Iredell County, North Carolina
GARDEN'S LANCASTER SCHOOL, 1822.
A Real Lancasterian School,
Is now, for the first time, introduced in this county, for both sexes, attended by male and female ushers, under the superintendence of Alexander Garden, from the Spratt's Ville Lancasterian School, where he studied this new and expeditious system with great success, under Mr. Peter Ulrick, who has recently arrived from Philadelphia with the latest improvements, &c. and possesses certificates of that fact.
The branches taught in his school are such as are comprised in an English education, &c. Parents and Guardians, who may feel disposed to place their children under his care, may depend that nothing on his part shall be wanting to expedite their progress in learning, and to instill moral principles into their minds; and will, he trusts, be able to satisfy every reasonable expectation.
The object of these schools is to lessen the load of human misery; and to better the religious, moral, and social condition of society, by teaching those who attend not only to read and write, &c. but what is infinitely of more moment, the fear of the Lord, veneration for his holy word—for the ordinances of the Lord's house, and a due observance of the Lord's day.
The permanent institutions of this happy country, render it a proper theatre for the display of all the numerous blessings which flow from its general introduction, as this system has done more to civilize the barbarian, enlighten the ignorant, and inculcate the principles of virtue, than any scheme of reformation of human origin ever presented to the world.
The public are earnestly invited to visit the school, every Friday afternoon, when they may fully satisfy themselves with the propriety of the system; where seats are prepared for them, and they can enter and retire at pleasure, without interrupting the school.
Centre, Iredell Co. Nov. 8, 1822.
THE LANCASTERIAN SYSTEM.
To the Public.
Having, with many others, attended the examination of Mr. Alexander Garden as a Lancastrian teacher, by Mr. Peter Ulrick, we embrace this early opportunity to testify the satisfaction we derived from the spectacle; and do not hesitate to declare that we deem this system as important to the morals and religion, as to the literature of the rising race. "We are happy to find that the Lancastrian system, as now elucidated, incorporates the rudiments of religion with the rudiments of language; and we cannot too warmly recommend it to the patronage of our fellow-citizens. "We think it no more than an act of justice to declare, that though Mr. Ulrick proposed many hundred questions, and required Mr. Garden to go through a great quantity of detail, which lasted several hours, yet Mr. Garden answered with great expertness, and practiced with dexterity with a number of his scholars. We are decidedly of opinion, that if all public teachers were subjected to such severe and public examination, so much quackery in education would not be practiced as has been.
In short, we are firmly of opinion, that the Lancasterian system, as now practised by Mr. Ulrick, embraces advantages unknown to any other.
Jas. Spratt, President; J. Dinkins, Thos. Greer, A. H. Erwin, S. W. Fox, J. D. Boyd, Jno. Barnett, Thos. Spratt, Thos. Boyd.
United States of America, State of North Carolina, Mecklenburg County.
Certificate of a real Lancasterian Teacher, which system can only be learnt by personal application and study in a well organized school.
I, PETER ULRICK, (who learnt the system of the original school in Philadelphia, under the direction of Edward Baker, a pupil of JOSEPH LANCASTER, the inventor, and having practised it for a considerable time with numbers of children with all the improvements since its first introduction, and possess a regular certificate of the fact,) do hereby certify, that Alexander Garden has practised and studied in Spratt's Ville Model School, under my direction; and that having undergone a public examination, I do believe him qualified to teach one hundred children the elements of a common education by this system, and to apply the same principles in teaching several other branches of knowledge.
In testimony whereof, I have subscribed my name and affixed the seal of St. Peter's Model School, this 15th day of October, 1822.
At the above examination made as above stated, present, Thos. Spratt, A. H. Erwin, J. D. Boyd, William Flaniken, Thos. Boyd, John McDowell, Jno. Barnett, Hugh McDowell, Alex. Porter, J. Dinkins, S. W. Fox, Thos. Greer, J. Smith.
I, as President, testify to the fact of such meeting and examination.
Jab. Spratt, Pres'dt.
—Western Carolinian, November 12, 1822.
(Source: North Carolina Schools and Academies 1790-1840, by Charles L. Coon, 1915)
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