Alfred Kroeber: A Personal Configuration by Theodora Kroeber

By Theodora Kroeber

Frontis. + xi + 292 pp. with quite a few illus., octavo.

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Jackson decided that Harrow would provide the best path for William. His cousin 24 THE PROFLIGATE SON George Evelyn was then at the school, and there William could continue his education as a gentleman, forge useful social connections, and begin the journey toward university to study law. Mr. ” Jackson wanted William to become “an ornament to society” rather than the model of prudent industry and commercial success that he considered himself to be. He hoped that training for such a profession would confer a “commitment to .

12 On leaving Loughborough , William returned to his parents’ new house at 30 Gloucester Place in London before spending the summer holidays in Brighton with them. A more elegant and impressive building than their previous home in Bath, this London residence was a large, pale-stone, terraced house with a suitably imposing front door opening on to the street that ran between Marylebone and Portman Square, at what was then the extreme western edge of London. Close to the capital’s smartest shops, it was also an address that, William soon discovered, was sufficient to send tradesmen scuttling to the door with goods on credit, eager to do business with such a wealthy, wellconnected family.

Garrow advised Jackson to adopt a more measured approach using “language more suited to the occasion”—advice his client duly followed. 19 Small private schools of the type established by Helps at Hadley promoted classical studies as an essential foundation of a modern education, aiming to impart the values of ancient civilization without the mechanical methods and harsh discipline practiced in grammar schools. Usually run as small private boarding schools by clergymen in their own homes, often primarily to educate their own children and to supplement their meager incomes, such institutions abounded, but their survival and success varied widely.

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