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his love of, and zeal in, agriculture — his unwearied attention to all the interests of his people, made him for a time, their idol ; but a “loyalist” he died - - a cast-a-way, and in exile. Let us forget his errors, and treasure only his virtues, and his services to his native colony - to our native State.

Meaning after all this talk on paper, to be with you if in my power, *

I am, dear sir,
Truly your friend and servant,


Association Sons of New Hampshire.

[From Professor SAURTLEFF, Dartmouth College.]

HANOVER, October 26, 1853. Gentlemen :

Permit me to express to you my sense of obligation for the honor of an invitation to attend the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire.

Having, in my boyhood, been adopted by this State ; having been fanned for sixty-six years by the breezes from her granite hills, nourished by the products of her exuberant, though hardy soil, educated by the means which her institutions afford, and performed the labors of a protracted life among her sons and citizens, I regret that my infirm health compels me to decline the invitation to be present at the coming festival. But, hoping to be there in imagination and feeling, I subscribe myself, with high regard to the occasion, Your friend and obedient servant,


the Committee, etc.

[From Professor UPHAM, Bowdoin College.]

BRUNSWICK, ME., October 15, 1853. Gentlemen :

In answer to your kind invitation to attend the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, to be held in the city of Boston on the second of Novem

* Mr. S. was present, but as he was suffering from indisposition he declined to speak. The officers of the Association, desirous of connecting his name with the Festival, place his letter in their account of the proceedings.

ber, I regret to say, that the duties which I am called to discharge here will render it difficult, and, I think, impossible, for me to be present on that interesting occasion.

I am not insensible, however, of the honor which is done me by your invitation; and I feel that you have conferred a benefit upon me, at this period of my life, and after recently returning from a journey amid other scenes in distant lands, in reminding me of the home of my youth, and in awaking a thousand associations which make that home dear to me. It is many years since I left my native State ; but her streams, her hills, her mountains, the valleys where I strayed, the flowers that grew among the rocks, the associates of those early days, in the glow of youth and in the brightness of beauty, all exist like living pictures in my memory, and have become a part of my existence. The fame of commonwealths does not depend exclusively upon the greatness of their wealth, or the extent of their territories. New Hampshire is a small republic; but if the fulfilments of her future history should correspond to the beginnings and presages of the past, she is destined to an immortal memory.

When I was quite a child, and before my mind had expanded itself to the comprehension of our great nationality, I had formed some ideas of the boundaries, the physical features, and the history of the little State which we love. In the neighborhood in which I lived was the town library, and, as my father was one of the associated owners, I was not long in exploring a portion of its few hundred volumes; and I think that no volume interested me more, at that early period, than Belknap's History of New Hampshire. It was in that excellent work, which combines great learning and candor with the merits of a simple and classic style, that I learned something of the trials of the early settlers of the State, the history of some of the distinguished men under the colonial government, and the part taken by New Hampshire in the revolutionary struggle. It was then that I first became acquainted with the names of Weare, Stark, Sullivan, and Langdon ; and learned that the sons of New Hampshire had an influence beyond their own territorial limits, and could make their proud mark on a nation's history. And from that day to this I have endeavored to make myself acquainted with the life and labors of the many distinguished men, of different religious and political views and associations, but all allied together by the love of truth and the claims of patriotism, who have been the ornaments and the just pride of the State. I listened with delight in early life, and as I recall it now, it seems but yesterday,- to the minute legal learning of Smith, the matchless reasonings of Mason, and the touching and perfected eloquence of George Sullivan, the worthy son of a justly celebrated father. And who, among the numerous children of New Hampshire, wherever they may be scattered, has not known something of the parliamentary and forensic achievements of her most distinguished son, whose life has recently closed, and whose name has already passed into history. That was a great light which was not confined to a single State, nor even to the nation which it illuminated, but reached to other lands. I was in Europe at the time he was called out of the world; and from beyond the waves of the Atlantic, many Americans and many Europeans saw the splendor of his setting sun go down; and not without tears.

