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[p. 149] is 16 or 17000, dollars in debt and our annual expenditures verry large.

—Yet however loudly & justly retrenchment may be called for—and wherever it may begin—Your Com entreat that it may stop ere it reaches the public schools.—For who that has visited our schools: That regards the dearest interests of the rising generation:— That views the poor as possessing equal talents, and entitled to equal honours & benefits with the rich: Who that has weighed the advantages of educating together all classes of the community, Thus, elevating the vulgar, & the rude, to a proper selfrespect that will lead them to lay aside their rude habits, and vulgar expressions.

Thus too:—Subduing the family pride, and haughty spirit of the children of the rich, when they find powerful competitors (for the highest honours of the school) from the poorest & most obscure families in the town. Who: your Com. ask that entertain these views, will withhold the necesary funds to carry out the system: or, graduate the benefits of public instruction by dollars & Cents.

Respectfully submitted

By order of the School Committee

Galen James Chairman Medford March 4th. 1839.

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