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Sketch of a Plan for the Reformation of the Grammar - Schools of Dublin, Humbly submitted to the Consideration of the Right Hon. and H. the Lords & Commons of Ireland


  • Publisher: [Dublin], Printed by G. Perrin, No. 10, Castle-Sreet, 1787
[Dublin], Printed by G. Perrin, No. 10, Castle-Sreet, 1787. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 190 x 120, pp. [ii], 36, recently recased in quarter calf, marbled boards, gilt spine with red morroco label, vellum corners; fore-margin of title-page 9 mms. shorter than text block, but a very good copy In the late 1780s, when protestants in Ireland were keen on winning Catholics over to their way of thinking. Carey's short pamphlet was, according to James Kelly, "because he affirms that in the midst of this ideological barrage there were some for whom basic financial and educational issues were still the priority, Carey was concerned by the unsatisfactory status of the fee paying grammar schools and argkued that the problems affecting this sector could be alleviated by the payment of an annual salary of £50 to teachers, since this would eradicate the problems of ephemeral schools and transient teachers..." (James Kelly, "The Context and Course of Thomas Orde's Plan of Education" (The Irish Journal of Education [1986]). John Carey (1756 - 18290 "operated a classical grammar school from 1781 to 1787. Carey was a Catholic, educated in Paris, who initially set up as a private French teacher in 1780. In 1781 he opened a full classical academy that taught French and English as well as Greek, Latin, History, Geography, and Mythology. He also offered students ' tincture of the Italian' Masters attended to teach Writing and Arithmetic. In 1783 he moved his school to 9 Dorset Street, where he remained until at least 1787. In that year he published call for education reform, Sketch of a Plan for the Reformation of the Grammar-Schools of Dublin, that provides helpful insights into the running of a private school at this time. Shortly after this he moved to Philadelphia to work with his brother in the printing business. While in America he edited George Washington's correspondence in 1795. He then relocated to London 'here he went on to enjoy a successful career as a private tutor and classical scholar, publishing numerous Latin textbooks, which were frequently reprinted'"� (M. Wade Mahon, "Irish Schools and Schoolmasters in Dublin and Vicinity, 1750-1800" [2018]). ESTC N26070 locates copies at BL, House of Lords, National Library of Ireland, Honourable Society of King's Inn, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy (2); Harvard, Library company of Philadelphia, Yale�.

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