The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 321
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The Intellectual Climate of Houston
uates not only of the best American colleges like Yale and Trinity
in Hartford, but also of European universities like Dublin and
G6ttingen, not only instilled in their pupils some literacy but,
perhaps more important, held aloft the flame of learning. Aware-
ness of the indifferent success of those academies may have been
joined in the mind of William Marsh Rice, a young Houston
merchant, with the respect for learning imbibed from his Method-
ist father.61 This combination of forces inspired (to paraphrase
William Ellery Channing) the lighting of a fire on the prairies
of Houston by a son of Massachusetts-the William M. Rice Insti-
tute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art-a bridge
that spans the chasm of more than a century lying between the
time of the Republic of Texas and 1958.
coJohn Wurts Cloud, who was in Houston in 1845 and probably engaged in teach-
ing, was a graduate of Yale.-"John Wurts Cloud, Priest and Planter," Historical
Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, XXV (September, 1956), 230-231,
252-253. Henry F. Gillette, who taught in Houston between 1840 and 1844, was a
graduate of Trinity.-Morning Star, January 7, 1840; Telegraph and Texas Register,
February 14, 1844; Diary of Milly Richards Gray (typescript in Rosenberg Library,
Galveston), January, 1840; Handbook of Texas, I, 691. John Garrett described him-
self as a graduate of Dublin.-Gulick and others (eds.), Lamar Papers, V, 199.
B. Miller, who advertised a school in 1843, announced himself as a graduate of
GCttingen.-Morning Star, June 22, 1843.
1lDavid Rice (1790-1867) was a trustee of the Springfield, Massachusetts, High
School (1828), and of School District 13 in Springfield (1837). He is said to have
been also a trustee of the Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham.-Charles Wells Chapin,
History of the "Old High School" on School Street, Springfield, from 1828 to 1840
. . . (Springfield, 189o), 9; Alfred Minot Copeland (ed.), A History of Hampden
County, Massachusetts (3 vols.; n. p., 1902), II, 116; Springfield Republican and
Journal, September 2, 1837; September 9, 1837; Springfield Sunday Union, March
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