was supposed they might be found or heard of in Philadelphia
On his way home, therefore, Mr. Ticknor
took great pains to gain some knowledge of them in Philadelphia
, but failed up to the last day of his stay there.
On that day, Mr. John Vaughan1
dined with him at the hotel, and, being interested in the search, suggested, as a last resource, that a Swiss shopkeeper in the neighborhood might possibly furnish some information.
This chance was tried successfully.
Two modest young men were found, just preparing, in despair of better things, to go as tillers of the soil into the interior of Pennsylvania
said to them, ‘You must furnish me with a written statement of your history and acquirements.’
This they were quite willing to do, but confessed their inability to write either in English or in French with sufficient ease and accuracy.
A proposal that they should use Latin made their faces brighten, and the next day the two documents were brought to Mr. Ticknor
, written in correct and fluent Latin.
was soon—through Mr. Ticknor
's means—established at Mr. Cogswell
's school in Northampton
, and afterwards became Professor
of Latin at Harvard College, where he passed the rest of his life.
was made teacher of German in Mr. Ticknor
's department, at the same College, in 1825, and in 1830 was made Professor
of German Language and Literature, which he held for five years. In 1826 Mr. Ticknor
writes to Mr. Daveis
, ‘Our German teacher, Dr. Follen
, was formerly Professor
of Civil Law at Basel
, a young man who left his country from political troubles.
He is a fine fellow, an excellent scholar, and teaches German admirably.
He will lecture on the Civil Law
, in Boston
, in a few weeks . . . . He is a modest, thorough, faithful German scholar, who will do good among us, and be worth your knowing.’
The career of these two men was such as to make Mr. Ticknor
look back with pleasure to the efforts he made in their behalf.