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open for the perusal of all men; and, if he shall be absent at any meeting of the trustees, another shall be appointed, to serve in his room during such absence.
The treasurer shall, previous to his receiving the interest of the seminary into his hand, give bond for the faithful discharge of his office in such sum, as the trustees shall direct, with sufficient sureties, to the trustees of the seminary for the time being; said bond to express the use both in the obligatory part and in the condition. He shall give duplicate receipts for all monies received, countersigned by one of the trustees, one to the donor, the other to be lodged with such member, as the trustees shall from time to time direct; and the trustees shall take such other measures as they shall judge requisite, to make the treasurer accountable, and effectually to secure the interest of the seminary.
The trustees shall let or rent out the lands in such manner, as they shall find on the whole most profitable. They may make sale of any kind of estate, make purchases, or improve the property of the seminary in any way, which they judge will best serve its interest.
Upon the death, resignation, or removal of the master, appointed by the said SAMUEL PHILLIPS and JOHN PHILLIPS, the trustees shall appoint another in his stead; and ever after, from time to time, as there shall happen any vacancy in this office, they shall supply it.
Whereas the success of this institution much depends, under Providence, on a discreet appointment of the principal
instructor, and the human mind is liable to imperceptible bias; it is therefore required that, when any candidate for election, as a principal instructor, is so near a kin to any member of the trust, as a nephew or cousin ; in determining that election any member, to whom the candidate is so related, shall not sit.
The trustees are empowered to appoint such assistant or assistants in and for the service of the seminary, as they shall judge will best promote its usefulness, and as may be duly encour aged.
No person shall be chosen, as a principal instructor, unless a professor of the Christian Religion, of exemplary manners, of good natural abilities, and literary acquirements; of a good acquaintance with human nature; of a natural aptitude for instruction and government, And in the appointment of any instructor, regard shall be had to qualifications only, without preference of kindred or friend, place of birth, education, or residence.
The trustees shall make a contract with each master and assistant before their entrance upon office, as to salary; of which there shall be no alteration, but in their favour, which the said trustees are empowered to make, as to them shall appear reasonable, and as the incomes of the seminary will admit.
It shall be their duty to inquire into the conduct of the master and assistant or assist, ants; and, if they or either of them be found justly chargeable with such misconduct, neglect of duty, or incapacity, as the said trustees shall judge render
them, or either of them unfit to continue in office, they shall remove the master or any assistant, so chargeable.
The trustees shall determine the qualifications, requisite to entitle youth to an admission into this seminary.
As the welfare of the seminary will be greatly promoted by its members being conversant with persons of good character only; no scholar may enjoy the privileges of this institution, who shall board in any family, which is not licensed by the trustees.
And in order to preserve this seminary from the baneful influence of the incorrigibly vicious, the trustees shall determine for what reasons a scholar shall be expelled; and the manner, in which the sentence shall be administered.
The trustees at their annual meeting shall visit the seminary, and examine into the proficiency of the scholars; examine and adjust all accounts relative to the seminary, and make any farther rules and orders, which they find necessary, and not inconsistent with any rule, that is or may be established by the founders.
They shall, as the funds will permit, without affecting the support of the master or any assistant, have power to erect such buildings, as they may think necessary; and at a convenient season, when of sufficient ability, shall erect a large decent building, sufficient to accommodate at least fifty scholars with boarding, besides the master and his family; unless it shall be the determination of a major part of all the trustees, that the truc design of this institution
may be better promoted by the scholars boarding in private families, and by some other improvement of the interest of the seminary. They shall from time to time order such repairs, as they shall judge necessary.
Upon the death, resignation, or incapacity for the service, by reason of age or otherwise, of any of the trustees. the remaining trustees shall supply the vacancy by a new election.
In settling the salary and perquisites of the master, and in the consideration of every other question, in which the master is particularly interested, he shall not sit. And, if any question shall come before the trustees, wherein the town or parish, where the seminary is situate, may be a party or particularly interested, and any minister, be longing to such town, is a trustee; in the consideration of such question he shall not sit.
At the meetings of the trus tees there shall be made decent, not extravagant entertainment; economy is to be ever viewed by trustees and instructors in their respective capacities, as an object worthy their particular recom mendation.
The master, when appointed, shall receive applications for the admission of scholars, and determine them agreeably to the rules respecting the same.
He shall conform himself to the regulations, established by the founders' and trustees, and have power from time to time to make such other consistent rules and orders, as he shall find necessary for the internal management and regulation of the seminary; which rules and orders shall be subject to the ex
continuance of the trustees at their discretion.
It shall be ever considered, as the first and principal duty of the master, to regulate the tempers, to enlarge the minds, and form the morals of the youth, committed to his care.
amination, amendment, or dis- It is therefore required, that he most attentively and vigorously guard against the earliest irregularities; that he frequently delineate in their natural colours the deformity and odiousness of vice, and the beauty and amiableness of virtue; that he spare no pains to convince them of their numberless and indispensable obligations to abhor and avoid the former, and to love and practise the latter; of the several great duties, they owe to GOD, their country, their par ents, their neighbours, and themselves; that he critically and constantly observe the variety of their natural tempers, and solicitously endeavour to bring them under such discipline, as may tend most effectually to promote their own satisfaction and the happiness of others; that he early inure them to contemplate the several connexions and various scenes, incident to human life; furnishing such general maxims of conduct, as may best enable them to pass through all with ease, reputation and comfort.
