CHAPTER V BOYHOOD--MY LAST SCHOOL: 1860-1867

IN 1861 I left Mr. Sullivan's and went to Mr. Dixwell's private Latin school, where I was to be prepared in due time for college. Mr. Dixwell had been head master of the Public Latin school, the famous and historic school founded in Boston at the very beginning of the Puritan settlement. He had left that position to establish a school of his own, in which undertaking he was highly and deservedly successful. For five years he was a very important figure in my daily life, and I remember him well both at that time and afterwards. I regarded him then, of course, as a tribal enemy with whom there was necessarily perpetual war; but I am sure that I always respected him, which was by no means true of some of my other masters, both in school and college. Mr. Dixwell was a direct descendant of John Dixwell, the regicide, who sensibly took refuge in Connecticut when the estimable Charles II came to the throne. I have thought since, perhaps fancifully, that a certain stiffness and rigidity which were observable in my master, who was a good deal of a martinet and given to severe sarcasm at the expense of stupid or disorderly boys, may have been inherited from his conspicuously Puritan ancestor, who had passed sentence of death upon a king. But what I never doubted was that Mr. Dixwell was a thorough gentleman, albeit a rigorous one, and that he was also a scholar and an accomplished man. I can see him now, a slight, active figure,

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I Heredity 3
  • Chapter II Earliest Memories: 1850-1860 14
  • Chapter III The "Olympians": 1850-1860 39
  • Chapter IV Boyhood: 1860-1867 59
  • Chapter V Boyhood--My Last School: 1860-1867 81
  • Chapter VI The War: 1860-1865 112
  • Chapter VII Europe: 1866-1867 135
  • Chapter VIII Harvard: 1867-1871 180
  • Chapter IX Retrospect and Contrast 200
  • Chapter X Europe Again: 1871-1872 225
  • Chapter XI Starting in Life: 1873-1880 244
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