Charles Dickens in Boston - 1842

from American Notes, pages 58-59, pages 58-59:

The Boylston boys… were in their school-room when I came upon them, and answered correctly, without book, such questions as where was England; how far was it; what was its population; its capital city; its form of government; and so forth. They sang a song too, about a farmer sowing his seed: with corresponding action at such parts as ‘tis thus he sows,’ ‘he turns him round,’ ‘he claps his hands;’ which gave it greater interest for them, and accustomed them to act together, in an orderly manner. They appeared exceedingly well taught, and not better taught than fed; for a more …   more >>
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American Notes, pages 58-59. In Charles Dickens , and Patricia Ingham (ed.), American Notes (2000), p. 58-59. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Charles Dickens

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Experience Information

Date/Time 1842
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Dickens is describing a visit to Boylston School in Boston, 'an asylum for neglected and indigent boys who have committed no crime'.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:43:39 +0100