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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.18 (search)
† John Pleasants, Henry Randolph, C. C. Record-book Henrico county, page 352. The Record-Book of the Henrico meetings of the Society of Friends from 1699 to 1746 is preserved. At a monthly meeting of the Society of Friends held March 3, 1700, it was agreed with John Pleasants to build a new meeting-house 30x70 feet in dignatures of two servants of Hurd. Such educated servants were constantly employed as tutors in the families of the planters. The fact is noted by a traveller in 1746, who writes of the Virginians: Those that can't afford to send their children to the better schools send them to the country schoolmaster. * * * * Often a clever servant * is indentured to some planter * * as a schoolmaster. Extracts from Itinerant Observations in America—London Magazine, 1746. Published in the Richmond Standard, September 7, 14, 21, 1878. In 1649 there were twenty churches in Virginia, with ministers to each. There were also, besides other schools, a free school i