Extracts from the diary of ... Robert Meeke, founder of the Slaithwaite free school in 1721. To which are added notes, illustr. and a brief sketch of his life by H.J. Morehouse. Also a continuation of the history of Slaithwaite free school by C.A. Hulbert


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Page 90 - Yet he was kind, or if severe in aught, The love he bore to learning was in fault ; The village all...
Page 90 - Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way, With blossom'd furze unprofitably gay, There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule, The village master taught his little school. A man severe he was, and stern to view; I knew him well, and every truant knew...
Page 90 - The village master taught his little school; A man severe he was and stern to view, I knew him well, and every truant knew; Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace The day's disasters in his morning face; Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee At all his jokes, for many a joke had he...
Page xxiv - Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Page 90 - For e'en though vanquished, he could argue still; While words of learned length, and thund'ring sound, Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around — And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew, That one small head could carry all he knew.
Page 93 - Ah ! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar ; Ah ! who can tell how many a soul sublime Has felt the influence of malignant star, And waged with Fortune an eternal war ; Checked by the scoff of Pride, by Envy's frown, And Poverty's unconquerable bar, In life's low vale remote has pined alone, Then dropped into the grave, unpitied and unknown...
Page 95 - Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor on the principles of the Established Church throughout England and Wales.
Page 102 - Passions. 4. One of a Meek Temper and Humble Behaviour. 5. One of a good Genius for Teaching.
Page 23 - My father, mother, and myself, always sat there in Mr. Swift's time, that is while we went to the church : until they carried things so high, and were so full of ceremonies, that we resolved to provide a better way of worship at home. I shall therefore not sit there, as they manage the church, but if you like their doings, I had rather you sat there than any other person.
Page 102 - As soon as the Boys can read competently well, the Master shall teach them to write a fair legible Hand, with the Grounds of Arithmetick, to fit them for Services or Apprentices.

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