family of children.
He became cashier of the Massachusetts Bank, and a trustee of the Charlestown schools
During a part of this period George Bartlett
appears to have been master of the writing school.
Voted, December 6, 1790, that George Bartlett
have an order on the treasurer for his bill for ink for the school, 12s 11d. Mr. Bartlett
was born October 5, 1760, and was a brother of Hon. Josiah Bartlett
, already mentioned.
He married Mary Gorham
, and one of their family of eight children, Catharine, became the wife of Rev. James Walker
, president of Harvard College (Wyman
). From 1812 to 1816, inclusive, Mr. Bartlett
served on the board of trustees.
December 3, 1792, voted that Mary Rand
have an order on the treasurer for her bill for schooling poor children, £ 1 5s Od. This item preserves the name of one of the female teachers of that period.
We are now arrived at a time when Charlestown school affairs are to take on a more modern aspect.
In accounting for the change, which was a gradual one, we can do no better than to glean from the records.
The immediate cause, it would seem, was a financial one.
May 20, 1790. ‘An examination of the poors' bonds and of the school bonds showed there was a deficiency; to make good the principal in the Bonds belonging to the Schools
would require £ 488 18s 8d, and it was voted that this be made good so that the will of donors may be complied with.’
Messrs. James Russell
, Richard Devens
, and Thomas Harris
‘proposed that a farm in Stoneham
, improved by Silas Simonds
, and belonging to the town, be appraised and, so far as the sum will go, be taken in part for this deficiency, and that the remainder be taken in real estate
or bonds, so that the funds may be kept good.’
October 4, 1790, a committee of three, James Russell
, Samuel Dexter
, and Isaac Mallett
, was given ‘full power to make transfer of the town's farm at Stoneham
, so that the fee may rest in the school forever, as they may see fit.’
April 4, 1791, ‘Voted to appoint a committee of seven to consider what further provision is best to be made for the public school and report at the May meeting.
The gentlemen appointed were Richard Devens
, Samuel Dexter