widely known today in financial and social circles.
A son, who bore his father's name, was the munificent patron of Harvard College and of the town of Lancaster
, still the residence of the Thayers.
Dudley Hall (1780-1868) used to tell of his being a pupil, when ten years old, of Nathaniel Thayer
A side light is thrown upon the importance of Dr. Osgood
in the community by the fact that of the one hundred copies of the ‘Sermon and Charge and Right Hand of Fellowship’ printed by the town, twelve were given to our Medford
Twenty were for Mr. Thayer
, six for the president of Harvard, sixteen to as many clergymen, and the rest were given to heads of families in the congregation.
In the third schoolhouse a young man taught for six months (December, 1796, to July, 1797), who afterwards taught theology for nearly forty years in Andover Theological Seminary.
He was the celebrated Leonard Woods, D. D.
He joined the church under Dr. Osgood
and was the life-long friend of his pastor, though their views on theological points varied greatly.
On leaving our town his connection with it did not cease, for Dr. Woods
' youngest daughter married Rev. A. R. Baker
, who was settled over the Second Congregational Society from 1838-1848.
I find no mention of Mrs. Baker
in Mrs. Sargent
's paper, ‘Literary Medford
,’ published in the Register, January, 1912.
She was an able woman and a voluminous author, was born in Andover, Mass.
, August 19, 1815, and educated at the famous Abbot
She was married three years previous to coming to Medford
Her books were not published till after her removal from here.
The list comprises nearly two hundred volumes, most of them juvenile stories, ‘Tim the Scissors-Grinder’ being the most popular.
Several were translated into French and German.
Fifty years ago she was known to many readers by her pseudonyms of Madeline Leslie
and Aunt Hattie