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his second wife.

As a citizen, many will bear testimony to his private virtues
and his excellence in all the social relations. As a son, he was
all that could be desired, attentive, respectful, and affectionate.
He was a loving and considerate husband, and the fondest father.
Yet he was judicious in the training of his son ; and, with all his
numerous engagements, he never neglected giving him lessons of



wisdom and Christian counsel. His domestics and neighbors
loved as well as respected him ; for he was kind to all. He
had important trusts reposed in him by friends and relations,
who knew their confidence in his ability and integrity could
never be shaken, or their hope in him disappointed, except by
death. Fidelity to the dictates of conscience was his ruling
principle of action. His faith in religion was firm, and attended
him through life, and shone forth in the perfect resignation with
which he bowed to the appointments of Heaven. He had all
that man could desire to render life attractive. Placed in
circumstances to warrant their liberal indulgence, he was happy
in the exercise of his benevolent sympathies and a generous
hospitality. He had numerous beloved and loving relatives
and friends, a strong and vigorous intellect, and a heart
disposed to employ it in the service of his fellow-man and his
heavenly Father. Yet when the announcement was made,
which was very sudden and unexpected to him, a few days
previous to his death, that his life on earth was near its close,
he was enabled to say, " God s will be done ! " He besought
his sorrowing friends around his bed to "trust in God, and all
would be well."

The funeral services of the deceased were conducted in the
church by three clergymen of different denominations : namely,
the Rev. William Barrows, his pastor, Trinitarian ; the Rev.
Thomas Dawes, of South Boston, Unitarian ; and the Rev.
Thomas Worcester, D.D., of Boston, of the New- Jerusalem
church. The organ at which he had so often presided was
richly draped in mourning in token of respect to his memory,
and the choir executed an appropriate chant as a parting

1839. Rev. AUGUSTUS RUSSELL POPE died in Somerville,
Mass., 24 May, 1858, aged 39. He was son of Lemuel and
Sally Belknap (Russell) Pope, and was born in Boston, 25
January, 1819. His father was for many years president of
the Boston Insurance Company, and died in Roxbury in 1851.
Mr. Pope pursued his preparatory studies for admission into
college, partly under the instruction of Mr. Daniel Greenleaf

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Ingraham (H.C. 1809), and partly at the Boston Latin School.
Immediately after graduating, he entered the Divinity School
in Cambridge, where he pursued his theological studies. He
was ordained pastor of the Unitarian church in Kingston,
Mass., 19 April, 1843, where he faithfully discharged his
ministerial duties until June, 1849 ; when he resigned his
pastoral charge, and his resignation was accepted on the 12th
of July following. On the 25th of November in the same year,
he \vas installed over the Unitarian church in Somerville.
Here he continued. to labor with great acceptance to the people
of his charge until his death, with the exception of a few months,
about two years since, during which period he acted as state
agent and lecturer for the Massachusetts Board of Education.
He was a man of great energy and industry. He possessed
talents well adapted to the profession he had chosen. His per
sonal character was adorned with Christian virtues, which made
him eminently useful as a minister, and. beloved and respected
as a man by a large circle of acquaintances. He delivered many
lectures before conventions of teachers, for the Board of Educa
tion, in which he displayed much ingenuity : one particularly,
on telegraphs, was highly commended. He w r as well versed in
physics, and had great talent for mechanics. He invented the
electrical apparatus to alarm the inmates of a house against
burglars. He edited or prepared the first "Educational Year
Book," and wrote many articles for the " Massachusetts Teach
er." His published works were, 1. Christian Union : a
Discourse preached before the First Congregational Society in
Kingston, 22 November, 1846. 2. Discourse commemorative of
the Life and Ministry of Rev. Zephaniah Willis, delivered before
the First Congregational Society in Kingston, 14 March, 1847.
3. Address at the Laying of the Corner-stone of the Free
High-school House, Somerville, 17 September, 1851. 4. An
Address delivered at the Laying of the Corner-stone, of a House
of Worship for the Allen-street Congregational Society in the
City of Cambridge, 25 September, 1851 (of which there were
two editions). 5. A Sermon before the First Congregational
Society in Somerville, 4 July, 1852. 6. A Sermon on the


Burning of the First Church in Somerville, preached 25 July,
1852. 7. Agricultural Head-work : an Address delivered be
fore the Middlesex Agricultural Society, 30 September, 1856.

