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This volume contains an authentic account of the proceedings of the Sons of New Hampshire, together with the speeches, songs and sentiments delivered on the occasion of their second Festival, held in the city of Boston, November 2, 1853 ; also copies of the letters received from such invited guests as were unable to be present,and a registry of names.

This celebration was to have taken place last year, in conformity with the resolutions passed at the first Festival, but it was postponed in consequence of the demise of the President of the Association, the lamented DANIEL WEBSTER.

It has, therefore, been deemed appropriate to incorporate with these pages the transactions of the Sons of New Hampshire, in connection with those of the citizens of Boston, on the occasion of Mr. Webster's death, and the obsequies in honor of his memory.

It will be seen that the interest manifested in the first Festival had not, in the least, declined ; and that this second family gathering, like the preceding, has afforded the highest gratification to all who participated in its pleasures.

The present volume, it is hoped, will prove not less acceptable than the former, both to the members who remain at home and to those who have emigrated from the land of their birth ; and that it may

afford another illustration of the veneration and love of New Hampshire men for their native State, and their laudable desire to perpetuate the renown of her sons.

Preface.

THIS VOLUME, recording the transactions of the Sons of New Hampshire, at their second Festival in Boston, as expressed in the introductory observations, is herewith respectfully presented to the public. It may be regarded as a historical work of increasing interest, more copious than the one that preceded it, and equally valuable and interesting.

The fraternal sentiment that pervaded the assembly and animated it in all its proceedings, is a marked feature in the history of this organization. The publishers have therefore exerted themselves to preserve a faithful record, not only of the Festival, but also of the facts and the circumstances which belong to the period in which this association took active and laudable measures for honoring the memory of their late illustrious President, and it is believed that nd volume extant has more minutely preserved an exact memorial of the ceremonies, in public and private, in relation to the last demonstrations of respect for Mr. WEBSTER.

It would be unnecessary to describe particularly the contents of the accompanying pages, as they exhibit in a lively manner the social character, energy and indomitable love of early home associations which were recalled by these festivities.

Hoping that the work may prove acceptable and honorable to the Sons of New Hampshire, wherever their lot may be cast, the publishers submit the results of their typographical labors to them and to posterity with entire confidence and sincere regard.

Contents.

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Bell's,...

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Dickinson's,

Eastman's, Ira A..

Eastman's, Joel..

Elwyn's,..

Emerson's, Brown...

Emerson's, Ralph..

French's,

Gilchrist's,
Gilman's,
Greeley's,
Hale's,.
Healy's,
Hillard's,..
Hubbard's,
Ingalls',
Martin's,
Matson's,
M'Clintock's,
McConihe's,
Perley's,
Pierce's,
Plumer's,
Sabine's,
Shurtleff's,
Sullivan's,
Tuck's,

Upham's,

Well's,

Wilder's,

White's,

Woods',

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