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XV. John Bartlett In every university town such as Cambridge, Massachusetts, there is an outside circle, beyond the institution itself, of cultivated men who may or may not hold its degrees, but who contribute to the intellectual atmosphere. One of the most widely known and generally useful of these at Cambridge — whether in his active youth or in the patient and lonely seclusion of his later years — was John Bartlett, best known as the author of the dictionary entitled Familiar quotatio
the very end, and almost the last words he spoke were a caution to his faithful nurse not to forget to pay the small sum due to a man who had been at work on his driveway, he naming the precise sum due in dollars and cents.
He died at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the morning of December 3, 1905, aged eightyfive.
Was his career, after all, more to be pitied or envied?
He lived a life of prolonged and happy labor among the very choicest gems of human thought, and died with patient fortitude a