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Mr. Asa Ward (1808), sergeants; Mr. Dexter Dana (1798), clerk, and Capt. Samuel Todd (1786), superintendent of the armory. Thanks were voted, on the return of the Company to the Hall, to Rev. Mr. Holley for his sermon; to Ebenezer Torrey (1765) for the standard; to the officers of the past year “for their unabated zeal and exertions in promoting the prosperity and improving the discipline of the Company,” and to the Boston Hussars for the promptness and efficiency with which they executed the guard duties of the day. The Company met for exercise Aug. 19, and on Aug. 26 for business and exercise. A parade was held Monday, Sept. 2, 1811, Gen. Arnold Welles (1811) commanding. After a drill upon the Common the Company proceeded, by invitation, to the residence of the commanding officer, where he refreshed the Company with a sumptuous repast, after which the Company marched to the homes of Lieut.-Col. Messinger (1792), Major Benjamin Russell (1788), and Major George Blanchard (1794), and paid the standing salutes at each place. Thence the Company returned to Faneuil Hall. Meetings for exercise were held by the Company Sept. 23 and 30, and on the 7th of October the Company paraded, commanded by Major Benjamin Russell (1788). After a drill on the Common, the Company proceeded to the residence of Major Russell (1788), “stacked their arms in front, guards placed and relieved,” while the Company refreshed themselves with an excellent collation provided by Major Russell (1788). The Company marched thence to Faneuil Hall, and was dismissed.
Rev. Horace Holley, D. D., of Boston, delivered the Artillery election sermon in 1811. He was a son of Luther Holley, and was born at Salisbury, Conn., Feb. 13, 1781. He graduated at Yale College in 1803. After graduation he began the study of law in the office of Peter W. Radcliff, of New York City, but in the latter part of 1804 he entered upon the study of divinity under President Dwight, at New Haven. He married Mary Austin, of that city, when he was settled at Greenfield Hill, Fairfield, Conn. In 1809 he became an avowed Unitarian, and was the successor of Rev. Dr. West, of the Hollis Street Church, Boston. In 1812 he was chaplain of the House of Representatives, and a member of the school committee of Boston. Dec. 22, 1817, he delivered the anniversary discourse on the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth. In 1818 Dr. Holley was elected president of Transylvania University, in Lexington, Ky. He resigned the oversight of the university in 1827, with the expectation of again settling in Boston. On his passage from New Orleans to New York he died of yellow fever, July 31, 1827, aged forty-six years. “His winding-sheet was a cloak, his grave the wide ocean, his monument the everlasting Tortugas.”
It is said that “on the delivery of the sermon before the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, in 1811, the eloquence of Dr. Holley was so overpowering that a spontaneous acclamation burst forth from the crowd that thronged the doors of the church.”
I 2. Russell (1788), captain; Thomas Dean (1806), lieutenant; William Howe (1806), ensign. Eleazer G. House (1810) was first sergeant; Michael Roulstone (1810), second sergeant; Daniel L. Gibbens (1810), third sergeant; Eph
8 The officers of the Artillery Company elected in 1812 were: Benjamin
Rev. Horace Holley, D. D. Authority: Loring's One Hundred Boston Orators.
raim French, Jr. (1809), fourth sergeant; George Blanchard (1794), treasurer; Dexter Dana (1798), clerk, and Samuel Todd (1786), armorer. The members of the Artillery Company recruited in 1812 were: Joshua Belcher, Abner Bourne, Ichabod R. Chadbourne, John Childs, Philip Curtis, Ephraim Dana, Daniel Dunton, John Frothingham, Elna Hayt, Otis Howe, Robert G. Mitchell, David Moody, John Park, Joshua B. Phipps, Ezra Reed, Asa Richardson, Luke Richardson, John Roulstone, James Russell, John Langdon Sullivan, Henry S. Waldo, George Wheeler.
Joshua Belcher (1812), printer, of Boston.
Abner Bourne (1812), merchant, of Boston, son of Capt. Abner and Mary Bourne, of Middleboro, was born in that town Dec. 4, 1780. At an early age he entered his father's store, and was there employed until he was seventeen years of age, when he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade, but did not follow it. He married, Nov. 21, 1801, Abigail, daughter of Gideon Williams, of Taunton. The same year he went to New Bedford to reside, and engaged in the dry and West India goods business. He removed to Boston in 1807, and pursued the same business in company with Mr. Peter Thacher, under the firm name of Bourne & Thacher. During this time he was connected with a volunteer fire company, but was much interested in military affairs. In 1811 he was commissioned paymaster of the Second Regiment, Third Brigade, First Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and from 1812 to 1817 inclusive was adjutant of that regiment. In 1817 he removed to Brunswick, Me., and started the Androscoggin Mills, and in 1825 was lieutenant-colonel of a Maine regiment. For eight years he was agent of the mills. He returned to New Bedford in 1827, and formed a partnership in business with his brother Joseph, under the firm name of Abner & Joseph Bourne. In 1829 he moved to Boston and entered the dry goods business with David Thacher, under the firm name of Bourne & Thacher. He was a member of the common council of Boston from Ward 8 in 1833, and in 1835 was appointed city land agent for Boston, — a position which he held until his death. He was treasurer of the Artillery Company from 1834 to 1840, and was a member of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. He was a solid, substantial man, and highly respected in the community.
He died at his residence on Dover Street, Boston, June 24, 1840, twenty-five members of the Artillery Company, the same number of the Handel and Haydn Society, the mayor of Boston, officers of the city, and members of Mr. Ripley's church, attending the funeral, June 26. Mr. Bourne (1812) was treasurer of the three organizations named above at the time of his decease.
Ichabod R. Chadbourne (1812), lawyer, of Boston, graduated at Dartmouth College in 1808. He moved from Boston, and settled at Machias, Me.
John Childs (1812), sail maker, of Boston. His sail-loft was on Spear's Wharf, and he resided on Unity Street.
Philip Curtis (1812), merchant, of Boston, was born in 1786. Soon after his marriage he was afflicted with a lingering disease, of which he died, Aug. 20, 1825, aged
Abner Bourne (1812). AUTHORITY: Whit- Philip Curtis (1812). Authorities: Whitman's Hist. A. H. and A. Company, Ed. 1842. man's Hist. A. and H. A. Company, Ed. 1842; Mass. Military Rolls.