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

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34 Old-time Schools and School-books
possession when he was about ten. It claims to teach a boy without a tutor " a fhort and eafy Method of Book-keeping," how to " fpell, read and write true Englifh, indite Epiftles or Letters in a familiar ftile," how to make out papers such as deeds, bonds, and wills, how to measure timber, and do other useful things.
Facsimile of Washington's Schoolboy Handwriting. Reduced one third.
Blank-books are still preserved into which the boy Washington copied various legal forms, some poor poetry, and a list of one hundred and ten " Rules of Civility and Decent behavior in Com­pany and Conversation." The handwriting is round, fair, and bold, the letters large like the hand that formed them, and the lines run straight and even. Sometimes he made ornamental letters with scroll work such as clerks were accustomed to use. The Rules of Civility were probably taken down from the lips of the teacher. They sound rather stiff
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