The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 28

December 28, 1774.
WANTED, A Person who can come well recommended, unexceptionable in Point of Character, willing to undertake the Education of Children and Youth of both Sexes, and is qualified to teach the English, Latin, and Greek Languages in their Purity and Elegance; also Writing, Arithmetick, Accounts, and the mathematicks. Such a Person will meet with good Encouragement from the Inhabitants of this Town, which is pleasantly situated on the River Rappahannock, in the Neighbourhood of a plentiful and thick inhabited Part of the Country. Here is a commodious School-House, lately built on the publick Lots, the free use of which, for a Term of years, will be granted, for the Purpose of establishing a Seminary, to any Gentleman who is properly qualified, and will settle here in the above-mentioned Capacity. There is no doubt but a comfortable and genteel Living may be made of the School by a Man of Character, Diligence, and Abilities; It will be useless for any other to apply.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) January 28, 1775

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Reading and writing were part of an average colonial Virginia child's education. As early as 1727, a Virginia law was written requiring that parents educate their children in both reading and writing. However, Port Royal inhabitants wanted a much more extensive curriculum for their children.

Sources: Gerling

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