men. I lay great stress on the two first acquirements, because I think them very essential, and by far the most difficult for Charles to attain.
These letters prove the writer's love of learning, which often descends with the blood.
The patriotism and scholarly tastes of the soldier, who closed his books to enter his country's service at the first drum-beat of the Revolution, were to be the inheritance of his illustrious grandson.
The boy remained at Phillips Academy till 1792,1
's Latin Accidence, Nepos
, and Virgil.
Late in life he visited Andover
, and recalled those early days in a letter to Mrs. Abigail Stearns
, the daughter of Rev. Mr. French
‘I went to Andover a few weeks ago, to look at the places which I began to know, 28 August, 1787.
That was the day, fifty-one years ago, when I first entered your father's house and became a student at Phillips Academy.
How changed is every thing now!
Fifty-one years ago Andover was a pleasant, noiseless town: now it is a bustling manufacturing village.
I saw no old face that I knew.
I looked over and about the land that was once your father's parsonage.
It is now divided into house-lots, and much of it is covered with buildings.
The railroad goes close to your native mansion.
The large rock and the grape-vine that were in the garden still remain, but the garden is no more a garden.
There are no currant bushes; nor is that lead-lined, square box to be found in which your father caught the rain as it fell, and measured its depth and noted it down in his meteorological table.
The fence of your front yard is entirely gone.
Those beautiful elms are cut down, and no trace of them remains.
From the summer of 1787 to that of 1792, the house, the elms, the woodland (half-way up the road to the academy), and the fields around, all looked beautiful to my eye. That pump is gone that stood in the low ground of the common, between your house and the meeting-house.
How often have I seen your mother, your brother, and your sister go by that pump or near it, in your orderly walk together on the Sabbath, to and from the meeting-house!’2
Charles Pinckney Sumner
entered Harvard College in 1792, and graduated in 1796.
The members of his class who became most widely known were Dr. James Jackson
, the eminent physician, who survived till 1867; Rev. Dr. Leonard Woods
; and John Pickering
His college quarterly-bills, including board