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j To the Editor of the Advertiser…


To the Editor of the Advertiser and Guardian. SIR,—Although a comparative stranger in your town, I mav not be deemed impertinent if I intrude one or two brief oh*er- 4 vations on your attention. In the first place I hope thenar i,/ has gone by when it was necessary to argue for the necessity r of the existence ot a Mechanics' Institute, yet 1 deem it a verv important enquiry, how it is that after a tolkble acquaint^ Vr with all the large towns of Gloucestershire, Somerset, "Worces- r tershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berks, Surry, Sussex, Kent, ,7 Herts, Essex, &c., &c., it is reserved for me to find in the • j towp of Cardiff the most apathetic Mechanics'Institute, all [ circumstances considered, it has been my lot to know. It has ,fi generally happened that when an institution has failed, it hag been in consequence of the inefficiency or inactivity of the *< Secretary, but on the contrary I can bear cheerful testimony J0 the Perseverance and indefatigable energy of Messrs. Clin- atJJu lr0W ? t0 the ACTMTY of President, "Whitlock Isicboll. Esq. It appears to me, Sir, that the town is not realjy impressed with the importance and necessity of such an I Institution. Will you pardon me if 1 say that it is the duty "diligent Person in the town to ask himself or her- ,L)r" self if it isi right to support the Mechanics' Institute, and then A what can be done to support it. When I looked on the books ;1: I found many uncnt, and some covered with dust, and I natu- f' rally said are there members, and if there are do they read ? 4 I lectured several times, and found but few attended, and I said, it there are members do they ever hear ? I naturally Z. enquired do the inhabitants of the town know that, thiough i the kindness of the Marquess of Bute, that valuable and most 7 interesting series of books, the Bridgewater Treatises, and numerous others, the monthly periodicals, the daily papers, can be had at a quarterly charge which makes them accessible II to all ? and of course in proportion as members increase book., I may be added to the library. I need say nothing of the im- ib portance of the cultivation of reading hibiti;I need not here reiterate the noble and oft quoted thought of Addison, that the man unblessed by education, however noble bis mind, is only like a fine unhewn piece of marble in the quarry. A taste for books communicates a blessing which lives in the heart, when the eye is too dim to read afresh, and the ear is too dull «y to drink in new sounds; the impressions communicated by 1 f. the writings of Scott, Bulwer, and Dickens, the reasoning of- Chalmers, Brown, and Stewart, the discoveries of Brewster, ML I L a.nd1Combe never die, the memory does not retain all the labyrinth of the tale or the argument, but the impression of the poet or the philosopher is stamped on the heart, and next to the hallowing influence of religion, there is no power so consolatory as literature. I remain, Sir. yours very respectfully, n j.jr ..j Jt EDWIN PAXTON HOOD. Cardiff, Aprd 4tb, 1843.