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1846 Excerpt: ...and their situation when they entered the school.
Only one had received any previous instruction. James H. McFarland,
from Missouri, who entered on the 16th April, 1846, had been taught
to write, but in other respects very ignorant. There have only been
two sessions; the first from the 26th January to the middle of
July; the second from the 17th September to the present time. Those
who attended the first session are in one class. Of these, four
have been in school from the beginning, and two from about the
middle of the first session. Of the new class, one hud been in ihe
institution but one month, two about two months, two from the
beginning of the second session, and three the entire second
session and a few weeks in the first. When admitted into the
asylum, these poor mutes were as ignorant as the rudest savages,
who at least have the power of speech, and the benefit of a common
though scanty stock of information. Infants of a larger growth,
their minds had never been led beyond the simple ideas of animal
existence. The grand conceptions of genius, the treasured wisdom of
successive ages, the benevolent precepts of morality, and the
precious truths of religion, to them were all unknown. Of the
nature and uses of language they had not the most distant idea. If
transported into China or Tartary, they would have found themselves
as well acquainted with the prevalent tongue as they were with
ours. In the words of the report of the Board of Directors, " they
did not know a word of our language, nor even a letter of the
alphabet; they were ignorant of their own names, and did not as
much as know that they or any thing had a name." The mode of
instruction is interesting, and appears to be the only one which
could be attended with success. As they have...
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