nd respected pastor for fifty years. His father had served the church in Hampton, N. H., forty years. Dr. Osgood preached the sermon, taking his text from Acts 20:;27, For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
The good doctor must have had a tender and loving feeling for the youth who had been under his instruction and guidance, and we believe he bespoke for the young man the respect and loyal following of the people who were to become his charge.
The firm of John E. Thayer and Brothers was established by his sons, the members of which amassed great wealth.
The younger generations of these families are widely known today in financial and social circles.
A son, who bore his father's name, was the munificent patron of Harvard College and of the town of Lancaster, still the residence of the Thayers.
Dudley Hall (1780-1868) used to tell of his being a pupil, when ten years old, of Nathaniel Thayer.
A side light is thrown upon the importance of Dr. Osgo