Contributions of the Old Residents' Historical Association, Lowell, Mass Volume 1-5 -

Contributions of the Old Residents' Historical Association, Lowell, Mass Volume 1-5 -

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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. Excerpt: ...the second position in our Commonwealth in population, within the lives of some of us who have been residents from its beginning in 1822. Although we are most gladly welcoming to our ranks those younger men, of whom this cannot be truly said, yet there is a peculiar sympathy between those who began here their life work in poverty and obscurity in Lowell village, as it was called. Nor is it strange that they look back with feelings of almost reverence upon its founders and leaders. I have been deeply impressed with the fact that so many of them died early in life. Francis C. Lowell died September-2, 1817, aged 43 years. Ezra Worthen died June 18, 1824, aged 48 years. Paul Moody died July 5, 1831, aged 54 years. Warren Colburn died September 13, 1833, aged 40 years. Joel Lewis died November 10, 1834, aged 34 years. Kirk Boott died April 11, 1837, aged 47 years. It is very easy now, and a favorite occupation with our younger men to criticise their plans and point to their mistakes, but a more correct judgment will find surprisingly few instances which do not challenge our admiration and respect. It seems natural then, that this sympathy should be strongest and most effective among those who have been longest associated together in duty and trial. It is true, no doubt, that toward the last we live more with the past than the present. We all do so as the shadows lengthen for us in the evening of our life It is true for all of us who are old the faces most loved are those of our unforgotten dead friends. But he who has lived worthily has lived not for his own age only, but for all coming generations, for his thoughts live after him, and his example and his influence. May 5, 1880. A recent writer says it must be gratifying to every lover of his country to witness more

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  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236674677
  • 9781236674678