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primary, to tiie secondary department of the Eterniil School of Pro-
gress, I hope still to hear your ever-welcome and familiar songs on the
"ever-green mountains oi:' Life.'' Tiieii, I doubt not, we shall more
fully realize the truth of Tennyson's lines, that

" There are poems unwritten and poems unsung,
Sweeter tlian any that ever were heard ;
Poems that wait fer an angel tongue,

Songs that but hmg for a paradi.-e bird I "

Trulv and fraternalh", C. G. Eostkr.


PiKN.v A'isr.v C<iTr.v<;i;,
John- W. Hutchinson. Lkominsti:!!, Decendjer 12, 1874.

Most noble Brother : — It gives me great pleasure to learn that you
intend to give to the world the eventful and somewhat romantic history
of the Hutchinson Family. I am satisfied that it will have a large
sale and be the means of great good, as well as to enlighten the public
in regard to tlie family of sweet singers wiio have for so many years
charmed thousands in tins and other lands by that gri\at gift of song

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which (ioil had x) Ipomitiliilly licstowtMl upon tlieiii. AVell do I remcni-
luT till' first tiiiu^ I liail tin- ])lc'a>ure of listciiiii^- to the Jlutidiinson
I'"aiiiiiy. It was in ICast Ilartt'onl, Conn. ' >h, liow I (.■njoyvd tliat aftor-
iioon ! That >\\fft ministry of soiii,'- still floats in my ear. It imidf
mv heart more warm for siitferinu' liumanity, and made me feel that it
was not all td' l[hi to live, nor all of dculh to dii\ and I went on my way
mon- than ever determined to ilo ;4ood, and lift np some poor, dow n-
tro<lden brother. The next time 1 had the pleasure of seeing you was
at my little oottaiie in Worcester, ^lass, and you know, Brother John,
how you sang to Mrs. 1). tluit most beautifnl verse, " I love to tell tlie
story." You remember how it brought the tears to oiu" eyes, for Mrs.
D. was ill, and our hearts needed just such a healing balm — and when
you left the room, some one whispereil, " Shall not we name our little
boy after him ] " It was settled at onee. lie now stands at my side,
wondering to whom 1 am writing. Then, d i you remember how we
went to John B. Gough's that very night, and how John talked and j'ou
sang, and i\Irs. Gough smiled? Then do you ri'collect, John jiroposed
to show us his new leeture, and when he came to look for it, it was lost !
Hdw long our faees weri', and finally how bright the}' were when he
found it ! "\\'lien we arrived in Worcester again you will remember we
finished up the night by attending a convention at Mechanics' Hall, and
what cheers went up when the successful candidate (Mr. Washburn)
was announced. Since then I have spent many pleasant hours witli
you on " Old High Rock," and have often j)artaken of your generous

Long may you live to sing the songs of temperance and Jiumanity,
and when called beyond tlie tide naay you sing together, one unbroken
family, as you walk through the leafy aisles of i)aradise, the song of
redeeming love, witli God's choirs who are washed in the blood of the
Lamb! Soberly and cheerfully, Ever thine,

Geo. M. DiTciiKR.


Ni;w r.ovroN, X. II., August T., 1874.
Di;ar Bi!OTni;u John : — ^I learn with pleasure that j'ou are to pre-
pare a comi)reliensive history of our family for ]niblication. I have
long desired that some one having tiie ability and the disj)osition, as
well as the i)ecuniarv (jnalities would do so, and furnisli a complete and
meritorious work commensurate with the task. That desire was inten-
sifieil in my own mind a few months ago, after the hast}' scriblding dur-
ing my conei'rt engagements in .Maine' and Nortliern New llam])shire
that resulti-d in the '" IJriid' Narrative of tin,' Hutchinson Faniilv."


