My very early memories alternate between my grandfather's farm in Leominster, Massachu-setts, and the Pemberton House in Boston. My father and mother, both bom in Leominster, were schoolmates, and in due time they married. Father was at first a clerk in the country store, but at an early age became the tavern-keeper. I was bom on January 26, 1841. Soon there after father took charge of the emberton House on Howard Street, which developed into Whig headquarters. Being the oldest grandson, I was welcome at the old homestead, and I was so well off under the united care of my aunts that I spent a fair part of my life in the country.