[intrigue for the wealthy?][illegible] other [eventually carry all?][illegible] recognition of God, wise, good, and smiling. His approval of all that is grand and noble and useful, would perhaps disarm the sectarian, and place the advocate of secularism at his case. This much of religion can be proven, is acceptable to all, and bids fair to flourish to the end of time. It would be a positivism which would hold both wings at arms length.
5th. Your leading purpose appears to be to afford a practical and useful education to those who must work out their own fortunes by public or private usefulness. [A?] school for men and women who must do service to live and acquire. To this end many of the studies of our colleges and universities are wholly superfluous. They are to make Savans, Philosophers, Poets, Authors, Gentlemen, Diplomats, and Linguists, [illegible] of fame. No one knows better than you that these studies are not necessary to an
eminently practical and useful life.
Your students should even avoid these elevated flights of fancy, and confine themselves,
"to things averred and known, And daily, hourly seen."
To be qualified to be a County Surveyor, Clerk, Bookkeeper, Treasurer, Banker, Merchant, or Intelligent Farmer is all sufficient. To the effort to teach the extraordinary, "the abstrue, and things removed from common use" may be attributed the failure to make useful characters, and the filling of society with failures, the effete, incompetent, cranky and visionary, if not the swindler and the thief. Be useful first; and let ornament and superexcellence come where the soil is rich, and they may spring spontaneous. To attempt to train the common mind to all the achievements of Newton, Euclid, Cuvier and Spencer, is to overwhelm the weak, and to waste our money and time on natural dullness.
[We should therefore say stop at the?] useful. [Be particular in this?] no room for the neglect of whatever may be necessary to practical life. The world will always produce poets and dreamers enough without special culture.
This practical education cannot but promote the next phase in human civilization, the complete reconciliation of capital and labor. It must come from capital. Capital is able and intelligent. Labor is weak and ignorant. Labor can only growl, and perhaps do a little riot and murder, if not appeased in time. Capital must find the remedy and apply it. And it must pay. Yes, every good practical thing must pay. If it do not pay it is a failure.
The next move to a higher civilization will be for the capitalist to lay out his farm of a few thousand acres, to build his hamlet or commune, after
the fashion of Owen or Fourier, to engage his people by the family, and return to the Feudal Castle and its retainers. He will carry with him all modern appliances. He will supply their food, good and plenty, and half what they could themselves. So with their clothing, shelter, all, scientifically. He will have workshops and factories [built?] to his locality. Their wages will be a clear gain to them, over a good living.
All will be employed, men, women, and children, every day. There will be no unemploy, no idlers, beggars, or vagabonds. It will be the Commune, with the Proprietor, the only way in which it can be.
The proprietor and his family will be loved, obeyed and served as the old Baron was. He will have a moral control too. You cannot marry without his leave. Population cannot drive him to despair. He will check it, and improve the quality of his people. They will be better and happier. He will be
[nobler, better?][illegible][produce?][illegible] only fine goods exported.
This in the Republic! Yes, the laws of the Republic will just be pure air that will compel a nice adjustment of rights and duties, and a separation, when these are no longer possible. All these people will be devoted to the Capitalist who thus makes a superior home for them. The country, [then?] fortified, will command order in the [City?] and in the whole Republic.
He who will show the first working model of this new civilization will deserv and receive the eternal blessing of all mankind. And it will not cost him a dollar for it will pay. It will be science applied to human happiness, in which labor will find content and Capital peace, profit and security.
For education humanity and progres and yours truly
Henry Leland [King?]
[1?]06 Mason St.