It has been read by the gray-bearded professor after his “divine” Plato
; by the traveller waiting for the next conveyance at the village inn; by the school girl stealthfully in her seat at school.
A great, warm, loving heart guided the fingers which portrayed the picture, and that is power; and ply the rules of rhetoric as we may, the people feel the power, and they acknowledge it.’
Entering into an engagement with J. B. Williamson
, manager of the Federal Street
Theatre, the Rowson family came to Boston
in 1796. One of the parts taken by Mrs. Rowson
was Lady Sneerwell
's ‘School for Scandal.’
She wrote a comedy called ‘Americans
,’ which was performed for her benefit, and for her last appearance on the stage.
On leaving the stage, in the spring of 1797, under the patronage of Mrs. Samuel Smith
, Mr. Nason
writes, ‘Mrs. Rowson
began a school in Federal street, and with but a single pupil continued for one whole term.
Having been on the stage was prejudicial to her vocation as a teacher, but persevering steadily, she came before the close of the scholastic year to number one hundred pupils on her daily roll, and applications were received for more than she could possibly accommodate; her head, her hands, and heart were given to her school.
Finding her accommodations too limited, and desirous of enjoying the freshness and beauty of the country, Mrs. Rowson
took a lease, in the spring of 1800, of the beautiful mansion since known as the “Bigelow place,” in Medford
; and to this charming spot transferred her school.
The house which for more than half a century was owned by the Bigelow family, was built by Mr. Joseph Wyman
, who had kept the public school; he then opened a private school for boys and girls.
He taught only a few years.’
, speaking of the place, says he can well recollect ‘the two gardens of choice shrubbery in front of the building, the double row of stately trees fringing those gardens, and the long ’