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carried on in the spai'e hours, some intei'est that lifl-^
us into a wholly diiVerent atmosj)here. has a wonder-
fully ]'ejuvenating effect. It lvee|)s a man growing
as long as he li\'es. Jl pulls him out of tlie ruts and
grooves into wdiich life is so prone to rvni. It kee^is

liim iiicMitnllv ami iiiornllv in rcjinir. TIk.' incrchanl
Avill 1)0 In'tlcr a1)i<' to moot tlio woar of lii< l)ii>inos.<.
and i)rosor\'0 a oool lioad and a li-'lil lioart. and alxjvi'
all to u'ain a nohlcr manliood for smdi an intorosl
and pur-nit. Tlio professional man ^vil] d() lii^ worlv
iiioro cnsilv ami eHioiontlv for lool<inL!" ;n\'a_v li'om it
somotimos to tliinu's IvinL:" in a wliollv dil'f(,'i"ont spboi'o.
and callini:' into action diflV'rL'nt I'aoultios. All will
lead a moi'o lioalthv and Inippv lifo by seckin^u- now
fitdds of tlionii'lit and l<no^vl('du■(^ and pi'ossing on to
now attaimnonls.

It wa< a sa\-inu- of Go'llic's tlia1 ho ]<0])t liimsolf
f]-om L':ro\vinL!' old li\ ooniinnally loarniim' new tlnn^i-.s
— a lanLi'uago, a scionoc, a litoratnro. a history; thus
ho was \-onni:' in thought and fooling to tho ond of
four scoiH' A'cai'-'. always I'raclnni:' out and ]))ossing on
to tho nidniown and tho nnattainodi. His last words.
"Givo nio moro light." oxprossod tho aspiration of
his wholo life. LoariiiuL; .somothing now made him
cheerful and frosli. even wIiloi t]io body was siidving
mider the weight of years. To kee}) ourseh'es
3-oung. let us liroak up tlio hard routine Ijy resolutely
taking hold of ])e\v work. Seek out Inu-iod facts
and tilings ilhistrating tho olden time. Call up some
forgotten lifo that is w(U'thv of romondjrance.
Identify ]ilaces associated with impoi'tant and stir-
ring events. Tell tho story of some venerable house
that has shollrj-rd many gonei'ations. and been the
witness (,)f a Inmdi'od ycai's of human hajipinos.s and
human soi'row. Gather up tho ti'aditions which the
old people still hold in memory, liut which will soon

be s\VL'})l iiili) <)1)]i\"ii)n. uriirss caiighl from tlieir
trembliiiL;' lips anil ]iut into pLTiiiaiient records.
Tims sliall wc liriu'lit*^'!! our liw.-. Gnlar;_;c tlie i'aiiLi'e
(,)! our Idea- and iH'tVi'-^li wcarine-s of Ixxlyand uiiud.
Siieli studifs wiU do .-ouietuiuu' to Avard off the chil-
ling: frosts and the bL-niunfiiuL;' stU|)or of old aue. and
serve to hnild ti}) a larLii-r and heiter manhood. It
is a most cre(lilal»l(,' fart connected ^vith thi< Society
that its ^vork ha< l)efn done, and the-e riv-ull- have
been oljtalned by men busy with tlieir variou< ocvti-
pations. i]i hours snatrlied f)'<.)m the pres-in;^- cares of
life. AVith Utile leisure for exlendod cour>e-' of
study, Avith scanty ])ecuniary means for pro-e'-ti1 iu'j."
their researches and mal^ine' a C(dleclion of anlitjui-
tic^s. tlic}' have seized the odd hotu's ar.d nmnienls to
jju>h thei)' in(]t!irie> in many direction-, and have
gathered a bountiful harvest from inany iields.
]lo^v so mucdi has l)een accomplished in the-e ten
3'ears. so many valualiJi- ]i;!|iers ])repared and prdj-
lishcd, and so large and intere.-ting a nnr-etnn
g.athered and o])ened to ihe ]^nblic Ijy men who a]'e
bu-y every day in the cdiice. the shoj). the store, or
tlic })r(»fession. it is dillictdt t(,) tnidersland. The ])er-
sistenc}' and entlur-ia^^m Avith Avhich these .-tudie-
lune been })tn'-ued de-ervos gratefid recognition
from all lovei's of soui^d historical knoA\ledge. A
Iteiter and moi'e intere-ting histciry of AVorcester
Count}' can be Avritten from the fruil- of your re-
seai'ch, and 1 ]nu<t say that a history worthv of a
county vsdii(di ha< done so mncli fo]' the progre-s and
iflor\" of the C(jnnnoii\vealiii remains to be A\'riue)i.

