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fifty years after the old deluder Satan act was enacted, the
By 1647 the Old Deluder Satan Act required that towns of fifty families hire a schoolmaster who taught children to read and write; while towns of a hundred families must have a grammar-school master who could prepare children to attend Harvard College.
By 1647 towns in Massachusetts of at least 50 people were required to hire a school master, because the "Old Deluder Satan" was prone to tempting children into ignorance of the scriptures.