Thursday, December 12, 2013

A View of Education in Boston in 1708

The City, a publication of Houston Baptist University, reprints a portion of a letter which accompanied Cotton Mather's book The Education of Children, published in 1708.

A good school deserves to be call'd, the very salt of the town, that hath it: And the Pastors of every town are under peculiar obligations to make this a part of their Pastoral Care that they may have a Good School in their Neighborhood....

But we shall never long retain the Gospel, without the help of Learning....

My Fathers and Brethren, If you have any Love to God and Christ and Posterity; let Godly Schools be more Encouraged. Let Well-Ordered and well-instructed and well-maintained Schools, be the Honour and the Defence of our Land. Let Learning, and all the Helps and Means of it, be precious in our Esteem and by Learning, let the Interests of thy Gospel so prevail, that we may be made wise unto Salvation. Save us, O Our Lord Jesus Christ. Save us from the Mischiefs and Scandals of an Uncultivated Offspring; let this be a land of light, unto Thou.

You can see it here.

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