Gc'iitlciiU'ii of tlie Socirly. 1 coivjraUilalc you tm
tl)(' i'(.'suU - you liaN'c to sliow for these year- of auii-
(|naiaaii studw They haxc In-oiiLi'hl you many ]ile;>-
aiit hoiii's ami many {leli;.;hl ful frieiitMii})-. They
are rewarded l)y tlie coii-i'iou-iie^s lliat you have
been alile to contrilmte somelhin;.;- of r('al value to
the knowled^-e of the peojile. rescue many names
and dates and Avoi'lliy de(.'ils fr(.)m the du<t of oh-
livion. and sa^'e a th(_>iis:md ])i"eeious ]'elies oi' the pa-t
from destruetion. And in tlii^ \\(ji'k. l}i(.)uudi it liaA'e
relation to antiquity, you lia\e. 1 tru-t. found an
inllueiiee which swei'teiis the L;'ra\'ei" toik of lite and
serves to kee]» yon fre-h in thon-'ht and youiyL:' in
feellni^'. 1 cannot add a hotter wish for your pros-
poiaty than that the comiriu' years may he as full of
patient, faithful res(.'arch a-' th(.'>e ha\e heeii. and Ije
crowned with ]'e:^ults as rich, varied and usefitL




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Tlie following gcntk'ineii, inuiiiljors. guests and
friciuls were present: President Kllery 1j. Crane;
His Honor, (.'linrles (J. lieed. .Alnyor of AVorcester ;
llie ()r;i1or. Ilev. C;ii'lton A. Staples of Lexington;
]ie\'. .K)se])li J'\ Loveriiig. I'astor of the J'^irst- (,'liurel),
and Clia])l;iin of the occnsion ; Sle])lien Sidishin'y.
A'iee-Pj'esidcnt. and ]']diiim)(l jM. Piirton, Ijihrarlan.
representing llie Anieriean .■Vnti(piarian Society :
Samuel S. (Ireen. Tjihr;iri;in of the J^h\'e Puhlic Li-
brary of AVoi'rcstcr. aud Fellow r>f the Loyal Ilis-
toi-ieal Society of (heat Lritain: Al'hei'l P. j^Iarlile. Ph.
])., Sni)erint('n(!eut of AVorcester SchooL ; lion. ILun-
ilton B. Staples. Jii-^iicc; of the Superior Court; J.
Evarts Gi'eL'UC and Lj'eeman ]Lx)\vn of The Worcester
Spy; IL'nrv ]j. Shuniway of Tlie Evening Gazette;
Lev. Stejihrn W. Weld) of 'J'he AA' orce-ter Home Jour-
nal ; JNathainel Paine, Tre;i^ui'er of the American
Antifptarian Society: Ex-Presidonts Samuel E. Staples
nnd Hon. Clark JilLon. of The Soi-aety of Antiquity :
A^ice-Pi'esideids All)e)-t Tolmau and George Sunnier;
Daniel S(';igi'a\"e. Secretary; Thomas A . Dickinson,
liihrari;!)! ; Henry F. Stedman. Treasurer; Alfred S.
]L)e, Prinei])al of tie- High Sehool ; AVilliam PL ]>art-
lott, Prineij.al of Dix Street School ; Lev. Alljert Ty-
ler. Oxford; Lev. Charles 3^>. Sinnuons ; .lanie.^ F. D.
Gai'lield. Fitchhuru- ; Cieorge L. AVoodhur\'. M. D. ;



