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City Document — No. 3. 




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In School Committee, January 9, 1856. 

Messrs. Shailer, Crafts, and Farley were appointed a Committee to 
prepare and report to this Board, Rules and Regulations for their gov- 
ernment the present year. 

January 23, 1856. 

Mr. Shailer, in behalf of the Committee, submitted the Report of 
said Committee, which was read, amended, and laid on the table. 

February 6, 1856. 

Report taken up and adopted. "Whereupon, it was Ordered, That 
twelve hundred copies of the Rules and Regulations, accompanied by 
the list of Studies and Text Books allowed in the Schools, be printed 
for the use of the Schools and Committee. 

A. I. CUMMINGS, Secretary. 





Section 1. The first meeting of the Board shall be 
held on the Wednesday next succeeding the organization 
of the City Government. A Chairman and a Secretary 
shall then be chosen by ballot. 

Sect. 2. There shall also be appointed at the same 
meeting, a Local Committee for each school in the City, to 
consist of three members for the High School for Girls, 
and for each of the Grammar Schools, and one member for 
each Primary and Intermediate School; a Committee on 
Intermediate and Primary School Teachers, and on Books, 
each consisting of five members, one of whom shall be the 
Chairman of the Board ; a Committee on Rules and 
Regulations, and on Finance, each consisting of three 

Sect. 3. It shall be the duty of the Committee; on 
Intermediate and Primary School Teachers to receive the 
names and credentials of all applicants over eighteen 
years of age ; to examine the qualifications of those present 
at any regular meeting called by the Chairman ; to grant 
a certificate to those who pass a satisfactory examination ; 
and to appoint a teacher from those examined and ap- 
proved, to fill a vacancy in any Primary or Intermediate 


School, to be confirmed within three months by the Board, 
on recommendation of the Local Committee ,• also to keep 
a list of all approved applicants, for the use of Local 
Committees in providing substitutes. 

Sect. 4. It shall be the duty of the Committee on 
Books to propose the text-books to be used in the schools. 
The books proposed by this committee shall in all cases 
be submitted to the Board for approval, but shall not be 
finally acted upon until said books have been before the 
Board at least one week, and not until every member of 
the Board has been supplied with a copy of the book or 
books proposed to be introduced into the schools. Nor 
shall any change of books be allowed, except on condition 
that the publisher of the book proposed to be introduced 
into the schools, shall give a copy of said book to each 
pupil for the one in use by such pupil, which said new 
book shall displace. 

Sect. 5. It shall be the duty of the Committee on 
Finance, to confer with any committee of the Board of 
Aldermen and Common Council on the subject of appro- 
priations for the Public Schools. 

Sect. 6. Stated quarterly meetings of the Board shall 
be held on the "Wednesday after the fourth Monday in 
February — on the first Wednesday in June — on the 
Wednesday after the last Monday in July — and on the 
second Wednesday after Thanksgiving Day. 

Sect. 7. At the last quarterly meeting in the year, the 
teachers of the public schools shall be elected, and their 
salaries voted. 

Sect. 8. Seven members shall constitute a quorum for 
the transaction of business. 

Sect. 9. All meetings of the Board shall be held in 
public, except when otherwise ordered by special vote, and 
notice thereof shall be given to all the members at least 
four days previous. 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT.— No. 3. 6 


Rights and Duties of the Chairman. 

Sect. 1. The Chairman shall take the chair precisely 
at the hour appointed for the meeting of the Board ; he 
shall call the members to order, and on the appearance of 
a quorum shall cause the minutes of the preceding meet- 
ing to be read, and proceed to business. In the absence 
of the Chairman, the Board shall choose a Chairman pro 

Sect. 2. The Chairman shall call a special meeting of 
the Board whenever he may deem it necessary, or at the 
request in writing of any two members. 

Sect. 3. He shall appoint all committees, unless the 
Board shall otherwise direct. 

Sect. 4. He shall preserve decorum and order in the 
meetings ; he may speak to points of order in preference 
to other members, and shall decide all questions of order 
subject to an appeal to the Board, on motion of any mem- 
ber regularly seconded. 

