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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1869, by
FIELDS, OSGOOD, & Co., in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
UNIVERSITY PRESS : Welch, BIGELOW, & Co.,
I DEDICATE this book to the
SUFFOLK UNION FOR CHRISTIAN WORK,
At the meeting which formed that Society the provision for better homes in cities was publicly declared to be the first work of Christian reform. At every meeting since some person has enforced the same necessity.
EDWARD E. HALE.
SOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCE, BOSTON,
September 18, 1869.
The reader will see that the papers in this book have a single object, whether cast in the form of fiction, or whether statistical narratives of fact. If I should classify them as the papers were classified in an earlier volume of this little series, the account of Naguadavick is the account of what ought to be; the account of Vineland is the account of what is; and the account of Boston is the account of what ought not to be. In the narrative of Sybaris the reader will find something of “if,” something of “yes,” something of “ perhaps ”; some possibility, much fact, and some exaggeration.
I have, perhaps, a right to explain the earnestness with which I try to enforce the necessity of better homes for laboring men by stating a single circumstance in my own history. For nearly twenty-five years I have been constantly engaged in the Christian ministry. About half that time was spent in Worcester, Massachusetts ; about half of it in Boston. When I went to Worcester it was a town of about eight thousand people; when I left it, it had three times that number. Boston is a crowded town