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Captives among the Algerines, 193

Cary's Instructions, &c. about bringing prisoners

from Canada in 1695, 286
Centennial and other Celebrations in Franklin, Conn.,

Charlestown, History of the First Church, 273
Church Records, Charlestown, Mass., 7, 131, 273—

Durham, N. II., 27—Milton, Mass., 43
Colleges, Hoyt's Necrology of New-England, 169
Commissions, to Kalph Hart as Lieut., 271—Timo-

tliy Thornton as Ensign, 271
Connecticut, Address of the Colony to Queen Anne,
in 1709, 130—Documents reUting to its Colonial
History, 124, 324—Local Law in, 33, 137
Constitution and By Laws of the N. E. His. Qen.

Society as revised, 219
Deerflell, N. U., in 1776, and Resistance to the

Cnmn, 6 .

Deposition of Col. Win. Litn^w, 1767, about the
Country of the Kennebec, 21; in Witchcraft trials
(1692), 381, 414
Documents relating to Colonial History of Connecti-
cut, 124, 324
Election Sermon of Thomas Shepard, 1638, 361
England, Establishment of the Bank of, 380
Expedition to Cape Breton, 1746, 367
Genealogies -

Barker, 297; Bryant, 315 s C .ffin, 149, 305;
Has«am, 414; Haynes, 125,422 ; Preble, 253;
Sherman, 153, 155; Waite, 1U3 ; Whiting, 86 j
Willar;!. 85
nassam Family, 414
llayoes Family, not.-son, 125, 422
Hutchinson, on the Witchcraft Delusion, 381
J -tirnal of Capt. Frauds Goelet, 50
L.-tters from—

Adams, John, to Rentier, Wm. (1810), 295;
Allyn, John, to Waitsti 1 Winthrop (1675-6)
324, and to Gov. Ainlros (1K76). 328; Aidros,
Gov. to Council of Connecticut (1676). 329;
Belcher, Gov. J. to Prince. Thou. (1748), 19,
and to Mrs. Sirah Lvde (1755), 20: Uentley,
Wm. to Silsbee N. (1818), 21)4, and to Adams,
J. (1810), 296; Binney, A. to Barker, J.
(1813), 303 j Cullender. J. to Mather. S. (1733),
115; Colman, B. to Mather, S. (1722), 113;
Coudy, J. to Sparhawk, J. (1738), 114; Cot-
ton, J. to Usher, Archbishop (1622), 356;

Garden, A. to (1743), 117; Haynes, Hei.

to Winthrop, Gov of ft. (1675). 1:4, and to
Wyllys, S. (1677). 128; Humphrey, J. to
Barker, J., 304 ; Kirkland, S. to Mather, S
(17S6), 118; Mather, C to Sewall, Steph.
(1692-1707;, 107-112, ami to Aynsworth, J.
(17121, 112; Pemherton, K. to Mather, 0
(1706), 119; Randolph, I). M. to Silshee, N.
. (1817), 293 ; Senall, Simuel, to Sewall, Steph.

(16S0). 120, and same to sun (1717), 291;
Jhule, G >v. to Wheelwright. J. (1719), 119;
Stoddard, S;.l to Dudley, Gov. (1703), 269;
Sunderland, Earl of, to Siltonstall, Gov. (1709),
129; Tudor, Wm., Jr. to Bentley, Wm. (1818),
'-'92; Winthrop, A., to Sewall, Stephen (1694),
Life-members of the N. E. Historic, Genealogical

Society, 223
Local Laws in Connecticut, 33, 137
Louisburg Soldiers, list of, 367, 426
Marblehead, Capt. GvteWs description in 1750, 58
Marriages and Deaths, 81, 195, 345, 439
Massachusetts, Bibliography of its local Histories,

73, 146, 318
Mavtlower Compact, Resolves to commemorate the

250th Anniversary, 428, 429
Members of the N. E. Historic, Genealogical Society,
Obituaries of—
Coffin, Mr. Nath'l W., 200; Felt. Joseph B.
LL.D., 1; Hinman, Hon. Royal R.,84 ; Prentiss,
Mr. Henry J., 199 t Sherwin, Mr. Thomas, 263;
Swain, Hon. David L., LL D., 349; Tolman,
Hon. Thomas, 332 ; White, Rev. Pliny H., 330;
V illard, Paul, Esq., 200
Merriams and other families of Concord. Mass., 164
Necrology of N E. Colleges, 1805-9, 169