Sect. 5. He shall declare all votes, but if any member 
doubt the vote, the Chairman, without further debate upon 
the question, shall require the members voting to rise and 
stand until they are counted, and he shall declare the result* 

Sect. 6. The Chairman may call any member to the 
chair, provided such substitution shall not continue longer 
than one meeting. When the Board shall determine to go 
into Committee of the Whole, the Chairman shall appoint 
the member who shall take the chair. The Chairman may 
express his opinion on any subject under debate, but in 
such case he shall leave the chair, and appoint some other 
member to take it, and he shall not resume the chair while 
the same question is pending. But the Chairman may 
state facts, and give his opinion on questions of order, 
without leaving his place. 


Sect. 7. When any member shall require a question to 
be taken by Yeas and Nays, the Chairman shall take the 
sense of the Board in that manner, provided one-third of 
the members present are in favor of it. 

Sect. 8. After a motion has been stated by the Chair- 
man, it shall be disposed of by a vote of the Board, unless 
the mover withdraw it before a decision or an amend- 

Sect. 9. The Chairman shall consider a motion to 
adjourn as always in order, unless a member has possession 
of the floor, or a question has been put and not decided; 
and said motion to adjourn shall be decided without de- 

Sect. 10. He shall put the previous question in the 
following form : " Shall the main question be now put ?" 
and all amendments or further debate of the main question 
shall be suspended, until the previous question shall have 
been decided ; and the previous question shall not be put 
unless a majority of the members present are in favor of 

Sect. 11. When two or more members happen to rise 
at the same time, the Chairman shall name the member 
who is first to speak. 


Duties of the Secretary. 

Sect. 1. The Secretary shall have charge of the records 
of the Board, and of all papers directed by them to be 
kept on his files ; he shall keep a fair and full record of all 
the proceedings of the Board ; he shall notify all stated 
and special meetings ; he shall notify the Chairman of any 
committee appointed, stating the commission, and the 
names of the members ; he shall notify the meetings of all 
committees when requested by their Chairman; he shall 

18560 CITY DOCUMENT.~-No. 3. 7 

notify the instructors of their appointments, and shall give 
other notices as the Board may require. 

Sect. 2. He shall prepare the annual report required 
by the statute of the Commonwealth. 


Rights and Duties of Members. 

Sect. 1. When any member is about to speak in de- 
bate, or to deliver any matter to the Board, he shall rise 
in his place, and respectfully address the Chairman ; shall 
confine himself to the question in debate, and avoid per- 

Sect. 2. No member, in debate, shall notice another 
member by his name ; but may describe him by the Ward 
he represents, the place he sits in, or such other designa- 
tion as may be intelligible and respectful. 

Sect. 3. No member speaking shall be interrupted by 
another, but by rising to call to order, or to correct a 
mistake. But if any member, in speaking or otherwise, 
transgress the rules of the Board, the Chairman shall, or 
any member may, call him to order; in which case the 
member so called to order shall immediately sit down, 
unless permitted to explain; and the Board, if appealed 
to, shall decide on the case, but without debate. 

Sect. 4. When a motion is made and seconded, it shall 
be considered by the Board, and not otherwise ; and when 
a question is under debate, no motion shall be received 
but to adjourn- — to lay on the table- — for the previous 
question — to postpone to a day certain- — to commit — 
to amend — or to postpone indefinitely; which several 
motions shall have precedence in the order in which they 

Sect. 5, Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the 
Chairman desire, or any member of the Board request it. 


Sect. 6. When a motion has once been made and 
carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order 
for any member to move a reconsideration, and if such 
motion is seconded, it shall be open to debate, and be 
disposed of by the Board. And in case the motion be 
made at the same meeting, it shall be competent for a 
majority of the members present to pass a vote of recon- 
sideration ; but if it be made at a subsequent meeting, the 
subject shall not be reconsidered unless a majority of all 
the members of the Board shall vote therefor. But no more 
than one motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall 
be permitted. 

Sect. 7. Every member who shall be present when a 
question is put, shall give his vote, unless the Board, for 
special reasons, excuse him. 

Sect. 8. On the " previous question," no member shall 
speak more than once, without leave of the Board. 

Sect. 9. When the reading of a paper is called for, 
and the same is objected to by any member, it shall be 
determined by a vote of the Board. 

Sect. 10. All proposed amendments to the Regulations 
shall lie upon the table at least two weeks. Auy rule may 
be suspended for the time being by a vote of two-thirds of 
the members present. 

Duties of Local Committees. 

