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Joseph Emerson



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That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. --Psalm 144:12 (King James Version)

The literal import of this prayer, is, that our daughters may be qualified to till with dignity, propriety and usefulness, the important stations, which they may be called to occupy. But prayer, without corresponding exertion, is presumption. We are not to expect miracles. Something must be done, in order that females may attain that dignified and elevated rank in society, for which the God of nature, as well as the Bible, has manifestly designed them.

With this opening, Joseph Emerson, a pioneer in women's education, dedicated the relocation of his Female Seminary to Saugus, Massachusetts in 1822 before relocated again to Wethersfield, Connecticut after 1823.

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Samuel T. Armstrong and Crocker & Brewster


Boston, Massachusetts


Women's Education


Education | United States History


Pamp 766

Female Education, a Discourse, Delivered at the Dedication of the Seminary Hall in Saugus, Jan. 15, 1822, to which is added the Little Reckoner, Consisting Principally of Arithmatical Questions for Infant Minds



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