Stanton, Ebenezer Greenleaf Parsons, and Perkins
In a footnote to the printed edition of his Centennial Discourse, Nehemiah Cleaveland informs the reader of the resignation of Solon Albee and the appointment of Edgar L. Foster, of whom he says:
. . . The present incumbent is quite a young man, -- but time will be mending that fault every day. So far as I can learn he makes a very favorable impression. Let him work on in patience and in hope, and he cannot fail of success.
Conditions were indeed unstable at Dummer. Before the edition could be printed, it became necessary to add a "post-script" to the footnote:
I have just heard that Mr. Foster has resigned and the school is again closed. My exhortation fails in this case -- but I let it stand. It may do for the next man.
Nehemiah was a better prophet than he knew. On May 28, 1866, "ProfessorStanton of Bates College," was elected the new Teacher, and in the next six years enjoyed considerable success.
It is certain that the new appointment pleased Nehemiah. Very likely he had had a hand in it, for he himself was elected a Trustee of the Academy at the very meeting during which the selection was made. Both Levi, the new Preceptor, and his brother Benjamin were graduates of Mr. Cleaveland's alma mater, Bowdoin College. It was Benjamin whom the Trustees had tried to bring to Byfield in 1859. Levi had taught at New Hampton Institute and been Principal at the high school in Newburyport before moving to the Maine State Seminary in Lewiston. When that institution grew into Bates College, Mr. Stanton became Professor of the Greek Language and Literature.
The Academy's enrollment was high and the school active under Mr. Stanton. In the winter term of 1867 sixty-two boys studied there. From term to term numbers ranged generally from forty to sixty. The popularity of this skilled teacher drew boys from