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10 THE .JRC-1919
.'Xcademy, and llr. Xlim. Rogers. late of the state of Maryland, having been well
recommended. as being of good fame and sufficiently learned in the sciences.
appointed him Master at a salary of 2002 and the use of the buildings and gar-
den, for which the said Master should give his whole time. shall teach the Latin.
Greek and English languages. and the common practical branches of mathematics.
according to the rules established and practiced in the seminaries of learning
and reading in the Cnited States. Children learning letters and reading, will be
charged S-1.00: those learning the principles of the English grammar and cipher-
ing. 55.001 and those learning the Latin and Greek languages, or any branch
of the mathematcs, 510.00 per quarter." The school established was for boys
and girls and remained so for a long period, its exact termination not being
Cln the same day they resolved that a merchant be employed to import books.
the list of which shows a high standard for the new school. Also French and
English tutors were employed at a salary of S300 each.
The school was lirst held in some building that had formerly been used in
pre-revolutionary days. and was opened in April, 1785, the lirst commencement
being held on Clctober 24, 1736. We cannot determine exactly where the lirst
schoolhouse was located, but the minutes of May, 178-1. show that the Board let
the contract for a building which was to be erected on the square bounded by
XYashington, Reynolds, Mclntosh and Day. the Academy to be exactly in the
center: a large gate, avenue and court to be exactly in the front, and a garden
from the back to the rear. This site was abandoned. and the lirst schoolhouse
was erected on Bay between Elbert and Lincoln. ln it court was held, and also
church services, until 1789, when St. Paul's was rebuilt. This building was
spoken of as tenement No. 9. There was evidently another large building on
the adjoining lot, for, at the same time, it was resolved that the lot No. S "should
he reserved until the further order of the Board for the sessions of the General
Assembly, and for the holding of the Superior and Inferior Courts of the
county. together with the Circuit and District Courts of the United States. and
that for that purpose the keys were to be given to his Excellency upon his appli-
cation, who is required after the rising of the Legislature to deliver the same to
the sheritt for the uses last named."
The Public Examinations were held in the spring and fall, and it is most
interesting to note to what great importance they were considered by the entire
community. They were attended by the lloard oflicially and by the public gen-
erally: sometimes by the Governor and the Executive Council, later by the
City Council in a body. The first of which we have any record is that of March
30, 1786, and another in july, 1789.
The above article was obtained from good authority and written by Felton
Davis. of the Class of 1916, in his Senior Year. lYe feel that he should be given
credit for his work, and we are glad to be able to obtain an article on the foun-
dation of the Academy, written by an old Academy boy.
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