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The Autobiography of Thomas Platter, a schoolmaster of the sixteenth century.   By: (1574-1628)

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Transcriber's Notes: 1. Page scan source: http://www.archive.org/details/autiobiographyt00platgoog

2. Greek text [Greek: ] is transliterated.

3. Diphthong Oe represented by and [Oe]

[Illustration: Thomas Platter.]

THE

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

OF

THOMAS PLATTER,

A SCHOOLMASTER OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN,

By MRS. FINN.

Second Edition.

WITH FAC SIMILE ENGRAVINGS.

LONDON: B. WERTHEIM, ALDINE CHAMBERS, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1847.

LONDON: C. F. HODGSON, PRINTER, 1 GOUGH SQUARE FLEET STREET.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

MASTER THOMAS BECOMES A GOATHERD

CHAPTER II.

MASTER THOMAS BECOMES A TRAVELLING SCHOLAR

CHAPTER III.

MASTER THOMAS BEGINS TO STUDY

CHAPTER IV.

MASTER THOMAS BECOMES A ROPE MAKER AND HEBREW PROFESSOR

CHAPTER V.

MASTER THOMAS BECOMES ARMOUR BEARER AND THEN SCHOOLMASTER

CHAPTER VI.

MASTER THOMAS IN THE WAR, AND PROFESSOR IN BASLE

CHAPTER VII.

MASTER THOMAS TURNS PRINTER

CHAPTER VIII.

MASTER THOMAS BECOMES PROFESSOR AGAIN DIES

ORIGINAL MAXIMS FOR THE YOUNG.

BY J. C. LAVATER.

Translated from the German, by Mrs. FINN.

Cloth lettered, 1s.

"We cannot enough recommend this unpretending volume to those who have charge of the rising generation." Monthly Mag .

"An epitome of moral duties for Children, drawn up with considerable ability by the original author.... the translation does great credit to the Daughter of a Clergyman." British Mag .

AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

CHAPTER I.

MASTER THOMAS BECOMES A GOATHERD.

[Illustration: I had drawn myself up by the grass about a step but could get no farther.]

I came into this world on the Shrove Tuesday of the year 1499, just as they were coming together for mass. From this circumstance, my friends derived the confident hope that I should become a priest, for at that time that sort of superstition was still every where prevalent. I had one sister, named Christina; she alone was with my mother when I was born, and she afterwards told it me. My father's name was Anthony Platter, of the old family of Platter, who have their name from a house which stands on a broad plat (Platte). This plat is a rock on a very high mountain, near a village of the name of Grenchen, in the district and parish of Visp, a considerable village of the Canton of St. Gall. My mother, however, was named Anteli Summermatter, of the very great family of that name. Her father attained the age of 126. I conversed with him six years before his death; and then he told me that he knew ten more men in the parish of Visp who were all older than he. When he was 100 years old he married a woman who bore him one son. By his first wife he left sons and daughters, of whom some were white headed and some grey before he died. They called him old Hans Summermatter. The house in which I was born is near the village of Grenchen, and is called Am Graben. My mother could not nurse me herself, therefore I was obliged to drink cow's milk through a small horn, as is the custom in that country when they wean a child: because they give the children nothing to eat, but only milk to drink, till they are four or five years old... Continue reading book >>




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