"Gilbert was a graduate of Bowdoin College. According to the stories, he had liked to boast that he had been a classmate of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s. "
 Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was an American novelist and story writer.  He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1825, and went on to write numerous novels and short stories; one of the most famous was “The Scarlet Letter”, published in 1850. He drew inspiration from the transcendentalist movement, particularly the ideal of self-reliance – that man should live according to his own nature. But he was also a realist and understood that it was difficult to live a life free from conventions. In Hawthorne’s journal, American Notebooks, he describes a day spent with Henry David Thoreau in September, 1842.