New-England Historic, Genealogical Society—

Addresses, Annual, of President Marshall P.
Wilder, 165, and Twenty-fifth Anniversary of,
by Edmund F. Staffer, 226
Constitution and By-Laws of, 219
Donors of Books, 4c, during 1SG9, 201
List of members deceased in 1869, 219
List of Life-members to 1870, 223
List of Officers for 1870, 224
Necrology, 84. 199. 330
Proceedings, 87, 201, 428

Notes and Queries—

Advertisements, the old newspaper, 191; Ameri-
can Prisoners among the Algertnes, 4a, 193;
A ppledore, Isle of Shoals, 330; Bancroft, 425;
Bibliography, 190; Bibles, old ones, 4c, 190;
Biography, the Dictionary of American, 192;
Cabot, 189; California, the University of, 194 ,
Carr.wlll of Sir Robert, 187; Cary, Matthew
425; Chapman, 79; Cheshire Jefferson Cheese,
192 -, Cogswell, 80; Drake, 329; Edes, 426;
Election Sermon, 188; English Willi, 78 ; Ex-
Presidents Elected by the People. 77 ; Fearing—
Davison — Greenslade — Macomber — Barker—
Williams, 426; Fitch, Tho., 330; Foxcroft, 190;
Frost, Wm., S30; Genealogies, 78; Greenwood,
80; Indexes, 192; Little, Nathaniel, 426 ; La-
fayette, 81 ; Massacre in Dover, N. II., 1689.
78; Mather, 188 — Earliest publications of
Cotton Mather, 426; Meserve — Gambling,
426; Meeting of the Maine and New-Hanip-
shfre Historical Societies in Portsmouth, 1870,
427 ; Narragansetts, the last of the, 192; New-
comb, 190; Palmer, Roger, 330; Peck Genea-
logy, 187 ; Pope, Tho and family, 190; Pres-
ents at funerals, 80 ; Pratt, Joshua and Phlneas,
80,186 ; Kare Longevity, 194 ; Reynolds, Mrs. of
Maine, 426 ; Rushworlh—Hutchinson—Harnels
—Wheelwright, 77; Sherman Genealogy, 330;
Ships of War—change of names, 79 ; Singular
Coincidence, 330; Spooner, 189; Symonds—
Forde—Pollard, 426 ; Thurston, 80 ; U. 8. Navy,
Reminiscences of, 79; Vane. Sir Henry, 189;
Ward and Woodbridge, 189; Watertown Lec-
ture, 79; Webster— Fletch-r—Page, 79 ; Wins-
low and Winthrop, 329; Winslow, Sarah, 426

Officers of the N E His. Gen. Society, 1870, 223

Oyster River parish—Mr. Adams's Church record
of. 27

Peabody, Resolves on the death of George, 428

Felt, Joseph B., 1; Preble, Miss Harriet, 258;
Sherwin, Thomas, 249; Wait*, Henry M., 101 i
Swain, David L., 349

Preble Family, 253'

Prisoners, list in Canada in 1696. 289

Publications, a list of received, 98-100

Quarter-Centennial Address of Rev. Mr. Slaftcr, 226


Charlestown, Mass., 7,131, 273; Durham, N.
II., 27; Lyme, Conn , 30; Milton, Mass., 43;
Portsmouth, N. H., 13, 357

Revolution in New-Hampshire, 354

Salem, Capt. Goelet's description in 1750, 67

Shepard's Election Sermon of 1638, 361

Sherman, Gen., his services, 100

Ship Building, by Josiah Barker, 297

Squamscott Patent, 264

Towns —

Charlestown, Mass., 7. 131 ; Durham, N. H.,27;
Lyme, Conn., 30; Milton, Mass, 30; Ports-
mouth. N. H., 13, 273

Vessels built by Josiah Barker, 302

Whiting Family, 86

Wild Horses in Maine, 106

Willard Family, 84

Willis, Resolves passed on the death of Hon. Wm.,


Bilcy, Henry, 78; Can-, Robert, 187; Drake,
Francis, 78; Haynes, John, 422; Sheaf, Ed-
mund, 68; Thatcher, Peter, 78; Thurston,
Daniel and ThomaB, SO

Witchcraft Delusion of 1692, 381

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Vol. XXIV. JANUARY, 1870. No. 1.

[Communicated by Hon. J. B. F. Osgood, of Salem, Mass.]

Joseph Barlow Felt, son of John and Elizabeth-Curtis Felt, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, December 22, 178"). Of his parents he used to say that he had " stronger faith in their declarations than in those of all the world beside."

He received, however, little training from his father, who was a ship mat> ter in European and India trade, and who died on Martha's Vineyard, August 23, 1802,aged 38 years,after a long and trying passage from India; leaving little property to his wife and five children. The energy and influence of the mother moulded the character of the son, who ever spake of her with grateful reverence.

