MT. HOLYOKE FEMALE SEMINARY.
This institution, located at South Hadley, Mass., will probably be ready for
the reception of scholars early next autumn. The time of opening the school
will soon be fixed, and then public notice will be given.
The Board of Trustees, consists of the following gentlemen,- Rev. Heman Humphrey,
D. D. President of Amherst College, Rev. Edward Hitchcock, Professor in Amherst
College, Rev. Roswell Hawkes, (permanent agent,) Rev. Joseph D. Condit, South
Hadley, Rev. Wm. Tyler, and Wm. Bowdoin, Esq., South Hadley Canal, David Choate,
Esq. Essex, Dea. Andrew W. Porter, Monson, Mr. Joseph Avery, Conway, and Dea.
David Safford of Boston. Miss Mary Lyon, formerly connected with the Ipswich
Female Seminary, will be Principal, and Miss Eunice Caldwell, Principal of the
Wheaton Female Seminary at Norton, Assistant Principal. They will be aided by
other well qualified teachers.
There will be an extensive and systematic English course of study, essentially
the same as that adopted in the Ipswich Female Seminary. The regular classes
will be denominated Junior, Middle, and Senior. The studies of each class are
designed for one year, though the pupils will be advanced from class to class,
according to their progress, and not according to the time spent in the Seminary.
Individuals may in some cases devote half of their time to branches not included
in the regular course, (Latin for instance,) and occupy two years in completing
the studies of one class.
The requisites for entering the Junior class, will be and acquaintance with
the general principles of English Grammar, a good knowledge of the Geography,
History of the United States, Watts on the Mind, Colburn's first Lessons, and
the Whole of Adam's New Arithmetic, or what would be equivalent in written Arithmetic.
It is very important that all, on entering the Seminary, should be prepared
for admission to the Junior Class. In extraordinary cases, however, individuals
may perhaps be received the first year, though they should be deficient in some
parts of the preparatory course. It is desirable that those, who cannot continue
members of the Seminary more than one or two years should in addition to the
preparatory studies, advance as far as may be on the regular course, before
There will be two terms in a year of 20 weeks each or 4 quarters of 10 weeks
The expenses of board and tuition will be settled by fair experiment. It would
be difficult now to fix any permanent price, especially considering the present
fluctuating state of the market, and the Trustees will venture to pledge only
for one quarter at time [sic], till they shall have had opportunity, to ascertain
at what it can be placed. But as the Seminary is designed principally for the
benefit of those preparing to teach, every effort will be make to reduce the
expenses as low as possible, without injuring the character of the Institution.
It is condently [sic] believed, that they can be placed so much below those
in out best Female Seminaries, which have received no aid from the public, as
shall, in this particular alone, reward all the efforts, which have been made
in behalf of the Institution.
The Trustees have, however, for the first quarter, decided to place board exclusive
of fuel and lights, at $13, and tuition at $3, making the regular bill of board
and tuition for the quarter of ten weeks, $16. The bills are to be paid in advance,
and no deduction will be made for a short absence at the commencement, or close,
or in any part of the quarter. In case of protracted absence, the board can
be paid by the week, and not by the quarter. In case of protracted absence,
the board can be paid by the week, and not by the quarter, though the charge
will be higher in proportion, probably about the usual price of board elsewhere.
A prospectus of the Seminary will be forwarded to any, who may apply for it
to the Secretary, or to Dea. Safford, No. 3, Beacon St. Boston, or to Prof.
Hitchcock, Amherst. Applications for admission into the Seminary may be made
to Miss Mary Lyon, directed before the first of July to the care of Dea. Daniel
Safford, Boston, and after that time to South Hadley, Mass. It may be necessary
to delay the answer a short time, but a decisive reply may be expected in every
case, within six weeks after the application is received, and perhaps sooner,
if it is particularly requested by the applicant.
The propriety as well as justice, of paying postage on all letters of inquiry
and application, will be readily perceived.
In behalf of the Trustees,
J. D. CONDIT, Secretary.
South Hadley, Mass, May 1, 1837