Since tliat lias received words of approval from S(j many dear friends,
I liave a tliousand times wislied it eoidd iiave answered a Letter pur-
])ose, wliieli I lio])e to see fulfilled in your Look. Most of the coni-
jdaints made to me of the " Xarrativi^- " is its brevity, Imt with a host
of material at your eommand, and a wider exiu-rienee, somewliat, and
w itli more leisure, I lioi>e to see a lioolc worthy of tlii' innne, and ci-ed-

italile to the autlior. I liave ardently di'sired that the me ry of the

late X. P. Rogers, a ilevoted friend and adviser of tlie family, eould re-
ceive the attention and kindly renu'mhranee it s(j mucli deserves, for
from Ins dashing i)en, tired with tiie most disinterested love of human-
ity, did lie couple the early history of tlie anti-slavery cause witli the
simple melodies of tlie Ilutchinsons. Indeed, 'twas his persuasive
power more than anytlnng else that brouglit the family's influence as
musicians to the aid of that cause.

Dear brother, I should be happy to exjjress througli your courtesy
witli 3'ou our mutual indebtedness to the many tried friends of tlie fmce
traduced anti-slavery cause — most of wlioin have gone to tlieir re-
ward — and to the cause itself, as liaving done more for us tiuiii we i)0S-
sibiy could have done for It.

1 hope you will be able in your work to give that tribute to oiu- be-
loved ])arents that only a cliild vdu utter, giving due prominence to
their many virtues and labors of love for their numerous liousehold,
all of whom, father used to say, were early dedicated to God. AVith
what care and solicitude did they watch over the physical and musical
interests of us all ! anil they always exjiressed tlie greatest joy when
they found their children walking in the truth. I do hope that tiie
sweet virtues with w!iich we were in^'iilcated will be more tlian demon-
strated in the lives of the surviving iiieiiibers, and that a hajipy reunion
may soon be consummated in the spirit life. Joshua.


Stham i;i.i:ia IIii.i,, Lkickstkh,

Mi;m..i;ial Day, 1893.
Dear ISIr. HfTCHiNSOx : — I hojie you suffi'R'd no ill I'onsequences
from your efforts at the Danvers cnmmemoration. Fatigued you must
have been, for 3-0U didn't spare yourself. I only hope that you didn't
feel that the meeting, or its officers, urged you too liard. 1 was greatly
interested by the contributions you made to the lueeting. 'I'liey wt>re,
as tlie Ilutchinson sinning has ever been, from the early times of the
anti-slavi'i'v mo\HMiieiit, a vrvy striking and effectivi' eleiiu-nt. a'ddinii'
the clincliiiig process, the riveting effect, to every argument and appeal.

356 Ai'i'KNnix.

It ."^t'C'iiU'il to iiR' fcally surpri^siiiu that your voifc fontimuil so ck-ar, so
lull ami i\'Soiiaiit, ami so like the old ilays. That most toiichiiii>: song —
which, as I havi- heard you say, has qiulKMl inohs ami put violeiicx' to
shame — the soiiy "()vit the Mountains and over the Moor," could
hardly ever have heeii more lieautil'ully rendered than it was at Dan-
vers. Tlu'ri' may well have l)een a tini;e of sadness in your tones, with
the reniend)ranee of lirother.s and sisti'r gone, — and yourself alone, of
that so efficient and elw/nent groui).

I was one of the meeting in Faneiiil Hall at that early day of the
cause, when your brothers sang there for the first time, w hen, as it was
said, your brother Jesse wrote some of the stanzas of that famous

song :

" Ho, the car Eiaaneipatiou,
Kides triumphant tliniugU the nation,
Bearing in its trnin tlie story —
Liberty— tlie nation's glory." — etc.,

