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THE OLD SOUTH LEAFLETS are prepared for free circulation among the attendants upon the Old South Lectures for Young People. The subjects of the Leaflets are immediately related to the subjects of the lectures, and they are intended to supplement the lectures and stimulate historical interest and inquiry among the young people. They are made up, for the most part, from original papers of the periods treated in the lectures, in the hope to make the men and the public life of the periods more clear and real.
The Old South Lectures for Young People were instituted in the summer of 1883, as a means of promoting a more serious and intelligent attention to historical studies, especially studies in American history, among the young people of Boston. The success of the lectures has been so great as to warrant the hope that such courses may be permanently sustained in Boston and established with equal success in other cities of the country.
The course of lectures for 1883, which was intended to be strictly upon subjects in early Massachusetts History, but was by certain necessities somewhat modified, was as follows: “Governor Bradford and Governor Winthrop," by EDWIN D. MEAD. “Plymouth," by Mrs. A. M. DIAZ. “ Concord,” by FRANK B. SANBORN. “The Town Meeting," by Prof. JAMES K. HOSMER. ".Franklin, the Boston Boy,” by GEORGE M. TOWLE. “How to Study American History,” by PROF. G. STANLEY HALL. “The Year 1777," by John FISKE. “History in the Boston Streets,” by EDWARD EVERETT HALE. The Leaflets prepared in connection with these lectures consisted of (1) Cotton Mather's account of Governor Bradford, from the “Magnalia " ; (2) the account of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Cape Cod, from Bradford's Journal; (3) an extract from Emerson's Concord Address in 1835; (4) extracts from Emerson, Samuel Adams, De Tocqueville and others, upon the Town Meeting ; (5) a portion of Franklin's Autobiography; (6) Carlyle on the Study of History; (7) an extract from Charles Sumner's oration upon Lafayette, etc.; (8) Emerson's poem, “Boston.”
The lectures for 1884 were devoted to men representative of certain epochs or ideas in the history of Boston, as follows: “Sir Harry Vane, in New England and in Old England," by EDWARD EVERETT HALE, JR. “John Harvard, and the Founding of Harvard College,” by EDWARD CHANNING, PH.D. “The Mather Family, and the Old Boston Ministers," by Rev. SAMUEL J. BARROWS. “Simon Bradstreet, and the Struggle for the Charter,” by PROF. MARSHALL S. SNOW. “Samuel Adams, and the Beginning of the Revolution,” by PROF. JAMES K. HOSMER. “Josiah Quincy, the Great Mayor," by CHARLES W. SLACK. “Daniel Webster, the Defender of the Constitution,” by CHARLES C. COFFIN. “ John A. Andrew, the Great War Governor," by Col. T. W. HIGGINSON. The Leaflets prepared in connection with the second course were as follows : (1) Selections from Forster's essay on Vane, etc.; (2) an extract from Cotton Mather's “Sal Gentium”; (3) Increase Mather's “Narrative of the
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