Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 1 of James Madison to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.
TO W. T. BARRY.
Dr Sir, I recd. some days ago your letter of June 30, and the printed Circular to which it refers.
The liberal appropriations made by the Legislature of Kentucky for a general system of Education cannot be too much applauded. A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
I have always felt a more than ordinary interest in the destinies of Kentucky. Among her earliest settlers were some of my particular friends and Neighbors. And I was myself among the foremost advocates for submitting to the Will of the “District” the question and the time of its becoming a separate member of the American family. Its rapid growth & signal prosperity in this character have afforded me much pleasure; which is not a little enhanced by the enlightened patriotism which is now providing for the State a Plan of Education embracing every class of Citizens, and every grade & department of Knowledge. No error is more certain than the one proceeding from a hasty & superficial view of the subject: that the people at large have no interest in the establishment of Academies, Colleges, and Universities, where
About this Item
- James Madison to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.
- Contributor Names
- Barry, W. T. (Addressee)
- Madison, James
- Created / Published
- August 4, 1822
- Subject Headings
- - General Correspondence
- - Manuscripts
- - Correspondence
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- Series: Series 1, General Correspondence, 1723-1859
- Microfilm Reel: 20
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- The James Madison Papers at the Library of Congress
- Manuscript Division
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