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TO

THE VEN. H. E. MANNING, M.A.

ARCHDEACON OF CHICHESTER,

ETC. ETC.

Rev. AND DEAR SIR,

I am much gratified by the permission you have given me to place this little work under your protection. My object in drawing it up has been to assist in increasing the efficiency of the masters and mistresses of our National Schools, by introducing them to an acquaintance with the general principles of Practical Education, as set forth by writers of experience, and exemplified in the principal central and model schools in the kingdom. Every person engaged in the work of education ought to be possessed with the spirit of improvement. At the same time it is of the first importance to guard against the introduction of great or numerous, of sudden or frequent, changes. “It were good,” says our great English philosopher, “that men in their innovations

would follow the example of time itself, which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly, and by degrees, scarce to be perceived; for otherwise, whatsoever is new is unlooked for. ... It is good also not to try experiments in states, except the necessity be urgent, or the utility evident ; and well to beware that it be the reformation that draweth on the change, and not the desire of change that pretendeth the reformation.” Indeed, I believe it will be found that our first and greatest improvement will consist, not in the invention of new methods, but in the development of the church system. Until we draw out the profound and copious resources of that SPIRITUAL Polity, organized in Heaven, which is appointed by Christ for the healing of the nations, we shall be at the

mercy

of

every fond empirical scheme: our plans will possess no unity, to give them meaning ; no root, to give them power. But as I have already written upon this subject, I will on this occasion say no more. I beg to subscribe myself, Reverend and dear Sir, Your faithful Servant,

Henry HOPWOOD.

Tonbridge Wells, S. Mark's Eve, 1841.

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