Sect. 1. The Local Committees shall visit their re- 
spective schools at least once a month, and oftener if con- 

Sect. 2. The Local Committees shall give their advice 
to the instructors on any emergency ; and take cognizance 
of any difficulty which may have occurred between the 
instructors or parents and guardians of pupils, or between 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 3. 9 

the instructors themselves, relative to the government or 
instruction of the School. An appeal, however, to the 
whole Board, is not hereby denied to any citizen or 

Sect. 3. The several chairmen of the Local Commit- 
tees of the High and Grammar Schools shall be the organ 
of communication between said committees and the schools; 
but shall not act definitively on any matter of interest to 
the school, without the sanction of a majority of the Local 

Sect. 4. In case of a vacancy in the office of principal 
in the High or Grammar Schools, nominations and elec- 
tions for the place shall be made by the Board. 

Sect. 5. In case of a vacancy in the High or Grammar 
Schools, in the place of any teacher, other than the princi- 
pal, the Chairman and Local Committee shall, if they think 
proper, after an examination of his or her qualifications, 
appoint a teacher pro tempore, and give notice of such 
vacancy, at the next quarterly meeting of the Board, that 
it may be filled by election. And no such teacher shall be 
appointed by the Board, until he shall have been examined 
as aforesaid, and shall have received a satisfactory certifi- 
cate thereof. The masters or heads of departments shall 
be consulted in the appointment of their assistants. 

Sect. 6. In case of a vacancy in the place of a teacher 
of any Primary or Intermediate School, it shall be the 
duty of the Local Committee to give immediate notice 
thereof to the Committee on Primary and Intermediate 
School Teachers. 

Sect. 7. In addition to these specific duties of the 
Local Committees, it shall be their duty, generally, to make 
any temporary arrangement which they may find necessary, 
relative to their schools, or the convenience of the instruc- 
tors, in cases not provided for by the general regulations. 

Sect. 8. Although the interest of the schools demands 
Local Committees, yet each member of the Board shall 


consider it his duty to watch over all the public schools in 
the city, to attend their examinations, and to visit them at 
other times so far as practicable. 

Sect. 9. No teacher or other person in the employ of 
the School Committee, shall purchase anything at the 
expense of the city without a written order from the Local 
Committee of the School for which such purchase is to be 
made, or from the Chairman or Secretary of the Board, 
and all bills for salaries, repairs, books and furniture, 
shall be approved by the Local Committees, or in case of 
absence or any other inability, by the Secretary of the 




Sect. 1. All the teachers shall be responsible to the 
Board for the faithful discharge of their duties. They 
shall punctually observe the hours for opening and dismis- 
sing the school, and during school hours shall devote 
themselves to the public service. 

Sect. 2. When any teacher is reported as very defi- 
cient, by the quarterly examining committee, and placed 
on probation by order of the Board, the Secretary shall 
notify such teacher of the same, and state the deficiencies 

Sect. 3. The morning exercises of all the schools shall 
be commenced by reading from the Holy Scriptures, fol* 
lowed by the Lord's Prayer. 

Sect. 4. The teachers shall open the school rooms of 
their respective schools, for the reception of scholars, at 
least ten minutes before the time prescribed for com- 
mencing the school. 

Sect. 5. The teachers shall give the children constant 
employment, and endeavor by judicious and diversified 
modes, to render the exercises of the school pleasant as 
well as profitable; — they shall maintain firm, prudent and 
vigilant discipline ; they shall punish as sparingly as possi- 
ble, consistent with securing obedience, and shall govern 


by persuasive and gentle measures as far as practicable. 
They shall never resort to corporal punishment, until other 
means of influencing the pupils shall have failed; and when 
it shall be necessary, it shall be administered in such a 
manner as to operate on the moral sense of the pupil in 
the strongest manner. As far as practicable, they shall 
also exercise a general inspection over their scholars, as 
well out of as within the school, and on all suitable occa- 
sions inculcate upon them the principles of truth and 

Sect, 6. The teachers shall keep a list of the scholars 
under their instruction, and shall record the page of the 
text-book at which every class commences in each term, 
and also the page to which it shall have advanced during 
said term, and this record shall be open to the inspection 
of the School Committee. 

Sect. 7. The principals of the Grammar Schools are 
authorized under the direction of the Local Committees, 
to make such classification of their respective schools, and 
such regulations for the discipline and government thereof, 
(not in violation of the regulations of this Board,) as in 
their best discretion they may deem expedient. And it 
shall be the duty of the principals to examine the pupils 
under the care of the assistant teachers, in said schools, as 
often as they can, consistent with proper attention to those 
who are under their immediate charge. 

