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exchanged with my father.
I went to my grandfather's occasionally while I was in college, but not to stay.
He came to the Commencement, when I took my degree, in 1807, and was then quite an old man.
My father, who was a good scholar for his time, fitted me for college.
I never went to a regular school.
He was much connectedid not tell of this.
I read about half the Iliad with him, much amused by the original, and more with Pope, of which I read the whole.
At Hanover, from 1805 to 1807, I was in Dartmouth College. One main reason for my going there was that my half-sister, Miss Curtis, was married to an extremely respectable lawyer of that place,e highest distinction in his profession, and of the purest and truest honor and virtue.
General Thayer died September 7, 1872.
Soon after I left college,—in 1807,—my father, who had a great regard for classical learning, and knew that I had acquired very little of it, proposed to me to study with the Rev. John Sylvester Joh
erminated only by death.
On his seventy-sixth birthday Mr. Ticknor made a memorandum which was preserved, and which may appropriately be introduced here.
It is headed, Aug. 1, ‘67.
Persons with whom I have lived in long friendship, and contains the names of sixteen early friends, and the dates of the commencement of each acquaintance.
They are these: Curtis, C. P., from 1793; Everett, E., 1806; Everett, A. H., 1806; Prescott, W. H., 1808; Webster, D., 1808, but also slightly 1802, 1805, 1807; Haven, N. A., 1808; Daveis, C. S., 1809; Gardiner, R. H., 1812; Story, J., 1815; Allston, W., 1819.
Others who survive, Curtis, T. B., from 1795; Thayer, S., 1805; Bigelow, J., 1808; Savage, J., 1809; Mason, W. P., 1809; Cogswell, J. G., 1810. Five of these gentlemen outlived him. In his old age he still had friends whom he had counted as such for sixty years, although he had outlived so many.
With regard to two of those intimacies which colored and added interest to his life in the perio