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Letters and extracts throughout history: Going to school

"My mother, as we drove along in the coach, admonished me that I was now going into the world and must learn to think and act for myself"

By Ian Irvine   October 2020

1746

The historian Edward Gibbon recalls in his autobiography: “In my ninth year I was sent to Kingston-upon-Thames to a school of about 70 boys, which was kept by Dr Wodeson and his assistants. Every time I have since passed over Putney Common, I have always noticed the spot where my mother, as we drove along in the coach, admonished me that I was now going into the world and must learn to think and act for myself.”

1887

Winston Churchill starts cramming…

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