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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 You, this Volume,




Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1860, by

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



With much labor and anxiety I have finished the compilation of my volume of “Obituary Notices” for 1858 — the second of the proposed annual series. I presume I have failed to find notices of many persons who had equal claims for remembrance, and in whom society had equal interest. Until the work becomes more generally known, and friends of deceased persons more careful to furnish notices, I fear my omissions and imperfections will occasion disappointments.

This work is an endeavor to save from forgetfulness those whose virtues are our inheritance, and whose lives are our worthiest models — an effort, by permanent record, to embalm precious memories, and preserve biographical and historical data, as individual elements of our national and social character. “Good men are the stars of the ages in which they live — they illustrate their times.” By grouping the dead of single years together, we form interesting pictures of the generations as they pass away, and save from oblivion the men and women who have been most useful in sustaining and perfecting institutions which so well merit the praise and excite the admiration of the nations. It is a grateful tribute we ought to pay, and a benefit to future generations which should not be lost.

In my volume for 1857, I announced my purpose to be to publish annually such Obituary Notices as I could obtain of the “ men who have originated and developed our institutions — of those whose names should be remembered by the generations to come as the statesmen, the soldiers, the men of science and skill, the sagacious merchants, the eminent clergymen and philanthropists — those who have brought our country to the prosperity and distinction it now enjoys.” I have been gratified at the kind opinions of the Press, and of many individuals, in favor of my work. In this volume I have introduced a less number of


whose names, age, and residence were the only data of interest I had of them. As far as I can, I am desirous to give genealogical facts, family alliances, and social relations in connection with the marked traits of character which make men eminent in any of the departments of life.


The last edition of Dr. Allen's American Biographical Dictionary has brief notices of the eminent dead down to 1857, where my first volume commences its more general and more extended notices of those who annually pass away.

I owe an apology to my numerous correspondents, who had reason to expect this volume much earlier. The delay was occasioned, in part, by want of the necessary subscriptions for the work to encourage me to proceed, and in part by delay in preparing the plates at the Stereotype Foundry. I owe a still further apology to those who have expected in an Appendix to find notices of persons who died before 1858. Upon further reflection, it has been thought best not to go back of 1857, except by gathering enough for one or two preliminary volumes hereafter.

I shall be most grateful for the aid of any person in collecting and preparing notices for my subsequent volumes, who has an interest in this particular field of labor - whose friends and acquaintances are proper persons for notice, or whose judgment and taste harmonize with my plan and effort — by correspondence, and by transmission of eulogies, obituaries, funeral sermons, in memoriams, newspapers, or unpublished family memorials.

To the kindred and friends of those whose names appear in this volume I may be allowed to say that I have taken great interest and received much satisfaction in this service. The name, the life, the influence of every man make a part of the history of the times; and I am sure this contribution to our annals will be of service to the future historian, and a present consolation to the surviving relatives.

I am greatly indebted to the many gentlemen who have contributed individual obituaries; but I am most especially obliged to Messrs. James C. and Frederick Ayer, distinguished chemists and druggists in this city, for the use of their newspaper exchanges, and for the uniform courtesy and assistance of those gentlemen and their clerks in my almost daily visits to their office since I commenced this work.

NATHAN CROSBY. LOWELL, Mass., December, 1859.

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