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I'NDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE

DIFFUSION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE.

THE

SCHOOL MASTER:

ESSAYS ON PRACTICAL EDUCATION,

SELECTED FROM THE

WORKS OF ASCHAM, MILTON, LOCKE,

AND BUTLER;

FROM

THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION;

AND FROM

LECTURES DELIVERED BEFORE THE

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INSTRUCTION.

IN TWO VOLUMES.-VOL. I.

LONDON:
CHARLES KNIGHT, 22, LUDGATE STREET.

MDCCCXXXVI.

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[Roger Ascham was born at Kirby-Wiske, or Kirbyupon-Wiske, near Northallerton, in Yorkshire, about the year 1515. His father, whose name was John, was steward to Lord Scroop, and is said to have been a man of very superior understanding, as well as of eminent integrity: his mother was of a good family. They had two other sons, Thomas and Anthony, both born before Roger, as well as several daughters. John Ascham and his wife are stated to have died on the same day, and almost in the same hour, after a union of forty-seven years.

Roger, who appears to have been born in his father's old age, was in his boyhood taken into the house of Sir Anthony Wingfield, to be educated, at the expense of that gentleman, along with his two sons. Their tutor was a Mr. Bond. Here he so greatly took Sir Anthony, by the love he showed for rearling, and the rapid progress he made in his studies, that this generous patron resolved to complete his kindness by sending him to the University. He was accordingly entered of St. John's College, Cambridge, about the year 1530. He soon greatly distinguished himself in this new sphere, especially by his progress in the knowledge of the Greek language,

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