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In School Committee, January 6, 1858. 

Messrs. Brewer, Olmstead, and Williams were appointed a Commit- 
tee to prepare and report to this Board, Rules and Regulations for their 
government the present year. 

April 21, 1858. 

The Committee on Rules and Regulations submitted the Report of 
said Committee, which was read, amended, and adopted ; whereupon 
it was 

Ordered, That 400 copies of the Rules and Regulations, accompa- 
nied by the Course of Studies, and Text-Books allowed in the several 
Schools of the City, be printed, for the use of the Schools and Com- 

JOSHUA SEAVER, 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, Local Committees for the several schools in the 
City, to consist of three members for the High and 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 consist- 
ing 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 members. 

Sect. 3. It shall be the duty of the Committee on In- 
termediate 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 ; 
tho Local Committee, being authorized to appoint a teach- 

4 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

er from those examined and approved, to fill a vacancy in 
any Primary or Intermediate School, to be confirmed with- 
in three months by the Board, on recommendation of the 
Local Committee ; said Committee shall also 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, which 
shall, in all cases, be submitted to the Board for approv- 
al, but shall not be finally acted upon until said books 
have been before the Board at least one week, and not un- 
til 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 pro- 
posed 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 Fi- 
nance, to confer with any committee of the Board of Al- 
dermen and Common Council on the subject of appropria- 
tions for the Public Schools. 

Sect. 6. Stated quarterly meetings of the Board shall 
be held on the Wednesday after the fourth Monday in Feb- 
ruary — on the second Wednesday in June — on the Wed- 
nesday 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. 



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 meeting 
to be read, and proceed to business. In the absence of 
the Chairman, the Board shall choose a Chairman pro tem- 

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 order in the meetings ; he 
may speak to points of order in preference to other mem- 
bers, and shall decide all questions of order, subject to an 
appeal to the Board, on motion of any member. 

Sect. 5. He shall declare all votes, but if any member 
doubt the vote, he shall, without further debate upon the 
question, require the members voting to rise and stand un- 
til 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, he shall appoint the mem- 
ber who shall take the chair. He may express his opin- 
ion 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 he may state facts, and give his opinion 
on questions of order, without leaving his place. 

6 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

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 any one of the 
members present is 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 amendment. 

Sect. 9. The Chairman shall consider a motion to ad- 
journ 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 ; 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 ; shall notify the meetings of all 
committees when requested by their Chairman; he also 


shall 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, it shall be considered 
by the Board; 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 indefinite- 
ly ; which several motions shall have precedence in the 
order in which they stand. 

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

8 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

. 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 in case 
the motion be made at the same meeting, it shall be com- 
petent for a majority of ttee-members present to pass a 
vote of reconsideration ; 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 there- 
for. 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 over until the next meeting. Any 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 and parents or guardians of pupils, or between 
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 on any matter of interest to the school, 
without the sanction of a majority of the Local Committee. 

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 with the Local Committee shall examine 
his or her qualifications, and the Local Committee shall 
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 or she shall have been 
examined as aforesaid, and shall have received a satisfac- 
tory certificate thereof. The masters or heads of depart- 
ments shall be consulted in the appointment of their 

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 fill such vacancy from the 
list of teachers already examined and approved. 

Sect. 7. In addition to these specific duties of the Lo- 
cal 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. 

10 CITY DOCUMENT.— No. 7. [April, 

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 Board. 





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 them- 
selves to the public service. 

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

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 commen- 
cing 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 

12 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

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 oth- 
er 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 al- 
so 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 vir- 

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 they 
may deem expedient. And it shall be the duty of the 
principals to examine the pupils under the care of the as- 
sistant teachers, in said schools, as often as they can, con- 
sistent 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 information 
thereon as they may think necessary. These exercises 
shall take place as frequently as may be thought practica- 


blc by the Local Committee and teachers. A list of the 
topics shall be open to the inspection of the examining 

Sect. 9. In all the classes of the High and Grammar 
Schools, (provided the pupils are able to write a fair, legi- 
ble hand,) the teachers shall require, at least once in two 
weeks, regular exercises in Composition, to consist of Es- 
says, Letters, Descriptions, or Abstracts of Lessons, accord- 
ing to the age and capacity of the pupils. These exerci- 
ses 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 proficiency of the pu- 
pils 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 declamation. 

