F. A. Adams, Durant, and Chute
The actions of the Trustees during 1836 and 1837 clearly laid too heavy a burden upon the economic structure of the school. The cost of building the "new dwelling" for the Preceptor and his family was slightly more than $3,000. Extensive repairs to the Mansion House and schoolhouse, and the enclosing of the campus by a fence amounted to almost $1,000 more. New books were purchased to augment the library of the Academy, which according to the Trustees' records already "spread a literary feast before the tasteful student" (though it still contained little more than the books originally contributed from Governor Dummer's library almost 100 years previous). The addition of a Teacher for the English Department almost doubled the cost of instruction.
The Board had extended its lines too far: the anticipated increase in enrollment, with a concomitant addition to the receipts from tuition, failed to materialize. In fact, with Byfield youngsters withdrawn by parents resisting a tuition charge to local residents, enrollment temporarily dropped, and following Mr. Cleaveland's resignation in 1840 it dropped again.
In August, 1838, the Prudential Committee in its report included the following optimistic note:
. . . notwithstanding the state of the times and the great expense to which the Trustees have been subjected, they see much to encourage them in the new regulations -- The Teachers are able faithful men; they have devoted themselves to their work; the progress of the pupils has been good . . . and the Academy seems to be rising gradually into notice and gaining upon the public confidence and patronage. It only wants the fostering care of some diligent men who can afford to give it a large place in their time and attention; to watch over it with paternal care; to visit often; to recommend it by precept and example; and bear it in their affections and prayers to his blessing and protection from whom comes each sacred endeavor and all final success.