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    Re: Thompson mapping Canada
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Dec 9, 19:16 -0000

    Joe Schultz wrote, about David Thompson-
    
    "Writing isn't too bad, considering his level of formal education ..."
    
    I wonder why he made that comment about Thompson's education.  Peter
    Broughton's recent paper, that I referred to earlier, "The Accuracy and Use
    of Sextants and Watches in Rupert's Land in the 1790s", in Annals of
    Science, vol 66 No 2 April 2009, pages 209-229, states that Thompson had
    been a pupil at Grey Coat Hospital in London. Broughton also states that
    "Specialised training at London Schools, such as Christ's Hospital and the
    Grey Coat Hospital, prepared young men for navigation and surveying". I
    would expect that one aspect of that specialised training would be to
    emphasise clarity of record-keeping.
    
    That was a period when tgreat numbers of young men were being trained as
    navigators, and surveyors were being sent around the world, to map[ the
    empire.
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable, at  george{at}hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    
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