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a man to perform justiy, skilfully, and magnaniinously all 'he offices both private and publike of peace and war. And how all this may be done between twelve and one and twenty, leífe time then is now beftow'd in pure trifling at Grammar and Sophistry, is to be thus order'd.
First to finde out a spatious house and ground about it fit for an Academy, and big enough to lodge a hundred and fifty persons, whereof twenty or thereabout may be attendants, all under the
govern ment of one, who shall be thought of desert sufficient, and ability either to doe all, or wisely to direct, and oversee it done. This place fhould be at once both School and University, not needing
a remove to any other house of Schol.. lership, except it be some peculiar Colledge of Law, or Phyfick, where they mean to be practitioners; but as for those generall studies which take up all our time from Lilly to the commencing, as they term it, Master of Art, it should be absolute. After this pattern, as many edifices
be converted to this use, as Thall be needfull in every city throughout this land, which would tend inuch to the encrease of learning and civility every where. This number, lesse or more thus collected, to the convenience of a foot company, or interchangeably two troops of cavalry, should divide their daies work into three parts, as it lies or
derly. Their studies, their exercise, and their diet.
For the'r studies, First they should begin with the chief and necessary rules of some good Grammar, either that now us’d, or any better : and while this is doing, their speech is to be fashion'd to
distinct and cleer pronuntiation, as neer as may be to the Italian, especially in the vowels. For we Englishmen being farre northerly, doe not open our mouthes in the cold air, wide enough to grace a Southern tongue; but are observ'd by all other nations to speak ex.. ceeding close and in ard: So that to smatter Latin with an English mouth, is as ill a hearing as law French. Next to make them expert in the usefullest points
of grammar, and withall to season them, and win them early to the love of vertue and true labour, ere any flattering seducement, or vain principle seife them wandering, some eafie and delightfull book of education would be read to them ; whereof the Greeks have store, as Cebes, Plutarch, and other Socratic discourses. But in Latin we have none of classic authoritie extant, except the two or three first books of Quintiliau, and some select peeces elsewhere. But here the main skill and groundwork will be, to temper them such lectures and explanations upon every opportunity, as may lead and draw them in willing obedience, enflam’d with the study of learning, and the admiration of vertue, stirr'e N
up with high hopes of living to be brave men, and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages. That they may despise and scorn all their childish, and ill-taught qualities, to delight in manly, and liberall exercises : which he who hath the art, and proper eloquence to catch them with, what with mild and effectuall perswasions, and what with the intimation of some fear, if need be, but chiefly by his own example, might in a thort space gain them to an incredible diligence and courage : infusing into their young brests such an ingenuous and noble ardor, as would not fail to make many of them renowned and matchlesse men. At the same time, some other hour of the day, might be taught