Sect. 8. The teachers of the several Grammar Schools 
shall impart oral instruction to their pupils, at stated 
times, by assigning topics for their consideration, referring 
them to approved works for information, questioning them 
upon the themes assigned, and communicating such infor« 
mation thereon as they may think necessary. These ex- 
ercises shall take place as frequently as may be practicable 
in the opinion of the Local Committee and teachers. A 
list of the topics shall be open to the inspection of the 
examining committee. 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 3. 13 

Sect. 9. In all the classes of the High and the 
Grammar Schools, (provided the pupils are able to write 
a fair, legible hand,) the teachers shall require, at least 
once in two weeks, regular exercises in Composition, to 
consist of Essays, Letters, Descriptions, or Abstracts of 
Lessons according to the age and capacity of the pupils. 
These exercises shall be corrected by the teachers, and 
preserved with their dates respectively, in writing books, 
to be inspected by the committee, as evidence of the pro- 
ficiency of the pupils in penmanship, punctuation, use of 
capitals, spelling, and the grammatical construction of 
sentences. In the first division of the Washington and 
Dearborn schools there shall also be regular exercises in 

Sect. 10. When the example of any pupil is very inju- 
rious, and in all cases where reformation appears hopeless, 
it shall be the duty of the teacher, with the approval of 
the Local Committee, to suspend or expel such pupil from 
the school. But any child under this public censure, who 
shall have expressed to the teacher his regret for his folly 
or indiscretion, as openly and implicitly as the nature of 
the case may require, and shall have given evidences of 
amendment, shall, with the previous consent of said com- 
mittee, be reinstated in the privileges of the school. 

Sect. 11. It shall be the duty of the teachers to take 
good care of the apartments of the public buildings which 
they occupy, and of the appurtenances thereof, that there 
may be no unnecessary injury sustained by them ; also to 
attend to the ventilation and temperature of the school 
rooms, and to the cleanliness and comfort of the pupils. 

Sect. 12. No subscription or contribution, for any 
purpose whatever, shall be allowed by the teachers, in any 
public school. 

Sect. 13. Any teacher may, by permission of the Local 
Committee, take half a day each term, for visiting such 
other school iw this city, or in the vicinity, as may be 


designated, and the name of the school thus visited shall 
be entered in the teacher's register, with the date of the 

Sect. 14. When the teachers in the Grammar and 
Primary Schools leave their divisions, temporarily, and 
require their places to be supplied by others, they shall 
notify their Local Committees, who shall provide the sub- 
stitutes ; and as far as practicable, these substitutes shall 
be taken from the list of approved applicants in the hands 
of the Committee on Intermediate and Primary School 
Teachers, and the salary shall be at least two-thirds that 
which is paid to the teacher of the division. 

Sect, 15. No teacher shall be allowed to relinquish 
the charge of his school without giving at least three weeks 
notice to the Local Committee ,* and in ordinary cases no 
teacher shall be required to give up the charge of his 
school without having received at least three weeks notice 
to that effect. 

Sect. 16. Any teacher who shall persist in violating 
the Rules of this Board, shall be put on probation by the 
Local Committee or the Chairman, who shall report the 
delinquency at the next meeting of the Board. 

Sect. 17. The teachers are authorized to make vocal 
music one of the exercises of the school. 

Sect. 18. It shall be the duty of the principals of the 
Grammar Schools, to see that those pupils, who have com- 
pleted the course of studies required in these schools, are 
transferred to the High Schools, at the first examination 
for such transfer. 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT.— No. 3. 15 


Sect. 1. All children residing within the limits of this 
city, shall; on application to the Local Committee, have 
free admission to such public schools as, in the opinion of 
said Committee, they may be qualified to enter, provided 
they be five years of age ; and no obstacle shall be inter- 
posed by any teacher or any member of this Board. 

Sect. 2. But no child shall be admitted into any of the 
public schools without a certificate from his parent, or a 
physician, that he has been vaccinated, or otherwise se- 
cured against the contagion of the small-pox. 

