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

"We only know that from the first a schoolhouse, which was also the head master's dwelling, stood where now the rear of King's Chapel stands . . . This schoolhouse lasted until Lovell's time. It is of is in his time that it is said that the garden, which belonged to it, was cultivated in the most thrifty manner, free of all expense, by the assistance of the best boys in school, who were permitted to work in it as a reward for merit. The same best boys were allowed to saw the masters wood and bottle his cider, and to laugh as much as they pleased while performing these delightful offices. Remember that these same 'best boys' were the future signers of the Declaration of Independence. They were John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine and William Hooper . . ."