crossing the railroad at the rear of the house, you entered the path of which I have already spoken that led to the school or hall.
This building had also undergone a change.
The store had been changed to a schoolroom, Everett Hall; the dwelling part into classrooms and studio.
There was also a large barn on the estate, part of which was converted into a gymnasium and bowlingalley.
These additions and improvements having been completed, Mystic Hall Seminary opened its doors on February 5, 1855.
The visiting committee was composed of some of the most prominent men in Massachusetts
—judges, clergymen, physicians, senators, poets, and presidents of universities.
Women were not ignored, although their higher education was not much talked of then.
I think we were commencing to leave (slowly to be sure) the ‘clinging vine’ period, which attitude was then considered the proper one for women.
However that may be, I find on the list the names of Mrs. Sigourney
and Grace Greenwood
). Among their male associates were Rt. Rev. Manton Eastburn, D. D.
of the Diocese of Massachusetts
; President Walker
, of Harvard
; President Sears
, of Brown
; Judge Bigelow
, of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts
; Hon. Rufus Choate
; Rev. Dr. Lothrop
, pastor of Brattle Square Church of Boston
; Hon. Charles Sumner
; Henry W. Longfellow
; Father Taylor
, of the Seamen
's Bethel; Dr. D. Humphreys Storer
; Gen. John S. Tyler
; and others, too numerous to mention.
I find that all the different religious denominations were represented, save the Roman Catholic
, and I have not the slightest doubt that if Mrs. Smith
had started her school fifty years later, Cardinal Gibbons
would have appeared on the board, for she was very energetic and persuasive.
Among the instructors were John P. Marshall, A. M.
, of Tufts College, Ancient Languages; Charles J. White
, also of Tufts
, Mathematics; Professor Viaux
, of Harvard, French
; Winslow Lewis
, M. D., Anatomy, Physiology,