Page images
PDF
EPUB

IN OLD AGE

X
His life was mostly in the sunshine. He

married twice,
both times hapi-
ly, and his home-
life was delight-
ful. He enter-
tained many dis-
tinguished au-
thors and states-
men,

and was himself a wel

come guest at many of the choicest gatherings in this country and in Europe. Charles Dickens said of him, “Bancroft is a famous man ; a straightforward, manly, earnest heart8." As history was his work, so roses were his hobby. At Roseclyffe, his summer home at Newport, he spent much of his time among his flowers, and recorded them as carefully as his documentary records. He was also fond of horse-back riding. When he was 80 years old he rode his young Kentucky thoroughbred 36 miles one day, along the banks of the Potomaco.

[graphic]

True to his Mother's Wish

291

When he was a boy his mother said to him: My son, I do not wish you to become a rich man, but I would have you be an affluent man; ad fluo, always a little more coming in than going out." He was true to this wish, and leaves the example of a long and well-spent life.

REFFERENCES

1 Programme of the Harvard Commencement, 1817.

2 Some account of the School for the Liberal Education of Boys, established on Round Hill, Northampton, Mass., by Joseph G. Cogswell and George Bancroft. Northampton, 1826.

8 Outline of the System of Education at Round Hill School, with a List of the Present Instructors and of the Pupils from its commencement until the present time, June -1831, Boston, 1831.

4 Names of the Pupils of the Round Hill School, Northampton, Mass., from its commencemet until June, 1831. Newport, R. I., 1862.

History of the Colonization of the United States. Ву George Bancroft. Vol. I, Second edition. Boston, 1837.

6 Austin Scott, in Library of the World's Best Literature, lil,1432-1438.

7 Dictionary of American Biography, iis,160, 161.
8 The Life of Charles Dickens. By John Forster. N. Y.

William Cullen Bryant

[graphic][merged small]

(This portrait is from “Masterpieces of American Literature”, and used

by permission of Houghton, Mifflin & Co., publishers )

« PreviousContinue »