made completely national, and not made to
pend on voluntary subscriptions, and voluntary super-
intendence, I have my fears as to their permanency.
They should be placed on the footing of those in Scot-
land, established in every parish more than a century
and a half ago, to which is to be attributed the
superior moral habits of the labouring classes in that
country beyond all others in Europe. We expended
4000l. raised by subscription, in erecting a new
school in this quarter of Westminster, for the educa-
tion of 1000 male and female children, which school
I founded in 1803. I send you our last report.
We have in this great metropolis, many useful, and
I am sorry to say, many useless charities, suggested
by benevolent well-meaning persons, whose minds
are not sufficiently enlarged to foresee that the expense
produces little practical results; while others, such as
the hospitals for the sick and diseased, (where the
benefits are unquestionable) are overlooked. Many
of the wards, in the different establishments, are occa-
sionally empty for want of funds; and the admission
of patients, from this circumstance, is precluded.
Inclosed I send you the under noted publications,
which I hope may prove interesting.
I remain always, my dear Sir,
Yours very affectionately and sincerely, P. COLQUHOUN.
To THOMAS EDDY.
List of Pamphlets enclosed.Biography of P. Colquhoun. Mr. Woodson on Savings Banks, by Mr. Wood-
son. Minutes of a public meeting to promote his
plan. Dialogue to promote Savings Banks. Report on the Fever Institution. Report of the Westminster National School.