CONCORD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
BROADSIDE AND POSTER COLLECTION,
1775-2015

Vault B25, Unit 1

Concord Book, Job and Card Printing Office ... EXTENT: <337> items.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT: Organized in a single file, arranged chronologically. Undated items filed alphabetically in a separate sequence following those arranged chronologically. (For the most part, the filing date for chronologically arranged items is the date of the publicized event; occasionally, an alternative date has been used instead.) Oversize items (identified in the item list) are housed separately.

HISTORY: Broadsides and posters, which fall under the category of ephemera, document social history relating to the places, organizations, and individuals responsible for generating them. Letterpress broadsides consist of single sheets of paper (white or colored) printed on one side only, intended for public posting. (The term broadsheet is sometimes used for single sheets printed on both sides.) At the time of issue, broadsides served/serve to publish official proclamations, announce public meetings, commemorative events or current news, advertise products and services, or register protest. Poets and artists have collaborated to produce limited fine press broadside editions of their work. Posters—produced by a variety of reproduction techniques—tend to focus at least as much on illustration as on text, and in consequence are often more deliberately designed and more colorful than letterpress broadsides. Broadsides and posters are found in widely varying dimensions.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: An artificial, open collection of <337> items dating from between <1775> and <2015>, acquired from a variety of sources, consisting of broadsides, posters, and a small amount of other ephemera relating primarily to life and events in Concord, Mass. Documented events include, but are not limited to: cattle and agricultural shows; lectures; poetry readings; dances and parties; musical and dramatic performances; memorial services; auctions and estate sales; and parades. The collection also includes official proclamations issued by governors of Massachusetts and presidents of the United States, and some World War I posters. The heaviest concentration of broadsides in this collection falls between the dates 1850 and 1910.

The following are among the hundreds of personal names appearing in the text of broadsides in this collection: Alcott, Amos Bronson; Alcott, Louisa May; Andrew, John A.; Atkins, Cory; Bailey, David; Barrett, Edwin Shepard; Barrett, Richard Fay; Bartlett, Edward Jarvis; Bartlett, George Bradford; Benjamin, Cyrus W.; Bigelow, Heartwell (Heartwill); Bonaparte, Charles Joseph; Bond, William Henry; Boutwell, George S.; Bowers, Charles; Brain, J. Walter; Briggs, George Nixon; Brooks, George Merrick; Brooks, Nathan; Brown, Charles E.; Brown, John; Brown, John, Jr.; Brown, Percy Whiting; Brown, Reuben; Brown, Simon; Bull, Ephraim Wales; Buttrick, Stedman; Carr, Walter A.; Chamberlain, Augustus P.; Chamberlin, Mary; Chamberlin, Theodore; Cheney, John M.; Childs, Christopher; Choate, Rufus; Clark, Gladys; Clarke, James Freeman; Conant, Eben; Cook, Cyrus H.; Coolidge, Henry D.; Lawrence; Cornelia; Cummings, John; Currier, Rudolph W.; Dakin, Alfred B.C.; Damon, Edward C.; Dana, Richard H.; Daniel, Lucille; Daniels, Edward Perry; Davis, Charles B.; Davis, Isaac; Davis, Philip A.; Dee, John J.; Derby, Benjamin, Jr.; Derby, Nathan; Eaton, Lorenzo; Eaton, William Lorenzo; Emerson, Edward Waldo; Emerson, Ralph Waldo; Everett, Edward; Farmer, Jacob B.; Fay, Addison Grant; Finigan, John B.; Flavin, Philip T.; Flynn, Paul; Francis, Convers; French, Daniel Chester; Frost, Barzillai; Fuller, Margaret; Gandhi, Arun; Gandhi, Mahatma; Garfield, Daniel; Garfield, Enoch; Garfield, James A.; Garrelick, Renee; Garty, James; Gleason, Herbert Wendell; Goodman, Richard; Goodspeed, George T.; Goodwin, H.B. (Hersey Bradford); Gordon, Jayne; Gourgas, Francis R.; Gourgas, John M.; Greeley, Dana McLean; Hale, Edward Everett; Harding, Walter; Hartshorn, Samuel A.; Hawthorne, Nathaniel; Hayes, Rutherford B.; Heywood, Abel B.; Heywood, George; Hoar, Ebenezer Rockwood; Hoar, Samuel; Hoar, Sherman; Hobson, Moses; Hofer, Frances and Philip; Holmes, Oliver Wendell; Hosmer, John; Hosmer, Nathan S.; Hosmer, Olive; Hovey, James S.; How, George P.; How, Phineas; Hudson, Barzillai N., Hudson, Woodward, Hunt, William Henry, Jones, Elnathan; Kennedy, Elsie L.; Kennedy, John; Keyes, George; Keyes, John M.; Keyes, John S.; Keyes, Joseph B.; Keyes, Prescott; Kossuth, Lajos; Lincoln, Abraham; Little, David B.; Livermore, Mary A.; Long, John D.; Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth; Loring, David; Lowell, James Russell; Macone, Paul; Mann, George C.; Mara, John W.; Marabella, Anthony R.; Marshall, Megan; McCurdy, Michael; McGrath, Anne R.; McKinley, William; Melven, Jacob; Miles, Henry A.; Miles, Marshall; Moldenhauer, Joseph J.; Monroe, James; Moore, Abel; Moore, John Brooks; Moser, Barry; Newbury, Egbert S., Jr.; Norton, Mary; Orendorff, Harold E.; Osgood, J. Felt; Palfrey, John G.; Parker, Theodore; Pennell, Melissa; Phelan, John; Phillips, Wendell; Pitcairn, John; Pittman, Richard; Powell, Barbara; Pratt, Nathan L.; Prescott, Charles W.; Prescott, George Lincoln; Prescott, Timothy; Prichard, Moses; Rantoul, Robert, Jr.; Raven, Margot; Reeves, David Wallis; Reynolds, Grindall; Richardson, Robert D., Jr.; Rideout, Gertrude H.; Ripley, Ezra; Robbins, Roland Wells; Robbins, Chandler; Robinson, William S.; Sanborn, Franklin Benjamin; Sewall, Edmund Q.; Sexton, Linda Gray; Shattuck, Daniel; Shattuck, Lemuel; Shaw, Lemuel; Shaw, Walter K.; Sherman, William Tecumseh; Smith, Benjamin Farnham; Smith, Henry Francis; Smith, Julius M.; Smith, Whitney S.; Sparks, J.; Stacy, Albert; Staples; Stevenson, Rich; Samuel; Stone, Lucy; Stow, Cyrus; Stow, Nathan B.; Surette, Louis A.; Surette, Thomas Whitney; Taylor, Livingston; Tewksbury, George A.; Thompson, Edith; Thoreau, Henry David; Thornton, Marian; Todd, Thomas; Tolman, Albert; Tolman, Benjamin; Tolman, Elisha; Tolman, George; Tolman, James H.; Tolman, Mayo; Tower, Alonzo; Turnquist, Jan; Tuttle, Charles D.; Tuttle, Daniel; Tuttle, Samuel H.; Ware, Henry, Jr.; Warren, Cyrus; Wetherbee, Leonard J., Jr.; Wheeler, Berkeley; Wheeler, Frank; Wheeler, Harvey; Wheeler, Mary Colman; Wheeler, Raymond; Wheeler, Ruth Robinson; Wheeler, William; Wheildon, William Willder; Wilson, Leslie Perrin; Whitcomb, Henry L.; Whitehead, Walter; Whittier, John Greenleaf; Wilson, Woodrow; Wood, Albert E.; Wright, Isaac H.