Permit me to say, gentlemen, that I love our State, and that I love her people. There is strength in her rocks; there is inspiration in her mountains. It is in such a rugged surface as that of New Hampshire, hard and inflexible, and therefore uninviting to weakness of purpose and indolence of habits, but diversified with every form of grandeur and sublimity, that the mind harmonizes with nature in developing noble thoughts and energetic purposes. Those rugged rocks and lofty mountains have a power over the heart as well as over the intellect, a power of association and attraction little known to those who have not felt it. And hence it is, that her sons, scattered abroad in different and distant places, always go back to her rivers and mountains, and take a last look of them before they die.

In common with many others, I felt my heart moved within me, when I have seen from year to year the great departed orator to whom I have referred, bend away his step that shook the capitol, and plant. his foot upon his native hills. He loved to stand by the side of those rivers ; he loved to breathe that na. tive air; and from the height of the mountains which he had gazed upon and traversed in his youth, he seemed to look abroad with a greater distinctness, and embrace, with a clearer and wider vision, the present and future destiny of men and nations.

I believe, therefore, that in the mountains of New Hampshire is to be found in part the secret of her strength. They are originators of thought, and nurseries of the imagination. They give strength and development to the religious sentiment. And the time may yet come, when they will be found to be the strong-holds of freedom.

THOMAS C. UPHAM. To Messrs. WILDER, GREENE, and others.

[From Hon. N. GILMAN.]

EXETER, N. H., October 29th, 1853. Gentlemen :

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your invitation to the Festival of the 2d of November, of the Sons of New Hampshire. I greatly regret that a business engagement to a distant city will deprive me of the pleasure of participating in the festivities of that highly interesting occasion.

Absence from home must be my apology for this late answer to your polite invitation.

I am, with great respect,
Your ob't servant,

N. GILMAN. Hon. MARSHALL P. WILDER, and others,

Committee, Boston.

[From Rev. Ralph Emerson, D. D., Professor in the Theological Seminary.]

ANDOVER, October 29, 1853. Gentlemen :

A recent mail has brought me your kind invitation to the adjourned Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire. You will please to accept my thanks for this honor, and be assured of the pleasure it will afford me to be present on that occasion, unless prevented by some unforeseen occurrence.

With great respect,
Yours truly,

RALPH EMERSON. To MARSHALL P. WILDER, and others of the Committee of Invitation.

P. S. Allow me to send, in honor of my birthplace, the following sentiment, to be presented at the Festival, if thought expedient, provided I shall not be present :

The pleasant town of Hollis ! Distinguished as having educated for the Christian ministry a larger portion of her sons than any other town in New England, except Southampton, Mass.

R. E.

[From Rev. Brown EMERSON, D. D.]

SALEM, October 28, 1853. Dear Sir:

I would tender through you my grateful acknowledgments for the honor of an invitation to the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, in Boston, on the second day of the ensuing November, and only regret that my engagements are such as to prevent my attendance on the interesting occasion.

With due respect,


[From Rev. ABIEL ABBOT, D. D.]

PETERBOROUGH, October 24, 1853. Gentlemen :

I thank you for the honor of an invitation to the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, to be held on the second of November. The infirmities of four score and eight years forbid my compliance with the invitation.

It affords me great pleasure to know that the sons of New Hampshire who emigrate, do not forget the homes of their boyhood, and do so much honor to their native State and service to our country. Although unable to attend the Festival in body, I shall in mind be present.

Permit me to express this ardent wish of my heart, sons of New Hampshire, continue to honor your fathers, and acquire noble honors for your sons.

Your servant,


Committee of Invitation.

[From Rev. J. G. Adams, Worcester.]

WORCESTER, Ms., October 31, 1853. Gentlemen :

I have to regret that other engagements will not permit me to be present at the second Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, as I was at the first. For your kind invitation to this banquet, accept my warmest thanks. And since I shall be with you only in spirit, permit me to offer my fraternal congratulations to those who may on that occasion meet face to face, and

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