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New Bedford, Willard Nye, June 25, 1811 Sandwich, Merchant, 1847

T. B. Denhamn, Apr. 8, 1813 Rochester, Baker, 1854
Asa R. Nye, Nov. 11, 1808 Fairhaven, Merchant, 1854
H. F. Thomas, Feb. 21, 1823 Portsmouth, R.I. Merchant, 1854

Nathaniel Gilbert, Aug. 20, 1812 Bridgewater, Merchant, 1854 Norton, Caleb S. Wetherell, Nov. 14, 1813 Norton, Farmer, 1854 Pawtucket, Albert Bliss, Oct. 10, 1811 Dorchester, Merchant, 1854 Raynham, Barzillai King, Dec. 31, 1807 Raynham,

Farmer,

1854 Rehoboth, George H. Allyn, Seekonk, H. G. Stewart, Apr. 25, 1811 Clarendon, Vt. Clergyman, 1854 Somerset, James M. Hood, Jan. 14, 1815 Somerset, Ship Builder, 1854 Swanzey, Horatio Peck, Dec. 3, 1796 Barrington, R. I. Mechanic, 1854 Taunton, Enos W. Dean, Mar. 3, 1803 Taunton, Farmer, 1854 B. Sanford, Apr. 20, 1825 Dennis, Lawyer,

1854 Le Bar. B. Church, June 28, 1825 Bristol, R. I. Merchant, 1854 Westport,

Isaac A. Anthony, Jan. 9, 1817 Warwick, R. I. Farmer, 1853

PLYMOUTH Co. Abington, Bridgewater, Van R. Swift, Mar. 31, 1813 Bridgewater, Farmer, 1853 Carver, George P. Bowers, Sept. 24, 1813 Leominster, Iron Founder, 1854 Duxbury, Aaron Josselyn, May 4, 1804 Pembroke, Clergyman, 1849 E. Bridg'water Calvin Reed, April 3, 1819 E. Bridgewater, Manufacturer, 1854 Halifax, Hanover, Tho's J. Gardner, Feb. 25, 1801 Hanover, Farmer, 1835 Hanson, Hingham, Charles Howard, Oct. 10, 1792 Hingham, Plough Mak’r, 1853 Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, George M. Baker, Feb. 2, 1820 Marshfield, Teacher, 1853 Middleboro', Richard Sampson, Nov. 15, 1811 Middleborough, Farmer, 1854 Joseph T. Wood, Mar. 17, 1818

Farmer, 1852 N.Bridg'water Pembroke, Ezekiel Bemis, Dec. 15, 1811 Springfield, Farmer, 1854 Plymouth, Plympton, John P. Ellis, Aug. 7, 1802 Plympton, Farmer, 1854 Rochester, William Sears, Aug. 31, 1789 Rochester, Farmer,

1836 Scituate, William Cook, May 1, 1800 Scituate, Farmer, 1854 S. Scituate, Sam’I C.Cudworth, Dec. 2, 1822 Boston, Farmer,

1853 Wareham, James R. Sproat, Apr. 18, 1806 Middleborough, Merchant, 1853 W. Bridgew'r, Albert Copeland, Jan. 28, 1793 W. Bridgewater, Farmer, 1854

BARNSTABLE Co.
Barnstable,
Brewster, Benjamin Paine, Jan. 12, 1795 Brewster,

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1842 Chatham, Richard Gould, Apr. 25, 1788 Chatham, Mast. Mariner 1854 Dennis, M. S. Underwood, June 29, 1812 Harwich, Shoe Manuf'r, 1853 Eastham, Jonathan Snow, Aug. 13, 1799 Eastham, Farmer, 1854 Falmouth, Thomas Lewis, Jr., Mar. 16, 1806 Falmouth, Mechanic, 1853 Harwich, Anthony R. Chase, Mar. 8, 1822 Harwich, Farmer, 1854 Orleans, John Kenrick, Aug. 9, 1819 Orleans, Farmer,

1853 Provincetown, Elisha Tillson, Oct. 27, 1803 Wrentham, Mast. Mariner 1854 Sandwich, R. Collins, Jr., Feb. 10, 1810 Dennis, Mast. Mariner 1854 Truro, John Smith, Oct. 3, 1796 Truro, Merchant, 1854 Wellfleet, Israel Pierce, Aug. 9, 1807 Wellfeet, Mast. Mariner 1854 Yarmouth, Charles Baker, Sept. 28, 1794 Yarmouth, Mast. Mariner 1853

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Springfield, William Stowe, Feb. 25, 1818 Westfield, Clerk, 1854 Chelsea, W. E. P. Haskell, June 24, 1817 Gloucester, Ass't Clerk,

1853 Boston, Arthur B. Fuller, Aug. 10, 1822 Cambridge, Chaplain, 1854

Benjamin Stevens, Apr. 16, 1790 Boston, Serg't at Arms 1835
Alexis Poole, Aug. 6, 1806 Charlestown, Door Keeper, 1838
David Murphy, Feb. 10, 1799 Charlesť'n, N. H. Messenger,

