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e tract extending from Salem on the sea around Cape Ann to the Merrimack River, and to the farthest head thereof, with all the islands lying (the St. Lawrence) was within a hundred miles of the mouth of the Merrimack. It seems to be beyond dispute that this colony of Laconia was earm at Northfield, on the Pemigewassett, or main branch of the Merrimack River. Here he had several children, the youngest of whom was my mo. In 1825, there was springing up on Pawtucket Falls of the Merrimack River, the second great manufacturing town in Massachusetts, Walthamood was held by the Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on the Merrimack River. They sold off this land, and they also sold the water power furnished from the Merrimack River by a dam. This dam was put across at the head of Pawtucket Falls, although the law said that there should occurred in a small academy in the town of Dracut, across the Merrimack River, and the trustees asked me to take charge of the school. For
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 2: early political action and military training. (search)
public service. Upon reflection, however, it seems best that I should pass over for the present my legal experiences before as well as after my public services. These two periods include that portion of my life for whose pursuits I have had the greatest fondness, and I shall describe them in a continuous narrative later on. In the year 1839 I made the acquaintance of Fisher Ames Hildreth, the only son of Dr. Israel Hildreth, of Dracut, a town adjoining Lowell on the north side of Merrimack River. That acquaintance ripened into an affectionate friendship which terminated only with his death thirty years afterwards. Dr. Hildreth had a family of seven children, six of them being daughters. The eldest, Rowena, was married in 1836 at a very early age to Mr. Henry Read, a merchant of Lowell. The two youngest children were then merely schoolgirls. Fisher invited me to the family gathering at the Thanksgiving feast of that year, and there I first met Sarah, the second daughter.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Salem, Ma. (search)
unty seat of Essex county, Mass.; founded in 1626; incorporated as a city in 1836; noted for its historical associations, and its educational and scientific interests; population in 1900, 35,956. After the abandonment of Cape Ann there was a revival of zeal for colonization at Naumkeag (Salem), and John Endicott was chosen, by a new company of adventurers, to lead emigrants thither and be chief manager of the colony. A grant of land, its ocean line extending from 3 miles north of the Merrimac River to 3 miles south of the Charles River, and westward to the Pacific Ocean, was obtained from the council of New England, March 19, 1628, and in June John Endicott, one of the six patentees, sailed for Naumkeag, with a small party, as governor of the new settlement. Those who were there—the remains of Conant's settlers—were disposed to question the claims of the new-comers. An amicable settlement was made, and in commemoration of this adjustment Endicott named the place Salem, the Hebre
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thoreau, Henry David 1817-1862 (search)
Thoreau, Henry David 1817-1862 Author; born in Concord, Mass., July 12, 1817; graduated at Harvard College in 1837; became Henry David Thoreau. a lecturer and writer, and was strongly opposed to slavery; was an intimate friend of Bronson Alcot and Ralph Waldo Emerson. His publications include Resistance to Civil government: a week on the Concord and Merrimac rivers; Walden, or life in the woods; The Maine woods; Cape Cod; Letters to various persons: a Yankee in Canada, etc. He died in Concord, Mass., May 6, 1862.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Massachusetts (search)
ommunity system failing, eight colonists of Plymouth buy of the London partners their interests for $9,000, in nine annual instalments; the community system is abandoned, a division made of movable property, and twenty acres of land near the town is assigned in fee to each colonist......January, 1628 Rev. John White, a Puritan minister of Dorchester, England, enlists some gentlemen who obtain a patent conveying to them that part of New England lying between 3 miles to the north of the Merrimac River and 3 miles to the south of the Charles River, and every part thereof in Massachusetts Bay; and in length between the described breadth from the Atlantic Ocean to the South Sea......March 19, 1628 Company appoint John Endicott governor of the colony until themselves should come over ......May 30, 1628 Endicott, with wife and children and about fifty others, embarks in ship Abigail from England for Massachusetts......June 20, 1628 Plymouth people admonish Thomas Morton of Merry M
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New Hampshire, (search)
