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Sons of the Sthte of Maine 

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Society of tte Sons of Mains in Illinois. 

On the 1 2th day of March, 1880, a meeting of the 
citizens of Maine, residing in Chicago and Ilhnois, was 
held at the Club Room of the Gardner (now Leland) 
House in Chicago, for the purpose of forming a Society 
of the Sons of Maine in Illinois. There were present at 
this meeting: 

Abner Taylor, ' J.J. P. Odell, 

G. W. Getchell, C. P. Libby, 

C. P. Kimball, Charles H. Noyes, 

J. E. Waterhouse, D. V. Purington, 

A. D. Hay ward, E. B. Knox, 
O. M. Soper, J. D. Marston, 
J. L. Hathaway, N. P. Wilder, 

B. H. Hinds, . R. L. Herrick, 
J. P. Smith, ' Leonard Swett, 
A. A. Libby, Charles M. Morse, 
W. H. Arnold, J. S. Brewer. 

C. A. Tinkham, 

Hon. Leonard Swett called the meeting to order, and 
announced the object for which it was called, viz.: to form 
a Society of the Sons of the State of Maine. 

On motion, Mr. Swett was then made chairman of the 
meeting, and J, S. Brewer, secretary. 

Mr. C. P. Kimball spoke warmly in favor of the organ- 

Mr. Hinds then moved that a committee on constitu- 
tion and by-laws be appointed to prepare and submit 
them at the next meeting. 

The committee appointed was Messrs. Kimball, Odell, 
and Taylor, to which was added the chairman and sec- 

This committee was also authorized to call the next 


meeting — which they did for March 19, 1880. 

The call was as follows : 

An informal meeting was held at the Gardner House on the 12th 
instant, at which it was resolved to form a Society of the gentlemen 
born in the State of M.iine aad now citizens of Illinois. The object 
of the society, for the present, will be simply to cultivate with each 
other more intimate personal relations, and to revive and perpetuate 
the memories of our early home and native State. 

In furtherance of the movement the undersigned beg leave to in- 
vite all the sons of Maine now residing in Illinois to meet at the Club 
Room of the Palmer House on the 27th day of March, 1880, at half- 
past 7, P. M., for the purpose of perfecting such organization. 

Leonard Swett, Thomas Drummond, 

John N. Jewett, George L. Dunlap, 

W. H. Arnold, A. D. Hay ward, 

C. A. Tinkham, j. J. P. Odell, 

C. H. Noyes, E. B. Knox, 

J, S. Brewer, R. L. Herrick, 

J. D. Marston, C. P. Kimball, 

W. W. Kimball, I. B. Parsons. 

The meeting- was held, and largely attended ; and, in 
the absence of Mr. Swett, Hon. C. P. Kimball was made 

The committee on a constitution and by-laws made 
a report, which was discussed, and the constitution and 
by-laws of the society of the Sons of Maine in Illinois 
were adopted. 

A committee was appointed to nominate officers to 
report at a meeting to be held April 3, 1880. At that 
adjourned meeting, the committee on permanent officers 
reported as follows : 

President, Hon. THOMAS DRUMMOND. 

ist Vice-President, Hon. Leonard Swett. 

2d " " J. Y. SCAMMON. 

3d " " No election. 

Secretary, J. S. Brewer. 
Treasurer, ]. J P- Odell. 

Executive Committee. 
John N. Jewett, Geo. L. Dunlap, 

C. M. Morse, John H. Clough, 

C. P. Kimball, B. V. Page, 

Abner Taylor. 
Who were elected for one year. 

In the winter of 1 880-81, it was determined by the 
Society to give a first banquet of the society, and com- 
mittees were appointed to carry out the purpose. It was 
resolved that this banquet should be worthy of the Sons 
of the State of Maine in Illinois and of the State of their 
birth. The time of the banquet was fixed, to take place 
at the Palmer House, Chicao-o, June 16, 1881. 

Invitations to the banquet were sent to the Governor 
and all the ex-Governors of Maine, to the two United 
States Senators, and to many gentlemen, natives of the 
State, distinguished in public and private life. The parties 
were to be the guests of the society from the time of 
their leaving Boston till their return. A member of the 
Society, and the general committee on banquet, Henry A. 
Hersey, Esq., met the invited guests at Boston, and ac- 
companied them in a special car to Chicago, leaving Bos- 
ton Tuesday morning, June 14th, and arriving in Chicago 
on the evening of the succeeding day. 

The following was the invitation sent : 

Society of the Sons of the State of Maine. 

Yourself and Ladies are respectfully requested to be present at a 
banquet to be given by the Society of the Sons of the State of Maine 
in Illinois, at 8 o'clock, on the evening of Thursday, June i6th, 1881, 
at the Palmer House in the City of Chicago. 

A special car will be furnished from Boston and return, for friends 
coming from the East, and they are invited to be the guests of the So- 
ciety from the time of leaving Boston. 

In order that necessary arrangements may be made, you are re- 
quested to notify the chairman of the Committee on Invitations at an 
early day, whether or not the Society may expect the pleasure of your 

Thomas Drummonu, Frei t. 
John S. Brewer, Sec'y. 

Committee on Invitations. 
Leonard Swett, Chairman. 
John N. Jewett, Abner Taylor. 

General Committee on Banquet. 

C. P. Kimball, Chairman. 

W. W. Kimball, George L. Dunlap, 

E. B. Washburne, John N. Jewett, 

Henry A. Hersey, Abner Taylor, 

D. V. Purington, A. A. Libby, 

George M. How, Leonard Swett. 

Of the banquet and reception preceding, the Chicago 
Tribune of the following day, June 17, 1881, said : 
The Sons of Maine. 

The banquet given last evening at the Palmer House, by the Society 
of the Sons of Maine to their New England and Western guests, was, 
in some respects, a most remarkable one. Rarely on such an occasion, 
or, indeed, on any other, has there been gathered together so great a 
number of distinguished guests — men of eminence not only in the his- 
tory of their own State, but of those bordering upon it. It was to a 
great extent a representative gathering of Maine's foremost sons — those 
whose homes are still among the soughing pines, as well as those who ' 
had left the mother State for the prairies of Illinois and the metropolis 
of the Northwest, the land of their adoption — and the sons of her 
great sister State of Massachusetts. Such a gathering possessed within 
itself all the elements which could combine to make the occasion a 
brilliant success, and an event long to be remembered, not only in the 
annals of the Society, but in the hearts and minds of its eminent guests, 
and in the memories of its numerous and honored members. 

The reception, which preceded the banquet, was held in the main 
parlors. By 8:30 the full company had arrived, and from that time on, 
the scene presented by the reception was an unusually brilliant one. 
Not only were the handsomely-illumined parlors thronged, but the 
spacious hallways were crowded with promenading couples and little 
social coteries of ladies and gentlemen. The toilets of the ladies 
were, of course, magnificent ; and the general pleasantness of the eve- 
ning was enhanced by a fine orchestra which was stationed at the en- 
trance to the grand dining-hall, and which sent delightful strains of 
music floating along the hallways and through the parlors. 

Apparently the reception was greatly enjoyed by all participating, 
there not being too much formality for a sociable time. There was a 
vast amount of handshaking and talking over old times, for many of 
the " Sons " met each other last night for the first time in many years. 
Of the honored guests, due homage was paid at the reception by the 
ladies and gentlemen to the Hon. Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, ex-Vice 
President, the Hon. E. B. Washburne of Chicago, ex-Gov. Garcelon 
of Maine, the Hon. Henry W. Paine of Boston, and the Hon. Bion 
Bradbury of Maine, and the Hon. C. A. Boutelle of Maine. 

The banquet was held in the spacious and briliantly-lighted main 
dining-room and was a most recherche' affair. Underneath the beauti- 
fully frescoed ceilings and the brightly-illumined chandeliers thirty 
tables, handsomely decorated with choice bouquets, pillars of ferns, 
smilax, etc., had been placed within easy distances of one another. 
Some 200 persons sat down at the superb banquet which the enterprise 
and liberality of the Sons of Maine had provided for them. Judge 
Drummond, of this city, the Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, ex-Governor of 
Maine, ex-United States Senator, and ex-Vice President, the Hon. 
Henry W. Paine, of Boston, the Hon. Mark H. Bunnell, member of 
Congress from Minnesota, and Hon. John N. Jewett, occupied the seats 
of honor at the middle of the east side of the room. 

The Chicago Times of the same date said : 

The first annual reception and banquet of the Illinois association of 
the Sons of Maine at the Palmer House on last evening was fully worthy 
of the historic prestige of the State in whose memory and honor the 
entertainment was given. 

It had not sufficed the Sons of Maine in the Prairie Queen city that 
their inaugural festival should be honored by the presence of those only 
who had taken up homes in the pushing and flourishing West. The dis- 
tinguished Sons of the old commonwealth had to come west to do the 
festival due honor, and accordingly a large company of distinguished 
guests were brought by special train from the sea-bound coasts of the 
mother State to the smiling prairies of Illinois, to give dignity and im- 
portance to the occasion and to shed lustre on the fraternal banquet. 

In this manner the presence of some of the most distinguished men of 
Maine — men who have made themselves historic in the annals of the 
country — was secured to give distinction to the event, and the Illinois 
Sons of the Pine Tree State were afforded an opportunity of personally 
meeting such distinguished men as Hannibal Hamlin, ex-Gov. Garce- 
lon, Bion Bradbury, Henry W. Paine, and others of almost equal 

After a pleasant drive around the city, which comprehended the 
principal points of interest and beauty of which Chicagoans justly 
boast, the visitors from Maine returned to the Palmer House and pre- 
pared for the banquet. 

At about 7:30 o'clock a brilliant company assembled in the parlors 
on the grand floor of the hotel, and for an hour gentlemen in unexcep- 
tionably correct evening dress, and ladies in rich and dazzling costumes 
promenaded the corridors of the sumptuous hotel, and held a lively 
conversazione in the adjacent rooms. At 9 o'clock the grand march to 
the banquet hall was formed, headed by Judge Drummond, president 
of the association, and C. P. Kimball, Esq., chairman of the committee 
of arrangements. The company was ushered into the splendid ban- 
queting hall of the Palmer House, brilliantly illuminated and radiant 
with flowers. 

After the guests had become seated at the tables, 
Judge Drummond, president of the society, rapped to 


order and said that it was becomint^ on such an occasion, 
that a blessing should first be invoked. He therefore 
called on the Rev. Arthur Swazey, a son of Maine, and 
a distinguished clergyman of Chicago, who addressed 
the Throne of Grace as follows : 

O God, the God of our fathers and our God, we thank Thee for the 
homes of our childhood, and for the homes of our later years. May 
the virtues of our sires abide with us — their industry, honesty and 
greatness of mind ; their fear of God and their love for man. Let 
Thy blessing rest upon us, and upon our children, and upon our chil- 
dren's children, to the last generation. Regard us with a friendly eye 
to-night, while we eat and drink and commune with each other on the 
olden times ; and may Thy peace which passeth all understanding 
keep our minds and hearts. In Christ's name, Amen. 

The full list of the banqueters included the following- 
named persons : 

[The asterisk (*) before a gentleman' 
panied bj his wife.] 