1831 Brown'ton, Vt. E. S. Brigham, July 11, 1808 Brownington, Vt. Ass't Mess'gr, 1854 Boston, Augustus Lothrop, Feb. 13, 1823 Boston,

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1854 Hingham, Issacher Fuller, Aug. 19, 1793 Middleborough, Ass't Mess'gr, 1843 Boston, Chas. A. Murphy, Oct. 10, 1834 Boston,

Ass't Mess'gr, 1854 Dorchester, Wm. Sayward, Feb. 12, 1815 Gloucester, Postmaster,

1852 Boston, Jas. N.Tolman, Jr., Sept. 13, 1837 Boston, Page,

1850 Jos. P. Dexter, Jr., Nov. 30, 1835

Page, 1852 Wm. S. Stoddard, Apr. 7, 1815

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atchman, 1840 Wm. H. Wilson, Dec. 11, 1809 Portland, Me. Assistant do. 1847 James N. Tolman, Feb. 9, 1815 Boston, Assistant do. 1852

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RECAPITULATION

OF THE

SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES-1854.

Whole number of the Senate and House of Representatives, 350. One member of the

House has not taken his seat.

46

Farmers,

110 Public, Painter, Provision Dealer, Lawyers,

46 Plough-maker, Paper-Hanger, FurMerchants,

niture Dealer, Leather Dealer, Iron Manufacturers,

24 Founder, Railroad Agent, ShipmasBuilders,

16 ter, Sailmaker, Stove Dealer, Chair Master Mariners,

11 Manufacturer, Wheelwright, and Machinists and Mechanics, 10 Livery Stable Keeper, 1 each, 21 Physicians, Boot and Shoe Manufacturers, 8

349 Clergymen,

6 Cashiers,

5 Members born in Massachusetts, 286 Tanners,

5

New Hampshire, 22 Shipwrights,

4
Connecticut,

18
300
Rhode Island,

7 Gentlemen, Printers, Blacksmiths,

Maine,

7 Lumber Dealers, Cabinet Manufac

Vermont,

3 turers, and Teachers, 3 each, 18

New York,

1 Millers, Civil Engineers, Booksellers,

Pennsylvania,

1 Real Estate Dealers, and Tailors,

England,

2 2 each,

101
Scotland,

1 Auctioneer and Commission Mer

Canada,

1 chant, Baker, Bookbinder, Druggist, Museum, Insurance Agent, Notary

349

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FIRST INAUGURAL MESSAGE

OF

GOVERNOR JOHN HANCOCK.

As a matter of interest to the present generation, we have copied from the first volume of the Journals of the House of Representatives, after the adoption of the Constitution of 1780, the first Inaugural Message of Governor John Hancock. It is a document replete with sound patriotism, wise maxims, and good counsel, and our friends will find themselves well repaid for the time spent in its perusal.

His Excellency the Governor was pleased to make the following speech : Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives :

With a sincere and warm heart I congratulate you and my country on the singular favor of Heaven in the peaceable and auspicious settlement of our government upon a Constitution framed by the wisdom, and sanctified by the solemn choice of the people who are to live under it. May the Supreme Ruler of the world be pleased to establish and perpetuate the new foundations of liberty and glory.

Finding myself placed at the head of this Commonwealth by the free suffrages of its citizens, while I most sensibly feel the distinction they have conferred upon me in the election, I am at a loss to express the sentiments of gratitude with which it has impressed me. In addition to my natural affection for them, and the obligations they have before laid upon me, I have now a new and irresistible motive ever to consider their happiness as my greatest interest, and their freedom my highest honor.

Deeply impressed with a sense of the important duties to which my country now calls me, while I obey the call, I most ardently wish myself adequate to those duties, but can only promise, in concurrence with you, gentlemen, a faithful and unremitting attention to them, supported as I am by the advice and assistance of the Council, happily provided by the Constitution, to whose judgment I shall always pay the greatest respect, and on whose wisdom and integrity I shall ever rely. May unanimity among the several branches of this new government consolidate its force, and establish such measures as shall most effectually advance the interest and reputation of the Commonwealth. This can never be done but by a strict adherence, in every point, to the principles of our excellent Constitution, which, on my own part, I engage most sacredly to preserve.

Gentlemen,—Of all the weighty business that lies before you, a point of the first importance, and most pressing necessity is the establishment of the army in such consistency and force, and with such seasonable and competent supplies, as may render it, in conjunction with the respectable forces sent to our assistance by our powerful and generous ally, an effectual defence to the free Constitutions and Independence of the United States. You cannot give too early or too serious an attention to that proportion of this business that fails to the share of this Commonwealth. The mode, we have too long practised, of reinforcing

the army by enlistments for a short time has been found to be at once greatly ineffectual and extremely burdensome. The commander-in-chief, in whose abilities and integrity we justly repose the highest confidence, has repeatedly stated to us the great disadvantages from it; and the necessity of an army engaged for the whole war, and well provided, is now universally felt and acknowledged.

Nor should a moment of time be lost in prosecuting every measure for establishing an object so essential to the preservation of our liberties and all that is dear to

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