His plan was to call a convention.
First, he sent out a circular which he had carefully prepared and had printed as a broadside, containing sixteen hundred words.
The date was November 10, 1836, and the convention was not to meet until December 7, nearly a month later.
But communication was slow in those days.
After a brief appeal by way of introduction, he said:—
In order that we may do something I would propose that a convention of delegates from the several towns in the county meet at Plymouth in Court Week (Wednesday, December 7, at 6 P. M.), to discuss the merits of the greatly improved modes of elementary instruction which have been in most successful operation for several years in Germany, Prussia, and other European states.
This step might result in the appointment of a Board of Education. . . .
There is one provision preparatory to a full instruction of our youth, which I deem of vast moment; I mean, a seminary for preparing teachers.
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