from "The Oldest School in America", An Oration by Phillips Brooks, 1885:

"It was the town's only school til 1682. Side by side on its humble benches sat the son of the governor and the son of the fisherman, each free to take the best that he could grasp. The highest learning was declared at once to be no privilege of an aristocratic class, but the portion of any boy in town who had the soul to desire it and the brain to appropriate it." "So simply, so unconsciously, there was set up . . . this institution, whose exact like the world had never seen, and which had in itself the germs of free commercial rivalry and republican government and universal suffrage and all the wondrous unborn things . . ."