one-half for luggage boats, while three miles was the limit at which the passage boats might proceed.
Of these latter there were but two, and for a time only one was needed, so little did people journey a century ago. All boats were limited by the Rules, to within a certain size, this made requisite by the locks, while the rafts of logs bound for the ship-yards of Medford, were towed in bands and passed the locks singly.
Steam navigation had become an assured fact on the Hudson river in 1807, one year before Mr. Sullivan took charge of the canal, but years before the canal went into operation a steamboat was successfully operated upon the Connecticut river, and its owner and inventor was interviewed by Fulton, who, it seems, only made successful application of the inventions of John Fitch in Delaware and Samuel Morey in New Hampshire, assisted by the wealth of Livingston.
Morey, to his dying day, complained bitterly of their treatment of him, saying that the cusses had stolen hi
eon Doggett, who was then preceptor of the academy at Taunton.
In a letter to Hannah Swan, Mrs. Rowson refers to Mrs. Gilchrist of Medford.
I am told that Mrs. Gilchrist was Susan Wyman, daughter of James Wyman.
She was married to James Gilchrist June 10, 1805, and lived in what is called the Train house.
Of Fanny Blanchard, Peggy Swan and Sallie Richardson, I have failed to find anything authoritative.
In the summer of 1803, Mrs. Rowson moved her school from Medford to Newton; in 1807, to Washington street, and in 1811, to Hollis street, Boston.
In 1822, on account of her failing health and declining years, after twenty-five years service, she was forced to withdraw.
She died on the second day of March, 1824, at the age of sixty-three years. Mr. Knapp, a contemporary, in an obituary said of her, Mrs. Rowson was singularly fitted for a teacher.
Such intelligence as she possessed was then rare among those who took upon themselves the task of forming the characters and enl