while the meeting was going on. It was a new experience to me, as
I guess it was to many more. The speaking had been most earnest and
stirring, and the audience greatly affected. Then came the song, — I
think hy four Hutchinson brothers, you one of tiiem doubtless. Were
the others Jesse, Judson and Asa ? [They were.] 1 think your sister
was not at the meeting. The climax was certainly reached, the cap
sheaf put on, by that song, and its spirited singing. It was a musical
argument, harangue, appeal, call to arms, all in one. There was no es-
caping its power and effect ; nor the conclusion that a mighty weapon
had been added to the armory of the anti-slavery that day.
< Iften and often did I hear them afterwards, and always with fresh pleas-
ure and admiration. Their songs were always in a hopeful vein — always
in a kindly, generous spirit — always cheering and aiumating ; and im-
mensely helpful. There was no need to specially eulogize it at Daii-
vers, for it bore its own witness there. Your young ladies there did
their part admirably, — tilling well the vacant places, and laying us all
under deej) obligation to them, as to yourself. Farewell for now. Al-
ways, with sincere regard, Samuel May.



It would be impossible to jtrint tlie hundreds of congratula-
tory letters received by the author on the attainment of his
seventieth birthday. A few are selected :

Co>xop.i), Mass., Deci' 27, 1800.

Mt dear Sir : — Tliank you for the kiml invitation to l)e present at
the commemoration of ycnir hirthdav, as yon sliall round your tiiree-
score years and ten. It is with great pleasure that I looiv forward to
tlie privilege of meeting you on that liappy anniversary day and ex-
tending to you my congratulations that you have lived thus long, and
my thanks also, let me say, for all your beautiful serviei' in the cause
of liberty. A lialf a century ago I used to hear the " Hutchinson
Family" sing the sweet and thrilling songs of freedom, and it has been
a rare delight to liear again the voices of S(jme of them in tlu-se pass-
ing weeks, just as fresh and melodious as ever. Who can tidl how
many chains have dissolved and how many slaves have been madr free,
under the influence of such potent, melting music ? Thousands who
have heard you have passed away, but thousands whom you have
made glad are still among the living, and I trust many of them will tell
you on the fifth, as they must have often done in the past, how tlu\v
Avere cheered and inspired to more earnest service for the poor and op-
pressed by _your heart-stirring words, and your faithful ami miselfish
work. Many a happy New Year to you still, dear friend of humanity,
and I am, Gratefully and cordially yours,

A. r. PlTNAM.

CoN-conn, X. II., December 24. 1800.

Dkar Fuiexd .Toun III t< iiiNsoN : — You are so kiml as to invite my-
self an(OIrs. Pillsbury to be present at a reception temlered by you to
your friends at the seventieth anniversary of your birthday. At this
inclement season we can hardly expect in person to be there. In spirit
and utterance it shall not be so. But how can it be that you are
seventy years old ?

I renu-mber when you as a youth came to Concord to attend, in
184;], the annual meeting of the New Hampshire .\.nti-Slavery Society.


witli tell oiluTs of ydur ljr(illuT> and >i>i(_Ts. Fmir of you wort,' then
kiKiwii as tin- " IlutcliiiiMiii Family t^iiartit." . . . The editor of the
Home JuuriKil spoke of you as "a nest of brothers with u sister in
it." Abby w as tlieu only a child, but you had already given many eon-
certs and shr had charmed thousands by her rendering "'Will \ on
Walk into my Parlor '. ' said the S])ider to the Fly," with a beauty and
sweetness luver before heard. ... 1 could give you more of these
citations, but these suffice to show that you and your wondrous family
were devout Abolitionists when it was a costly character to i)ossess and
sustain, it is not so now. . . . When General McClellan refused j'our
(juartt't within his lines witli your songs of freedom, we all knew
that it was out of respect to slavery and slave-holders. Those ver}'
nulodies would now be good campaign literature in any of our political
parties, for a jiresidential campaign. . . . Your voice, whether in
speech or song, has ever been on the side of justice, truth and right.
What blissful memories must now be yours! May no shadow ever
pass over them ! . . . Faithfully and fraternally yours,

Pahkek Pillsbury,
S.\K.\a H. Pjllsbuky.

Boston, December 1^9, 1890.

Dear Mr. Hutchixson : — I have delayed reply to your kind invita-
tion till I could know. It is not yet quite certain, but I fear I cannot
be present. I would like to join my congratulations with your army of
friends on your long and blessed life. May you have as many more
birthdays as you desire. Your retrospect and your prospect both nmst
be a delight to you. Respectfully,

^I. J. Savage.

