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OBITUARY NOTICES

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Who babe Died in the United States.

FOR

1857.

BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY.

For behold the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and
the staff. * * * The mighty man and the man of war; the judge and the prophet, and the prudent and
the ancient; the captain of fifty and the honorable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer,
and the eloquent orator. - ISAIAH iii. 1-3.

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TO

SAMUEL G. DRAKE, Esq.,

PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY,

AND EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL

AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER:

To You, this Volume,

THE RESULT, IN PART, OF YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT, AS A CONTRIBUTION TO THE

VALUABLE COLLECTIONS OF YOUR SOCIETY, AND IN PART OF OUR MUTUAL

DESIRE TO GATHER UP EVERY HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL,

AND GENEALOGICAL FACT, THAT NOTHING BE LOST,

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

BY YOUR FRIEND,

NATHAN CROSBY.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by

NATHAN CROSBY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

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PREFACE.

I SEND forth this volume, the first of the proposed annual series, with much anxiety. Having examined the newspapers from all parts of the country, and gathered notices from them, and in most cases having been unable to obtain actual data from correspondence, I fear many errors in names, dates, residences, &c., may be found. There is constant liability to error in such notices in the transfers from one paper to others, as, for instance, in continuing the abbreviation " inst.” after the month has passed, and in not keeping up the distinction of states, especially upon state borders. These notices are taken mostly from newspapers,

and generally from papers in the vicinity of the deceased. In most cases I have shortened them without changing expressions of opinion; the language and even the idiomatic peculiarities I have preserved. I have obtained eulogies, sermons, and obituaries prepared by request; and I have sought information by sending more than seven hundred circulars to friends of deceased, asking for notices and facts. If, therefore, certain distinguished men appear with brief notices, my apology must be found in the fact that my circular was not attended to, and I had no means of obtaining a better one.

It has been my great purpose to bring together the Obituaries of the distinguished men of the whole country; but I have also introduced our distinguished women, and the widows and wives of our eminent and professional men. I have also gathered the names of many revolutionary soldiers, early settlers of towns, and aged people. In all these particulars my future volumes will be open to change, according to the character and necessities of the collections of each year, and the demands of public taste and judgment.

This work is the result of a long and earnest desire to give more permanent and accessible memorial to those who have originated and developed our institutions ; those whose names should be remembered by the generations to come as the statesmen, the soldiers, the men of science

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