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Oct 19th 1822 Joseph Dodd master Mathematical school for not attending with his ch;Thos Quine English school for like.
This provoked the following letter from Thomas Quine to Revd Thos Stephen Vicar general Marown:
Peel 20th Octr 1822 Revd Sir I am sensible that I take a great liberty in addressing you on a subject which is intended for your judicial consideration but being unaccustomed to public speaking. I trust you will pardon my presuming to offer you a short statements of the Matter in Question previous to my appearing in court. I am preceptor in a free School at Peel; established for the Education of children in the branches of reading & writing only - the number of children are unlimited, & at present amount to 101. It was heretofore customary for the masters of the school to attend the several scholars every sunday to the Parish Church where a commodious pew was appropriated to their use - this duty, Sir I invariably performed until the Church underwent repar four or five years ago, when the pew which was devoted to the use of the children of my school was demolished and the scite thereof converted to other purposes. This being the case, and the parents of the children having in general no seats for the accomodation of their children the practice of their going to Church in procession was necessarily discontinued. Notwithstanding this prevention, I make it a rule every Saturday morning most strictly to injoin all their attendance at divine worship & on Monday mornings, on ascertaining the disobedience of this injunction, I never fail to inflict a suitable punishment. This course, so far from producing any salutary effect, serves only to bring down upon me the resentment of the parents of these children so punished by whom I am constantly told that I have no right of control over my pupils except during the school hours ; and that in the matter of attending Church they were alone to be consulted; alledging at the same time various excuses, such as want of proper rainment &c ; and some of them have actually gone so far as to threaten me with personal violence for presuming to interfere in the affair. Under these circumstances I humbly trust Sir you will hold me guiltless of the offense imputed to me. I would gladly attend my scholars to Church as formerly if any place was provided for their reception, & I could be protected from the wrath of their parents. My most earnest desire is to have the reciprocal duties of Master & Scholars most rigidly exacted ; & it would really, Sir, be a matter of the highest satisfaction to me if trustees or overseers should be appointed over us to superintend & enforce these duties. I pray that such appointments may be made. I shall then and not till then receive that justice which it is impossible to expect from the unreasonable & arbitrary interference of the children's parents at present I am Sir yr most obt hble Sen Thos Quine
I have not yet found any follow up other than the initial request by the court to request the Masters to respond.
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