Excerpt from Two Lectures: I, History of the Introduction of State Normal Schools in America, II, a Prospective System of National Education for the United States It happens that I alone possess all the historical documents; and I have used them in writing a history of 168 pages concerning the pub lic movements in 1835 - 8, not for publication, but as a legacy to my children. I have carefully preserved in one large quarto volume all the manuscript documentary evidence, and in a folio all the printed evidence, of the facts I have stated; carefully noting dates and places. Now, can you imagine any thing more ridiculous and contradictory than for a living man to stand up here, and read his posthumous histories? Has God opened a seam in the dark cloud of the grave, that he may send one ray of light to increase the full-orbed joy of this sacred occasion? I proposed to your committee of arrangements to have my excellent friend, the Hon. Henry Barnard of Hartford, who has done more for general education than any man on this continent, or your accomplished historian, the Rev. Mr. Stearns, state the facts I should furnish; but the answer was in these words: It would seem better that we should have the statements directly from yourself, and not through another as the medium of communication. So I submit ted; and, without angling any longer for sympathy, I must say, that to the Prussian system of State Normal Schools belongs the distinctive glory of this day. To prove this, I must trace its history in New 'england. The Prussian system is my client; and I shall submit my case, too brieﬂy, to this intelligent and impartial jury. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.