e senior clergyman of the town, Dr. Ballou, made the prayer.
Mr. Brooks mentions on each occasion original poems recited by pupils.
Probably modesty forbade naming their author.
The effort to locate on land of higher price may have savored of selfish speculation, but at this date we fail to find warrant for the iniquity and sin referred to. Possibly the plans finally adopted contributed to the dissatisfaction of the minority, and the final location broke the strained relation.
The old English architecture of the edifice could not fail of attracting attention, and the more because of its elevated position.
After eighteen years of use, the town decided on a larger structure and secured the present admirable location on High street. In 1869 this second house and land was sold for $I,200 to Edward Kakas, who had it converted into a dwelling-house.
The cupola and the four corner turrets were removed and the exterior refinished.
The entrance porch forms a bay-window, and the roof