Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 340APPENDIX.
W. Gilmore Simms, Esq. introduced the following preamble and resolutions :
Whereas, in consequence of the scattered condition of our settlements throughout the country, the present plan of poor school education is found inoperative in most instances, and partial and unsatisfactory in all�those towns and cities alone excepted, where the number of pupils is sufficiently great to justify the employment of competent teachers.
Be it recommended to the general assembly of the state now in session,
That a tract ofland not to contain less than fifteen hundred nor more than five thousand acres; centrally chosen, or as nearly so as practicable, be procured in each of the districts, with which the poor establishment of such district, shall thenceforward be endowed�that on the said tract of land, suitable buildings shall be erected for the reception and accommodation of such a number of poor boys, as, according to the census of the district, it shall be likely to contain�that provision be made of all the usual and necessary utensils for farm culture, as practised in said district�that it be moderately stocked with horses, cattle, sheep, and all such other animals as are found useful in such an establishment�that, when this is done, a teacher of known intelligence and integrity be procured, who shall receive an adequate salary for the tuition of all pupils who may be placed under his care by the commissioners of the said district�and that, for certain periods of the day, and in certain classes and divisions, to be hereafter determined by the commissioners, he shall have entire control of their studies and their time�that, at all other periods, the said pupils shall be placed under the control of a competent superintendant or overseer, who shall direct their labors and industry while preparing them, as farmers and planters, for the proper performance of such duties in after life as may seem best to correspond with their condition and necessities. And that the commissioners of each district be empowered to receive as indented apprentices to the poor school of said district, on behalf of the state, all such boys, the parents of whom may be found desirous of securing for them the advantages of such tuition, and all such orphans as, governed by a praise-worthy ambition, may be willing to avail themselves of the same�the term of