Organizations/corporate entities represented in the collection include the following: Adamowski Trio; Allen and Atwill Printers; American Band of Providence; American Library Association; American Red Cross; American Revolution Bicentennial; Barrow Bookstore; Beacon Orchestral Club of Boston; Boston Bank Officers' Association; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Brown's Brigade Band of Boston; Carter's Band of Boston; Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, Mass.; Center for American Studies at Concord; Church's Wellington Orchestra; Collier's Jewelry Store; Concord Academy; Concord Antiquarian Museum; Concord Antiquarian Society; Concord Bank; Concord Blaine and Logan Battalion; Concord Bookshop; Concord Brass Band; Concord Canoe Club; Concord Carlisle High School Drama Program; Concord Chorus; Concord Civil Defense Agency; Concord Deaconess Committee; Concord Deaconess Hospital; Concord Dramatic Club; Concord Educational Fund; Concord Enterprise; Concord Fire Department; Concord Free Public Library; Concord Freeman; Concord High School; Concord Independent Battery; Concord Journal; Concord Lyceum; Concord Mass. Woman's Club; Concord Mill Dam Company; Concord Museum; Concord Musical Association; Concord National Bank; Concord Orchestra; Concord Players; Concord Police Department; Concord Salvage Committee; Concord School of Philosophy; Concord Youth Theatre; Concord's Home for the Aged; Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education; Concord-Carlisle High School Concert Choir; Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council; Mass. Department of Environment Management; Emerson Forum; Emerson House; Essex Institute; First National Store; First Parish in Concord; Fitchburg Railroad Company; Flagg's Boston Brass Band; Free Soil County Committee, Middlesex County; Friends of the Concord Free Public Library; Gazette Office (Concord); Germania Band of Boston; Gilmore's Band; Glee and Mandolin Clubs of Tufts College; Goodspeed's Book Shop; Groton Musical Association; Hall's Quadrille Band; Harness Shop; Harvard College; Harvard Banjo Club; Harvard Glee Club; Harvard Mandolin Club; Harvard University; Hoffman Quartet; Home Market Club; Knowlton & Allens Famous Singing Orchestra; Ladies of the Church Aid Society; Maine Band; MASS ReLeaf; Massachusetts Arborists Association; Massachusetts Bicentennial Commission; Middlesex County Farm Bureau; Massachusetts Bicycle Club; Massachusetts Women's Centennial Committee; Mendelssohn Quintette Club; Middlesex Agricultural Society; Middlesex Institution for Savings; Minute Man National Historical Park; National Park Service; New England Tariff Reform League; Nick Ressler Memorial Fund; Old Manse; Orchard House; Peak Family Swiss Bell Ringers; People's Refreshment House Association, Ltd.; Republican Club; Reeves' American Band of Providence; Reeves' American Orchestra of Providence; Republican Town Committee; Rude Bridge Construction; Second Middlesex Senatorial District Convention; Richardson Drug; Rosa Linde Concert Company; Salem Cadet Band; School Restoration Fund; Shambhala Publications; Shepherd's Hotel; Snow's Pharmacy; Society of Middlesex Husbandmen and Manufacturers; Soldiers' Aid Society; Spanish War Association; Stacy's Bookstore; Stacy's Circulating Library; Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance; Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods; Thoreau Society; Tolman & White; Tolman's Book, Job and Card Printing Office; Transcendentalism Council at First Parish in Concord; Veterans of the Civil War; Veterans of the Spanish War; Viles & Rich's Band; Walden Conservancy; Walden Woods Project; Walker and Wedger's Band; Welch's of Concord; West Cambridge Band; West Concord Five & Ten; West Concord Pharmacy; Wide-Awakes; Women's Defense Corps; and Women's Parish Association.

Subjects, locations of events, etc. include: Agricultural Building; Agricultural Fair Grounds; anniversary celebrations of the Concord Fight; balls and dances; Civil War; Clear Sky, Pure Light: Encounters with Henry David Thoreau; Colonial Inn; Concord Academy Performing Arts Center; Concord Artillery; Concord Candy Drop; Concord Fight; Concord Garden Tour; Concord Grape; Concord Lyceum; Concord Regatta; Concord Spelling Bee; Decoration Day (Memorial Day); Emerson Umbrella; Faith in a Seed; First Parish in Concord; Flint's Bridge; Grand Army Hall; Historic Concord & The Lexington Fight; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Little Women; Margaret Fuller Bicentennial; Middlesex Cattle Show and Ploughing Match; Middlesex County Court House (Concord); Middlesex Hotel; military observances; Minute Man National Historical Park; Nineteenth of April; Old North Bridge; Rose Hawthorne School; Sleepy Hollow Cemetery; Thanksgiving; Town Hall (Town House, Concord); Trinity Episcopal Church Village University Week; Walden Hall; Walden Pond; Walden Woods; Walden, or, Life in the Woods; Walden Pond State Reservation; West Concord Family Festival; World War I; Wright Tavern.

SOURCES OF ACQUISITION: Multiple; provided in item list when known. Some items (as noted below) were originally part of the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection, which was first deposited in and ultimately donated to the Concord Free Public Library in the 1970s. The collection remains open and is actively growing through gift, purchase, and the addition of no-longer-current items from local posting venues.

OTHER BROADSIDES AND RELATED MATERIALS IN THE CFPL COLLECTIONS: Some individual collections of records and papers in the William Munroe Special Collections of the Concord Free Public Library also include broadsides, posters, and similar materials. The Concord Antiquarian Society Collection, in particular, holds some Concord broadsides and a sizeable group of World War II posters, as well. Moreover, the Concord Pamphlet Collection includes a variety of printed ephemera (handbills, tickets, invitations, and some broadsides) organized around particular Concord subjects.

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: Researchers may request no more than ten items from the collection at one time. Photocopy is not permitted from most of the collection.

