Toward the end of the eighteenth century Theodore left York, and came to Massachusetts Bay
, where he settled in Boston.
There he became a successful man of business, and laid the foundation of the family fortunes.
The second Theodore (1792-1849) was born in Boston, and graduated from Harvard in 1810.
He was a man of note in the community of his time; had studied abroad and travelled in Eastern Europe
, an unusual circumstance in his day; and was Mayor
of Boston in 1834 and 1835.
In 1820 he married “the beautiful and accomplished” Mary Henderson
of New York.
Their only son, Theodore Lyman
, the third of that name, and author of the present letters, was born on August 23, 1833, in the well-known family homestead at Waltham, Massachusetts
But almost his whole life was passed in Brookline, where his father afterwards built a house, a pleasant and spacious dwelling, set in ample lawns and spreading elms.
Young Theodore received his early education from private tutors, and spent the years 1848 and 1849 in Europe.
His mother died when he was three years old, and the year of his return from abroad he lost his father.
This left him at sixteen an orphan, heir to an independent fortune and the Brookline estate.
Two years later he entered Harvard with the Class of ‘55.
It was natural that one so charming, high-spirited, and companionable should feel himself warmly drawn toward the social side of college life.
In his studies, for the first two years, he hovered about the middle of his class.
It was not till his junior year that his intellectual ambitions were aroused, and in his senior year his true abilities asserted themselves.
For in that year he received the highest marks in the class, and graduated fourth.
After leaving college, he turned his attention to