Correspondence of James Simpson

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James Simpson (1781-1853) was born in Edinburgh. He wrote a descriptive account of the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo. Simpson was a phrenologist and with his brother and George Combe produced with Phrenological Journalwhich ran from 1823 to 1847

Simpson believed in the improvement of elementary education and founded the Edinburgh modern infant school. He wished to solve the problem of religious education and allowed parents to select religious instructors for themselves. The school was not a success but Simpson continued to write and lecture on the subject of non-religious education and the need for educational reform

Source: Accessed 13 December 2011.