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also to say, that much as I love Massachusetts, and happy as I have found my home in it for the last fifteen years, still I have not lived here long enough to outgrow my first love for my native New Hampshire. Next to my bible and other religious guide-books in my study, I keep sacred the volumes reminding me of my primal home, the “Annals of Portsmouth,” my native town, the “New Hampshire Historical Collections,” the “New Hampshire Book," and others which I need not name.
These are among my heart-treasures, and will be while I have any such treasures on this broad earth. New Hampshire’s rural homes, its rivers, lakes and mountain ranges, are still bright pictures in memory, and whenever I come near the northern line of the old Bay State, a sight of the blue summits beyond it is as cheering to me as Sir WALTER Scott assures us the sight of “the heather" was to him. I thank one of our own New Hampshire poets of the present time for words to which my own soul and that of every son of that “land of the mountain dominion" can respond :
“ We ask for no hearts that are truer,
No spirits more gifted than thine,
Than dawn on the hemlock and pine.
I send you this sentiment:
The sons of New Hampshire! At home or abroad, in their own and in the world's future history, may their advocacy and defence of human freedom and progress be as proverbial for endurance as the granite hills of the State that gave them birth.
J. G. ADAMS.
To Hon. MARSHALL P. WILDER, and others,
[From Hon. EDMUND BURKE, late Commissioner of Patents at Washington.]
NEWPORT, N. H., October 29, 1853.
Unavoidable professional engagements will deprive me of the pleasure of accepting your invitation to attend the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, to be held in the city of Boston on the second of November next.
It is a source of pride and gratification to every New Hampshire man to see so many of the virtuous and worthy sons of that State filling high and respectable positions in the learned professions, and in all the departments of business in the great city of their adopted State - a city whose population, wealth, and enterprise, justly entitle it to be regarded as the metropolis of New England. But, while New Hampshire has given many of her precious jewels to adorn the brow of their adopted mother, we are conscious that they blend their lustre with native jewels equally as precious and brilliant, forming together a coronet of glittering gems such as no other State can boast.
Nor are we who remain at home unmindful of the fact that Massachusetts first
gave to New Hampshire many of the sires and mothers of the sons who have returned to adorn and honor their fatherland. We, therefore, of both States, can take a just pride in this beautiful spectacle of a reünion of kindred blood upon the soil of our forefathers a soil whose history is illustrated by the sublime courage of the Pilgrim who dared the perils of the stormy ocean and the inhospitable wilderness, for “freedom to worship God;” by the first blood spilt on this continent in resistance to tyranny; and by the grandest and noblest monuments of industry, guided by intellect and genius to its high achievements. I am, gentlemen, with great respect,
Your obedient servant,
EDMUND BURKE. To the Hon. MARSHALL P. WILDER, and others,
[From Hon. Isaac McCONIJE.]
Troy, N. Y., October 29, 1853. Gentlemen :
On the receipt of your kind invitation to the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, at Boston, on the 2d proximo, I answered that I would attend unless, by some cause unforeseen, I should be prevented.
I regret that public duties will compel me to forego the pleasure which I anticipated enjoying in meeting many valued friends on that occasion whom I had not seen for many years. I am gratified and thank you for the opportunity thus afforded me of expressing my affection for my fatherland, and of calling up reminiscences of my youthful days, and of traditionary tales of the first settlement and first settlers (my father being a direct descendant of one of the first settlers, and an original proprietor of Londonderry,) of my progress to manhood, and of the tutelage of my Alma Mater, Dartmouth College. New Hampshire has been my Mecca, to which, since I have been a resident here, I have made frequent pilgrimages, always calling my birthplace my home; and can I ever forget it?
“Oh no, I can never forget
The home of my childhood's love;
And to that my thoughts still rove."
Although I cannot be with you in person, I hope to be in spirit, (as these are the days of spirits,) to mingle in the festivities of the day, which will not be forgotten by me here.
