Excerpt from Register of the Officers and Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., 1868
The Legislature of Virginia promptly responded to these evi deuces of vitality on the part of the school, by providing for the payment of its annuity and the interest on its vested funds. This provision enabled the Board of Visitors to appoint the State cadets required by law to be admitted, and arrangements were at the same time in progress, to restore the buildings, and it is hoped by the 1st September next, the Barracks and Mess Hall will be restored complete. The Virginia Military Insti tute now numbers 522 graduates, 180 of whom were State cadets. There have been altogether matriculates, and of these 540 were State cadets.
The government of the Virginia Military Institute, although military In its organization, is carefully arranged for the proteo tion and development of the moral character of the cadets. Attendance on the public services of the sanctuary and regular Bible instruction on the Sabbath are positively enjoined by the regulations.
The following extract from the Report of the Superintendent to the Board of Visitors, of June, 1859, will exhibit, in some degree, the inﬂuence of the moral government: There is no part of the duty of the Superintendent which weighs so heavily upon his mind and heart as that connected with the control and government of the moral conduct of those committed to his charge. No general idea of the wayward and depraved character of the human heart is at all equal to that which experience of the follies and vices of young men makes known to the conscientious teacher.
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