NOTES/COMMENTS: The transcriptions below represent either the whole or the partial text of each item. The title (stated or supplied), or the initial part of a long title, is in bold. The use of ellipses indicates an omission of printed text appearing on a broadside, the use of square brackets the supplying of information not on the item. The format of each entry follows the general pattern: date; title; text; descriptive notes; copy specific notes; dimensions. Dimensions are given in centimeters, height by width. Accession information is provided when known. Items may be assumed to be broadsides unless otherwise noted.

A number of items in the collection have been cleaned, repaired, and encapsulated at NEDCC in Andover through grant and other funding. Items not encapsulated at the time of processing the collection have been housed in Mylar enclosures.

PROCESSED BY: Peter K. Steinberg, 2006 June-Oct. Finding aid edited by LPW, 2006 Nov. and Dec. Additions by RCWH, 2010 Dec. 23. Additions by LPW and RCWH, 11 Aug. 10. Additions to RCWH, 23 December 2015.

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Date range: 1775-1849
Number of items: 28 items
Drawer/Folder: 1/1


1775 Apr. 21 [in facsimile]. Bloody Butchery by the British troops; or the Runaway Fight of the Regulars. Being the particulars of the victorious battle fought at and near Concord, situated Twenty Miles from Boston, in the province of the Massachusetts-Bay, between Two Thousand Regular Troops, belonging to His Britannic Majesty, and a few Hundred Provincial Troops, belonging to the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, which lasted from sunrise until sunset, on the 19th of April, 1775, when it was decided greatly in favor of the latter. These particulars are published in this cheap form, at the request of the friends of the deceased worthies, who died gloriously fighting in the cause of liberty and their country, and it is their sincere desire that every Householder in the country, who are sincere well-wishers to America, may be possessed of the same, either to frame and glass, or otherwise to preserve in their houses, not only as a Token of Gratitude to the memory of the Deceased Forty Persons, but as a perpetual memorial of that important event, on which, perhaps, may depend the future of Freedom and Greatness of the Commonwealth of America. To which is annexed a Funeral Elegy on those who were slain in the Battle. From E. Russell's Salem Gazette, or Newbury and Marblehead Advertiser, published on Friday, April 21, 1775…Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.

Facsimile reprint [1943 Sept. 18.] 50.5 x 38 cm.

[1816?] Apr. Important Election. First Monday of April next. Republican Ticket. His Excellency William Eustis for Governor. Honorable Marcus Morton for Lt. Governor. Electors of Massachusetts! In his late Message to Congress, President Monroe, has stated to you, that the renunciation of the unconstitutional principles assumed and maintained by Governor Strong, and your federal rulers, has removed an insuperable objection to the final payment of the Massachusetts Claim, and induced him to place that Claim before Congress, in the most favorable light. The folly and wickedness of your federal rulers alone were the cause of the existence of this claim…By the folly and wickedness of federal rulers the amount of this Claim was taken out of your State Treasury…Go then to the polls!—for every vote is important. To the polls, one and all and vote for Eustis and Morton.

Transferred from the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection. Formerly CAS-B-2072.1, Calculations (arithmetic) in manuscript on verso. 38 x 27 cm.

1819 Apr. 1. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By His Excellency John Brooks, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a Proclamation, for a Day of Fasting and Prayer. As the goodness of God affords the only just group of reliance for the common supplies of His Providence, as well as for the hopes of future happiness, it becomes us, as men and as Christians, so to seek and worship him, as to render ourselves worthy of his compassionate regard. I have, therefore, thought fit to appoint, and, with the advice and consent of the Council, I do appoint, Thursday, the first day of April next, to be observed as a day of fasting and prayer…Given at the Council Chamber, in Boston, this Twentieth Day of February, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the Forty-Third…God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

56.5 x 47 cm.

1820 Nov. 13. Order of Exercises, At the Dedication of the new Mason's Hall in Concord, Nov. 13 A. L. 5820. 1. Psalm xv. C.M. 2. Reading in the Scriptures. 3. Prayer. 4. Psalm cxxxiii. S.P.M. 5. Address. 6. Dedicatory hymn; written for the occasion by Br. Benjamin Gleason…

Item damaged; some loss of text. 46.5 x 28 cm.
 

1821 Aug. 29.  Illustrissimo Johanni Brooks . . . Exercitationes hasce Juvenes in Artibus initiati . . . Order of Exercises for Commencement, XXIX August, MDCCCXXI.  Exercises of candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts . . . [Cambridge]: Typis Academicis Excudebant Hilliard et Metcalf, 1821.

Folded broadsheet (printed on both sides).  Harvard University 1821 commencement program, including listing for “A Conference, ‘On the character of John Knox, William Penn, and John Wesley” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amos Gordon Goodwin, and William Pope.  Purchased from MacDonnell Rare Books, June 2005.  Accession no. AMC 114.  28 x 46.75 cm.

1824 June 12. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty-Four. Resolve, Directing the mode of choosing Electors of President and Vice-President of the United States. Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, That the Selectmen of the several Towns and Districts in this Commonwealth shall in manner as the law directs for calling town meetings, cause the inhabitants thereof, duly qualified to vote for Representatives to the General Court of this Commonwealth, to assemble on Monday, the first day of November next, to give in their votes for fifteen Electors of President and Vice-President of the United States…

41 x 26 cm.

1824 Sept. 4. To the Inhabitants of Concord. The Concord Gazette & Middlesex Yeoman, of Sept. 4th, notices the reception of Gen. La Fayette in this town. This notice is understood to have received the sanction of some of the extensive Committee, who planned the arrangements for the day. Some have said that an active committee-man wrote the account to suit himself. But, by some, this is denied. Yet, all admit, that the majority of the committee adopted the account as true. Still, this account, though it contains no single assertion which is really false, conveys a wrong impression to the reader. It intimates, if it does not say, that the “Ladies who prepared and set out the refreshments of the bower” gave them as a voluntary tribute to the Hero. It also leaves one to suppose, that the whole expenses of the occasion were defrayed by a few public-spirited persons of both sexes who had placed themselves in the front ranks, and contrived to show themselves to no small advantage in presence of the illustrious guest. To correct these mistakes this sheet is written…

Two copies, both transferred from the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection. Formerly CAS-B-1020 and CAS-D-316. 39.5 x 32 cm.

1826 Aug. 16. Order of Exercises at the Consecration of Concord Chapter, and the Installation of its Officers, at Concord, Aug. 16, A.L. 5826. I. Voluntary by the band. II. Anthem. III. Introductory prayer. IV. Hymn for the occasion, by companion Lemuel Shattuck. Tune—Old Hundred…V. Address, by the M.E.G. High Priest, the Rev. Paul Dean. VI. Ode for the occasion, by Companion James Furbish. Tune—Adams and Liberty…VII. Consecration of the chapter and installation of its officers. VIII. Concluding prayer. IX. Solo and chorus. X. Benediction. Allen and Atwill—Printers.

