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‘ [210] no bounds. The first idea had been simply to establish a private school on the usual plan, only referring to his greater experience for advice and direction in its general organization. But he claimed at once an active share in the work. Under his inspiring influence the outline enlarged, and when the circular announcing the school was issued, it appeared under his name, and contained these words in addition to the programme of studies: “I shall myself superintend the methods of instruction and tuition, and while maintaining that regularity and precision so important to mental training, shall endeavor to prevent the necessary discipline from falling into a lifeless routine, alike deadening to the spirit of teacher and pupil. It is further my intention to take the immediate charge of the instruction in Physical Geography, Natural History, and Botany, giving a lecture daily, Saturdays excepted, on one or other of these subjects, illustrated by specimens, models, maps, and drawings.” ’1

Jules Marcou, in his life of Agassiz, says that ‘Mrs. Agassiz had the whole management of the school; everything was referred to her as director. She took the directorship of Agassiz's school in a masterly way, and succeeded admirably. She herself did not teach, but everything regarding the teaching came under her supervision. As the fees were high, the school was a very select one, and pupils came from different parts of the United States, even from as far west as St. Louis. It was considered a great privilege to be taught by such a naturalist as Agassiz, and all the girls whose parents could afford it were anxious to join the school. Of course, the great attraction was Agassiz. . . . The girls' parents often came with them, and sat down in the schoolroom to listen to the lectures, which were so clear and so entertaining that every one followed with the greatest attention the subjects brought up by their great teacher, however difficult they might be.’2

Mrs. Agassiz says that Mr. Agassiz ‘never had an audience more responsive than the sixty or seventy girls who gathered every day at the close of the morning to hear his daily lecture; nor did he ever give to any audience lectures more carefully ’

1 Louis Agassiz, His Life and Correspondence. Edited by Elizabeth Cary Agassiz. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1886, pp. 525-529.

2 Life, Letters, and Works of Louis Agassiz, by Jules Marcou. New York and London, 1896, II. pp. 60, 61.

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