Tom Wedgwood, the First Photographer

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CHAPTER I EARLY YEARS 1771—1788 Thomas Wedgwood, fourth son of Josiah Wedgwood, the famous potter, was born on May 14, 1771, at Etruria Hall, near Stoke-upon-Trent. The hall was a new house which his father had built as a ...
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CHAPTER I EARLY YEARS 1771—1788 Thomas Wedgwood, fourth son of Josiah Wedgwood, the famous potter, was born on May 14, 1771, at Etruria Hall, near Stoke-upon-Trent. The hall was a new house which his father had built as a residence for the family, hard by the Pottery, the potting business having been removed from Burslem to this site a year or two previously. When only six years old the boy was sent to a school kept by Mr. Holland, a Unitarian minister at Bolton, where his brothers already were, and remained there two years. The method of his education was a matter which gave his father many doubts. Josiah Wedgwood's letters to his partner and friend, Bentley, contain frequent speculations on the questions as to what his boys should learn, and how to secure their having a healthy bodily life while the schooling went on. " Erasmus Darwin," he says in one letter (October 1779), "has approved my idea of curtailing the educa- The house still exists ; for many years past it has belonged to the Duchy of Lancaster, which owns the minerals under it and the surrounding lands, and is now used for purposes connected with the mines. Thomas is often called the third son, one of his elder brothers having died in infancy. tion of my boys in order to establish their health, and give the more strength to their constitution." Dr. Darwin advises him to keep them at home, and this he does. They are to have four Latin lessons a week, " only to keep up what they know, till I have decided as to this part of their learning." " I am distressed to find out a sort of compromise between the body and the mind that shall do the least injury to either." In another letter he describes the regime at length. They " read English before breakfast, newspaper or travels, writing one hour with Mr...
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CHAPTER I EARLY YEARS 1771—1788 Thomas Wedgwood, fourth son of Josiah Wedgwood, the famous potter, was born on May 14, 1771, at Etruria Hall, near Stoke-upon-Trent. The hall was a new house which his father had built as a residence for the family, hard by the Pottery, the potting business having been removed from Burslem to this site a year or two previously. When only six years old the boy was sent to a school kept by Mr. Holland, a Unitarian minister at Bolton, where his brothers already were, and remained there two years. The method of his education was a matter which gave his father many doubts. Josiah Wedgwood's letters to his partner and friend, Bentley, contain frequent speculations on the questions as to what his boys should learn, and how to secure their having a healthy bodily life while the schooling went on. " Erasmus Darwin," he says in one letter (October 1779), "has approved my idea of curtailing the educa- The house still exists ; for many years past it has belonged to the Duchy of Lancaster, which owns the minerals under it and the surrounding lands, and is now used for purposes connected with the mines. Thomas is often called the third son, one of his elder brothers having died in infancy. tion of my boys in order to establish their health, and give the more strength to their constitution." Dr. Darwin advises him to keep them at home, and this he does. They are to have four Latin lessons a week, " only to keep up what they know, till I have decided as to this part of their learning." " I am distressed to find out a sort of compromise between the body and the mind that shall do the least injury to either." In another letter he describes the regime at length.They " read English before breakfast, newspaper or travels, writing one hour with Mr...
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