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Pursuant to their ReSOLUTION of the Fourth

of FEBRUARY, 1768;

To enable Youth to become Proficients in the different

Branches of that Art, and to pursue with Success, GEOGRA-

Under the Direction of JOSEPH FENN, heretofore Professor of

PHILOSOPHY in the University of NANTS.

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established by the DUBLIN SOCIETY, to enable Youth to become
Proficients in the different Brancbes of that Art, and to pursue with
Success geograpbical, nautical, mechanical, commercial or military In-

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L'Oisvetè & l' ignorance sont les deux Sources empoisonnèes de tous les Dei

fordres, & les plus grands Flèaux de la Societè. HE Education of Youth is considered in all Countries as the Ob- Wise Regu

je& which interests molt immediately the Happiness of Families, tive to the as well as that of the State. To this End, the ablert Hands are employ- Education ed in forming Plans of Instruction, the best calculated for the various of Youth, in Professions of Life, and Societies are formed, composed of Men distin- Scotland,

England, guished, as well by their Birth and Rank, as by their Experience and and other Knowledge, under whose Inspection, and by whose Care they are carried Parts of Euinto Execution, by Persons of acknowledged Abilities in their different Departments : And thus the Education of Youth is, conducted, from their earliest Years, in a Manner the best suited to engage their Minds in the Love of useful Knowledge, to improve their Understandings, to form their Taste and ripen their Judgments, to fix in them an Habit of Thinking with Steadiness and Attention, to promote their Address and Penetration, and to raise their Ambition to excel in their respective Provinces.

However necessary such Regulations may appear to every reasonable Fatal. Conse Person, however wished for by every Parent who feels the Loss of a pro- (ulting from per Education in his own Pra&ice; nevertheless they had not been even the Neglect

of this Object thought of in this Country, where that Extent of Knowledge, requisite


to prepare Youth to appear with Dignity in the various Employments of Life, or to enable them to bring to Perfection the different Arts for which, they are designed, being not attended to ; Education was regarded as a puerile Object, and of Course abandoned to illiterate Persons, who from? their illiberal and mechanic Methods of teaching gave Youth little or no Information.

To remove so general and well grounded a Complaint, it was proposed that the Youth of this Kingdom should receive in the Drawing-School established by the DUBLIN SOCIETY, the Inftru&ions necessary to enable them to become Proficients in the different Branches of that Art, and.

to pursue with Success, geographical, nautical, mechanical, commercial School esta. or military Enquiries : in this View, an Abstract of the following Plans blithed un- were delivered to their Secretaries and Treasurer in the Month of O&o. der the In

ber, 1764, to be laid before the Society; and to prevent an Undertaking of the Dublin- National Utility, to be defeated through the Suggestions of Design or IgSociety put norance, the Plans were printed; which being received by the Public Footing, has with general Approbation, the DUBLIN-SOCIETY, pursuant to the Report supplied this of their Committee appointed 10 examine into the Merit of the Plans, Defect,

and the Character of the Proposer, resolved, the 4th of February, 1768, that they should be carried into Execution by the Author, under their immediate Inspection.

The PLANS are as follow.


1. LAN of a Course of pure Afathematicks, absolutely necessary for

the their Application to geographical, nautical, mechanical, commercial, and military Enquiries.

PLAN of the physical and moral System of the World, including
the Inftru&ions relative to young Noblemen and Gentlemen of For-

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PLAN of the military Art, including the Instructions relative to
Engineers, Gentlemen of the Artillery, and, in general, to all Land-

PLAN of the merchantile Arts, or the Instructions relative to those
who are intended for Trade.


PLAN of the naval Art, including the Instru&ions relative to
Ship-Buiders, Sca-Officers, and to all those concerned in the Business
of the Sea.

VI. PLAN of a School of Mechanic Arts, where all Artists, such as Architects, Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, Clock-makers, &c. receive The Youth the Instruations in Geometry, Perspeaive, Staticks, Dynamicks, Phy- of this King ficks, &c. which suit their respective Professions, and may contribute to &

tuie of the improve their Taste and their Talents.

most imporThose Plans have convinced the Noblemen and Gentlemen of For. tant Means tune of this Kingdom, that their Children, and in general, the Yonth of Instructiof this Country, were deftitute of the most important Means of Instruction, and would ever be deftitute of them, until they had resolved that Men of Genius and Education should be encouraged to appear as Teachers.

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PLAN of a Course of pure Mathematicks, absolutely necessary for the

right understanding any Branches of praitical Matbematicks in their Ap-
plication to geographical, nautical, mechanical, commercial, and military

Vix quicquam in universa Mathefi ita dificile aut arduum occurrere polles

quo non inoffenso Pede per banc Metbódum penetrare liceat.

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as the Laws of Equilibrium, and Motion of solid and Auid Bodies, the Motion of the heavenly Bodies, &c. they extend to all Branches of Ucility of the

Mathema human Knowledge, and strengthening our intellectual Powers, by form- ticks ing in the Mind an Habit of Thinking closely, and Reafoning accurately, ferve to bring to Perfection, with an entire Certitude, all Arts which Man can acquire by his Reason alone. It is therefore of the highest Importance, that the Youth * of this Country should be me thodically brought acquainted with a Course of pure Mathematicks, to ferve as an Introdu&ion to fuch Branches of Knowledge as are requisite to qualify them for their future Stations in Life. The Noblemen and Gentlemen of Fortune, therefore, have unanimously resolved, that such a Course should be given on the most approved Plan, in the DRAWING School established under their Inspection, by a Person, who, on account of the Readiness and Knowledge he has acquired in these Matters, during the many Years that he has made them his principal Occupation, is qualified for making the Entry to those abftrufe Sciences, acceffable to the meanest Capacity.

* The proper Age to commence this Course is 14.

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