterations which it appears desirable to adopt forthwith, the following suggestions are offered :

1. That two masters should be added to the Lower Boys' School, and the arrangements of desks, &c., accommodated to an improved method of instruction.

2. That one master be added to the Upper School, and a classroom if possible be provided.

3. That four mates be added, two to each of the Boys' Schools.

4. That a shoemaker's shop be provided capable of accommodating a master shoemaker and 25 boys.

5. That a brig's mainmast be set up and rigged, bulwarks set up, and four small guns with tackling provided.

6. That a small sailing-vessel and two boats be provided for practice on the river.

7. That a shed be erected for knotting, splicing, making, and fitting rigging, sail-making, and other points of instruction useful to a sailor. A machine for rope-making on a very simple construc: tion may be seen at the establishment of the Children's Friends' Society, Hackney Wick, if it is considered desirable to introduce this branch.

8. That a triangular swing and parallel bars be added to the gymnastic apparatus.

9. That the broad-sword or stick exercise be taught by the boatswain.

10. That maps, books, and proper apparatus be furnished for the Lower School, and that a small lending library be formed in that school.

11. That the means of preventing unlawful egress from the playground be provided by iron rails on some of the walls, or other methods.

12. That the dormitories be properly furnished with essential accommodations.

13. That in the Lower and Middle School, with a view to infuse, at the earliest possible period, the spirit and the habits of a naval life, the whole routine of discipline should resemble, as far as possible, that which exists on board ship; that the boys should be piped by the boatswain or mates to their various duties; that they should at stated times, and under the direction of the mates, arrange their hammocks, clean their dress, their dormitories, hall, school, and other parts of the establishment; be divided at meals into messes, each having its captain, responsible for the order and decent behaviour of the mess; and in all respects become habituated, under a system mildly and firmly administered, and by moral influences to which the constant presence of a master would be expected to contribute, to the rudiments, as it were, of that mode of life which is to occupy their future years.

14. That no change of place, either in the school, or to or from the school, hall, chapel, gymnastic ground, or dormitories, should be made, except by command and in marching order.

15. That the playgrounds be put in order by being covered with a mixture of chalk and gravel, and well rolled.

16. That no perquisites be allowed to any of the servants of the establishment, the waste materials being taken off by contract.

17. That the master tailor and master shoemaker should have the same authority as the mates, and that on an opportunity occurring the places of those at present acting in that capacity should be filled on a much smaller salary by petty officers or serjeants from the naval or marine service. Well-selected pensioner shoe. makers and tailors might be added to the establishment.

18. That the cost of shoes, or any other property found to have been wilfully destroyed, should be replaced, as far as possible, by the parents of the offender. It is stated that destruction has occurred to a great extent in the article of shoes; and if the annexed return be correct, upwards of four new pairs of shoes have been annually issued to each child, on the average of the last three years. Pairs of shoes issued on the average of the last three years :Boys

3256 Girls

670

* 3926

It would seem desirable that a restriction should be put upon the issue, and that all required by each boy beyond a certain number per annum should be paid for.

19. That large washing-tubs, as in use at the Chelsea Schools, be provided for tub-washing in winter.

20. That the ventilation of the odrmitories and the school-rooms, and the mode of warming the latter and the hall, be improved,

21. That the absence-roll be made up more frequently during 22. That every Sunday be employed as indicated in the table of routine ; and that as many of the arrangements there pointed out for the other days of the week be forthwith followed as the crowded state of the establishment will perniit.

the day.

* 3926 — 930 = 4.2.

23. That one master be, if possible, always present with the boys out of school-hours, with a view to exercise a proper moral influence over their manners and habits. The mates might be required to aid in the same object, and might in future be selected with reference to the zeal and intelligence which they are likely to display in the very important office of contributing, by a firm, temperate, and conciliating demeanour, to improve the habits and form the character of those under their charge.

I have the honour to be,

Sir,

Your obedient servant, (Signed) SEYMOUR TREMENHEERE.

APPENDIX A.

Mem.

Lloyd's, 22nd July, 1806.—40,0001. contributed to the R. N. Asylum, upon condition that the Directors undertake “to maintain and educate such children of either sex as may be recommended by the Committee for managing the Patriotic Fund, and are within the rules of that Institution.Accepted 6th August, 1806, by the Directors of the R.N. Asylum.

Lloyd's, 31st January, 1821.—The Patriotic Fund Committee agree to the union of the R. N. Asylum with the School of Greenwich Hospital, provided “ the purposes for which the money was originally given will be duly performed.”

30th April, 1821.–Letter from the Secretary of the Patriotic Fund Committee, stating that the Directors of the R. N. Asylum engaged to retain children recommended by the Committee under 14 years

of

age. 3rd May, 1821.-Reply from the Secretary of Greenwich Hospital, acquainting the Committee “ that the Directors hold themselves engaged to receive all such children as may be recommended by the Committee of the Patriotic Fund for admission,” but expressing a hope that the Committee will be guided as far as practicable by the limitation as to age in the regulations. (Signed)

John A. LETHBRIDGE.

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