Thomas Drummond, 

H. W. Paine, 

Leonard Swett, 
*Volney T. Persons, 
*C. A. Boutelle, 

E. B. Haskell, 
Mrs. H. O. Stone, 
J. A. Colby, 
Dr. L. H. Watson, 
William Irving, 
Miss M. B. Larrabee, 
Miss Clara E. Webster, 

=^W. W. Kimball, 

Cyrus Woodman, 

S. J. Medill, 
*A. A. Libby, 
*A. McNeill, 

F. M. Hobbs, 
*G. A. Springer, 
*C. M. Henderson, 

Mayor Harrison, 
*J. B. Hobbs, 
*R. Z. Herrick, 

W. H. Swett, 

J. Y. Scammon, 
*E. G. Keith, 

Miss Putnam, 

Judge Lawrence, 

Miss Fessenden, 

name denotes that he was accom- 

*Hannibal Hamlin, 
Erastus Foote, 

E. B Washburne, 
J. D. Washburn, 
A. L. Chetlain, 

*C. P. Kimball, 

Orrington A. Lunt, 
*W. H. Chadwick, 

G. W. P. Atkinson, 

Mrs. J. S. Brewer, 
*James M Hill, 

Mrs. N. F. Nickerson, 
*S. M. Nickerson. 
■ *Joseph Medill, ■ 

Mrs. C. K. Lord, 

Mrs. C. A. M. Libby, 
*G. D. Baldwin, 
*F. W. Springer, 
*Bion Bradbury, 
*M. H. Bunnell, 

John L. Hancock, 

F. B. Wentworth, 
C. L. Rawson, 

*A. Garcelon, 
*D. V. Purington, 

Henry C. Putnam, 
*John N. Jewett, 

Orville D. Baker, 

O. G. Fessenden, 

Miss Ellen Drumraondj 

Miss E. Schofield, 

Henry M. How, 

C. Fred. Kimball, 
^W. H. Emery, 
*Gen. S. J. Anderson, 
*Dr. R. N. Isham, 
*D. W. Evans, 
*Rodney Welch, 

E. B. Knox, 

Miss Lena Boyer, 
*H. W. Fuller, 
-W. P. F. Meserve, 

Miss L. A. Thyng, 

Miss M. M. W. Hathaway, 

S. R. Thurston, 
^F. B. Little, 

Miss Lizzie Ambrose, 
*H. A. Hersey, 

Charles McLaughlin, 
*James W. Nye, 

Abner Taylor, 

Miss Clara Smith, 
*Ira T. Drew, 
*J. H. Clough, 
*A. D. Hay ward, 

Miss Ada Frost, 

Frank E. Johnson, 

W. E. Miller, 
*A. A. Lincoln, 

T. H. Smith, 
*W. M. Scribner, 
^J. H. Clough, 

Hempstead Washburne, 

Miss Boutelle, 

H. C. Colby, 
*C. H. Mulliken, 
*C. P. Libby, 
*W. C. D. Grannis, 

M. P. Gilpatrick, 
*J. J. P. Odell, 

Joshua S. Stevens, 
*W. C. Stevens, 

A. J. Averill, 

Herman Raster, 

Miss Carrie Libby, 

W. G. Beale, 

Peter Folsom, 

C. M. Morse, 

Miss F. McNiell, 

J. W. Winslow, 
*T. J. Cox, 

Col. J. H. Howe, 

G. M. Gross, 
*P. L. Hanscom, 
*Albert Hayden, 
*E. A. Potter, 
*George L. Dunlap, 

The Rev. G. C. Miln.. 
*E. T. Shedd, 

F. J. Whitney, 
*R. E. Farnham., 

Miss M. E. Brookings, 

Miss Fuller, 
*0. S. Lyford, 

J. L. Hathaway, 
*N. B. Powers, 
*G. H. Ambrose, 

Miss Lizzie Little, 

Mrs. M. J. Boardman, 

George E. Nichols, 

Judge H. W. Blodgett, 

F. R. Chandler, 

Miss Buckingham, 
^Nathaniel Butler, jr., 
*W. S. Burrows, 

W..E. Frost, 
*C. H. Stinchfield, 

Mrs. J. S. Johnson, 

O. E. Greeley, 
*F. P. Erskine, 

Miss Mabel Libby, 

Pitt Washburne, 

E. F. Getchell, 
*G. M. How, 
*J. Hodgkins, 
*C. F. Libby, 

George F. Emery, 

Edwin Lee Brown, 

C. W. Gross, 
*D. A. Pierce, 
*Enoch B. Stevens, 
*N. B. Powers, 
*Josiah Little, 

E. M. Prince, 

John Dupee, Jr., 

J. J. Herrick, 

W. J. Herrick, 

C. S. Fellows, 
*J. B. Parsons, 
*Ira Brown, 

Miss Brown, 

Miss Miln. 


It was shortly after ten o'clock when the last course 
was removed and Judge DrUiMMOND, the honored presi- 
dent of the society, rising and rapping the assembly to 
order, delivered the following address of welcome : 

When we remember that fori:y-one years ago Illinois did not con- 
tain 500,000 inhabitants, and Chicago not 5,000, and that now this 
city has more than half a million, and the State more than 3,000,000.. 
we appreciate in some degree the immense numbers that have come 
since then from other States and countries, and noade their homes in 
this great State of the Northwest. 

Maine has contributed her share to this prodigious increase in num- 
bers, education, intelligence, industry and worth. (Applause.) 

Natives of Maine, residents of Illinois, have formed this Society of 
the Sons of the State of IVIaine, to cultivate friendly relations with each, 
other and revive and perpetuate the memories of our early homes. We 
have felt that we ought not to forget the State of our birth, but that 
in some outward and visible manner we should prove our affection for 
our native land. 

When we think of the virtue and intelligence of its people, of the 
great names it has given to the country in all departments of life :; 
when we recall its hills and valleys, its unrivalled seacoast, with its 
countless bays and rivers, inlets and harbors, headlands and islands^ 
we feel proud of the State of Maine. (Applause. ) 

When we look upon the State of our adoption, and think of its mar- 
velous progress within the last forty years in all that contributes to the 
comfort and happiness of man, we feel proud of the State of Illinois. 
But let us not forget what the very fact of our birth and residence 
teaches, and what is our highest boast, that in Maine or Illinois, we 
are still the same — citizens of a great, free, common country, stretch- 
ing from ocean to ocean, one and indivisible, not limited by State 
lines, with more than 50,000,000 of people, where there is as we believe 
a wider field and a nobler opportunity to develop all of which the 
human race is capable, than has ever yet been vouchsafed to any na- 
tion. Let us hope that we may prove true to the time, to the place, 
and to the occasion. 

Ladies and gentlemen — our guests, some of whom have come more 
than a thousand miles to honor us with your presence — whether born 
in Maine, Illinois, or in any other State, whether on this continent or 
another, we bid you welcome to our hearts and to our cheer to-night. 
(Loud Applause.) 

The Rivers of Maine. 
The Chicago Quartet gave a pleasant turn to the after- 
dinner exercises by singing the following song, the words 
by Eugene J. Hall, and set to the music of the " Old 
Oaken Bucket " : 

O bright Androscoggin, O blue Androscoggin, 

O broad Androscoggin, we greet you once more. 
How oft in our cliildhood we played in the wildwood 

That bordered your green and your glorious shore. 
When on your fair bosom the moonbeams were dancing, 

When eyes full of love were turned upward to ours, 
When life was a treasure and toil was a pleasure, 

When hope was as sweet as the freshest of flowers. 
Chorus — O bright Androscoggin, O blue Androscoggin, 
O broad Androscoggin, we greet you once more, 

O Kennebec River, O beautiful river. 

Grand Kennebec River, now gone from our gaze, 
O evergreen mountains, whose cool crystal fountains 

Recall the glad dreams of our happiest days. 
At life's weary toil with brave hearts we are working. 

Our faces are furrowed, our heads now are gray. 
Yet deep in our souls lovely memories are lurking 

Of boyhood and home on your banks far away. 
Chorus — O Kennebec River, O beautiful river, 

Grand Kennebec River, we greet you again. 

O rolling Penobscot, O mighty Penobscot, 

Majestic Penobscot, great river of Maine. 
In sweet recollection and fond retrospection 

We drift down your waters with dear ones again. 
The friends we love dearest, the hearts that were nearest, 

The forms and the faces, their mirth and their glee, 
Have faded from sight in eternity's ocean, 

Like rain-drops that fall in the fathomless sea. 
Chorus — O rolling Penobscot, majestic Penobscot, 
O mighty Penobscot, we greet you again. 

The Land of our Birth. 
Prof. Rodney Welch, of Chicago, was introduced by 
the President of tlie Society, and read the following 
poem, w^hich won the appreciation of his many auditors : 

From groves that shade the fair St. John, 

The cliffs worn by the sea, 
From Shoodic Lakes and Bryant Pond, 

The wilds where moose roam free. 
From where the peaks of Sugar Loaf 

The upper storm-cloud reach, 
To where the mad waves cast their foam 

Upon old Orchard Beach. 

From sloping hillside, mountain pass, 
And meadow fair and green, 

From sea-girt island, placid lake, 
The banks of murmuring stream ; 

From forests where the towering pines 
Shut out the light of day, 

We meet as mighty waters blend 
In Merry Meeting Bay. 

No home is like our childhood's home — 

The prairies bloom more fair, 
And greater wealth of golden corn 

Their fruitful furrows bear ; 
But still we love that sterile land. 

Of which the satirist's pen 
Declared the products as composed 

Of granit, ice and men. 

Go where we will, we miss the pines 

That whisper on the hills, 
The lakes that glisten in the sun, 

The springs that feed the rills, 
The scarlet leaves, the sweet Mayflower, 

The ever-changing skies ; 
No marvel that the bobolink 

Grows mute as south he flies. 

No tropic sunshine warms her air, 

No balmy breezes blow 
Where old Kathadin lifts his head, 

Capped with eternal snow. 
The fierce winds from New Hampshire's hills 

Through woods and orchards play. 
Meeting the damp and chilling fogs 

That rise from Fundy Bay. 

Those bleak west winds, those wintry blasts, 

That bracing, seaborn breeze. 
Give life and vigor unto men, 

And strength unto the trees. 
And ships are built that plow each sea. 

And from their topmost spars 
Display, 'neath clear or darkened heavens. 

Our galaxy of stars. 

Hallowed the land where brave Knox rests. 

Where ocean's murmuring wave 
Repeats the dirge New England sung 

O'er Cilley's tear-wet grave; 
Where white shafts standing on each hill 

In silent language tell 
Of battles nobly fought and won, 

And name the dead that fell. 

There Cleveland taught and Hawthorne learned 
There Payson preached and prayed, 


And, all unconscious of his gifts, 

The youthful Prentiss played ; .. • 

There Lovejoy formed his plans to set 

The sable bondmen free ; 
And there the bard the Muses crowned 

Once sported by the sea. 

There Evans, Fessenden, and Sprague 

Recalled the days when Rome, 
Moved by the power of eloquence, 

Hurled down the despot's throne; 
There Holmes, and Ward, and Downing joked, 

Till age forgot its years. 
While mourners cast their grief aside, 

And laughter banished tears. 

Land where sweet songs are ever sung. 

Alike by birds and men — 
Glorious for honors nobly gained. 

By sword, and plow and pen ; 
State first to catch the cheering beams 

Of early morning light ; 
And, when we leave for foreign shores. 

The last to fade from sight. 

Thy wandering sons are scattered wide. 

As Israel's children are ; 
They guide the ever-restless ship, 

They urge the flying car. 
They turn the prairies with their plows, 

They crowd the marts of gain ; 
But wheresoe'er their lot is cast. 

Their hearts are true to Maine. 

The toast " The State of Maine " was most appropri- 
ately responded to by the ex-Vice President, Hannibal 
Hamlin. The distinguished statesman was greeted with 
a spontaneous outburst of applause. He spoke as fol- 
lows : 

Mr President : I am not aware of the regulations by which this 
social meeting is governed, but I think I have a right to infer that 
they are of a quasi-military character, because everybody knows in 
military circles, whether in council or courts-martial, the youngest 
officer is always called upon first for an expression of opinion — [ap- 
plause and laughter] — and, besides that, Mr. President, there is that 
which does not belong to the judiciary. You issue a mandamus to en- 
force the law and to secure the right of the citizen, but here, sir, you 
come nearer to the highwayman, for your language and that of the 
highwayman who assails his victim upon the public road are precisely 
similar — " stand and deliver 1 " [Laughter and applause.] Now, I am 


occupying that precise position. I, the juvenile member of vour in- ' 
yited guests from your native State, am compelled to sjjeak under the 
mandate of your worthy presiding officer. It leaves me nothing, 
therefore, but to make the attempt. 

I want to say, first, that we have travelled a thousand miles from 
Maine to partake of your hospitality and this generous banquet. 
There was also a higher motive that stimulated us. We come to testify by 
our presence here that we have not forgotten, and never will forget, the 
good men who went from us in early days. [Applause.] We regret 
that you should have sought other and wider, and in your judgment 
better, fields in which to display your energy, your ability, your in- 
tegrity, and your capacity of every kind. You went from amongst us, 
but we have been consoled with the reflection that you have established 
reputations worthy of yourselves, and have reflected honor upon the 
-State from which you emigrated. 

