delightful to all cultivated minds (“Ad docendum mire accomodatas, literatis item omnibus probatissimas reddiderunt
”). He was also, “Conjux peramans, parens benevolentissimus ;
” and it is expressly stated that while he was candid in controversy he was also exceedingly vigorous -“Simul et acer, nervosus, praepotens extitit.
If so, it is not strange that Dr. Chauncey
in his sketch of him praises his “catholic spirit and conduct, in spite of great temptations to the contrary.”
From these we turned to the humbler tomb of Thomas Longhorn
, the town drummer, who died in 1685, “aged about 68 years,” or of Thomas Fox
, whose death was in 1693, and who had a quarter of a century before been ordered by the selectmen to “look to the youth in time of public worship, & to inform against such as he find disorderly” ; or, perhaps with vague curiosity to that of “Jane, a negro servant to Andrew Boardman
,” who died in 1741, when Massachusetts
still held slaves.
These larger tombs, by reason of their horizontal position, afforded excellent seats for schoolboys, intent perhaps on exploring the