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ORIGIN OF THE ASSOCIATION.
The following Circular, and subsequent Journal of Proceedings in Convention, will explain the origin of the Association.
SALEM, Nov. 3d, 1845.
At a recent meeting of the "Essex County Teachers' Association," the undersigned were appointed a committee
, for the purpose of calling a Convention of practical Teachers, with a view to the organization of a State Association, the membership of which shall be limited to actual Teachers. It is the opinion of the Association which we represent, that much good results from organized meetings of Teachers, at which discussions of a truly practical nature are made prominent. We feel that our own Association, formed more than sixteen years ago, bas, in a quiet and unobtrusive manner, done much for the cause of education in our County, and we are desirous that a State organization may be formed, which shall exert a similar and more extended influence. Such an Association will bring together Teachers from various parts of the State, and among them will be men of sound views and large experience, who will be ready to impart of their abundance for the common good. In this
way, whatever of excellence may exist in one part of the
, of falen. Piesa approval of all who are engaged in teaching, and especially of all
Sms Servin, of Boston, Aniel Post, who are employed in the instruction of Public Schools. We do, therefore, in accordance with the expressed wish of our Coun- lum Field
, ef Boston, Warren La ty Association, most cordially and earnestly invite you to resea, E. 8. Stearns, of Nentorycet
. la recer
, e Charlestown. Secretary, a meet us in Convention, at Brinley Hall, in Worcester, on
Ist Asistant Secretaries,
V. Bu Monday evening, 24th instant, at 6 1-2 o'clock, then and there to consider the expediency of forming a State Associa- ka, V. K. Vaill
, of Springhe. tion of Practical Teachers. The meeting will continue et re secepted, and the gener through the 25th inst.
Please to extend to Teachers in your vicinity, an invitation pere, ca motion of Mr. Greenleaf.cino, to meet as above.
z estom of the Convention be opezel (Signed) CHARLES NORTIEND,
a ked by singing " Old Hundret. David P. GALLOUP,
bere of Grace was then addressed by Purs R. S. HOWARD,
, of Westfield. E. S. STEARNS,
s Creme, of Boston, Alvord, of Spri '}, ROFOS PUTNAME, ,
pleida, of Salem, were appointed a Comments Committee of Essex County Teachers' Association. In pursuance of the foregoing call, a Convention of
Sa sime discussion as to what shere! cuce practical Teachers from various parts of the State,
sekrsting, it was voted, on motion of Mr. Sweden, assembled at Brinley Hall, in Worcester, on Monday,
, that all actual teachers pretty be November 24th, 1845.
tilbered as members of the Convention, and that it The Convention was called to order by Mr. North
lift to their own judgment to decide upon their in end, of Salem, who opened the meeting by stating the objects of the call for a Convention. A temporary
A letter from the Albany County (N. Y.] Teachers organization was effected by the choice of Mr. Carlton,
auration was read, conveying its assurance of sympe of Salem, as Chairman, and Mr. Samuel Swan, of Bos
ty with the Convention in the objects for which it was ton, as Secretary.
sabled, and certifying the appointment of Messrs. A Committee consisting of Messrs. Galloup, of Salem,
Wasima, bakley, and Anthony, to attend the meet W. D. Swan, of Boston, and P. H. Sweetser, of Charles- * a delegates from said Association.
town, having been appointed to nominate a list of officers for the Convention, reported as follows :
For President, Oliver Carlton, of Salem. VicePresidents, Thomas Sherwin, of Boston, Ariel Parish, of Springfield, Barnum Field, of Boston, Warren Lazelle, of Worcester, E. S. Stearns, of Newburyport, and P. H. Sweetser, of Charlestown. Secretary, Samuel Swan, of Boston. Assistant Secretaries, Winslow Battles, of Boston, W. K. Vaill, of Springfield.
The report was accepted, and the gentlemen nominated were elected.
It was voted, on motion of Mr. Greenleaf, of Bradford, that each session of the Convention be opened with prayer, and closed by singing " Old Hundred.”
The Throne of Grace was then addressed by Rey. Mr. Davis, of Westfield.
Messrs. Greene, of Boston, Alvord, of Springfield, and Fairfield, of Salem, were appointed a Committee on enrolment.
