September 5th, 1848 (Tuesday)

September 5, 2010

Mr Alderman Copeland, MP, called to see the College, and to inquire whether we would take his son.1 He had been advised to this by Mr Kennard. He has been unfortunate in Public Schools. There was lately an awkward occurrence at Winhester, which elicited letters in the newspapers from the Warden and Dr Moberly. A boy was compelled to fag out at cricket, and to such an extent that over fatigue brought on fever, and he died. This was a son of Mr Copeland’s. He had another at Eton, who got a blow from a hockey stick, on his leg, which had to be cut off. Much pleased with the place, and will send the boy, as I have consented to take him. He is to send some young plants of the i<Cedrus deodara from the Himalayan mountains, – and of Pinus excelsa. This little civility is very gratifying.

Dr Bloxam2 came out, accompanied by some friends, including a Mr Woodard, who is trying to establish a school for the middle classes on the Church system at New Shoreham.3 He seems to have a good deal of energy and boldness, which essential qualities are not likely to be much embarrassed by over-refinement. I daresay he is just the man for the work. Thus are sound principles of education making rapid progress.


1: William Taylor Copeland was an MP and eventually Lord Mayor of London. As a businessman, he was in partnership with Josiah Spode as a pottery manufacturer, eventually buying out Spode and taking control of the company in Staffordshire and London. In 1847, Copeland was MP for Stoke-on-Trent, but he had been closely linked with Ireland as MP for Coleraine between 1831-1837. Copeland had four surviving sons. Edward Capper Copeland, the second eldest, born in 1835, was entered at Radley in 1849. He left in 1850 and afterwards attended Harrow School. See entry in Wikipedia.
2: John Rouse Bloxam, Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and prominent member of the Oxford Movement. He was particularly involved in the revival of the choral tradition. See entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
3: Nathaniel Woodard, founder of the Woodard Schools: “Woodard created what was, by the end of the twentieth century, the largest educational body in England apart from the state, comprising twenty-four schools administered by the Woodard Corporation under its five divisional bodies, Lancing being head of the southern division. There are also two associated and fourteen affiliated schools, three of the latter overseas, in Malawi, USA, and Australia.” See entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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