Excerpt from Proceedings on the Inauguration of Swarthmore College: Eleventh Month 10th, 1869
The studies of History and of English Literature are peculiarly appropriate to a system of advanced education, and will extend throughout our seven year's course. History traces the development of mankind, from the earliest period of which we have any account, step by step, to its present condition points to individuals, nations, and events, as land-marks on the long road; and especially pre septs the manifest overruling of a Providence, who, for his own good purpose, evolves results unlooked for by finite vision. It will readily be seen that years of careful investigation would be required for a subject so universal. The teacher can only serve as a guide, paus ing at the important stopping-places, calling attention to the periods that have most affected the world's progress, and, above all, exciting an interest and spirit of research, that in after years, with more time at command than can be given in the most extended collegiate course, will lead to a comprehensive view of the history of the race.
The Geography of a country being so closely connected with its history, the student will always be required to study and recite with maps, which are quite as essential as text-books. And now that the arts of engraving and photography bring us into immediate relation with other countries, we hope, by the thoughtful kindness of friends, to have portfolios of views and portraits to illustrate each subject, heightening thereby the impression produced.
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