Title History of Lynn, Including Nahant Second Edition
Book Condition Very Good
Edition 2nd Edition.
Size 8vo 7.75 - 9.75'' tall
Publisher Boston, MA Samuel N. Dickinson 1844
Seller ID 91099
The revised edition of Alonzo Lewis' famous work. Leather spine with gold lettering. Attractive antique marbled (brown shell pattern on black matrix) paper covered boards. Nice Firm Clean copy ! Light general wear. Hinges fine. Foxing on endpapers only. Text pages clean and bright. Bears the ownership signature of Amos A. Lawrence (1814-1886), an eminent Lynn merchant, abolitionist and philanthropist, and son of famed philanthropist Amos Lawrence. After graduating from Harvard he entered mercantile business and accumulated a large fortune. He assisted financially the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company in the colonization of Kansas with 'Free-Staters'. The town of Lawrence, where he founded the University of Kansas, was named in his honor. In 1845 be gave $119,008 for the establishment of a literary institution In Wisconsin. This institution was situated at Appleton, and was called Lawrence University in honor of the founder. Lawrence was only the second college in the United States to be founded as a mixed-sex institution. Lawrence wrote many letters to politicians, hoping to influence current issues. He was twice nominated for governor of Massachusetts, by the Whigs and Unionists. In 1857-1862 he was treasurer of Harvard College, and in 1879-1885 was an overseer. He contributed large sums of money to Harvard and the Episcopal Theological School (now Episcopal Divinity School), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lawrence Academy, and the Groton School. His farm outside of Boston became the campus for Boston College. In 1886 he was a shareholder in the Sanford Exploring Expedition to the Congo. Mr... Lawrence died at Nahant, Mass, In 1886. A key figure in the United States abolition movement in the years leading up to the Civil War, Lawrence was radicalized by living through the Anthony Burns affair in the spring of 1854: 'We went to bed one night old fashioned, conservative, Compromise Union Whigs and waked up stark mad Abolitionists.' He contributed large amounts of capital to John Brown's abolitionism, played a major role in the crucial border state of Kansas, and also contributed to funds for the colonization of free Negroes in Liberia. He contributed personally for the famous Sharp rifles, which, packed as 'books' and 'primers,' were shipped to Kansas and afterwards came into the hands of Brown. During the contest in Kansas, Lawrence wrote frequently to President Franklin Pierce (his mother's nephew) in behalf of the free-state settlers; and when John Brown was arrested he appealed to the governor of Virginia to secure for him a lawful trial. In 1862 he raised a battalion of cavalry which became the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry, of which Charles Russell Lowell was colonel. In 1868, Amos A. Lawrence established the Ipswich Hosiery Mills which became the largest stocking mill in the country. Although later the mill was very successful, Mr. Lawrence had his troubles in the beginning. It is related that he would frequently come to his Lynn home exhausted after a strenuous day's labor at the mill and would show by his demeanor that he was very tired. His daughters would remark 'Father's had too much Ipswich.' Mr. Lawrence was not discouraged however: 'I am starting up my mill at Ipswich again which has been stopped for a few weeks. This attempt to manufacture cotton stockings by machinery so that they can be sold at $1.50 per dozen has caused me to lose not less than $100 a day for 800 days, $80,000. Yet I am not discouraged, though I feel the loss very much.' 278 pages.
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