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OF THE

EDINBURGH SESSIONAL SCHOOL,

AND THE OTHER

PAROCHIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR EDUCATION

ESTABLISHED IN THAT CITY IN THE YEAR 1812;

WITH

STRICTURES

ON

EDUCATION IN GENERAL.

BY

JOHN WOOD, Esq.

Ignorance is the curse of God;
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

Shakspeare.

Second Edition,

EDINBURGH:
PRINTED FOR JOHN WARDLAW, EDINBURGH:
P. COLLINS, AND WARDLAW AND CO. GLASGOW; A. BROWN AND CO.
ABERDEEN ; JAMES DUNCAN, LONDON ; AND

JAMES M. LECKIE, DUBLIN.

1829.

EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY A. BALFOUR AND CO, HIGH STREET.

TO THE

REVEREND CLERGY,

AND THE

KIRK-SESSIONS OF EDINBURGH.

GENTLEMEN,

To whom could I so appropriately dedicate the following Account of the Parochial Institutions of our City, as to you-their benevolent Founders and most zealous Patrons ? Nor, I trust, will the offering be the less acceptable, that it is presented by one, who, while he in this very work professes his steadfast attachment to another communion, has never, at the same time, been blind to the distinguished piety, exemplary worth, and extensive usefulness of the Clergy of the Church of Scotland; nor ceased

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