William Hickling Prescott

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By the time I am 30, (God willing) I propose ...

THE CHANGES OF TWO YEARS were upon William H. Prescott, his family, friends, and Boston. 1 The basic objective of his long trip —a return to good health—had not materialized. However, the assurance that every effort had been made did console all the Prescotts. Having concluded that self-discipline, in diet, exercise, social affairs, use of eyes, and all else, would be more helpful than medicines, William found that his efforts at disciplined living would show varying results.

A second side of his trip, the grand tour, was a success. His curiosity, the family's queries and expectations, and his own classical education

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The sources for the Prescotts, their friends, and Boston in the period 1815‐ 1817 are these: W. and C. G. Prescott to WHP, August 10, 19, September 4, 1816, June I, 1817, W. Prescott to WHP, March 2, June 10, 15, August 6, October 13, November 24, 1816, January 4, April 12, 1817, C. G. Prescott to WHP, June 7, July 14, August 8, September 15, 22, October 10, 12, 16, 27, November 6, 29, 1816, January I, 9, March 3, 10, 19, May 18, 1817, C. E. Prescott to WHP, September 15, December 29, 1816, Prescott papers; George S. Hillard , "Prescott," in Little Journeys to the Homes of American Authors ( New York, 1896), p. 84; Caroline Gardiner Curtis, Memories of Fifty Years in the Last Century ( Boston, 1947), p. 12; Annie Haven Thwing, The Crooked & Narrow Streets of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 ( Boston, 1920), p. 180; William B. Sprague, Annals of the American Unitarian Pulpit ( New York, 1865), pp. 439-440.

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