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calculated to call forth from those interested in its welfare. Some of our number have regularly attended at the opening and close of the sessions, as well as paid frequent intermediate visits. The deportment of the pupils, together with their willingness and diligence in the prosecution of their studies, has been generally satisfactory.
There is much cause for gratitude to our over-ruling Father that the health of so large a family has, with few exceptions, been good. Cases of sickness, when they have occurred, have generally yielded to medical care. The death of one of the pupils took place near the close of the Winter Term of 1865-6, not many hours after her being removed from the Institution at her own solicitation, and with the concurrence of the attending physician. The healthy location of Westtown, combined with its simple, wholesome diet and pure water, together with the early care bestowed by competent purses in time of sickness, tends to render cases of acute disease quite unfrequent, and materially contributes under the Divine blessing, to the general health of the family.
In the Winter Session of 1865-6, there were at the Institution 133 Boys and 122 Girls; and in the Summer Term 110 Boys and 121 Girls, making the average number for the year 243, which is 11 greater than that of the preceding year. As is usually the case, a few of these were prevented by sickness from remaining during the full term for which they had been entered. In addition to the above number, there were in attendance, 4 day scholars during the Winter, and 2 during the Summer Term. The number of new admissions for the year was 135, viz., 65 Boys and 70 Girls.
The expenditures chargeable to the year ending Tenth mo. 16th, 1866, were as follows :
$18,649 71 13,745 25 6,001 09 1,678 29
The average cost of each scholar for the year, as deduced from the above data, was $165 84, which is about three dollars more than that for the preceding year. In addition to the amount above stated, as paid for Repairs and Inprovements, the sum of $379 was expended for special purposes, and defrayed by contributions made expressly therefor. The charges for Board and Tuition were, $31,056 50 The Profits on Stationery and other Merchandise,
$31,847 57 And leaving a deficiency on these accounts of, 8,452 24
Towards paying which we have :
310 56 3,319 89 1,240 02
Making the sum of,
of the year of,
$298 19 $269 23
Mill over and above Rent received
from the same, Bad debts, made chiefly during the last
four years, and charged to Profit and Loss in the last
Making a total deficiency of,
This added to the loss of $2,725 28 on the transactions of the preceding three years, as stated in our last Report, makes a whole net deficiency of $3,495 14 for the four years ending in the Tenth month last. Towards paying this deticiency, we have received voluntary contributions amounting to $1,116 50, leaving $2,348 64 yet unprovided for.
to remark in connection with the above statement of the finances of the Institution, that the expenditures for lime, draining, and other improvements appertaining to the Farm during the past year, were nearly $800 greater than usual, reducing by a corresponding amount, the net profits arising from the Farm.
While parents and others sending children to the school very generally conform to the printed rules respecting the payment to be made on the opening of the Session, the second payment is frequently neglected or delayed until its close, thereby causing some inconvenience in meeting the current expenses of the family. We would, therefore, request that greater care in this respect be observed by the friends of the pupils.
It may be of sufficient interest, and not out of place here to note, that within a short time a Friend, who had been a scholar at Westtown, forwarded to our Treasurer the sum of $264, of which he stated $120 was designed to refund that amount paid for his Board and Tuition at the School
during three Sessions; the remaining $144 being twenty years' interest thereon. He further requests that the whole amount as above may be appropriated to the schooling it Westtown of others situated as he had been in early life.
Through the liberality of two Friends (one of them now deceased,), the sum of $20,000 has within the past year been added to the funds of the School, with the provision that the income only arising therefrom may be appropriated to the general purposes of the Institution, at the discretion of the Committee. In thus acknowledging the benevoleut motives which have prompted this gift, we can but desire that others amongst us, who have been entrusted with much of this world's goods, may be disposed to increase the Fund so liberally established, and thereby extend the usefulness of Westtown.
Meetings for Divine worship, as heretofore, have been regularly held. The deportment of the pupils on these interesting occasions bas been very satisfactory. It is hoped that He, whose “heritage” children are, bas at some of these seasons, as well as at the evening “collections,” so overshadowed with His living presence, that precious and lasting impressions have been made on their susceptible minds, and that the following testimony concerning a dear Friend now departed, may be applicable to many others--"strong religious impressions were made upon her mind while at Westtown; and living desires to be a child of God, often clothed her spirit.”
In conclusion, while we would gratefully acknowledge the kindness of our Heavenly Father, who has watched over this Institution for good, and has hitherto extended His helping hand in times of difficulty and trial, we would no less ask of Him help and preservation in the future; and that this vide which we reverently believe He hath planted, may so receive of the early and latter rain, as still to bring forth fruit to His praise, and contribute to the temporal and spiritual welfare of all who may be educated there.
It being the usual time for making a new appointment of Friends to serve on this Committee, the subject is here noticed for the attention of the Yearly Meeting. Signed on behalf and by direction of the Committee.
SAN'L MORRIS, Clerk. Phila., Fourth mo. 5th, 1867.
Seventeenth of the month and fourth of the week.
Reports on Education were read, sbowing there are within the limits of the Yearly Meeting, 1155 children of suitable age to go to school, 208 of whom have been at Westtown, 107 have attended Select schools, 153 at schools taught by members and under the care of committees of either the Preparative or Monthly Meetings, 134 have been taught at home or in family schools, 192 at schools taught by members, but not select, making 784 who have been at schools taught by members; 213 have been at the Public District schools, 100 at those not taught by members, together 3 13 at schools not under the charge or taught by Friends; I were temporarily absent, 10 have not been at any school during the year, 2 of whom were prevented on account of feeble health, and 9 whose circumstances as respects education are not known.
It appears there were fewer children who received instruction in schools under the care of members of our religious Society last year than the preceding one. Upon renewed consideration of the subject, it is felt to be very desirable that our menubers should keep alive to the im