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.—No. 12. 



R EMA. R K S 



OP THE 



HON. JOHN S. SLEEPER, MAYOR, 



BEFORE THE 



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DECEMBER 29, 1856. 




ROXBURY : 

NORFOLK COUNTY JOURNAL PRESS. 

1856. 



CITY OF ROXBUEY. 



In Board of Aldermen, Dec. 29, 1856. 
Ordered to be printed. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk. 



Cifjr of Qnhuxs. 



In Boaed op Aldeemen, Dec. 29, 1856. 

Aldeeman Cuetis offered the following resolution, which 
was passed unanimously : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Board be tendered to his Honor the 
Mayor, for the able, impartial and satisfactory manner in which he has 
discharged the arduous duties of his office during the past year. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk. 

His Honor the Mayoe responded to the resolution as 
follows : 

Gentlemen of the Boaed of Aldeemen, — 

It is hardly necessary for me to say that the vote you 
have just passed is truly grateful to my feelings ; and the 
more so, as I am willing to believe it is not a mere formal 
expression of complimentary sentiments, but the genuine 
dictate of kind and generous hearts. 

When, by the partiality of my fellow-citizens, I was 
elevated to the honorable position I now occupy, I deter- 
mined to be influenced by no party feelings or local preju- 
dices ; to act independently and honestly, with an eye to 
the interests of the whole community. And where I have 
fallen short of the expectations or wishes of my fellow- 
citizens, it has not been owing to the absence of an eager 
wish, on my part, to perform my various and responsible 
duties faithfully ; improve every section of the city ; add 



to the convenience and comfort of the inhabitants ; cause 
the laws to be respected and obeyed ; and so far as might 
be consistent with the means at the disposition of the gov- 
ernment and a just regard to economy, render the good 
City of Roxbury a desirable residence for good citizens. 

In carrying out all public measures, with a view to these 
objects, I cheerfully acknowledge my obligations to you, 
Gentlemen, and also to all the members of the City Coun- 
cil, and all the officers of the government. Although on 
various subjects differences of opinion have been manifested, 
and animated discussions have occurred in both branches, 
which are always requisite for a full understanding of any 
subject of importance, yet it will be admitted by all, that 
while our city has enjoyed in a singular degree the bless- 
ings of peace and good order, no previous City Govern- 
ment has existed, where, among the members, union of 
action, kind feelings towards each other, and an unselfish 
desire to promote general prosperity, have prevailed to a 
greater extent than during the year which is about to close. 

It is hardly necessary for me at this time to review the 
different measures which have been adopted by the gov- 
ernment during the past twelve months. Many of the 
public improvements are such that all are able to judge of 
their expediency ; and while it has been impossible, owing 
to unexpected circumstances, to comply with the reasonable 
wishes of some, various objects have been accomplished, 
and much work performed, of a character which may be 
but little known to the public, but which, it is evident to 
those who have ordered or directed those undertakings, 
will be for the interest of the city. 

The office which I have filled the past year, is one of 
labor and responsibility. Conscious of my inexperience 
in municipal matters, and distrusting my own ability, and 
judgment, and fitness for the office in which I was unex- 
pectedly, and against my wishes, placed by my fellow- 
citizens, I have confidently and successfully relied upon 



your wisdom and advice in all matters that required delib- 
erate and judicious action. And knowing the course I 
have pursued, and the reasons by which I have been influ- 
enced, you, at least, will not misapprehend my acts or 
misinterpret my motives. 

Cheered by your encouragement, and aided by your 
counsels, my duties, although important, and somewhat 
onerous, have not been unpleasant. Indeed I have derived 
much gratification from exercising my official power and 
influence in seeking to remedy public evils which have 
borne upon individuals ; in watching over the interests of 
the city, and laboring for the general benefit of my 
fellow-citizens. 

Gentlemen, we are about to separate. We shall not 
all meet together again at this Board. And allow me to 
take this occasion to thank you cordially, and from my 
heart, for the confidence you have reposed in me, the sup- 
port you have given me, and the kindness you have mani- 
fested towards me, the past year : and to repeat my 
acknowledgements for the friendly manner in which you 
have expressed your feelings by the vote you have just 
adopted. 

And now, Gentlemen, allow me to close this acknowl- 
edgment of your kindness, by wishing you during the re- 
mainder of your lives — wherever your lot may be cast — 
whether burdened by the cares of office — surrounded by 
the bustle of business, or courting a happy retirement in 
the bosoms of your families, all the blessings which a kind 
Providence can bestow on the most favored mortals. 




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