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because it did not, the instrument of the most ignominious punishment, which was as low as the "cart tayle” of Quaker torture, became the altar-piece of the most gorgeous cathedrals of the world.
The old teachers have gone to their calm repose. This old town has passed away. The city with its eight municipal organizations are absorbed in another. Schemes and hopes and dreams and animosities are forgotten. We have started on a new career. But this old hill-top and this church remain. Long may the Spirit of God rest upon it. The benedictions of near a hundred years have fallen from the lips of the present pastor and his immediate predecessor who has gone before. Those benedictions return to earth. From the dying-bed and the baptismal font; from the altar and the grave; from the scenes of resignation and the scenes of hope; on the wings of the Holy Spirit they return to soothe the heart and to kiss the lips that uttered them. Long may the successor of Welde, and Eliot, and Danforth, and Walter, and Peabody, and Adams, and Porter, bear their mantle upon earth !
The hymn "America” was sung by the choir, the large congregation joining in the last two verses, and the Benediction was pronounced by the Rev. John O. Means:
And now may the God of Peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, — the Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the Blessed Covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, and work in you that you yourselves may be perfect in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
At the conclusion of the exercises at the church, the procession re-formed, and escorted the guests to Webster Hall, where the ranks were broken. At six o'clock the company sat down to a banquet in Institute Hall, served by the veteran Col. Jonas Pierce. The hall was gracefully decorated, under the direction of Captain John A. Scott. The national colors were depended in streamers from prominent points. On the platform were the Hon. William Gaston (the chairman of the evening), the orator of the day, and the distinguished citizens who took part in the after-dinner exercises. Six tables extended the entire length of the hall. On the extreme right, next the platform, were the Roxbury Horse Guards, and facing them, at the same table, were the Grand Army. The next two tables were occupied by citizens. The Norfolk Guards were seated at the left of the fourth, and right of the fifth table. The Roxbury Artillery occupied the left side of the fifth table, and the sixth table was taken up by the Roxbury City Guard. Seated at the tables were the following well-known citizens :
Capt. Joseph Hastings,
and many others.
The appearance of ex-Governor Gaston was greeted with three hearty cheers.
The divine blessing was invoked by the Rev. A. J. Patterson, pastor of the Roxbury Universalist Church :
Our Father who art in Heaven, we thank Thee that Thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations. We thank Thee that Thy presence, care and inspiration attended our fathers in the bright day, and in the dark and trying day. We thank Thee for their integrity, for their fidelity, for their love of country, and their love of Thee. We thank Thee that they labored, and we their children are permitted to enter into their labors. O God, we thank Thee that, to-day, in memory, we are permitted to walk along the paths where they wrought, where they struggled, where they triumphed. We thank Thee for the inspiring words that have been spoken. We pray that they may sink deep into our hearts, and that they will enable us to take up the work which the fathers began so well, and carry it forward. May Thy blessing rest upon this community. Beautiful for situation are these Highlands where we dwell. May they become more beautiful through the faithful work and godly life of their inhabitants. Let Thy loving favor attend our entire city; may it rest upon this Commonwealth. O God, may the tone of our beloved country, and State, and city, be that of a people whose God is the Lord. Wilt Thou bless us now as we feast upon the bounties of Thy hand, and feed our souls, we pray Thee, upon that bread which cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Prepare us for the faithful discharge of the duties which we owe to Thee and to humanity. Guide us while life lasts, and when our days on earth are numbered, gather us into the enjoyment of that eternal inheritance which Thou hast prepared for all who put their trust in Thee; and unto Thy great name, through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us, will we ascribe praise and power and glory and dominion now and for
The dinner was served in plain, old-fashioned Roxbury style, everything being supplied in abundaụce.
WELCOMING ADDRESS OF HON. WILLIAM GASTON.
After the feast had been disposed of and cigars lighted, the chairman called the company to order, saying:
In behalf of the Committee of Arrangements, I am happy to welcome to these tables, to-night, so many whom I know love, honor, and cherish the name of Roxbury [Applause), a place that has furnished so many men who have borne no inconspicuous part in the history of the colony, the province, the commonwealth and the nation. Roxbury now forms a part of the great metropolis of Massachusetts and of New England; her name has been stricken from the list of the municipalities of the State, but her hills and her valleys are here; the graves of her heroes, her statesmen, and her philanthropists are here; her history is not blotted out; her traditions remain, and her memory is as fragrant and as sweet as ever. [Applause.] As a part of the great city of Boston she has entered upon a new century, which, I trust, is to be filled with the highest achievements of civilization and of peace. now citizens of Boston, and as such we are proud of the great metropolis ; we are proud of her for what she has been and what she is. But in our pride for the great city of Boston, we do not forget the old town and city of Roxbury [Applause], that has brought to the city of Boston her contributions of strength and of glory.
Many events have occurred on our soil which have been narrated on the pages of history; she has furnished men whose glory and whose fame are the common inheritance of the nation. These events and these men will never be forgotten ; but there are associations which we wish to keep alive; there are traditions which we wish to cherish, there are events which we wish to rescue from oblivion. Such are among the purposes of this day's services; for such, among other reasons, we have assembled to listen to words of instruction and eloquence to day. [Applause.] And for these purposes, in part, you have assembled here to-night. My duty, gentlemen, is not so mueh to speak, as to open the lips of the men of wit and eloquence whom I see around me, and in the performance of this duty I invite the aid of my friend General John L. SWIFT, whom I have the pleasure of introducing as the Toast-master.
Gen. Swift was received with loud applause and a round of three hearty cheers. Bowing his acknowledgments to the company, he proceeded to announce the sentiments prepared for the occasion.
"THE MEMORIES OF OLD ROXBURY."
Proudly she sits upon her heights,
Where peace and comfort reign,
Proud in her wealth and gain.
Though changed her name and changed her bounds,
And changed each vale and hill,
Is dear old Roxbury still.