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EDUCATION OF THE WORKING CLASSES.

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EDUCATION OF THE WORKING CLASSES. It is well-known that, before the establishment of Sunday schools, working-men were much more illiterate and less moral than they are at present, and that the good which these beneficial inst'tu- tions have done is beyond human estimation hut as these schools have been commenced by religious societies, are carried on by them, and held on the Sabbath-dav, their object is very properly the enlightenment of the mind in the matter of religion. There is therefore still want- ing a secular means of instruction, recommending itself to working-men of all ajes.and I think that suoh a provision could be easily supplied by the establishment of night schools by friendly societies, after the manner that the schools which are held on Sundays are established. Next to religion itself friendly societies have already done the most towards the elevation of tho working-c'asses. Having for their objects the relief of their members in sickness and in- ability, their decent burial, and that of their wives at death, and enjoining on those of whom they are composed their duty to observe the laws of God and man, they have not only taught many to respect independency of character to sym- pathize with others in distress, but also to feel their own individuality, & to believe that they are capable of something besides the rough duties of their daily employment. These societies, meet- ing as most of them do once a fortnight, afford good opportunities for arousing the indifferent; and, having in them a great many members who are particularly interested in the welfare ot their societies, and also the welfare of all their fellow-inen, it is my opinion that it would not be a difficult task to establish night schools in connection" ith many of them, on the free prin- ciple which the Sunday schools are established on. That there is a class of persons who, from the peculiar manner in which they have been brought up, shun everything which seems to carry with it the solemnity of religion, and would rather show their illiteracy to persons connected with them in a secular society, than to the same per- sons in their connection with a religious one, and would avail themselves of a means of instruction established by the former, is the opinion of many with whom I have conversed on this subject. Free night schools established by friendly so- cieties would open a new door to education for such unfortunate persons as these, would afford a fine opportunity for doing good to those whose education has been better cared for, and would certainly prove a powerful means of men- tal improvement to all who would take an active part in carrying on the work of such an excel- lent institution. In these night schools, classes could be formed according to proficiency, and I believe that. by mutualllBlp audo the assistance of books, almost any branch of learning could be mastered. By the way, I wish to inform you that a friendly society night school is now being carried on at Aberaman, of which I wdl say nothing more at present, but will give you further information concerning it on some future day. A WORKING MAN.

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THE REV. DR. PRICE.

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