Need I point to the mighty West, need I illustrate by this Empire 
State of Illinois, the truth of my declaration? Here, to night, in all 
the relations of life, you have shed a lustre upon your native State, and 
honored the State of your adoption. We have been consoled by an- 
other reflection, that while leaving us, you have sought other, newer, and 
more agreeable homes for yourselves. We have been consoled by the 
reflection that you would not forget your native State. [Applause.] 

" O never may a son of thine, 
Where'er his wandering steps incline, 
Forget the skies that bend above 
His early home." 

We have been consoled by another reflection that you are still attract- 
ed by all the ties of early youth to the rock-bound coast of Maine ; to 
her rugged hills, to her sloping hillsides, to her sterile soil, and last, but 
not least, to the little school-house that nestled in her valleys, where we ■ 
have been taught to make men. [Applause.] 

You have remembered and you will remember them, and all the ties 
of early years shall never depart from you. In addition, you have 
formed new homes and new ties, and thereby are prepared and fitted to 
speak from a higher standpoint of patriotism as citizens of a whole 
country. You have the ties of youth and you have the ties of associa- 
tion to tell you how dear should be this good land of ours. 

True, we are in the far-off east. We have been on the outside of 
Uncle Sam's bed, but when we get two or three more States east of us, 
we will approximate a more central position, and won't sleep so cold 
■at night. [Applause and laughter]. 

But I think, with no spirit of boasting, whether at home or in Illinois, 
whether at home or in distant lands, in that high latitude we may exer- 
cise a little just pride for our native State. 

In old colonial time's there were but two men who were knighted by 
the mother government for gallant and distinguished services. One 
was William Pepperill, of Kittery, who gallantly led the forces 
at Louisburg, and the other was Admiral Phipps, who won his laurels 
upon the ocean. They were the only two men who, in the colonial 
period of this country, were knighted for gallant conduct. [Applause.] 

Then in colonial times there stands the name of Preble, who was 


the father of the navy ; who gave form and comeliness to it ; who 
breathed into it the spirit of hfe as did Alexander Hamilton into the 
financial policy of the government. He was the father of our little 
navy that has shed a lustre abroad upon our nation. 

Then there was Henry Knox. I believe he was born in that part of 
Maine which formerly was in Massachusetts. He was the chief mili- 
tary officer in the Revolutionary war under Washington. 

And then what have we not done through our eminent sons ? 
Count them over and look at them. Nay, what have we not done in 
literary work and art ? Who shall stand the peer of Henry W. Long- 
fellow in poetry and in song ? He has elevated the nation ; while 
Willis and Hilliard, and a host of other names, can almost be called 
his peers. And while in my own experience in the councils of the 
nation, I think I once served with eight members from the little, broken, 
sterile county of Oxford, where I was born, amidst its hills — oh, we 
loved them ! Something near thirty members of congress there w^ere 
from that county, who had gone abroad to shed lustre upon our own 
State, with the representatives from other States. 

Have we not a right to feel a little proud of our State, and has she 
not reflected honor upon herself at home, as her sons have abroad ? 
We think so. [A voice: " We think so."] 

I think we have furnished governors ; we have one to-day for that 
part of Maine which is in Massachusetts. We have furnished one 
governor in Michigan, one in Minnesota, one over here in Iowa, two 
in California, one in Oregon certain. I don't knoAv how many more. 
I won't go any farther, but I will stop there, and I will only say, if 
there are any wandering sons of Maine in Illinois who have not been 
governors of States, in want of good men for governors, we can 
furnish them.* [Laughter.] 

I will close with a single suggestion : The wonderful power of con- 
centrated steam has revolutionized the world. Although it is histori- 
cally true that the people of the higher have populated the regions of 
the lower latitudes, yet this wonderful power that revolutionized the 
world contributed largely, beyond natural causes, to draw away 
from us our populations; and it is true that in the last decade we have 
but little more than held our own in population. But what constitutes 
the elements of a State in the highest degree of prosperity to which it 
can reach ? It is no one great industry. It must be several. The 
great industries that constitute the prosperity of a State, and which 

* Maine has furnished the following Governors for other States: John A. 
Andrew, Mass.; John D. Long, do.; Frederick F. Low, California; Geo. E. 
Perkins, do. ; Samuel Merrill, Iowa; C. C. Washburn, Wisconsin; Alpheus 
Felch, Michigan ; Horace Austin, Minnesota ; Lafayette Grover, Oregon ; 
Marcellus L. Stearns, Florida; Stephen B. Packard, Louisiana; John A. 
Goodwin, Territory of Arizona. The Vice President might have claimed 
that his native county of Oxford is the champion county of the United 
Stales for Governors. Though a comparati\'ely small county, rough and 
sterile, and before the introduction of railroads one of the most isolated in the 
State, it has given six Governors to the State of Maine, viz: Albion K. Par- 
ris, Enoch Lincoln, John W. Dana, Hannibal Hamlin, Israel Washburn, Jr., 
and Sidney Perham. To other States it has given four Governors, viz: La- 
fayette Grover, Oregon; C. C. Washburn, Wisconsin; Marcellus L. Stearns, 
Florida, and John D. Long, Massachusetts. 


will carry it to the highest point of accomplishment, are the triple 
ones of commerce, of manufactures, and of agriculture. 

You tell me we are not an agricultural State in Maine, and it is true. 
And yet we have for our home markets a respectable agriculture, 
though we come and buy of our friends in the west. We have a com- 
mercial interest and a history of commerce in the past that gives us 
the foremost position of any State within our Union. The time has 
been when we have constructed at least two-fifths of all the tonnage 
built in the United States. 

In a recent survey of the water power of Maine, we demonstrate the 
fact that our water power, within accessible reach- — to say nothing of 
that which lies within the regions of our primeval forests — if utilized 
to-day as is the water upon the Patuxet river in Rhode Island, would 
demand a population of five million of people. 

Now we have got these three elements of greatness, and when popu- 
lation shall have equalized itself, when all the causes that serve to 
draw our population from us have accomplished their purpose, I tell 
you in the future, the hum of the wheel and the music of the loom and 
of manufactures in every department upon the water powers of our 
rivers that are now running unvexed to the ocean, and unutilized by 
the hand of man, will give to Maine the position of the great manu- 
facturing State of this Union. [Applause.] It is written in the book 
of the future, which I can see, and those who shall come after me will 
see it done. And then how proud and gratifying will be our position 
to all our own good sons, whether they have remained at home or 
strayed abroad. Then we will assume within this family of States that 
constitute the nation the high position which shall mark us among the 
first of its members. [Applause.] 

The next toast, " The Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts," was responded to by the Hon. Henry W. Paine, 
of Boston, as follows : 

Mr. President, and Brothers, Citizens of Illinois, Natives of 
Maine: I think we have wanted no evidence of your kindness and' 
courtesy since we received your invitation and started upon our long 
ride for this city. Everything has tended to convince us that you had 
an abiding affection for your native soil, that you had adopted the 
sentiment of the poet : 

" Where e'er I roam, whatever lands I see, 
My heart, untraveled, fondly turns to thee." 

But you have not stopped there. While you have manifested your 
respect and affection for your mother, you have also not forgotten the 
venerable grandmother — the old " Bay State." [Applause.] And it 
will be gratifying to that State to know that they have been thus re- 
ferred to by the members of this asseml)lage ; and I do not know how 
I can more effectively express my gratitude for the kindness you have 
bestowed upon us than by saving you at this late hour from the in- 
fliction of a long speech, lotriomphe! [Applause.] 


The president introduced the Hon. E. B. Washburne, 
of this city, who was received with an ovation scarcely 
second to that accorded ex-Gov. Hamhn, who responded 
to the toast, "The State of Ihinois." Mr. Washburne's 
response was as follows : 

Mr. President, Sons of Maine, and Ladies and Gentlemen: 
No man can undertake, without embarrassment, and in this magnifi- 
cent presence, to respond to the toast just proposed in the brief mo- 
inents appropriated for an after-dinner speech. 

To speak of Illinois is to speak of the mother of an empire, for Illi- 
nois embraces an empire, and had an existence and a name two 
centuries ago. When New France extended from the range of the 
Alleghenies westward to the Pacific seas, south till it touched the 
Spanish possessions of Florida, and north to the region of eternal 
snow, Illinois was then in the very heart of that mighty possession of 
France, as it is now, and ever shall be, in the very heart of the Ameri- 
can Union. Illinois was known long before Ohio or any Western or 
Southwestern State was thought of. Its early history has all the in- 
terest of the most thrilling romance ever penned by the gifted hand of 
genius. The toast carries our thoughts back to old Kaskaskia, which 
was the seat of empire for one hundred and fifty years, the capital of 
the Territory and the State of Illinois, the home of commerce, of 
wealth and fashion, and of genius and eloquence, for there resided 
nearly all the distinguished men of the early times, whose names have 
become a part of our history. Great memories cluster around that 
ancient capital, — now alas! so deserted, and living only in the recol- 
lection of its former importance. 

When I think of all the progress that has been made in Illinois 
since I first knew the State — progress in population, wealth, and all 
the elements that go to make up a great and free people — I am lost in 
wonder and amazement. 

With two exceptions, — our honored president. Judge Drummond, 
and one of our worthy vice-presidents, Mr. Scammon, — I am probably 
the son of Maine longest in Illinois who is present here to-night. 
It is more than forty-one years since I first set foot on our generous 
soil. There was then less than a half a million of population in the 
State, against more than three millions by the last census. We had then 
three members of Congress, against twenty under the new apportion- 
ment. Galena, Chicago, Springfield, Peoria, Quincy, and Danville 
were then in the same district. The Representative district, which 
elected our president and his colleague, Mr. Thornton, to the Legis- 
lature in 1840, comprised ten counties, which to-day have nearly 
population enough for two members of Congress ; and you, Mr. Presi- 
dent, made the canvass of that great district on horse-back. He may 
have forgotten, but I have not, that June afternoon, when he and his 
gifted and brilliant competitor, the late Hon. Thompson Campbell, 
with their well-stuffed saddlebags, — there were no carpet-bags then, — 
mounted their steeds under a blazing sun, and departed from Galena 
to make their campaign. [Laughter.] 


I have no time to mark each grade of our progress, but it has al- 
ways been onward and upward. At the last census we just failed to 
outstrip Ohio in the race for population, and to become the third 
State in the Union. We shall be the third the next time. [Applause.] 

But I think I may be permitted to say a word further of Illinois, — 
not in the language of boasting, but in the spirit of a just and honest 
pride. Laved on the west by the great " Father of Waters," on the 
south by the beautiful Ohio, on the east by the Wabash and by the 
great inland sea which bears on its bosom such a mighty commerce, 
and whose crystal waves kiss the shore of our unrivaled city, Nature 
never spread out a nobler or a finer field than Illinois for the enter- 
prising genius of man. [Applause.] 

It will be no matter of wonder, therefore, that the Sons of Maine 
love the State of their adoption. They love its ocean-eyed prairies, 
its green groves, its limpid streams, its great cities, its flourishing towns, 
and, above all, its population, so intelligent, so enterprising, and so 
generous. We honor the noble sons of the State, who, in military and 
civil life, have shed undying lustre on its great name. We speak with 
emotion of her brave sons who rallied to the defense of the Union, as- 
sailed by traitors, and who ever bore in triumph and glory the starry 
emblem of the Republic upon a hundred battlefields. [Applause.] We 
pause, Mr. President, in the presence of two great historic characters — 
their names are on all our lips — Lincoln and Douglas. [Applause.] 
Grateful hearts and generous hands have erected monuments to their 
memories, but, as enduring as the marble may be, it will molder into 
dust long before their names and their fame shall die out in the mem- 
ory of mankind. 

While we love the State of our adoption, and are allied to it by all 
the ties which can bind men to a great and noble Commonwealth, 
we will cherish in our heart of hearts the recollection of our grand old 
mother, Maine. If we ever forget or forsake her, we will dishonor the 
land of our birth, which may Heaven forbid! [Applause.] No son 
of Maine will ever forget her snow-capped mountains, and her great 
rivers, her gurgling brooks, her fir-clad hills, and her smiling valleys. 
Never will he forget the cheer of home, the district school, the country 
church, the circulating library, and he should guard forever the bright 
example taught him, more precious than rubies, and which, when fol- 
lowed, has been the rock of his success and his salvation. [Applause.] 
Whatever fortunes may betide us, Maine shall be our guiding star. 

