Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Boston


“As there are many interesting unprinted records of our early town meetings and other municipal transactions, most valuable as illustrating the political and social history of Boston, it has been suggested that it would be a proper time to secure some of them from the dangers incident to manuscript by their publication in a memorial, as a part of the celebration….Boston in all her history has been conspicuous for her patriotism, for her devotion to the cause of civil and religious liberty, and for the sacrifices she has made on its behalf.”—from Mayor Prince’s inaugural address to the City Council, on the 5th of January, 1880. Chapters are arranged within the following categories: Preliminary Arrangements, which include the mayor’s inaugural address, a list of invited guests and much more; Winthrop Statue, with a description of the statue and pedestal; Reception in Faneuil Hall which includes the addresses of several significant figures; Exercises in the Old South Church which includes an anniversary ode; The Civic, Military, and Trades Processions which provides numerous lists of names; Evening Procession with descriptions of the many tableux; Evening Concert; and, Final Proceedings. A map showing the growth of Boston, a facsimile reprint of the order naming Boston, and several illustrations augment the text.


Boston City Council


(1880), 2012, 5½x8½, paper, 192 pp.

ISBN: 9780788430176