THE mild blue eyes first opened at Amherst, New Hampshire, February 3, 1811. Horace was the third child of Zaccheus Greeley and Mary Woodburn. Zaccheus was the third of his name and line, the first having come to America from England in 1640. In all, the family counted seven children, the death of two born before his birth leaving Horace the eldest. The father and mother were intellectual people, who ground out their lives fighting the climate and soil.
Amherst was a typical New Hampshire town, with unfertile farm lands thinly settled, with poor markets and small chance for making money. For three years before the birth of Horace, Zaccheus and his fine young wife had struggled on a forty-odd acre farm, where granite boulders occupied most of the soil and the ax found more work than the plow. To make the task of getting on more difficult, Zaccheus had no capital and the farm was well laden with a mortgage. The growing family lived in a small one-story house of the common type, heated, if the term can be used truthfully, by fireplaces with vast appetites for fuel, the warmth from most of which went, up the chimney. Both parents worked hard. Mary Woodburn, with fast-coming children, cooked, nursed and spun. She