ts. The gentlemen played off upon each other, to our amusement.
When spirits flagged, we had the resource of music.
Five instruments, and vocal music from Mrs Quincy, Mr Callender and occasionally Mr Webster and young May,
Afterward the Rev. Samuel J. May. with whom I was very much pleased, and who discovered, I thought, true modest assurance, with very good sense.
The ascent of the Canal was altogether new to me, and very interesting.
It was all the pleasanter for having so many childet them said Mr Webster. Is no one gallant enough, strange, 'tis very strange.
May stood it so far, and then darted forward, urged on by Mr W. who said he was glad the days of chivalry were not over.
Very glad to see you have so much courage, Mr May.
It would have required more courage not to have done it, after the challenge I received, said May. I claim no merit, Sir.
A little farther Sir said Mr Webster, there is another on your right, one on the other side &c
May went on until h
ivilege of the editor to identify the various localities therein named, and assist that writer, H. H. Edes, Esq., at that time.
Very recently we have found (what neither knew at that former time) the story of the lily-picking episode as told by Mr. May himself in his autobiography.
The view across the Lake of the Woods (Horn pond) is little changed in the lapse of a century, and nature has dealt kindly, as the tall trees witness, with the locality in Upper Medford, from which could be seen ant spire of Menotomy.
At the latter the canal embankments remain intact, from the site of the aqueduct which spanned the Aberjona, to the Mystic Valley parkway, where is a bronze tablet relative to the canal, erected by the park commission.
Mr. May in later years became a zealous advocate of temperance, and espoused the anti-slavery cause.
But there came a time when Mr. Webster's eloquence in favor of the fugitive slave law became distasteful to him. To him Lydia Maria Child dedicated her