March 16th, 1848 (Thursday)

March 16, 2010

A letter from Mr Telford to say that the Pedal Organ was almost completed, and was “magnificent”. Expects to have the public exhibition of it in his factory next Monday, and to send some of it off by the Bristol steamer on Tuesday the 28th. If so, this will bring it a week sooner than we had thought.

Disturbances are apprehended in Dublin tomorrow, (St Patrick’s Day) but Government is prepared and has brought a great force into the city, – cavalry quartered in all directions, – four Troopers in Mr Telford’s own stable. He thinks it quite possible that he will have to dispense with the public exhibition, and humorously suggests the probability of the pipes being melted into bullets. However, the general opinion is that no great mischief will be done any where. This Revolution in France is setting people wild.

Mr Telford sent me Saunder’s News Letter, from which I have cut out this document. The Manifesto shows what a rebel Mr Stevenson must be. But how foolish for Morton to write in the newspapers about the matter! People will be sure to say that “there is no smoke without fire”, and only balance word against word. Mr Stevenson had expressed his treasonable sentiments, one may be sure, long ere he took such a leap as he has now done. Morton should have moved then, and got rid of him, but the remembrance of former things no doubt was an embarrassment. Instead of descending to the papers, he should have written to all the boys’ parents to say, that he had suspended Mr Stevenson from teaching, forbidden all access to the students, and called upon the Visitor to expel him. But it was hard, I suppose, for the friend of Dunoyer and Gabbett to be so stout.

The Guardian, received this morning, contains a favourable review of the Journal. We imagine that the writer is Mr Haddon, who was here once or twice. With a hit or two at Sewell, and at our Church principles, it is well done, and will no doubt do us good.

Dr and Mrs Elliott came to see their sons. Dr Elliot greatly pleased, and both very grateful for the way they (especially the elder) have been treated. Said that they were much attached, very happy, and amazed at the rapidity with which time passes. Dr Elliot said that he had never sent them to a boarding school for fear of their contracting impure habits. When I showed him the Dormitory, and explained our system there, he said there was no fear of what was rife in every school; – that, at least, it could never prevail to any extent; the great thing was to be aware of the danger.

Had a good deal of conversation with him, and found a cool, thoughtful, clever man, of considerable experience. Said what a fine scheme ours’ is, but expressed a doubt of our obtaining persons hereafter fit to work it. I answered that it was of course only an experiment, but one that was worth trying; that there seemed to be fair ground for hope that the English Church, quickened as she had been of late years, would be able to rear men, who for the sake of their own good and that of others, would embrace a life of some self-denial and small emolument; – that our nearness to Oxford would facilitate a supply, – and so on. He seemed to feel this, and said that we might get young hands, which, when wearied, might make way for others.

I listened to him with much attention, as to a person of a grave and cautious bearing, who moves a good deal in the world, and whose practice brings him into contact with all sorts of people.

They stopped til after tea, and went to town very much gratified.
Dr Elliot mentioned that his only apprehension was lest our discipline might enervate the boys, – but that it was perfectly obvious that in fact it had no such effect whatever.

The article Singleton described as “this document” above was taken from the Evening Packet of March 13th. There are also copies of two subsequent articles in the Diary, from March 15th and March 18th.


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