ific education, social and public libraries, hospitals, charities, and churches.
They were honorable merchants, dealt fairly with customers, kept accurate accounts, and their trade-marks were symbols of good work.
There is a tradition that William Wirt, who came to Boston in 1829 as counsel in a suit against Peter C. Brooks, expressed admiration at the accuracy and integrity of the mercantile books which he had occasion to examine. They were highly conservative; took a harmless pride in theit see the wit, beauty, and fashion of the town.
The household life of Boston at this time was most attractive.
Travellers have noted the perfect politeness, courtesy, and good breeding which prevailed in it. The Virginian,
An account of William Wirt's impressions during his sojourn in Boston in 1829 is given in his Life by J. P. Kennedy. who had been taught that there was nothing good in Yankees, and the Englishman,
Dickens's American Notes.
The best description of the literary life o