Nelson, Neb., December 2(i, 1890.
John W. Hitchinson.

Dear Sik and Buother : — . . . It was really a great i)leasure to
hear from you. I have no doubt that you are still using your voice to
the glory of the Master. . . . Many, nuiny times my thoughts hare
turned to you, during the exciting campaign just past with us in
Nebraska, especially in the selection of some of 3-our songs, favorites
of mine, such as " One Iliuidred Years Hence," and " Fifteen Dollars a
Day," tlie reiulering of winch always created great applause. Now,
my dear sir and brother, notliing would give me greater pleasure than
to pay you a visit — the uncrowned king of song, of this our great and
would-l)e glorious country if the wonu'u had their Just rights, the


francliise — on tlie fifth of January, 18111. . . . May the hiviiiyj arms
of our HeavtMiIy Father ever surround you by niiilit and hy (hiy in
your decdining years, is tlie prayer of.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

.John- ir. Hunt.

I'eokia, III., December :>(), 1800.
J<iHx W. Hutchinson.

Dkar Sir: — Your very kind letter and invitation received. . . .
It is with regret that I am not able to be with you. . . . The receipt
of your letter brings back many incidents of the ]ia>t. . . . when all
your brothers and sisters sang at the old Town Ibill in Milford, tlie
children arranged according to age, and the good old songs then sung
can never be forgotten by me as long as my memory is retained. . . .
May health, happiness and prosperity attend you and yours.

Very affectionately,

John .]. Wallack.

Ei.MwouK, Ir-r.., December ^0, 1S!I0.
John W. Hutchinson, Esc^).

Dear OLD Friend : — Your kind invitation to go down to Lynn and
help set up your seventieth mile-stone, is gratefully received. You
will have a company such as it would be a ilelight to mingle with,
and that it will be a memorable occasion, I cannot doultt. But it
will be impossilde for me to be there, except in sjtirit and warm

I think history will be ransacked in vain to find another such ^)and
as that of which yourself and Abby alone remain. So numerous, all
so rich in musical ability, and all so thoroughly devoted to liberty,
equality and fraternity !

Hail to the remnant of tlu' glnrinus l)and whose simple songs have
made life richer, sweeter and holier to uncounted thousands! Don't
fail to send me an account of the ricei)tion. All the Browns send
warm regards. Yours faithfully,

E. 1!. Bkown-.

New York, December Gl, ISUO.
Mu. John W. Hutchinson.

My dear Friend: — I most sincerely regret that I cannot be with
you and your dear family and many friends on the happy occasion of
your birthday, January 5, 1801. Oh, how strange it seems ! Your sev-


fiitietli liirtliday! To nn- vim always schmii yoiinp, such a bright,
youtlit'ul s]iirit as you Ikhh'. .May you kucp it, uiy doar friend, to the
last! . . . 1 liiii)L' you art' Will and facing the sunset as hravidy as you
faced tlu' luorninLC and noontide of lifi'. . . . May God bless you and
give you many happy years. As ever and always,

'^'our frii'ud, (iit.vci. ( ii!i;i;N\vooi).

()kax<;e, N. J., January 1, 1801.

Dear ]\Ir. IIltchixsox : — Accept my thanks for the remembrance
which bids lue to your festival on the fifth inst. With regret I
must absent myself, but I am hapjiy to join in the congratulations
of }our friends. It surprises me, indeed, to find you so young, for
I liave a very early recollection of j-ou — about fifty years of con-
scious retrospect — and then, of course, you seemed very niucli mj'

I hope the American pi'ople will never underrate the influence of the
songs of the Hutchinson family. I wish we had another such, attuned
to the times and nee<ls of the present lu)ur, when "the good time com-
ing" seems still so remote But now then' is a dearth of poets and of
singers. For this reason, if for no other, may your days be prolonged,
that the tradition may be kept inil)roken as jiossible. With a real
sense of personal indebtedness,

I am very cordially yours,

Wexdeli, p. Gakuison.

