America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long

By John Davis Long; Lawrence Shaw Mayo | Go to book overview

II
SCHOOL DAYS

IF one who knew Governor Long were asked to name his chief characteristics, he would certainly include in the list these four: temperance, culminating in total abstinence; love of Latin literature; enjoyment of music; and kindliness of heart. It is interesting, perhaps, but after all not unnatural, that these traits should be conspicuous in his journal as it rambles through his boyhood. Again the scene opens in Buckfield in the year 1848; Johnny Long is still a boy of nine years.

Wednesday, July 19. -- Pleasant morning. I have not written in my journal for a good while, so I will write now. . . . We are getting in our hay, some of it.

Friday, July 21. -- It is real hot weather. Persis and Mr. Butler have gone to take a ride off somewhere. I shall write a composition at school to-day.

Sunday, July 23. -- A small rain storm; but it will make the grass grow. . . . There is no meeting here to-day, so I shall stay at home & read the Bible with mother.

Monday, July 24. -- A cloudy, rainy, misty, and muddy day. Our school keeps two or three weeks longer. I have begun the study of Latin. [The

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  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xiii
  • I - Buckfield 1
  • II - School Days 25
  • III - Harvard College 48
  • IV - Senior Year 75
  • V - The Schoolmaster 94
  • VI - Law and Politics 119
  • VII - Washington in 1898 146
  • VIII - The Testing of the New Navy 167
  • IX - Santiago 191
  • X - Hingham 216
  • Index 243
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