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CONTENTS OF No. 231.
Art. I. - 1. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire
into the State of Popular Education in England, and the Reports of Assistant Commissioners, Evidence, &c. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of Her Majesty. Six volumes 8vo. March, 1861. 2. Popular Education in England, being an Abstract of the Report of the Royal Commissioners on Education : with an Introduction and Summary Tables. By HERBERT S.
SKEATS. London: 1861. 3. The Popular Education of France, with Notices of that of
Holland and Switzerland. By MATTHEW ARNOLD, M. A., Foreign Assistant Commissioner to the Education Commis
sion, one of H. M.'s Inspectors of Schools. London : 1861. 4. Suggestions on Popular Education. By NASSAU W.
SENIOR, Esq., one of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the State of Popular Education. 8vo. London : 1861. MIXED Commissions of Inquiry, composed of able and
independent men, have on many occasions rendered great service to the work of legislative improvement and social reform in this country. These bodies, selected for a temporary and defined purpose, partake at once of the character of a Parliamentary Committee and of that of an Administrative Board - they have something of the representative composition of the former, and something of the unity of purpose of the latter. But their responsibility is, like that of a jury, rather personal than collective; the inembers of such a Commission are comVOL. CXIV. NO. CCXXXI.