TO me it was a (Treat relief when dame schools were
established, and by this term I mean schools that were
taught by women.
Some of our more tender-hearted people believed
Master Pormont's methods were too harsh for the
younger children; therefore, after he had kept school
one year, Mistress Sowerby, who was the widow of
Master Sowerby who had been assistant in the church
at Yarmouth, in England, was hired at the wage of six
pounds a year to teach the girls and the smaller boys.
 She did not appear to think it necessary that young
ladies should know so very much concerning Latin
grammar, or arithmetic; but rather spent her time
show ing us hove to spin tow strings, or to knit hose or
Because of the school's having been set up in her
own home, we could learn how to cook, and to weave,
and to knit, not only for our
own use, but to sell, and any
kind of knitting work done
well was in great demand.
When I could do herring-
bone, or fox-and-geese patterns, working them, moreover,
into mittens or stockings, I felt
Indeed, we had among us
one girl who knit into a single
pair of mittens, the alphabet
and a verse of poetry in four
Mistress Sowerby was most careful in teaching us
the use of the quill, for she claimed that the young
girl or young women, who could make easy, flowing
letters, need not consider herself ignorant, even though
she failed in arithmetic, or was unable to spell
correctly the words she set down.
 It seemed to Susan and me as if the people of Boston
were taking great pride in the teaching of their children,
when we learned that four hundred pounds had been
set aside from the money of the town with which to set
up a college, near those plantations which we had come
to call the New Town.
We girls were more than disappointed, however,
when told that only lads would be allowed to enter
this college, and then not until having gained a certain
amount of knowledge elsewhere; but yet it was a matter
in which we could take pride, that there should be
such a school formed when only six years had passed
since we began to build the town of Boston.
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