wonderfully strange, that I cannot meet with a single
copy in this city, or Philadelphia.
Our Free School Society, under the
the state, is in a flourishing situation; we have two
schools under our care in this city, containing about
one thousand scholars; we have ample funds, and
propose to erect two other school houses next year.
There are now a school in every town in each of
the counties throughout the state, all under the
patronage of the state; the sum of 60,000 dollars is
now divided among them, according to the number
of scholars in each school, and this fund, in a few
years, will reach 200,000 dollars; besides this, they
are obliged, each town, to raise, by tax, a sum equal
to what they respectively receive from the state.
I shall esteem it as a very particular favour, if thou
will be so good as to continue thy correspondence on
the general state and improvements of the numerous
benevolent establishments in England.
It is owing to thy very valuable correspondence
with me, that our New-York Free School is in so
flourishing a situation as it is at present, and that the
condition of the poor, in many respects, have been
I am, with the warmest sentiments of esteem and
regard, thy affectionate friend,
To P. COLQUHOUN.
Free School Society, for 1814. Hints respecting improving the treatment of the
Insane. Report of New York Hospital, for 1815. Account of New York Free School Society.