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 regret for such misde- 
meanor, as openly and implicitly as the nature of the case 
may require, and shall have given evidences of reform, shall, 
with the previous consent of said committee, 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 pur- 
pose whatever, shall be allowed by the teachers, in any 
public school. 

Sect. 13. Any teacher may, by permission of the Local 

14 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

Committee, take half a day each term, for visiting such oth- 
er school in this city, or in the vicinity, as may be designa- 
ted, and the name of the school thus visited shall be en- 
tered in the teacher's register, with the date of the visit. 

Sect. 14. When the teachers in the Grammar and Pri- 
mary Schools leave their divisions, temporarily, and require 
their places to be supplied by others, they shall notify their 
Local Committees, who shall provide the substitutes ; and 
as far as practicable, these substitutes shall be taken from 
the list of approved applicants in the hands of the Commit- 
tee 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 or her 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 or her 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. 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 its parent, or a 
physician, that it 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 teach- 
ers thereof, and shall take place on the first Monday of 
the first and third terms ; and no pupil shall be admitted 
into the Grammar Schools from the Primary and Interme- 
diate Schools except at those times. Provided, however, 
that the Local Committees shall have discretionary power 
to admit pupils, possessing the necessary qualifications, at 
other times than those mentioned. Pupils changing resi- 
dence, 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 

16 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

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 School, 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 lit- 
erary 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, Writ- 
ing, English Grammar, Arithmetic, Modern Geography, 
and the History of the United States, shall be regarded 
by the School Committee as qualified to enter the High 

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 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 him or herself for two weeks in succession, 
such pupil shall be considered no longer a member of the 



Periods of Instruction. 

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

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

The third shall commence in five "weeks after the last 
Monday in July 4 

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 af- 
ternoon. Scholars may, however, be detained for delin- 
quencies beyond the regular school hours. 

Sect. 3. There shall be the following Vacations : 

1. One week commencing on the fourth Monday in Feb- 

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

3. Five weeks, commencing the last Monday in July.1T 

4. One week, commencing on the Monday before Thanks- 
giving Day. 

* March 1st. f May 31st. % Aug. 30th. 

§Feb. 22d. || May 24th. 1 July 26th. 


18 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

Sect. 4. The folio-wing holidays shall be granted alike 
to all the schools : — Every Wednesday and Saturday after- 
noon; Fast Day; Independence Day; Christmas Day; 
New Year's Day ; May Day. No holiday not herein speci- 
fied shall be given except by a vote of the 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 may be 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 teachers, ac- 
cording to the provisions of the Statute. It shall be the 
duty of this committee to obtain accurate information of 
the condition of each school, and at the next quarterly meet- 
ing to make a report to the Board, in writing, of their ex- 
amination and its results ; of the condition of the school- 
houses, and of any occurences 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 the High and all the Grammar Schools, and a 
committee also of five members shall examine all the Pri- 
mary and Intermediate Schools in the city, and report upon 
the same, at the next quarterly meeting of the Board. 



Books and Studies. 

Sect. 1. The Course of Study and Text-Books in the 
High School for Girls, shall be as follows : — 


First and Second Terms. 
Arithmetic — Leach and Swan's ; 
History — "Worcester's ; 
Physiology — Cutter's First Book ; 
Reading — Hillard's First Class Reader ; 
Spelling and Defining; 
English Grammar — Butler's ; 
Analysis and Composition — Quackenbos's ; 
Penmanship, Drawing — Bartholomew's System. 

Third and Fourth Terms. 
Arithmetic — Sherwin's ; 
History — "Worcester's ; 
Botany — "Wood's ; 

Reading, Spelling, Composition, Drawing, Analysis, and 


First and Second Terms. 
A Igebra — Sherwin's j 
Latin — Andrews' Latin Lessons j 
Physical Geography — Cartee's ; 
Natural Philosophy — Tate's (larger) ; 
English Literature and Biography — Cleveland's Com- 
pendium, Hillard's First Class Reader ; 
Composition and Analysis — Quackenbos's ; 
Perspective Drawing — Bartholomew's System. 

20 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 

Third and Fourth Terms. 
Algebra — Davies' Legendre ; 
Latin — Nepos, or Caesar ; 
French — Fasquelle, and Le Grand-Pere ; 
Chemistry — Stockhardt's ; 
English Literature and Biography — Cleveland's and Hil- 

lard's j 
Analysis and Composition — Quackenbos's ; 
Perspective Drawing — Bartholomew's. 


