white, and fit emblem of their own excellence.’
Following this notice is a poem on the ‘Rights of Women,’ by Mrs. Rowson
, recited by Miss Mary Warner
, and a prose composition spoken by Miss C. Hutchins
The tickets to her annual exhibitions were fifty cents.
It is said of Mrs. Rowson
that during her residence in this country she became acquainted with the great statesman James Otis
, and, by her early display of talents, is said to have attracted his particular notice and favor, so much so that he called her his little pupil, and allowed her frequently to share the hours of social relaxation of one of the most powerful and cultivated minds of the age. She was fond of recurring to this intimacy, and regarded the distinction thus bestowed on her childhood as one of the proudest of her life.
Of those connected with Mrs. Rowson
's school, who belonged in Medford
, I have obtained the following list:
There is also given Mary Lane of Ten Hills Farm, Medford
; but I am told Ten Hills Farm belongs to Somerville
Of this number the fullest account is of Miss Hannah Swan
, as she considerately kept her own name to the end. Miss Hannah Swan
and Miss Ann Rose
were Mrs. Rowson
The former was the daughter of Major Samuel Swan
, and was born August 13, 1785.
She died in Medford
, August 8, 1862, aged seventy-six years, eleven months. Mr. Abijah Thompson
gives the following account of Miss Swan
‘My first remembrance of Miss Swan
was in my youthful days, 1835-36.
While in Woburn, Massachusetts