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From: (Carl Rogerson)
Subject: Re: [CHS] X on Certificates
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2003 09:55 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
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> I presumed the mother just signed X as she couldn't write? Is that the
> only reason she would mark X? Was being unable to write a common thing
> in the 1850's?

There are so many things we take for granted today, that don't have a very
long history. The provision of universal elementary education did not
start in the UK until 1876. It was 1880 before sufficient schools were
available for school attendance to be made compulsory.

Carl.


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