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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48

IV.—Latin Class (Mr. M'Lean's)

IV.—Latin Class (Mr. M'Lean's).

Seven pupils enrolled themselves as members of this class. Six attended regularly during the greater part of the session, and five remained to the close. The book which we used throughout was the first part of Smith's "Principia Latina." The whole of the nouns, adjectives, and pronouns have been mastered, together with the greater portion of the verbs; and all the exercises prescribed, of turning Latin into English and English into Latin, have been carefully performed. I had every reason to be satisfied with the conduct of every member of the class, and also with the attention which they individually gave to my instructions. I may also state that I have been requested to continue the class during the summer recess, which, if sufficient encouragement offers, I have consented to do. This result will, no doubt, be regarded as encouraging by the friends and promoters of higher education. Whilst a knowledge of the rudimentary branches is admitted to be of the greatest importance, yet the advantages to be derived from the study of the Latin language should not be overlooked. Not only as a means for disciplining and training the mind to habits of study is it useful, but from the fact that one-third of all the words of the English language are derived from it, it must be obvious that great benefits must accure from the possession of some acquaintance with the Lain language. It is a great mistake to suppose, as many do, that to acquire a competent acquaintance with Latin is a most laborious and painful process. I speak from experience when I say that in six months a person may acquire such a knowledge of the principles of the language as may be useful to him for life.

Prize List—Charles Beeby, 1; Matthew Lewis Moss, 2; D. Waters, honourable mention.