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s in those days and two and a half columns were devoted to an account of Rev. Dr. Adams' Ideal of a Merchant. These were usually in the Town Hall, but on this occasion American Hall was used. A comment was, The hall was well lighted, warmed and very convenient. The Ladies' Fair and Levee, on December 30, 1856, (same evening as the lecture) in the Town Hall, drew together, a highly respectable company. The Methodist ladies were raising money to buy an organ for their church, (beside Gravelly brook then). The Universalist minister (Maxham), and the Orthodox (Marvin), were present and spoke encouraging words. And be it noticed, the levee was opened by singing of hymns and prayer. Their minister was Rev. E. S. Best. Hon. J. M. Usher was there (of course he was) and in his remarks, for he was always ready with a speech, he alluded to the Best Methodists. Mr. Usher's wit seems to have been lost on the Journal man, as he alludes to Mr. Bess several times, and reports Mr. Usher as say