Posted by Elaine on July 27, 1998 at 21:15:03:
In Reply to: Reverend Wheelock's School posted by Sarah on July 27, 1998 at 17:25:46:
Yes, it was poetic license. As you said, Reverend Eleazor Wheelock (1711-79) established the Moor's Indian Charity School in
Lebanon, Connecticut. In 1769, King George III granted a royal charter to the school, under the patronage of Lord Dartmouth. The school's name was changed to Dartmouth at that time, and relocated at Hanover, New Hampshire.
The French and Indian War was begun (formally) in 1754 ... the same year Rev. Wheelock opened his school. Obviously, neither Hawkeye nor Uncas were educated there. But, Rev. Wheelock was THE pre-eminent educator of Indian children in that era. To use his name and school had a dramatic effect ... even if it wasn't historical.
There was no other school. Hawkeye was 30ish in 1757. A little old to have attended classes three years earlier.
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