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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
ty years old, who has been on all our trips; a perfect old philosopher, who knows every nook on the coast from Maine to New Orleans, and who, once tapped, talks forever, with the raciest personal adventures. Captain Gomez he is; was of course born in Salem, in Clam Shell Alley, in a part of the city called Buttonhole. His mother could not read and whipped his sister for venturing to study grammar at school--What business have poor folk's children to learn Grammar? I'll Grammar you — it's Billy Gray's folks that learn Grammar. He never learned to spell, and has a way in writing letters of putting a word in several successive spellings, to give his reader the choice, as volley, voylly, etc. He formerly lived in Jacksonville among other places, and was delighted to go there and get back a chest of tools; he is a brave little old thing, too, and stayed on deck when I drove all others under; and when Montgomery was surprised at Palatka and Lieutenant-Colonel--wounded, old Gomez tried to
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., William Gray of Salem and Samuel Gray of Medford. (search)
be able to add the name of the famous ship merchant, often called Billy Gray, to her list of distinguished guests and residents, though he was in the great Boston fire, 1872, but there is a letter written by Mrs. Gray from Medford, in which she mentions being in the country. The r historians have failed to locate. Horace, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Gray, was born in Medford, August 25, 18oo, and baptized siMrs. Gray, was born in Medford, August 25, 18oo, and baptized six days later. He became a merchant in Boston, and the city is indebted to him primarily for the formation of its fine Public Garden. A son ons to account for the Grays being here, relationship for one, as Mrs. Gray was the daughter of John Chipman and Elizabeth (Brown) Chipman oas bright as a woman of fifty. Other facts of interest connect Billy Gray with Medford. February 27, 1801, he bought of Rev. Jedidiah Monto a city, of cows being pastured south of Summer street, and of Billy Gray's mansion on that street. Samuel Gray of Salem married first A