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Church and School in Scotland
From Tait's Edinburgh Magazine (1849)

The population of Scotland, by last census, amounted to 2,870,784; but in the statements which we are about to submit, we shall assume, with Lord Melgund, that it amounts, in round numbers, to 3,000,000. Such a population would involve 600,000 children between the ages of five and fifteen; but the existing educational machinery overtakes, at the utmost, only 300,000, leaving a similar number to grow up in ignorance and degradation.

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