THE GROWING BOY
THE town of Lexington, Massachusetts, where Theodore Parker was born, August 24, 1810, was an important factor in his development. So much would have been true, no doubt, if Lexington were one of those unhappy towns that have no history, reversing so the proverb which declares the nations without a history to be the happiest. Lexington might have had none, and yet, because it had woods and fields and streams, flowers too, and the four seasons with their changing looks, and Father Taylor's "folks -- better than angels," it would have done great things for the young Theodore and the man he came to be. But in few other places could the predestination to a patriotic temper have been so strong as it was in Lexington, the town which shares with Concord the fadeless honor of that April day which saw the war for our American independence well begun. Little need was there for John Parker, Theodore's grandfather, to take a leading part in the doings of that fateful day to
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Publication information: Book title: Theodore Parker:Preacher and Reformer. Contributors: John White Chadwick - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1900. Page number: 1.
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