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1.-Main Hall for Visitors. 22-Cloak Rooms. 3,2-Wash Rooms. 4-Hall for Male pupils. 1-Hall for Female pupils. 966,- Recitation Rooms,
Norrbal School. 7.7,7,--Model School.
8, 8,-Cloak Rooms for Mod
el School & Rear Stairways. 9, 9, ---Privies for Model Sch'I. 10, 10,-Hall for each Sex. Grentest length 1114 feet. Main building 50 by 78 feet. Front projection, 374 by 46“ Rear projection 34 by 30 feet.
26, 27,-Recitation Room and Laboratory.
28, 28,-Rear Halls and Stairways.
29, 30,-Rooms for Appara tus and Minerals.
BALTIMORE PUBLIC LIBRARY, LECTURES, AND GALLERY OF FINE ARTS.
We copy the following article from the National Intelligencer. The letter of Mr. Peabody needs no further introduction, or this act of munificent liberality any words of commendation.
MUNIFICENT DONATION BY GEORGE PEABODY.
By the subjoined letter our readers will be apprised of an act no less munificent in its design than graceful in the simple and unostentatious manner of its execution. Mr. PEABODY, already illustrious for the elegant hospitality with which he delights to honor his countrymen when abroad, seems to have returned to our midst only to give new and more enduring expression to the promptings of that liberal heart which, in the language of the Holy Book, deviseth liberal things. Such a benefaction as that we are now called to record, sheds a lustre not only on the name of the donor, but also on that common humanity which it adorns. Reviving as it does the best recollections which have given to the name of Lorenzo de Medici its truest and most imperishable fame, this noble beneficence, we can not doubt, will remain, like his, a blessing to untold generations, and deserve to be cited as one of those acts which always mark and illustrate the age in which they appear.
BALTIMORE, FEBRUARY 12, 1857. GENTLEMEN: In pursuance of a purpose long entertained by me, and which I communicated to some of you more than two years ago, I have determined, without further delay, to establish and endow an Institute in this city, which I hope may become useful toward the improvement of the moral and intellectual culture of the inhabitants of Baltimore, and collaterally to those of the State, and also toward the enlargement and diffusion of a taste for the fine arts.
My wishes in regard to the scope and character of this Institute are known to some of you through a personal communication of my purpose. In the sequel of that letter I shall further advert to this subject.
In presenting to you the object I propose, I wish you to understand that the details proper to its organization and government and its future control and conduct, I submit to your judgment and discretion; and the perpetuity of that control I confide to you and your successors, to be appointed in the manner prescribed in this letter.
I request you to accept this trust as my friends, amongst whom I hope there will ever be found the utmost harmony and concert of action in all that relates to the achievement of the good which it is my aim to secure to the city.
You and your successors will constitute forever a board of trustees, twentyfive in number, to be maintained in perpetual succession, for the accomplishment, preservation, and supervision of the purposes for which the institute is to be established. To you and your successors, therefore, I hereby give full and exclusive power to do whatsoever you may deem most advisable for the foundation, organization, and management of the proposed Institute, and to that end I give to you, and will place at your disposal, to be paid to you as you may require, for the present, three hundred thousand dollars, to be expended by you in such manner as you may determine to be most conducive to the effective and early establishment and future maintenance and support of such an Institute as you may deem best adapted to fulfill my intentions as expressed in this letter.
In the general scheme and organization of the Institute I wish to provide
First. For an extensive library, to bo well furnished in every department of knowledge and of the most approved literature, which is to be maintained for the free use of all persons who may desire to consult it, and be supplied with every proper convenience for daily reference and study, within appointed hours of the week days of every year. It should consist of the best works on every subject embraced within the scope of its plan, and as completely adapted as the means at your command may allow to satisfy the researches of students who may be engaged in the pursuit of knowledge not ordinarily attainable in the private libraries of the country. It should be guarded and preserved from abuse, and rendered efficient for the purposes I contemplate in its establishment, by such regulations as the judgment and experience of the trustees may adopt or approve. I recommend, in reference to such regulations, that it shall not be constructed upon the plan of a circulating library; and that the books shall not be allowed to be taken out of the building, except in very special cases, and in accordance with rules adapted to them as exceptional privileges.
Second. I desire that ample provision and accommodation be made for the regular periodical delivery, at the proper season in each year, of lectures by the most capable and accomplished scholars and men of science within the power of the trustees to procure. These lectures should be directed to instruction in science, art, and literature. They should be established with such regulations as, in the judgment of the trustees, shall be most effectual to secure the benefits expected from them; and should, under proper and necessary restrictions adapted to preserve good order and guard against abuse, be open to the resort of the respectable inhabitants of both sexes of the city and State: such prices of admission being required as may serve to defray a portion of the necessary expense of maintaining the lectures without impairing their usefulness to the community.
In connection with this provision, I desire that the trustees, in order to en. courage and reward merit, should adopt a regulation by which a number of the graduates of the public high schools of the city, not exceeding fifty of each sex, in each year, who shall have obtained by their proficiency in their studies and good behavior, certificates of merit from the commissioners or superintending authorities of the schools to which they may be attached, may, by virtue of such certificates, be entitled, as an honorary mark of distinction, to free admis. sion to the lectures for one term or season after obtaining the certificates.
I also desire that, for the same purpose of encouraging merit, the trustees shall make suitable provisions for an annual grant of twelve hundred dollars, of which five hundred shall be distributed every year in money prizes, graduated according to merit, of sums not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred for each prize, to be given to such graduates of the public male high schools now existing, or which may hereafter be established, as shall in each year, upon examination and certificate of the school commissioners, or other persons having the chief superintendence of the same, be adjudged most worthy, from their fidelity to their studies, their attainments, their moral deportment, and their personal habits of cleanliness and propriety of manners; the sum of two hundred dollars to be appropriated to the purchase in every year of gold medals of two degrees, of which ten shall be of the value of ten dollars each, and twenty of the value of five dollars each, to be annually distributed to the most meritorious of the graduating classes of the public female high schools; these prizes to be adjudged for the same merit and under the like regulations as the prizes to be given to the graduates of the male high schools. The remaining five hundred dollars to be in like manner distributed in money prizes, as provided above for the graduates of the male high schools, in the same amounts respectively, to the yearly graduates in the school of design attached to the Mechanics' Institute of this city. To render this annual distribution of prizes effective to the end I have in view, I desire that the trustees shall digest, propose, and adopt all such rules and provisions, and procure the corresponding regulations on the part of the public institutions referred to, as they may deem necessary to accomplish the object.
Third. I wish, also, that the Institute shall embrace within its plan an academy of music, adapted, in the most effective manner, to diffuse and cultivate a taste for that, the most refining of all the arts. By providing a capacious and suitably furnished saloon, the facilities necessary to the best exhibitions of the art, the means of studying its principles and practising its compositions, and periodical concerts, aided by the best talent and most eminent skill within their means to procure, the trustees may promote the purpose to which I propose to devote this department of the Institute. They will make all such regulations as, in their judgment, are most likely to render the academy of music the instrument of permanent good to the society of the city. As it will necessarily incur considerable expense for its support, I desire that it may be, in part, sustained by such charges of admission to its privileges as the trustees may consider proper, and at the same time compatible with my design to render it useful to the com