• St. John's Chapel, Green Springs

    Green Springs

    Virginia

Francis F. Maury Manages a School at the Green Springs, 1808-1809

[Richmond Enquirer, December 19, 1807:]

[themes: education; architecture—structure-types;family/society overlap—morals and manners; health]

EDUCATION.--On the 12th of next January the subscriber intends to open aSCHOOL, at the Green Springs, in Louisa county, where boys may be instructed inthe Latin, Greek, French and English Languages. It is deemed unnecessary to say any thing of the advantages of the situation which he has selected, asits healthfulness and remoteness from every kind of dissipation are well knownto most gentleman of the lower country. No scholars will be admitted,except those who board at the Springs (where a Boarding House will be kept by Col Morris) by which means, the subscriber will have his pupils immediately under his eye, and be enabled to attend at all times both to their morals an deducation. The terms will be—Board 28 pounds per annum' exclusively of bed and washing—Tuition 10 pounds, one half of each to be paid at theexpiration of six months, and the other at the end of the year. Those gentlemen who intend to commit their sons or wards to the care of thesubscriber, will please to notify him of it by letter directed to Lindsay's Post-Office, Albemarle county, and addressed to

FRANCIS F. MAURY.

Dec. 15, 1807.

N. B. The following letters, one from Mr. Carr, and the other fromCol. Nicholas (in whose family I have lived three years in the capacity of private tutor) are published as testimonials of my qualifications as ateacher. F. F. M.

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Carr's Brook, Nov. 13, 1807.

MY DEAR SIR--I have learned with real pleasure, your intention of opening a school for teaching the dead languages. Although my opinion as to their utility and ornament may be deemed by some absurd, and by others unfashionable;yet my reason does not yield its assent to any of the arguments which I haveheard against them, and until it does, I must be permitted to believe they are bothuseful and ornamental. Having frequently had an opportunity of being in your school at Warren,it is with great sincerity and truth that I give my feeble testimony in favourof your ability as a teacher, and the excellence of your method of instruction. When I had last the pleasure of seeing you, it seemed to be your intention toopen a school at the Green Springs; I do not think you could select a more eligible situation. With best wishes for your success, believe me yourfriend.

P. CARR.

Warren, Nov. 8, 1807.

DEAR SIR--It gives me great pleasure to hear that you intend toestablish yourself at the Green Springs. The situation is an admirable one for a large school, it has every thing to recommend it. From threeyears intimate acquaintance with you, I have the utmost confidence you willgive entire satisfaction to all who may commit their children to your care. For your diligence and amiable qualities, and for my opinion ofyour capacity and skill, let the regret I feel at my sons being deprived of your instruction vouch. Accept my most sincere wishes for your success,and assurances that I believe you expectations will be fully answered.

I am Dear Sir;

With esteem and regard,

Your humble servant,

W. C. NICHOLAS.

Dec. 15 [,1807] {ep7?}

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[Richmond Enquirer,November 18, 1808:]

[themes: education; architecture—structuretypes; family/society overlap—morals and manners; health ]

EDUCATION.--The Subscriber intends to continue his SCHOOL the ensuing year,at the Green Springs in Louisa county, where a course of Education, embracingthe Latin, Greek, French and English Languages will commence on the 9th of January. This healthy situation, entirely removed from every kind ofvice, offers particular advantages to gentlemen who live in towns, (too commonly the seats of dissipation,) or the unhealthy parts of the lower country, and wish to have their sons educated without incurring the risque of having their morals corrupted or their health impaired. The subscriberwill pay the strictest attention, both to the morals and education of his pupils,which he will be enabled to do at all times, as none will be admitted, exceptsuch as live with him in the boarding house, kept by Col. Morris, exclusively for the accommodation of the boys. The subscriber has in a formerpublication, produced testimonials of his attention & qualifications as a Tutor, which will, upon application, be enclosed to any person wishing to entrust pupils to his care. The terms will be, for board £28 per annum,(each boarder finding his own bed,) washing and mending £[?] and tuition£10—One half of each charge to be paid at the expiration of six months, and theother at the end of the year. No scholar will be admitted for a shorter term than one year. Those gentlemen who intend to commit their sons orwards to the care of the subscriber, will please to notify him of it by lettersdirected to him, at Lindsay's Post-Office, Albemarle county.

FRANCIS F. MAURY.

NOV.4. {lawtf???}

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[Richmond Enquirer, November 21, 1809 (placed September 12):]

[themes: education]

EDUCATION.--The subscribers propose opening a Boarding-School, on Wednesday,the 10th day of January next, at the late dwelling of their father,the Rev’d. Matthew Maury, in the county of Albemarle, where they will instruct Young Gentleman, in the Latin, Greek, French and English Languages, upon the following terms: Their price for board will be eighty dollars, for tuition, $33 1-3, and for washing & mending $12, payable half yearly, each boarder finding his own bedding. The qualifications of oneof the subscribers have been proven by five years experience in this line ofbusiness. The other has been educated in the same School, and wants nothing but a few months experience to render his qualifications equal. The advantages of this situation are manifestly great; it being in the heart of a healthy and polished neighborhood, and far removed from every incentive to vice and dissipation. The subscribers, deeply impressed with the great importance of the duties which they have assigned themselves, pledge all their powers for their performance. They have a tolerably extensive and well selected historical Library, which shall, (during the winter nights,) be used under their superintendance, for the benefit of their pupils. Should any of those gentlemen, who have patronized the labors of F. F. Maury, at the GreenSprings, in Louisa, choose to place their sons or wards with the subscribers,their bedding, books, &c. shall be removed to this place gratis. Communications directed to the subscribers, Lindsay’s Store, Albemarle county, will be immediately attended to.

THOMAS W. MAURY,

FRANCIS F. MAURY.

September 12 [,1809]. Wtf

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[Richmond Enquirer,September 26, 1809 (placed September 19):]

[themes: education]

A TUTOR WANTED.—Mr. Fontaine Maury, who taught School, at this place, thelast two years, will remove to Albemarle, at Christmas. A person duly qualified, will probably find it his interest to succeed him. The subscriber will furnish board, &c. upon the same terms as heretofore. Application ought to be made in time, that arrangements may be made by

RICHARD MORRIS.

Green-Springs, Louisa County, Sept 19. w3w

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Green Springs National Historic Landmark District is privately owned, includes no public facilities, but is visible from public highways. It sits astride Route 15 in Louisa County, Virginia.