After the death of his father, and at the age of fourteen years, he obtained employment in a store in order to qualify himself for mercantile life. Here he remained several years, improving his few leisure hours chiefly in reading biographical works. Among these was the life of Ledyard, the traveller, and of others who obtained a collegiate education by their own efforts. Stimulated by these examples, he resolved to obtain such an education, and, in June, 1808, entered the academy in Atkinson, N. IL, then nuder the charge of Mr. (afterwards the Hon.) John Vose, a distinguished educator of that day. In 1809, he became a member of the freshman class in Dartmouth College, whence he was graduated in 1813. During the winters of his college course he taught school. In May, 1813, he was disabled, by a cold which, settling in one of his eyes, baffled medical skill, and was ever afterwards a source of severe suffering and self-denial, with regard to his studies.

In despair of ever being able to pursue his contemplated preparation for the ministry, he became a partner in a mercantile business in Salem, but this was soon after put to an end by the revulsion that accompanied the war then going on between Great Britain and the United States. In January, 1814, although still suffering under defective eye-sight, he began special preparation for the ministry, under the direction of Rev. Samuel Worcester,

1 The original of this paper, with some additions by Rev. Doris Clarke, D.D., here incorporated, was read by him, as Historiographer, before the New-england Historic Genkai.ogic.vl Society, Oct. 6, 1869.—Ed. Vol. XXIV. 1

D.D., of Salem. While pursuing his studies he taught a private school, and continued this avocation until December 17, 1819. Meanwhile he received, March 2, 1815, from the Essex Association, a license to preach, and was frequently employed by congregations in Salem and its vicinity.

He was married, September 18, 1816, to Abigail-Adams Shaw, daughter of Rev. John Shaw, who died at Haverhill, Mass., Sept. 29, 1794, and of Elizabeth-Smith Shaw, who was a sister of the wives of Judge Richard Cranch and President John Adams. Mrs. Shaw subsequently became the wife of Rev. Stephen Peabody, of Atkinson, N. H., where she died April 9, 1815.

After declining several calls from other congregations, Mr. Felt was' ordained as a minister of the Congregational Society at Sharon, Mass., December 19, 1821, and remained there till April 19, 1824. On the 16th of June, following, he was settled at Hamilton, Mass., as successor of Rev. Manasseh Cutler, LL.D., and continued to perform his parochial duties with exemplary punctuality and faithfulness until December 4, 1833, when, owing to ill health, he dissolved his pastoral relation with that church. It was a trying dispensation to one, so devoted as he was to the service of his Divine Master, to be compelled to lay aside a profession, " of which," to use his own language, "my experience can verily testify, that however subject to many and peculiar trials, yet, when heartily cherished and properly honored, it is the perennial spring of purer, more abundant and sublimer joys, than those of all other human vocations though rewarded with incalculable riches, blazoned with the most dazzling of earthly honors, and inscribed highest on the scroll of worldly fame."

During his residence at Hamilton, an address delivered before the Masonic Assembly at Ipswich, in 1825; another, before the Ipswich Academy in 1829; the preparation of many articles in Farmer's New-England Genealogical Register; the publication of his invaluable "Annals of Salem" in 1832, and also his "History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton," in 1833, afford ample testimony to his patient industry, indefatigable research and antiquarian taste. His love of antiquarian pursuits was acknowledged in a variety of ways: one of which was by his election, September 25, 1830, to membership in the Massachusetts Historical Society, and, subsequently, to membership in ten other similar societies in the United States.

Mr. Felt removed with his family, October 31, 1834, to Boston, where he engaged in the congenial pursuits of an antiquary and historian; contributing, in 1835, "Ecclesiastical Statistics of Essex County" to the pages of the American Quarterly Register; in 1836, supplying a large portion of the materials of a volume of the Massachusetts Historical Society's Collections— besides the delivery of a lecture in each of four successive courses of that society.

The state-archives also bear ample evidence of his labors and patient research. In April, 1736, he was commissioned by Governor Everett to arrange the ancient papers in the state-archives, which were found in indescribable confusion, and were steadily diminishing in numbers and value. Two hundred and forty-one bound volumes of these papers, classified and chronologically arranged, attest the usefulness of his task and his diligence. He was engaged in this work until April, 1839, when he was appointed to visit England to obtain duplicates of provincial records and papers, the originals of which had been lost. His visit to England, however, was prevented at that time, because the British authorities declined to allow to Americans access to their offices, lest, as was supposed, they might find evidence

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