that the Boston
boys enjoy, I could not but think what it is that makes the efficient man. Not by floating with the current; you must swim against it to develop strength and power.
The danger is that a boy, with all these facilities, books, and libraries, may never make that sturdy scholar, that energetic man, we would wish him to become.
When I look on such a scene as this, I go back to the precedent alluded to by you, sir, of him who travelled eighteen miles and worked all day to earn a book, and sat up all night to read it. By the side of me, in the same city of Boston
, sat a boy in the Latin School, who bought his dictionary with money earned by picking chestnuts.
Do you remember Cobbett
,--and Frederick Douglas
, whose eloquent notes still echo through the land, who learned to read from the posters on the highway; and Theodore Parker
, who laid the foundation of his library with the book for which he spent three weeks in picking berries?
Boys, you will not be moved to action by starvation and want.
Where will you get the motive power?
You will have the spur of ambition to be worthy of the fathers who have given you these opportunities.
Remember, boys, what fame it is that you bear up,--this old name of Boston
A certain well-known poet says it is the hub of the universe.
Well, this is a gentle and generous satire.
In Revolutionary days they talked of the Boston Revolution
When Samuel Johnson
wrote his work against the American
colonies, it was Boston
When the king could not sleep over night, he got up and muttered “Boston
When the proclamation of pardon was issued, the only two excepted were the two Boston
fanatics,--John Hancock and Sam Adams
[Applause.] But what did Boston
They sent Hancock
to write his name on the Declaration of Independence
in letters large enough,