I have a copy of a character (as it is called) of a miss of eleven for the term closing February 27, 1841, in which her deportment for each of twelve weeks is specifically written out at length, followed by a tabulated account of lessons, credits, errors, etc. This young girl belonged in Medford
, and her behavior was excellent.
If each pupil received a similar account there must have been a great deal of writing for the preceptress to do. I also have seen a letter written to a pupil about to leave, who had been with her several years, in which Miss Bradbury
tells the pupil that she has earned her entire approbation, and cannot be permitted to leave without being assured of her teacher's lasting affection and esteem.
In point of years the South Street Seminary
probably outranked every private school here for girls.
Contemporary with it was Mr. John Angier
's private boys' school on Forest street that had a reputation similar to that of Miss Bradbury
's. On Tuesdays and Fridays there was dancing at the former, which the pupils of the Bradbury school
were allowed to enjoy and take part in. Mr. Angier
's school lasted from 1821 to 1841, about the time that Miss Bradbury
The following from Medford
were among the pupils of Miss Bradbury
Lydia, Mary, Eliza, Nathaniel, children of Nathaniel H. Bishop.
The last was there as a very young child.
He was the young man who travelled over South America
and made an extended canoe trip.
His experiences were published in a book entitled ‘Voyage of the Paper Canoe
A Geographical Journey of 2,500 Miles, from Quebec
to the Gulf of Mexico
during the years 1874-5.’
- Harriet, Sarah, Mary, Lucy, Margaret, Julia, daughters of Thomas R. Peck.
- Elizabeth, Emily, Almira, daughters of Nathan Adams.
- Louisa, Susan Maria, daughters of Isaac Hall.
- Susan, Lucy, daughters of Ebenezer Hall.
- Elizabeth, Matilda, daughters of Aaron Blanchard.
- Mary Ellen, Harriet, daughters of Capt. William King.
- Helen, Elizabeth, Frances, daughters of George W. Porter.