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` the citv, and thirty thousand dollars in city bonds for the
erection of buildings. This offer the county of Fayette sup-
plemented by twenty thousand dollars in county bonds, to
be used either for the erection of buildings or for the pur-
chase of land. The offers of the city of Lexington and of
the county of Fayette were accepted by the General Assembly.
` By the act of incorporation, and the amendments thereto,
_ constituting the charter of the Agricultural and Mechanical
i College of Kentucky, liberal provision is made for educating,
l free of tuition, the energetic young men of the Common-
Q wealth whose means are limited. The Normal Department, '
for which provision is also made, is intended to aid in build-
ing up the Common School system by furnishing properly
qualified teachers. This College, with the associated depart-
ments which will, from time to time, be opened as the
means placed at the disposal of the Trustees allow, will, it
is hoped, in the no distant future do a great work in ad-
· vancing the educational interests of Kentucky. Being en-
tirely undenominational in its character, it will appeal with
confidence to the people of all creeds and of no creed, and
will endeavor, in strict conformity with the requirements of
its organic law, to afford equal advantages to all, exclusive
advantages to none. The liberality of the Commonwealth
in supplementing the inadequate annual income arising
from the proceeds of the land-scrip invested in State bonds,
will, it is believed, enable the Trustees to begin and carry
on, upon a scale commensurate with the wants of our people,
, the operations of the Institution whose management and
· oversight have been committed to them by the GeneralAs-
J sembly of Kentucky.
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