Please accept for yourselves and those you represent, my profound acknowledgments for your polite invitation, with a sincere wish that your festival may be one of great enjoyment, and that you may live to see and enjoy many others. With the highest respect, I have the honor to be
Your obedient, humble servant,
ISAAC MCCONIHE. Messrs. MARSHALL P. WILDER, FLETCHER WEBSTER,
and others, Committe.
The following sentiment is offered, if there should be a place for it:
The Sons of New Hampshire who have migrated to Boston! They have been and are an honor to their native State, and to the city of their adoption.
[From Hon. JOEL EASTMAN.]
Conway, October 25, 1853. Gentlemen :
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of invitation to the "adjourned Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire," te be held in the city of Boston on the second of November.
1 have been delaying an answer to your note, to see if it might not be possible for me so to arrange my business as to enable me to be present and participate in the enjoyments which that occasion will be so well calculated to afford.
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to meet the sons of my native State now resident in the old Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with many of whom I have the honor of a personal acquaintance. But owing to indispensable engagements connected with the Courts, I have to regret my inability to accept your invitation.
With much respect, I am
JOEL EASTMAN. To MARSHALL P. WILDER, and others,
Committee of Invitation.
[From Hon. B. B. FRENCH.]
WASHINGTON CITY, October 25, 1853. Gentlemen :
I have been honored by your polite invitation and complimentary ticket to attend the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire on the second day of November next.
Second only to the pride I feel in being a son of New Hampshire, is that of being so kindly remembered by you.
I wish it were in my power to be with you, but it is not. An engagement here on the very day of your Festival is imperative upon me, and ties me to this city.
Accept, gentlemen, my thanks for your kind recollection of me, and my ardent wishes that the Festival may do honor to those who have taken so deep an interest in it, together with the assurance that few things in this world could give more pleasure than to be present. Your brother of New Hampshire,
B. B. FRENCH, Hon. MARSHALL P. WILDER, and others,
[From Hon. SAMUEL WELLS.]
PORTLAND, October 22, 1853. Gentlemen:
Your invitation to attend the Festival of the Sons of New Hampshire, on the second day of November, has been received, but my engagements will prevent an acceptance of it.
It would be gratifying to me to unite with you in the expected festival,
for it is always pleasant to meet the sons of New Hampshire, especially those who have emigrated from that State. Emigrants feel for each other a strong sympathy, when the circumstances under which they departed from the home of their ancestors were somewhat similar. And most of those who have left that State, have sought fairer opportunities for improving their condition. They felt in some measure the narrowness of their affairs, and desired a broader field for action. And they went out; and wherever civilization extends, there they are found, and there they dwell. They follow all the various employments of life, in the city and in the country, on the land and on the sea. They receive a ready and cordial welcome in
The blood of several nations mingles in their veins. Many English, Irish and Scotch settled in New Hampshire, and formed no inconsiderable part of its population. And they were not men of an inferior class, but were industrious, intelligent, and lovers of liberty. They were principally devoted to agriculture, that employment which has been truly said to be " nearest heaven."
“ Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,
Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke.”
The revolution found them true to the principles of freedom, and ready to fight its battles. Hatred of oppression was in them an innate sentiment. They could not patiently wear the yoke of tyranny. All ages and both sexes partook of this feeling. They offered themselves and whatever they had, upon the altar of their country. The voice of New Hampshire was heard in almost every battle-cry, and the blood of her children stained nearly every battle-field of the revolution.
Their resources were not abundant when the war commenced, and when it terminated they were left in poverty. Their fields had laid uncultivated, their hard money had been spent, and the continental paper money had become worthless. They were in debt, and had not the means of paying what they owed. But their courage was not broken by adversity; it stimulated to renewed action. The plough, the anvil, and the loom, repaired their broken fortunes. The busy hand of industry has fed and clothed them. From such men we claim our parentage, and they have raised up and sent forth children to all parts of the world, and to the merit and renown of some, your commonwealth can well bear witness. One, at least, who now sleeps “ in the cold embraces of the tomb,” has stood preëminent among you, and added no small share to the fame of Massachusetts.
Long may -the inhabitants of New Hampshire continue to send forth emigrants, who shall walk in the paths of rectitude and justice, and adorn