In the grant for the Philips Academy there is language which I find difficult to ascertain the real meaning.
...to lay the foundation of a free public School or Academy for the purpose of instructing Youth, not only in English and Latin Grammar, Writing, Arithmetic, and those Sciences, wherein they are commonly taught; but more especially to learn them the Great End and Real Business of Living
My question is, what does the GREAT END mean in this document. Is this a common 18th century phrase?
I feel the emphasized portion is ambiguous and informal, however the author clearly felt otherwise.