I wish 1 could speak more fully of our friends who have come to see 
us in our adopted homes, but I must hurry to the end. While it is in- 
vidious to discriminate, there is one among the number of our guests 
from Maine whose name stands out as " a cloud by day, and a pillar of 
fire by night." During half a century of almost continuous service in 
public life, as a Representative in the Legislature, a Representative in 
Congress, a Senator of the United States, as Governor of Maine, and 
as Vice-President of the United States, no man ever has, and no man 
ever can, put his finger upon a single act that will not bear the sunlight 
of the most searching scrutiny. Full of years, and full of honors, he 
has retired from public trusts which he has illustrated by his ability. 


his integrity, his patriotism, and his fidelity, with no stain upon his es- 
cutcheon, and amid a universal chorus, " Well done, good and faith- 
ful servant." [Applause.] Age has not lessened his strength, nor 
dimmed the fire of his intellect, but he traverses half a continent to 
visit us, while younger men stay at home; and to-night the Sons of 
Maine, with emotions of pride and gratitude, and with warm and grate- 
ful hearts, welcome Hannibal Hamlin to Illinois. [Great applause.] 

A single word more, for I must express all the partiality I feel per- 
sonally for our distinguished guest, Gov. Hamlin, whom I have known 
all my mature life. We are natives of the same county, and his hon- 
ored father, Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, the first physician of my native town 
of Livermore, built the house in which I was born. His maternal 
grandfather, Deacon Elijah Livermore, was the founder of the town, 
and for whom it was named. He was one of those great men of whom 
the world knows nothing. With a strong intellect, rare intelligence, 
and a keen sense of justice, he became to the early settlers " a guide, 
philosopher, and friend." He had the old-fashioned notions and ideas 
of the old Revolutionary and Colonial times. Hewas elected the first 
representative of the town to the " Great and General Court of Massa- 
chusetts Bay," and the tradition is that, when he made his journey 
from his wilderness home to go to fulfill his duties, he departed on 
horseback, wearing his cocked hat, shad-bellied waistcoat, ruffled shirt, 
and knee-breeches. I don't believe his grandson, when first elected 
to the Maine Legislature, traveled on horseback, from Hampden to 
Augusta, with a cocked hat and knee-breeches. [Laughter.] 

But, ladies and gentlemen, while thanking you for your kind indul- 
gence, I will no longer trespass upon your attention. Sons of Maine 
in Illinois, let us guard with filial affection the memory of our mother 
State, and let no unworthy acts of ours soil her fair name. Twining 
together the flags of the two States, we will emblazon on their ample 
folds the sentiment, " Maine and Illinois, one and inseparable, now 
and forever." [Applause.] 

The president then introduced the Hon. Carter „H. 
Harrison, Mayor of Chicago, to respond to the toast, 
"The City of Chicago." 

Mr. Harrison said that he felt honored by the invitation extended 
to him to become a " Son of Maine " for the occasion of the ban- 
quet given by the Sons of Maine. He was glad to be among not only 
the sons but the daughters of Maine, for he had always liked the 
State and had great respect for her sons and daughters. He had met 
many Maine men in Congress, and respected them for their ability 
and patriotism. In the city of Chicago, no State had more represen- 
tative men in all the walks of business than Maine. He was proud of 
the record of Maine in Illinois. [Applause.] The Pine Tree State 
has given to Illinois many illustrious men, and among the most dis- 
tinguished was the President of the Society of the Sons of Maine, 
whose record as a judge was an honor to himself and the country. 
Maine men in Illinois had reached high positions in political life, both 

at home and abroad. No lawyers ranked higher at the Chicago bar 
than Maine men, and the reputation they had made had honored their 
native as well as their adopted State. In business circles many of the 
prominent men were Maine men, and their names were the synonym 
of honor and probity. Mr. Harrison then paid a tribute to Vice- 
President Hamlin, and closed by cordially welcoming the guests of the 
Society, and wishing them a pleasant visit to the West. 

The Hon. James H. Howe, of Kenosha, Wis., re- 
sponded to the toast : " The Sons of Maine in other 


Geographical boundaries, he said, had had little to do with the 
fortunes of the sons of Maine since their "exile" from their native 
State. Certain material causes had done more. Maine's sons were 
known in almost every calling, barring, however, the fact that none of 
them had as yet, he believed, risen to be Mayors of Chicago. [Laugh- 
ter.] The " Sons of Maine" were not only in Illinois, but in all the 
States, and everywhere they had upheld with honor the banner of their 
native State. [Applause.] It was in Illinois that a Maine man had 
adorned the high position of United States Judge, and in all the 
neighboring States Maine men had reached distinguished positions, 
not only in the field of politics, but at the bar and in all kinds of 
business. He was glad to see the Sons of Maine organizing into so- 
cieties like the one formed at Chicago, as they would lead to a better 
acquaintance with each other. The banquet here to-night was an 
honor to the liberality and taste of those who got it up, and the re- 
membrance of it, he was sure, would be guarded with pleasure by all 
who had the pleasure of participating in it. The gentleman con- 
cluded with some happy remarks on the matrimonial state, and with a 
hopeful word for the future state of the sons of Maine, and sat down 
amidst general applause and laughter. 

The Hon. John N. Jewett, third vice-president of the 
Society, then introduced the Hon. Mark H. Bunnell, 
member of Congress for twelve years from the State of 
Minnesota, to respond to the sentiment : " Sons of 
Maine in Congress from other States." 

Mr. Dunnell, who was received with applause, said: 

Ladies and Gentlemen : I regret, Mr. President, that I have 
been asked to respond to any announced sentiment, for it would be 
much easier and far more in keeping with my feelings in this glad 
hour, to speak from the inspirations of the occasion, and from emotions 
and memories awakened by faces now before me. While there are 
many strangers to me present, yet I see many with whom I was ac- 
quainted in our good old mother State. [Applause.] Here before me 
is the genial Charles P. Kimball, whom I first met at Norway, when I 

went from the county of York to Oxford, in 1850 ; Ira T. Drew, for 
many years prominent in the law and in politics in York county ; 
Geo. F. Emery, whom I first met in Portland, when I became a citizen 
therein i860; Cyrus Woodman, formerly living in Wisconsin, but 
now in Massachusetts, a son of my old native town of Buxton ; the 
"justly renowned lawyer, Henry W. Paine, now at my left, whom I first 
knew in the valley of the Kennebec; Alonzo Garcelon, ex-governor of 
Maine, with whom, in 1852, I served on the Whig State Committe of 
Maine ; Mr. Shedd, a former pupil at Norway, and Mr. Stevens, a 
pupil at Hebron, both now in business in this city, and others whom I 
could name. 

I am, sir, very glad to be here. The praises which have been 
already bestowed upon the grand old State of our birth have been due 
her. Maine has held an honorable place among her sister States. She 
has furnished her quota to the roll of the distinguished men of the 
Nation. She gave to the roll of the Senate the names of Holmes, 
Sprague, Evans, Hamlin, and Fessenden. Her sons from their 
adopted States have not been without reasonable recognition in 
the National service. [Applause.] Foremost is the honorable gen- 
tleman who has just closed his eloquent remarks, Elihu B. Wash- 
burne, who, after sixteen years of eminent service in the United 
States House of Representatives, represented his government in 
France for eight years with distinguished ability, an ability recog- 
nized and cheerfully accorded by every civilized nation of the 
world. [Loud applause.] Daniel Pratt, United States Senator for 
six years from Indiana, and afterwards United States District Judge, 
was a native of Waldo. Timothy O. Howe, United States Senator 
for eighteen years from Wisconsin, was a native of Oxford, and 
Lafayette Grover, present United States Senator from Oregon, was a 
son of old Oxford. Hon. Alpheus Felch, for six years a United 
States Senator from Michigan, was a native of Maine. 

The day ^ entered Congress, in 1871, there retired from the House 
of Representatives, Cadwallader C. Washburn, of Wisconsin, after 
ten years of honorable service, and Alfred E. Buck, of Alabama, the 
former a son of Oxford, and the latter of Piscataquis. In the previous 
Congress, James Mann, of Louisiana, and Benjamin W. Norris, of 
Alabama, were members of the House, the former a native of Cum- 
berland, and the latter of Kennebec. Those two gentlemen are now 

During the period of my service in Washington, Henry O. Pratt, a 
native of Piscataquis, and Nathaniel C. Deering, a native of Oxford^ 
have been representatives from Iowa, serving that State and the 
country with intelligence and fidelity. [Applause.] Charles W. 
Kendall, of Nevada, a son of Waldo, and Alanson M. Kimball, a son 
of Buxton, in York county, and a pupil of mine in early teaching 
days, have also been members. In the 42d and 43d Congress, one of 
my colleagues from Minnesota was John T. Averill, of Lincoln county^ 
and I have for a colleague now, Wm. D. Washburn, a brother of 
Elihu, Israel, Jr., and Cadwallader C, who at the same time were 
members of Congress, respectively, from the States of Illinois, Maine, 
and Wisconsin. Wm. D.^ by his intelligence^ integrity and large 


business talents, detracts, in no manner, from the honor given to the 
family by the brothers who had preceded him in the public service. 

Mr. President, I must not forget to mention the distinguished ex- 
Senator and ex-Vice President who has honored us wiih his presence 
here to-night. It has been my pleasure and honor to liave known him 
for rriany years. During a long public career, rarely equaled in length, 
and never surpassed in purity of record, he has honored Maine and 
the country. Long may he live and see the State and country which 
he so faithfully served, increase in prosperity, and all the elements of 
political and social greatness. [Great applause.] My memory recalls 
another name : James Brooks, of New York, was in Congress when I 
became a member of it. He had been a member from the City ot 
New York for many years, and was justly regarded as a leader, for 
but few members were his peers in political knowledge. He was a 
native of Lincoln, if 1 mistake not. 

You, sir [referring to the president of the society, Judge Drummond], 
have honored our old native State by your eminent legal attainments 
and distinguished service as judge in the District and Circuit Courts 
of the United States. You have at the same time honored the great 
State of lUioois. The State of Illinois and the city of Chicago have 
been justly mentioned on this occasion. The resources of the State and 
the enterprise of the city are alt w^ell known throughout the country. 
I have again, with pleasure, met here this evening, the distinguished 
mayor of the city. His words here on this occasion remind me of 
our service together in Congress, for then he let slip no good oppor- 
tunity to extol the city of Chicago, and set out the thrift and enterprise 
of her citizens. 

In closing, Mr. President, let me assure our distinguished friends 
from Maine that they will not be quite ready to return to their homes 
till they have seen the great Mississippi, and, passing over its waters, 
viewed the transcendant beauties of the great prairie State of Minne- 
sota. They should see that now young, yet growing State ; examine 
the depth and richness of its land ; behold its grand scenery, and 
look upon the State which may, one day, equal this mighty State of 
Illinois. The sons and daughters of Maine are to be found in every 
county, and almost in every township. They would give you a generous 
welcome. If these friends must now return, we bid them farewell, 
we invoke a safe journey. They and we who remain in the West will 
long remember this happy reunion, and not soon forget the generous 
treatment granted us by our friends in the great city of the West. 
[Great applause]. 

The third vice-president, Mr. Jewett, then announced 
the next sentiment: 

" The Men and Memories of Maine," 
and the Hon. Bion Bradbury, of Portland, was to have 

The Hon. C. P. Kimball arose, and said that (gentle- 


man had been compelled to retire on account of indis- 

A number of the guests requested Mr. Kimball to re- 
spond in his stead. Being thus importuned, he stepped 
to the front, and said : 

One of the most stringent rules passed by the committee of arrange- 
ments was that no man should respond to a toast whose name was not 
upon the programme, and, this being the case, he felt loth to infringe 
upon the rule. But, as the president commanded him to speak, and the 
call from those present was so generous, he presumed the committee 
would pardon him for trespassing on a rule he had helped make. 
["We will."] But, said Mr. Kimball, I cannot attempt to fill Mr. 
Bradbury's place, or speak for him, and regret very much so many of 
his old friends and admirers are deprived of the privilege of listening 
to his eloquent voice. The presence here to-night of our distinguished 
guests from Maine calls to my memory many scenes where I have 
worked hard to make some of those present governors, some con- 
gressmen, and equally hard to prevent some others from being either. 
[Laughter.] I well remember how hard I tried, way back in in 1856, 
to prevent our most distinguished guest. Senator Hamlin, from being 
governor of the good old State. 

