wn great business ability; Mrs. Gustina Hall; Mrs. Hattie E. Bean, recently nominated for Boston school committee; Miss Melvina Bennett, elocutionist; and two others.
His was a typical old New England family.
Mr. Bennett came here from Vermont abouMr. Bennett came here from Vermont about 1835.
He was a strong abolitionist when abolition was not a passport to popularity; he was a friend of Wilson, Garrison, Phillips, and Sumner.
At an anti-slavery meeting held in the old engine house hall, Mr. Bennett was the only person presentMr. Bennett was the only person present; he was chairman, secretary, speaker, audience, and all hands.
The papers of the next day, however, reported the gathering as a very harmonious and enthusiastic one, and that strong anti-slavery resolutions were passed, without a dissenting voice.
East of Mr. Bennett's was the residence of Hiram Allen, rope and twine manufacturer, whose rope walk, run by tide power, was on the south side of Somerville avenue, east of Prospect street, on Miller's creek.
Hiram Allen, Jr., the leader of All