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April 24, 2004
Lucky little beggars

And here's another educational titbit from this book (see also the previous posting).

This is the last of four entries for the year 1618:

VAGRANT CHILDREN FOR VIRGINIA

A scheme was begun to send vagrant children off the streets of London to Virginia, there to be industriously employed. The Virginia Company agreed to take 100 boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16, to educate them, and to give each of them 50 acres of land at 24 or on marriage.

So, become a vagrant, and end up with an education, and fifty acres. Well, it was actually pretty tough, I should imagine. But it couldn't happen now.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:35 PM
Category: History
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