Circular[s] of Information

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1880
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˹ 56 - A general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people, the general assembly shall establish and maintain free public schools for the gratuitous instruction of all persons in this State between the ages of 6 and 20 years.
˹ 25 - Another general principle, constitutional or statutory, is that the public schools shall be free from all sectarian or denominational influences. As enumerated in the constitution of Massachusetts, " humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality honesty and punctuality in dealings, sincerity, good humor, and all social affections and generous sentiments
˹ 82 - account and verified by the affidavit of the agent, together with the sum of three dollars in full for his services in each case investigated and reported upon, as hereinafter prescribed ; [ which] when approved by the governor, shall be paid by the State treasurer, on the warrant of the auditor general, out of any money in
˹ 41 - learning, generally diffused throughout a community, being essential to the preservation of a free government, it shall be the duty of the general assembly * * to provide by law for a general and universal system of common schools wherein tuition shall be without charge and equally open to all.
˹ 65 - of virtue, among the people being essential to the preservation of their rights and liberties, it shall be the duty of the general assembly to promote public schools, and to adopt all means which they may deem necessary and proper to secure to the people the advantages and opportunities of education.
˹ 10 - so much learning as may enable them perfectly to read the English tongue, and knowledge of the capital laws, under penalty of twenty shillings for each neglect therein; also, that all masters of families do
˹ 68 - prevention of vice ought to be constantly kept in force and duly executed. And a competent number of schools ought to be maintained in each town for the convenient instruction of youth, and one or more grammar schools be incorporated and properly supported in each county in
˹ 54 - the stability of a republican form of government depending mainly on the intelligence of the people, it shall be the duty of the legislature to establish a general and uniform system of public schools ;
˹ 19 - any such child to any person in or for the vocation, occupation, service, or purpose of singing, playing on musical instruments, rope or wire walking, dancing, begging, or peddling, or as a gymnast, contortionist, rider, or acrobat, in any place whatsoever, or for
˹ 10 - the least they procure such children and apprentices to learn some short orthodox catechism without book, that they may be able to answer unto the questions that shall be propounded to them out of such catechism by their parents or masters, or any of the selectmen when they shall call them to a trial of what they have

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