An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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Introductory Note
own collection of school-books has been largely gathered by exploring the nooks and corners of the old bookshops from New England to South Caro­lina ; but many things I could not get, and I have been greatly aided in compiling this volume by the collections of various individuals and institutions. I am especially grateful to the American Antiqua­rian Society of Worcester, the Essex Institute of Salem, the Deerfield Museum, the Connecticut His­torical Society, and to Mr. Albert C. Bates of Hart­ford, and Mr. George A. Plimpton of New York. I also am much indebted to the Henry Barnard Collection, now at Hartford, but probably soon to be sold and transferred elsewhere — a collection which includes the American publications used in our schools from the beginnings down to 1850 more completely than any other in existence.
My readers will doubtless notice that I have dwelt on the educational history of Massachusetts rather than on that of any of its neighbors. This I have done because it seems to me to possess un­rivalled interest. Massachusetts has always been a pioneer in educational experiments, and where it has led the way the sister states have followed. Its experience has been a constant aid to them, and the attention it has given to education has always been far above the average for the whole country.
Hadley, Massachusetts.
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