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nullify the tariff law. He afterwards participated less frequent
ly in public affairs ; his letters against secession, signed " Agri-
cola," and published in 1851, being among his latest expressions
of opinion on political subjects. He contributed largely to the
periodical press of the South. His published works consisted
of an " Address before the St. Paul s Agricultural Society "
(Charleston, 1850) , and " Carolina Sports by Land and Water "
(1856). He was also the author of " Fiesco," a tragedy
printed for the author in 1850, and of a number of occasional
poems of merit ; few of which, however, have been published.

1812. SAMUEL WILLIAM DEXTER died in Dexter, Mich.,
6 February, 1863, aged 70 years. He was son of Hon. Sam
uel (H.C. 1781) and Catharine (Gordon) Dexter, and was born
in Charlestown, Mass., 18 February, 1792. He first entered
college with the class which graduated in 1811, but remained
only a few months ; when he took up his connexions, and entered
the freshman class the following year. A few years after he left
college, he purchased a township of land in Michigan, which he
named Dexter, and in which he resided until his death.

1^12. BEXJAMIN DANIEL GREENE died in Boston, 14 Oc
tober, 1862, aged 68 years. He was the eldest son of Gardiner
and Elizabeth (Hubbard) Greene, and was born in Demarara,
South America, where his parents were then residing,
29 December, 1793. His father was well known as the wealth
iest citizen of Boston. His mother, whose virtues and amiable
character were long remembered by her contemporaries, and
who was a sister of the late John Hubbard, of Boston, died
during his early childhood. Her maternal cares were assumed
and fulfilled by Elizabeth Copley, a sister of Lord Lyndhurst,



the present Mrs. Gardiner Greene, between whom and her
adopted son a cordial affection subsisted through life. The
subject of this notice was fitted for college in the Boston Latin
School, where a Franklin medal was awarded to him in 1807.
He held a respectable rank in his class, and graduated with
honors. After leaving college, he became a student-at-law in
Litchfield, Conn. ; and entered upon the practice of his profes
sion, which he soon relinquished for that of medicine. Passing
four years abroad, he travelled extensively in Europe, and
completed his studies in the schools of Edinburgh and Paris.
Attracted by scientific pursuits, he was highly appreciated as a
botanist, and became the intimate friend and correspondent
of Sir William Hooker, and other men of distinguished attain
ments. He was a liberal contributor to the Boston Society of
Natural History ; was its first president ; and his valuable libra
ry, uncommonly rich in scientific works, was ever open to the
researches of his associates. He was a member of the American
Acaderiiy of Arts and Sciences.

He married, 30 May, 1826, Margaret Morton Quincy,
daughter of Hon. Josiah Quincy, of Boston. She survives him.
They had no children.

1812. GEORGE WASHINGTON HEARD died in Ipswich,
Mass., 21 April, 1863, aged 70 years. He was son of John and
Sarah (Staniford) Heard, and was born in Ipswich, 5 Febru
ary, 1793. He began to fit for college under the instruction of
Rev. Asahel Huntington (D.C. 1786), of Topsfield, Mass. ; and
completed his preparatory studies at Phillips Academy in Ando-
ver. After leaving college, he studied medicine with Dr. John
Gorham, of Boston (H.C. 1801) ; and received his degree of
M.D. in 1815, but did not enter upon the practice of his pro
fession. He engaged in business as a distiller in Ipswich, which
had been previously his father s occupation . After pursuing this
employment several years, he abandoned it, from conscientious
motives, and removed to Boston, where, in 1837, he entered into
partnership with James Haughton, under the firm of James
Haughton and Co., dealers in dry goods. This partnership
continued until 1844, when Mr. Heard withdrew. He returned

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to Ipswich, and engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he
continued during the remainder of his life. He was much
respected in his native town ; was noted for his courtesy, kind
feelings, and private liberality ; and the families of volunteers
in the war had reason to be thankful for his unostentatious dona
tions for their relief. In 1862 he was elected a representative
to the state legislature from Ipswich, but did not take his seat ;
having been obliged to resign it on account of ill health.

He married, 6 November, 1823, Elizabeth Ann Farley,
daughter of Robert Farley, of Ipswich. The issue of this
marriage was four sons and one daughter. The sons and their
mother survived him.

