Edward Miner Gallaudet’s EPHPHATHA TYPED Letter

Washington May 24 1864

A meeting of the Directors of this Institution was held at the house of Rev. Dr. Sunderland at 10 O’Clock this morning.

Present Meers (?) Hall Mitchell and Sunderland, and Mr. Gallaudet the Superintendent.
        At 11 O’Clock and 20 minuts, no other members of the Board appearing, the meeting was organized by the selection of Mr. Hall as Chairman and Mr. Gallaudet as    
        Secretary Gao tem (?)

The reading of the minutes of the last meeting was dispensed with.

Mr. Gallaudet presented to the Board forms for certificates and diplomas; the former (to be given to pupils completing the course of study in the Academic Department, or learning in good standing before finishing the course) being in English, and the latter (to be used in conferring degrees) being in Latin.

Mr. Gallaudet stated to the Board that he had prepared the forms just read, as authorized by a resolution passed at the last meeting; that he had not supposed there would be any difference of opinion as to the use of Latin in the Diploma to be used in conferring degrees; but that on consulting Mr. Kendall a few days since, he found him decidedly opposed to the use of Latin and in favor of having the Diplomas in English; that on learning the opinion of Mr. Kendall, he thought it best to refer the matter to the Directors and ask them to decide what should be done.

After a full discussion of the question by all the members present, the forms presented by Mr. Gallaudet. were on motion of Mr. Mitchell unanimously adopted.

Mr. Gallaudet also submitted a design for a corporate seal: as following An open bible, bearing the word Ephphatha (“Be Opened”) in Syriac characters around the Bible the same word in the characters of the Deaf-mute alphabet; the rim of the seal containing the words Academica Columbiana.

Dr Sunderland suggested that thirteen stars be inserted in the rim filling up the spaces between the words Academia and Columbiana, and the shield of the United States placed within the rim at the foot of the Bible.

These suggestions were concurred in, and the design as completed was on motion of Dr. Sunderland unanimously adopted as the corporate seal of the Institution.
Dr. Sunderland from the Committee appointed as the last meeting to recommend such action as might be found necessary in view of the organization of a Collegiate department, reported the following resolutions which were unanimously adopted.

RESOLVED. That the Superintendent be and he is hereby authorized to employ an additional Instructor of the Deaf & Dumb at a salary not exceeding Eighteen hundred dollars per annum.

The Superintendent is also authorized to increase the salary of the Third Instructor of the Deaf & Dumb from five hundred to six hundred dollars per annum; and to employ, when occasion requires, an additional Instructor of the Deaf & Dumb at a salary not exceeding three hundred and fifty dollars per annum with board.

RESOLVED. That all Instructors employed in the Collegiate Department shall be termed Professors.
RESOLVED. That the honorary degree of Masters of Arts be conferred upon John Carlin of Newport City (?) at the close of the present Academic year.

Mr. Hall placed in the hands of the Superintendent a roll of parachment (?) containing twenty seven sheets suitable to be used in the preparation of diplomas.
On motion of Dr. Sunderland, the meeting was then adjourned.

E.M. Gallaudet
Sec. Pro Term.

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