First and Second Terms. 

Geometry — Davies' Legendre ; 

Latin — Virgil (Bowen's Ed.) ; 

French — Le Grand-Pere; Conversations sur Le Grand- 
Pere ; 

Astronomy — Olmstead's, or Burritt's Geography of the 
Heavens ; 

Rhetoric and Composition — Quackenbos's ; 

English Literature and Biography ; — Cleveland's or Hil- 
lard's ; 

Drawing from Nature. 

Third and Fourth Terms. 

Latin — Virgil (Bowen's) ; 

French — Le Grand-Pere, Collot's Dialogues, Collot's An- 
ecdotes ; 

Intellectual Philosophy — Wayland's ; 

Moral Philosophy — Wayland's ; 

English Literature and Biography — Cleveland's and Hil- 
lard's ; 

Analysis and Composition — Quackenbos's ; 

Drawing from Nature — Bartholomew's System. 

[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 with the Local Committee and Teacher.] 


Sect. 2. The Text-Books authorized in the Grammar 
Schools shall be the following : — 

Butler's Grammar, 
Tower's Elements of Gram- 
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, 
Worcester's Spelling Book, 
Bartholomew's System of 

Mitchell's Prima. Geography, 
Mitchell's School Geography, 
Colburn's Mental Arithmetic, 
Leach and Swan's Arithmetic, 
Mayhew's Book-Keeping. 

Sect. 3. The Text-Books authorized in the Primary 
Schools shall be the following : — 

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

Sect. 4. 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 Asses- 
sors of the city. 

22 CITY DOCUMENT. — No. 7. [April, 



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

"Sect. 1. 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 temperance, 
and those other virtues which are the ornament of human 
society, and the basis upon which a republican consti- 
tution is founded ; and it shall be the duty of such instruc- 
tors to endeavor to lead their pupils, as their ages and ca- 
pacities will admit, into a clear understanding of the ten- 
dency of the above-mentioned virtues to preserve and per- 
fect 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 



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


Ward 1. — Horatio G-. Morse, Franklin Williams. 
" 2. — Joshua Seaver, Ira Allen. 
" 3.— A. I. Cummings, T. R. Nute. 
" 4. — Joseph N. Brewer, John W. Olmstead. 
" 5. — Robert P. Anderson, Edwin Ray. 

William H. Ryder, Chairman. Joshua Seaver, Secretary. 


George Putnam, Highland st. 

William H. Ryder, 48 Vernon st. 

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

Horatio G. Morse, 65 Zeigler st. 

Franklin Williams, Zeigler, near Warren st. 

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

Webber Block.) 
Ira Allen, Cabot, corner of Sudbury st., (Office, corner of 

Ruggles and Tremont sts.) 
A. I. Cummings, 121 Dudley st. 
T. R. Nute, 163 Dudley st. 

24 CITY DOCUMENT.— No 7. April, 

Joseph N. Brewer, 37 Centre st. 
John W. Olmstead, Centre, corner of Cedar st. 
Robert P. Anderson, 37 Winthrop st. 
Edwin Ray, Walnut, corner of Dale st. 


Regulations. — Messrs. Brewer, Olmstead, Williams. 
Books. — Messrs. Ryder, Shailer, Morse, Nute, Brewer. 
Finance. — Messrs. Seaver, Putnam, Olmstead. 
Filling Vacancies in Primary and Intermediate Schools. 
— Messrs. Ryder, Morse, Shailer, Cummings, Ray. 

Curator of School Buildings. — Jonas Pierce, Jr. 
Residence on Bartlett Street. 





























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Curator of School Buildings, 
jonas :pie:r,ce, jr. 


As articles which may be needed for the Schools cannot 
be purchased without written orders from Local Commit- 
tees, the Chairman, or Secretary of the Board, Teachers 
will perceive the necessity of procuring such orders, when 
they desire to have anything purchased for the use of their 
Schools at the expense of the Committee. All such 
orders, if the Teachers prefer, may be given to the Cura- 
tor, or deposited in his box in the Post Office,* as it is his 
duty in such cases, to see that the articles needed are pur- 
chased and promptly delivered. 

* Box 336.