Samuel Wait II 391
For much of the time while he was in the faculty Owen was its
secretary, and as such published articles on the College, especially
during the several periods in which the College had no president.
Many of these articles reveal his great loyalty to the institution and his
concern for its welfare, and his enthusiasm in its progress. Perhaps no
one has stated better than he the advantages of a small college in a
location remote from the
city.10
As another evidence of Owen's
correctness of judgment is found in his statement of what should be
the education of women in an article in the Biblical Recorder of June
7, 1851. He thinks that in the Southern seminaries girls spend too
much time and money in "the attainment of the costly but transitory
graces of art." While these are valuable most Southern girls get them
in their home training, and in school the graces should not be too
much cultivated to the prejudice and exclusion of "those studies
which are the soul and body of good education-of studies which tend
to permanent happiness and usefulness-such studies as the science of
duty, or Moral Philosophy, Political Economy, Domestic Economy
and History," these subjects being important in the order named. He
thinks that such studies, with the addition of Foreign Languages,
"what may be called studies of the judgment, in distinction from those
of the imagination, would have a tendency to impart fortitude and
wisdom of mind, which would enable it to impart a portion of its
strength to its feeble tenement, the body, thereby prolonging the
existence and usefulness of the individual."
In this place it may be mentioned that soon after entering on
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10 Biblical Recorder, November 23, 1850-1 quote a few words: "Indeed the true
idea and theory of schools is that they are places of retirement. We learn from
Xenophon that the Persians fenced out from their schools the great bable of worldly
confusion with more than Spartan jealousy and vigilance; and in modern times, the
celebrated school at Hofwyl in Switzerland is planned to secure the same object. It
is difficult for a man to prepare amid the bustle of society for the highest duties of a
social relation. So very practical, engrossing, trying and vexatious are the
unnumerable cares of active life, that a professional man formed among them and
without the discipline of the schools, will seldom reach the highest capacity of his
nature, and is apt to betray harshness and headiness in the performance of his
duties."
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