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Early Approaches to the Ragged School System.
Something approaching to the system of Ragged Schools had occasionally been tried long since in different parts of the country. These preliminary trials are thus enumerated by , Esq., M.A., one of the most active members of the :-
"Isolated efforts there were, no doubt, both numerous and effective, from the time when men first cared for the ignorant, and bestirred themselves to teach the truth; but most of these will be found, on examination, to want one or other of those essential features which constitute a -[i.e.] a school in which the most squalid, filthy, ignorant, and degraded criminal receives free instruction in the Scriptures, from a body of unpaid, voluntary teachers, of all evangelical denominations. The exertions of Joseph Alleine in this field date two centuries ago; and after him, in , founded a in
|. Congregational efforts of this description were numerous, and among them stood conspicuous that of . There was another similar institution founded in , while the first schools of were conducted precisely after the model. Next we hear of one in , flourishing still, and fruitful; and the shoemaker of , by name, died about 12 years ago, having commenced and conducted alone, until the advanced age of 72, a school which is the true type of the species."|