Master Charles's ‘mode of speaking, his spelling, and manner of address,’ and ‘to hold frequent discourse of reason with him, and treat him as you would a child of your own.’
On Nov. 6, 1787, he wrote from New York, and on July 16, 1788, from Savannah
, anxious letters in relation to the funds for the boy's maintenance, which he had expected his friend and debtor, General (afterwards Governor) Brooks
, to advance.
Disappointed in this resource, and lamenting his own pecuniary misfortunes, he relied upon a loan from a friend.
But, soon after, the boy was taken from the school.
On Oct. 9, 1788, Ma or Sumner
, then in Boston
, wrote to Mr. Pemberton
I like the appearance and improvement of Master Charles, for the short time he has been with you, very much; and am happy to hear you are also pleased with him. I lament his having been from you so long.
I hope no circumstance in future will prevent his being with you continually.
I desire you would put him into all the studies he is fit for. I think he had better go into Latin, as though he was designed for college, if you judge this study proper for him. Whether he will be sent there or not will depend entirely on his disposition for study and your opinion of his genius.
However, for the present, I would have you neglect nothing towards him necessary for a boy so intended.
If he discovers an active, capable mind, I shall either send him there, into a counting-house, or to France for his education, according to his disposition and my ability to support him. In short, I mean to give him every opportunity to fit him for a gentleman and scholar that he himself is capable of receiving.
To you, sir, I consign him as though he were your son, and beg from my heart you will consider him as such.
On himself will depend his fate.
I hope he will do you honor.
On Dec. 14, 1788, eight months before his death,1
he wrote from Savannah
to his agent in Boston
, expressing great pleasure at Charles's return to school, and providing carefully for his future expenses, so that no further interruption might occur in his studies.
In this letter he wrote,—
Should any thing take place that I should not make you regular remittances, I desire you to call on my friend, General Henry Jackson.
I know he will advance thirty or fifty dollars at any time, after hearing the circumstances, rather than see Charles taken from school.
Remittances are hard to be forwarded from this place, but not the less certain; and all advances made by any friend of mine on this score, I will repay with interest and gratitude.
Give my love to Charles, and tell him I expect he will be a studious, good boy, and learn eloquence and manners, as well as wisdom and the languages, at the academy.
These are the grand pillars of all great objects and great