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A Fishy story. Rev. Hosea Ballou, 2d, who resigned his pastorate of the Medford Universalist Church to become the first president of Tufts College, was accustomed to write to his ministerial brethren and members of the Faculty in a somewhat humorous vein. Sometimes these missives would be in several different languages, thoug
ends to eat on Saturdays.
Under stress of weather the good doctor penned the lines his wife styled silly.
There seemed to have been the irony of fate that President Ballou should have, after such criticism, sent them to the door of the professor of English literature, adding (to his wife), That's the reason I send them.
Medf at can make us feast and fast, Blending lean and hungry Lent With Carnival incontinent, Making all days Fridayish, Thaumaturgical Salt Fish.
One appellation Dr. Ballou failed to name—the time-honored Cape Cod Turkey.
Of the verses, a critic said (per contra to Mrs. B.),Had they been written by Leigh Hunt, for humor, versifi