A Bedspread, a Shovel, and a Pair of Tongs

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1813-1863

Sept. 4, 1831

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Dear Sister, 

I will give you a simple account of my situation. After leaving Father at the end of the Winslow bridge, I passed both bridges for 3 cents, and went immediately to Mr. Getchell’s, my former boarding house and continued there till the next afternoon. Mr. Stackpole had a room already well furnished for me. After talking with him a while he told me that if I would procure the remaining necessary article viz. a chair or two, a pillow and when cooler weather should render them necessary a pair of sheets, a bedspread, a shovel and pair of tongs, I should quarter with him till further arrangement were made. I therefore immediately borrowed the pillow and a chair from Mr. Getchell and accepted his offer.

Mr. Stackpole is what we have accustomed to call a “clever man” although of a somewhat sanguinary temperament, in other words “easily ruffed”. I found it necessary to purchase a Greek author (Xenophore) and a Latin (Terence) which together cost 95 cents. At our first recitation our class consisted of 8 since that time many have continued coming and it now consists of 15. More are expected this fall and still more next spring to enter our class. The majority of our class is from Mass. two from Salem, Stone and Upham by name, one from Haverhill and the others I have not informed myself of their residence.

Our instructor in Greek, Prof. Conant exhibits profound knowledge of his business, is an agreeable man and able teacher. Our instructor in Latin Tutor Chaplin is also a critical scholar, but not so pleasing in his mode of communicating instruction. We recite at six in the morning in Greek, at eleven in Latin, and again in Greek at 5 P.M.  … We rise at five. The bell for prayers is at quarter before six, thence we go to the recitation room, thence to breakfast at seven, thence to the shop till half past eight when the bell rings for study, recite at eleven, dine at twelve, then to the shop till half past two, thence to study. Recitation at five, prayers at six, thence to tea. Study hours from seven to nine to which we add one and generally two hours, then retire to rest.

I have been alone since last evening, Mr. S. having gone home, during which time I have enjoyed some of the tranquility of college life; but when he is here, there is so much running in and out, and his taste is so very different from mine on many important subjects that I find no time for that conclusion and converse with myself of which I am a particular friend, and more of this I might enjoy if I roomed alone or with one whose temperament would better correspond with my own.

Lorenzo Allen, Class of 1835

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