Letter from Edward L. Pierce to Samuel Downer accepting his invitation to the reunion and suggesting others to invite
Checkd 24 Boston 22 July 1877
My Dear Sir
Your favor is received. I shall unless some-thing unforeseen occurs take great pleasure in meeting you on Aug 9.
You have probably made out your list – including I suppose Palfrey, Claflin, Judge Hoar, Bird, James M Stone, + Geo F Hoar
Henry L Pierce, Charles W Slack, Judge Thomas Russell, Elizur Wright. John D Baldwin[?], (Worcester) Adin Thayer, <insertion:(Worcester)> John B Alley, (Lynn) Albert G. Browne (Salem), Richard H Dana Jr, Willard P Phillips (Salem), Henry O Hildreth, <insertion:(Dedham)> Dr. Estes Howe. Ralph Waldo Emerson (Concord), Judge Marcus Morton, William B Spooner, John Winslow, Counsellor[sic] at Law – Liberty Street, NY was a Free Soil speaker living then in Newton. Dr Palfrey will not attend probably – he has been[?] down much of late.
Charles M Ellis took an active part in those days but lately has dropped out of sight. John A Bolles now of Washington City was also active in 1848. I would add Rev James F Clarke to list. My impression is that Dr Thompson of Jamaica Plain – who was in Salem about 1848 took an a some part, but I cannot say definitely. I am inclined to think [MS smudged] Judge Henry Claflin of Worcester belonged to the old guard but cannot say
I also think that Judge James T Robinson of Adams was in 1848 active in Western Mass.
If you will call some day, I will give you all the information I have.
Edward L Pierce