Stories of the Old Bay State by Elbridge Streeter BrooksStories of the Old Bay State by Elbridge Streeter Brooks

Stories of the Old Bay State

byElbridge Streeter Brooks

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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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. 1899. Excerpt: ... HOW THE PROCLAMATION ENDS. WHEN I was a boy it was the custom for the minister to read from his pulpit, the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, the proclamation of the governor officially announcing and promulgating the glad day of thanksgiving. The proclamation always came as a big broadside, quite a formidable-looking sheet, as I remember it from the minister's front pew, and we boys and girls were properly impressed by it, and especially by the highly official way in which it closed, and the invocation and sentiment with which it ended: "God save the commonwealth of Massachusetts!" In all the two hundred and seventy years of the Old Bay State's existence, as colony and commonwealth, many proclamations have been issued and read to the people who have, in their lives and actions, made Massachusetts a vital and impressive force in the world. For it is the people, after all, who make the state. As that grand old poem of Sir William Jones tells us: "Men who their duties know, But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain,--These constitute a state." The men of Massachusetts have always known and appreciated their duties; they have, from the days of the freemen of Watertown, " dared their rights maintain;" and as a consequence the invocation of the old proclamation has been answered, for God has blessed and saved the commonwealth of Massachusetts. To-day the golden-domed Statehouse, ringed with its triple coronet of electric lights, stands on its time-honored hill, known and honored of all men throughout the land. Within its legislative chamber still hangs the golden codfish, symbol and reminder of the chief source of the Bay State's wealth and progress; within its library is cherished the precious manuscript of that early governor and chronicler, which has...
Title:Stories of the Old Bay StateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217881904

ISBN - 13:9780217881906