New invention.—A method has been invented in France, by which children can learn to read in from two to six days. It was discovered by M. Laforre, who has given the society for elementary instruction, the means of judging of his system, though without disclosing the principles upon which it is formed. It has received the approbation of this society, and the invention is declared by French writers to be the “ most important in the world.”
Does this invention have an Alice issue?
Oh well, we will never know. The patent history of this early invention is not known.
The American Journal of Improvements in the Useful Arts, and Mirror of the Patent Office ... Edited by Scientific Gentlemen
Vol. 1, No. 1, page 462 (1828).