35 x 21 cm.

1827 Oct. 10. Middlesex Cattle Show. Order of Exercises in the Meeting House, at Concord, Mass. October 10, 1827. I Anthem…II. Prayer—By Rev. Convers Francis. III. Anthem. Words written for the occasion by Mr. Lemuel Shattuck…IV. Address. By Hon. Edward Everett. Allen and Atwill—Printers.

19 x 28 cm.

1833 Dec. 4. Order of Services at the Ordination of Mr Chandler Robbins, as Pastor of the Second Church and Society in Boston, Wednesday, December 4, 1833. Voluntary…Anthem. Music by Auber…Hymn, by Mr. O.W. Withington…Introductory prayer. Selections from Scripture. Hymn, by Rev. R.W. Emerson.—Original Music by Mr. Geo. Kingsley…Sermon. Ordaining prayer. Hymn…Charge. Right hand of fellowship. Concluding prayer. Anthem. Music by Hadyn…Benediction. I.R. Butts, School Street.

Accompanied by TLS, 1929 Jan. 28, George T. Goodspeed to Percy W. Brown, on Goodspeed's Book Shop letterhead. Letter concerns the first publication of Emerson's hymn “We Love The Venerable House” in this broadside. 29 x 18 cm.

1834 Mar. 3. A Statement of the Pauper Expenses of the Town of Concord: From March 4, 1833, to March 3, 1834…Abel Moore, Phineas How, Cyrus Warren, Overseers of the Poor, Concord, March 3, 1834.

Two copies (one intact and pasted to paper; one damaged, with some loss of text). 38 x 27 cm.

1835 Mar. 2. Annual Report of the Overseers of the Poor, of the Town of Concord, for the Year ending March 2d, 1835…The whole number of Paupers who have been inmates of the Almshouse, the year past, is 32. The present number is 21; 13 have been admitted and 11 discharged; 1 death. Cyrus Stow, Reuben Brown, Timothy Prescott, Overseers of the Poor. Printed at the Gazette and Whig Office.

49.5 x 25.5 cm.

1835 Sept. 12. Order of Exercises, At the Second Centennial Celebration of the Settlement of Concord. Sept. 12, 1835. I. Voluntary by the band. Tune, “Auld Lang Syne.” II. Ode—By Rev. John Pierpont. Tune, “ America ”…III. Introductory Prayer. IV. Psalm 107. (Tune “St. Martins.”)…From the New England version used in the N.E. Churches in 1640…V. Selections from the Scriptures. VI. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Ripley. VII. Ode. The Pilgrim Fathers by Mrs. Hemans…VIII. Oration, By Rev. Ralph Waldo Emerson. IX. Hymn. (Tune, “Old Hundred.”) Written for the occasion. By Benjamin D. Winslow…X. Benediction.

Two copies. 41 x 19 cm.

1837 Feb. 1. Order of Exercises at the Ordination of Mr. Barzillai Frost, in Concord: February 1, 1837. I. Anthem. II. Introductory prayer by Rev. Edmund Q. Sewall. III. Selections from the Scriptures by Rev. William Andrews. IV. Hymn 358, L.M.—Dabney's Collection…V. Sermon by Rev. Artemas B. Muzzey. VI. Anthem. VII. Consecrating Prayer by Rev. Convers Francis. VIII. Charge by Rev. Dr. Henry Ware, Jr. IX. Right hand of fellowship by Rev. Henry A. Miles, X. Hymn. 535 L.M.—Greenwood 's Collection…XI. Address to the Society by Rev. Caleb Stetson. XII. Concluding Prayer by Rev. William H. White. XIII. Benediction by Rev. Barzillai Frost. (Gazette Office—Concord.)

31 x 25.5 cm.

1837 Mar. 7. Annual Report of the Overseers of the Poor, of the town of Concord, for the year ending March 7th, 1837…The expense of the lawsuit between Concord and Westminster is not included in the above Report. The whole number of paupers who have been inmates of the Almshouse the year past, is 34; the present number is 21; four have died, and 9 have left of been discharged. Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Isaac S. Lee. Overseers of the Poor. Freeman Office—Concord.

43 x 28.5 cm.

1837 Mar. 21. Executors Sale. Furniture Library, &c. On Wednesday, March 29, at the residence of the late Rev. H.B. Goodwin in Concord, at 9 o'clock, A.M. the Household Furniture will be sold by auction, consisting of Fancy Chairs, Sofa, Rocking Chairs, Dining and Card Tables, Dinner Tray, Kidderminster, Venetian and Stair, Carpeting, painted floor Cloth, Rugs, Astral, Chimney and Entry Lamps, Mantle and Looking Glasses, Book Shelf, Hat Tree, Dinner, Tea and Glass Ware, Knives and Forks, Tea Trays, Candlesticks and Lamps, Bedsteads, Beds, Bureaus, Dressing Glass, Wash Stands, Shower Bath, Window Shades, Fire Sets, &c. A variety of Kitchen Furniture, Ladder, Wheelbarrow, Fire Buckets, Garden Tools, &c. ––Also—At 2 o'clock, the Library of said deceased, comprising a good selection of Theological and Miscellaneous Books, Framed Engravings, Study Table, Desks, Book Cases, &c. Sale will commence punctually at 9 and 2 o'clock. Moses Prichard, Auctioneer. Concord, Mar. 21, 1837. Gazette Office—Concord.

Transferred from old CFPL Letter File. Formerly Letter File 3A, G3. 28 x 27 cm.

1837 Mar. 24. Report of the Selectmen of the Town of Concord, Relative to the Expenses of the Town up to March 24, 1837Respectfully submitted, Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Isaac S. Lee, Selectmen of Concord.

Five copies (one transferred from the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection, one the gift of Ruth R. Wheeler in 1967). Concord Antiquarian Society copy formerly CAS-D-1112.2. Ruth Wheeler gift copy accompanied by manuscript note in Mrs. Wheeler's hand, reading: “This is the oldest printed town report of the Town of Concord which I have seen. It was retrieved from the attic of the Bates House torn down to make way for the building now (1967) occupied by the First National Store by a carpenter named Denny Hosmer and given to me by his granddaughter. Presented to the Concord Free Public Library, Jan. 1967.” One copy pasted to sheet of paper. 57.5 x 42.5 cm.

1838 Mar. 5. Statement of the Expenses of the Town of Concord up to March 5, 1838Leaving the sum of seven hundred and seventy-seven dollars for which there is no provision. This large deficiency is accounted for by the unusual expenses for roads and School houses, Poor &c. &c. Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Isaac S. Lee, Selectmen of Concord.

Pasted to sheet of paper. 53.5 x 38 cm.

