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Rev. Francis Wilson, Principal of Woking College, Surrey. ] Spoof Manuscript Prospectus, satirising 'Woking College. Woking. | Preparatory for the Public Schools. '

Rev. Francis Wilson (c.1848-1932), Principal of Woking College, Surrey ]

Editorial: Woking College Surrey. Undated s, 1890
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4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on watermarked wove paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Neatly written out. An unusual item, possibly the work of a disgruntled former master. The 'prospectus' is preceded by 'details' of Wilson and his wife Edith: 'Principal | The Rev. F. Wilson. M.A. | Second Class in the Classical Tripos. Emmanuel College. Cambridge & for 16 years Assistant Master of Cheam School: | and | Mrs F. Wilson. who had the benefit of a thorough & excellent home education and passed no Examinations. | Assisted by an incredibly large staff of well qualified & resident masters.' The tone is harsh and crude: '[.] The Principal undertakes the instruction of the students in Geology, Geography, Unnatural Sciences, Decomposition & the dead languages. While to Mrs. Wilson is entrusted the instruction of the young gentlemen in Music, Singing, & Modern languages & she will also instruct a course of lectures on Physiology with diagrams, the necessary adjuncts for which are rendered easily obtainable by the close proximity of Woking Cemetery'. Among the 'Extras' is the following: 'There is a detached infirmary & a mortuary on the premises, also exclusive workshiops where the school undertaker undertakes the instruction of the boys in coffin making. [.] The situation of the school is peculiarly healthy & the close vicinity of the Necropolis affords unusual advantages for fossil research & the study of osteology.' The document concludes: 'All boys are heartily welcomed, whether backward or forward, rich or poor, high or low, sane or insane alive or dead, & the parental solicitude with which all are regarded may be adduced from the fact that each boy is treated with the accustomed domestic endearments by Mr Wilson, & affectionately termed by the Principal, "my son!"'. N° de ref. de la librería 18152

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Título: Rev. Francis Wilson, Principal of Woking ...

Editorial: Woking College Surrey. Undated s

Año de publicación: 1890

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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