Mr. Pope married, 2 June, 1843, Lucy Ann, daughter
of Col. George and Mary Meacham, of Cambridge; by whom
he had four children, two sons and two daughters, who, with
their mother, survived him. An aged mother, of whose declining
years he was a dutiful supporter, also survived him.

Mass., died at Hibernia, Fleming s Island, Fla. (whither he had
gone for the benefit of his health), 9 February, 1858, aged 32.
He was son of Samuel and Mary (Montgomery) Batchelder,
and was born in that part of Chelmsford which is now within the
limits of the city of Lowell, 2 April, 1825. He was fitted
for college at Thornton Academy in Saco, Me., where his
father s family resided for several years. On leaving college, he
entered the Law School at Cambridge, where he pursued his legal
studies, and received his degree of bachelor of laws in 1848.
He opened an office in Boston , and there practised his profession
during the remainder of his life, having his residence in
Cambridge. Of a modest and retiring disposition, he had
no ambition to gain distinction by forensic eloquence ; but de
voted his attention to the business .of conveyancing, a branch
in which he attained an honorable reputation ; and no man could
say that he had not well done the part of a faithful servant.
Without pretension, without affectation or disguise, his numerous
and constantly increasing circle of friends were witnesses of his
simple and well-spent Christian life. Enemies he had none.
His tastes were refined and cultivated ; and an ardent love of mu
sic, in which he was a well-skilled amateur, always afforded an
agreeable relaxation to the routine of daily toil. He was a
zealous and faithful officer of the church to which he belonged,
and took a deep interest in all its concerns. He took no active
part in politics, but faithfully served in the common-council of
Cambridge in 1853 and 1854. He married, 2 December, 1851,
Susan Cabot Foster, of Cambridge, and had two children, a son
and a daughter, who, with his widow, survived him.

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1846. Dr. EDWARD MULLIKEX died in Montpelier, Yt.,
24 July, 1857, aged 30. He was son of Dr. Isaac Walter and
Alicia (Shepard) Mulliken, and was born in Stowe, Mass.,
21 January, 1827, where he resided until he was seven years of
age, when he removed with his father s family to Lowell. He
resided in Lowell two years, when he removed to Waltham,
where he passed the remainder of the time until he entered col
lege, excepting one year when at school at Concord. He was
fitted for college at the school of Rev. Samuel Ripley, of Wal-
tharn (H.C. 1804). He began the study of medicine with Dr.
Daniel Adams, of Keene, N.H. (D.C. 1797), with whom, and
at Dartmouth, he remained one year. The subsequent two
years he studied at the University of New York, where, in 1850,
he received his degree of M.D. He was for some time the resi
dent physician at the Bellevue Hospital in New- York City. After
leaving New York, he practised his profession about two years
in Milford, Mass., when he removed to Waterbury, Vt., and
afterwards to Moutpelier. At Waterbury, he formed an ac
quaintance with Miss Elizabeth Bobbins, an adopted daughter
of Gen. Robbins, to whom he was married a few months before
his death. Having enjoyed advantages equal to any the country
afforded, he improved them to the best advantage ; was tho
roughly qualified for practice ; and, had he lived, bid fair to
have attained to an eminent rank in his profession. He was a
well-read scholar in general literature ; of fine taste, and gentle
manly in his habits and manners. He had won for himself the
respect of all who knew him, and his early death was deeply
regretted by his friends and the community.

1850. JOHN DAVID JONES died in New Orleans, La.,
30 November, 1857, aged 27. He was son of Jesse Rouble
and Rebecca (Ragan) Jones, and was born in Covington, La.,
21 April, 1830. His father was born on a plantation near
Richmond, Va., in October, 1787. An ancestor, the original
emigrant to this country, came from Wales. His mother, who
was daughter of John and Susanna (Battelle) Ragan, was born
near Milledgeville, Ga., September, 1804. John Ragan was
of Irish origin, and the name was formerly written O Ragan.


The first of the name settled in North Carolina. The subject
of this notice began to fit for college at home ; and completed
his preparatory studies at an academy in Mandeville, La., under
Felix Macmanus. On leaving college, he entered the law
department of the University of Louisiana, where he gradu
ated in 1852, and, the same year, began the practice of law in
the Eighth Judicial District of the State of Louisiana, which he
continued with success until his death. His disease was yellow
jaundice. He was unmarried. He was a young gentleman of
upright character and generous disposition, with a promise
of a useful and honorable life. The information of his early
death was received with surprise and sorrow by his numerous
friends in this part of the country.

