Thursday, October 26, 1786

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London Chronicle (Newspaper) - October 26, 1786, London, Middlesex From THURSDAY, October 26, to SATURDAY, October 28, 1786. A Plan for the Eftablijhmenl �f Public Schools, and the Diffi^on Kmtoledge in pENNsvtvjjwiA, Tit which are added, \ Thoughts upon the Made of Education proper ] in a Republic* Jddrefed to the Legijlature aiid Citizens tf the State. HIS fmall, but important* publication is '(tie production of Dr. Benjamin Rufh, Profeflbr of Chemiftry in the ITniverfitf , jr country are formed in the firft rjne-and-twenty years of our lives. The policy of the Lacedemonians is veil worthy of &ur imitation. When Antipater demanded fift> of their children asfaoftages for the fulfilment of a diftantengagement, thofe wife Re-publjcans refufed. to comply with his demand; but. readily offered him double the number of their adult citizens, -whofe habits and prejudices could not be fhaken by refiding in a foreign country. Pafling by, in rti oia**ciiiiITOoot-^Tsf history,-poetry, or even fables from our fchools. They may, and fliould be read frequently by our young people; but, if the Bible is made to givewjiyto them altogether, I forefee fhat it will be read, in a fhort time, only in churches, and in a few years will probably be found only in the offices of magiftrates, and in courts of juftice. ..... " I cannot help bearing a teftimony in this place againft the cuftom which prevails in fome parts of America (but which is daily falling jjt#ifiJ;Europe), of crowding boys to-geUier utd^^ne roof, for trJ#fcurfl�ife of edu� cation. The p'rsfftjc^ is the glromy remains of ikifh ignorance, and is as unfavourable to 'improvqgfents 6f�the mind ifTufeful learn-ing^6-�|ionawBes are to the fpirit of rjfigion. I grant this mode precluding boys from-'the intercourfe of private families has a tendency to make them feholafs, but our bufjnefs & to make them men, citizens, and Chriftians-i-the vices of young people are generally learned from each other; the vices of adults feldom infect them. By feparatingthem from each other, therefore in their hovrfs of relaxation from ftudy, we fe-cure theiMJifrals fr�m a pVincipal fource of : corrupjjonf "white we improve their manners, by fujaectA JBk to thofe reftraints which *he dfcrencBoWie and fex naturally produces *� privme families. " I have hitherto fatd nothing of the Amuse-~ " that are proper for young people in a . Thofe which promote health and tumour will hare a happy effect upm and government. To encreafe this in-'9P� 'Sk!iie Perf�ris tt'bo direct thefe amufe gSVmittcd into good company, an-J^y,-tbat means, to reftraints in be Tr ar?ii moral conduct. Taverns, which in moft countries are' espofed to riot and vice^ in Connecticut are'places of bufmefs and jnflo-cent pleafure, becanfe the tavern-keepers in that country are generally men of fober and refpect-able characters. The theatre will never be perfectly reformed, till players are treated with' the fame refpect as perfons of other ornamental profeffions. It is to no purpofe to attempt to wrire or preach down an aroufement, which feizes fo forcibly upon all the powers of trie mind. Let minifters preach to players, inftead of againjl them; let them open their chnrchea and the ordinances of religion to them and their families, and I am perftaded, we fliall foon fee fuch a reformation in the theatre, as can never be effected by all the means that have hithert* been employed for that purpofe. ItispoffiHe to render the ftage, by thefe means, fub� fervient to the purpofes of virtue and even religion. Why fhould the minifter of the gofpel exclude the player from his vifits, or from his public or private inftructiong I The Author of Chriftianity knew, no difference in the occupations of men. He eat aiid drank daily with publicans and finners."..... � To be ct>st!nued.~] Friday, 0�L 27. Tefterday arrived the Mail from France. Peterjburghi September: to. DURING the courfe of laft year there waste the valne of 6fiyo6o roubles in goid and Ckver bars in fpecie, imported into this ca- ptfiil.  . � - -__.... Venice, Sept. �8." The Drugofian (.tnter-preter) of Algierais arrived herefrom Leghorn, and will be prefented to. the Magiftracy focn, but we are affured the Senate will flojt agree to any augmentation. It is faid, that it will be fufficient to terminate the war with the Tunifians by leaving our cfeebecs and armed barks to protect the trade of the Mediterranean by keeping off the enemy's corfairs;.' Leghorn, Sept. if. W*e have accounts from Venice, that the Chevalier Emo has fent hii valet de chambre.home in irons, for having held a private correfpondence with the Tunifians. By different accounts the principal butinefs of the Venetian fleet feems to be to watch the armaments made and making by the Ottoman government. Naples, Sept. 20. The eruption of Mount Vefuvius has not yet entirely ceafed; the great current of lava from that mountain continue! to have fome motion in it Hill, and does da* mage in different places., Paris, Oil. 12. We have accounts from Rome that the affair of the Cardinal de Rohan was taken into confideration during laft month by a Confiftory of Cardinals, in prefence of the Pope; the refult is not known; but it is thought that in the above meeting only a few ceremonies were gone through, which will coft the Cardinal fome hundreds of chequins; other meetings will, no doubt, be held, all which will be no fmall expence to his eminence. The Car-i dini has requefted fix months time to anfwer a decree of the Confiftory, which has bee� granted him, reckoning from the 4th of Sep. tember, and there'is but little doubt but he will be abfolved before the expiration of that time. That Prelate has received orders to [Price Threepence.]

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