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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
patronage of the powerful, even though it may on the whole prove injurious to society.
I do not by these remarks intend to point at any particular seminary. I am only showing the general tendency of rich endowments on literary institutions. By placing them above the necessity of vigilant and steadfast exertion on the part of the managers and teachers, the greatest inducements and the most active and sure impellents to usefulness are withdrawn. If parents therefore are desirous of sending their children to a college, let them not be be­guiled by a mere prejudice. Let them not prefer an institution because it is rich. On the con­trary, poverty should rather be a recommenda­tion. The institutions which depend on the good name they may get by their activity, vigor and just management, are likely to be the best.
Private institutions, on so small a scale as to allow the teacher to have intimate intercourse with each pupil, and depending wholly upon their good management for success, could such be established and sustained, would, in my humble judgment, be preferable to chartered colleges. But until such can be found, parents, who wish to give their sons a classical educa­tion, must choose between such institutions as exist. Let them choose, then, considering the
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