Sect. 3. Children of the age of eight years and up- 
wards, who may pass a satisfactory examination in the 
reading books used in the Primary Schools, in spelling 
words selected from the reading lessons and from the 
spelling book used in the Primary Schools, in explaining 
the use of the marks of punctuation, in enunciating clearly 
and accurately the elementary sounds of our language, in 
writing words in script hand upon the slate, in reading 
and writing Arabic numbers containing four figures, and in 
the arithmetic used in Primary Schools, shall be entitled 
to admission into the Grammar Schools. Children above 
eight years of age, though not possessing the requisite 
qualifications, may be admitted into the Grammar Schools 
by special permission from the Local Committees. 

The examination for admission into the Grammar 
Schools shall be made by the Principal or Assistant 
Teachers thereof, and shall take place on the first Mon- 
day of the first and third terms ; and no pupil shall be 
admitted into the Grammar Schools from the Primary and 
Intermediate Schools except at those times. Provided, 
however, that the Local Committees shall have discretion- 
ary power to admit pupils possessing the necessary quali- 


fications at other times than those mentioned. Pupils 
changing residence shall be transferred from one school to 
another of the same rank, provided they bear a certificate 
from the teacher of the school they leave, expressing their 
standing and character, as a condition of their admission 
by the teacher to whom they apply for that purpose. 

No pupil shall be admitted into an Intermediate School, 
from a Primary, except by the express permission of the 
Local Committee of the Intermediate School, and in such 
case, only on the first week of the month. The examina- 
tion for admission into the High Schools shall take place 
during the last week of the second term. Pupils who shall 
have reached the age of twelve years, and shall present a 
certificate of good moral character, and of presumed liter- 
ary qualifications, from the Principal of the school which 
they last attended; and shall pass a satisfactory examina- 
tion in the following studies, viz : — Spelling, Reading, 
Writing, English Grammar, Arithmetic, Modern Geogra- 
phy, and the History of the United States, shall be re- 
garded by the School Committee as qualified to enter the 
High Schools. 

Sect. 4. No pupil, whilst under sentence of suspension 
from one school, shall be admitted to the privileges of 
another, unless by a vote of this Board. 

Sect. 5. In the Grammar Schools, each session, there 
shall be a recess for every pupil, of ten or fifteen minutes ; 
and in the Primary Schools of from fifteen to twenty min- 

Sect. 6. Pupils shall be prompt and punctual at school, 
and shall not absent themselves from school except on 
account of sickness or other urgent reason; and no re- 
quest for absence shall be deemed valid, unless it be a 
written one from the parents or guardians. Every pupil 
entering after the time prescribed for the commencement 
of school, shall be marked tardy ; and whenever any pupil 
shall absent himself for two weeks in succession, he shall 
no longer be considered a member of the school. 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 3. 17 


Periods of Instruction. 

Sect. 1. There shall be four Terms in the year. The 
first term shall commence the Monday after the fourth 
Monday in February.* 

The second shall commence the Monday following the 
last Wednesday in May.t 

The third shall commence in five weeks after the last 
Monday in July.:]: 

The fourth shall commence on the Monday after Thanks- 
giving Day. 

Sect. 2. The schools shall be kept three hours in the 
forenoon, and three in the afternoon of each day, Sundays 
and the holidays and vacations, hereinafter specified, ex- 
cepted. Schools shall begin at eight o'clock in the morn- 
ing, from May to August inclusive ; — at 'other times, at 
nine in the morning; and shall commence at two in the 
afternoon, except the Girls' High School, which shall com- 
mence at nine in the morning, and close at two in the 
afternoon. Scholars may, however, be detained for delin- 
quency beyond the regular school hours. 

Sect. 3. There shall be the- following Vacations: 

1. One week, commencing on the fourth Monday in 

2. One week, commencing on the Monday before the 
last Wednesday in May.|| 

3. Five weeks, commencing the last Monday in July.T 

4. One week, commencing on the Monday before 
Thanksgiving Day. 

Sect. 4. The following holidays shall be granted, alike 
to all the schools : — Every Wednesday and Saturday after- 
noon; Fast Day; Independence Day; Christmas Day; 

* March 3d. f June 2d. J Sept. 1st. 

§ Feb. 25th. [j May 26th. 1 July 28th.. 



New Year's Day ; May Day. No holiday not herein speci- 
fied shall be given except by a vote of this Board, or by 
a written certificate, signed by at least seven members of 
the School Committee ; and in such case it shall be given 
alike to all the schools in the city. 

Sect. 5. The Norfolk County Convention of Teachers 
may be attended by all the teachers belonging to the 
schools in this city, for which purpose their respective 
schools maybe dismissed; it being understood, however, 
that this permission is not granted, except to those teach- 
ers who actually attend said Convention. 


