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Beyond Penn's Treaty

The Life of Thomas Eddy; Comprising an Extensive Correspondence

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various means and implements for cultivating the
natural sciences, and that some of them have already
become useful to science, by their application of these
means. We may refer particularly to the numerous
sets of meteorological observations occasionally pub-
lished by the Regents, and which are all made at
the academies under their charge. The money ap-
propriated to these institutions, has been thus appli-
ed with a view of converting them into nurseries of
teachers for the common schools.

As the latter are generally taught but a part of
the year, that is, on an average, not more than eight
months, and as the teachers will generally be other-
wise engaged for a portion of their time, and will
not be permanently devoted to the business, it is high-
ly important that the greatest possible number of
intelligent men should be found in every precinct,
capable of understanding the duties, if not of per-
forming the labours, of teachers. In a community
thus fully supplied with intelligent members, and
impressed with the value of thorough instruction,
dulness and mediocrity will seldom find encourage-
ment to usurp the office and responsibility of guid-
ing the intellectual pursuits of the young; while the
agents entrusted with the execution of the laws on
education will hesitate before they lay careless
hands on sculls that cannot teach, and will not learn.

Mr. Eddy

was also deeply engaged in the erection
of a House of Refuge, in the city of New-York. His
worthy friend, Professor John Griscom, made the
first suggestion of such an institution to Mr. Eddy,
Isaac Collins, and others, and in 1823, they succeeded
in establishing this truly useful charity. The learn-
ed and benevolent professor lives to see his institu-
tion flourish, as an auxiliary to all the great pur-
poses of philanthropy to which his friend, Mr. Eddy,
was devoted.