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GENERAL



NOTICE.



Absolute accui-acy in a work of this kind will readily be admitted
to be impossible, but only those who have attempted a similar task
can appreciate the difficulty of securing even approximate accuracy.
In the endeavor to reach this, the Committee has exhausted every
available source of information, but is painfully conscious that the
first reader may detect something that has been overlooked, or stated
incorrectly. If each person who discovers an error, or is possessed
of information beyond that which is given, in regard to any pupil of
the School whose name is recorded here, will at once notify the
Secretary of the Boston Latin School Association,



Gkenville H. Noeceoss, Esq.,

35 Congress Street, Boston,

or the Rev. Henry F. Jenks,

Canton, Mass.,



he will confer a favor upon the Committee, and also contribute to
render another edition of the book, when it shall be called for, more
perfect and worthy of the support of the pupils of the School.



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CATALOGUE



OF THE



BOSTON PUOLIC LATIli SCHOOL



ESTABLISHED IN 1635.



HISTORICAL SKETCH,



PEEPAKED BY



HENRY F. JENKS.



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BOSTON :
PUBLISHED BY THE BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL ASSOCIATION.

1886.



CONTENTS.



Preface, .....

Historical Sketch of the Boston Public Latin School,

Preface to the Catalogue of 1847,

Head Masters,

Masters,

Sub-Masters,

Ushers, .

Special ^Masters, ....

Junior Masters, ....

Writing Master, ....

Instructors (French, German, Music, Military Drill)

North Grammar School Teachers,

Officers of the Boston Latin School Association,

Chapter I (1635-1734),

Chapter n (1734-1774),

Chapter m (1774-1781),

Chapter IV (1776-1805),

Chapter V (1801-1805),

Chapter VI (1805-1814),

Chapter VII (1814-1828), ...

Chapter VIII (1828-1837),

Chapter IX (1837-1885),



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APPENDIX.

A. Possible Pupils before 1734, ....

B. Ezekiel Cheever, ......

C. Ezekiel Cheever's Petition, . .

D. Votes about the Construction of the Scliool and the School Mas

ter's House, .....

E. Cotton Mather's Funeral Sermon on Ezekiel Cheever, .



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CONTEXTS.



F. Notice of Nathaniel Williams and Extract from liis Funeral

Sermon by Thomas Prince, ....

G. Extract from a Poem by Mr. Nathaniel Gardner,
H. Extract from Leach's and Edes's Diaries,

I. Robert Treat Paine's Reminiscences of Mr. Biglow,

J. Private Schools and Schools for Girls in Boston,

K. Poem by Robert Grant read at the Dinner of the Boston Latin
School Association in 1h79, ....

L. The System of Public Education adopted by the Town of Bos-
ton, 15tli Oct. 1789, .....

M. Tabular View of the Exercises of the School for the Year 1876,

N. Scholars who served in the War of the Rebellion,

O. Ode by E^jcs S. Dixwell, on the Occupation of the WaiTcn Ave-
nue School-House,

P. The Lloyd Medal

Q. Franklin Medal Scholars, ......

R. Poem by Wm. Everett, read at the Dinner of the Boston Latin
School Association in 1877, ....

S. Memorandum of some Teachers and Pupils of tlie Latin School,

T. Roster of the Latin School Battalion, ....

U. List of Scholars of the School given in a Report of the Bimker
Hill ^lonument Association whose names do not appear
in the Catalogue, . . . . . .

V. List of Portraits owned by the Boston Latin School Association,

W. Extract from the Records of King's Cliancl, giving the Con-
tracts and Specifications for tlie Erection of the Nev;'
School-House in School Street,

Index to Historical Sketch,

Index of Teachers,

Index of Pupils,

Addenda, ....



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PREFACE,



Ox the twenty-third day of April, 1885, the two hundred and
fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Boston Public Latin
School was celebrated in the new School House on Warren Avenue,
At the end of its first quarter-millenium, the Committee to Avhich
had been entrusted the preparation of this Catalogue has great
pleasure in offering it to the ]3ui3ils of the School, and to all who
are interested in the annals of the town and city of Boston as a
fit memorial of its oldest School.

It may seem a long period since this work was begun by the
Committee. But as W( have said, once and again, in our annual
reports, it was not worth doing at all unless we did it as well as we
could. What we have desired was to make the best Catalogue jiossi-
ble of the teachers and scholars of the School since the beginning.
New material has offered itself once and again, sometimes from
unexpected sources; yet the elucidation of the broken record has
always required, as will readily be seen, careful research, and one
obdurate name, for which there was any hope of more light, has
often set back the compiler many weeks in the work of printing.

Frequently when a page has been supposed to be complete, new
information has been received, which has required all that had been
done to be cast away and the whole work to be begun afresh, thus
greatly adding to the labor and increasing the cost of the book ; and
if any investigator, searching the Records of the Association, thinks
the expenses of the years during which this Catalogue has been in
press, have been unduly exorbitant, he can justly ascribe them to the
cost of correcting old or doing new work which was made necessary
by the acquisition of important information for the Catalogue, which
arrived too late to be used in the original i^reparation of the pages.

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So cart-less was the ]»a8t in preserving lists of school-boys, that
when the Latin School Association was formed, as lately ^is 18-14, we
had no catalogue of our former scholars. At that time the late
Judge Davis gave to one of the officers of the Association a transcript
which James Lovell had made, in his own handwriting, from John
Lovell's comj)lete list of the boys who were under his instruction
from 1734 to 1774. Mr. William Bentley Fowle furnished a copy
made from the same list, by the Rev. Dr. Homer of Newton, of our
Class of 17G6. From these two cojiies from Jolm Lovell's list, from
one or two manuscript lists of particular years in Master Hunt's and
Master Biglow's rule, and the printed Annual Catalogues which
began in 1S19 under Master Gould, the Committee appointed at an
early meeting of the Association, based their work. They had no
list before Lovell's appointment in 1734, and they had long gaps
between the day of the battle of Lexington in 1775 and Mr. Gould's
appointment in 1S19. That Committee published in 1847 these lists,
with such additions as they had been able to make from other quar-
ters. It will be seen that almost everything before 1734, and every-
thing between 1774 and 1814 was necessarily fragmentary. But Mr.
Gould and Mr, Dillaway, for their sketches of the history of the
School, had collected quite full memoranda of the names of the
teachers.

That Committee, therefore, very properly called its work, published
in 1847, "Materials for a Catalogue of the Masters and Scholars who
have belonged to the Public Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts,
from 1035 to 1846." In tlieir preface they acknowledged its frag-
mentary character, and pointed out the sources where light might be
looked for, and urged its completion.

In the year 1875 a fortunate stimulus was given to such study in
the discovery by Mr. E. S. Dixwell of the full Catalogue of Samuel
Hunt, including the boys who were under him, both at the North
Grammar School, and after his transfer to our School. The same
manuscript showed that the holiday after the battle of Lexington
was not so long as had been sujjposed, but that the School was
©ijened again immediately after "Washington's entrance into the town.
Encouraged ))y this happy discovery, the Association at once ordered
tlie ])re]iaration of a new and enlarged Catalogue, and appointed for
the ]mr]»oso a special Connnittee, of which Edward E. Hale was
made Chairman, and tlio late Joseph Healy, then Secretary of the
Latin School Associati



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