1813. Dr. DAVID OSGOOD died in Boston, 23 February,
1863, aged 69 years. He was the only son of Rev. David (H.C.
1771) and Hannah (Breed) Osgood, and was born in Medford,
Mass., 23 December, 1793. His father was born in Andover,
Mass., 14 October, 1747; was ordained pastor of the first
church in Medford, 14 September, 1774; and was one of the
most eminent divines of his day. He died 12 December, 1822,
aged 75 years. His mother died 7 January, 1818, aged 70
years. She belonged to Charlestown, Mass., and was grand
daughter to Richard Foster, who was high sheriff under the old
government. The subject of this notice was fitted for college
by Dr. John Hosmer, of Medford. He held a respectable rank
of scholarship in college, and graduated with honors. After
graduating, he studied medicine with Dr. John Jeffries, of Bos
ton (H.C. 1763) ; and, on receiving his degree of M.D. in 1816,
began practising his profession in Boston, where he continued
his duties until his death. As a member of the Massachusetts
Medical Society, he was respected in his profession for his skill,
promptitude, and kindness. He had a warm and generous na
ture, which never failed in its response to calls for assistance and
advice ; was always lenient and kind towards real suffering.
To his poor patients he was an unfailing friend, whose pa
tience no length of unpaid service could exhaust ; one whose
unobtrusive and unostentatious charity made him an always-
welcome visitant. With a mind open to conviction, he was not


afraid of questioning his early opinions. A signal proof of this
occurred during a visit to Europe in 1839. At Paris, a friend
introduced him to Dr. Hahnemann, the founder of the school of
homoeopathy. The German philosopher spoke with warmth
of his system, and offered his visitor the loan of a copy of the
"Homoeopathic Novum Organum." This book, though not en
tirely satisfactory to Dr. Osgood, led him to further researches,
and he ended in becoming a very successful practitioner on the
homoeopathic system. During a second journey to Europe, he
visited his distinguished patient, Miss Fredrika Bremer, who
was under his charge when she was in Boston, and who feels
lasting gratitude for his successful treatment of her case. Her
printed commendations of his skill and friendliness are the just
sentiments of a discriminating mind and a feeling heart. As a
friend, he was not demonstrative and impetuous, but reserved
and sure. As a husband, he was all devotion to the chosen of
his life ; while she most promptly repaid every service, and most
heartily returned every affection.

He married in November, 1821, Mary Ann Elder, of Port
land, Me., who survived him. They had no children.

1813. ROYAL TURNER died in Randolph, Mass., 31 De
cember, 1862, aged 70 years. He was the only son of Seth
and Abigail (Wales) Turner, and was born in Randolph, 6 De
cember, 1792. He was fitted for college under the tuition of
Rev. Jonathan Strong (D.C. 1786). On leaving college, he
engaged in mercantile pursuits, in which he was eminently suc
cessful. He was much occupied in public business, always
to the satisfaction of his employers. In early life, he was a
practical surveyor, and assisted in locating the first railroad built
in this country ; namely, that leading from the stone-quarries in
Quincy to Neponset River. In 1815, he received a lieutenant s
commission, and rapidly passed through all the grades of pro
motion until he reached the colonelcy in 1823. He was honor
ably discharged in 1825. In 1818, and in several subsequent
years, he was elected one of the selectmen of the town. He
was also clerk and treasurer from 1823 to 1828. He was com
missioned justice of the peace in 1826, and of the quorum in


1833 ; and continued in office until his death. lie was appointed
bank-commissioner from Norfolk in 1830. On the incorporation
of the Randolph Bank, in 1836, he was appointed cashier, and
held the office until 1842, when he was elected its president,
and continued in that position until his death. During this long
period, he watched over its interests with paternal solicitude, and
left it in a state of prosperity rarely attained by similar institu
tions. He was a director in the Rridgewater and Middleborough
and Fall-River railroads until their union with the Old-Colony
in one corporation ; and afterwards he was often consulted with
regard to important measures. In all financial matters, his
judgment was much respected ; and, when deliberately made up,
seldom needed a revision. Although his intercourse with soci
ety was necessarily restricted by a defect in his hearing, which
increased as he advanced in life, yet he was social in his tem
perament, and took a deep interest in passing events. He was
exemplary in all the vocations and duties of life, and was a
regular attendant upon public worship, although for many years
unable to hear a syllable uttered during the service. Symptoms
of organic disease of the brain began to manifest themselves
some months before his death, and continued to increase in inten
sity, until they terminated in partial paralysis, and ultimately
in apoplectic coma, and the extinction of life. His death .was
felt to be a great loss, not only to his family, but also to the
business circle in which he moved. Such was his integrity,
energy, and promptness in executing every trust committed to
him, and such his accuracy in all pecuniary transactions, as to
command the confidence of his associates and of the public.
Although very decided in his opinions, it was observed by the
directors of the bank, after his decease, that, during the long
period of his presidency, no one could call to mind any unkind
word or act towards his associates in any of their deliberations
or transactions.

