duties there on the tenth of the same month.
He had not wholly, and did not for several years, relinquish his intention to enter upon the practice of law, and we find from his journal and notes that during all the time he was teaching at Lexington
he was pursuing his law studies.
He also was very active in his literary work, writing stories and essays, likewise perfecting himself in stenography.
It was while teaching here that he first took up with enthusiasm the study of systematic botany, and laid the foundations for those later works that will be his enduring monument.
In the summer of 1867 he left Lexington
, to take charge as principal of the Nantucket
High School, where he remained two years. Here he kept up the same lines of activity as in Lexington
—reading law, practicing stenography, writing for papers and magazines, and botanizing.
In the summer of 1869 he removed to Stoneham
, having been chosen principal of the high school of that place.
From this time his journals are silent on the subject of his law studies, and having given up all idea of other occupation than his school and literary work, he devoted himself assiduously to these to make them as successful as possible.
The fact that he now had two children to care for, in addition to his other duties, probably was influential in deciding him to abandon his intention of entering the legal profession.
But the giving up of these studies left him time for others, and to aid him in his scientific work we find him working diligently, taking lessons in German, French, mineralogy, conchology, etc. In fact, he was almost never without some study, in addition to his botany, to which he had now become a devotee.
The public library was a special care for him, and, as a member of the Board of Trustees, he devoted a large amount of time to advancing its interests and making it more useful to the community.
While living in Stoneham
he became a member of the local Post of the Grand Army