Dear George, The evidence on James and Mary therefore both show them semi literate at best. The evidence on James junior shows him as having a respectable education obtained somehow. However we are not talking secondary education in the UK at this date. We are talking family tutors as the system was that this was paid for by each family until they were of a standard to pass the university entrance exam or matriculation exam.This standard was expcted of a 15 year old Then you then went on to be tutored through the subjects you had chosen to study.
So Locally in the Delaware of 1720 surely there was a man of university education making his living tutoring(privately schooling if you like the term better) the children of the families who could afford to pay him even if it was only for the eldest child. I have seen advertisements for such a tutor saying he was able to teach a child up to maths of a commercial standard.Latin reading and writing This meant to a level that one could understand the skills needed for navagation at sea. What we would expect of a 13 year old. Even in the UK this was the system regards Elsie
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