1839 Mar. 4. Annual Report of the Overseers of the Poor, of the Town of Concord, for the year ending March 4th, 1839…The whole number of inmates the past year has been 35; of which 3 have died, 18 discharged; present number 14; average number 13 3-4. Ephraim Meriam, Isaac Cutler, Jacob B. Farmer, Overseers of the Poor. Freeman Office—Concord.

42.5 x 28.5 cm.

1839 Mar. 4. Annual Report of the Expenses of the Town of Concord, for the Year Ending March 4, 1839. State of the Treasury, Feb. 26, 1839…Respectfully submitted by Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Isaac S. Lee, Selectmen of Concord…Freeman Office—Concord.

Pasted to sheet of paper. 49.5 x 41.5 cm.

1840 Mar. 2. Annual Report of the Expenses of the Town of Concord, for the Year Ending March 2d, 1840. State of the Treasury February 26, 1840…It will be perceived by the above Report that the extraordinary expense of making new bridges and repairing old ones, has exceeded the appropriations, though large, by a considerable sum. The amount appropriated under the head of town charges has not been equal for two years past to cover the expenses, which has prevented the reduction of the principle of the town debts the year past as assigned. The expense for bridges the present year can be greatly reduced, the ordinary repairs may not exceed one hundred dollars. Respectfully submitted by Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Isaac S. Lee, Selectmen of Concord…

Pasted to sheet of paper. 44.5 x 42 cm.

1840 Apr. 2. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By His Excellency Marcus Morton, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: A Proclamation for a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. The revolving year has once more brought the period, when the Commonwealth has even been wont to make a solemn public acknowledgement of its dependence on the providence of God. The seasons, as they return, demonstrate His benevolence and His power. The eye perceives, with the light of day, the proofs of His existence. In Him our fathers put their trust, and He hid them, in the secret of His presence, from the pride of man…Given at the Council Chamber, in Boston, this third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty, and in the sixty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States…God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

62 x 50 cm.

1842 Apr. 2. Report of the Overseers of the Poor, of the Town of Concord, for the year ending March 1, 1842…Heartwill [Heartwell] Bigelow, William Lee, Overseers of the Poor. Concord, April 2, 1842. Freeman Press, Concord, Mass.

Five copies (three facsimile reproductions, two originals). Reproductions (40 x 28 cm.) accompanied by card printed by Thomas Todd Co., dated 1942 Mar. 1, reading: “One hundred years ago the Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Concord issued a financial report of their department. Many of the items sound amusing to our ears, such as ‘boot between the oxen.' The two Overseers were Heartwill Bigelow and William Lee. The former kept the Tavern, known as Bigelow's Tavern, and entertained his co-worker and himself at an expense of $7.96, while it cost the Town only $6.92 for the funeral expenses of one of four citizens. Because of the part their families have played in the affairs of the Town, many of the names mentioned are familiar to us. You may be interested in this reproduction of the report and the way in which the department was carried on a century ago.” Unmounted original 44 x 28.5 cm.; mounted original trimmed to 29.5 x 21 cm.

One of the originals trimmed and pasted to a sheet of paper.

1842 Apr. 2. Expenses of the Town of Concord, From March 1, 1841, to April 1, 1842. State of the Treasury March 22, 1842. N. Brooks, Administrator of the Estate of Timothy Prescott, late Treasurer of the town of Concord, makes the following exhibit of the apparent state of the Treasury, March 22d, 1842…Respectfully submitted, Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Isaac S. Lee, Selectmen of Concord. Concord, April 2, 1842. Freeman Press, Concord, Mass.

49.5 x 39.5 cm.

1843 Oct. 4. Middlesex Cattle Show and Ploughing Match. Concord, Oct. 4, 1843. The Society of Middlesex Husbandmen and Manufacturers hereby offer the following Premiums, for the encouragement of Agriculture, Manufactures, and the cultivation of Trees, within the Country of Middlesex: Live Stock. For the best fat ox, at least expense $8 00, for the next best 6 00…Domestic Manufacturers…Household Manufacturers…Butter…White Mulberry Trees & Culture of Silk…Swine. For the best boar, 6 00,…All unsuccessful competitors on stock, shall be allowed from the funds of the society, eight cents per mile for travel from their respective places of abode, to the town where the annual show is holden. And the same travel will be allowed to all unsuccessful competitors on Swine…Forest Trees…Fruit Trees…Farms…Peat or Bog Meadows…Cranberries…Agricultural Experiments…Machines and Tools…Ploughing Match…Trial of Working Oxen. Will take place immediately after the services in the Meeting House. All competitors in this trial must enter their names with the Secretary, before nine o'clock on the day of the Show…William Parker, President. Moses Prichard, Secretary. March, 1843. Freeman Press, Concord.

54 x 38.5 cm.

1844 Mar. 1. Expenditures of the Town of Concord, from March 1, 1843, to March 1, 1844…Respectfully submitted, Cyrus Stow, Daniel Clark, Joseph Darby, Selectmen. Concord, February 28th, 1844.

Annotations (financial notes) in pencil and ink on recto. 51.5 x 33.5 cm.

1846 Feb. 13. Auction Sale. Will be sold at Public Auction, in Concord, on Friday, the 13th day of February, instant, at 9 o'clock, A.M., at the Shepard [Shepherd's] Hotel, a large and extensive variety of excellent Furniture in said hotel. Among the articles are Beds, Bedding, Carpets, Tables, Chairs, Lamps, Stoves, Crockery and Hard Ware, Silver Spoons, Table and Tea Spoons, Cutlery, Table Cloths, Sheetings, &c., with a variety of other articles, all nearly new, having been in use but a short time. Conditions at sale. Moses Prichard, Auctioneer. Concord, February 4, 1846.

30 x 28.5 cm.

[1848?] Concord Book, Job and Card Printing Office. The undersigned would respectfully inform the public, that he has opened a Book and Job Printing Office, at the rooms formerly occupied by the Concord Freeman, where he is prepared to execute plain and fancy printing in gold, silver, bronze, or in colors, with neatness and despatch. Phamphlets [sic], girculars [sic], reports, notices, blanks, bill heads, receipts, wood and hay tickets, auction bills, business and address cards, in the neatest manner, and on reasonable terms, engraving, in all its branches, done at short notice. Door plates, coffin plates, Card, Trunk and Name Plates. Order Box at the Rail-Road Depot. Daniel H. Adams. Concord, Mass.

Printed in silver and gold on coated dark blue paper in a variety of fonts. 44.5 x 28.5 cm.

