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    Massachusetts. Dept. of Education
Excerpt from book: To the Board of Education. Gentlemen:— The act of the Legislature, under which you were constituted, authorized the appointment of a secretary, and specifically prescribed his duties in the following words:—the Secretary " shall, under the direction of the board, collect information of the actual condition and efficiency of the common schools and other means of popular education: and diffuse as widely as possible throughout every part of the. Commonwealth, information of the most approved and successful methods of arranging the studies and conducting the education of the young, to the end that all children in this Commonwealth, who depend upon common schools for instruction, may have the best education which those schools can be made to impart. Having accepted the office of Secretary of the Board, I entered upon the public discharge of its duties about the close of the month of August last. But before devoting even the brief period of three months to a beginning of the work of "collecting information of the actual condition and efficiency" of about three thousand different public schools and several hundred permanent private schools and academies, I was obliged to return to this city in order to prepare the " Annual Abstract of the School Returns," which, by a law of the Commonwealth, was to be prepared and laid before the Legislature, in a printed form, on or before the second Wednesday in January inst.:— the labor of that preparation, having, by a vote of theboard, been devolved upon me. This last work has supplied me with almost incessant occupation ever since my return. It soon became a question, therefore, in my own mind, whether I ought not to consider myself debarred, by the briefness of the time, and the magnitude of the labor, from attempting, at this early period, ...  
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