Illustrated London News (14 May 1853). [Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. This image may be used without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose.]
The anniversary meeting of this excellent institution — always a scene of greatest interest — this year received additional eclat from the presence of an American authoress of world-wide celebrity; and from the distinguished share taken by the president of the proceedings in the education movement of the day.
The meeting was held on Monday, in the Borough-road school-room. It was preceded, as usual, by an examination of the scholars in various branches of religious and secular education. Among the visitors at the examinations were Lord John Russell, who delivered a brief address at its close; and Mrs. H. B. Stowe, who, on being introduced by the Rev. T. Binney as "The Mother of Uncle Tom," was received with rapturous applause by the children [her anti-slavery novel being one of the best-selling works of mid-nineteenth-century Britain]. At the meeting, the chair was occupied by Lord John Russell.
Mr. Dunn, the secretary, read the forty-eighth annual report, which, after adverting to the promising condition of elementary education in England, furnished a rapid sketch of the society's proceedings during the year.
The boys' model school admitted 842 children, and the girls' school 430. Twenty-seven pupil teachers had been apprenticed by the Committee Council. . . . sixty had been examined for certificates . . . , and 140 teachers had been appointed to schools. During the year fifty-four new schools had been established, affording accommodation for 7000 children; 295 towns had been visited by agents for school inspection; ninety-seven public meetings had been held, and twenty-four lectures delivered in different parts of the country; 124 grants in money or school materials had been made.
Also present were the Bishop of Manchester (who, since he moved adoption of the report, must have been a regular member as opposed to a distinguished visitor), Viscount Ebrington, and Sir James Kaye Shuttleworth. The account ends with a verbatim quotation of Lord John Russell's speech acknowledging the vote of thanks.
"Annual Meeting of the British and Foreign School Society. — Lord John Russell, M. P., in the Chair." The Illustrated London News (14 May 1853): 369.
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