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1850 Apr. 19. Union Celebration at Concord. 19th of April, 1850. The General Committee of Arrangements of the towns of Concord, Lexington, Acton, Lincoln, Sudbury, Bedford and Carlisle, give notice that they have made arrangements for a union celebration of the events of the 19th of April, 1775, on the approaching anniversary, at Concord, to which the citizens of all the towns, locally or otherwise interested in the events of that day, and the public generally are invited. A procession will be formed, at 10 o'clock, A.M. escorted by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, under the direction of Col. Isaac H. Wright, of Lexington, Chief Marshal. The Procession, after visiting the Monument at the “ North Bridge,” will march to the Pavilion, to be erected near the Railroad Station at Concord, where an oration will be delivered by Hon. Robert Rantoul, Jr. Addresses will be made by Hon. Edward Everett, Hon. J. Sparks, Hon. Rufus Choate, His Excellency Gov. Briggs, Chief Justice Shaw, Hon. John G. Palfrey, and others. The arrangements are designed to accommodate ladies. Hon. E. Rockwood Hoar, President of the Day. The dinner will be provided by Mr John Wright of Boston, under a new and spacious pavilion. Tickets 75 cents.—to be had of the committees of the respective towns. No person can be admitted to the pavilion without a ticket. Civil Societies, Associations and Military, who are disposed to do so, are invited to attend, and places will be assigned for them in the Procession, on giving notice beforehand to the Secretary of the Committee of Arrangements. Special trains will be provided on the Fitchburg Railroad to accommodate those who design to unite in the celebration. By order of the Committee of Arrangements, John S. Keyes, Chairman. W.W. Wheildon, Sec'y. (Press of the Bunker-Hill Aurora. Concord, April 6, 1850.)

This broadside is matted and framed and hangs in the William Munroe Special Collections reading room at the Concord Free Public Library. 63 x 28 cm.

April 19, 1775. April 19, 1850 ...1850 Apr. 19. April 19, 1775. April 19, 1850. The following individuals volunteered to do military duty at the union celebration of the events of the 19th of April 1775, at Concord, on the 19th of April, 1850.—They appeared armed and equipped on the Battle Ground at the ‘Old North Bridge,' in Concord, and marched and fired in imitation of Capt. Isaac Davis' Company of Minute Men, who, it is to be remembered, were selected by the officers on that memorable morning to head the column of attack against the British, “not having,” as that brave officer said, “a man that was afraid to go.” That fearless patriot fell dead, shot through the heart, with his gun in his hand, at the second fire of the British Infantry.—But he has the honor, with his officers and men, accompanied by Major Buttrick, of Concord, and Col. Robinson, of Westford, of making the first open, armed resistance to the King's Troops, in the war of the American Revolution, which resistance, with what followed on that ever memorable 19th of April, 1775, constituted a declaration of American Independence earlier than that made at Philadelphia, July 4th, 1776, and far more important, inasmuch as one was a declaration in ink, on perishable parchment, and the other in blood, upon the open field of battle. At a previous drill the following were chosen officers:—Col. W.E. Faulkner, Captain, Samuel Jones, 1st Lieut., Daniel Jones, 2d Lieut., James Harris, Ensign. Sergeants. Nathan Brooks, Daniel Tuttle, Peter Tenney, Jonas Blodget. Corporals. Daniel Harris, George Buroughs, S.G.F. Jones, S. Fletcher Hosmer. Musicians. Dexter B. Hathaway, Elnathan Jones, Newell Knight, ----- Hopkins, ----- Robbins, Josiah Piper, Simeon Knight. Privates. Henderson Rowel…Luke Smith…John Hosmer…John Tenney…Aaron Wheeler…Rufus A. Tenney…George Flagg…Francis Sawin…Henry M. Smith…Freeman Puffer…John Conant…Francis Faulkner…Jonas Handley…Horace Robbins…Lewis Wood…Isaac Reed…Tristam Edmonds…Asa P. Dudley, James E. Billings. S. Fletcher Hosmer, Clerk.

33 x 23.5 cm.

1850 Dec. 16. To Carpenters. Sealed proposals will be received by the subscriber until the 15th of January, 1851, to build a Barn in Northboro', sixty feet long by thirty-eight wide, with sixteen and a half feet posts, and twenty-four feet rafters. The sills, except two long middles ones, the posts, beams, main girts, purlins and purlin posts, to be eight inches square, plates seven inches by seven; the two middle sills ten inches by ten; the sleepers under the stable floors to be hewn or sawed on two sides so as to face not less than two and a half inches beneath, and five above, and to be seven inches deep; the sleepers for the scaffolds three by five inch joist or timbers equal to that; the rafters over posts six inches square, the smaller rafters four by five inches or timbers equal to that, the small girts and the purlin post braces three by five inches; all the smaller braces three by four inches; and the ridge pole to be made equal to seven inches square; all the lower timbers to be of Chestnut. The barn-floor to be twelve feet wide through the middle of the barn, leaving a space thirteen feet wide on each side for cattle stables, except a granary at one end, partitioned off and finished nine by thirteen feet, and a horse-stable of the same dimensions on the opposite side…The whole building to be well braced. The roof to be covered with good square-edged boards; the outsides to be tongued and grooved, and the roof to be shingled with number one eastern split shingles. The outside trimmings to be suitable for a building of this description, with eavetroughs. All the work to be done in a thorough and workmanlike manner, to the acceptance of the purchaser. The foundation will be ready by the 9th day of June, and the building is to be finished by the fourth of July 1851. Full and accurate plans can be examined at Mr. Blake's Hotel, in Northboro', at which place proposals may be left. One end of the building for 25 feet in width to be joined to another building. Concord, December 16, 1850. David Loring.

This broadside forms part of and is housed with the Thoreau Family Collection at the Concord Free Public Library. 42.5 x 32 cm.

1851 Oct. 16. Lowell, Oct. 16, 1851. Dear Sir: The Free Soil County Committee wish to address to you a few suggestions relative to the approaching election. Scarcely more than three weeks now remain for preparation. The importance of a full Free Soil vote cannot be over-estimated. To the Free Soil men of Massachusetts is committed, in an especial manner the duty of making a stand against the powers of despotism, here in the United States. The last two years have witnessed, here as in Europe, a reaction against republican principles. Freedom is prostrated in the Northern States of America, as well as in Hungary and Rome. A law, infamous enough in its words, but doubly and trebly horrible when carried into detail, has been enforced against an unoffending people, and all systems of dissatisfaction with its operations are denounced as treasonable. The Administration of Mr. Fillmore is at the head of the man-hunt, now going on in the (nominally) free states…Let not the National Administration receive aid in its unholy warfare against the North, by a remissness of the Free Soil men of the State. Upon you, sir, we rely for a share of the active labor which shall on the second Monday of November achieve a victory memorable in the annals of the anti-slavery enterprise. We are respectfully yours, Wm. S. Robinson, Addison G. Fay, J.Q.A. Griffin, A.G. Walker, Charles Choate, G.S. Phippen, Joseph W. Alden, Free-Soil County Committee of Middlesex County.

Annotation on verso. 27 x 21 cm.

