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acquire as much glory to our country, as honor to himself. We rejoice, sir, that you both live to meet again, and to enjoy together the consolations fairly derived from your virtuous and heroic deeds. The minds of our countrymen traced your course with anxious solicitude, through the French revolution, from your first success in the cause of liberty, until the spirit of oppression confined you to a dungeon; and their hearts were gladdened, when, by the influence of our great and good Washington, their friend was at last set free. In the rich harvest you are now gathering of the expressions of esteem and gratitude of this numerous people, whose freedom and happiness your exertions so essentially contributed to establish, we hope you will find some compensation for all your trials, sacrifices and sufferings; and we feel much complacency, that, in this respect you have gained so complete a triumph over the monarchs of the world. Again, sir, we bid you a most cordial welcome; an
laid over till the next meeting. Light refreshments were served. The November meeting was devoted to discussion of ways and means, and the reports of committees relative to securing other and permanent quarters. On December 20 Mr. Charles F. Read, clerk of Bostonian Society, gave ‘A Schoolboy's Recollections of the Civil War.’ The annual meeting, January 17, 1916, was devoted to reports and election of officers. February 21 we were honored with the presence of George and Martha Washington, in the persons of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Fenton, who sustained their parts with dignity and grace. Master Topezia and Miss Jergueson, also in costume, vied with their elders, and danced a minuet to the accompaniment of the ancient seraphine. Mr. Edward Finnegan (High School, 1916) read the Farewell Address, and mandolin music was rendered by Miss Myrtle Meloon and Mrs. Grace Savage. Among the patriotic airs was the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ which brought the company to its feet. As in