Lower Merion Academy: A Legend in Learning

The 1778 Directive

woodcut: teacher points to an Articulation lesson on chalkboard
Articulation drill

Jacob Jones composed his will of 1803 based on several Quaker principles put forth in the Yearly Meeting directive of September 29, 1778 concerning the establishment of Quaker schools. In that directive (found in the Quaker Collection of Haverford College), it was recommended to start a fund

“…for the establishment and support of schools, under the care of a stand ing Committee appointed by several Monthly or Particular Meetings…” and to send “…an account of what they have done therein,” by the next Yearly Meeting.

billhead of Parsons, Manufacturers of Carriages, Buggies, Wagons, &c.
The Parsons family owned a nearby carriage-making, blacksmith business: its invoice heading