Dr Busby
Note by A Milnes to the Introduction to The Life Of Dryden

Was one of those masters who seem to have won respect by extreme severity. Cf. the notice of Dryden's life prefixed to his Select Works in this series—

'Our master Busby used to whip a boy so long till he made him a confirmed blockhead.'

Cf. also Johnson's answer when asked how he obtained so much learning in spite of his habitual sluggishness—

'Sir, my master whipped me very well.'Boswell's 'Life,' Malone's edition, 1853, p. 7.

Johnson approved of this kind of discipline and regretted its disuse. Cf. Boswell, 'Life,' 1775

'There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly, but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.'

Cf. also, on the other side, Herbert Spencer, 'On the Study of Sociology' in the International Scientific Series, p. 190:

'It may be needful, therefore, that our boys should be accustomed to harsh treatment, giving and receiving brutal punishments without too nice a consideration of their justice. . . . . So that a certain brutalization has to be maintained during our passing phase of civilization.'

See also the same author's chapter on 'The Rights of Children' in his 'Social Statics.'

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