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PREFATORY LETTER TO THE PROVINCIAL

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EDUCATION OFFICE, WEST,

Cobourg, March 27th, 1846. Sir, I have the honour to transmit herewith, to be laid before His Excellency, a Report on a system of Public Elementary Instruction for Upper Canada, -the result of my observations in Europe, and the commencement of the task assigned me by the late revered Governor General. Having some time since communicated all the A previous

Report on remarks and suggestions I had to offer relative to the Comthe Common School Act, I have made no reference School to it in the following Report; nor have I given any per Cana

law of Uphistorical or analytical view of the systems of Public Instruction which obtain in any of the countries that I have recently visited. I have only referred to them in as far as appeared to be necessary to illustrate the conclusions at which I have arrived, in respect to a system of Elementary Instruction for Upper Canada.

I cannot expect that an implicit and unqualified assent will be given to every remark which I have made, or to every opinion I have expressed; but I trust the general principles of my Report will meet

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