Pupils at Harrow, where Norwood was headmaster, wheel books to class, 1930 ©Mary Evans Picture Library/Imagno
In 1757, Soames Jenyns MP writes in praise of ignorance: “Ignorance, or the want of knowledge and literature, the appointed lot of all born to poverty and the drudgeries of life, is the only opiate capable of infusing that insensibility, which can enable them to endure the miseries of the one, and the fatigues of the other. It is a cordial, administered by the gracious hand of providence, of which they ought never to be…
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