He married, 14 September, 1818, Maria White, born 27
June, 1800, daughter of Major John White, of Weymouth.
They had children; viz., 1. Maria White, born 30 October,
1819 ; died 31 October, 1819. 2. Seth, born 29 July, 1821 ;


now cashier of Randolph Bank. 3. Royal White, born 10
March, 1823. 4. Ann Maria, born 15 November, 1825;
who married, in 1849, Isaac Sweetser, a merchant in Boston.
5. Abigail Wales, born 10 February, 1830.

1815. Rev. CONVERS FRANCIS died in Cambridge, Mass.,
7 April, 1863, aged 67 years.

He was the fourth child and second son of Convers and
Susanna (Rand) Francis, and was born in West Cambridge,
9 November, 1795. He was fitted for college at the Medford
Academy, under the charge of John Hosmer. He held a dis
tinguished rank of scholarship in his class. After graduating,
he studied theology in the Cambridge Divinity School ; was
approbated by the Boston Association ; and preached his first
sermon, 15 November, 1818, in Rev. Dr. Osgood s pulpit in
Medford. He was ordained pastor of the Unitarian church
in Watertown, Mass., 23 June, 1819, where he remained
twenty-three years. In 1842, he was appointed " Parkman
Professor of Pulpit Eloquence and the Pastoral Care " in Har
vard College, which appointment he accepted ; and 21 August,
1842, delivered his valedictory sermon in Watertown. He im
mediately entered upon the duties of his professorship, which he
continued until the end of his life. He was earnest and inde
fatigable in his researches after sacred truth. From a principle
of self-respect, he was prompted to regard as true the conclu
sions which his mind had established ; yet he was far from being
unreasonably tenacious of his opinions. His mind was enriched
with the best thoughts of authors. He read with avidity, but
with attention ; noting with care peculiarities of opinions, and
sentiments distinguished for beauty and power. He was, in an
eminent sense, ambitious to know the truth through whatever
medium, be that medium only authoritative. He held an im
portant and responsible office. He was not only a Christian
learner : he was also a Christian teacher. He knew full well
the impression that instruction makes upon open and sensible
minds ; and it was commendable in him, that, in his anxiety to
teach nothing but the truth, he should seek the guidance of
other minds, hallowed by equally holy motives with his own, to
share with him the responsibilities of his sacred vocation.

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He possessed a heart alive to social affections. His friendly
interest, where it found a fitting and accordant place, was sin
cere and ardent ; and he did not suffer it to be limited to any
point beyond which it could by any means be influential for
good. Although no elaborate work proceeding from his pen
has been given to the public, he manifested his interest in sci
ence and literature by publishing several valuable papers in our
best accredited periodicals. Among his publications were
"Errors of Education," a discourse at the anniversary of
Derby Academy, in Hingham, 21 May, 1828 ; Address on
the 4th of July, 1828, at Watertown ; An Historical Sketch of
Watertowji, from the first settlement of the town to the close
of the second century, in 1830 ; A Discourse, at Plymouth,
22 December, 1832 ; A Dudleian Lecture, at Cambridge, 8
May, 1833 ; The Life of Rev. John Eliot, the Apostle to the
Indians, in the fifth volume of Sparks s American Biography,
1836 ; The Life of Sebastian Rale, Missionary to the Indians, in
the seventh volume (new series) of Sparks s American Biogra
phy, 1845 ; Memoir of Rev. John Allyn, D.D., of Duxbury,
1836 ; Memoir of Dr. Gamaliel Bradford, 1846 ; Memoir of
Judge Davis, 1849 (the last three were published in the Collec
tions of the Massachusetts Historical Society) ; many articles
in the "Christian Disciple," the "Christian Examiner," the
"American Monthly Review," the "Unitarian Advocate," the
" Scriptural Interpreter," the " Juvenile Miscellany ; " several
translations from Herder, at different times ; Obituary Notice of
Miss Eliza Townsend, 1854 ; and a large number of occasional
discourses. He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical
Society. In 1837, the honorary degree of doctor of divinity
was conferred upon him by Harvard College.

