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Thomas Day

(1748—1789) author and political campaigner

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an admirer of Rousseau, was keenly interested in educational theory and natural upbringing. He was the author of the celebrated children's book The History of Sandford and Merton (3 vols, 1783–9), which was intended to illustrate the doctrine that man may be made good by instruction and by an appeal to reason; in a series of episodes the rich and objectionable Tommy Merton is contrasted with the upright and tender‐hearted Harry Sandford, a farmer's son. Day also wrote The History of Little Jack (1787), the story of a young wild boy suckled by goats.

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