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From: "Susan H. DeVogel" <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Copps Hill and Kings Chapel Burying Grounds
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 11:02:14 -0500
A couple of weeks ago, I was in a Georgetown (DC) antiquarian bookshop, and
picked up the 1851 edition of Bridgman's Epitaphs from Copp's Hill Burying
Ground. It's a beautiful little book, with an Appendix containing
biographical and historical notes about some of the "inmates." It's nice to
know that this information is being shared on line.
I also bought Bridgman's "Memorials of the Dead in Boston; Containing Exact
Transcripts of Inscriptions on the Sepulchral Monuments in the King's Chapel
Burial Ground, in the City of Boston, with Copious Historical and
Biographical Notices of Many of the Early Settlers of the Metropolis of New
England," which was published in 1853 by Benjamin B. Mussey & Co., No. 29
Cornhill. It was dedicated to Robert Charles Winthrop, and an endorsement
by the then-rector of King's Chapel, Ephraim Peabody:
"I have been acquainted with the labors of Mr. Bridgman, and after some
examination of the accompanying work, I am able to recommend it to those
interested, as containing a correct and thorough account of the monuments in
King's Chapel Burying-ground."
Signed Ephraim Peabody, Jan 20, 1853.
There are also engravings, coats of arms, etc.
The book opens with a poem entitled "King's Chapel Burial-Ground" by L.H.
Segourney of Hartford, with the opening lines,
"Turn to you ancient tombs; for he is there,
Who sweeps the moss from their gray lips, and brings
Their prisoned words, letter by letter, forth
Through rust of ages, to the eye again, --
New England's Old Mortality."
It then goes on with mentions of red Indians, seers, sages, etc.
I am willing to do lookups in this book if anybody requests it. Don't have
time to transcribe it.
Susan Harrington DeVogel
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