W0389 TO [DR.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from Benjamin Gressley
Nov 1 1825
To: [Dr.] Calvin McQuesten,
From: Bradford Academy, Bradford, Massachusetts,
To whom it may concern,
Be it well known, that Mr. Calvin McQuesten for some time past, has been a student at this Institution.1 He sustains a fair moral character, and has made laudable improvement in his studies. I consider him well qualified to teach an English school agreeably to the Laws of Massachusetts. May he meet the approbation of the candid public.2
Preceptor of the Academy
1 Although Calvin McQuesten graduated from Bradford Academy in 1825, he may have continued his studies and/or written a few essays or speeches in 1826; however, it is also possible that the date is incorrect in the Calendar and on the microfiche.
2 Calvin McQuesten graduated from Bradford Academy, Massachusetts in 1825 as a teacher, and likely taught for two years. From 1827 to 1829 he returned to school to study medicine at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The curriculum of Bradford Academy also included the sciences, but there is little material in the Whitehern archive to give much evidence of that subject matter or Calvin's skill in science. W0380 is a series of drawings or geometrical designs which appear to be connected with a solar eclipse. Several names are randomly inscribed on these drawings as well as Calvin's, including Batchelder and John Sparling. These drawings have not been digitized on this site.
"Solar Eclipse Calendar." December 8, 2003. "Last calendar year where there were two Annular-Total Solar Eclipses was in 1825. There was an annular-total solar eclipse on 16 June and one on December 9, 1825." solareclipsewebpages.users.btopenworld.com/ SECalendar_files/SECalendar.PDF