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At last he arrives at Boston, and the poem says:—

But the following day they made matters worse,
They took hint to Boston, that city perverse,
And showed him the “Hub of the Universe.”

Here they gave him the regular Union thing,
For he heard our great foreign artists sing
With genuine true Teutonic ring

The national air inspiriting:—

Tis der sthar shbankled panner!
     Und lonk may she vave
O'er der lant ob der vree
     Und der home ob der prave!

From royalty to religion may or may not be a long stride; however it may be, I am going to take it. The first religious services of which I have any record were held, if I remember aright, and this I only know from others, in the hall of the old wooden engine house, corner of Prospect and Washington Streets, in 1842, conducted by Miss Elizabeth P. Whitridge, then a teacher in our schools. From this, which was a Sabbath school only, grew the present Unitarian society. There were also many Universalists living near Union Square in 1846 and later, who used to attend church at Cambridgeport; a mile or more distant, walking forth and back every Sabbath. This was not always a pleasant journey for the boys, as the feuds existing as already mentioned between the Cambridge and Somerville youths, sometimes brought on personal conflicts, not conducive to piety. But about 185: the Universalists began services of their own in the old schoolhouse which then stood on the corner Between Medford, Shawmut and Cross Streets, under the guidance of Rev. George H. Emerson. These meetings were the commencement of the present First Universalist society.

The Methodists of Union Square and neighborhood first held meetings in Franklin Hall, Union Square (of which hall I shall speak again), in 1855. The first minister appointed by the New England Conference was the Rev. Charles Baker. ‘Father’ Baker, as we all called him, at that time about sixty

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