Nkw- Y.ntK, January 1, 1891.

]My dear Friend Johx W. IIctchixsox : — . . . The first knowl-
edge I had of the "Hutchinson Family" was di-rivt>d from the song
"The Old Granite State," so popular in my boyhood. The vi'rse of

this song :

'• We're the friends of emancipation,
And we sing the proclamation,
* Till it eclioes through the nation

From tlie Old Granite .State,"

started in me the first anti-slavery sentiment and conviction that I can
now recall. Little did I dream that it would be my jjrivilogc to paint
the crowning act in tlie glory of our nation, . . . the jiicture of
"The I'roclamaiion," to be placed as an enduring memorial of Lin-
coln's immortal act, on the walls of the Nation's Cajiitol ! . . .

FiiAXK 15. ('Auri;xri:R.


sevp:xtieth kitithdav lettei:.s. oGl

Mii.i <n:i>, X. II., January 2, ISOI.
DiCAR John : — My old anti-slavery jewel, I sliouM imlced be pleased
to he with you next ^Monday, Imt linlity-oiie \ears are seowling at nie.
... I remeinl)t'r tlii' Hutchinson singers, and their song.s are the
sweetest reeoliections of my life. ... I hope that power that has kejit
your voice in time so long will see that it does not fail for many years.
"N'cry truly your friend, John" Mills.

EvAXSToN, III., Deeendicr 24, 1S90.
Joiix ^y. Hutchinson.

KiN-D Friend : — Accept my thanks for the invitation to your seven-
tieth birthday anniversary, and in return an invitation from me to my
mother's eighty-sixth birthday anniversary, which occurs January o,
1891. It is exceedingly likely that j-ou will not be here, and that I
will not be at your reception, but all the same we can have kind and
friendly thoughts and best wishes, of which I assure you from us all
liere at Rest Cottage. Ever yours sincerely,


Paixesvii.i.i:, ()., T)ecend)er 22, 1800.
John W. IHtchixson.


the thousand incidents that, rapidly as thought, fill my mind, which
transpired during our pioneering in the West over thirty years ago. . . .
Xo family of singers has ever given to the world such sentiments of
freedom and humanity, in song of such harmonious and thrilling music
as the " original Hutchinson Faniily." Notwithstanding the great vic-
tory that has been achieved in the progress of right over wrong, still
there is a large class of the most worthy of our citizens (females) who
are unjustly deprived of their vote and voice in making the laws by
which they are governed. This is all ^\Tong. May God speed the day
Avhen this class shall be free ! . . . Some say the times have changed,
but I believe that your style of singing would be as popular with the
masses of the people to-day as ever, if only some such harmonious
voices could be found. . . . Your true and sincere friends,

yit:. AND Mi;s. E. E. Juiinson.

Chicaoo, III., December 27, 1890.
J. W. Hutchinson.

Mv DEAR Friend : — I thank you for your invitation, but geography
forbids me to accei)t it. >\nd have you indeed reached your grand
climaterie, and a hejitadr beyond it, on your way to the I'i'lestial city ' —

Si)'2 Al'PEXDIX.

sini^ing all the way along your pilfrrimago, nml jilanting memories of
song down all the ages; lor your strains will not he lost. Mcthinlcs
sometimes a bar will come liack to the thought of some celestial wor-
shipper, while he sings in lu-aviu the ni'W song of redeeming grace and
<lying love, and mingle with the liaruiony. I congratulate you on yom"
happy old ag\', and the useful life which lies behind it. Sing on, dear
jidgrim, you liavc aimed towards and attained the sentence, thus far,
" Well done, good and faithful servant." For the melody to which
you have devoted your life is an employment nearest akin to the em-
ployment of the blessed. Ciod bless you, and give you many more
years — and a song in them all. Cordially' 3'ours,


John W. IIitchinsox. Bostox, December -Jo, 18i)0.

