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DAVIES, Rev. Richard
Sermons, &c. by the Rev. Richard Davies, A.M. Archdeacon and Vicar of Brecon, addressed to the inhabitants of the parishes of Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary, in Brecon.
Brecon: printed by Henry Hughes. 1815. 8vo., ix + (7) + 463 + (1)pp., with four proforma report forms (including two folding) for the Brecon Benevolent School, these loose in binding, one leaf with closed tear, an uncut copy stitched into the original boards, but generally shaken and loose, now preserved in a specially-made book fox, spine lettered in gilt. First edition. A most interesting gathering together of sermons and reports, dated variously 1801-1815, including an Account of the first establishment of the benevolent schools founded at Brecon in honour of the commencement of the 50th year of his Majesty's reign.> There is a long list of subscribers to the fund 'for building a school room', details of payments into 'a permanent fund for the use of this society', a report on the progress of the boys' school, 1811-1814, stating that during that period 172 boys had been admitted into the school (at the same time 10 boys had been expelled 'chiefly for absence'). A similar report on the girls' school recorded that 163 girls had been admitted. There is certainly much here about the school (of which Davies himself was treasurer) and the philosophy behind it. In his Observations on the New School> (p. 67 et seq.) Davies compares the 'systems of education' of Andrew Bell and Joseph Lancaster and concludes that 'as to the outfit of the school', the 'system of Mr. Lancaster ..... was greatly more applicable to the purposes and finances of a charity school than that of Dr. Bell, from the single circumstance of its not requiring a continued purchase of books' [p.69]. [Attributes: … [Click Below for Full Description]
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