Sniiiiirl ir. "PiiiiiMHi; Wwy CrciMic Tluliii - . Prinripal
of the J'"ilcliiMirLi' !li^-'!i Sclidol : Gen. A;j-ii-Uis JJ. K.
Spr;\'.;-iH-'. Slicrlli (.'l' tli*' County; Hon. Tlirodore C.
Bates; (Icoi-LiH' ClKni(lk'i\M. I).; iM'ancis iv ]]lal;e. Bos-
ton ; C. Otis Coodwiii. M. 1). ; 1 loii. < icoruo Slirldon.
Presidoiit of tlie Po(•o!llnu■l^ \'alley .Alcinoi-ial Asso-
ciation. Di'cidold ; City Ti'oasurcr AVilliain S. Bar-
ton; Daniel W. 1 la-kins. E<(|.; James L. Kstey, Augus-
tus !•]. Peck. l-"rederiek (i. Stiles, Sidlivan jMji-rliand ;
] lerlitTl \i. I lap-'ond and Augustus Coolidge. of Atliol ;
Aln'am K. (louM William b\ Al)l)ol. (leoi-ge Kd-
wai-ds. Charle- M. Boe. Bi(dianl O'Flynn. Augustus
Stone, Charles B. Kniglii. Hi-rliert A\'e-^l)y. Kdwaid B.
Lawrence. Alderman Charles B. Kugg; dolm Brooks,
Princeton ; dohn \\ . IJi'I-ham, M. I).. AVilkinsonville ;
Ceorge ^lavnard. Bx-njamin .1. Dodge, Braiddin P.
Bice, E. l''ranci< 'J'hompson. Jv»[., ]Jei)resentative
JTeni-v y\. Sn)ith. Bpliraim Tucker, Charlc- \\. .John-
son, Ivs(|.. Bad'us X. Meriam. JM'aid; 11. Mason, John
N. Morse. J I-.. Charles B Bice. Lyman V>. Vaughn
Jo - eph A. llowland, llaumiond W. l[ul)l)ard. James
A. Smith.

Atthetahle grace \va< said hy tlie Bev. Joseph
P. Lovering, Chaplain. Ample justice having been
done to the excellent repast, fm-iiished l>y Land-
lord Shepard, the gentlemen of the (piai'tettc,
Messrs. Ma^.ui. .Aloi-se. Biice and Vaughn, sung \\\
excellent (a-te and wiili line effect the following
selections, I'ecL'ivinu' therefor well-merited applause:

" riKWAia:," ijC)
" Sr.i:i:N \i>r,," (/>)



S }i K ]!: X.\ OK.


Good iiiiilit ! Lcooil uiyht ! l.ielovtjd !
I come to watch o'er thee I

To be near thee,

To be near thre,
Alone, in peace for me;

To be near th(K\
Alone, in jieace for nie !

Peace alone lor nic,

Thine eyes are stars nt morninu!

I'hy lips arc erinisoi; llowcrs !
Good nii'.ht ! ,^ood ni^hl .' beloved!
While I count the weary hours;
To be near thee,
To be near thee,
Alone, in i)eaee for nie.
Peace alone for nie.

Pr.ESiDENT Ckaxe tlicii spokc as ^o]lo^vs:
Address of Wklco:\[e by Elleky B. Crane, Esq.

Gentlemen^ Iiivilel Oucsts and FriiUtls : — It affoTcIs me
great plcctstive to extend toyoit in belialf of membersof The
Worcester, wSociety of Antirjuity a cordial greeting and
a liearty welcome to this their social feast.

