This book, first published in 1989, surveys higher education in preparation for business careers, particularly the fledgling profession of accounting. Examining the origins of English schooling for merchants, it brings to light articles and writers from the eighteenth century who proposed a liberal education for business – a key part of the development of the history of accounting.
1. General Introduction: the Development of English Schooling, from Anglo-Saxon Times Through 1800 2. Pioneer Education Writer, Edward Watts 3. General Textbook Author, Martin Clare 4. William Webster, Writing Master and Accountant 5. Malachy Postlethwayt, and a Possible Alternate, or Second, Author for The Accomplish’d Merchant 6. Malachy Postlethwayt: Entries from His Dictionary 7. The Rev. William Thom: Anonymous Scots Polemicist Against the Universities 8. Glasgow Schoolmaster, William Gordon 9. The Literary, Mathematical and Commercial School of the Brothers Clarke: Mathematician Henry and Baptist Cleric William Augustus 10. ‘Well-Bred’ British and American Scholar William Milns