e miles, in ten counties. Population, 1890, 376,530; 1900, 411,588. Capital, Concord. New Hampshire formed a part of the grant to the colonies of Virginia and Plymouth, extending from lat. 34° to lat. 45° N.......April 10, 1606 Capt. John Smith, ranging the shore of New England, explores the harbor of Piscataqua......1614 Ferdinando Gorges and Capt. John Mason, members of the Plymouth council, obtain a joint grant of the province of Laconia, comprising all the land between the Merrimac River, the Great Lakes, and river of Canada......Aug. 10, 1622 Gorges and Mason establish a settlement at the mouth of the Piscataqua, calling the place Little Harbor, and another settlement, 8 miles farther up the river, Dover......1623 Mason, having agreed with Gorges to make the Piscataqua the divisional line, takes from the Plymouth council a patent of that portion lying between that river and the Merrimac, and calls it New Hampshire......Nov. 7, 1629 Company of Laconia dividing t
ough doubtless the desire of direct trade with Europe has long been a prominent motive at the South. The Gulf States seceded under the moderate tariff of 1857, for which South Carolina voted side by side with Massachusetts. The latter State, although for political not economical reasons, it thought itself obliged since the secession to sustain the Pennsylvania interest by voting for the absurd Morrill Bill, is not in favor of protection. On the contrary, the great manufactories on the Merrimac River have long been independent of protection, and export many million dollars' worth of cotton and other fabrics to foreign countries, underselling or competing with all the world in open market. It would be impossible for any European nation to drive the American manufacturer from the markets of the American continent in the principal articles of cheap clothing for the masses, tariff or no tariff. This is a statistical fact which cannot be impugned. The secession of the colonies, after
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
Lowell The Lowell family of Boston crossed over from England towards the middle of the seventeenth century. One of their number afterwards founded the city of Lowell, by establishing manufactures on the Merrimac River, late in the eighteenth century; and in more recent times two members of the family have held the position of judge in the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. They are a family of refined intellectual tastes, as well as of good business and professional ability, but of a retiring disposition and not often conspicuous in public life,a family of general good qualities, nicely balanced between liberal and conservative, and with a poetic vein running through it for the past hundred years or more. In the Class of 1867 there was an Edward J. Lowell who was chosen class odist, and who wrote poetry nearly, if not quite, as good as that of his distinguished relative at the same period of life. James Russell Lowell was born at Elmwood, as it is now called, on Washington's b
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Standard and popular Library books, selected from the catalogue of Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (search)
lustrations. $2.00. Illustrated Crown Edition. 48 illustrations. 2 vols. $5.00. Library Edition. Portrait and 60 illustrations. $4.00. Red-Line Edition Portrait and 16 illustrations. $2.50. Diamond Edition. $1.00. Shawmut Edition. Illustrated. Crown 8vo, $1.50. Idylls of the King. Complete. Illustrated. $1.50. Celia Thaxter. Among the Isles of Shoals. $1.25. Poems. $1.50. Drift-Weed. Poems. $1.50. Henry D. Thoreau. Walden. 12mo, $1.50. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. $1.50 Excursions in Field and Forest. 12mo, $1.50. The Maine Woods. 12mo, $1.50. Cape Cod. 12mo, $1.50. Letters to various Persons. 12mo, $1.50. A Yankee in Canada. 12mo, $1.50. Early Spring in Massachusetts. 12mo, $1.50. George Ticknor. History of Spanish Literature. 3 vols. 8vo, $00.00. Life, Letters, and Journals. Portraits. 2 vols. 8vo, $6.00. Cheaper edition. 2 vols. 12mo, $4.00. J. T. Trowbridge. A Home Idyl. $1.25. The Vagabonds. $1.25.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
d my wiser mother. If they cannot stand that clothing, they can never stand its wearer. Her opinion properly prevailed; and I was perhaps helped as much as hindered by this bit of lingering worldly vanity. The younger people expected some pleasant admixture of heresy about me, and it might as well begin in this way as in any other. Henry C. Wright, afterward a prominent Abolitionist, had lost his parish, a few miles above Newburyport, for the alleged indecorum of swimming across the Merrimack River. My first actual proposal of innovation was in a less secular line, but was equally formidable. It was that I should be ordained as Theodore Parker had been, by the society itself: and this all the more because my ancestor, Francis Higginson, had been ordained in that way — the first of all New England ordinations — in 1629. To this the society readily assented, at least so far as that there should be no ordaining council, and there was none. William Henry Channing preached one o
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