Observations on the Present State of the Police of the Metropolis

Observations on the Present State of the Police of the Metropolis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ... country, education has been con sidered as the sovereign remedy which is to purify and correct all the corruptions of our internal system; andthence it will be said, that if the unwearied exertions of the most benevolent and enlightened men in the kingdom have hitherto failed to effect any material improvement of the morals of the people, or at least of that part of it which. we are now considering, can it be expected that the scattering a host of constables over our city, will at once produce this greatobject of our wishes? He would indeed know but little of human-nature, who, whatever his former views may have been, would now attempt to check the progress which education is making through all the subordinate classes of society. The impulse has been given, and the system by t-his time, has acquired a force which will move itself without the adventitious direction which first gave it action: it is irresistible; it must go on 3; and God grant that it may, to the I happiness and lasting interests of mankind! But if we look to the very nature of that education to which our poorest classes must and should be limited, and to the degree of attainment with which, at a premature age, they must be necessarily thrown upon the world; can we expect, in the early stages of this system, that THEIR instruction will fortify them against the temptations to which, at such a dangerous period of their lives, they must be inevitably exposed? It has not hitherto done so; it may quicken the faculties, but it can-not, from the shortness of the time which is occupied in it, very powerfully affect the mind; because, the body, rather than the mind, is or must necessarily soon be called intodaily action. It is not, it cannot be, with this class of society as with...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939093
  • 9781236939098