60 SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DAYS. TO MRS. HARDY. ANDOVER, May 18, 1867. Since I departed from you I wanted to write a few lines to ask how you are, but I was just as busy as bees with my studies. . . . After the class got through the study of natural philosophy they took botany for the remainder of the term. I hesitated to take it be­cause I thought I could not spend my time for flowers. My teacher was in favor of it and told me it was a very fine study, just as useful as natural philosophy; so I was obliged to take it, and borrowed his book, because it costs so much. I did not like to get it without consulting you. It is very hard to remember .names of flowers, but I enjoy very much, being en­couraged to it by that God would not forsake me, be­cause He cares for the minutest flower. I would like to have a book of my own. If you please, send your word by M~~ and let me know if I may buy it or not. Also my teacher and Mr. Flint advised me to commence geometry. . .. The class in the Aead­emy was too far advanced for me to enter it, so Mr. Flint offered to hear me recite half an hour each day .... I like to see the Japanese Commissionary, but I think better for me to hide myself from them, because I am runaway boy and the law-breaker of the government. . . • TO MRS. HARDY. NoRTH CHATHAM, August 8, 1f67. I left Andover on the 25th July to visit my friends who live in North Chatham. When I came to Boston I met showers many times, but I carried my trunk from the Maine depot to the Old Colony depot