1851 Nov. 10. Regulations Relative to the Use and Care of the Town House, in Concord, Adopted in Town Meeting, Nov. 10, 1851. 1. The general care of the building shall be entrusted to the Selectmen, who shall appoint, during their pleasure, a suitable and responsible man as Superintendent, whose duty it shall be to attend personally to warming and lighting the various rooms in the building whenever they are to be occupied, and keeping the same, with the furniture therein, at all times neat and clean…2. For all meetings the public are free to attend without charge…3. In all instances where application is made for the use of the hall for occasional exhibitions, concerts, or any other kind of show or meeting, for admission to which any charge is made, or pay in any form received, the Selectmen shall charge a sum, over and above the price charged for free meetings, as they shall think proper, and it shall be paid to them before the hall is so occupied…4. In all cases the hall is to remain in the charge of the Superintendent appointed by the Selectmen…5. The Selectmen shall not let the hall to the same person or persons, or for the same purposes, two days or two evenings consecutively, if application is made for the same for any other object…6. In all cases of application for the use of the hall upon the same day or evening, the first applicant shall be entitled to preference. 7. The amount of rent received for the hall, and an account of all other receipts and of all expenditures in any way connected with the management of the building, shall be reported annually to the town at their March meeting…8. The School Rooms shall be opened by the teachers a quarter of an hour only before the morning school hour, and shall be closed and locked by the teachers immediately upon dismissal of the school in the afternoon. 9. To the Centre School District the Selectmen shall annually charge such sum, for fuel and attendance in warming the two schoolrooms…10. The two lower front rooms are appropriated to the use of the several boards of town officers for the transaction of their official duties, and for such use only. 11. The office of the Town Clerk shall be kept open by him on every Saturday evening, from 7 till 9 o'clock…12. These regulations shall not be taken or construed in any way to interfere with the performance of any work the Building Committee may yet have to do or to complete, the house and grounds for such purposes remaining under their control. 13. The Town Clerk shall cause to be printed copies of these regulations, and post one in each of the schoolrooms and other rooms in the building, and at such other public places in the town as he may deem expedient. A true copy of the Record. Town Clerk.

Printed on orange paper. Transferred from the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection. Formerly CAS-B-2072.1. Inscribed: “C.W. Prescott.” 38 x 27.5 cm.

[1852] May 7. Kossuth at Concord ! Friday, May 7th, at 2 o'clock, P.M. The Committee of Arrangements give notice that Gov. Kossuth will visit the battle ground, at Concord, on Friday next, May 7th at 2 o'clock, P.M. He will arrive at noon, and after partaking of a Collation and visiting the old North Bridge, will proceed to the Town Hall, where the Reception will take place, at 3 o'clock, P.M., and he will be addressed by R.W. Emerson, on behalf of the citizens. Holders of Hungarian Bonds will be admitted to the Town Hall by Tickets furnished with the Bonds, at the rate of one ticket for each dollar invested…Bonds with Tickets can be obtained of A. Stacy, at the Post Office, at Holbrook's Hotel, and at the hall. The children of the town, forming by Schools with their teachers, will meet in front of the Unitarian Church, at half-past one o'clock, to form a Procession, under charge of a Marshal. Citizens of neighboring towns, and their Schools are invited to be present and join in welcoming the illustrious exile. On behalf of the Committee, John S. Keyes, Chairman. John M. Cheney, Secretary. Freeman Press, Concord, Mass.

Edward Jarvis's copy. 65.5 x 47 cm.

1852 May 8. Auction Sale! On Saturday, the 8th day of May next…at the Middlesex Hotel, in Concord, will be sold at Public Auction, 11 Shares of the stock of the Concord Bank, 2 shares of the Fitchburg Railroad Co., 13 shares of the Stock of the Concord Mill-Dam Comp'y. Also, a certain tract of land, containing ten thousand square feet, with a Dwelling House on the same, situated in Lowell, on the east side of Water Street. The above being the estate of Abel Moore, deceased. Conditions at Sale. N. Brooks, Ex'r. Concord, April 22, 1852.

Two copies. 34 x 25 cm.

1853 May 30. Fitchburg Railroad. On and after Monday, May 30th, 1853, Trains will run as follows, express trains Leaves [sic] Boston at 7-45 A.M…Up trains…Down trains…Connections at Groton Junction…L. Tilton, Superintendent. Press of the Bunker-Hill Aurora. Boston, May 27, 1853.

Two copies, one (the original printing) 54 x 36 cm., the other (a reprint?) 40 x 28 cm.

[1853?] Oct. 20. Republican Rally! At Town Hall, Concord. Thursday Eve'g, October 20 at 7:30 o'clock. Hon. John D. Long, Michael J. Murray, Esq., and Samuel Hoar, Esq., will speak. All are invited! Seats reserved for ladies. Doors open at 7:00.

Handbill. 20 x 12.5 cm.

1854 Mar. 6. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. To either of the Constables of the Town of Concord, in said County, Greeting: You are hereby required in the name of the Commonwealth, to notify the legal voters of the Town of Concord aforesaid, to meet at the Town Hall, in said town, on Monday, the sixth day of March next, at one o'clock in the afternoon, by posting printed copies of this warrant, by you attested, at each of the meeting houses, the public houses, the post office and the Town Hall, in said town, fourteen days at least before the day appointed for said meeting, then and there to act on the following subjects as they may think proper…Given under our hands, this eighteenth day of February, A.D., 1854. John S. Keyes, A.A. Kelsey, A. G. Fay, Selectmen of Concord. N.B. All persons having any demands against the Town of Concord, are requested to present them to the Selectmen, before the 1st day of March next. A true copy, attest: Silas Hosmer [name added in manuscript] Constable of Concord.

Printed on light blue paper. 31.5 x 20 cm.

1854 Apr. 3. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. To either of the Constables of the Town of Concord, in said County, Greeting: You are hereby required to notify the legal voters of the Town of Concord aforesaid, to meet at the Town Hall, in said town, on Monday, the third day of April next, at one o'clock in the afternoon, by posting printed copies of this warrant, by you attested, at each of the meeting-houses, the public houses, the post office and the town house, in said town, fourteen days at least before the day appointed for said meeting, then and there to act on the following subjects as they may think proper…Given under our hands, this eighteenth day of March, A.D., 1854. John S. Keyes, A. G. Fay, J.W. Walcott, Selectmen of Concord. A true copy, attest: Silas Hosmer [name added in manuscript], Constable of Concord. School meeting. The legal voters of School District No. 1, are hereby notified to meet at the High School room, on Monday evening, March 27, at 7 o'clock, to choose a prudential committee for the ensuing year, and transact such other business as may come before them. J.W. Walcott, Prud. Com. Concord. March 20, 1854. A true copy, attest, Silas Hosmer [name added in manuscript] Constable of Concord.

