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In the management of the schools the ministers took a leading part; in fact, when laymen were joined with them as visitors and examiners, the ministers looked upon it rather as an impertinence. The school was opened and closed with prayer, and when the minister visited the school he never neglected to pray with the children. No one but a church member would have been allowed to keep a school, and no one not a church member would have presumed to do so.

Perhaps the following lines from Coote's ‘English Schoolmaster,’ a famous manual of that day in England, may have been the substance of the School Rules and Regulations:

The schoolmaster to his scholars.

My child and scholar, take good heed
     Unto the words that here are set,
And see thou do accordingly,
     Or else be sure thou shalt be beat.

First I command thee God to serve,
     Then to thy parents duty yield;
Unto all men be courteous,
     And mannerly in town and field.

Your clothes unbuttoned do not use;
     Let not your hose ungartered be;
Have handkerchief in readiness;
     Wash hands and face, or see not me.

Lose not your books, inkhorns, or pens,
     Nor girdle, garters, hat, or band;
Let shoes be tied, pin shirt-band close;
     Keep well your hands at any hand.

If broken hosed or shoed you go,
     Or slovenly in your array,
Without a girdle or untrust,
     Then you and I must have a fray.

If that thou cry or talk aloud,
     Or books do rend, or strike with knife,
Or laugh or play unlawfully,
     Then you and I must be at strife.

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