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The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath: The outrageously funny real-life pranks that fooled the public schools of England by Humphry Berkeley

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To the Headmaster of Stowe

April 22nd, 1948

Selhurst School, Near Petworth, Sussex

Dear Headmaster,

I understand that you have upon your staff a Master specially trained in the giving of instruction on the facts of sex. You will appreciate the delicacy of this matter and, I hope, forgive me thus for addressing you. Several lamentable happenings in recent weeks have brought home to me the complete ignorance of my boys upon this topic. After careful consideration, I have decided that a general lecture to the whole School is the best. The writings upon the walls of the School lavatories made a visiting Bishop shudder and show how widespread is the trouble. The Chaplain has referred to the matter in his Lenten addresses, but feels that this ...

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