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House Journal 1825 (30-318940-P112B.pdf)

215 er purchasing suitable buildings and establishing an institution for the support and education of the deaf and dumb in this State, the Executive adopted such measures as seemed most likely to comport with the views of the Legislature, and to ensure the accomplishment of the object. The first inquiry was, if a suitable person could be procured to take charge of the instution. Considering the peculiarity in the mode of instruction there was little probability of obtaining, in this State, a person passed[?] of practical knowledge in that business. After repeated fruitless efforts, it was deemed expedient to make application for an instructor too some similar institution. That course was adopted, but proved equally unsuccessful. The corrispondence[correspondence] disclosed so many obstacles to be overcome in establishing and conducting such an institution as to induce doubts of the expediency of expending the appropriation in that manner. It was however, thought advisable to extend the inquiry, and obtain further information. Accordingly, the Hon. Enoch Lincoln, one of the Representatives of this State in Congress was furnished with a copy of the Resolve, and requested to collect such information, relative to establishments of the like kind in other states as in his opinion would be useful, and particularly to visit the institutions for the education of the deaf and dumb at Philadelphia New York and Hartford. The request was redily[readily] complied with and the information solicited, was obligingly and gratuitously finished. The report of Mr. Lincoln, and the corrispondence[correspondence] with the officers of the American Asylum, will be laid before you, and will disclose the principal reasons which have induced the Executive, for the present, to delay the expenditure of the money appropriated, and to submit the whole subject to the consideration of the Legislature. I lay before you a communication received from the Land Agents of this State and Massa-

Description: The journal of the House of Representatives documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1825

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