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

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112 Old-time Schools and School-books
the celebrated Boston schoolmaster, Caleb Bingham, in 1796.
If the end of the term was near, the writing schol­ars, instead of using their copy-books, made exhi­bition pieces to pass around among the visitors on the last day. Ordinarily they did the work on a sheet six by eight, or eight by ten inches in size; but some of the more ambitious used paper four or five times larger. The sheet would contain a sentence, or several sentences, or, it may be, a short essay on such subjects as Happiness, How to Get Riches, Spring, Resignation, Friendship; and there
Exhibition Piece of a Writing Student. Size of original, 6x8,
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