Sect. 1. Quarterly. The Chairman, or some member 
or members of the Board designated by him, shall visit 
and examine every public school in the city, at least once 
each quarter, without giving previous notice to the teach- 
ers, according to the provisions of the Statute. It shall 
be the duty of this committee to obtain accurate informa- 
tion of the condition of each school, and at the next quar- 
terly meeting to make a report to the Board, in writing, 
of their examination and its results ] of the condition of 
the school-houses, and of any occurrences affecting the 
standing and usefulness of the schools. 

Sect. 2. Annual. During the last two weeks of the 
first term, a committee of seven members of the Board 
shall examine all the High and Grammar Schools, and a 
committee of five members, all the Primary and Interme- 
diate Schools in the city, and report upon the same, at 
the next quarterly meeting of the Board. 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 3. 19 

Books and Studies. 

Sect. 1. The Books used, and studies pursued, shall 
be such only as are authorized by this Board. 

Sect. 2. The Text-Books authorized in the High 
School for Girls shall be the following : — 


Arithmetic. — Continuation and Review of the Arithmetic 

of the Grammar Schools ; 
Algebra — Sherwin's ; 
Geometry — Davies Legendre. 




Latin — McClintock and Crooks' First Book,- Andrews 
and Stoddard's Grammar ; Arnold's Nepos ; 

French — Bolmar's Perrin's Fables ; Telemaque (Le Brun's) 
Collot's French Anecdotes. 


Reading and Analysis — Cleveland's Compendium of Eng- 

giish Literature,; Hillard's First Class Reader; 
Rhetoric ; 
Original Composition. 


Geography of the Heavens — Burritt ; 
Natural Philosophy — Johnson ; 
Chemistry — Stockardt ; 
Botany ; 
Hygiene ; 


Intellectual Philosophy — Wayland ; 

Moral Philosophy — Wayland's Abridgement. 


Bartholomew's System. 


The course of studies in the High School for Girls, shall 
be as follows : — 


First and Second Terms. 
Arithtnetic — Leach and Swan's ; 
Ancient History and Geography — Worcester's ; 
Physiology — Cutter's First Book; 
Reading, Spelling, and Definirig ; 
English Gram/mar, Analysis, arid Composition. 

Third and Fourth Terms. 
Algebra — Sherwin's ; ' 

History, France arid Erigland — Worcester's ; 
Latin — Grammar and Reader ; 
Botany ; 
Reading, Spelling, and Composition. 


First arid Second Terms. 

Algebra — Sherwin's ] 

Latin — Grammar and Reader (continued) ; 

Physical Geography — Cartee's ; 

Natural Philosophy ; 

English Literature and Biography — Cleveland's Com- 
pendium ; Hillard's First Class Reader ; 


Third and Fourth Terms. 

Geom,etry — Davies Legendre ; 

Latin — Nepos or Csesar; 

French — Fasquelle ; 

Chemistry ; 

English Literature and Biography — Cleveland, or Hil- 


First and Second Terms. 
Geometry — (Continued) ; 
Latin — Virgil ; 

1856.] CITY DOCUMENT.— No. 3. 21 

French — Telemaque ; 
AstronomT/ — Olmstead's ; 
Rhetoric — Composition ; 
English Literature and Biography. 

Third and Fourth Terms. 

Latin — Virgil (continued) ) 


Intellectual Philosophy — Wayland ; 

Moral Philosophy — Wayland ; 

Eiiglish Literature and Biography; 


[Note. — Any parent or guardian desiring a change made in the 
course of studies, in reference to the pupils under his or her charge, 
is requested to confer Avith the Local Committee and Teacher.] 

Sect. 3. The Text-Books authorized in the Grammar 
Schools shall be the followina;: — 

Worcester's Dictionary; 
Webster's Dictionary, 
Sargent's Third Reader, 
Sargent's Fourth Reader, 
Sargent's Standard Reader, 
Russell's Introduction to the 

Young Ladies' Reader, 
Goodrich's History of the 

United States, 

Mitchell's Geographic Ques- 
tion Book, 
Swan's Spelling Book, 
Butler's Grammar, 
Green's Grammar, 
Mitchell's Prima. Geography, 
Mitchell's School Geography, 
Colburn's Mental Arithmetic, 
Leach and Swan's Arithmetic. 

