Quote from Archibald D. Murphey 

"It is important therefore that in these schools the precepts of morality and religion should be inculcated, and habits of subordination and obedience formed. One of the greatest blessings which the State can confer upon her children is to instill into their minds at an early period moral and religious truths. ... Thousands of unfortunate children are growing up in perfect ignorance of their moral and religious duties. Their parents equally unfortunate know not how to instruct them, and have not the opportunity or ability of placing them under the care of those who could give them instruction. The State, in the warmth of her affection and solicitude for their welfare, must take charge of those children and place them in schools where their minds can be enlightened and their hearts can be trained to virtue."

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Archibald D. Murphey
(c.1777-1832) North Carolina State Senator (1812-1818), founder of the North Carolina public schools
MURPHEY'S REPORT, Dec. 19, 1816, The Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina; A Documentary History, 1790-1840. Volume I: Electronic Edition. Coon, Charles L. (Charles Lee), 1868-1927 http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/coon976/coon976.html
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