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Interestingly, the consequence of ages twelve and fourteen with respect to the age of discernment maps directly onto the commonly understood age at which children could consent to marriage—once again, twelve for girls and fourteen for boys. This was the case not just in Europe according to English common law and Catholic canon law, but also in colonial New England and New France as well. As in the criminal law and other aspects of civil law, the age of marriage rose over time so that twelve and fourteen became the absolute minimum ages at which girls or boys (respectively) could lawfully marry.
22 Sylvanus Johnson’s experience among the Wabanaki at Odanak also offers evidence of the efficacy of undertaking the education of six- or seven-year-olds. Susanna Johnson reports that she heard nothing of her son for four years. ” Kindly, the residents of Northampton “had taken the charge of him,” but she reports that “his situation was miserable; when I found him he had no recollection of me, but after some conversation, he had some confused ideas of me, but no remembrance of his father. ”23 Even more significantly, Johnson reports that “during his absence he had entirely forgotten the English language, spoke a little broken French, but was perfect in Indian.
Lougee, “‘Its Frequent Visitor’: Death at Boarding School in Early Modern Europe,” in Whitehead, Women’s Education in Early Modern, 207; Judith P. Zinsser, La Dame D’Esprit: A Biography of the Marquise du Châtelet (New York: Viking, 2006), 24; Dominique Picco, “Adults et Enfants en la Maison Royale de Saint-Cyr (fin XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles),” Mélanges de l’École Francaise de Rome, Italie, et Méditerranée 123, no. 2 (2011): 359–70; Pascale Mormiche, “Enfance, enfances de princes en France (XVIIe-XVIIIe Siècles),” Mélanges de l’École Francaise de Rome, Italie, et Méditerranée 123, no.
Age in America : the colonial era to the present by Field, Corinne T.; Syrett, Nicholas L