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

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The First American Geography 327
.stown is another literary inftitution ftarted in jO, partly by lottery and partly by the liberal ^ation of gentlemen of the town." Boston had seven schools supported wholly at the public ex­pense, " and in them the children of every clafs of citizens freely affociate." Three of these were " Eng-lifh grammar fchools in which the children of both fexes, from feven to fourteen years of age are inftructed in fpelling, accenting, and reading the Englifh lan­guage with propriety ; alfo in Englifh grammar and compofition, together with the rudiments of geog­raphy." In three schools " the fame children are taught writing and arithmetic. The fchools are at­tended alternately, and each of them is furnifhed with an Ufher or Affiftant. The mafters of thefe fchools have each a falary of 666 2-3 dollars per annum payable quarterly." Lastly there was the " Latin grammar fchool" to which " none are admitted till ten years of age."
The inhabitants of Boston at this time numbered 24,937. As usual in speaking of important places a list is given of the " public buildings." There were "18 houfes for public worfhip, the ftate houfe, court houfe, gaol, Faneuil Hall, a theatre, an alms houfe, and powder magazine." The principal manu­factures of the town were " rum, beer, paper hang­ings, loaf fugar, cordage, fail cloth, fpermaceti and tallow candles, and glafs."
The final states to be considered in the New Eng­land section are " Rhode Ifland and Providence Plantations," and Connecticut. Perhaps the most interesting bit in this portion is the statement that
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