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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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ing me Lancaster's pamphlet on education, which
has afforded me a considerable degree of satisfaction,
and I have been so much pleased with the outlines
of it, that I have had one thousand copies printed
in this city and Philadelphia. I flatter myself his
plan will be adopted in our schools, when it becomes
more generally known; and I hope to introduce it
in a very large school, which I expect soon to get
established under the protection of our city corpora-
tion, for the benefit of poor children, who are at
present under the care of our alms house. I should
be much gratified to obtain such printed accounts as
have been published of your schools, established on
the plan of promoting industry, as well as useful
learning.

In the course of last year, some persons were
appointed inspectors of our state prison, who, in my
opinion, were no way qualified to promote the design
of the institution, and whose opinions respecting the
general management and economy were widely
different from mine, in consequence of which, my
situation there became so unpleasant, that I was
induced, in January last, to resign my place as an
inspector. I devoted seven years in endeavouring to
establish this excellent institution, and am not a
little mortified, that there is some reason to appre-
hend all my labours are like to be lost. I have,
however, the consolation of having the most satisfac-
tory and pleasing proofs of the marked approbation
of every officer in our government, and of all my
friends. Some of the convicts, about three weeks
since, set fire to the prison, and destroyed the whole
of the roof of the north wing; it is now repairing,
and will soon be under cover. This circumstance hap-
pened, in consequence of neglect in the assistant
keepers, who have all been appointed lately, as all
the old ones resigned immediately after myself and
the old inspectors.

I have delivered to Captain Matlock, of the ship