Saturday, February 11, 2012

Another pupil for Blaxland's Quaker School at Hitchin?

Sarah has drawn to my attention that John Middleton died of scarlet fever while he was at a Quaker school in Hitchin - and this was most likely the school run by George Blaxland between 1788 and 1801. I am wondering is many other children died of scarlet fever in Hitchin in 1793.
    The information comes from the Memoirs of Maria Fox (available online) which I note contains a few references to Maria's visits to Hertfordshire.  It is worth noting thatthe texts many old books are now becoming available online and references to boarding schools from this period can be very useful, as often they are not well recorded in the more usual genealogy sources.

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