1789 is preserved. studying Cheever's Latin Accidence, Nepos, Caesar, and Virgil.
Late in life he visited Andover, and recalled those early days in a letter to Mrs. Abigail Stearns, the daughter of Rev. Mr. French:—
I went to Andover a few weeks ago, to look at the places which I began to know, 28 August, 1787.
That was the day, fifty-one years ago, when I first entered your father's house and became a student at Phillips Academy.
How changed is every thing now!
Fifty-one years ago Andover was a pleasant, noiseless town: now it is a bustling manufacturing village.
I saw no old face that I knew.
I looked over and about the land that was once your father's parsonage.
It is now divided into house-lots, and much of it is covered with buildings.
The railroad goes close to your native mansion.
The large rock and the grape-vine that were in the garden still remain, but the garden is no more a garden.
There are no currant bushes; nor is that lead-lined, square box to be found i