ce concerning my connection with the introduction of the present system of State Normal Schools in New England, and should have kept silence to the end, had not this noble, patriotic, and Christian celebration induced some friends to tempt me to break that silence, averring it injustice to withhold the facts.
It happens that I alone possess all the historical documents, and I have used them in writing a history of one hundred and sixty-eight pages concerning the public movements in 1835 to 1838, not for publication, but as a legacy to my children.
I have carefully preserved in one large quarto volume all the manuscript, documentary evidence, and in a folio, all the printed evidence of the facts I have stated, carefully noting dates and places.
Now can you imagine anything more ridiculous and contradictory than for a living man to stand up here and read his posthumous histories?
Has God opened a seam in the dark cloud of the grave that he may send one ray of light to increase th
bottom of several of its pages, in very immature chirography, these words,—Hollis, January, 1828.
At the age of fourteen, he became clerk in the store of Col. D. M. G. Means, at Amherst N. H., where he remained until the death of his employer, in 1838, when he decided to fit himself for a professional life.
Accordingly he entered Pepperel Academy as a preparation for college work.
After two years study here, during which time he had served as an assistant pupil, he entered Dartmouth, in 1838.1838.
During his preparatory and college courses, he taught in a district school six winters; and his senior autumn was spent as assistant in Kimball Union Academy, at Meriden, N. H.
He graduated from Dartmouth in 1842, in a class numbering 85, the largest in the history of the college, prior to the presidency of Dr. Tucker.
Of this class but one is now living, Dr. John P. Perry of Exeter, N. H.
After his graduation, he was solicited to take charge of the Academy at Pepperel, which he did