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We had singing lessons once a week given by Mr. Joseph Bird from Watertown, who drove down in a covered wagon, and sometimes brought pails of brilliant gold and silver-fish, for those who had paid good attention to his teaching.

There are also indistinct remembrances of the election of William Henry Harrison, when our school children wore straw-colored badges, and in a few weeks' time, those were replaced by crape, which we all wore for one month.

I remember a great red, white and blue ball covered with mottoes being carried through Cambridge streets; and through the kindness of Mr. John Livermore I am able to state that “this ball was used in the political campaign of 1840 and was planned by J. Vincent Brown, a merchant of Boston. It was made in Salem, Mass., and was about nine feet high. It was loaned to the Cambridge people for a general convention held at Concord, on the Fourth of July, and was carried on a team nearly to Lexington, and from there rolled the remaining distance, with ropes held by twenty men on either side.”

These are some of the many memories that are constantly recurring, and perhaps they will not be considered too personal by others who lived in the thirties of the century so near its close.

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