Among those, and foremost, were the Rev. Caleb Stetson, pastor of the Unitarian Church, a man of wit, tact, enthusiasm, and ripe scholarship; and Deacon Galen James, the builder of more than threescore ships, a man renowned for benevolence, energy, perseverance, and practical common-sense.
These men (and doubtless otheat of the preceding year was advanced.
The discussion then held resulted in the appointment of a special committee, consisting of Caleb Stetson, Galen James, Nathan Adams, Robert L. Ells, and Milton James, to inquire into the different and best methods of conducting public schools; to report what improvements, what n added.
And that the plan might be judiciously executed, the School Board, which up to that date had been composed of but three members, and then consisted of Galen James, Horatio A. Smith, and Milton James, was increased to seven by adding Caleb Stetson, John C. Magoun, James Wellington, and John P. Clisby.
Thus the establish
November meeting was held on the 20th, in the vestry of the Mystic Church, which had recently celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, and the exercises were pertinent thereto.
Fred H. C. Woolley was the speaker, his subject, Ship Street and Galen James.
Our secretary notes it thus: A vivid account of the street as he knew it in the ‘70s, illustrating his talk with his own drawings of its houses and ships at the shipyard.
On the blackboard he drew a vessel in construction, explaining as he proceeded; also pictures of Deacon James' horse and carriage and of the deacon on foot, with high hat and shawl, carrying a cane.
A sketch of him in a sleigh, accompanied by the real sleigh-bells seemed like a real sleigh-ride.
Messrs. Curtin and Cushing and Mr. and Mrs. Leavens participated in the half-hour of reminiscence which followed.
The December meeting on the 18th was also held, for convenience, in the Mystic vestry.
Prof. Arthur I. Andrews spoke on The Balkans and United States' I
y of Massachusetts. Among the Medford-built vessels from Salem engaged in this trade were the ships Australia, Carolina, Propontis, and the brig Lucilla.
Journals of their voyages to Sumatra are preserved in Salem.
Besides the Salem vessels in the pepper trade there were quite a number from Boston, among them the brig Palmer.
The brig Palmer, two hundred and seventy-seven tons, was the seventy-third vessel built in Medford and the last of seven built in 1818.
She was built by Sprague & James for Joseph Lee of Boston.
She sailed for Sumatra in 1830 and proceeded to take on a cargo of pepper at Muckie on the west coast.
Narrative of Capt. Charles Endicott.At one o'clock in the morning of February 8, 1830, while at anchor in the roads, together with the ship James Monroe of New York and the Governor Endicott of Salem, a boat appeared, which, on being hailed with the question, What boat is that?
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