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Hanover Academy


Author of " New England's Struggles for Religious Liberty," etc.



319 Washington Street

Price, fifty cents ; sixty ce?its by mail


With great pleasure

do I dedicate this voluine

to my friend

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by whose munificence

I am enabled to publish this work

at a price which is less than cost



Hanover Academy, as compared with many of our
higher seminaries and colleges, presents some advan-
tages to the writer of its biography. In the first place,
while much of its history may have been lost, yet its
record has not in general been so darkened by the obscu-
rity of a far distant past as to furnish any insuperable
difficulty to its historian. Its existence does not ante-
date the century in which we live, and a venerable neigh-
bor friend of mine, a stockholder in our Academic prop-
erty, was born (1805) before Hanover Academy was built
or thought of. Then, again, the Academy has had com-
paratively but a limited number of pupils. If it had
numbered yearly its four or five hundred students, as
Phillips Andover Academy now does, any minute histo-
ry of it would be huge and unwieldly, and any condensed
account of it would be meagre and uninteresting. Han-
over Academy has lived long enough and has had num-
bers enough, both of teachers and scholars, to furnish
an interesting variety of historic description. I have
sought, so far as I was able, to make an interesting work,
but never at the expense of decency or of truth. I have
endeavored to write history, and even Don Quixote, of
whom some remarkable vagaries are related, says that
" History is a kind of sacred writing, because truth is


vssoiUial to it. ami where Irulli is, there (lod hiinsell
is;" hut he i;t>es onto sa\ that "there are men who eom-
posc books ami toss tliem out into the world like trit-
ters." Again he says : " Lot every man take eare how-
he talks, or how he writes of other men, and not set
tlown at random, hi«^i;edlv-piggedly, whatever comes into
his noddle." I think the following pages will give evi-
dence that I have sought after facts, and that, as a
result, the reader will h ive before him, in general, a veri-
table history of Hanover Academy. I^'or the merits of
this work, whatever they may be, I am indebted to a
very large number of correspondents and friends, to all of
whom I return my hearty thanks. Of those who have
been especially helpful to me in certain ways. I may
mention the names of Sara T. Chaddock of Portland,
Me., Mrs. Abby L. Tyler of Boston, Mrs, Annie Rich-
ards Prime of Yonkers, X. V., Hon. Charles A. Reed of
Taunton, Mr. George Conantof l^isadena, Cal., William
P. Duncan of Boston, Mrs. Royal Cheney of Worcester,
Mrs. Luther Briggs, of Neponset, Dr. Henry L. Sweeny
of Kingston, N. H., and L. Vernon Briggs of this place.
Mr. Briggs has kindly loaned me many papers relating
to our Academy students, which he doubtless will de-
posit in some of our public institutions. The many full
and interesting letters relating to teachers and scholars
which I have received but which could not be copied in
full, I shall probably place in the archives of the New
England Historic, Genealogical Society, i

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