He married, 15 May, 1822, Abby Bradford, daughter of
Rev. John Allyn, D.D., of Duxbury, by whom he had two
children, one daughter and one son. The son graduated at
Harvard College in 1854. His wife was born in Duxbury,
15 January, 1796 : she died in Cambridge, 17 December, 1860,
aged 64 years. The two children survive their parents.

1816. SAMUEL BUCKMIXSTER RICE died in Brookfield,


Mass., 28 May, 1863, aged 64 years. He was son of Dr.
Tilly (B.U. 1777) and Eunice (Reed) Rice, and was born in
Brookfield, 14 June, 1798. He was fitted for college at Lei
cester Academy. Immediately after graduating, he entered the
counting-room of Messrs. Bordman and Pope, in Boston, for
the purpose of preparing himself for business as a merchant.
While in their employ, he went to the East Indies in the ship
" Brilliant," belonging to them. On the passage, the ship sprang
a leak ; and he labored so long and so severely at the pumps,
that it seriously affected his health, which he never afterwards
fully recovered. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, he
returned to Brookfield, but did not enter into mercantile busi
ness. He was afterwards connected with an iron-foundry and
glassworks in that town, but relinquished the business some
time before his death. He was never married.

1817. Rev. THOMAS RUSSELL SULLIVAN died in Boston,
23 December, 1862, aged 63 years. He was son of John
Langdon and Elizabeth (Russell) Sullivan, and was born in
Brookline, Mass., 13 February, 1799. He was fitted for col
lege principally at Dummer Academy in Newbury. He held a
respectable rank of scholarship in his class. After leaving
college, he studied theology in the Divinity School at Cam
bridge. He was ordained pastor of the Unitarian church in
Keene, N.H., 28 December, 1825, where he faithfully and
zealously performed his duties until May, 1835, when he re
signed his charge. He soon afterwards removed to Boston,
where he opened a private school, which he continued until his
death. His beautiful Christian character is thus eloquently
delineated by Rev. William Orne White (H.C. 1840), now
pastor of the church in Keene, over which Mr. Sullivan was
settled : " He has gone, the man who knew how, in the apos
tolic sense, to magnify his office ; the serious and reverend
ambassador of God ; the simple-hearted and guileless Christian ;
the friend whose heart was pierced with the sorrows of his
people ; the writer skilled in controversy, yet rejoicing more
when he could utter affectionate and sober words of practical
counsel. In a furnace of affliction he has indeed been tried

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and proved ; and at last, from sharp and mysterious visitations
of chastisement, he has been permitted to rest from all earthly
toil, to lay down his heavy cross, and to be led by the hand of
the good Shepherd in green pastures by the still waters. The
scholarly mind of this true-hearted man enabled him to achieve
enduring success as a wise and faithful teacher for many years
after his retirement from the scenes of his ministry. From
time to time, however, he delighted in the privilege of resum
ing, in various pulpits, his early and cherished duties. He was
one whom no change of occupation could secularize ; one who
might have always said, in perfect sincerity, I will dwell in the
house of the Lord for ever. Now that, safe from every rough
blast, the tears wiped from his eyes, his faith and patience
accepted, he has sweetly fallen asleep in Jesus, it is precious
to remember that here, where he so patiently served the Church
of Christ for nine and a half years, in what was then an out
post of our Zion, not a shadow rests upon his memory. f Good
and faithful servant, we bid thee a reluctant farewell ; while
we rejoice that all who ever knew thee, if they value purity,
honor, truth, will find words of respect and affection springing
to their lips, whenever they hear the name of THOMAS RUSSELL

Mr. Sullivan married, 19 January, 1826, Charlotte C.
Blake, of Worcester, by whom he had six sons and two daugh
ters, all of whom but one son survived him. His wife died 2
July, 1863, aged 59 years.

1818. Rev. PETER SIDNEY EATON died in Chelsea, Mass.,
13 March, 1863, aged 64 years. He was son of Rev. Peter
(H.C. 1787) and Sarah (Stone) Eaton, and was born in Box-
ford, Mass., 7 October, 1798. His father was born in Haver-
hill, Mass., 15 March, 1765 ; ordained at Boxford, 7 October,
1789 ; died in Andover, 14 April, 1848, aged 83 years. His
mother was daughter of Rev. Eliab Stone (H.C. 1758), of
Reading. Young Eaton pursued his preparatory studies under
the instruction of his father. On leaving college, he was em
ployed some time as a teacher in Phillips Academy, Andover.
He subsequently studied divinity at the theological seminary



in that town, and graduated there in 1822. He was ordained
at Amesbury, 20 September, 1826, where he continued his
pastorship about eleven years, where his labors were so arduous
as to seriously affect his health ; and by the advice of his
friends he resigned his charge, and wholly relinquished the
duties of the ministry. He spent several years afterwards as a
teacher, principally in Andover. From Andover, he removed
to Chelsea, where he resided the remainder of his life. His
health was somewhat impaired ; but he endeavored to exert an
influence, by all the means he might possess, favorable to the
interests of religion and good morals.

