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State Intervention in

English Education

London: C. J. CLAY AND SONS, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE,

AVE MARIA LANE.
Glasgow : 50, WELLINGTON STREET.

Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS.
New York: THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
Bombay & Calcutta: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

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State Intervention in
English Education

A Short History from
the Earliest Times down to 1833

by

J. E. G. DE MONTMORENCY, B.A., LL.B.,

of St Peter's College, Cambridge,
and of the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law

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CAMBRIDGE:
at the University Press.

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Mais à la verité je n'y entens sinon cela que la plus grande difficulté et importance de l'humaine science semble estre en cet endroit il se traite de la nourriture et institution des enfans.

MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE à MADAME DIANE DE Foix,

Les Essais, livre premier, chap. xxv.
119089

PREFACE.

The collection of materials for a history of State-aided Education in England from the date of the first Government Grant in 1833 to the passing of the Elementary Education Act, 1870, showed that such a history would be, to a great extent, meaningless unless there were available for constant reference a work dealing with the earlier relationship of the State and Education in England. Strangely enough there appeared to be no satisfactory book of reference on this important subject, and it seemed, therefore, desirable to produce the simple record of historical facts contained in this volume.

It is certainly a matter for surprise that no historian bas considered the history of Education in England a subject of sufficient importance to justify the prolonged research that such an undertaking, if adequately carried out, would involve. Had such a history been produced seventy years ago, England would have been spared some, at least, of her present educational troubles. Many of the mistakes of fact, many of the errors in policy that crowd into view when we survey the

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