a remove to any other house of Schollership, except it be some peculiar Colledge of Law, or Physick, where they inean to be practitioners; but as for those generall studies which take up all our time from Lilly to the commencing, as they term it, Master of Art, it should be absolute. After this pattern, as many edifices may be converted to this use, as shall be needfull in every city. throughout this land, which would tend much to the encrease of learning and civility every where. This number, lesse or more thus collected, to the convenience of a foot company, or interchangeably two troops of cavalry, should divide their daies work inte three parts, as it lies or


derly. Their studies, their exercise, and their diet.

For their studies, First they should begin with the chief and necessary rules of some good Grammar, either that now us’d, or any better : and while this is doing, their speech is to be fashion’d to a distinct and cleer pronuntiation, as neer as may be to the Italian, especially in the vowels. For we Englishmen being farre northerly, doe not open our mouthes in the cold air, wide enough to grace a Southern tongue; but are observ'd by all other nations to speak exceeding close and in ward : So that to smatter Latin with an English mouth, is as ill a hearing as law French. Next to make them expert in the usefullest points


of grammar, and withall to season them, and win them early to the love of vertue and true labour, 'ere any flattering seducement, or vain principle Teise thern wandering, some eafie and delightfull book of education would be read to them; whereof the Greeks have store, as Cebes, Plutarch, and other Socratic discourses. But in Latin we have none of classic authoritie extant, except the two or three first books of Quintilian, and some select peeces elsewhere. But here the main skill and groundwork will be, to temper them such lectures and explanations upon every opportunity, as may lead and draw them in willing obedience, enflam'd with the study of learning, and the admiration of vertue, stirrid



up with high hopes of living to be brave men, and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages. That they may. despise and scorn all their childish, and ill-taught qualities, to delight in manly, and liberall exercises: which he who hath the art, and proper eloquence to catch them with, what with mild and effectuall perswafions, and what with the intimation of some fear, if need be, but chiefly by his own example, might in a thort space gain them to an incredible diligence and courage : infusing into their young brefts such an ingenuous and noble ardor, as would not fail to make many of them renowned and matchlesse men. At the same time, some other hour of the day, might be taught

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them the rules of Arithmetick, and soon after the elements of geometry even playing, as the old manner was. After eveniog repast, till bed time their thoughts will be best taken up in the easie grounds of religion, and the story of seripture. The next step tould be to the Authors of Agriculture, Cato, Varro, and Colunimella, for the matter is most eafie, and if the language be difficult, fo much the better, it is not a difficultie above their veers. And here will be an occasion of inciting and inabling them hereafter to improve the tillage of their country, to recover the bad foil, and to remedy the wait that is made of good; for this was one of Hercules praises. Ere halfe thefe Àuthors be real, which will foon be with N2


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