He married, 4 December, 1828, Elizabeth Ann Leman,
of Charlestown, Mass., by whom he had three children : Sidney
Payson, born in Amesbury, 16 September, 1829; Henry Mar-
tyn, born in Amesbury, 28 June, 1835 ; Elizabeth Anne,
born in Worcester, 16 May, 1841. His wife and all his chil
dren survived him.

1818. CHAELES OCTAVIUS EMERSON died in York, Me.,
22 June, 1863, aged 64 years. He was son of Edward E.
and Abigail (Lyman) Emerson, and was born in York, 27
March, 1799. He was fitted for college at Phillips Exeter
Academy. After graduating, he began the study of law in the
office of Jeremiah Bradbury in York, where he remained one
year. In October, 1819, he went into the office of Luther
Lawrence (H.C. 1801) in Groton, Mass., where he continued
his studies until October, 1821, when he was admitted to the
bar in Concord, Mass. Pie then returned to his native town,
where he practised his profession until his death. From 1823
to 1830, he was frequently elected to fill the office of clerk and
treasurer; was representative in the legislature in 1827, 1828,
and 1829. His life was happy and useful. He was an honora
ble, religious, and unambitious gentleman.

He married, 24 June, 1829, Harriet Jane Phillips, daugh
ter of Deacon John Phillips, of Portland, Me. Their children
were, 1. Charles Edward, born 5 April, 1830; died 25
March, 1832. 2. Francis Philip, bora 2 September, 1831.
3. Abbie Clara, born 17 March, 1833. 4. Edward Octa-

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vius, born 6 June, 1834. 5. Andrew Samuel, born 25
February, 1837. 6. Harriet Eliza, born 11 March, and
died 23 September, 1840.

1818. JOHN FLAVEL JENKINS died in White Plains,
N.Y., 12 September, 1862, aged 66 years. He was son of
John and Abigail (Hall) Jenkins, and was born in Gloucester,
Mass., 6 February, 1796. His father, who was a celebrated
writing-master, and was author of "The Art of Writing," &c.,
was born in Dorchester, Mass., in 1755, and died in Wilming
ton, Md., in 1823. His mother was daughter of Dan Hall, of
Peekskill, N.Y., who was son of Caleb Hall, of Attleborough,
Mass. ; and was born in Peekskill, in 1765. The subject of this
notice, when about six weeks old, went with his parents to
New- York city ; whence they soon left for Peekskill, where they
resided until he was seven years old. He then went to the resi
dence of his grandparents in Boston, which he made his home,
except while pursuing his studies in the country. As he
obtained his education by his own unaided exertions until he
entered college, he labored on a farm at first, and afterwards
taught, to defray his expenses. He was obliged to change his
place of study several times, according to the state of his funds ;
and taught school for three winters while in college. He held
an eminent rank of scholarship in college ; and in the classics,
in general literature, in natural sciences, and in mathematics,
he manifested equal ability to excel ; so that, at commencement,
the salutatory oration was assigned to him. After graduating,
he taught the Roxbury Grammar School one year. In 1819,
he received the appointment of tutor of mathematics in Tran
sylvania University, Lexington, Ky. In 1820, he was made
professor of mathematics in place of Professor Bishop, after
wards president of Athen s College, O. In 1823, the death
of his father required his presence in the East, and he resigned
his professorship. In 1824, he took charge of Middletown
Academy, Monmouth county, N.J., where he remained nearly
eleven years, except one interval, when he taught a select
school in Freehold, the adjoining town. He was there until
invited to the city of New York, and appointed principal of the


Mechanics - Society School; where he remained until 1839,
when, in consequence of ill health, he resigned, and removed to
the country. In January, 1840, his health being in some
degree restored, he assumed the charge of North-Salem Academy,
Westchester county, N.Y., where he remained until 1853;
when he removed to White Plains, where he passed the remain
der of his life, engaged in business as civil engineer and sur
veyor. He married in Lexington, Ky., 14 March, 1822, Mary
Ann Thayer Pike, daughter of Job H. Pike, of Providence,

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