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JQA Diary, volume 35 10 October 1826
JQA Neal Millikan

10. V:30. From Princeton to Worcester.

Morning till eleven employed in writing. Mr Boylston accompanied me to Worcester. I came with him in his Chariot, and George alone in my Carriage. We drove immediately to Governor Lincoln’s house— Mr Boylston however returned this Evening to Princeton— The Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth are in Session here; and there was a party of 25 at dinner— Mrs Lincoln, and a Mrs Seaver, wife of her brother were the only Ladies— Chief Justice Parker, the judges Putnam, Wilde and Morton Dr Bancroft, Mr John Welles of Boston, and several persons of distinction from the town and County, formed the Company. I had great satisfaction in meeting my Classmates Putnam and Fiske. In the evening we went by invitation to a Meeting of the Society of Odd Fellows—An Association of the members of the Bar, convivial and Literary, who have assumed that title with a view to infuse wit and humour into their proceedings. The Meeting was at Stockwell’s Tavern— There was an Oration by a Mr Barton, a Supper, and a Poem afterwards by    Lincoln a brother of the Governor— The Oration was cheerful, but grave— The poem in irregular verse was gay and humorous— The proceedings of the Society were of the same character— They elected an Orator and a Poet for the next Anniversary which is to be in April next, for they have several Anniversaries every year— The Poet declined the task assigned to him; which he said the Society knew he had done before. But he repeated the Offer, which he had made of writing every alternate line of a Poem, if brother Burnside would write the corresponding line— They had elected Dr Mitchell of New-York an honorary member of the Society, and shewed a Letter of acceptance from him commencing with a hieroglyphic representation of Oddity. symbols There was a gigantic Jews harp on the table, and the figure of an owl, with glass eyes, and a label suspended to its bill, with the inscription—And while we are merry, let’s be wise. Captain Symmes was proposed and unanimously elected an honorary member of the Society—and several very odd Resolutions were offered, respecting his projected settlement in the interior of the Earth. A reconsideration of one Resolution was offered; but the President declared it to be a standing Rule of the Society never to reconsider anything. After two or three Toasts succeeding the Supper had been given, at about eleven O’Clock I retired with Governor Lincoln, and came to lodge at his house.