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certainly not had the benefit of a regular education
themselves ; but have from various causes left other
occupations for the delightful task of teaching.
Their success therefore has been different, accord-
ing to the times : in general very flattering at first,
but subject to change, and often transitory, — the
popularity of one master in due time giving place
to the irresistible charm of novelty in another new
teacher, who has a method of instruction on the
latest and most improved plan.
In 1785-6 an Academy was opened, for the more
extensive education of the numerous youth of a
town so remarkable for its naval and commercial
advantages, and for a neighbouring country so po-
pulous and wealthy. It consisted of a Rector and
assistant, and a French and Italian teacher, who
likewise gave lessons in drawing and etching on
copper. The Rector and French teacher were in
a great measure distinct ; but the assistant, with a
salary of £25, had only one-fifth of the fees ; and
that proportion was the same from those young
students who attended him exclusively, and had
nothing to do under the Rector.
The Academy continued for three years, which
was the first agreement, with tolerable success. The
Rector was a gentleman of considerable abilities,
but rather a projector.* The assistant was Mr
James Ivory, a native of this place, now Fellow of
the Royal Societies of London and Edinburgh, and
of the Society at Gottingen ; lately one of the Pro-
fessors in the Military College at Sandhurst. He
is a gentleman of most extraordinary talents, espe-
* See Appendk.
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