was only for a brief period, as they became eminent in professional circles, it is pleasant to mark their connection with the history of Medford:—
Nathaniel Thayer graduated from college at the age of nineteen, and at twenty began the study of divinity with Dr. Osgood, at the same time taking charge of our grammar schooollege and of the town of Lancaster, still the residence of the Thayers.
Dudley Hall (1780-1868) used to tell of his being a pupil, when ten years old, of Nathaniel Thayer.
A side light is thrown upon the importance of Dr. Osgood in the community by the fact that of the one hundred copies of the Sermon and Charge and Right Hand of Fellowship printed by the town, twelve were given to our Medford minister.
Twenty were for Mr. Thayer, six for the president of Harvard, sixteen to as many clergymen, and the rest were given to heads of families in the congregation.
In the third schoolhouse a young man taught for six months (December, 1796, to