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TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRINCIPALITY, •gIR>—n was with much pleasure and deep -interest that I reall some few weeks ago the mutual correspondence between yourself and the Rev. D. Charles, B. A., President of Trevecca College, on the great question of the day—education. All with whom I con- versed about it give you both much credit for the Christian-like spirit .in which your short but doubly interesting correspondence •was carried on. There is but one complaint against you which ■\is just the reverse of the common complaint against new$j>aj>cr' correspondence. It is this:—they have dropped it too soon. ..Y m b, t t nio-it assuredly have your respective reasons for so •doing. I- may be you have no more to say to one another on •ths subject. However, that is no proof but that others may have -something to say to you both, and on bjtl siues of the question. With you, Mr. Editor, I have nothing to do on the present occasion, except soliciting your favour of proposing through the medium of your well-conducted paper some few questions to the Rev. D. Charles. My questions are in no wise founded upon his correspondence in the PRINCIPALITY ;-or at least no farther on it, than the correspondence of the Rev. D. Charles on Education has to do with the actions of the same towards education at Talgarth. Your correspondent while advocating Government aid for education of course believes it to be utterly out of our power to support education in Wales without such aid. It would be well for all to remember the old adage—" Deeds speak louder than words." I do rot mean to insinuate that the Rev. D. Charles is indifferent towards education at home or abroad. The friends at Talgarth will give him the credit of having been the first mover of the British school in that town. To start is all well. But in such a great work as education there is agreat space between the be- ginning and the end. Now, sir, my questions to the Rev. D. Charles are the following. I submit them to his consideration with the greatest respect. Mr. Charles allow me to ask you-- 1. What was the whole amount of expenses for erecting the British schoolroom at Talgarth P 2. Was there a worthy and efficient effort made at all to have the schoolroom fr&e of debt by local subscriptions ? 3. Was there more than E90 debt remaining on the building at the time the application was made for Government aid? Is Talgarth bankrupt ? 4. How often did the committee meet to arrange how to clear off this trilling sum, but were obliged to leave without doing any- thing, owing to the non-attendance of a certain, member of the committee? Did the committee not offer to pledge themselves to find some means to clear it off providing their worthy leader should co-operate and give up all thoughts of Government aid? 5. Was it honourable to apply for Government aid when you well knew that with the least effort which called for no serious sacri- fice you could afford to pay oil the debt without such aid P G. Was it not with much difficulty you prevailed with the com- mittee to join you in this beggarly excuse P 7. Has the British school at Talgarth added a mite to its re- spectability since its matrimony to the Government ? 8. Arguing a priori, will not the committee, the master, and pupils become a kind of civil and religious bondsmen to the Court of Inquisition, alias the Council on Education ? 9. Arguing a posteriori, after the manner of Austria, Prussia, Switzerland, France, and our own English n t'oial schools, is it not self-evident that the chief and the only aim of Governments in in- terfering with the education of the subjects is to make of the future generation a race of free slaves for some self-political purposes P Consult M. Camot's scheme of education before the National Assembly a few days since. 10. Would you wish to see the Austrian catechism introduced to the Talgarth British school, or any of the schools that have originated in the exertions of your worthy and immortal ancestor the Rev. T. Charles, Bala ? Are you an advocate of the fine for nort-attendance from 20 to 500 francs as in France ? if not what is your guarantee to Wales that these things shall not accompany the interference of the English Government with the education of the people ? Bear in mind, sir, as you set yourself such a conspicuous ex- ample for Wales in this matter, and more so since your brethren the other side ot the Severn look upon you as one of the" cltam- pions" that are in favour of Government Education in Wales, that your brethren this side who are of the opposite creed, look upon it as your sacred duty to give them a guarantee that no such sur- veillance will accrue from the system you advocate. Now, my dear sir, will you be so kind as to answer these questions through the same medium, and in the same-spirit, as that in which they are proposed ? Believe me I have nothing in view in these questions but the interest of my country. I bear the greatest respect both to your character and attainments. I feel that a man situated as you are, at the head of the rising ministry, among one of the most respectable denominations in the princi- pality, must carry a great influence for or against my country. To a great extent the doom of Wales is at your hand. I have only one thing to say, the time is come whether men like it or not tha whatever is not based on moral justice will be swept away. July 15, 1848. BRODOR GER MYNVDO TROED.


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