Excerpt from Proceedings, of the Worcester Society of Entiquity, Vol. 21 The responsibility of my presence here to-night as your presiding officer rests entirely with you, you having for the third time chosen me as your President, this time certainly without my consent. I, however, am constrained to accept the hor, and excuse you for your rash act. The compliment paid me in this re-election, I assure you, is fully appreciated, and I assure you of as faithful service in the interests of the Society as my ability and circumstances will permit, trusting that I may have the earnest co-operation of the several committees, members and friends of the Society, to the end that greater progress may be attained in advancing the scope and usefulness of the Society in its chosen field. The subjects that have been presented at our meetings during the past year, namely: Industrial Conditions in the South Before the War, by Edward Thomas, Esq. A Visit to Scrooby, the Early Home of the Pilgrims in England, by Miss Carrie A. Hildreth. Early Roads and the Dwellers Thereon in the Northern Portion of Worcester, by Henry M. Wheeler, Esq. Sketches of the Children of Dr. William Paine, Loyalist, born 1750, and of Mr. Frederick William Paine, born 1788, by Mrs. E. O. P. Sturgis. The Old South and New West, by Thomas Rice, Esq. Origin and Use of Post Roads in New England, by Ellery B. Crane. Boston when Ben Franklin was a Boy, by Rev. Anson Titus. Memorial of the Late William H. Bartlett, by Hon. Alfred S. Roe. A sketch of the Life and Character of the Late Rev. Carlton Staples of Lexington, by Ellery B. Crane. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.