Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 1 of James Madison to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.

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TO W. T. BARRY. MAD. MSS.

Aug 4, 1822

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

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Title
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
Genre
Manuscripts
Correspondence
Notes
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Medium
Microfilm
Call Number/Physical Location
Series: Series 1, General Correspondence, 1723-1859
Microfilm Reel: 20
Source Collection
The James Madison Papers at the Library of Congress
Repository
Manuscript Division
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mjm.20_0155_0159
Online Format
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