After some discussion as to what should constitute membership, it was voted, on motion of Mr. Sweetser, of Charlestown, that all actual teachers present, be considered as members of the Convention, and that it be left to their own judgment to decide upon their individual qualifications.
A letter from the Albany County [N. Y.] Teachers' Association was read, conveying its assurance of sympathy with the Convention in the objects for which it was assembled, and certifying the appointment of Messrs. Valentine, Bulkley, and Anthony, to attend the meeting as delegates from said Association.
The above-mentioned gentlemen were invited to take para sa pusin, except to specia. seats in the Convention. Mr. Sweetser, of Charlestown, offered the following:
, de Salm, presented a letur fram
A Dary, which was real as :: Resolved, That it is expedient that this Convention proceed to form a State Teachers' Association.
ALBAST, Sor. 15. IN
T'lute to seknowledge the receipt of 's tel
. Corection of Teachers, to le basi a ir de 19h instant
, - an invitation prandaj ya (esty Teachers' Association, of v
After remarks by Mr. Peirce, of West Newton, against it, and by Messrs. Thayer, of Boston, Greenleaf, of Bradford, Hathaway, of Medford, Northend, of Salem, Parish, of Springfield, W. D. Swan, of Boston, Bulkley, of Albany, [N. Y.,] Bates, of Dudley, Wells, of Andover, Walker, of Brookfield, and Russell, of Boston, in its favor, the resolution was adopted.
Reporters for the press were invited to sit at the Secretary's table.
After the appointment of Messrs. Northend, S. S. Greene, E. S. Stearns, Parish, and Lazelle, as a Committee to draft a Constitution for a State Association, and Messrs. Wells, of Andover, Hathaway, of Medford, Galloup, of Salem, and Hale and Swan, of Boston, as a Committee to prepare business for the next session, the Convention adjourned to meet on Tuesday morning.
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the pula, be the teachings of wisdom which were
palosets, to whom I still cling with feelings of brotherwhat there is now a movement to extend all over the
ang so long enigoged in your corner of it I
sya all will meet the hearty response of all those who
BRINLEY HALL, Tuesday, Nov. 25th, 1845. At 9 o'clock the Convention was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Allen, of Worcester, and the records of yesterday's session were read by the Secretary.
Teachers present from other States were invited to take seats in the Convention.
It was voted that no member be allowed more than ten minutes at any one time in speaking, nor be allowed to
sa the dignity of the Teacher's profession, and that you ibre a full and profitable meeting. Nothing would afSure, pechar pleasure than the privilege of yuning with na on the 24th instant, but as I am in the midst of a term,
sa sine two hundred minds in the course of training in speak twice on the same question, except by special permission.
e same great work, I feel that I should do wrong to leave
post even for such a privilege
Mr. Northend, of Salem, presented a letter from Mr. Page, of Albany, which was read as follows:
ALBANY, Nov. 15th, 1815. DEAR SIR:
I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of an invitation to attend a Convention of Teachers, to be held in Worcester, on the 24th instant, - an invitation proceeding from the Essex County Teachers' Association, of which you are the Chairman.
My heart almost instinctively goes out after wbaterer pertains to the progress of Common Schools, and the elevation of the Teacher's profession, and especially when that movement proceeds from the "Ancient and honorable" organization, — the “ Essex County Teachers' Association.” To that Association I have reason to feel deeply indebted. Till within a year, a member of it almost from its infancy, its semiannual meetings returned just in time to meet my wants, to refresh my spirit, to excite my aspirations, and to enlighten my future path, by the teachings of wisdom which were there wont to be supplied. I rejoice for the Teachers of Massachusetts, to whom I still cling with feelings of brotherhood, that there is now a movement to extend all over the State the blessings so long enjoyed in your corner of it. I trust your call will meet the hearty response of all those who esteem the dignity of the Teacher's profession, and that you will have a full and profitable meeting. Nothing would af ford me greater pleasure than the privilege of joining with you on the 24th instant, but as I am in the midst of a term, with some two hundred minds in the course of training for the same great work, I feel that I should do wrong to leave my post even for such a privilege.