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CONCERNING THE EDUCATION OF YOUTH DESTINED FOR A CIVIL CAREER.
"NEITHER is it to be passed over in silence, "that this dedicating of colleges and societies
only to the use of professory learning hath "not only been an enemy to the growth of "sciences, but hath redounded likewise to the "prejudice of states and governments: for "hence it commonly falls out that princes,
"when they would make choice of ministers fit "for the affairs of state, finde about them such a marvellous solitude of able men; because "there is no education collegiate designed to "this end, where such as are framed and "fitted by nature thereto, might give them"selves chiefly to histories, modern languages, "books, and discourses of policy, that so they might come more able and better furnished to "service of state."- Advancement of Learning, book i. For the tuition thus wanting in collegiate establishments (a defect which Lord Bacon's notice has done nothing to cure), some succedaneum might be found in the due direction of private education to this end, by parents who design their sons for political life. At the age of sixteen, or thereabouts, the general education of the boy should be for the most part completed; and whether or not it be completed, at that age, or but little later, the specific should begin.