Sect. 4. The Text-Books authorized in the Primary 
Schools shall be the following: — 

Swan's Primary Spelling Book, Swan's Primary School 
Readers, Mitchell's Primary Geography, Outline Maps, 
Leach and Swan's Primary School Arithmetic. 

Sect. 5. Scholars requiring books shall be directed by 
their teacher to provide them. If not so provided within 
three days, the teacher shall notify the parent or guardian 
in writing, of the kind of book required, and in case of his 
neglect to provide in two days thereafter, shall then make 
a requisition upon the Local Committee, in which shall be 


expressed the name of such scholar, the name of the parent 
or guardian, and the name of the book ; and it shall be the 
duty of the Local Committee thereupon to furnish the 
book, and make return thereof, according to law, to the 
Assessors of the city. 



The attention of teachers is particularly directed to the 
following section of the Revised Statutes : 

" Sect. 7. It shall be the duty of the president, profes- 
sors and tutors of the University of Cambridge, and of the 
several Colleges, and of all preceptors and teachers of 
Academies, and all other instructors of youth, to exert their 
best endeavors to impress on the minds of children and 
youth, committed to their care and instruction, the princi- 
ples of piety, justice, and a sacred regard to truth, love to 
their country, humanity and universal benevolence, sobriety, 
industry, and frugality, chastity, moderation and temper- 
ance, and those other virtues which are the ornament 
of human society, and the basis upon which a republican 
constitution is founded ; and it shall be the duty of such 
instructors to endeavor to lead their pupils, as their ages 
and capacities will admit, into a clear understanding of the 
tendency of the above-mentioned virtues to preserve and 
perfect a republican constitution, and secure the blessings 
of liberty as well as to promote their future happiness, 
and also to point out to them the evil tendency of the 
opposite vices." 



William H. Ryder, Julius S. Shailer, George Putnam. 


Wai'd 1. — Horatio G. Morse, Henry W. Farley. 
" 2. — Joshua Seaver, Ira Allen. 
" 3. — William A. Crafts, A. I. Cummings. 
" 4.— James Waldock, Joseph N. Brewer.* 
" 5. — Samuel Walker, Theodore Otis. 

William H. Ryder, Chairman. A. I. Cummings, Sec'ry. 


William H. Ryder, 48 Vernon st. 

Julius S. Shailer, Washington, corner of Ruggles st. 

George Putnam, Highland st. 

Horatio G. Morse, 65 Zeigler st. 

Henry W. Farley, Eustis, opposite Plymouth st. 

Joshua Seaver, Ruggles st., corner of Sumner place, (Ofnce 

63 Washington st.) 
Ira Allen, Cabot, corner of Sudbury st., (Office, corner of 

Ruggles and Tremont sts.) 
William A. Crafts, Washington, near Francis st. 

* Elected in place of John W. Ohnstead, resigned. 


A. I. Cuminings, 121 Dudley st. 

James Waldock, Alleghany st. 

Joseph N. Brewer, 37 Centre st. 

Samuel Walker, Eustis, near Dorchester Brook. 

Theodore Otis, Otis, near Walnut st. 


Regulations. — Messrs. Shailer, Crafts, Farley. 
Books. — Messrs. Ryder. Shailer, Morse, Farley, Crafts. 
Finance. — Messrs. Seaver, Putnam, Walker. 
Filling Vacancies in Primary and Intermediate Schools. 
— Messrs. Ryder, Morse, Otis, Shailer, Cummings. 





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. One volume can be taken at a time from the 
Lower Hall, and one from the Bates Ilall. 
Books can be kept out 14 clays. 

A fine of 2 cents for each volume \Yill be 
incurred for each day a book is detained more 
than 14 daj^s. 

Any book detained more than a week be- 
yond the time limited, wUl be sent for at the 
expense of the delinquent. 

No book is to be lem, out of the household 
of the borrower. 

The Liln-ary hours for the delivery and re- 
turn of books are from 10 o'clock, Ji. M., to 
8 o'clock, P. M., in the Lower Ilall; and from 
10 o'clock, A. M., until one half hour before 
sunset in the Bates Hall. 

'Every book must, under penalty of one dol- 
lar, be returned to the Library at such time 
in August as shall be publicly announced. 

The card must be presented whenever a 
book is returned. For rencAving a book the 
card must be presented, together with the 
book, or Avith the shelf-numbers of the book. 

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