Higher education in the 19th century was largely the privilege of classical education for a privileged few. While the sons of farmers in New England, such as a Mary Baker's brother Albert, could make their own way to college through intellectual merit and enterprise—Albert taught in a primary school to earn college tuition money See Robert Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Discovery (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966), p.
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