We liavc met around these tables to continue in a more
infoi-mal manner tlie act of conimcmorating tlie Tentli xVnni-
versary of the institution of the Society we represent. It
is certainly gratifying and encouraging to notice as our
guests of the e\eiiing gentlemen who rank not alone
among our prominent citizens, and men holding high pub-
lic trusts, but also those representing institutions of prom-
inence througliout the state, and we may say among
nations. The organization uf this historical society ten years
since supplied an exigency in this comm.unily. There was


a brciad, o[.en field in A\iiic1i it eouki l;;bor, und its s'upjKjrt-
crs went quietly l)ii1 niunfall}- tci n'ork. Thu.s far, tlirou'^h
genuine coni'U'j.'e, [n'l'sistent applieiitinn and >teadine<.s of
I)Ui-j)(>se they have snrinduntcd every ciljstacle that arose in
llie pathway between the Suei'-ty and success.

Many of our members kno\v full well tlie cost of these
long years of patiiuit and laboriuus toil, Ijui are (]uite
sure that they show a^ handsome profit for the investment.
And just here let me say that whatever has been accom-
jilished through the insti-umrritality of" tliis organization
has l)een dcujc simpl\- ^\•ith the aim and desire at all times
on the ])art ol^ its members, of promoting the greatest
])OssiblL' public good, v>"ithout a thought of personal ambi-
tion, jealousy or livaliy between persons or institutions.
Alread}' ther< ha\e eume to us man\' signs of recognition
and a])])U'ci;iti(in of our efforts to supply that link which
binds the present with the past, and even now \A'hile 3'et
in it« infanc.y The Worcester Society of Antiquity has ren-
dered such ser\ice in tliis co)nmunity as to demand
respect and recognition from every citizen of Worcester,
be he native or foreign born.

llaviui.'; in a manner satislied the inner man with some
of the good things, let us now unite in the enjoyment of
an inte]]c;ctual repast, "a. feast of reason and flow of soul.'"
As a gentleman amply fitted to fireside over such a feast 1
take pleasure in presenting to you Alfred S. Iioe, Esip,
Toastmastcr of tlie evening.

Mr. Pioc. ill accepting the position as Toastinaster,
spoke as ^ollo^vs :

Rem AUKS by Ishi. A. S. Roi:.

Air. J'ri'sidiitt : — In attempting to pfU'form the duties of
Toastmastcr on this the Tenth Ainii\ersary of The Wor-


cestcr Society of Anliqiiity permit nie to preface Avliat
may follow with a word or two concernini::,' the city wlio.se
interests we have at heart. All of us are proud of this
"Heart of the Commonwealth :'" proud of her enterprise, her
industi'ies, lier public institutions; ])roiid even of her hills
which add so nuudi ])iet uresipieness ; of her streets; and our
pride goes out even to the proper pronunciation of her name.
Our Society, cominp,' as iu does to-night to the observance
of this, its tenth natal day, greets all its friends, and I offer
as the first toast of the evtming,

"The Heart of the Coininonweallh."

His Honor, the Mayor, Cliarlos G. Roed, ]'espond-
od foUcitoiisly, spoahiiig of the merit attached to the
Society for its successful inauguration and furtliering
of the late Bi-Centennia! (Jeleltration, of its reliability
on points of local liistoiy ; and of his u^^'n ]»leasnre in
being ])i'esent to speak for the city before so worthy
an audience.

"The American Aiitiquariau Society."

Mr. Stephen Salisbury, Vice-President of the
American Antiquarian Society, responded as follows:

Address of STErriEN Satjsbury, Esq.

Mr. Pr('></'Je)it, awl G ottJeiiu-n : — No one regrets more
than I, th.e enforced absence of our distinguished fellow-
citizen, the learned I'resident of the American Antiqua-
rian St)ci('ty, Senator George V. Hoar, which depri\ es us
of tlie elo(iucnt and fraternal greeting that woulil have
been extended by him officiall\' in behalf of the elder
historical societv, lo its vounger brother. From the carli-


est iuccption of the ^^^a•(::ester Society of Antiquity,
many of the officers and rneinhers of tlic older organi-
zation ]-ecoi:nized tlie iniiiortanee and value of tlie efforts
made by the founders of the new society, and \ie\ved viih
interest the progress thai v. as made, slow at first, ilicn
gradually acquiring a force and inlliience tliat gives it a
permanent and al)iding ]:)lace among the literary institu-
tions of the >rate.

