AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 15
sold the farm and bought a larger one, of about fifty acres, about one and a half miles from a school. This enabled the girls to attend the summer quarter and the boys the winter.
It was here in an old country log house that I took my scholastic degrees. The building was under the jurisdic¬ tion of the Society of Friends, generally known at that time as Quakers. They held service in their meeting house twice a week, first-day and lifth-day meetings as they were called, which were attended regularly whether in seedtime or harvest. They also had what were called quarterly meetings, which took place every three months, and which it was the custom for all the school, when in session, to attend; all walked over to the meeting in a body under the eye of the teacher, and remained until it was over. I have been informed that I heard EUas Hicks speak, and I have no doubt it is so, but I cannot remember him. He was an able man, and a great leader of the Friends, and it was his views on the Divinity of Christ that caused the separa¬ tion of the Society into two parts, now known as Hicksite and Orthodox. The Friends were a most excellent people, good neighbors, charitable, peace-lo\dng, and peace-making; in early life I was much amongst them, and I have no doubt that I profited by association with them.
In order that the present generation may fully compre¬ hend the difficulty of securing an education when I was a boy, some eighty odd years ago, it will be quite in place to state, very briefly, the condition of the schools, as they existed at that date. It was a number of years prior to the time when the great commoner, Thaddeus Stevens, made his eloquent and farseeing appeal to our State legis¬ lature, sixty odd years since, in favor of our common school system. The predictions he made in that memorable address when the bill was under discussion have been fully