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EDWARD H. GILBERT communicated the memoir of the late Governor Daniel H. Chamberlain, the preparation of which had been assigned to him.

The PRESIDENT communicated an invitation by the Committee of the First Church in Boston to the Historical Society, to attend the exercises at the unveiling of the Memorial to John Cotton in its edifice on Berkeley Street. The Society adjourned at half past three o'clock in order to allow the members to be present on that occasion.

Volume XX. (second series) of the Proceedings, and a new serial number containing the record of the June meeting, were ready for delivery at this meeting.






DANIEL HENRY CHAMBERLAIN was born in the town of West Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, June 23, 1835. His father was a farmer in moderate pecuniary circumstances, of great firmness and even sternness of character, and his mother a woman of great intellectual force and religious culture. He was the ninth of ten children. All the children of the family showed an unusual degree of intelligence and marked force of character, two of the brothers being Rev. J. M. Chamberlain of Iowa College, and Rev. L. T. Chamberlain, D.D., of New York.

Until he was fourteen years of age Governor Chamberlain's life was passed in work on his father's farm, and in the common schools of his native town. In 1849 and 1850 he spent a few months at the academy in Amherst, Massachusetts, beginning there his Latin and Greek; and in 1854 he passed part of a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, teaching school each winter from 1852. In 1856, at the age of twenty-one, he entered the High School in Worcester, Massachusetts, then under the charge of Homer B. Sprague and Wolcott Calkins, where, in 1857, he completed his preparation for college ; but being then without the money to go on, he remained a year as teacher in the same school. 1859 he entered Yale College. His college course was marked by great industry in all directions. In 1862 he was graduated with the highest honors in oratory and English composition ; while in general scholarship be held the fourth place in his class, which at graduation numbered one hundred and ten members.

From the age of fifteen he was, in sentiment and sympathy, an abolitionist of the Garrison-Phillips type, though believing

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