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EDUCATION OF THE POOR
ENGLAND AND EUROPE.
JOSEPH KAY, B.A.,
OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
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TO THE SENATE
When the Master of Trinity did me the honour of recommending me to your notice, as a Candidate for the office I now have the privilege of holding under you, he informed me, that you would expect me to publish a Report of the results of my inquiries on the State of Primary Education in Europe.
I hesitated at first whether I should offer you this Report at the close of the period during which I shall have the honour of holding my present office, or whether I should present a separate Report at the end of each year's travels.
The progress which measures of economical legislation have recently made, has induced me to decide on the latter course, as I cannot but think it very necessary to press this subject on the attention of the Public, at a time when we are embarking in a course of legislation, which will render the adoption of some great system of education more imperative upon Government
I therefore humbly beg your acceptance of the accompanying Report; and, though I dare not believe that you will agree with all the opinions I have expressed in it, yet I venture to hope that its design and intention will meet with your unqualified approbation.
I beg most earnestly to recommend to your serious attention, the important extracts I have inserted from the reports published last year, by the Committee of Council on Education. They offer a very lamentable commentary on the present state of primary education in England, and more than bear out all the observations I have made upon it.
I feel it but just to my brother, Mr. Kay Shuttleworth, to say, that he is not answerable for any of the opinions I have ventured to express, as he has neither seen, nor conferred with me upon any part of this Report, previous to its publication; and I acknowledge with gratitude, that it was he, who first led me to take interest in this most important subject.
I beg also to acknowledge, with gratitude, the very valuable assistance I have received, in my educational researches on the Continent, from my friend, the Hon. W. F. Campbell, who accompanied me on my Swiss tour.
I remain, Gentlemen, with deep respect,
1, Hyde Park Gate South,
March 30th, 1846.
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