After-dinner and other speeches

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJohn Davis Long

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... RESPONSE At The Banquet At Union Hall, Cambridge, Mass., On The Two Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary Of Its SettleMent, December 28, 1880. The conviction has been growing upon my mind of late, Mr. Mayor, that somehow or other the times are out of joint. Either my friends were indeed right when they said that I was too young for public place,--though I never heard that objection raised against my worthy predecessor, John Winthrop, who was of the same age when he became governor,--or else everything and everybody have suddenly become unaccountably old. When the orator of the day told of the little boy, who, questioning him about the recent civil war in which he bore so illustrious a part, asked him if he was at the battle of Bunker Hill, it did not surprise me. My only wonder is that he did not suspect Colonel Higginson of having been in the Pequot War, or even of being the redoubtable Miles Standish himself. Hardly an event has there been during the short term of my administration that was not from an hundred to two hundred and fifty years old; and last week, at Plymouth, the occasion ran even ten years beyond that. If the thing goes much farther, I shall feel like wearing silver buckles and a ruffle, and putting iron pots on the heads of my staff, which would add little to the thickness of their skulls, but much to the improvement of their personal appearance. How delightful it would be, and how refreshing, if for a moment we could only turn from the past, and, looking into the future, celebrate in advance the five hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of Cottage City, or the violent annexation of the best part of Belmont to the city of Cambridge! It would give us such an admirable opportunity, which we should certainly improve, of dwelling upon our ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... RESPONSE At The Banquet At Union Hall, Cambridge, Mass., On The Two Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary Of Its SettleMent, Decemb...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217773729

ISBN - 13:9780217773720

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