As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks, each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits: kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?
The riddle and origins of the nursery rhyme!
The only answer that can safely be assumed is that one person was definitely
going to St. Ives - dependant on the direction of the people he encountered on the way! The origins and history of this nursery rhyme was to
improve the logic and deductive skills of the child. (St. Ives is an old village in Cornwall, England)