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The Rev. C. A. to the Rev. Mr. Wylde.
My Dear Sir,
Jan. 18, 1813. Your excellent and much wished for letter, richly deserves my humble thanks. The subject is one that this neighbourhood loudly called for, as the pangs arising to parents, from the frequency and flagrancy of the violation of the Marriage Act, are increasing.
I have been resident in this parish (you know) but a short time, and therefore cannot give you many grievous examples. My predecessor, the Rev. Mr. P-e, doubtless can, for I have heard of them; but the applications from many respectable inhabitants of my parish, for the suppression of the present opportunity many indiscreet young persons now take to marry, have been numerous. I shall only relate one circumstance that has occurred since my short residence here, and conclude with sincerely hoping your laudable and praise-worthy exertions will be crowned with success.
About a month since, a young man and woman, both of age, left this parish (I believe) on a Friday ; they returned the Monday following, the latter asserted they were married in Bristol, the former in the negative: they now live together, and the woman will soon be confined. The fathers of both I have seen within this hour; they are quite ignorant, even now, whether they are married or not, but do, I assure you, most grievously complain of their children's treatment, and fervently hope a speedy and effectual prohibition will take place.
In unison with their feelings, I have the honor to subscribe myself
Your sincere friend,
The Editor will be happy to receive any new
communications relative to the subject of the pre
ceding Pamphlet, as the publication of additional
instances will tend to advance the laudable cause,
in which Mr. Wylde is engaged, and which will
speedily come before Parliament.
THE NATIONAL RELIGION THE FOUNDATION
OF NATIONAL EDUCATION.
PREACHED IN THE
Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, London,
BEING THE TIME OF THE YEARLY MEETING OF THE CHILDREN EDUCATED IN THE CHARITY-SCHOOLS IN AND ABOUT THE
CITIES OF LONDON AND WESTMINSTER.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
A COLLECTION OF NOTES,
PROOFS AND ILLUSTRATIONS.
BY HERBERT MARSH, D.D.F.R.S.
WARGARET PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE,
ΙΕΡΑ ΤΑ ΠΑΤΡΙΑ ΤΙΜΗΣΩ.
Train up a child in the way he should go : and, when he
is old he will not depart from it.
When our religious Reformers had introduced the sys-, tem of doctrine and discipline, which is now established in this kingdom, their next endeavour was to perpetuate that system by an education adapted to it; by training up the children in the way they should go, that, when they were old, they might not depart from it. Though convinced, on the one hand, that its tenets, as conformable with Scripture, therefore rested on a solid foundation, yet knowing on the other hand, that, if truth is not instilled at an early age, its place will be occupied by error, they wisely determined to intermix with the first elements of education the principles of that faith, which they them. selves believed to be true. Thus the prudent parent awaits not the age of maturity, that his child may determine for, himself, but, as soon as reason begins to dawn, inculcates such principles of moral conduct, as, in the opinion of the parent, will best contribute to the happiness of the child. VOL. I.