although he had establishments at Marblehead and in the vicinity of the Merrimac, and perhaps elsewhere.
And now, at last, I reach my special topic; for it was in furtherance of this great colonial enterprise of the fisheries that the first vessels were built on the Mystic, as they were in fact at various places along the coast.
They were craft of small size suited to the purposes for which they were designed.
Yet I have no doubt that some of them made considerable voyages, as to the West Indies, with which islands New England carried on a considerable trade from the earliest times, taking out salted fish, staves, and lumber, and bringing back the products of the islands; and you must remember that until within a century or two even those vessels intended for ocean navigation were very small.
Only one of the vessels that composed the squadron of Columbus was decked, and the Mayflower that brought over the Pilgrim Fathers was but 180 tons burden.
Hume the historian tells us that
ficent palaces in which our children now are taught?
There were, a little before and for many years afterwards, two or three private schools of wide reputation.
The first of these was kept by Hannah Swan, sister of Dr. Swan, in the large house on Forest street removed a few years ago to make room for the house occupied by J. Manning.
After she left, the house was taken by Mr. John Angier, who kept a boarding-school there for many years, and had scholars from other States and from the West Indies.
The Misses Bradbury kept an excellent school for young ladies, boarders and others, on South street.
Mrs. Russell, mother of the late Governor Russell, told me she attended school there.
During the first half of the century, and until the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution in 1855, a majority of voters, instead of a plurality as now, was required for the election of any public officer.
The consequence often was that for many public offices there was a failure to elect.