Page:A tour through the northern counties of England, and the borders of Scotland - Volume I.djvu/32

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tion, and industry; escaped from that melancholy mental vacuity, that necessary inaction which the privation of sight induces, these unfortunate objects feel a felicity in employment not to be conceived by those who are in possession of vision. The eagerness with which they receive instruction, and the inflexible patience and perseverance they display in endeavouring to profit by it, strongly mark those natural principles engrafted in man, to the love of action, and the desire of independence. The institution only extends to the instruction of the blind in the manner of living by their own exertions, but the expences even of this limited plan, and of articles necessary for their work, amount to 500l. per annum. You will be pleased, however, to see by the following statement of the annual profits of their labour since the first formation of the establishment, that they have been gradually increasing in the yearly amount, and promise soon to be sufficient of themselves for the support of the school, without the aid of voluntary contributions:

Receipt from Sales of Articles manufactured in the School.
£ s. d.
First Year 18 3
Second Year 82 17 110
Third Year 125 7 10½
Fourth Year 154 15 60
Fifth Year 188 12 70
Sixth Year 262 9

Last Year 391l. 10s.