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Matchett's Baltimore Director for 1842
Volume 490, Page 492   View pdf image (33K)
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Here are taught the classics and the higher branches of an
English Education. The present Board of Trustees are—
Gen. Wm. McDonald, Prest. Rev. R. J. Breckenridge, Rev,
J. C. Backus, Hon. Alex'r. Nesbit, George Morris and Wm. F.
Murdoch and Alexr. Boggs, Esqs. JAMES ARMOUR, Sec'y.
Stephen Yerkes, Principal Classical Department.
Daniel Gumming, do. English do.
Thos. D. Baird, do. Mathematical do.
Thompson E. Baird, do. Primary do.
Huet de Lachelle, do. Professor French.
This is an Institution designed to afford to the destitute boy
the same benefits which the Female Orphan Asylum, in Mul-
berry street, has for a number of years conferred on the helpless
orphan girl; and owes perhaps its existence, in some degree, to
generous emotions excited by the successful benevolence of the
latter noble establishment. A few ardent friends of destitute
childhood obtained, in 1840, a charter for this school: they were
happily encouraged by a very liberal subscription on the part of
a comparatively limited number of our citizens; and it is pro-
bable that but for the commercial difficulties which so imme-
diately followed their incipient efforts, the number of subscribers
would have been greatly increased, and the funds sufficiently
enlarged to accomplish much more in the good cause. Notwith-
standing these difficulties, however, the managers have purchas-
ed a good farm of about 140 acres, within seven miles of the
city, and lying between the Washington and Frederick turnpike
roads. On this farm were a respectable stone dwelling and barn
with minor improvements, to which has been added a good frame
house; and thirty-six boys, who within the last fifteen months
had no prospects but ignorance, vice and friendless penury» are
now receiving the benefits of moral, intellectual and physical
training; finding in this institution kind friends and the opportu-
nity of becoming useful and respectable members of society.
In all applications for admission (and they are much more nu-
merous than the present narrow means of the corporation car
receive) the most destitute have the preference. The beneficia-
ries are instructed in reading, writing, arithmetic and English
grammar, und are required to work on the farm according in
their respective ability. They are under the control of the Board
of Managers until the age of twenty-one years, either to be
trained to agricultural pursuits, or in due season to be bound to
a trade.
The Bible is required by the charter to be used as a school-
A farmer, a matron and a teacher, have at present the care of
the Farm and School; under the immediate superintendence of
the Board of Managers.


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