Senator Hamlin : " Well, I did the same by you a dozen years 
later." [Laughter.] 

Yes, I know you did, and you did much better than I did, for you 
succeeded in defeating me, while you were always elected. But all 
those scenes are pist, and bring no regrets to me, for I never allow my 
political feelings to interfere with my personal friendships. [Applause.] 
However, I cherish only the most sincere friendship and kindness for 
all my old political friends and opponents. When I left Maine to es- 
tablish my business in this great city, I discarded all matters of a politi- 
cal nature, fully determined never to meddle with politics again, and 
have never attended a political meeting or voted. 

I came here determined to succeed in business, and hope I shall not 
be disappointed. 

Some time after I came here I was invited to meet with a few gen- 
tlemen to discuss the propriety of forming a society of the Sons of 
the State of Maine. All present were fully convinced such a society 
would be of value to us, and we decided to go on and organize. 
From that small beginning we have steadily grown in numbers and 
strength, until our society is both large and prosperous. 

I was greatly pleased to learn, after becoming a citizen of this city, 
that the Sons of Maine were to be found here in all honorable 
branches of business, and that they stood at the head of whatever 
profession or business they followed. 

This statement will never be questioned when I point to our presi- 
dent as the peer of any judge in the Nation. [Applause.] Or, to 
Chicago's distinguished citizen, E. B. Washburne, our retired states- 
man. [Applause.] 


I well remember how deljghted we all were when he joined our so- 
ciety. We felt honored by his presence, and as a member of this 
banquet committee, none have been more punctual and prompt ; al- 
ways on hand at our meetings, giving us valuable aid and great encour- 
agement by his presence. We point with pleasure to John N. Jevvett, 
Leonard Swett, Jonathan Y. Scammon, and M. W. Fuller, as our great 
lawyers, to Col. Abner Taylor, Geo. L. Dunlap, H. H. Porter, the 
Libbys, W. W. Kimball, Henry A. Hersey, Capt. A. J. Averill, Geo. 
M. Howe, John S. Brewer, and many others, as among our most 
eminent and successful business men. 

I need not say to our distinguished guests here to-night that these 
men are an honor to their native State as well as to their State by 

Some months since our society voted to have a banquet, and in- 
vited some ot their old friends in Maine to visit us. The committee 
appointed to take charge of the matter have done their best to make 
It a reunion and pleasant greeting of old friends widely separated. 
And, on behalf of the committee, permit me, my good friends, to 
heartily thank you for your efforts in traveling more than a thousand 
miles to attend our banquet and meet your brothers and sisters in the 
great west. [Loud applause.] We feel under great obligations to 
you, and are sure we cannot do too much to make your stay agreeable 
and pleasant, and only regret others invited were unable to joir you. 
I do not think you people living in the good old State can fully realize 
our feelings toward you. For myself, I can only say, the further I 
wander from my native State the deeper I find my affection for the 
good old State ; the beautiful hills and valleys, the grand lakes and 
rivers, and most of all, its noble, intelligent and generous people — a 
people unsurpassed on the face of the earth for all the good qualities 
of head and heart. And, as I read the Portland daily papers, and 
see that one after another of my dear old friends have passed away, my 
affection for those left constantly increases, and with all my love and 
admiration for this grand city, for its energetic and generous people 
who have received and treated me so kindly, and whose generosity I 
greatly admire, I can never love any place on earth as I do my old 
native State. [Applause.] 

Mr. Kimball asked pardon for speaking so long, and he said he 
would close by informing the guests that carriages would be in readi- 
ness at 2 P. M., to-morrow to carry them to the Grand Boulevards and 
South Park. He again thanked the guests for coming to Chicago to see 
their friends, and hoped their stay would be long and pleasant. [Ap- 

The next sentiment proposed was " Our Sister Socie- 
ties." The Hon. Charles B. Lawrence, ex-Judge of the 
Supreme Court of IlHnois, and President of the "Society 
of the Sons of Vermont," was called upon to respond. 
His speech was as follows: 


Mr. President and Gentlemen : The greater part of the adult 
•citizens of Chicago of American birth, have come here from the older 
States, and we have, therefore, a sort ot three-fold citizenship, and owe 
a triple allegiance. 

First, we are citizens of the United States, recognizing the Republic, 
in all its borders, as our common country, and giving to it our first 
affection. We love it and its flag, as an Englishman loves England, 
and we are more than ever proud of it to-day when, after a hundred 
years, it has finally worked, and written, and fought its way to an un- 
disputed equality with the great powers of the world. 

Secondly, we are citizens of Illinois, and we live in the State of our 
adoption, the State where we have made our homes and are doing our 
work in life, where our children have been born and buried, and where 
we ourselves expect to be laid away to rest after our work is done. 

And finally, with a different sentiment, but one of great power, we 
love the State where we were born and whence we came. 

Amid the scenes of the intensely busy life which we nearly all lead, 
the scenes of the past are constantly recurring. • We go back in mem- 
ory to the old hills, and streams, and meadows, to the school-house 
and the church, to the village and the farm, and recall with deep affec- 
tion a period in our lives when the world was young, and there was 
''glory in the grass and splendor in the flowers." 

It is in recognition of this love for the old home, and to help keep 
bright its flame, that we found these societies. The Vermonters here, 
being a sentimental set of Yankees, were the first, I believe, to set the 
example. I congratulate the Sons of Maine that they are following 
our lead. They know where to go for a good model. Vermont is not 
nearly as big as Maine, but she is a good deal older. Maine, indeed, is 
quite a young sister in comparison, and therefore Vermont is entitled 
to put on some airs, as Massachusetts does. It is. a pity that Maine 
should not also follow Vermont in politics. In Vermont politics give 
nobody any trouble. In Maine they give a great deal. In Vermont 
the whole country knows in advance how an election will result. In 
Maine you don't know even dfter it is held. It would be a-great deal 
easier if you would be all on one side, or all on the other. . But as you 
are, all the world admits, and must admit, that you are a very noble 
State, great not merely in National resources, but great, especially in 
the quality of the men you produce. The influence of the men of 
Maine in the city of Chicago is very great, and deservedly so. In all 
those qualities that go to make a great city, — in talent, character, in- 
telligence, energy, — they stand in the foremost rank. The more of 
such men you can send us, the deeper will be our gratitude to Maine. 

I conclude, Mr. President, by wishing in behalf of the Sons of Ver- 
mont to the Sons of Maine all prosperity and happiness. 

The last toast of the evening — " The Press " — was re- 
sponded to by Capt. C. A. Boutelle, of the Bangor Whig, 
who lauded the Chicago newspapers for their unrivaled en- 


terprise, their wonderful growth in a comparatively few 
short years to their present proud position as exponents 
and moulders of public thought and said it seemed to 
him like bringing coals to Newcastle — and in a very small 
hod, at that — to get him, the editor of a little country 
newspaper down in Maine, to come out here and attempt 
to tell Chicago people anydiing about the Press. If 
he had been invited to go to New York, where they 
were just beginning — [laughter] — he shouldn't think 
it so strange. After getting through with his eulogy 
of the Chicago newspapers, Mr. Boutelle gave his ideas 
as to what constituted the sphere and duty of the pro- 
fession, closing with an exordium to the Sons of Maine 
to remember the place of their birth, and to keep the 
turf green. 

Hon. J. N. Jewett, third vice-president of the Society, 
announced the receipt of several telegrams and letters, 
expressing their authors' profound regrets at their ina- 
bility to be present. At a parting word from the Presi- 
dent announcing that the program had been completed, 
the banquet broke up, and the banqueters, whose happy 
experiences during the evening had been marred by no 
flaws or regrets, retired to their several homes. 

Letters received. 

Cambridge, June 6, 1881. 
Dear Mr. Washhcrne : 

I wish, with all my heart, that I could accept the very kind and 
generous invitation of the Sons of Maine in your city. 

Nothing would give me greater pleasure, but I am not well enough 
to undertake the journey, nor to bear the excitement of such an occa- 

I beg you to say this to the committee, and to express to them my 
thanks for their kindness, and my regrets that I am obliged to de- 
cline it. 


I am, my dear Mr. Wasliburne, with great regard, 
• Faithfully yours, 

Hon. E. B. Wasldninic, Chicago. 

Dan VERS, June 4, 18S1. 
J\Iy Dear Cousin : 

I have received thy letter with the invitation of fhe committee of 
arrangements for the banquet of the Sons of Maine on the i6th inst. 
I am not sure that I can call myself a son of Maine, as I was not born 
within the province limits ; but as. my birth took place when Maine 
and Massachusetts were one, I wish it was possible for me to avail 
myself of the courtesy of the committee, and sit down with you as a 
Down Easter for the time being. 

I do not wonder that the Sons of Maine in the west seek in this 
way to revive the memories of a State rich in its resources, industries 
and natural beauty. Her wonderful sea coast rivaling in picturesque- 
ness the fiords of Norway, is famous in history, and haunted by ro- 
mantic traditions dating back half a century before the pilgrims landed 
at Plymouth ; fishermen, explorers, Jesuit missionaries, traders, and 
pirates, Indian war canoes, French and English battle ships rounded 
her capes and dropped anchor in her bays at a period when from the 
mouth of the Saco to that of the Delaware no white settlements inter- 
fered with the Indians' title to the wilderness. At the present time 
her healthful and beautiful islands are our most popular sea side re- 
sorts, and a grand diversity of lakes, rivers and mountains renders her 
inland forests attractive. Rich as she is in her agricultural, lumber- 
ing and fishing interests, she is still richer in her men : King, Holmes, 
the two Fessendens, and Andrews — dear to Massachusetts — and her 
living representatives, Longfellow, whose songs have girdled the 
world; the Washburnes, born legislators and governors; Hamlin, 
Chamberlain, and her son by adoption, Blaine, John Neal, and Neal 
Dow, the temperance reformer, and Artemas Ward, the inimitable 
humorist, may be mentioned among the many who made the State 

Massachusetts has borrowed from Maine her present popular Chief 
Magistrate, who guides the helm of State with one hand and translates 
Virgil with the other. 

You need, indeed, no excuse for your banquet. The noble State 
of your adoption will not esteem you less for your loyal love of your 
eastern birthplace. With thanks for the invitation, I am very truly 

D. V. Purington, Esq. 

Ellsworth, Maine, June i, 1881. 

Dear Sir : I have just received the invitation of your committee to 
the banquet of the Sons of Maine, in Chicago, on the i6th inst., and 
regret deeply that home engagements imperatively keep m.e away. 

In fact, about the best thing that Maine can do for the next ten 
years is to try and keep her " Sons " at home, fruitless as the effort 
would seem to be. 


Think of the old town of Turner, where ywr. and I "vi-ere born, com- 
peting with Chicago to hold an ambitieus man ! 

With the hope and assurance that you will have a " good time," I 
am Very truly yours, 

Hon. Leonard Siaett, Chairman Committee on Invitations. 

Washington, May 30, 1881. 

Dear Sir : I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of an in- 
vitation for myself and wife to be present as guests at a banquet to be 
given by the Society of the Sons of the State of Maine in Illinois, on 
the evening of Thursday, June i6th, in your city, and, in answer, I re- 
gret being obliged to inform you that having made arrangements to go 
to Saratoga early in the month, thence to Rye Beach, N. H., it will 
not be practicable for us to accept. I regret this the more on my own 
account, as I see the names of some gentlemen on your committees, 
whose acquaintance I made many years ago, and whom I should be 
most happy again to take by the hand. One of these ought to have 
been governor of our State, and I believe would have been had all the 
voters known him as well as I do ; and had my advice, publicly uttered 
in the winter of 1876, been followed, another ot them would have been 
the regular candidate, and, in all probability, the successful nominee 
of his party for the highest office in the gift of the people of the 
United States. ■ I need not tell you to whom I refer. Many . other 
State of Maine gentlemen, I doubt not, will be present, whom I should 
be most happy to recognize as old friends, and still others whom I 
have never met but should be gratified to know. 

