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  1. Dec 2017
    1. drawing; the last more especially, as an important part of military education

      As with throughout the rest of the report, I find it interesting to see how important and established the use of subjects for military purposes are. For example, today we would consider art and drawing to be done simply for artistic or even architectural reasons; however, here it is stressed because of its importance for a "military education."

  2. Nov 2017
    1. These are the objects of that higher grade of education, the benefits & blessings of which the legislature now propose to provide for the good & ornament of their country the gratification & happiness of their fellow citizens, of the parent especially & his progeny on which all his affections are concentrated.

      The writers believed that providing everything in the above list would give students all that they needed to go forth and extend their practices into the community and eventually throughout the country, hopefully making a difference in business, government, etc. I think it is interesting because this is something that continues to be one of the strongest traits of our university today. We have students attending from all over the globe and really push for international involvement in everything we do.

  3. Oct 2017
    1. Arch: Stuart

      As someone whom I had not heard about, though seemed to be relatively important, I wanted to learn more about the men who were involved in the report. Archibald Stuart was one of these men. He was born in 1757 and studied at William and Mary, later reading law for Thomas Jefferson. Although the two were not close in age, they became friends and Stuart spent quite a bit of time at Monticello learning and studying law, also being involved in Virginia lawmaking. He became a part of the Rockfish Gap Commission in 1818, before he died in 1832.


    2. James Breckenridge

      I was curious about the careers of the lesser-known people who signed the document, including that of James Breckinridge (in this document, his name is spelled with an 'e;' however, after further research, I found that it was indeed Breckinridge, with an 'I.' He was born in the area that is now Fincastle, VA in 1763 to a well-known, wealthy family. He served in the Revolutionary War before studying law at William and Mary where he studied under George Wythe. He then began his political career entering into the House of Delegates, then serving in Congress as a Federalist beginning in 1809. He served there for four terms before returning to the House of Delegates in 1819. In that same year, he was appointed to the Board of Visitors at the new University of Virginia, of which he stayed a part until he died in 1833.