Dear Friend : — We thank you for remembering us b}' inviting us
to your seventieth anniversary, but for several reasons we cannot
come. You will not miss us, for you liave been so lolig before the pub-
lic that you have made only less than a legion of friends and acquain-
tances, and if those of them still living should half of them honor you
with their presence, you would have to get the iise of a lialf-dozen or
dozen of the houses of your neighbors As I make it out, it is fifty
years since your family of brothers met for practice in the room over
Oliver Porter's store, you occupying one part of the floor and we boys
the other end, your first public concert being in the Old Sagamore
Hall. You have been i)reserved, John, to come to the allotted age of
man, threescore j'ears and ten ! How much a man can experience in
that time ! ... If your sister Abl)y is present, please i)ay her my kind-
est regards. Very truly yours, Ch.\rles Bufi'i.m.

Chicoi'Ei: Falls, Mass.. December 2, 181)0.
]\Ir. John W. Hutchinson.

Dear Sir : — I am very sorry not to l)e able to be present at the re-
ception on the occasion of your seventieth birthday. I congratulate
you not because you have lived long, but beeau.-.;e you have lived to
good effect. Most lespectfully, Edward

Commonwealth ok Massachtsetts,
Executive Dei-artaient, Boston, January 1, IR'.tl.

Mv DEAR Mr. Hutchinson. — Your kind invitation to the reei'jition
of yoiu- seventietli birthday, on the fifth inst., has been reciived. 1
liave delayt'd answering, in the hojie that I might see. m_\- way clear to


actx'pt. T(i-(lay, lioxwvrr, I liml my I'li^agfiin-nts for ^londay will lie
such as to prevent my attfinlaiux'. I reuri't tliis very mucli, as it
woiiM afford me mucli i)leasuri' to join with your otlier frieiiils iu offer-
ing liearty eougratuhitions ujion this ^■\ent. i trust that tlie occasion
maybe a i)leasant and memorahU' oni', and that you may l)e permitted
to enjoy, in health and happiness, numy more anniversaries of your
birth. Wisliing you a Happy New Year, with kindest regards,

I am sincereh' vours, J. U. A. I>i;a( ki;tt.


Washington, January 1, 1801.
My pear Mr. Hutchinson: — We have received your kind invita-
tion to attend a receittion tendered your friends on tlie seventieth anni-
versary of your birthday, and legret exceedingly our inal)ility to at-
tend. Eut we desire to tender our earnest congratulations to you on
tliis occasion and to express the wisli that you may live many years
yet to come in the enjoyment of good health, and surrt)umled by hosts
of friends and supjilied with all the comforts of life. The songs you
have sinig liave tlirilled with joy the hearts of thousands of your
liearers. And may the good you havi- done crown your mortal life
witli a halo of peace and win for you everlasting felicity in the life to
come. Sincerel}' your friends,

William M. Springer,
Rebecca Rutek Springer.

Lynx, January 5, 1801.

My ih;ar Mr. Hi tchinson : ^ ^Irs. Stewart unites with me in the
regret that we cannot attend your reception this evening. But we wisii
to exjjress our thanks f(jr your very kind rememlirance, and to wish,
with the incoming year, many blessings for you. Your life lias bein
one of noljlest sympathies. You have always Ijcen on the right side.
Your heart has been warm toward every movement of thought and
love where aim has been to make liuman hearts brighter and happier.
Your lieart-songs iiave cheered the patriot, the i)liilanthropist, the lefor-
mer, the weary day-toiler, the sorrow-laden. Your cheerful spirit lias been
dampened by no failures. The hosts of wrong liave never disheartened
you. Hope has been ever at full tide witli you. Seventy years! In
them what liapi)iness you liave dispensed to your fellows in the world's
most earnest endeavor for greater light and greater and true fraternity.

May Ood bless you an<l grant you man}' more years to love, to enjoy
and to seive. Most truly, Sa.miel B. Stewart.

804 ArPENDlX.

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