still, by its wide, elm-shaded chief avenue and ocean outlook, found attractive by all visitors.
's boyhood, however, was passed mainly in Lowell, Massachusetts
, where he was fitted for college in the high school.
He spent three years at Amherst College, but found himself unable to afford to remain any longer, and engaged in school-teaching as a means of immediate support.
A bankrupt country academy at Wrentham
, about twenty-five miles from Boston
, was offered to him rent free if he would keep a school in it, and, for want of anything better, he took it. He had to teach all the grammar and high school branches, including the fitting of boys for college, and his pupils ranged from ten years old to those two or three years older than himself.
He was the only teacher, and heard from sixteen to twenty classes a day. Besides these, which included classes in Latin, French
, and German
, he had pupils out of school in Spanish and Italian
, adding to all this the enterprise, then wholly new, of systematically teaching English with the study of standard writers.
This was apparently a thing never done before that time in the whole United States
So marked was the impression made by his mode of teaching that it led to his appointment as principal of the pioneer public high schools at