There shall be taught in this seminary the English, Latin, and Greek languages; writing, arithmetic, music, and the art of speaking; also practical geometry, logic, and geography, and any other of the liberal arts and sciences or languages, as opportunity and ability may hereafter admit, and as the trustees shall direct.
The master is to give special attention to the health of the scholars, and ever to urge the importance of a habit of industry. For these purposes it is to be a part of his duty, to encourage the scholars to perform some manual labour, such as gardening or the like; so far, as is consistent with cleanliness and the inclination of their parents; and the fruit of their labour shall be applied, at the discretion of the trustees, for procuring a library, or in some other way in creasing the usefulness of this seminary. But above all, it is expected that the master's attention to the disposition of the minds and morals of the youth under his charge will exceed every other care, well considering that, though goodness without knowledge (as it respects others) is weak and feeble; yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous; and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind.
And, whereas many of the students in this seminary may be devoted to the sacred work of the gospel ministry, that the true and fundamental principles of the Christian religion may be cultivated, established, and perpetuated in the Christian church so far, as this institution may have influence, it shall be the duty of the master, as the age and capacities of the scholars will admit, not only to instruct and establish them in the truth of Christianity, but also early and diligently to inculcate upon them the great and important scripture doctrines of the existence of ONE TRUE GOD, the FATHER,
SON, and HOLY GHOST; of the fall of man, the depravity of human nature, the necessity of an atonement, and of our being renewed in the spirit of our minds; the doctrines of repentance toward GoD, and of faith toward our Lord JESUS CHRIST; of sanctification by the HOLY SPIRIT, and of justification by the free grace of God through the redemption, that is in JESUS CHRIST, in opposition to the erroneous and dangerous doctrine of justification by our own merit, or a dependence on self-righteousness, together with the other important doctrines and duties of our Holy Christian Relig
And, whereas the most wholesome precepts without frequent repetition may prove ineffectual, it is farther required of the master, that he not only urge and reurge, but continue from day to day to impress these instructions. And let him ever remember that the design of this institution can never be answered without his persevering, incessant attention to this duty.
Protestants only shall ever be concerned in the trust or instruction of this seminary.
The election of all officers shall be by ballot only.
This seminary shall be ever equally open to youth of requisite qualifications from every quarter, provided that none be admitted till in common parlence they can read English well, excepting such particular numbers as the trustees may hereafter li
And, in order to prevent the smallest perversion of the true intent of this foundation, it is again declared, that the first and, principal object of this institu
tion is the promotion of true PIETY and VIRTUE; the second, instruction in the English, Latin, and Greek languages, together with writing, arithmetic, music, and the art of speaking; the third, practical geometry, logic, and geography; and the fourth, such other of the liberal arts and sciences, or languages, as oppor tunity and ability may hereafter admit, and as the trustees shall direct, and these regulations shall be read by the President at the annual meetings of the trustees.
And we hereby reserve to ourselves, during any part of our natural lives, the full right jointly to make any special rules for the perpetual government of this institution, which shall be equally binding on those, whom they may concern, with any clause in these regulations; provided no such rule shall be subversive of the true design herein expressed. We also reserve to ourselves a right jointly to appoint one person to succeed in the trust after our decease or resignation, to whom shall be transferred the same right of appointment and to his successors in the said trust forever.
In witness whereof, we, the subscribers, have hereunto set our hands and seals this twentyfirst day of April, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight. Signed, sealed, and delivered, &c.
SAMUEL PHILLIPS, JOHN PHILLIPS.
A historical view of the progress, funds, and present state of this institution, is respectfully requested for the Panoplist from some of the are in possession of the proper docgentlemen connected with it, and who THE EDITORS.
(From Hall's Contemplations.)
In this thine enlightened frame, how fitly, how wisely are all the parts disposed; that the method of the creation might answer the matter and the form both! Behold all purity above; below the dregs and lees of all. The higher I go, the more perfection; each element superior to other, not more in place than dignity; that by stairs of ascending perfection, our thoughts. might climb unto the top of all glory, and might know thine imperial heaven, no less glorious above the visible, than those above the earth. Oh! how miserable is the place of our pilgrimage, in respect of our home.
Behold in this high and stately building of thine, I see three stages; this lowest heaven for fowls, for vapours, for meteors; the second, for the stars; the third, for thine angels and saints. The first is thine outward court, open for all; the second is the body of thy covered temple, wherein are those candles of heaven perpetually burning; the third is thine holy of holies. In the first is tumult and vanity; in the second, immutability and rest; in the third, glory and blessedness. The first we feel, the second we see, the third we believe. In these two lower is no felicity; for neither fowls nor stars are happy. It is the third heaven alone, where thou, Oblessed Trinity enjoyest thyself, and thy glorified spirits enjoy thee. It is the manifestation of Vol. I. No. 7. Rx
thy glorious presence, that makes heaven to be itself. This is the privilege of thy children, that they here, seeing thee, (who art invisible) by the eye of faith, have already begun that heaven, which the perfect sight of thee shall make perfect above.
ALL that God made was good, and the Maker of them much more good; they good in their kinds, he good in himself. It would not content him to know God and his creatures, his curiosity affected to know that which God never made, evil of sin, and evil of death, which indeed himself made, by desiring to know them; now we know evil well enough, and smart with knowing it. How dear hath this lesson cost us, that in some cases it is better to be ignorant! and yet do the sons of Eve inherit this saucy appetite of their grandmother; how many thousand souls miscarry with the presumptuous affectation of forbid den knowledge!