[p. 95] Mrs Howe told Dr. Swan she remembers hearing Mrs Ingraham speak of seeing General Washington on this visit. Mrs Howe also remembers hearing Mrs Ingraham say she received a polite bow from General Washington as he passed her house—she was gaily dressed for the occasion Mrs Howe also recollects Governor Brooks telling her that General Washington breakfasted with him. Mrs Abner Bartlett says Mrs——told her that Col. Brooks requested Mrs. Brooks to have some Indian Corn cakes at breakfast, as General Washington was fond of them.On page 290, Brooks' ‘History of Medford,’ the author says, ‘We wish it were in our power to name the teachers of our public schools, who have filled their high and sacred office. ... Usage forbids this,’ etc. In a letter to Dudley Hall, Esq., Mr. Swan, in 1865 (soon after the death of his ‘brother doctor’ Swan), wrote of enclosing the following list, which he hoped Mr. Hall would attach to page 283 of his copy of the history, as he himself had done. Mr. Swan came from his home in New York to his brother's obsequies, and on meeting Mr. Hall they talked of their school days long past. Doubtless they exchanged memories pleasant and otherwise that hark back to the days when the ‘oil of birch’ was freely used. With little regard for ‘usage,’ he found it in his ‘power,’ and his memoranda are a valuable contribution to Medford annals.
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