Address In Favour Of The School For The Blind

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第 1 頁 - Thus with the year Seasons return ; but not to me returns Day, or the sweet approach of even or morn, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose, Or flocks, or herds, or human face divine ; But cloud instead, and everduring dark Surrounds me, from the cheerful ways of men Cut off, and for the book of knowledge fair Presented with a universal blank Of nature's works, to me expunged and rased, And wisdom at one entrance quite shut out.
第 13 頁 - Few persons have for the first time been eye-witnesses of the scene which it presents without shedding tears of sympathy and delight. Nor has their interest in the establishment been diminished by a more intimate acquaintance with it. To behold a number of our fellow-creatures, whose previous situation was so truly deplorable, become at the same time happy and useful, produces a sensation of heartfelt satisfaction, which words are unable to express. " A circumstance which, at the same time that it...
第 11 頁 - About thirteen years [this address is dated 1804] have now elapsed since an attempt was made to afford relief to those persons who were labouring under the complicated misfortunes of poverty and blindness, by forming an institution where they might be cheered by conversation, and where, by being engaged in different occupations, their minds might be relieved from the fatigue of inactivity.
第 14 頁 - ... and of foot bears, points and gaskets from old ropes, and the learning of music. In this last department, the attention of the committee is principally directed to...
第 13 頁 - Institutions. fellow-creatures, whose previous situation was so truly deplorable, become at the same time happy and useful, produces a sensation of heart-felt satisfaction which words are unable to express. " A circumstance which, at the same time that it is highly gratifying to the feelings of the committee, proves decidedly the favourable opinion which the public at large entertain of the benefits derived from the institution, is, that five similar schools have been established on the plan of the...
第 13 頁 - They are all of them usefully employed, and they exhibit a picture of cheerfulness and comfort which can, perhaps, scarcely be paralleled by an equal number of individuals, of any description whatever, collected under the same roof. Few persons have, for the first time, been eyewituesses of the scene which it presents, without shedding tears of sympathy and delight.
第 14 頁 - ... and stringing musical instruments ; a circumstance which, in country places particularly, may be an important advantage to the neighbourhood where they are introduced. By these means they are enabled to procure for themselves a comfortable livelihood, and have met with considerable encouragement. Besides the means which are adopted to instruct the pupils in these several employments, a strict attention is paid to their moral and religious conduct. The health of the pupils is also made an object...
第 12 頁 - SCHOOL, where the blind should be instructed in some useful art or trade, by which they might be enabled to procure for themselves a comfortable livelihood.
第 14 頁 - The principal occupations of the pupils are as follows : — spinning, hamper and basket making, the plaiting of sash-line, the weaving of worsted rugs for hearths, carriages, and doors, of linen and of floor cloth and sacking, the making of sacks, and list shoes, the manufacturing of twine, packthread, log lines, clothes lines, and fish lines, of stair carpeting, and of foot bears, points and gaskets from old ropes, and the learning of music. In this last department, the...

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