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[41] fifty members, among whom, besides those named, were William L. Burt, Isaiah W. Tuttle, E. A. Norris, editor of the Olive Branch, Charles Williams, Jr., Robert A. Vinal, John W. Vinal, N. Carleton Hawkins, Charles S. Lincoln, Emery H. Munroe, Phineas W. Blodgett, John Runey, Francis Tufts, William and Edwin Mills, Clark Bennett. R. W. Keyes, Edwin C. Bennett, Charles H. Hudson, J. Q. Twonibly, and many others, including the writer.

The later presidents were J. Manly Clark, Robert A. Vinal, I. W. Tuttle, and R. W. Keyes; and secretaries, Charles Williams, Jr., Edward E. Vinal, George E. Bennett, I. B. Giles, Edwin Mills, and myself.

Quite a library was gathered, which, however, was scattered on the dissolution of the society. Among the subjects for debate were the following, viz.:—

‘Is phrenology a humbug?’ Decided it was not.

‘Would the annexation of the Sandwich Islands to the United States be beneficial to this country?’ Decided it would.

‘Ought Cuba to be annexed to the United States?’ Decided yes.

‘Ought a Pacific railroad to be built by the United States government?’ Decided yes.

‘Ought America to assist the oppressed nations of Europe in gaining their independence?’ Decided no.

‘Would reciprocity of trade between the British Provinces and the United States be beneficial to the United States?’ Decided yes.

‘Do school masters do more good in the world than ministers?’ Decided yes.

Numerous other questions were from time to time discussed.

Lectures and similar entertainments were also given, among them the following, viz.:—

January 17, 1853, by Hon. George S. Boutwell.

February 10, 1853, by Dr. Luther V. Bell.

March 28, 1853, by Colonel J. D. Greene, of Cambridge.

May 9, 1853; by Charles H. Hudson, Esq., and poem by Charles S. Lincoln, Esq.

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