Towards Social Reform

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Page 240 - Do not hurry in your decision," he wrote, " it is the worst parish in my diocese, inhabited mainly by a criminal population, and one which has I fear been much corrupted by doles ". How well I remember the day Mr.
Page 252 - Since 1884 the succession of residents has never failed. Men of varied opinions and many views, both political and religious, have lived harmoniously together, some staying as long as fifteen years, others remaining shorter periods. All have left behind them marks of their residence— sometimes in the policy of the local Boards, of which they have become members; or in relation to the Student Residences; or the Antiquarian, Natural History, or Travelling Clubs which individuals among them have founded;...
Page 250 - We did not mean the name to be descriptive; it should, we thought, be free from every possible savor of a Mission, and yet it should, in itself, be suggestive of a noble aim. As I sat on that Sunday afternoon in the chapel, one of the few women among the crowd of strong-brained, clean-living men assembled in reverent affection for one man, the thought flashed to me, "Let us call the Settlement Toynbee Hall.
Page 265 - ... their life in the individuality of its members. Test of Settlement's Success. — It is as an effort of the human spirit to do human work that a settlement must be judged. Its classes, its social schemes, are not so true a test of its success as its effect in establishing friendship between man and man. If from this point of view I were asked what Toynbee Hall has done, I should answer : (1) It has tended to mitigate class suspicion ; (2) it has helped to inspire local government with a higher...
Page 317 - One of the main objects of the teacher should be to develop in every boy and girl that habit of inquiry and research so natural to children ; they should be encouraged to ask their own questions about the simple phenomena of Nature which they see around them, and themselves to search for flowers, plants, insects, and other objects to illustrate the lessons which they have learnt with their teacher.
Page 256 - Men at the Universities, especially those who directly or indirectly felt the influence of TH Green, were asking for some other way than that of institutions by which to reach their neighbours.
Page 339 - ... to bring into the monotonous lives of the toiling masses of Dunfermline more of sweetness and light; to give to them — especially the young — some charm, some happiness, some elevating conditions of life which residence elsewhere would have denied; that the child of my native town, looking back in after years, however far from home it may have roamed, will feel that simply by virtue of being such, life has been made happier and better.
Page 253 - an association of persons, with different opinions and different tastes ; its unity is that of variety ; its methods are spiritual rather than material ; it aims at permeation rather than at conversion; and its trust is in friends linked to friends rather than in organisation.
Page 245 - Some of these are still here and caring for our people, but others have passed behind the veil, where perhaps earth's sufferings are explicable. We used to ask each undergraduate as he developed interest to come and stay in Whitechapel and see for himself. And they came, some to spend a few weeks, some for the Long Vacation, while others, as they left the University and began their life's work, took lodgings in East London and felt all the fascination of its strong pulse of life, hearing, as those...
Page 258 - Alongside of this distrust of machinery was a demand for more accurate information as to the condition of the people, as to their thoughts and their hopes. The sensational descriptions of the ill-housed, the ill-paid, and the ignorant had roughly awakened easy-going citizens, but those descriptions did not give assurance that they represented facts or their meaning. A generation which had breathed something of the modern scientific spirit was not content with hearsay knowledge and with sentimental...

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