"And I'll write to you, my dear. Though I ain't no scholar."

Illiteracy levels were still high at this time, and it was not until the 1870 Elementary Education Act that the government began to make education universally available. In 1880 the Education Act made schooling compulsory for all children up to the age of ten. The provision of education to his young characters, and the efficacy of the education provided, is a particular area of focus in many of Dickens' novels.

The history of Education Legislation.

Signature of Charles Dickens
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