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39 > Page 39 of Addresses delivered at the inauguration of Rev. Lewis W. Green, D.D., as a president of Transylvania University and State Normal School, November 18, 1856

39 the whole University is open for his benefit, and every facil- ity is afforded for his wider improvement; it being our dis- tinct purpose to insure accuracy in tIe lower branches, yet (tf- ford every opportunity and stimuldts for progress in the higher. This opportunity for higher culture, so eagerly seized, and so well improved already by a portion of our pupils, makes not only an abler man, but a superior teachcr; and in all the more gifted minds, will assuredly stimulate to larger acquire- ments in after life; thus multiplying the number of thor- oughly educated men, and accomplishing collaterally another of the great purposes of the Legislature, to raise up men for the State, ag well as instructors for our schools. Should any wish to return and complete their studies here, all the advantages of the University are gratuitously offer- ed. These advantages to the Normal School, derived from its connection with the University are attended by correspond- ent advantages to other departments of the general institu- tion, which are well worthy of serious consideration, and render the University a place peculiarly adapted to the edu- cation of youth. First. The infusion of so large an element favorable to shtwsy, morality, and good order. So mnany full grown men, sober, discreet, studious, decorous in all their demeanor. This influence is powerfully felt in every department, and combined with other causes, has given a most healthful im- pulse to our enterprise in its very commencement. Second. The great defect in all our institutions is the want of accurate and thorough scholarship, and mental discipline. This arises, not so much from any defect, either of ability or fidelity, on the part of the professors, as from a difficulty which lies at the very foundation of our system, and is ab- solutely insuperable by human ingenuity or patience, viz: The total want of accurate instruction and thorough discipline