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He have been informed what to anticipate this day by way of Ned Quincy, who used to be already going to varsity. 4 tutors and President Holyoke of Harvard could ask him questions. The questions will be in Latin and he needs to resolution in Latin. Then he needs to switch English into Latin and Greek. He had his head out the open window because the trainer neared Cambridge universal. the varsity confronted the typical. A fence enclosed the College’s 3 lengthy brick constructions, which surrounded a sq. of land known as the “yard. ” This backyard was once naked with the exception of a wide elm tree. The trainer stopped in entrance of a construction. “Here’s Harvard corridor, the place I’m to document, Auntie,” Johnny stated. “I’ll relaxation on the inn,” Aunt Lydia acknowledged. “Don’t be concerned. You’ll do good, John. ” Johnny gave her a grin, even supposing he felt shaky inside of. “Yes, ma’am, I’ll test. ” He went in by myself. approximately fifteen boys have been sitting on benches, waiting for their turns. a few seemed very younger and anxious. Others attempted to not glance uneasy. They from twelve to eighteen years of age. whilst his flip got here, Johnny walked right into a room paneled in wooden. The President stood through a table, donning a black silk costume and a white bib collar. He bowed and so did Johnny. “Ah! It’s-ah-John Hancock? ” He checked out the checklist on his table. “I understand your uncle. He’s been such a lot sort to our faculty. ” “Yes, sir. ” Johnny let loose his breath. Then academics in black robes and white wigs improved and started to invite questions in Latin. ultimately one among them gave Johnny a paper written in English. “Change this into Latin. you'll use the examine round the corner. ” Johnny didn’t find out how good he did in his paintings, yet he was once informed later to keep a copy of the school legislation. Then he used to be informed to deliver his reproduction of the legislation with him in August and he will be entered as a freshman. Aunt Lydia used to be overjoyed. “I knew you'll do it! Now we needs to go back to Boston right now. in the event that your uncle’s gout improves, we will come again for graduation Day subsequent week. do you want that, John? ” “Wonderful! ” Johnny acknowledged. “Aunt Lydia, i think rather a lot higher, now that it’s over. i may dance a jig! ” The Hancocks ordinarily got here to Cambridge for graduation Day. That used to be the day on which seniors have been graduated from collage. Held the second one week in July, it used to be the most important vacation in Massachusetts. everybody within the colony used to be happy with Harvard university. *** Uncle Thomas was once good sufficient to visit Cambridge the subsequent week. The Hancocks got here of their most sensible satins and brocades. Uncle Tom sported gold buttons and gold shoe buckles. Aunt Lydia’s hoop skirt used to be so huge that Johnny and his uncle slightly may well squeeze into the large yellow trainer. At 11 o’clock Johnny stood outdoor the assembly apartment. He felt hot in his peach-colored satin coat and blue satin breeches. The church bell started to ring. Then he heard fifes and tune. “Here they arrive! ” humans collected earlier than the church murmured. Johnny watched in awe as all of the scholars marched into the church. After them got here President Holyoke, then the Royal Governor and different very important humans. All have been wearing vibrant silks and velvets or purple and gold uniforms.