I hope my life-long friend, Hannibal Hamlin, w^ho has served his 
State and country so faithfully, will have gotten through with his fish- 
ing in time to be with you, that he may give you a brief sketch of our 
early newspaper partnership in our native town of Paris, where, in 
1830, we published Tlie j^effersonian., a weekly paper in which the 
" bears of Oxford " were duly conjured to believe that the salvation of 
the country depended entirely on the continued success of the democ- 
racy over Hartford Convention federalism. It is true that neither of 
us then held the editorial pen, albeit the writer assumed charge of 
that potent instrument and used it, keeping up the attack on the 
enemy in the same paper from T832 'till 1838 — the latter five years in 
Portland ; but in view of so many failures in the newspaper line, it is 
a satisfaction to be able to say that our success was such that we were 
enabled to hire one of the best lawyers in the village as our editor. 
Being a Yankee, the first inquiry in your mind, no doubt, will be what 
we had to pay him. Well, I will tell you. We paid him just one 
dollar and fifty cents (which we used to call nine shillings) a week — a 
very liberal compensation, you will admit, when I assure you that it 
paid his board at one of the best boarding houses in the village, in- 
cluding washing. 

But I must not anticipate. Be assured, if I cannot be with you in 
person,, I shall be present in spirit, and that you have my earnest 
wishes for a joyous reunion. Verv respectfully and truly, 

Leonard Swett, Esq.., Chairman of Coin^nittee on Lnvitations, Chicago, III. 


Boston, June ii, 1881. 
ILeouard Sioctt, Esq. , Chairnian, etc. 

My Dear Sir: It is with much regret that 1 feel obliged to decline 
your cordial and most attractive invitation to the banquet to be given 
"by the Sons of Maine in Illinois. 

A citizen of Massachusetts for almost half a century, my heart con- 
stantly and fondly turns to our native State. Everything that concerns 
lier welfare, or interests her people, comes home to me with a power 
that words can feebly express. 

Certainly, it is a State to be proud of. The mountains, the rivers, 
the sea-coast of wonderful extent, the splendid farms, the grand old 
forests, and, more than all, the men so remarkable for ability, energy, 
and general intelligence — to say nothing of the women from whom so 
many of us who early left the State had the good fortune to select our 
companions for life — all these are matters of life-long congratulation, 
I do not envy the man who is not stirred by the recollection of them, 
and whose heart does not glow with deep emotion, however long he 
may have been absent, at the reflection that they are in a sense his 
•own inheritance. 

It is matter of congratulation, also, to us who live near her borders 
and frequently visit our early home, that many of those who are more 
remote in distance, and seldom have the o])portunity to view the 
scenes of their youth, have contributed so much to the renown of the 
old State, by their successful career in other communities. We claim 
them as ours in y higher sense than mere citizenship. The mothers who 
nursed them, the school-houses and colleges where they were educated, 
the principles they early imbibed, the manliness, simplicity and energy 
of character for which they are remarkable — all, all belong to the State 
that leads the Union on the flag, and stands first in the hearts of all her 
sons, wherever they may live and wherever they may die. 

With the hope that your banquet may be attended with the success 
it so thoroughly deserves, 

I am respectfully and faithfully yours, 


Leonard Swett, Esq., Chairman, etc. 

Dear Sir : I am obliged, very reluctantly indeed, as I assure you, to 
forego the pleasure of attending the banquet of the Society of the Sons of 
Maine next week. Although it comes the week before our commence- 
ment here, I should comply with this pleasant invitation, received 
through Capt. Purington, if I were not going to start for Europe the 
week after commencement. 

I can only wish you all, sons and daughters of Maine, a joyous re- 
union. Some of the latter are in my household, and regret with my- 
self the impossibility of attending. Please accept their good wishes 
with mine. We in Iowa who come from the dear old Pine Tree State, 
lose not a particle of our attachment to it, or our interest in our fellow 
" Maniacs " in the lapse of time. 

Yours very truly, 

Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa, ] ' GEO. F. MAGOUN. 

June II, 1881. j 


Augusta, Maine, May joth, iSSi. 
Gentlemen : I thank you for your kind invitation, and I assure youj 
I regard it an honor to be remembered on the occasion, and deeply 
regret that I cannot be with you. 

But you must allow me to say that Maine is justly proud of the 
record made by her sons in the development of the great West, and 
while she regrets to lose them from the old homestead, she rejoices to. 
see them already reaping the rich fruits of the character and habits, 
they carried with them from their mother State. We are gratified to. 
recall the cantributions that Maine has made to the bench, to the 
learned professions, to the merchants and business men, the farmers;„ 
manufacturers and mechanics of the Empire State of the West. 

Be assured that we who remain in the good old State cherish your 
memory and are proud of your achievements. With great respect, 

Yours very truh^ 
Messrs. Leonard Sweit, 1 'jAMES W. BRADBURY.. 

John N. Jemett, v Canimittee on Invitation. 
Abner Taylor, \ 
P, S. — Allow me to present the following sentiment : 

The Sons gf Maine in Illinois. 
We sons at home send you our fraternal greetings^ and our congrat- 
ulations upon the organization of a society to strengthen and perpetu- 
ate the family ties. J. W. B. 

Portland, Maine, June lo, i8Si. 
Hon. Leonard Swett, Oiainnan of Committee .- 

Please accept thanks for your kind invitation to the banquet ta 
be given by the Society of the Sons of the State of Maine on the i6th 

It would afford me very great pleasure to accept your generous hos- 
pitality, and to meet the Sons of Maine on the occasion contemplated, 
but my duties here compel me to forego the privilege. 

Maine regrets that so many of her best men and women have left 
her, but she clainis them still as a part of herself, and counts their 
achievements her glory. 

She rejoices that so many of them have found successful business 
and honorable positions in the metropolis of the great Northwest. To 
all such allow me to tender the congratulations of one who expects to 
co-ntinue, through life, a citizen of Maine. 

Very respectfully, 


Atlanta, Ga., June 2d, 1881. 
Non. Leonard Swett, Chairman, etc., Chicago, Hi. 

Dear Sir: I beg to.acknowledge receipt of the very cordial invita- 
tion to be present at a banquet given by the " Society of the Sons of 
'•■ the State of Maine," at Chicago, on the i6th inst. Nothing would 
give me greater pleasure than to be with you, but I fear business en- 
gagements will ]jrevent. A history of the great Northwestern States 
would show what an important factor our good old mother State had been 


iin their development, and what an important influence she has had in 
•shaping the destinies of the country, for in looking over the Congres- 
sional Directory a few years ago with Senator Hamlin we found that 
Maine had thirty-two representatives in Congress instead of the seven 
accredited to her, a larger number by far in proportion to her popula- 
tion than any other State. Believing that the reminiscences around 
the table of early life at home, and of the struggles and hardships en- 
dured, and the victory won in helping to build u\) the great States of 
the West, will be pleasant to the participants, and profitable to their 
children, I remain with much resi)ect. 

Your ob't servant, 


Boston, June 7, 1881. 
Gentlemen: It would be a great gratification to me to accept your 
kind invitation to be present at the banquet to be given by the " So- 
ciety of the Sons of the State of Maine," on the i6th inst., but other 
■engagements unhappily forbid. 

It is my good fortune to have a personal acquaintance with many of 
Maine's worthy sons who have gone from her soil to help build and 
adorn the broad fields of the growing West, and who have done so 
much honor ta- themselves and to their native State. 

It would afford me peculiar pleasure to meet them on such an occa- 
sion. That your festival will be crowned with great happiness, and 
enduring, pleasant memories to all its participants, is fully assured. 
The " mother of us all " may well be proud of such an assemblage of 
her sons. 

■ Thanking you for the honor conferred by your invitation, and much 
regretting my inability to attend, I am, gentlemen, 

Yours very truly and fraternally, 
Hon. Leonard Swett, ~\ BENJ. A, G. FULLER. 

J'o/in JV. ye%uett, - Committee. 
Adner Taylor^ ) 

St. Louis, May 27, 1881. 
Hon. Leonard Swett, Chairman Com. on Invitations, Chicago. 

Dear Sir: Your kind invitation to attend the banquet of the Soci- 
ety of the Sons of Maine is received, and it is with sincere regret that 
I am compelled to decline it. I have tried to make my arrangements 
so as to be present, but find it impossible to do so. No man has more 
pride in, and affection for, the old Pine Tree State, than I ; and 
though I have been a resident of this State and city for seventeen 
years, that pride and that affection have never waned. No part of the 
Atlantic coast is so dear to me as her rocky headlands and beautiful 
isle-adorned bays. And her sons everywhere honor her. Never have 
I met in this western country a man from Maine whom I have been 
ashamed to grasp by the hand and call brother. 

May your meeting be full of pleasure, and may its effect be to bind 
in still closer brotherhood all her sons in the great West. 

Very truly yours, 


Brunswick, Maine, May 30, 1881.. 
Leonard Swett, Esq., Ciiainnan of Committee of Invitation. 

Dear Sir: I received tlie card of invitation to the banquet to be 
given by the " Society of the Sons of Maine " in Chicago, on June 
1 6th, and as requested by the committee on invitation, notify them, 
that my engagements will prevent me from being present on the oc- 
casion. Respectfully, 


Portland, June 6, 1881. 
Hon. Leonard Sivett. 

My Dear Sir: It is with much regret that I find that professional 
engagements will prevent my accepting the very flattering invitation 
to attend the banquet of the Society of the Sons of the State of Maine 
in Illinois, from the committee of which you are chairman. 

I know many of the sons of our native State, who are now citizens, 
of Illinois, and it would afford me very great pleasure to meet them, 
and especially as members of an organization which honors the State 
of their birth. 

It needs no more than the reading of the roll of your membership, 
to prove, that bleak and cold as our climate may be, and rough and 
barren as our soil may be, the State of Mame produces men. of which 
any State may be proud. As ever, yours truly, 


New York, June 2, 1881. 
Messrs. Leo?mrd Swctt, yohn N. yewett, and Abner Taylor, Com., 
mittee on InvitatioJt of the Society of Sons of the State of Maine- 
Chicago, III. 
Accept my thanks for the honor of an invitation to your banquet of 
the 1 6th inst. Pressing engagements here deprive me of the pleasure 
of attending ; but I shall be with you in spirit, though absent in body. 
May the Sons of Maine, wherever found, be true to the motto of the 
good old Pine Tree State, and so conduct themslves as to deserve to 
carry the banner inscribed " Dirigo." 

Very truly yours, 


Bloomington, Illinois, June 7, 1S81. 
Leonard Swett, Esq., 

Committee on Invitations, 

Society of the Sons of the State of Maine. 
My Dear Sir : Thanking the society for the honor of the invita- 
tion to the banquet at the Palmer House on the evening of June i6th, 
I am constrained to say that it will be out of my power to accept it. 
Begging you to present to the society my thanks and my regrets, 

I am yr. friend, 



Chicago, June 2, 1881. 
Gentlemen : Illness will prevent compliance with your esteemed 
invitation to be present at a banquet of Sons of Maine, at the Palmei' 
House, on the i6th inst. 

Regretting this, and thanking the committee for their courtesy, I 
.am, ■ Very truly, 


Atlanta, Ga. , June 4, 1881. 
Leonard Swett, Esq., Ch''n,&'c. 

Dear Sir : I greatly regret that I cannot accept your kind invita- 
tion to be present to attend the meeting of the " Society of the Sons 
of Maine," on June i6th. 

Nothing would give me more pleasure than to meet the " Sons of 
Maine" at your banquet, and renew my allegiance to the Pine Tree 
State. May you have a happy time. 

Most truly yours, 

A. E. BUCK. 

Boston, June 4, 1881. 
Leonard Swett, Esq. , 

Cliairman of the Society 

of the Sons of tlie State of Maine. 
Dear Sir: Your kind invitation to be present at a banquet on the 
i6th of June duly received, and it would give me special pleasure to 
be present and meet the Sons of Maine, as I am proud of the good old 
State, and proud of most of her sons. But business engagements will 
prevent my acceptance of the invitation. With the kindest wishes. 
and wishing you the merry time I think you will have, I am, dear 
sir, Yours respt., 


Washington, D. C, June 8, 18S1. 
To Hon. Leonard Sjuett, Hon. yohn JV. J^eiaett, Abner Taylor., Esq., 
Committee, etc., etc. 
Gentlemen : I regret that plans previously arranged will necessarily 
prevent my presence at the banquet in acceptance of your kind invi- 
tation. I should esteem it an honor to be counted among such a 
representation of the "Sons of Maine." If it were not broaching a 
State secret, I might add that the Sons of Maine are thought here in 
Washington to have some influence with the present administration of 
the Government. Whether we look at the executive, legislative or 
judiciary departments, Maine certainly holds her historic pre-eminence. 
I trust you will have a full attendance of fair women as well as brave 
men, and Maine would be most ///^fairly represented without this. 

