William and Isaac Perkins papers 1784-1794
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This collection (24 items) contains 22 letters that Wilbur Fisk received while serving as president of the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, in the early 19th century. Most writers were parents of current and prospective students.
Many writers requested that Fisk personally oversee their child's academic, moral, and religious education; others mentioned boarding arrangements and textbooks; and some referred to tuition payments. Two letters pertain to donations to the school's collection of mineral samples, including a letter from William Prescott concerning his efforts to acquire minerals and offering his advice that the school should prioritize scientific education over the study of dead languages (June 8, 1829). Amos Binney, Jr., wrote that he intended to send a case of samples acquired from the area around Mount Vesuvius (June 16, 1823). The final item is an unsigned letter addressed to D. P. Robinson regarding a man who refused to pay a note owed to a Board of Trustees in Wilbraham, Massachusetts (August 20, 1849).