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1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. Preparation For Harvard
College--College Life--Residence In Exeter, N.H., Brunswick, Maine,
And Cambridge. "Having continued my attempts to labor till August,
1797, I then began my studies, under the instruction of a grammar
schoolmaster by the name of Partridge. At first, I had no idea of
going to college, as there were many discouragements in the way of
this. The scantiness of my father's income was no small objection,
my age was another, and my ignorance was a third. Several causes
had operated to prevent my gaining that degree of knowledge, which
a person of my age might reasonably be expected to have. In the
first place, there was no social library in town; secondly, a great
part of my winter evenings, which was my principal leisure time,
was expended at singing-school or in practising music at home;
thirdly, not having my curiosity excited by easy access to books, I
indulged sloth." Probably the fact that his uncle was at that time
President of Harvard College had an influence in turning his
thoughts and plans decidedly in that direction. Of his studies
under Dr. Partridge he writes: --"I committed the Latin grammar,
read two small books, Cordelius and Esop's Fables, and then passed
to the Eneid of Virgil. When, however, I had read the first book
and one hundred lines of the second, the school closed; and I was
for some time without an instructor, and in doubt where to look for
one. At length I determined to go to Lancaster, take a district
school, if I could obtain one, and put myself under the tuition of
the Rev. Nathaniel Thayer. This I did, and, though I did something
in my Latin studies while engaged in my school, about the middle of
February, when my school had closed, I had not advanced far in my
preparation for college. I knew not...
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