Petition to the General Court of Massachusetts from the Trustees of the Free School, May 23,1792[page 2]
a Dining room that will accommodate one hundred persons, a Hall for public academical exercises, and a Room for a library, apparatus, &c., the whole being nearly finished; about six months have elapsed since they opened an English and Grammar School in the sd building, since that period they have had from this and several of the neighboring States, upwards of sixty young Gentlemen who have entered the Grammar School, and the number is almost daily increasing. Your Memorialists further shew, that there are several circumstances attending the situation of the Free School in Williamstown, that are peculiarly favorable to a seminary of a more public and important nature. It is in a part of the Country that abounds with a variety of the most substantial articles of provision, and, being remote from any public market, such articles of provision may always be afforded at a low price. This will naturally tend to lessen the expenses of instruction, and to render the means of a liberal education more easy, and bring them more within the power of the middling and lower classes of Citizens. Williamstown being an inland place will not be exposed to these temptations and allurements which are peculiarly incident to seaport towns.