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January 22, 1868. 
Read and ordered to be printed. 

By order, 


Chief Clerk. 




Janixary Session ^ 186H 


WM. THOMPSON of R., Printee. 


To the Honorahle, the General Assembly of Blaryland : 

The Trustees of the Baltimore Female College in submit- 
ting to the Legislature of Maryland the Seventh Annual 
Statement of said institution, are happy to report that it is 
in a flourishing condition, tlioiigh it has not regained the 
prosperity it formerly enjoyed, owing to the impoverished 
state of the section from which it derived its chief foreign 

The college was instituted in 1849, and incorporated the 
same year by the Legislature of the State. Its course of 
study is liberal, and calculated to afford students the advan- 
tages of a thorough, practical and accomplished education, 
suited to the character and sphere of woman, with such spe- 
cial training as is necessary to prepare young ladies for the 
profession of a teaclier. 

As education became diffused over the State, with an in- 
creased demand for teachers, it was of the first importance 
to the community that the teachers, instead of coming from 
other States, with sentiments at variance with our manners 
and institutions, should be reared and educated among us. 
With these views the Trustees of the college sought to make it 
instrumental in rearing a body of competent native teachers 
by asking the aid of the State in establishing free scholar- 
ships, upon which one pupil from each county in the State, 
and one from the city of Baltimore, should be instructed in 
all the branches of study pursued in the college, with special 
training to fit them to become teachers. For the education 
of these young ladies, (twenty-two in all,) the State granted 
to the college an annual donation of twenty-two hundred 
dollars. The important service rendered to the cause of edu- 
cation by this normal training may be inferred from the fact 
that of 174 graduates who have completed their studies in 
the college, 62 have become teachers, while of the under- 
graduates 27 have devoted themselves to the same profession. 

During the year the different counties have been represent- 
ed by the following young ladies, six of w^hom boardedin 
the college, the rest boarded with their friends : 

Allegany County — Miss Alice McMichael. 

Anne Arundel County — Miss Kate H. Sprogle. 
Baltimore County — Miss Annie M. Torrington. 
Baltimore City — Miss Marian Tindell. 
Caroline County — Miss Ida F. Vernon. 
Carroll County — Miss Emma V. Shower. 
Cecil County — Miss Charlotte R. Russell. 
Charles County — Miss Lottie G. Cooksey. 
Dorchester County — Miss E. Frazer North, 
Frederick County — Miss Laura Ri Barrick. 
Rarford County — Miss Alice M. Numbers. 
Howard County — Miss Jennie Latchford, 
Kent County — Miss Lucy E, Miller. 
Montgomery County — Miss Mary E. Higgins. 
Prince George's County — Miss Rose A. Bushell. 
Queen Anne's County — Miss Sarah L, Thawley. 
Somerset County — Miss Henrietta E. H. Griffin. 
St. Mary's County— Miss Mary F. Fowler. 
Talbot County — Miss Annie L. Benson. 
Washington County — Miss Mary E. Hagerman. 
Worcester County — Miss Georgiana Mumford. 

Besides the young ladies educated on the free scholarships 
established by the State, many others avail themselves of the 
advantages of normal training, with the view of becoming 

The Society for the Education of Southern Children has 
placed four young ladies in the college to be educated for 
teachers, who are admitted to gratuitous instruction in all 
the branches of study pursued in the institution. This con- 
sideration seemed due to a section from which the college had 
formerly enjoyed a liberal patronage. 

During the past session of the Legislature a joint commit- 
tee of the Senate and House of Delegates was appointed to 
visit the institutions in Baltimore which are beneficiaries of 
the State, and in their report spoke in commendation of the 
college, and recommended it to the continued fostering care 
of the State. 

The buildings and appointments of the college are exten- 
sive and convenient, and amply sufficient for one hundred 
boarders and more than a hundred day pupils. The college 
has a good library of near 3,700 volumes, with chemical and 

philoHOphical u[)j)aiatu.s lor experiments and illustration, 
with cabinets of minerals, medals, gems^ coins, &c,, &C. 

During the year 122 pupils liave been in attendance, of 
whom 53 are boarders. Home board in tbe cottage with the 
President, others with their friends. Twenty-one of tlie 
pupils are from the Houth, and come from the States of Vir- 
ginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and 

The Faculty of instruction in the college is as follows : 
N. C. Brooks, L. L. D., President and Professor of An- 
cient Languages. 

Thomas Lucy, A. M., Professor ot Mathematics and Natu- 
ral Science. 

James A. Bartley, A. M., Professor of Belles-Lettres, &c. 
M. Von der Hoehl, Professor of German. 
August Weidenbach, Professor of Painting and Drawing. 
Miss Lydia Fletclier, Preceptress, Belles-Lettres and Phys- 

Miss Sarah M. Wyatt, English and History. 

Miss Emma E. Gooding, English Branches. 

Madame A. Deubreuil, French Language. 

Madame A. R. Bonavita, Piano and Singing. 

Mrs. E. A. Polster, Piano and Guitar. 

Mrs. Juliet Workman, Vocal Music. 

Since the endowment of the college, two new Senatorial 
districts have been formed in Baltimore city, and the county 
of Wicomico has been erected, for which we would respect- 
fully ask that new scholarships be established, though in 
view of the great population of Baltimore — the magnitude 
of her educational interests, and the amount which she pays 
into the Treasury of the State, she might justly claim more 
than a single pupil for each Senatorial district. 

As it has not been found convenient to hold annual elec- 
tions of the Trustees by the stockholders, as provided in the 
charter of the college, we would ask that it be provided by 
statute that the present board of Trustees be a permanent 
body, with power to fill such vacancies as may from time to 
time occur, by death, removal from the city or resignation. 

The vast importance of female education to the State is obvi- 
ous, yet the number of female institutions under the patronage 
of the State is small, while there are many academies andcol^ 
leges for young men endowed by the State. The Baltimore Fe- 

male College, as an educational seminary and a normal scliool, 
has rendered good service for tlie patronage it has received, 
with this peculiarity, that it has not at any time received any 
money without rendering a due equivalent, for it draws of 
the annual donation only a pro rata amount according to the 
number of pupils actually educated. We, therefore, heg 
leave to commend to your support the institution under our 
charge, as eminently worthy of your fostering care. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

ALEX. E. GIBSON, Pres't, 
J. M. LESTER, Sec'y. 
H.S. HUNT, M. D., 

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