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The education of our youth in piety and virtue, and giving them useful learning under the tuition of religious prudent persons, having for many years engaged the solid attention of this meeting, and advices thereon having been from time to time issued to the several subordinate meetings; it is renewedly desired, that quarterly, monthly and preparative meetings may be excited to proper exertions for the institution and support of schools; there being but little doubt, that as Friends are united, and cherish a disposition of liberality for the assistance of each other in this important work, they will be enabled to make such provision for the accommodation and residence of a teacher, with a family, as would be an encouragement to well qualified persons to engage in this arduous employment: for want of which it has been observed, that children have been committed to the care of transient persons, of doubtful character, and sometimes of very corrupt minds, by whose bad example and influence, they have been betrayed into principles and habits which have had an injurious effect on them in more advanced life. It is therefore indispensably incumbent on us to guard them against this danger, and procure such tutors of our own religious persuasion, as are not only capable of instructing them in useful learning, to fit them for the business of this life, but to train them in the knowledge of their duty to God and one towards another. It is therefore proposed; First. That a lot of ground be provided in each monthly or preparative meeting, sufficient for a garden, orchard, grass for a cow, &c. and a suitable house erected thereon.

Second. That funds be raised by contribution, bequests, &c. in each meeting; the interest of which to be applied either in aid of the tutors salary or lessening the expense of Friends in straitened circumstances, in the education of their children.

Third. That a committee be appointed in each monthly or preparative meeting, to have the care of schools and the funds for their support, and that no tutor be employed but with their consent.

Although the raising a sufficiency to answer those purposes may in some places appear difficult, yet as improvements of this kind are generally gradual and have often arisen from small beginnings into very valuable establishments, it is desired that Friends may be encouraged thereto, and keeping an eye to the divine blessing on their benevolent endeavours, make such essay for carrying into effect these recommendations as they may be enabled. -- 1746, 1750, 1778 to 1787.

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