The Squirrel on a Golden Chain: Pet Making, Self-Mastery, and Enlightenment Boyhood SPENCER D. C. KERALISDIRECTOR FOR DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP | RESEARCH ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP CO-OPERATIVE SPENCER.KERALIS@UNT.EDU @HAUNTOLOGIST
Boy with aSquirrel (HenryPelham)John SingletonCopley, 1765
Sanders’PictorialPrimer: or AnIntroductionto “Sanders’First Reader.”W. & J. C. Sanders.(New York: Ivison &Phinney, 178 FultonStreet, 1846).
Reward ofMerit, 1833American Broadsidesand Ephemera, Series 1,no. 17782
Now as nuts and almonds areThe infant’sprogress, from hidden under rough shells, and asthe valley of honey is concealed in the bells anddestruction, to cups of flowers; so there is a hiddeneverlasting meaning in every part of myglory. allegory, which I hope you will beMrs Sherwood (MaryMartha). (Boston: enabled to draw forth for yourPublished by Samuel T. profit.Armstrong, and Crocker& Brewster, no 50,Cornhill., 1821)
Nuts for Boys toCrackJohn Todd. (New York:American Tract Society,1866)
“The Cat dothplayand after slay”The New-EnglandPrimer (1727)
Lessons for Where is puss?Children, From Puss is got under the table.Two to Four You cannot catch puss.Years Old Do not pull her by the tail, you hurt her.Anna LaetitiaBarbauld, 1779 Stroke poor puss. You stroke her the wrong way. This is the right way. But puss, why did you kill the rabbit? You must catch mice, you must not kill rabbits. Well, what do you say, did you kill the rabbit? Why do you not speak, puss? Puss cannot speak.
Lessons for Do you know why you are better than Puss?Children, From Puss can play as well as you; and Puss canTwo to Four drink milk, and lie upon the carpet; and sheYears Old can run as fast as you, and faster too, a greatAnna Laetitia Barbauld, deal; and she can climb trees better; and she1779 can catch mice, which you cannot do. But can Puss talk? No. Can Puss read? No. Then that is the reason why you are better than Puss — because you can talk and read. Can Pompey, your dog, read? No. Will you teach him? Take the pin and point out to the words. No — he will not learn. I never saw a dog or cat learn to read. But little boys can learn. If you do not learn, Charles, you are not good for half as much as a Puss. You had better be drowned.
I cannot but commend … a mother I knew, who was wont always to indulge herSome ThoughtsConcerning daughters when any of them desiredEducation dogs, squirrels, birds, or any such things, as young girls use to be delighted with; butJohn Locke, 1693 then when they had them, they must be sure to keep them well and look diligently after them, that they wanted nothing, or were not ill used.
The Stages of Cruelty William Hogarth. The Works of William Hogarth. (London: William Hogarth, 1735)While various Scenes of sportive Woe,The Infant Race employ,And torturd Victims bleeding shew,The Tyrant in the Boy.Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart,To spare the Creatures pain,O take, he cries—take all my Tart,But Tears and Tart are vain.Learn from this fair Example—YouWhom savage Sports delight,How Cruelty disgusts the view,While Pity charms the sight.