1854. FREDERICK WHEELER died in Framing-ham, Mass.,
23 December, 1857, aged 25. He was the only son of Increase
Sumner (H.C. 1826) and Elizabeth A. M. Wheeler; was
born in Framingham, 20 April, 1832 ; and was fitted for college
at Phillips Exeter Academy. On leaving college, he began the
study of law with Hon. Charles Russell Train (B.U. 1837),
with whom he remained one year. He then entered the Law
School at Cambridge, and received his degree of bachelor of
laws at Commencement in 1857. While engaged in his
legal studies, his health became impaired, and in February,
1857, he sailed for Port au Prince ; but, being wrecked on one
of the Bahama Islands, he abandoned the voyage, and returned
in March. A writer in the " Christian Register " thus beauti
fully sketches his subsecjuent life to the closing scene : " Disease
rapidly developed, and assumed, finally, one of the several
forms of consumption. Every means which medical skill or
maternal love could devise to alleviate his pains was adopted ;
and seldom has there been a more patient, uncomplaining suf
ferer. It was while waiting to pass for ever away that the
strength and beauty of his character were fully manifested. In
his native town, at Exeter, at Cambridge, everywhere, he had
won the confidence of the persons with whom he mingled ; and
those who knew him best loved him most. His air of manli
ness (as manhood came), his outspoken sincerity, and his

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regard for truth, have commanded the respect of persons even
whose opinions were unlike his own. Friends, who had care
fully noted his moral and intellectual development, had seen
that his sense of honor and views of honesty were those of a
Christian gentleman ; that he gave promise of becoming a dig
nified and eloquent advocate ; that he would have borne to the
bar fertility of resource, keen insight, quick discrimination,
surpassing faithfulness to the interests of clients, and a judgment
uncommonly mature ; and that his ambition to achieve distinc
tion in politics was founded on a knowledge of the constitutional
and political history of his country : but all this was for life.
Mortal sickness and the torture of mortal pains came upon
him. Those who ministered to his wants, saw him for death.
His preparation to depart ! who of those that witnessed it
will forget the spirit in which, amid intense bodily suffering, it
was finished ? If the scenes of the last weeks of his life may
not be related here, it is still to be written, that, from the hour
his pastor at his request gave him the bread and wine of the
communion-supper until the silver cord of mortality was gently
loosed and its golden bowl was tenderly broken, his conversa
tion was on heaven and on the concerns of the soul. He did
indeed say of the body, Let me sleep, such are his exact
words, f let me sleep in my own native town, amid the scenes
of my childhood and riper years, within the sound of the music
of the bells which have so often summoned me to school and to
church. Let my last resting-place be in some quiet spot in that
beautiful grove which has so often been filled with my joyous
shout. There, perhaps some friend who cherishes my memory
will drop a flower on my grave. On the 26th of December, in
the first thick -falling snow of winter, classmates laid his body
in the r quiet spot he had asked ; and, as the sabbath sun arose,
women who loved him went to the whitened mound, and placed
upon it a cross and crowns and wreaths of evergreen. And,
ere that sun went down, there was still another offering ; for
woman, too, had dropped the expected flower." 3



1787. Rev. ABIEL ABBOT died in West Cambridge,
Mass., 31 January, 1859, aged 93. He had been for several
years the only survivor of his class ; and, at the time of his
death, was the oldest surviving graduate of Harvard College.
He was the son of Deacon Abiel and Dorcas (Abbot) Abbot,
and was born in Wilton, N.H., 14 December, 1765. He w r as
a descendant of the sixth generation of George Abbot, the first
of the name who settled in this country. His father was a
highly respectable man, was a zealous patriot, and major of
a regiment during the Revolution ; and, though originally a
cooper by trade, he was chiefly occupied in farming. He was
remarkable for industry, equanimity, integrity, public spirit,
and benevolence. Mr. Abbot was the eldest of twelve children,
two of whom died in infancy. Three of the sons graduated
at Harvard College, Abiel, the subject of this sketch : Jacob,
born 7 January, 1768; graduated in 1792; was ordained at
Hampton Falls, N.H., 15 August, 1798; resigned in 1827;
afterwards removed to Windham, N.H., where he was drowned
in a pond, 2 November, 1834, while returning from divine ser
vice: Samuel, born 3 March, 1786; graduated in 1808; studied
law; practised for several years in Dunstable, N.H., and Ips
wich, Mass. ; retired from the bar in 1818 ; removed to Wilton,
and engaged with his brother in the manufacture of potato-
starch on a large scale ; and on the 2d of January, 1839, was
burnt to death in a starch-mill, which he had been instrumental
in establishing, in Jaifray, N.H.

