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GOVERNESS LIFE.

CHAPTER I.

QUEEN'S COLLEGE.

“ Knowing men know little; teach them more, and they will know how little. The ignorant man is ignorant of his own ignorance; the wise man is aware of his : this, perhaps, is the main difference between them."

GUESSES AT TRUTH.

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THE History of Governesses, including their

trials, difficulties, and false position, has been recently brought forward in a small volume entitled “Mothers and Governesses. It was there asserted that unless remedial plans were adopted, their condition could never be improved. It was suggested that an asylum should be provided for those whose age and infirmities precluded them from further exertion, and that a College should be established in which ladies destined to become governesses should receive such an education as would qualify them to fulfil their important vocation.

The public has met both these appeals. An asylum is built for the aged; and though its funds

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are at present inadequate to the support of more than a few, yet there is little doubt but that liberal contributions will soon furnish means for carrying out this benevolent undertaking to a still wider extent.

But the still more important work, that of providing the very best education for Teachers, is in full operation, and is already realizing the sanguine expectations of its founders, and encouraging the earnest zeal of those professors who have heartily aided in the scheme.

As Queen's College, so named by royal permission, may be unknown to many into whose hands this book may fall, a sketch of the plan of this admirable institution shall be here given.

Classes are formed on all subjects, to which ladies above the age of twelve are admitted. After mature deliberation, it was determined that a greater advantage would be secured by placing side by side different ranks of society, than by restricting the College to one only. The exclusive feeling which the teaching a peculiar class would create was thus prevented, and it was thought that the future governess would be raised in the estimation of her employers, if distinguished amongst them by successful industry. Many of her fellow-students might be connected with families to which hereafter she might be intro- . duced, and they would early learn to respect and esteem their companion in study. Another strong reason which prompted this decision was, that so many now in affluence may hereafter, through un.

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