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[Frontispiece: Winthrop's Statue in Scollay Square.]

GOVERNOR WINTHROP'S RETURN TO BOSTON.

AN INTERVIEW

WITH

A GREAT CHARACTER.

A Poem

READ AT A SOCIAL MEETING OF FIRST CHURCH, AND

ALSO AT THE THURSDAY EVENING CLUB,

MARCH 25, APRIL 20, 1882.

BY G. WASHINGTON WARREN.

"Interviews are a modern species of literature, in which the author attempts to give a fancy sketch of the known or supposed opinions of the party interviewed."

BOSTON:

A. WILLIAMS AND COMPANY,

The Corner Bookstore

1883.

Three hundred copies printed.

Copyright, 1883,

BY G. WASHINGTON WARREN.

UNIVERSITY PRESS:

JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

TO

ROBERT CHARLES WINTHROP,

THE DISTINGUISHED DESCENDANT OF

GOVERNOR JOHN WINTHROP,

A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR, A STATESMAN AND AN ORATOR,

IN WHOM THE VIRTUES OF HIS ILLUSTRIOUS ANCESTOR

ARE HAPPILY BLENDED,

This Little Book,

AS A SLIGHT TOKEN OF HIGH ESTEEM,

IS INSCRIBED

BY THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

Governor Winthrop's Return to Boston

His Statue in Scollay Square The Covenant of First Church His Observations on his Return The "Stocks" of his Time The Changes since, and those which are to come Rev. John Wilson's Vision The Thursday Lecture and Thursday Club President William B. Rogers and his Death The new President of the Club Josiah Quincy's Estimate of Winthrop Winthrop's Life and Services

An Interview with a Great Character

Silence and Darkness in Scollay Square Winthrop appears to the Writer He disclaims being Venerable Age not reckoned in Spirit land He refers to First Church and its History And predicts its still Greater Success The Winthrop Cup New Things and Old His Reflections on Wealth The Example of John Harvard The Spiritual the Substantial The Proper Site of his Statue Winthrop's Benediction and Departure

ILLUSTRATIONS.

WINTHROP'S STATUE IN SCOLLAY SQUARE . . . . . . . Frontispiece

THE "STOCKS" OF THE OLDEN TIME

THE FIRST CHURCH, ON MARLBOROUGH STREET

PORTRAIT OF REV. JOHN WILSON

THE WINTHROP CUP

Governor Winthrop's Return to Boston.

On the seventeenth day of September, A.D. 1880, the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the town of Boston, the event was commemorated, among other ways, by the inauguration of the statue of John Winthrop, in Scollay Square. He is represented by the renowned sculptor in the garb of a gentleman of his day, holding in his hand the royal charter of the Massachusetts Colony, which he brought over with him.

His serene countenance falls like a benediction upon this city of ours, which shows a wonderful and prosperous growth. He may be said to be the founder of the First Church of Boston, of the City itself, and of this Christian Commonwealth, a threefold distinction. To have been the founder of a single one of these would have insured his immortal fame.

He was also the author of the covenant of the First Church, which was gathered in Charlestown, Aug. 27, 1630, and which soon after removed to the Boston side of Charles River. The covenant is in these words:

"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in obedience to His holy and divine ordinance,

"We, whose names are hereunder written, being by His most wise and good providence brought together into this part of America, in the Bay of Massachusetts, and desirous to unite ourselves into one congregation or church, under the Lord Jesus Christ, our Head, in such sort as becometh all those whom He hath redeemed and sanctified to Himself, do hereby solemnly and religiously (as in His most holy presence) promise and bind ourselves to walk in all our ways according to the rule of the Gospel and in all sincere conformity to His holy ordinances, and in mutual love and respect, each to other, so near as God shall give us grace."

Probably there are very few, if any, original documents in America of so ancient a date which have been preserved, and which are still in force, as this identical covenant, which has been signed and kept by hundreds in each generation for nearly three centuries... Continue reading book >>




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