Mr. Abbot s advantages of education in his earliest years were
very small ; being taught chiefly by un taught teachers. When he
was fourteen years old, he began to study Latin under the instruc
tion of Rev. Abel Fiske, of Wilton (H.C. 1774). In Novem-

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her, 1780, he was admitted to Phillips Academy, in Andover,
under the preceptorship of Mr. (afterwards Rev.) Eliphalet
Pearson (II. C. 1773), where he remained until July, 1783,
when he entered college. A few months after graduating, he
was appointed assistant of Mr. Ebenezer Pembertoii (N.J.
1765), the principal of Phillips Academy; where he re
mained until July, 1789, on a salary of sixteen shillings per
week. Immediately on leaving the academy, he began the
study of theology. He remained at Andover, and prosecuted
his studies chiefly by himself, with the aid of books from the
library of the Rev. Jonathan French (H.C. 1771), and also
from the town library. In June, 1790, he was approbated by
the Andover Association as a candidate for the ministry, and
preached for the first time at Amesbury, Mass. After preach
ing successively at Kensington, N.H., Gardner, Mass., and
Cambridge, he was employed, in June, 1791, as a missionary in
the district of Maine, in connection with Rev. Daniel Little,
known as " the Apostle of the East," under the patronage of
the Society for Propagating the Gospel. He continued in mis
sionary labor for five months ; and, notwithstanding the priva
tions and sacrifices incident to that kind of work, his time
generally passed very pleasantly. After completing his mission
ary tour, he preached, in 1792, in several places, as in Nelson,
Greenfield, and Peterborough, N.H. ; but in none* of them were
the people prepared for a settlement. In February, 1793, he
preached at Middleton, Mass. In April, went to Penobscot,
and preached there and at Castine until November. He was
invited to settle in Castine, but declined the invitation. In
December, he preached for a few Sundays in West Newbury,
after the removal of Rev. David Tappan (H.C. 1771) to
be Professor of Divinity in Harvard College. In January,
1794, he was appointed tutor in Greek at Cambridge, where he
remained one year, preaching occasionally for the neighboring
clergy, and also supplying the pulpit in Newbury and Maiden.
In January, 1795, he went to Coventry, Conn., on an invita
tion to preach there as a candidate. He officiated eight Sun
days, and was requested to return, but declined, as he concluded



that the prevailing theological views were much more Calvinistic
than his own, and that he should probably find little sympathy
if he were to become associated with them. In May, 1795, he
preached for several Sundays in Milford, N.H. In June, at the
urgent request of the people of Coventry, he returned to that
place to preach as a candidate. In August, he received an
unanimous call of the church and society to become their pastor.
After considerable hesitation, from an apprehension that his
views were not sufficiently in accordance with those of his
brethren around to warrant the expectation of so peaceable a
ministry as he desired, he accepted the invitation, and was
ordained 28 October, 1795. There he labeled faithfully, and
with a good degree of acceptance, until about 1806, when some
suspicions in regard to his Orthodoxy began to be excited, and
several members felt themselves called upon to interrogate him
directly upon the subject. The result was, that their suspicions
were confirmed, and things were forthwith put in train for his
ultimate separation from his charge ; but no effective measures
were taken until 1809, when a meeting of the church was
called, at which Mr. Abbot was invited to be present, for the
purpose of ascertaining his peculiar views, and the points of
difference between them. But it resulted in nothing that was
satisfactory. In June, 1810, there was another similar meet
ing, and the result was alike unsatisfactory. Finally, on the
16th of April, 1811, a convocation of his old neighbors and
friends (the pastors and messengers of Tolland county) assem
bled, and, with great unanimity, solemnly decreed that he had
forfeited both his parish and office ; and that he was severed
from his people, and deposed from the ministry. He had com
mitted the old Protestant sin of regarding the Scriptures as the
only standard of faith, and refusing to express his religious sen
timents in the manner prescribed by men. Being subjected to
scrutiny, he was found upon certain difficult points to differ in
opinion from a portion of his society, including chiefly the
church, as distinct from the congregation. He would not take
the words set down for him. He would not stretch to the full
length of the procrustean bed on which he was laid. Neither

