of the poor had some slight attention, but the ‘youth,’ the sons of the better class, whether they knew it or not, formed a privileged order in the community.
As yet there was no real democratic equality in educational matters, and no free schools in the modern acceptation of the term.
A list of those accredited to Charlestown, who graduated from Harvard College previous to 1701, may prove interesting.
(From Bartlett's Address, 1813.)
Comfort Starr, 1647,Nathaniel Cutler, 1663,
Samuel Nowell, 1653,Alexander Nowell, 1664,
Joshua Long, 1653 (?),Daniel Russell, 1669,
Thomas Greaves, 1656,Isaac Foster, 1671,
Zechariah Symmes, 1657,Samuel Phipps, 1671,
Zechariah Brigden, 1657,Nicholas Morton, 1686,
Benjamin Bunker, 1658,Nicholas Lynde, 1690,
Joseph Lord, 1691.
A personal examination of the town records shows that from the opening of this century, almost without exception thereafter, the inhabitants of Charlestown, in town meeting assembled, discussed the welfare of the