With heartiest assurances of my interest in the objects of the associ- 
ation, I remain, 

Very truly yours, C. H. HOWARD, 

Editor of the Advance, etc. 


Eastport, Maine, 6th June, 1881. 

My Dear Sir: I have received an invitation requesting me to be 
present at a banquet to be given by the Society of the Sons of the 
State of Maine, at Chicago, June i6th. 

I deeply regret that it is beyond my power, on account of pre-exist- 
ing engagements, to be personally present, while at the same time, I 
think there is no one who would be more gratified to be with you, than 
myself. My associations with Chicago through friends and relatives 
are such, that I have always considered that city as near and dear to 
me as my own home. It would seem unnecessary for me to add one 
wish for your prosperity, but you have it, and a thousand besides. 

Believe me gentlemen, very truly yours. 


To Tlwmas Dniiiimo?id, President of the Society of the Sous of the State 
of Maine, Chicago, Hi. 

Chicago, June 10, 1881. 
Ifon. Leonard Swett. 

Dear Sir : For reasons which you would deem quite sufficient, if I 
should state them, it will not be possible for me to accept your kind in- 
vitation to be present at the banquet to be given by the Society of the 
Sons of the State of Maine on Thursday evening. Accept my thanks 
for the invitation. 

The Sons and the Daughters of the State of Maine will, no doubt, 
greatly enjoy this reunion, and I sincerely regret that I cannot share 
the pleasures of the occasion with them. The State of Maine is largely 
and honorably represented in the population of Chicago and its vicin- 
age, and I am well aware that to be unable to join them on a social 
occasion, when one has an opportunity, is no small deprivation. 
Respectfully yours, 


Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, May 25, 1881. 
Leonard Swett, Chairman, &'c. 

Sir : I have the pleasure of acknowledging receipt of invitation to 
be present at a banquet to be given by the Society of the Sons of the 
State of Maine in Illinois, in Chicago, June i6th, and regret my in- 
ability to accept it. 

With best wishes for the Sons of Maine in Illinois and elsewhere. 

Yours respectfully, C. H. SMITH. 

Augusta, Maine, June 10, 1881. 
Hon. E. B. Washburne, Chicago. 

Dear Sir : It is with much and sincere regret that I find myself 
compelled to forego the pleasure of attending the meeting of the "Sons 
of the State of Maine in Illinois," to which you invite me. 
I am, with many thanks. 

Yours very respectfully, 



Boston, Mass., May 24, 1881. 
My Dear Washhurjic. 

I have received your welcome letter covering the kind invitation of 
the " Sons of Maine," to their banquet in Chicago, on the evening of 
the 1 6th of June. 

■ Nothing could be more delightful to me than to accept this invita- 
tion, but in an unwise hour, possibly, I accepted the office of Hono- 
rary Chancellor of Union University, N. Y., and have to deliver an 
oration at a day which conflicts with the Chicago festivity. My dis- 
appointment is only equaled by the remembrance of your kindness in 
informing me of the invitation. I really cannot go. Will you be 
kind enough to communicate my regrets to the societv, with my thanks 
for the courtesy. 

Yours, most sincerely, 

IIo/i. E. B. IVashlmrne^ C/iicago. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
Executive Department. 

May 23, 1881. 
Dear Mr. Washbiirne. 

I would certainly accept the kind invitation to Chicago, and I can- 
not tell you how attractive it is, but the time set is in the midst of our 
college and school anniversaries, and I am engaged every day. On 
the 17th is the dedication of Col. Prescott's statue — the hero of 
Bunker Hill. Please extend to the committee my thanks and regrets, 
and believe me 

Very sincerely yours, 

Hon. E. B. Washbiirne. 

Portland, Me., June 9, 18S1. 
Hon. Leonard Sivett., Chairman of Committee on Invitations, Society of 
Sons of Maine in Illinois. 
Dear Sir: I regret that I cannot accept your polite invitation to 
join the delightful excursion proposed by the Society of the Sons 
of Maine in Illinois, tu attend the banquet on the i6th June. 

A previous engagement alone prevents my acceptance, but I am 
none the less obliged for the invitation. 
With thanks, and regrets, I am, 

Yours truly, 


Executive Office, 

Springfield, Illinois, 

June 9, 1 88 1. 
Hon. E. B. Washbiirne, Chicago. 

Dear Friend: Your esteemed favor of the 7th inst. is received. It 
would afford me very great pleasure to accept the invitation of the 
" Sons of Maine," and be present at their banquet, but I have already 

made an engagement for the i6th, which I cannot change, and which 
will make it impossible for me to be in Chicago on that day. Will 
you kindly convey my regrets to the committee. 

Very truly yours, 


Cherrvfield, Me., June 9th, 1881. 
To the President and Members of the Society of 

tile ' ' Sons of Maine, ' ' in Illinois. 

Gentlemen: I am a citizen of Cherryfield, and a stand-by of the 
good old State. My attention has been called by the public journals 
to your proposed meeting on the i6th inst., and in justice to myself 
and friends, I cannot omit to give you some expression of my own and 
their desire to recall the scenes of our early life, and to transmit to 
yoii our most earnest sympathy with the occasion. 

It would seem natural to me on such an occasion, to exchange 
thoughts and recollections of the times, long since passed, when we 
were assembled in the log school-house, reading in the old Cohmibian 
Orator, and the American Preceptor, and taking spelling lessons 
from Webster's First Edition. 

A great change has occurred since my boyhood, of sixty years ago. 
Then steam power was practically unknown, and was, in its applica- 
tion only, talked of as a matter for future development. The tele- 
graph even had not been discovered, and the telephone was among 
the mysteries of the future. With these and similar memories, freshly 
recalled by the notice of your meeting, I greet you most cordially 
as the representatives of my beloved State, and shall be with you in 
mind at your banquet, and permit me to add that nothing but physical 
disability would prevent my presence in person to enjoy the hospitali- 
ties of the occasion. Especially would it be pleasant to me to meet 
the many old friends who will make part of your number. As a well- 
wisher of your association, invoking the Divine blessing upon your 
meeting, as well as upon you individually, and hoping that you may 
have a good time, and do honor to the State of your nativity, 
I am truly your friend, 


Portland, Me., June 9th, 1881. 
Hon. Charles P. Kirnball, Chicago, Illinois. 

My Dear Sir : 1 am much obliged for your kind remembrance in 
sending me an invitation to be present at the banquet to be given by 
the society of the Sons of Maine in Illinois, on Thursday, June i6th. 

The proposal is one which possesses very great attractions, but none 
greater than that it will l:)ring together the sons of Maine resident in 
Illinois for the admiration and envy of those who still remain at the 
old homes to preserve and protect this nursery for the West. 

I regret that engagements made some weeks since will prevent my 
attendance, but I trust that the sons of Maine in Illinois will never 
forget their native State, or those of us who believe that Maine is a 
State, not only to be proud to hail from, but also one in which it is a 
great happiness to live. 


It will continue to be the proud privilege of Maine to furnish your 
adopted State with its best citizens m the future as it has done in the past, 
but meanwhile do not forget that Maine's lakes and rivers are capable 
of turning a million more spindles, and that she will always be glad 
to supply manufactured goods for the West, and delightful summer 
homes for her self-exiled sons whenever ihey choose to return to their 
native haunts. 

Again thanking you for your polite personal invitation, I am 

Very truly, 


Stillwater, Minn., June nth, 1881. 
Leonard Sweit^ Esq., Chainnaii Com. 

Dear Sir : I acknowledge with pleasure the courteous invitation 
of the Society of the Sons of the State of Maine ; and nothing would 
give me greater pleasure than to exchange ''greetings " with those of 
my native State. I sincerely regret that illness permits me to join 
only in spirit. 

With the best wishes for the society in the future, I remain, with 
great respect, Your obedient servant, 

R. f . HERSEY. 

Milwaukee, Wis., June 13th, 18S1. 
Hon. Leonard Swctt, Chairman of Committee on Lnvitations. 

Dear Sir : The generous invitation of your committee for myself, 
wife and daughter to be present at the banquet of the Society of the 
'' Sons of Maine " on the i6th inst. is received- It well nigh repro- 
duces the events and scenery of my earlier years. The tides of Casco 
Bay, with the White Mountains in view, the waters of Penobscot, 
Saco, Kennebec, and Androscoggin, all contributing to the grand 
ocean, are pictures which caii never be obliterated from the mind, in 
whatever part of the world a Son of Maine may be found. 

In whatever cause is good, and great, and right, the sons, and 
daughters too, of the State of Maine, have been in the front ranks. 

I cordially approve of the objects of your society, and would gladly 
be present at the banquet. Though, on account of engagements 
which cannot be deferred, I am obliged to deny myself the pleasure 
of participating in the festivities of the occasion. 

Very truly and fraternally yours, 


Telegrams received. 

La Crosse, Wis., June 16, 1881. 
LLon. E. B. Washburne, Sons of Maine Committee. 

The Sons of Maine residing at LaCrosse, Wisconsin, greet their 
brothers of Chicago, and desire to be kindly remembered to their 
sisters and their cousins and their aunts : Wendell A. Anderson, of 
Gray; Cyrus K. Lord, of Parsonfield ; Chas. S. Benton, Baldwin ; 


J. L. Usher, Hobbs ; Frank Hatch, Bangor ; W. S. Hanscom, China :. 
John C. Renick, Portland ; W. C. Bushel, Mt. Vernon ; R. M. Moer'^ 
Parkman ; I. H. Moulton, Foxcroft ; E. Chamberlain, Foxcroft ; C. 
E. Chamberlain, Foxcroft; George H. Ray, Gardiner; D. W. Mars- 
ton, Philips ; Levi Withee, Norridgewock ; John A. Ballard, Fryeburg ; 
Andrew Quinn, Farmington : C. A. Watson, Lewiston ; H. F. Smiley- 
Skowhegart ; Reuel Weston, Skowhegan : B. F. Bryant, Fayette. 

State of Mai?ce, Executive Dep't. 
Augusta, Me., June 16th, 1881. 
To the Sons of Maine, Palmer House : 

The State of Maine sends cordial greeting to the Sons of Maine 
gathered in its Banquet Hall to- night in love and honor of their native 
State ; they left this outpost of the Union following the star of empire- 
only to strengthen the centre. True to- their motto, " Dirigo " they 
still lead. HARRIS M. PLAISTED, 


Washington, D. C, June i6, i88i. 
Hon. E. B. Washburne and Charles P. Kbnball, j6j Dearborn Ave. 
Express to the Sons of Maine the sincere regret I feel at not being, 
able to participate in the interesting meeting this evening. 


Johnstown, Pa., June 15, 1881. 
C. P. Kimball, 370 Wabash Ave. 

I find at the last minute that the demands of business here are such 
that it will be impossible for me to join you to-morrow as has been my 
intention of doing. This I regret very much, as I had set my heart upon 
being present at this reunion of the Sons of Maine, and shall depend 
upon you to express my regrets and represent me upon tliis occasion^ 
feeling sure that you -will have a pleasant and interesting gathering. 

I am very truly, 


Atlanta, Ga., June 15, 1881. 
Hon. C. P. Kimball, Chairman Banquet Committee, 

The continued illness of Mrs. Kimball compels me to deny myself 
the pleasure of meeting with you Thursday evening. Please extend to 
the honored Sons of Maine my regrets and earnest good wishes. 




Society of the Sons of the State of Maine, 


Election March 15, 1881, 

Judge Thomas Drummond, Presidetif, 
Hon. Leonard Swett, First Vice-President. 
Hox. J. Young Scammon, Second Vice-President. 
Hon. John N. Jewett, Third Vice-President. 
John J. P. Odell, Treasurer. 
John S. Brewer, Secretary. 

Directors : 

Charles P. Kimball, Benj. V. Page, 

George L. Dunlap, Abner Taylor, 

John H, Clough, Charles M. Morse, 

Rodney Welch. 

Constitution and By-Laws. 

Adopted April J, 1880. 

