It seems that the ministers of the First Parish made deep impressions on many young men.
Theodore Parker, on a visit here, wrote in his diary April 13, 1843,Saw schoolmaster Thomas Starr King,— capital fellow, only nineteen. Taught school three years. Supports his mother.
He went into Walker's three courses of lectures, and took good notes.
Reads French, Spanish, Latin, Italian, a little Greek and begins German.
He is a good listener.
He resigned his position August 1, 1843.
In 1845, at the invitation of the citizens of Medford, he delivered the Fourth of July oration in the Unitarian Church.
Service in our schools seems to have been a good preparation for a wider life of usefulness and prominence.
Many pupils must have been stimulated and greatly influenced for good by such earnest, fine young spirits as Starr King and his predecessors in office.
The most distinguished guests within our borders have been two of world-wide fame, Washington (1789) an