London: Printed in the year 1784. First edition. A very good copy, complete with the half-title. Octavo. 4], 59 pp., disbound. Item #15913
This pamphlet, by an unknown group of men, affirms Thomas Sheridan's proposals for educational reform, expressed in A Plan of Education for the Young Nobility and Gentry of Britain (1769) and other writings. Sheridan (1719?-1788), the father of Richard Brinsley Sheridan was an actor, dictionary-maker, and champion of spelling reform. He believed that British educators should shift the emphasis away from teaching Latin and Greek and focus on the English language, with particular emphasis on the art of elocution. The text of An Examen includes passages from Sheridan's work, along with excerpts from the writings of Locke and Milton on education. The authors of this pamphlet were interested in creating a society that adhered to Sheridan's educational principles.
This is a rare item: ESTC lists copies at Boston Public Library, the Huntington Library, the University of Chicago and Yale only.