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[p. 34] 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 of Medford, 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:

Lydia Bishop.

Rebecca Bishop.

Fanny Blanchard.

Lucy Brooks.

Lucia Gray.

Sallie Richardson.

Ann Rose.

Hannah Swan.

Peggy Swan.

Catherine Thompson.

Fanny Tufts.

Peggy Tufts.

Sarah Wait.

Harriet Wait.

Mary Warner.

Sallie Burgess.

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 of London were Mrs. Rowson's assistants.

The former was the daughter of Major Samuel Swan and Hannah (Frothingham) Lamson, 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, ’

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