self written that these three different schools were kept successively by Andrew Crawford, — Swaney, and Azel W. Dorsey.
Other witnesses state the succession somewhat differently.
The important fact to be gleaned from what we learn about Mr. Lincoln's schooling is that the instruction given him by these five different teachers--two in Kentucky and three in Indiana, in short sessions of attendance scattered over a period of nine yearsmade up in all less than a twelvemonth.
He said of it in 1860, Abraham now thinks that the aggregate of all his schooling did not amount to one year.
This distribution of the tuition he received was doubtless an advantage.
Had it all been given him at his first school in Indiana, it would probably not have carried him half through Webster's Elementary spelling book.
The lazy or indifferent pupils who were his schoolmates doubtless forgot what was taught them at one time before they had opportunity at another; but to the exceptional character of Abrah