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Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller


The Diplomatic Background of the War

Charles Seymour


Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)


Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

Rudolf Steiner


A tour through part of North Wales

by John Evans

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The principal manufacture carried on here, and at the adjacent villages, is flannel, and it is the mart for this article, and other coarse woollen goods, made by the little farmers in the hill country, which are bought up for ready money by the dealers of Liverpool and Shrewsbury. .>;: :' !'• -(•:>«

We were pleasingly struck :with.the life-and'spirit that pervades this .little .place on'' the' occasion.. The show of: native:and.untarnished beauty is Very great; for the husiness.iof buying and selling is chiefly conductediby women here, and: through all the markets of North Wales. . •' '• • —.'.'.'..•• :i

A reflection; naturally arose on trie superiority which thes,e females >acquired, in the scale of utilH'y and respect, over., the. .English fair, by conducting an important part,of the staple manufactures of their country. ." ,'.'. -. .' '• "; ..; "'

These wo.men, said. I,, are, useful ;as vy ell as pleasing; while they administer to the happiness of rrjfan, they contribute to his wealth. They prove themselves

worthy the honourable station they fill as mothers, by affording such essential assistance to the support of a family, and rise into importance by the considerable portion they perform of the duties in society. The common bar to matrimony, incompetence to maintain a family, does not exist here. Educated for the intended situation, and habituated to those active employments, necessary to domestic comfort and prosperity, a wife' is deemed a valuable helpmate, and a numerous family an increasing blessing. "What! .(still rivetted to the spot) said I, is the genius of domestic happiness asleep, or is he driven away by luxury and dissipation, that my fair country-women receive an education which only fits them for the theatre or the ball-room, and incapacitates them for every thing venerable attached to the name of wife, or of mother!! Taught to consider the external accomplishments of the body as comprising every thing amiable or important, the modern fair one points all her attention to the graces of her person, while all that would qualify her to soften the asperities of life, to soothe her partner's cares, to assist in providing for the increasing demands of a rising family, and enable her to educate her children in the same habits of industry and ceconomy is neglected and despised. The daughters of Athens and of Rome were the children of usefulness; and let Christain parents blush to hear they fall far short of the poor benighted Pagans in estimating the importance, and attending to the business of education. In those times no citizen of note appeared in public in any dress that was not manufactured by the female part of his family; and, permit me to ask, have the fair been more respected by the other sex, or has their happiness been increased since that period of our history, when every yeoman appeared at market and at church in a dress that was spun by his wife or bis daughters?"

While thus strongly impressed with the fatal System of modern fashionable education, and anticipating its pernicious effects to society, my attitude and gestures had attracted the attention of a crowd of spectators, who, though puzzled to account for my extraordinary appearance, could not possibly conjecture I was making a comparison in their favour. The downcast look of many of the senior part, indicated that their sympathy was excited, and that they supposed my head was affected, while the significant giggle of some of the junior part, and the loud broad laugh of others, as clearly proved they entertained a more favourable opinion of my case. I added my smile on the occasion, and bowing respectfully, left them.

The church is an old gothic structure, not remarkable for its elegance. Belonging to its ornaments, is a beautiful chalice of pure gold, containing by measure a wine quart. The idle story told by the gcxton, of its having been the donation of a transported felon, who had been successful, is refuted by the inscription it bears, which informs the classic reader it was the gift of Thomas Davies, who held the office of Governor-General of all the English Colonies on the Western Coast of Africa.' That this vessel, formed of Guinea Gold, to the value of l68l. he bestowed upon the church of Poole, as a sacred and grateful offering for the honour of God, in commemoration of his life having been preserved in that unhealthy climate through the Divine Mercy. A singular appeal is made to heaven upon any sacrilegious attempt to alienate this sacred property.


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