34.5 x 21.5 cm.

1854 July 22. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Middlesex, ss. To either of the Constables of the Town of Concord, in said County, Greeting: You are hereby required to notify the legal voters of the Town of Concord, to meet at the Town Hall, in said town, on Saturday, the twenty second day of July next, at six o'clock in the afternoon, by posting printed copies of this warrant, by you attested, at each of the Meeting Houses, the Public Houses, the Post Office and the Town House, in said Town, fourteen days at least before the day appointed for said meeting, then and there to act on the following subjects as they may think fit…Hereof fail not, and make return of this warrant to us, with your doings thereon, on or before the time appointed for said Meeting. Given under our hands, this eighth day of July, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty four. John S. Keyes, A. G. Fay, J.W. Walcott, Selectmen of Concord. A true Copy, attest. Silas Hosmer [name added in manuscript] Constable of Concord.

25 x 20 cm.

1855 Apr. 14. Guardian's Sale of Real Estate. On Saturday, April 14, 1855, at 2 o'clock, P.M., at the Middlesex Hotel, in Concord, will be sold at Public Auction, by license of Court, a part of the Real Estate of the late Francis R. Gourgas, deceased, viz.: About 22 acres of Pasture Land, in the northerly part of Concord, near the house of Wm. Holden, with a good Barn on the same: About 4 acres of woodland, in the southerly part of Concord, near Goose Pond, called the “Goose Pond Lot:” About 4 acres of Woodland, in the southerly part of Concord, near Walden Pond: About 5 acres of River-meadow Land, situated in Wayland, near West Brook. Also one undivided fifth part of about 40 acres of Wood and Pasture Land, in Weston, formerly part of the Real Estate of the late John M. Gourgas, deceased;---about 30 the 40 acres, are covered with heavy Wood and Timber. For particulars inquire of the subscriber. Nathan Brooks, Guardian. Concord, March 16, 1855. B. Tolman, Printer, Concord, Mass.

Three copies. 35 x 25.5 cm.

1855 Oct. 23. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By His Excellency Henry J. Gardner, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, A Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise. As States are but aggregates of individuals, to concentrate the powers and render uniform the action of society, the impulses of human nature attach to them, and it is meet that the instincts of a people's gratitude should find expression through their instrumentality. At this season, when the teeming earth returns an almost unparalleled reward to the wearied reapers; when Massachusetts has been preserved from that pestilence that God has permitted to decimate other portions of our land; when the horrors of war demand of us only the deepest sympathy with those who suffer them; when Heaven had filled our cup as individuals and as a Nation with such unnumbered blessings, it is fitting that the song of Thanksgiving, the notes of Praise, and the words of grateful Prayer, should ascend to the Giver of ever good…Given at the Council Chamber, in Boston, this twenty-third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, and of the Independence of the United States the eightieth…William White, Printer to the State, No. 4 Spring Lane.

61.5 x 48 cm.

1855 Dec. 26. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To George Heywood, Esquire, of Concord, in the County of Middlesex, one of the Justices of the Peace for said County: The undersigned, qualified voters of the First Parish, in the town of Concord, in the county of Middlesex, and more than five in number, represent, that the said First Parish has heretofore transacted its parochial business in Town Meetings of the Inhabitants of said Town of Concord, under warrants usually issued by the Selectmen of said Town; that the said Town has voted that it does not choose that hereafter parochial business shall be transacted at Town Meetings, or by the agency of Town Offficers;…and it is therefore desirable that the said Parish shall organize itself as a corporation…Dated at Conccrd [sic], this twenty-sixth day of December, in the year eighteen hundred and fifty-five. Moses Prichard, Samuel Hoar, Nathan Brooks, Cyrus Warren, John Brown, Jr., Elijah Wood…

Two copies (one with name of Moses Prichard—Constable of Concord—added in manuscript). 36.5 x 20.5 cm.

1856. List of Persons Qualified to Vote in Concord, at the Election, 1856 [the “6” in “1856” supplied in manuscript]…

Alphabetical list of Concord voters, annotated in manuscript with the vote cast by each in the Presidential election of 1856. Votes tallied in manuscript on verso. Accompanied by newspaper clipping about this list of voters. Broadside and clipping transferred from the Concord Antiquarian Society Collection (the broadside formerly CAS D-1166.1, the clipping D-1166.1a). 45 x 50 cm.

1858 Feb. 24. Grand Masonic and Civic Ball at Old Concord! The citizens of Concord and vicinity are respectfully invited to attend a Masonic and civic ball, at the Town Hall, under the direction of the officers of Corinthian Lodge, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 24, 1858. Committee of Arrangements: Louis A. Surette, Eph'm W. Bull, Jos. D. Brown, David P. Barrett, William S. Rice, Henry Mulliken, Waltham, George P. How, George Heywood, George Keyes, Albert E. Wood, J.H.A. Heald, Lexington, Zoheth Taylor, Acton, Henry J. Hosmer, George M. Brooks, Richard Barrett, Edwin S. Barrett, T.H. Lord, Somerville, Hersey B.G. Wheeler, Albert Stacy, William H. Wilde, George Hosmer, Elisha Buttrick, George Dana, Lowell, B.F. Nourse, Cambridgep't. Music: Germania Band, of Boston, ten pieces…Tickets $1,50, to be obtained at Stacy's Bookstore and at the door. Positively no admittance to the Gallery, except to purchasers of tickets for the dance. Benjamin Tolman, Printer, Concord, Mass.

59.5 x 49.5 cm.

1858 Mar. 10. The
Concord Dramatic Union will give an entertainment in the vestry of the Unitarian Church, on Wednesday evening, March 10, 1858. On which occasion they will repeat at the request of their friends, the popular drama of The Jacobite. To be followed by the laughable farce of The Irish Lion. The whole will conclude with the Charming Comedy, The Loan of a Lover. Also repeated by request. Tickets,---fifteen cents. Doors open at 7 o'clock. The curtain will rise at 7 1-2 precisely. Benjamin Tolman, Printer, Concord, Mass.

54.5 x 41.5 cm.

1858 Oct. 18. Administrator's Sale of Real Estate and Personal Property in Concord, Mass. By license of Court of Probate, will be sold at Public Auction, on the premises, on Monday, October 18, at 1 o'clock, P.M. all the Real Estate and Personal Property belonging to Elisha Tolman, late of Concord, deceased, described as follows, viz.: Two dwelling houses: one, the Homestead, a large two-story House, containing 8 rooms besides the attic, with Wood-shed attached to the house, situated in the very centre of Concord, a few rods east of the Court House and nearly opposite the Unitarian Church; also, 1-8 of an acre of land, a portion being used for a garden. The other is a large two-story House, situated within a few feet of the homestead, built in a very thorough manner, has brick end walls,