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To Horace Mann he wrote, June 5, 1845:—

Mr. Lyman has this moment parted from me. He has left with me a subscription list for one thousand dollars, to be paid to the Treasurer of the Board of Education; also, a vote of the town of Northampton for another one thousand dollars.

If you should place the school at Northampton, and accept these sums as part of our five thousand dollars, there would be one thousand and fifty dollars for us to obtain hereabouts. This can be easily done,—I will not say, as Mr. Brooks said, in five minutes, but by a little exertion.

Can you express to me any opinion with regard to the probability of the school being placed at Northampton? When will the Board meet again, and when should we be in condition to close our accounts?

To Horace Mann.

Boston, June 23, 1845.
my dear Mann,—I have this moment received yours of the 21st. I am ready to do what you think proper under all the circumstances.

. . . Still, if you think proper, I am ready to take advantage of M——'s offer, and advance the Board the five thousand dollars on condition and with the express understanding that the sums now offered by the towns where the schools are to be placed shall be paid to us, to be applied to indemnify the above advance. I anticipate some difficulty in this course. I do not think the Governor or the people of Northampton have appreciated our motives in this matter. When we commenced this movement, we did not contemplate being made responsible for the whole sum; and it does not seem to me just or generous to attempt to crowd this responsibility upon us. I agree with you that something should be done immediately; but I do feel that the first step is the determination of the place of the school. Then we shall be able naturally to make our collections, and redeem our pledge according to the spirit in which it was given. But I refer the whole to your better judgment. You know the facts; and you can determine whether, under the circumstances, such an advance might not be precipitate and entail upon us a responsibility beyond our calculations.

Ever yours,

P. S. My oration will not come out Minerva-like; for it will have no armor.


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