The undersigned, born in the District or State of Maine, but now 
.citizens of the State of Illinois, hereby agree to form a Society, and be 
governed by the following Articles of Association : 

First. The association shall be called The Society of the Sons- 
OF THE State of Maine. 

Second. The objects of the Society shall be to cultivate friendly re- 
lations with each other, and to revive and perpetuate the memories of 
our early homes and native State. 

TJiird. Any gentleman born in the District or State of Maine, of 
lawful age and good moral character, residing in the State of Illinois, 
may become a member of the Society at the organization, by signing 
the Roll of Membership and paying the Initiation Fee of. Five 

FourtJi. The officers shall consist of a president ; first, second and 
third Vice-Presidents ; Secretary and Treasurer ; who, together with 
seven other persons, shall constitute a Board of Directors, all ot whom 
shall be elected from the members, and their term of office shall be 
for one year, or until their successors shall be elected and assume the 
duties of office. 
• Five Directors shall constitute a quorum. 

Any vacancy occurring in the Board between the annual meetings 
may be filled by the Board of Directors, until an election shall be held 
by the Society for the unexpired term. 

Signing the Roll of Membership and election of Officers shall con- 
stitute the Organization of the Society. 

Fifth. All Elections shall be by Ballot under the direction of In- 
spectors to be appointed by the presiding officer, and a majority of all 
the votes cast shall elect. 

Sixth. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Society, 
have power to call special meetings, and perform such other duties as 
are ordinarily incident to his office. 

Seventh. The duties of the President shall devolve upon the Vice- 
Presidents in the order of their designation, whenever the President 
shall be absent, or for any reason fail to discharge them. 

Ei.s^iith. The Secretary shall keep a record of the meetings and pro- 
ceedings of the Society ; shall give notice to the members of all 
general or special meetings, and have the custody of the books, papers 
and archives of the Society. He shall also keep a book in 
which these Articles of Association shall be recorded, with ti.e names 
of the members subscribed thereto, together with their place of birth, 


occupation and residence. He shall discharge all other duties incident 
to hisofifice not herein especially enumerated. 

Ninth. The Treasurer shall keep all the funds of the Society, and 
disburse them under the direction and subject to the approval of the 
Board of Directors. He shall keep vouchers for all disbursements, 
and make report to the society once a year, or oftener, if required by 
the Board of Directors. 

Tenth. The Board of Directors shall have the management and 
control of the affairs of the Society, subject to such general directions 
as may be made by the society. 

Eleventh. The regular meetings, until otherwise ordered by the 
Society. Shall be on the fifteenth days of March, June, September and 
December. When the fifteenth occurs on Sunday, the meeting shall 
be held on the Monday following. 

Twelfth. Any gentleman born in the District or State of Maine, 
and residing in the State of Illinois, may, after the organization, upon 
the recommendation of two members, and approval of the Board of 
Directors, become a member of the Society, upon signing the roll of 
membership and paying to the Treasurer the initiation fee hereinbefore 
provided for. 

Tliirteenth. The Directors shall have power to suspend any member 
from the privileges of the Society, subject to an appeal to the members 
at any general or special meeting. 

Fourteenth. Special meetings shall be called by the Secretary, on 
application made to him in writing, by any five members of the Society, 
stating the objects and purposes for which they desire such meeting 

Fifteenth. Honorary members may be elected members of this 
Society by a vote. 

Sixteenth. These articles may be amended at any general meeting, 
notice of the change proposed having been given at a previous general 


Society of the Sons of the State of Maine. 

CHICAGO, APRIL 1, 1881. 


J. B. HoBBS Sebattus 348 N. La Salle St. 

William E. Lewiston 137 Twenty-sixth St. 

Fraxcis B. Little Minot 101 Ashland Ave. 

Enoch B. Steven.s Livermore Falls. ..122 Washington St. 

Joshua S. Stevex.s Livermore Falls. . .477 W. Madison St. 

E. B. Wa.shburne . . .Livermore 365 Dearborn Ave. 

(Honorary Member. 


George L. Dunlap Brunswick 128 La Salle St. 

W. H. Swett Gorham 172 La Salle St. 

Newton Goodwin Baldwin 45 and 47 River St. 

H. B. Parker Saccarappa Marshall Field & Co. 

G. M. Gross New Gloucester. . .J. V. Farwell & Co. 

Charles S. Gross New Gloucester. . .31 Superior St. 

Joshua E. Waterhouse Portland Gi-and Pacific Hotel. 

Charles A. Tinkham Portland Fifth National Bank. 

W. C. Whitmore Windham 149 W. Marble Place. 

A. H. Evans , Portland. 1332 Michigan Ave. 

George M. How Portland 153 Monroe St. 

F. A. SouLE Portland 92 Washington St. 

George Payson Portland Honore Building. 

A. A. LiBBY Deering .8357 Michigan Ave. 

C. P. LiBBY Deering 3858 Michigan Ave 

Frederick A. Noble Baldwin 100 Warren Ave. 

John C. Mordough Saccarappa 21 Lake St. 

E. E. Snow , . Brunswick 216-218 Monroe St. 


Charles M. Morse Wilton Jacksonville, 111. 

F. E. Brett Strong .Marshall Field & Co. 


James E. Gross Bucksport .48 Madison St. 

William H. Preble Cranberry Isles. ...40 W. Monroe St. 

J. Hodgkins Lemoine 45 Metropolitan Block. 

George M. Sargent Sedgwick Grand Pacific Hotel. 

Wendell Benson Tremont '297 Chicago Ave. 

George Herbert Ellsworth 92 La Salle St. 



C. H. MuLLiKEN Augusta 91 Dearborn St. 

Geo. D. Baldwin Mount Vernon .... 8 Board of Trade. 

Benj. V. Page Hallow ell 50 Erie St. 

Thomas P. Robb Bath 89 Randolph St. 

George A. Springer Halloweli 3819 Prairie Ave. 

William C. Stevens Fajette 199-201 Wabash Ave. 

F. W. Springer Gardner 3933 Prairie Ave. 

D. V. Purington Sidney 1804 Indiana Ave. 

Wm. H. Arnold Sidney Leland House. 

R. G. Stevens Fayette 89 Maxwell St. 

M. Hopkins Gardiner 204 S. Green St. 

Sumner Hopkins Gardiner 15 N. Sangamon St. 

John H. Clough Readfield 09 S. Water St. 

J. P. Smith, Jr Waterville 145 Monroe St. 

Geo. W. Getchell Waterville 166 La Salle St. 

F. C. TiLTON Belgrade 3538 Stanton Ave, 

William Matthews Waterville 22 Ellis Ave. 

Rodney Welch Monmouth 743 Carroll Ave. 

William Sprague Halloweli 386 N. State St. 

William H. Chadwick Gardiner 353 Burling St. 

John B. Nutting Gardiner 125 Clark St. 

O. S. Lyford Mount Vernon 123 Dearborn St. 

A. D. Hayward Augusta 25 Bryant Ave. 

John F. Burrill China Springfield, 111.. 

William G. Beale Winlhrop Hyde'Park, 111. 

A. H. Frost Monmouth 43 S. Desplaines St.. 

D. H. ToLMAN... West Camden ... ..164 Randolph St. 


J. Young Scammon Whitefield ,35 Clflrk St 

H. R. Payson Wiscasset Palmer House. 

Charles H. Gaubert Richmond 106 Dearborn St. 

J. B. Fitch.. Bristol 222 Clybourne Ave. 

F. p. Erskine Wiscasset 126 Washington St. 

Erastus Foote Wiscasset 924 Wabash Ave. 

B. H. Hinds Bremen Matteson House. 

Thomas Drummond Bristol Winfield, 111. 

A. N. LiNscoTT Jetierson 195 S. Clark St. 


Charles A- Hersey South Paris ...10 and 12 River Street, 

Frank H. Cobb Hebron 412 Washington St. 

C. P. Kimball Bethel 1815 Indiana Ave. 

Frank E. Johnson Denmark 25 & 27 Chamber Com. 

Leonard Swett Turner 122 Ashland Ave. 

Isaac T. Stevens Norway 123 Fifth Ave. 

W. W. Kimball . Rumford Cor. State and Adams St 

Henry A. Hersey South Paris 10 and 12 River St. 

Ezra T. Shedd Norway 3759 Vincennes Ave, 

John A. Colby .Freyburg Hyde Park, 111. 

Thomas J. Cox Dixfield Bfoomington, III. 



L. H. Watson. . Bangor. 297 Indiana St. 

VoLNEY T. Person.s Bangor :]! Oak Ave. 

RoswELL Z. Herrick East Coiinth 4412 Indiana Ave. 

F. W. Rice Dexter Tiemont House. 

Charles L. Ames Bangor 43 S. Desplaines St. 

Abner Taylor Bangor 157 Washington St. 

Edward P. Rice Bangor 125 LaS'alle St. 

W. E. Miller llowland 42 and 44 Michigan Ave. 

Henry W. Rice Bangor 152 LaSalle St. 

William H. Rice Bangor . .125 LaSalle St. 

Frederick B. Smith Bangor 117-119 State St. 

John N. Eddy Corinth 264 Madison St. 

C. H. Stinchfield East Corinth 162 Washington St. 

Charles S. Fellows Bangor 38 Throop St. 


Council Greeley Dover 763 Michigan Ave. 

Geo. B. Averill Dover 240 W. Van Buren St. 

Edwin Lee Brown Milo Cor.CIinton & JacksonSts. 


V. B. Powers Bath 123 S. Water St. 

R. E. Farnham Woolwich C. & N. W. Ry. 


John N. Jewett Palmyra Reaper Block. 

J. L. Hathaway Skowhegan. .... .38 Market St. 

Charles P. Rawson New Portland 90 S. Water St. 

Henry A. Crowell Madison Bridge. . .26 Hammond St. 

E. F. Getcheli North Anson.". . . .184 Dearborn St. 

C. C. Ailton ; ^ Madison Sherman House. 

James M. Hill New Portland 3910 Langley Ave. 

Moses D. Brown Appleton 1814 Wabash Ave. 


Charles H. Noyes Eastport 285 Indiana St. 

Smith T. Balkam Calais 537 Carroll Ave. 

K. C. Haycock Calais Matteson House. 

John S. Brewer Calais 156 Lake St. 

John J. P. Odell Eastport Union National Bank. 

Samuel Shackford Eastport Winnetka, 111. 

E. B. Knox Eastport 13 Metropolitan Block. 


John A. Stevens New field 3028Groveland Park Ave. 

D. A. Pierce Waterboro Hyde Park, 111. 

John N. Dole Limerick.- 59" W. Randolph St. 

Frank Hayes Limerick 59 W. Randolph St. 

Samuel I. Hope ; Wells 193 Lake St. 


The following named gentlemen have become members of the 
Society since April i, 1881 : 

E. M. Prince Turner Oxford Co. 

William Deerixg 

C. P. Felch Limerick Yorlv Co. 

John L. Woodcock Robbinston Washington Co. 

Geo. R.' Underwood Eastport " " 

T. H. Smith Ormington Penobscot Co. 

Geo. A. Philbrick Corrinna " " 

P. L. Hanscom Monmouth Kennebec Co. 

F. M. HoBBS Falmouth Cumberland Co. 

W.H.Emery Fairfield Somerset 

Jos. F. Tucker Saco Cumberland " 

Stephen R. Thurston Searsport Waldo " 

C. K. Nichols Augusta Kennebec " 

C. H. Howard Leeds " " 

H. W. Fuller Augusta " 

Geo. Stickney North Anson Somerset " 

x\. A. Lincoln Hallowell Kennebec " 

John Dupee, Jr Bangor Penobscot " 

Frank J. Whitney Milltown Washington " 

RoBT. B. Kendall 

C. A. Warren South Berwick. . . .York Co. 

T. Allen French New Sharon Franklin Co. 

Charles H. Baker 

F. G. Balkam Calais Washington Co. 

Nathl. Butler 

S. K. Dow 

Edwin A. Potter 

M. W. Fuller Augusta Kennebec Co. 

H. H. Porter Machias Washington Co. 

W. P. F. Meserve 

John L. Hancock 

D. W. Evans Brighton Somerset Co. 

David Starrett • 

Josiah Little Minot Androscoggin Co 

D. K. Hill Exeter Penobscot Co. 

F. S. Hanson 

W. H. Cary, Jr Houlton Aroostook Co.