of this calling is he destined to live longest and to enjoy most in this world, where, at the best,The foregoing extracts and much more were designed as a preliminary to the introduction of a remarkable letter written by a kinsman of Gov. Hill, at the age of 102 years.Life as a dream, and time as a stream,
Fly swiftly away,—
And the fugitive moment refuses to stay—
And eternity's here!This aged centenarian, with his father, was not of those steady, stationary planets which have held on to the parent spot for two hundred years: they were planets filling other vacant spots in the world's wide spaceway. More than seventy years ago, near the time of the opening settlement of what is now considered one of the older interior towns of Massachusetts, John Adams had become one of the fathers and selectmen of the town. We have received, in answer to a letter which we wrote, an autograph letter from the man of one hundred and two years. With slight corrections of spelling, capitals, and a more considerable addition of stops, we present the letter, word for word, as follows:—
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