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Analytical Method of Instruction and Elliptical Plan
INFANT CULTIVATION, &c.
“God is no respecter of persons." We see this truth abundantly exemplified, while engaged in cultivating the Infant Mind. By the mighty influence of Christian sympathy, we are constrained to seek the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and eternal elevation of the child. Hence we lead him to those inexhaustible sources of instruction, delight, and comfort, which are open to immortal man in Creation, Providence, and Redemption. In the progress of this heavenly toil, we have arrived at the pleasing conclusion, that it is possible, in the early periods of human existence, to bring the hallowing beams of Revelation to rest on the tender and retentive mind; and thus our agency is employed in promoting the moral and eternal interests of the child.
Man can never be truly happy till he is re-united to the Lord and Giver of life; and, as God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, it is possible for man to attain the zenith of glory, as a redeemed creature, in the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord. And who can calculate the measure of good that is likely to result from the inculcation of these truths? We have had a faint glimpse of this glory among our infant charge; and the effect would be more lasting, if the glorious principles of sacred truth were more fully recognised in the communication of instruction.
For I am satisfied, from observation and experience, that children in the stage of infancy are capable of understanding the simple, but sublime truths of Christianity, and of receiving impressions “that wear a lasting date." While, therefore, all classes are alive to the various improvements that Art is constantly projecting ;-while Science is marching on in its beneficial career;—when not only Statesmen and Philosophers, but Mechanics and peasants are entering the lists, to penetrate the arcana of nature, and, by blending the theory of the student with the practice of the artizan, convince us of their mutual dependance and reciprocal advantages:-while the review of these circumstances afford no small degree of pleasure to the reflecting mind, it is to be hoped, that the heavenly science of Infant Cultivation will excite a strong interest in the affections and exertions of our enlightened nation.