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AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INSTRUCTION.
TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING.
JOURNAL OF PROCEEDINGS.
Troy, N. Y., August 6, 1852. The Institute assembled at the Hall of the Athenæum Building, and at 10 o'clock, A. M., was called to order, by the President, Mr. G. F. THAYER, of Boston.
The Institute received a cordial welcome to the city of Troy, from the Mayor, the FIon. George Gould, who, in a neat, concise, and pertinent speech, alluded to the purposes, duties, and position of the Teacher.
The President of the Institute responded in suitable terms, making a happy allusion to the siege of ancient Troy, which was taken and sacked by the passengers of a wooden horse, and expressed a wish that modern Troy, taken though it was by the passengers of the iron horse, might be reserved for a happier fate.
He was answered impromptu by the Mayor, “ Non 'timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.'"
Reports of the Censors and the Treasurer were read and accepted.
The Introductory Lecture was delivered by Rev. John Pierpont, of Medford, Mass., on “ The True Idea of Utility, as the point at which Teachers should aim.”
Voted, That a Committee of seven be appointed by the Chair, to nominate a list of Officers of the Institute, for the ensuing year; and the following gentlemen were appointed on the Committee : Messrs. Kingsbury of Providence, Philbrick of Boston, Baker of Gloucester, Greenleaf of Brooklyn, N. Y., Russell of Lowell, Ritchie of Roxbury, and King of Lynn.
Voted, To accept the invitation of the Board of Instructors of the Rensselaer Institute, to attend the annual examination of the pupils.
Voted, To accept the invitation of the Troy Young Men's Association, “ to use the Library, and Reading Room of the Association, during our stay in Troy."
Adjourned to half-past 2 o'clock, P. M.
The Institute assembled at the hour appointed, and listened to a discussion of the morning Lecture by Mr. Greenleaf, of Bradford, and the lecturer, Rev. Mr. Pierpont.
At three o'clock, a Lecture on Self Reliance" delivered by Mr. Wm. H. Wells, of Newburyport, Mass.
At the close of the foregoing Lecture, a discussion of its topics called forth the views of Messrs. Greenleaf of Brad. ford, Greenleaf of Brooklyn, Ritchie of Roxbury, Russell of Lowell, and Hedges of Newark, N. J.
The Report of the Committee on “Phonetics," appointed at Keene, Aug. 1851, was read by Dr. Stone, of Boston, and was received; the motion to adopt the report being laid on the table to await the conclusion of the Lecture of Dr. Stone, on the same subject.
At five o'clock, the Lecture of Dr. Stone was delivered.
After some discussion relative to the adoption of the report of the Committee on " Phonetics," the Institute
At 8 o'clock, the Institute assembled, and in the absence of the Lecturer to whom that hour was assigned, the discussion of the report of the Committee on Phonetics was resumed, and elicited the views of Dr. Stone of Boston, Mr. Greenleaf of Brooklyn, Mr. Swan of Boston, Mr. Cornell, Mr. Clark of N. Y., Mr. Greenleaf of Bradford, Mr. Philbrick of Boston, Dr. Cutter of Warren, Mr. Vaile of Salem, Rev. Mr. Pierpont of Medford, Mr. Russell of Lowell, Mr. Allen of Boston, and Mr. King of Lynn.
A motion to adjourn being negatived, the question on the adoption of the resolutions was taken, and decided in the negative.
Mr. Swan, of Boston, gave notice that he should move a reconsideration to-morrow, to enable members of the Institute to express their views.
SATURDAY, Aug. 7, 9 o'clock, A. M. The Institute assembled according to adjournment.
Prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Brown, of Troy, N. Y.
In accordance with previous notice, Mr. Swan, of Boston, made a motion to reconsider the vote by which the resolutions on Phonetics were rejected, which, after some debate, prevailed.
Voted, That the Report of the Committee on Resolutions, on the subject of Phonetics, be laid on the table.
At half-past 9 o'clock, A. M., a Lecture on " Arnold as a Model Teacher," was delivered by Mr. Joshua Bates, Jr., of Boston.
A recess of three minutes was followed by a Lecture on “Music,” by Mr. Geo. W. Pratt, of Boston.
At the close of the Lecture, the Report of the Directors of the Institute was presented by the President, read by the Secretary, and adopted.
An application for a Teacher in the important branch of education, “Deportment,” gave rise to an animated discussion, in which Mr. Thayer, Mr. Pennell of Lawrence, and Mr. McKeen of N. Y., participated.
Mr. McKeen asked permission to present the following Resolutions, which were read and passed unanimously :
Whereas, John Griscom, LL.D., late of Burlington, N. J., and a member of the American Institute of Instruction, for half a century engaged in the various departments of instruction, has deceased since the last annual meeting of this Institute; and
Whereas, the said Dr. Griscom, from his high respectability, his long service, his extensive attainments, and his devotion to the great interests of learning and morals, leaves to us a name of precious memory; therefore,
Resolved, That we feel the highest respect for the memory of the deceased, and that this Institute sincerely condole with his surviving family and friends, and with the bereaved community in which he lived.
Resolved, That we desire to record on the minutes of this Institute, an expression of our respect and veneration for the memory of the deceased.
Resolved, That the Secretary of this Institute communicate to the family of the deceased, the preamble and resolutions.
Resolutions were presented and read by Mr. Z. Richards, of Washington, D. C., pertaining to the loss sustained by the Institute, and our country, in the death of the distinguished Professor, Walter R. Johnson, one of the founders of the Institute, and, through the period of its existence as a Society, an able friend and fellow-laborer in the cause of popular education.
The Resolutions were passed unanimously.
on the suggestion of Mr. Swan, of Boston, they were requested to select a representative of the Teachers of their noble State to address the Institute. Dr. Lord was called to that office, and presented a lucid report of the very satisfactory condition of the state of education in Ohio, and the facilities for advancing its interests.
The Institute met at 3 o'clock, and was called to order by the President. After the transaction of some unimportant preliminaries, the Institute proceeded to act on the Report of the Committee on the nomination of officers of the Institute, for the ensuing year.
The printed report of the Committee was read by Mr. Russell, of Lowell, when the members of the Institute proceeded to cast their ballots, and the following gentlemen were elected in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee :
Gideon F. Thayer, of Boston, Mass.
Thomas Sherwin, Boston.