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To Thomas Jefferson from Rowland Reynolds, 21 July 1819

Hampton July 21st 1819


I have understood from Judge Cooper that applications are to be made to you respecting situations in the Central College. He has informed me that it is necessary to state where I have received my education and what have been my pursuits since I left College &c. This Sir, I hope will plead my excuse with you, if in this letter I am compelled to speak frequently of myself. The situation which I wish to become a Candidate for is the Classical Professorship. I left this Country at an early age and was educated in Trinity College Dublin where I received the degree of A.B. During my residence in Ireland, I was employed as Head Classical Assistant at the Revd Gilbert Austin’s Academy, which was accounted one of the first classical seminaries in Ireland. When he gave up school I lived in the College and took private pupils whom I prepared for quarterly examinations in the sciences & the classics. Since my return to the United States I have been engaged in the study of the Law at New York, where I received a license to practice. For the last eighteen months I have been employed as Principal Teacher in the Academy at Hampton, the Trustees of which have been pleased to express their satisfaction, at the manner in which it has been conducted. I shall take the liberty of sending you a copy of the Diploma and enclosing a letter from Mr Emmet of New York (with whom I studied law) to Bishop Moore. I shall also subjoin a list of the Classical authors which are read in College previous to entrance and during the Collegiate Course. I am Sir with the greatest respect,

your most obedt Servt

Rowland Reynolds

A List of the Greek & Latin Authors read for Entrance

Greek. First eight books of Homer, Murphy’s Lucian, first three books of Xenophons Cyropadea, & Gospels & Acts, Epictetus and Tabula Cobesis.

Latin. Virgil’s Eclogues & first six books of Æneid, first three plays of Terence, Horace’s Odes, Satires & Epistles, Sallust and 3, 10, 13, 14 Satires of Juvenal.

After entrance and during the course which lasts four years a new Greek & Latin Author is read every three months.

Hilary Easter Trinity Michaelmas
Homer’s Iliad
books 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14
Virgil’s Æneid, books
7, 8, 9, 10, 11 &12
Homer’s Iliad books
15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20
Horace, Odes, Epodes
& Carmen Saculare.
Homers Iliad, books
21, 22, 23 &24
Stack’s Lucian
Juvenal & Persians
Xenophon’s Cyropadea
books 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Justin first 12 books
Demosthenes 1st vol
Cicero, Archias,
Ligerius, Marcellus,
Leo Manthia & Milo.
Demosthenes 2nd vol.
Cicero, Orations
against Catalus &
Virgils Georgics
&c Correa
Horace Satires
Epistles and Art of
Sophocles Philastates
Livy books 1, 2, 3 &4
Euripides, Hippolitus
& Iphigenia in Aulis
Livy books 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 &
Sophocles Œdipus
Tyranaus & Electra.
Livy, Books 21, 22, 23, 24,
25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30
Sophocles, Œdipus
Colonous & Antigone
Livy, books 31, 32, 33, 34,
35, 36, 37 & 38
Sophocles Trachiniæ
Livy books 39, 40,
41, 42, 43, 44 & 45.
Annals of Tacitus


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