This Society has beeri in existence but ten yeai'b, and
yet the student of i-esults would have readily granted
more than twice a decade of time for the work. Tliese
results have liecn the oi-ganization of a large and influ-
ential bo'ly of active workers in historical lines, united
and enthusiastic in investigating and in making clear many
matters connected with the liistorv of the ])ast, whicli
had liitherto escaped notice or had been -wcll-nio-h foro-ot-
ten ; in bringing again prominently to vie\\' local inciderits
connected not only with our o^^■n city, but \\-itli tlie adja-
cent towns of the county; in jiulilishing a valuable series
of prcicceoing.-, and special publications; and lastly, in
esrablisliing and acquiriug a laj'ge and inqjortant libi'ary,
and a rjiost interesting and curious collection of relics of
the })ast.

We nniy Well enquire how all this \vas done? It was
not brought about by the assembling together of a few
earnest men, who said to themselves \\e recjuire an elegant
building in wljich to hold our meetings and in whicli to
.store our treasures, and vre ]-eqtiire a large library, let us
ask for them. Xot at all. Tljey said, let us all do some-
thing ourselves, let us work : and tliey have worked, ainl
have shov.-n that they were woilhy to have a plaec in the
world of letters, and such a place tliey now hold. Their
library they have, their collection they have, &nd their
building v.ill be provided v/hen imperatively required. It
is an honor to be considered ^\ort]ly of membershij^ in


tliis society, in wliioli all are active workers. au<l I feel
gratified t() lie eai'ly associated as a inei^iber.

'J'lie Anitiicaii Antiquarian Society, founded by Dr.
Isaiali Tliouias in 1S12, was liberally endowed by him with
books and collections and funds, but better than all, Dr.
Tlioinas possessed the i;irt of i'orcknowledge, which enabled
him to })rescribe and dehne a line of policy, that has
been constantl}' followed, and with the best results. Tlie
Society of Anti(|uity has not one l)ut many founders,
whose united action ]jrovides ^^'enerously for its various
wants, and the success ntuv achieved will be held and im-
proved u])on.

In behalf of the Amci'ican Antiquarian Society, I now
extend their cordial congratulations, and the hope that
botli societies may woj-k togetlicj- in liarmony, cacli assist-
ing the other in such ways as may be available for the
p)omotioii of truth and sound learning aiid a ]iroper under-
standing of the past.

"The Worcoslcr Rociet}' of Antiquity."

Mr. Samuel E. Sttq^le.-^, one' of the foimders and
fu-.st ]M-esideiit. made the following remarks:

RemakivS of jMr. Samuel E. Staples.

Afi-. J^vi'sithnt^ Mr. Chnirmaii and GoitJc/nen : — yVfter
the elo([uent address of the orator of the evening at tlic
Church, and the interesting remarks of gentlemen in this
hall, I feel that it is ])resuming nnich for nie to attempt to
speak upon tliis occasion. Still, it being desired that 1 shoidd
sa}' something concerning the origin of tliis Society, I will
endeavor to state a few facts of its earl}' histoj-y that may
not be wholly devoid of interest. Having myself some
taste for liistorical study and a desire to save from de-


striictioii matter.s of liislorical iuij^ovtaiiee, and kiiOM'ing
of otliers also wlio liad similar desires and tasius, the
following i)ivitation was addressed to Messrs. Daniel
Seagrave, Ivieliard O'Flynn, John (1. Smith, and J'^ran.ldin
P, Jxice. After making tlie iirst draft ol" this invitation,
I remember s;iying, — ''This is not fur to-day but fur a hun-
dred } ea]'S to eome." I "seemed to be impressed that what
was being done was not merely of temporary coneern, but
for all future time.

