An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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148 Old-time Schools and School-books
own state, but from other states throughout the Union. They did excellent service in broadening the scope of education, but they fostered the idea of private schools. As a consequence there was a marked inclination among the well-to-do to with­draw their children from the common schools, which were thus left for the poorer families, the indifferent and careless, to get from them what little they could. A typical academy was that at Deerfleld, Massa­chusetts, formally opened in 1799. It had 269 pupils
An Old New England Academy.
the first year. The building was of brick, sixty by eighty feet, two stories high, and surmounted by a cupola. Ten years of prosperity encouraged the trustees to add another story and a wing, and a bell was bought and put in the cupola. Twelve rooms were fitted up for boarders, and rented at a weekly charge of from seventy-five cents to one dollar and a half. The latter sum was the standard price for board. It was ordered that " the preceptors and
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