Item 1 - Copy of a letter from Daniel Dewey Barnard to Edward Everett

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ADD.MS.a/201/1

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Copy of a letter from Daniel Dewey Barnard to Edward Everett

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  • 28 Jan. 1846 (Creation)

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5 pp

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Albany - DDB agrees to aid EE in supplying information to WW on education in the city of New York: common schools have no direct or systematic religious teaching - they have no sect whose tenets are recognised by law. He has read WW's book on Morality [The Elements of Morality Including Polity, 2 vols., 1845] with 'infinite satisfaction' and does not 'doubt that it is doing great good in this country': DDB has been lecturing on WW's views 'in regard to Polity, and the relation of the state to moral culture and progress. I want our people to learn that there is something more in the state than has originated in their wisdom or been created by their power'. WW is clearly aware that his idea of education and the relations of church and state would not fit the US: 'the religious education of the people is pretty successfully cared for with us, though the state has so little to do with the matter directly'.

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