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1853. Excerpt: ... was pursued more serious than in the case of
Cowper. Possessed of a mind that shrunk from severity with a morbid
sensitiveness, and endowed with faculties that required the most
gentle culture to bring them to maturity, he was at once exposed to
the discipline of a public school; and, as usual, was placed at the
mercy of a stripling, who had purchased the right to be a tyrant by
having first been a slave. "I was," he says, "singled out.from all
the other boys, by a lad about fifteen years of age, as a proper
object upon whom he might let loose the cruelty of his temper, who,
by his savage treatment of me, impressed such a dread of his figure
upon my mind that I well remember being afraid to lift up my eyes
upon him higher than his knees, and that I knew him by his
shoe-buckles better than any other part of his dress." The boy's
cruelty being at length discovered, he was expelled from the
school, and Cowper was removed from it at the same time., Whatever
may be said of the advantages of a public school, no reasonable
person will assert that the same system of education is desirable
in every case, without reference to the constitution, or capacity
of the child; for the absurdity of such an argument would only be
exceeded by pretending that a delicate exotic, if exposed to the
wintry winds of our northern climate, will flourish with the same
vigour as under its native sky. Vol. I. 2 On quitting school he was
placed under the care of an eminent surgeon and oculist for a
complaint in his eyes, where he remained about twelve months, and
was then sent to Westminster. He was at that time nine years of
age, and even at this early period he was attacked with a
depression of spirits, to which he became more or less the victim
during the remainder of his life. In 174...
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