o give him as good an education as their finances would permit.
He was accordingly placed at the town school, where he was taught the rudiments of science and the Latin and Greek languages.
Such was his proficiency in his scholastic studies, etc., that he secured the friendship of Dr. Tufts, who took him into his family at the age of fourteen to educate him for his profession.
These subjects were taught in our school, then, before 1766. Dr. Brooks was born in Charlestown, Symmes Corner, in 1752, but this had become a part of Medford in 1754, so the town school referred to must have been our own, and not that of Charlestown.
The school must by this time have lost its elementary character as indicated by the early votes previous to the town owning its building, and have assumed that of a grammar school or one fitting for college.
When this change was made we have no means of knowing with definiteness, but the evidence from the amount of salary paid the masters, and the increase in l
2 bbls of pork.
800 hogsheads of lard.
285 gallons of wine.
138 gallons brandy.
1900 lb. Bohea tea. 2236 lb. Loaf Sugar.
310 rum barrels.
18m. 20d Nails.
471 lb. cotton wool.
2 boxes 100 ft. each 10 × 8 glass.
500 lb. salt petre.
220 lb. alspice. 371 gal. N. E. rum.
13 tons Russia iron.
2160 lb. German steel.
1500 lb. coffee. 70 hogsheads of salt.
4542 gal. Molasses. 2090 gal. N. E. rum.
14 cords wood.
The valuation of his stock in trade was £ 5,389 1s. 10d. In 1752 Benjamin Hall married Hepzibah Jones, of Concord, Mass. While serving on jury in that town he stopped at Major Jones's house.
According to the custom of the time, the daughters of the house served the guests.
Mr. Hall became very much pleased with Miss Hepzibah, and was more interested in paying than in attending court.
At the end of his stay in Concord he asked the major for his daughter's hand.
I do not know you, young man, was the answer, but I will inquire about you, and if you hear n