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Excerpt from book: THE LATE PROFESSOR Jngersoll Sotodttcjj. BY FREDERICK I. KNIGHT, M.D. Dr. Henry Tngersoll Bowditch was born in Salem, Massachusetts, August 9, 1808. His father was Nathaniel Bowditch, the eminent mathematician, and his mother Mary Iiigersoll: parents who have transmitted in a remarkable degree to their descendants the honesty and strength of character peculiar to them. The father, as is well known, educated himself in hours which by others were taken for rest or recreation : and this hard experience led to restrictions in the education of the children, which, though some of them were afterwards regretted by the latter, may have been on the whole beneficent. As one instance, they were never allowed to devote any time to music, the study of which, considering the hard struggle in life before them, the father considered a waste of time, and likely to lead to greater waste in the enjoyment of it. That this and other restrictions were imposed witli considerate tenderness is abundantly shown by the thorough respect and obedience of the children. The only school in Salem attended by Henry, of which I have any positive knowledge, was the Salem Private Grammar School, situated on Green Street, which was kept at the time by John Walsh, son of Michael, of arithmetic fame. I know that Dr. Bowditch attended here in 1822, for I have seen a programme of an exhibition at the school in this year, on which he appeal's for a Latin dialogue with J. B. Bigclow. It is interesting to notice on the same programme the names of Henry W. Pickering, of this city, and Benjamin Peirce, late Professor in Harvard College. The fact that Dr. Bowditch was selected for a Latin dialogue argues, I think, that he was at this time a good deal more of a student than he used to represent himself. He was, howev...  
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