Woi:ci;sTKR, Mass., Jan. 21, 1875.
Mn. Danipx Si:A(;i:AVr :

Dear Sir — It lias been proposal to form a Society for tlie jinriiose
of iiii'reasiii'_c :ni iiil' rest in ArclKijolouiral science, and to rescue ivom
oljlivion siicli lii.st(-rical matter as \voiilil other\vise l)e lost; and you
are respectfully invitml to meet a f(;\v .gentlemen for consultntion and
such action ay may be thouudit best, at llie house of Uic writer. No. 1
Lincoln jilace, (rear of No. (Vj Linceilii stn?et.') on Saturday next at 4
o'clock r. ;M. lIoiMuy, that you may line! it convenient for you to be
present for an hour,

I am, yours respectfully,

Samli:i. E. STAfi.i:s.

In response to this invitation, three of the gentlemen,
Messrs. Jlicc, Smith and O'Flynii, met at my house at tlie
time )iamed, v/hen a free and full discussion was had con-
cerning the proposed Society, and it was fully deter-
mined, that if ^\■e could got a sullicient nundjcr of jjcrsons
of like tastes to join us in the enterprise the Society
should be formed. It was expressed that there was an ex-
isting need of such an organization in this t-onnnu-
nity ; for, while the American Anticjuarian Society was
engaged in a noble work, and its treasures were freely
offered for the use of our citizens, on account of its
limitation of membership, -rud the high standard of ad-
mission, it failed to meet the wants of a considerable num-
ber of persons v/ho were deeply interested in inatters of
historical ret>earrh, and who would like to be associated
togetlier for the promotion of such j^urposes. Aftei- quite

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an extruded intL■l■vie^v it wa^ -s-otedc to adjouD^ for one week,
and to iiiviro other geiitlenicu to unilu wiili us. ^Vftur two
or tin-ee ]»rtdiniinary irit.-ciings. tlie orL;';inizatiou was eoni-
j'jleted. Tlie early forraation o( a lilnavy \\'as liardly
coijtein]i]au-d at th.;t time, as we liad in our eity, the
library of the Anii.-rican Aniiijuaiian Society, the Free
Public Libvaiy. the Media nics Association Lil)rary, and
many valuablu private librinaes. lint after our organ-
ization., a few boolcs canie in upon us, and when, tv."o years
later, we took a room, iht- contributions became quite nu-
merous, so that no\\' wu have J'rom live to six thoti.-and
volumes, and sotiiethiiig like fifteen thousand })am}ihhjis.

It was said in an evening paper j-ccently, that the
Society had a humljle origin. Well, that is true; but I
have rjoticevl iiau per>ous ])orn in jiovej't}- are C|uile as
likely to succeed in tliis weirld as those l)i»rn in aflluence
and nui'tured i]j luxury. This theory will duubtless apply
as v/ell to societies as to individuals.

There was one suljject that gave us some solicitude,
and that ^^■a^, a name fur the Society. It M'as desirable to
tiud one that had not been tl^ed before, or we might
have tak'cn the name of the ^\''orcestcr County Historical
Society; and it was desirable, also, to select one that
should be unlike arjy other in use at that time.

In lookii]g over the names of some English organizations,
tile jiame of a 3>lasonic Lodge in London- — the Lodge
of Antiijuity — vras discovered. It was at once said,
The V\^orce.-^ter Society of Anticjuity shall be the name
we will adopt, as it expresses our purpose, a desire for,
and the preservation of Antiquarian knowledge ; and after
deliberate consideration the name was a<lo].)tcd, one so
unique, that it should never be confounded with any

Of tlie original members, and including those of ' the
first year, which clo.-ed with only twelve, 1 believe all are


living to-day, except one, Mr. Elijali II. ?ilars]ial], who die'l
December 17, iSs;]. Since tliat time, a number lia\-e
deceascil, and their memorials ha\(' l)een phieed njiou tlie
jirinted paL;"es oi' our Troceedin^'s.

