American Annals of Education Volume 27

American Annals of Education Volume 27

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...culture, and of a peculiarly liberal and comprehensive mind. As an instructor, he had the happy, if not rare, art of making the road to knowledge both easy and profitable. Attracted by the correct and modest deportment of young Jefferson, struck with his singular proficiency and his energy of thought, he not only instructed him with peculiar zest from the professorial chair, but he 'made him the friend and companion of his leisure hours; and he did much to create, or rather to encourage in him, that thirst for a general culture--those enlarged views of 'the expansion of science and of the system of things in which we are placed '--for which his pupil, sixty years afterward, covered with honor and renown, poured out his fervid acknowledgments. Indeed, Mr. Jefferson, with some, we can not but think, of that exaggeration with which generous minds are prone to regard the services of early benefactors, declared in his Memoir that it was Doctor Small's instruction and intercourse that 'probably fixed the destinies of his life.' Under the influence of Doctor Small's teachings and conversation, the young student was withdrawn from the temptations of fast horses and faster young men, to which he was at first exposed, and to which he alludes in a letter to his grandson at college, written when occupying the Presidential Mansion at Washington, Nov. 24, 1808: --Your situation, thrown on a wide world, among entire strangers, without a friend or guardian to advise, so young, too, and with so little experience of mankind, your dangers are great, and still your safety must rest on yourself. A determination never to do what is wrong, prudence, and good humor, will go far toward securing to you the estimation of the...
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 930g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236957377
  • 9781236957375