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

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280 Old-time Schools and School-books
schoolmaster applies for a position. He acknowl­edges that he has never had more than a year's schooling, and that he knows nothing of geography or grammar, but he can read a newspaper without spelling more than half the words, and has " larn'd to write considerably, and to cypher as fur as Division." Most important of all, he will work for five dollars a month, and the committee hire him. The parson alone protests.
By far the most copiously illustrated of any of the earlier readers was a thin i2mo published in Philadelphia in 1799, called The Columbian Reading Book, or Historical Preceptor," a collection of Authentic Histories, Anecdotes, Characters, &c. &c. calculated to incite in young minds a love of virtue, from its intrinsic beauty, and a hatred of vice from its dis­gusting deformity." From the 164 short lessons I make several selections.
Spirited Reproof of a Woman.
PHILIP, rising from an entertain­ment at which he had sat for some hours, was ad­dressed by a woman, who begged him to hear her cause. He accordingly heard it, and, upon her saying some things
not pleasing to him, he gave sentence
An Appeal to King Philip. From The Columbian Reading Book, 1799.
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