'J'Jie ])i-ocn'ess of the Society lias been somewliat ]'e-
majhabh'. Tiiei'e never lias been from the first a back-
Avai'd step. We ]ia\c Iiad a slow but steady and sure ad-
vance. Our jfublications now amount to nearly thi'ee
thousand j^av^'rs. much of which is valuable historical
matter, and, without, the efforts of this Societ}", would
very lilceiy luixc l)een lost beyond recovery.

We have v.ilhln cuir Society the elements of success.
To say the least, we have in our member>hip gentleiueu
whos(3 talents raiih with the best among men ; and others,
artizans, or artists we might say, whose skilled v.'orkmaii-
ship as ])rinte]-s and binders is hai'dly excelled elsewhere,
as can be attested l)y a-.i examination of our publications,
the handiwork of our own meml)ers.

The jiasl is seeui'C. And now, gentlemen, what shall
be the future of this Society? We need funds to carry
on our work. ^Vc need a building fund. We have a
large amount ol' valuable material that should go at once
into the hands of th(.' binder. And most of ;dl, Ave need
a permanent home. We must soon have more room. We
ouglit to have ;;t once fifty thousand dollar;;, wddeh
would secure for our use one of two or three estates th;-t
ai'e well adapted to meet our wants. I ho})c the time is
not far distant when we shall have sullieient funds to
carry oji our v/ork and seeure for this Society a permanant
abiding place.

"Our lidiioraiy Mcii)boi\s."

la;s])0]](le(l to by Ml'. William S. Barton; Cit}'

Addp.kss of Wii,LrA>i S. JjArton, Esq.

In calling;' ujuni me to respond in belialf of tlie Hon-
orary Memljers of yuur Society, niy friend. Mr. Koe, has
pleasantly iilliuled lo my liumbie eifort.^, many years ago,
in a liiie of work somewhat similar to that of the Society
of Anlicjuity. I may be pardoned, therefore, for saying
tliat the work referred to — that of obtaining the inscj'ip-
tions frum the grave-stones in the ancient bnrying ground
on Worcester Common — was ically uiulertalct-n by me as
a laboi' of love, alihongh, incidiMitallv. ii happened to be
in tlie inte}'est of our local liislor\-. From an antiquarian
point of view. 1 hardly iK^'d to a^sui'e you that I found
my task a congenial one, and, in many icspeets, quite
fascinating. It was j)raetically eommi-need in 1845, the
3'eai' following my gra'luatirin from college, and v.'as sub-
staidially completed in the summer of IS-lti. Even l>efore
tliis work was undertaken, I had often griitified ni}' boyisli
curiosity by cliTubing over the stone "wall that suii'ounded
the old g]-ave-yard on the casi side of the Common, or by
forcing my way through that dilapidated gate, near the
" gun-])ouse,"' on the western side of the enelo-ure, arjd
thus gaining access to that consecrated ground wherein
so many of the "forefathers of the hamlet slept."" Natu-
rally enough, i was at first simply interested in the antiq-
uity, or cin-ioas jdiraseology, of ihe inscriptions; but
subsequently, having l)ecome some^\■hat familiar witli tlie
early liisto'/y of the town of ^Voreester, 1 l)egan ro realize
tlie practical value of the.-e memo)-ials of the dead. The
residt, as }ou are awai'e, was the jddjlication. in the sum-
mer of IS-iS, of a little l)rown-covered ])amp'hlet, of oG
pages, entitled " Epita])hs from the Cemetery on W^irces-
ter Common, ^\■ilh occasional notes, references and an in-
dex. By W. S. r.arton. I'rinted by Henry J. Ilov.dand.
171 Main street."


ITo])ing-. ^Ir. C'lmirinaii. that yoti will make due allow-
ance for tliis somewhat leiiythy ])ersonal intruJr.ction,

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