I have given the regular notice
to S. Blatchford, Prest. of the Rensselaer
School, that it is in readiness. He and several of
the other officers have inspected the rooms, appa-
ratus, &c. and pronounced all compleat. This will
soon be published. The object of this note is,
to request you to visit the place, and exam-
ine my plan of arrangement. Perhaps one of your
tutoresses may attend, and become a practical
or operative chemist, so as to be able to give
instruction at home. There will be one
section of young ladies, I think. For this
course, no fees [will] be charged to Ladies,
who are preparing for giving instruction in
chemistry. Will you honour me with a
Dec. 24th 1824.
The evening after you called, I
applied myself to the subject of my duties to
the school during the present term. I found
that my time would be so entirely occupied,
that I must continue to do my duty to you
and to this school conjointly. I had prom
ised the students a concise specimen of my
manner of conducting a popular course,
in the whole round of Natural Science.
I have devised a scheme, of which the fol-
lowing is a copy; which, in my opinion,
will subserve your purpose and mine.
A course of double lectures on Natu-
ral Sciences ---- that is, the subject of 20
lectures included in 10 hour and a half
[All lectures to be given from 4 o'clock to
half past 5, P.M. on Mondays and
May. Monday 21. General view of Science. Lines
of demarcation between Natural & Mental.
Under the former Nat. Phil -- Min -- Bot --
Zool. Under the latter Phil. Hum. Mind --
Mor. Phil. -- & Math.
May. Tuesday 22. Min illustrated with blowpipe,
tests, spec. grav. hardness, goniometer &. Classes,
Orders, Sections, Genera, Species, Sub-species &.
All illustrated with specimens
May. Monday 28. Geology, including the new Buck-
May. Tuesday 29. Botany & Zoology. All the lectures
confined to Zoology excepting so much
of botany as may be necessary for
comparing its classification with that
June. Monday, 4. Chemical Powers.
June. Tuesday 5. Chem. Principles, the Metals.
June. Monday 11. Metals, Animal & Vegetable
June. Tuesday 12. Nat. Phil. Attraction
and Mechanical powers.
June. Monday 18. Nat. Phil. Air & Liquids.
June. Tuesday 19. Nat. Phil. Light.
You may be disposed to [censure?]
I think you will be accommodated by
this course. I shall have two or three as-
sistants well disciplined; and they will give
many good experiments and exhibit speci-
mens illustrative of all I say in my
lectures. If my hoarseness does not
persist, I shall give every lecture. If it
does, I shall compell Hez. or Horton or Keeney,
or Chandler, to lecture in a satisfactory
I hope, this arrangement will please
you. Please to drop a line in the Post
Office if it does not. If I receive no
letter, I shall expect your pupils, ac-
companied by a teacher (although we
shall hope to be honored with your
presence) at 4 P. M. on Monday next.
May, 16. 1827. Sen. Prof. R. School.