Page 236 of the MD Historical Magazine, Vol XXXVI June 1941 #2
School Discipline in 1792 ---- among papers of the late Rev Edwin A.
Dalrymple, Episcopal churchman, educator and for 24 years corresponding
secretary of the Maryland Historical Society, now in the possession of his
great niece, Mrs. Richard H. Collins of Chestertown, has been found the
original of the following set of rules drawn up apparently by the pupils of
a country school. The document is not signed.
Regulations, Rules and good Orders, We Scholars and Subscribers Promise and
perform all what is hereunto Mentioned ... June the 4th 1792.
1. for coming to school with unwashed Hands and Face. 5 lashes.
2. Hair uncombed, 3 lashes.
3. In coming or going from School playing on the Road. 10 la [ashes]
4. Running or Racing, Chumping or Rasslen. 15 lashes.
5. Telling a lye of any Body, or of our Fellow Scholars. 12 la[shes].
6. Macking game of one another..... 10 lashes
7. Talking and Laughing in School. 15 lashes.
8. Coming in School with Hat or Bonnet on his or her Head. 4 lashes.
9. Coming in School without making Bow, or Curtsey. 4 lashes
10. By Meeting any Person on the Road and not macking Bow, or curtsey, and
taking off our Hats. 8 lashes
11. For going out of our Pounds, which is fare of the School House. 12
12. If any of us sent to School, and Stray away for idolness Sake.. 24
13. Telling Tales out of School ..... 12 lashes.
14. Every one to ask Leave to go out, if not ask to go out of the School
Room ... 12 lashes.