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  1. Dec 2017
    1. Projectiles, a leading branch of the Military art Military Architecture, includes Fortification, another branch of that art

      I find the emphasis on military education to be somewhat telling about the beliefs and values of the United States during this time period. Today there is no such expectation that all young men must learn about military subjects, but in from the document it seems that there is almost an expectation that most men will eventually serve in the military. It seems that the proximity in time to the revolutionary war, and the value of independence are likely contributing factors to this belief.

    2. fixing the number of professors they require, which we think should at present, be ten

      This passage really made it clear to me how small the University was when it first began. It is very telling to realize, for instance, that the University started with just ten professor and I am sure that we now have hundreds. Furthermore, it implies that the professors themselves were liberally educated, as many professors surely had to teach more than one subject.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. Pride of character, laudable ambition, & moral dispositions are innate correctives of the indiscretions of that lively age; and when strengthened by habitual appeal & exercise, have a happier effect on future character, than the degrading motive of fear

      While the Rockfish Gap Report does not specifically call for the concept of student governance and an honor system, this excerpt seems very reminiscent of the reasoning behind the honor system that is now so deeply engrained in UVA. The idea of one's "pride of character" and "moral dispositions, etc" having a more beneficial lasting affect on character than the motive of fear, seems to eloquently encapsulate the reason why the honor system and student governance has had such a meaningful and lasting tenure at UVA.

    2. On the condition that Lexington, or its vicinity shall be selected as the site of the University

      It is interesting to imagine, from our point of view in 2017, what UVA might be like if it were founded in Lexington instead of Charlottesville. This hypothetical possibility makes me wonder if UVA would have ended up being smaller, more similar to Washington & Lee which actually is in Lexington. Or perhaps, Lexington would have developed into a larger city, more similar in size and demographics to Charlottesville?