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alleged abuse they may be directed to by the Governor, and render a report thereof in writing.

They investigate the needs of any charitable institution asking any, or additional, State aid, as to the advisability of rendering it, and report their opinions and the results of their investigations to the Governor, with their annual report.


FOR 1872.*
President-Elmer Baldwin, Farm Ridge.
Secretary-Fred. H. Wines, Springfield.

G. S. Robinson, Sycamore.
S. M. Church, Rockford.
Dr. McCord, Vandalia.
Z. B. Lawson, Chesterfield.

The Illinois Institution for the Education of the

Blind, Jacksonville, III,

Organized in 1849. This institution is supported by an annual appropriation by the Legislature of the State of Illinois.

Upwards of four hundred pupils have been received into the institution.

The only questions asked of an applicant for admission are, whether he or she" is a resident of


* No return for 1874.

the State, blind, and of suitable age, capacity and character to receive instruction,”

All are considered blind, and entitled to the benefits of the institution, who are so far deprived of sight as to be unable to learn to read large print; and the advanced age of the pupil does not debar him, if he is likely to be benefited by a course of study.

Pupils are not allowed to remain longer than five years, unless by special permit of the Trustees.

Pupils are subjected to perfect regularity of duties, free exercise in the open air, and a generous diet; they are in activity all of each day, and become, soon after admission, robust.

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Grammar, Geography, History, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Natural Philosophy, Rhetoric and Music, are taught. The institution is fully supplied with suitable apparatus, and books in raised letters. The mechanic arts are regularly taught.

The number of pupils in the institution, at the time of the last report, was seventy-four, which is the extent of the present capacity of the building.


President- Matthew Stacy.
Wm. A. Grimshaw.

E. B, Hawley

Joshua Rhoads, M. D.


Rosanna I. Rhoads.

Hiram K. Jones, M. D.

The following are directions to applicants :

Letters on business of the institution should be delivered to Dr. Joshua Rhoads, Superintendent, Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois.

The scholars of Illinois will be provided with boarding, washing, etc., at the expense of the institution ; their friends will supply them with clothing, and pay their traveling expenses.

No blind person should be brought to the institution as a pupil, before a letter of admission has been received from the Superintendent.

In applications for the admission of pupils, answers are to be given to the following questions, when the friends of the applicant will be informed by the Superintendent whether he or she can be admitted, and, if admitted, at what time. Questions :

What is the name, age and residence of the applicant ?

Who is the nearest friend, and to what post-office should a reply be sent.

3. At what age did the applicant become blind, and from what cause?



4. Is the applicant totally blind, or what degree of sight does he or she possess?

5. What instruction has the applicant received ?

6. Has the applicant been a pupil of a similar institution ? If so, what institution ? and how long?

7. Is the applicant of sound health, and of sufficient mental and bodily capacity to receive instruction ?

8. Who will provide clothing for the applicant, and take charge of him or her during the vacation ?

Illinois Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb, Jacksonville, Ill.

Organized in 1840. Average number of pupils about 312, Terms of admission :

1. Applicants should not be under ten nor over twenty-one years of age. Children possessing weak constitutions, or who have failed to attain the ordinary growth and vigor of mind and body, should not be brought to the institution under twelve years of age.

The annual session commences on the third Wednesday of September, and continues till the second Wednesday in June. The proper time for admitting pupils is at the opening of the session ; and punctuality is so important that none will be received, except in extraordinary cases, who do not come at or about that time.

3. Pupils from Illinois are admitted to all the privileges of the institution free of charge ; being provided with board, washing, fuel, lights, tuition, books, and everything necessary, except clothing and traveling expenses.


4. Each pupil should come provided with sufficient clothing to last one year, or with the money to procure it. He should also have a trunk with a good lock and key, and large enough to contain all his clothing-each article of which should be distinctly marked with his name.

5. In addition to the above outfit, a small sum of money should be deposited with the Principal, to meet incidental expenses—repairs of shoes, postage, etc.—any part of which remaining on hand at the close of the session, shall be returned.

6. Except in cases of sickness, all the pupils are expected to remain at the institution from the commencement till the close of each session, at which time parents or friends should be prepared to take them home to spend the vacation.*

7. All applications from a distance, letters of inquiry, etc., should be addressed to Philip G. Gillett, LL.D., Principal of the institution, Jacksonville, Ill. All letters for pupils should contain the words, “Institution for the Deaf and Dumb,” as a part of their direction.

In relation to indigent pupils, the General Assembly, in February, 1857, passed the following act:

"SECTION 10. In all cases where the parents of pupils sent to the institution for the education of the deaf and dumb, and the education of the blind, are too poor to furnish them with good and sufficient clothing, or where said pupils are without parents, and unable to furnish themselves with such cloth

* Friends of pupils are desired not to ask a departure from this rule. The teachers are retained at their posts of labor during the holidays as well as at all other times during the session. The school exercises are not discontinued, and must not be deranged by the temporary withdrawal of pupils to visit home. The summer vacation is long, and affords ample time for such visits.

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