The Society's work.
Publication of the society's work for two years has been omitted, but is here resumed.
The season of 1921-22 was opened by a special meeting on September 21, the three hundredth anniversary of the coming here of white men.
Report of recent meeting at Hingham
of the Bay State League was given.
It was attended by Dr. Green
, Messrs. Ackerman
and Mr. and Mrs. Mann
A letter and program of celebration was received from the Annapolis
, N. S., Historical Society.
A finely executed book of their anniversaries was later received.
The president then announced the subject of the evening, ‘The visit of Myles Standish
and his party to the site of Medford
on September 21, 1621,’ and called Miss Atherton
, who read an extract from the oration of Charles Sprague
, July 4, 1825), ‘The Disappearing [p. 24]
The president then spoke on Indian trails, read from ‘Paths and Legends of New England
Border and of the Mohawk Trail
,’ and then asked Mr. Charles Daly
to read extracts from ‘Mourt
's Relation’—the Expedition
of the Massachusetts
, which he did.
Then Mr. Wilson Fiske
gave his impression of the visit thus described.
This was also given in the current issue of the register.
The president then called attention to a large framed lithograph hanging at the right of the chair.
It was published in 1873 and is now very rare.
It is the ‘March of Myles Standish
,’ and was loaned to the society by Mr. Mann
the next speaker called upon, who reviewed the story just read in the original.
He traced the march of the Pilgrim
band from their landing place, where Charlestown
was yet to be, ‘in armes up through the country,’ and located the places mentioned, placing the ‘cornfield’ on the Winthrop-Royall farm
, the king's lodge on Rock hill
, his burial place on Sagamore avenue, his death on Grove street hill-top, and the futile search for the Squa Sachem
They found but one Indian brave—he a sorry specimen—but the primitive ‘Daughters of Pocahontas
’ were numerous, regaling the adventurers with a fish dinner and escorting them for a part of their return.
He also quoted Bradford
's account of the same, and closed with allusion to ‘seeds of life and death,’ told of by the Boston
orator of a century ago. (This appeared in the Mercury
, October 7, 1921.)
Some discussion of the event was indulged in by those present (about the usual number and one visitor) and so passed an unusual opportunity into history, unheeded by any save our Society.