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The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 5, May, 1884   By:

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The Bay State Monthly - Volume 1, No. 5, May 1884 is a fascinating collection of historical essays, literary works, and news articles that provide valuable insight into life in Massachusetts during the late 19th century. The publication features a diverse range of topics, from profiles of famous luminaries such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, to discussions of local industries and events.

One standout piece in this issue is the profile of Emerson, which offers a detailed exploration of his life, works, and legacy. The author presents a balanced analysis of Emerson's philosophy and literary contributions, shedding light on his intellectual influences and the impact of his ideas on American culture. Additionally, the article on Hawthorne provides a captivating glimpse into the author's personal life and writing process, showcasing the complexity and depth of his literary genius.

The publication also includes articles on various topics, such as the history of Harvard University and the development of the local textile industry. These pieces offer valuable historical context and insights into the economic and cultural landscape of Massachusetts during the time period.

Overall, The Bay State Monthly - Volume 1, No. 5, May 1884 is a rich and informative read that is sure to appeal to history buffs, literature enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the social and cultural history of Massachusetts. With its engaging prose and diverse range of topics, this publication provides a valuable window into the past and is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Bay State.

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[Illustration: Chester A. Arthur]


A Massachusetts Magazine .


MAY, 1884.

No. V.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1884, by John N. McClintock and Company, in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.



Chester Alan Arthur was born at Fairfield, Vermont, October 5, 1830. His father, the Reverend Doctor William Arthur, was a Baptist clergyman, who emigrated from county Antrim, Ireland, when only eighteen years of age. He had received a thorough classical education, and was graduated from Belfast University, one of the foremost institutions of learning in Ireland. Marrying an American, Miss Malvina Stone, soon after his arrival, he became the father of several children. Chester was the eldest of two sons, having four sisters older and two younger than himself. While fulfilling his clerical duties as the pastor, successively, of a number of Baptist churches in New York State, Dr. Arthur edited for several years The Antiquarian, and wrote a work on Family Names, which is highly prized by genealogists. Of Scotch Irish descent, he was a man of great force of character, impatient of restraint, at home in a controversy, and frank in the expression of his opinions... Continue reading book >>

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