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Case of the Infant School at the rectory, St. John's, Antigua

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Title:
Case of the Infant School at the rectory, St. John's, Antigua
Alternate Title:
West Indies Parliamentary schools, 1835 & 1836
Place of Publication:
Antigua
Publisher:
Holberton, Robert, Reverend
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Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Black people -- Education -- West Indies, British ( LCSH )
Slaves -- Education -- West Indies, British -- Periodicals ( LCSH )
Spatial Coverage:
North America -- Antigua and Barbuda -- Antigua -- Saint John Parish -- St. John's -- St. John's Cathedral
Coordinates:
17.1227 x -61.8419

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General Note:
Source document on deposit at SOAS University of London by the Methodist Church
General Note:
Compiled by the archivist under the collective title: "West Indies Parliamentary schools, 1835 & 1836"
General Note:
Printed circular on the about to be built school at St John's, Antigua, and an appeal for further funds to help resource it. Annotated with additional information on donors, etc.
General Note:
This title is believed to be in the public domain.

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SOAS University of London
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Resource Identifier:
MMS/Special Series/Various Papers/FBN 45 (fiche 2015) ( Order with reference )
MMS/17/03/03/06/01/02 ( CALM reference )
MMS box 665 ( Shelf reference )

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Case of the Infant School at the Rectory, St. Johns, Antigua.





The Rev. Robert Holberton, Rector of St. John’s, Antigua, has an Infant School at
the Rectory, attended daily by more than one hundred Children, who for want of a School-
house of sufficient size have assembled for instruction under the shade of a Bamboo. This
inconvenience is about being remedied by the erection of a building 50 feet by 24, the
corner-stone of which was laid on the first of June last, on which occasion the following
hymn, composed by Archdeacon Parry, was sung by 102 of the children as they sur-
rounded the site of their future School-house.

Since infants may to Thee be brought,
(Thou bid’st us come, O Lord!)
And in their earliest years be taught
To know thy gracious word ;

Look down with favour, we entreat,
On those who here would raise
A house where little ones may meet
To learn thy holy ways. . .

We build with fruitless cost unless
The Lord the house sustain;
If He be pleased the work to bless,
Our toil is not in vain.

May then, Great God! for Jesus’ sake,
Thy blessing here be given ;
And this our School in mercy make
A nursery for Heaven!

The funds necessary for the erection of a convenient School-room having been obtained
by the combined liberal donations of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, the
Ladies’ Negro Education Society, and a special grant from His Majesty’s Government, the
object which the Rev. R. Holberton has now very much at heart is to secure, while he is





in England, the services of an efficient Master for such an establishment, which, under the
divine blessing, promises to give a new tone and stimulus to the Infant Schools already
in existence, and probably to call others into operation in Antigua, as well as in the
adjacent islands. A salary of £100 per annum would be required to remunerate a
Master from this country.
In the hope of obtaining contributions for making so beneficial a provision for the re-
ligious instruction of the infant offspring of the newly liberated Negroes, this statement
is put forth. Should the sum proposed be secured for one year only, the Rev. R. Hol-
berton would venture thereupon to engage a competent teacher of decided piety to ac-
company him to Antigua in the spring, being confident that the Good Shepherd in
whose cause for one year this charge is undertaken, will not fail to provide in succeeding
years for the lambs of his flock.
Subscriptions will be received by Miss Maitland, Park Place, Henley-on-Thames;
Miss Lloyd, 12, Charterhouse Square; and Mr. Suter, 19, Cheapside.





DONATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS.

Donations. Annual.
£. s. d. £. s. d.

Her Grace the Dowager Duchess of Beaufort.. 2 0 0
Right Honourable Lord Bexley............... 10 0 0
Mrs. S. Vansittart.......................... 5 0 0
Mrs. Samuel Hoare .......................... 5 0 0
Mrs. George Hunt............................ 1 0 0
Miss Gordon................................. 0 5 0
A Friend, by Miss Holberton........................... 0 5 0
Miss Robson ................................ 2 0 0
Miss Holberton.............................. 0 10 0 0 10 0
Miss Jane Holberton......................... 0 10 0 0 10 0
Mr. Richard R. Holberton.................... 0 10 0 0 10 0
Rev. J. Yonge .............................. 1 0 0
Mrs. Yonge ................................. 0 10 0
Mr. Rendall ................................ 1 1 0