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Mr. Abbot nor the parish acknowledged the validity of the
sentence, or the jurisdiction of the court ; and accordingly he
continued to occupy the pulpit as usual, though he and they
soon afterwards joined in calling another council from Massa
chusetts, which assembled on the 6th of June following, re
viewed the whole case, and declared Mr. Abbot s relation to his
people unaffected by the decision of the consociation : never
theless, in view of the peculiar circumstances, they concluded
that his interests, and the interests of the parish, required that
his pastoral relation should be dissolved. In August following,
Mr. Abbot published a statement of his difficulties at Coventry,
which was subsequently replied to by the Association of Tolland
county, in a pamphlet said to have been written by Dr. Bas-
sett, of Hebron. The General Association of Connecticut,
which assembled in June, took notice of the matter, by request
of the Tolland Association, and made a report on the subject, of
considerable length.

About the 1st of September, Mr. Abbot left Coventry,
went to Byfield, Mass., and took charge of Dummer Academy.
Here he continued seven years and a half. In April, 1819,
removed to North Andover, and settled on a farm, which he
superintended for some time. In May, 1824, he removed to
Chelmsford, w r here he and his daughter Sarah had a school.
After remaining there two years and a half, he left in the autumn
of 1826, and removed to Wilton. During his residence at By-
field, Andover, and Chelmsford, he often supplied for the neigh
boring ministers, and occupied the pulpit of North Andover for
several months in succession. While at Wilton he lived on his
farm, and superintended it. In March, 1827, he went to preach
at Peterborough, in the pulpit rendered vacant by the recent
dismission of the Rev. Elijah Dunbar (H.C. 1794). About
the first of May he received a^call, which he accepted, am} was
installed 27 June. Here he continued to discharge regularly the
duties of his office until March, 1839 ; when, on account of a
bronchial affection, he found it necessary to retire from the active
duties of the ministry. He, however, retained a nominal rela
tion as pastor until September, 1848 ; when, on the settlement


of a new pastor, he thought best, from considerations of deli
cacy, not to retain any longer even a nominal pastoral relation.
For some years after he ceased to preach regularly, he occasion
ally supplied pulpits in the neighborhood, though for several of
the last years he did not undertake any public service. About
four years before his death, he left Peterborough, and resided
with his grandson, Eev. Samuel Abbot Smith (H.C. 1849), in
West Cambridge.

He married, 19 May, 1796, Elizabeth Abbot, daughter of
Capt. John and Abigail Abbot, of Andover, by whom he had
three children, all daughters : 1. Elizabeth, born 22 May, 1798 ;
married, 1822, Eev. John Abbot Douglass, of Waterford, Me.
(Bowd. C. 1814) ; died 12 October, 1823. 2. Abigail, born 17
October, 1799, who survived her father. 3. Sarah Dorcas,
born 22 June, 1801 ; married, 1828, Samuel Gr. Smith, of
Peterborough, who died 9 September, 1842, aged 43. She
died 11 June, 1831. Dr. Abbot s wife died 6 April, 1853.

Dr. Abbot was a man gifted with fine talents, was an able
writer, and a very popular preacher. In 1838, the honorary
degree of doctor of divinity was conferred upon him by Harvard
College. His domestic life was most happy and affectionate,
and he pursued the even tenor of his way in all modesty, gentle
ness, and meekness. But the noble and heroic elements were
also largely developed in his character. He lived a life of un
sullied integrity, extended far beyond the usual period allotted
to man ; and at last departed to receive the reward of a good
and faithful servant.

The following is a list of Dr. Abbot s publications: 1. A
Sermon at North Chelmsford, 4 July, 1825 ; 2. Eight Hand of
Fellowship at Canterbury ; 3 . Statement of the Coventry Case ;
4. Address before the Essex Agricultural Society ; 5. History of
Andover; 6. Genealogy of the Abbot Family.

1788. Dr. WILLIAM SAWYER died in Boston, 18 April,
1859, aged 88. He was the last survivor of his class, and after
the death of Eev. Abiel Abbot, D.D., mentioned above, was
the oldest surviving graduate of the college. He was son of

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