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James Semple's Views on Promoting the Good of the College

Identifier: UA 6.117

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On July 6, 1825, William & Mary law professor, James Semple, submitted his views on how to promote the good of the College to Board of Visitors member and alumnus John Tyler. He's responding to what appears to be a call by the Board of Visitors to the faculty to offer suggestions for how to improve the state of the school and bring it back to its "former standing." His views are submitted in draft form and include strikeouts and changes he made. He suggests ending the term in early June, rather than the 4th of July. He also suggests reducing student tuition to make it more affordable to attend. He writes, "expenses of the students should be reduced so low as to enable parents of moderate fortunes to send their sons to College." He then goes into detail as to how the College can cut student expenses. Additional suggestions include, but are not limited to, establishing a Grammar School, repeal the resolution which authorizes and requires W&M's president to oversee the conduct of professors, and allowing faculty to determine if students can stay or have to leave due to behavior.


  • Creation: 1825 July 6


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