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The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 2, February, 1884   By:

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This collection of essays, stories, and poems truly captures the essence of life in Massachusetts in the late 19th century. From historical accounts of Revolutionary War heroes to descriptions of bustling city life in Boston, this volume offers a diverse and engaging look at one of the oldest states in the nation.

The contributors showcase a deep love and appreciation for the Bay State, painting vivid pictures of its landscape, people, and culture. The writing is rich in detail and emotion, transporting the reader back in time to a period of great change and progress.

While some of the content may feel dated to modern readers, the overall quality of the writing and the depth of historical insight make this volume a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of Massachusetts. It is a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era, full of charm and nostalgia. Highly recommended for history buffs and lovers of classic literature alike.

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[Illustration: Alex H. Rice.]


A Massachusetts Magazine.



By Daniel B. Hagar, Ph.D.

[Principal of the State Normal School, Salem.]

Massachusetts merchants have been among the most prominent men in the nation through all periods of its history. From the days of John Hancock down to the present time they have often been called by their fellow citizens to discharge the duties of the highest public offices. Hancock was the first governor of the State. In the list of his successors, the merchants who have distinguished themselves by honorable and successful administrations occupy prominent places. Conspicuous among them stands the subject of this sketch.

Alexander Hamilton Rice, a son of Thomas Rice, Esq., a well known manufacturer of paper, was born in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts, August 30, 1818. He received his early education in the public schools of his native town and in the academies of the Reverend Daniel Kimball, of Needham, and Mr. Seth Davis, of Newton, a famous teacher in his day, who is still living, in vigorous health, at the venerable age of ninety seven years. As a boy, young Rice was cheery, affectionate, and thoughtful, and a favorite among his companions... Continue reading book >>

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