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This book formerly belonged to BENJAMIN , in the West Indies so often fall. In 1851 he PETER HUNT, who was born in Chelmsford, married a lady of Philadelphia, and in 1858, iddlesex County, Massachusetts, on the 18th after making several visits to the United lay of May, 1808. His ancestors were of the States, his health began to fail, and he retired arly Puritan stock, and in 1641 we find one from business, making Philadelphia his home, of them, “ William Hunt, admitted freeman and he was only too happy to spend his life of Concord,” and in 1655 another, Edmund in his quiet library among his beloved books. Chamberlain, the same, of Chelmsford. From A sincere abolitionist, Mr. Hunt early took iis mother (Olive Chamberlain) Hunt, he in- part in the work for the freedmen, and earjerited a wonderfully, retentive memory, a nestly labored as the Corresponding Secretacalm and impartial judgment, and the abso. ry of the Port Royal Relief Committee, the ute loathing of all deception, shams, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania falsehood, which made him such a terror to Freedmen's Relief Association-which latter evil-doers. His valuable library was left to position he relinquished when it became a salhis heirs-neices and nephews.
aried office,-and as one of the Supervisory He attended the common school until he Committee for Recruiting Colored soldiers in was seventeen, when a year spent under the Pennsylvania. When the war was ended, he instruction of Ralph Waldo Emerson, at the set himself to right the wrongs of the colored Chelmsford Academy, gave him an impulse people in his adopted city: to a higher education. In 1828 he entered In June, 1869, Mr. Hunt was requested by Harvard College, the classmate, among oth President Grant, through Secretary Fish, to ers, of the Rev. Doctors Bellows and Osgood,"join a party of gentlemen, going to the West the Honorable Geo. T. Curtis, John S. Dwight Indies for the purpose of obtaining informaEsq., and the Rev. Charles T. Brooks. Not tion concerning several interesting localities remaining to finish the course, he came to in those islands, but more especially Saint Philadelphia, literally to seek his fortune. Domingo.” This project of annexation was He taught a classical and scientific school for very dear to him, but from motives entirely a number of years, reading everything that different from such as governed many of those came in his way, and always seeking for his interested in the subject. To some it was associates the cultivated and refined of both either the advantages of a coaling station, or
At last, disgusted with the school. so much more gold, sugar, coffee, and rum master's drudgery, he determined to adopt a added, free of duty, to their commerce; but new calling, and sailed for Kingston, Ja., on to him it was the door which opened the way the 6th of March, 1840, as supercargo of the for our laws, civilization, and Christianity, to brig “ Olive Chamberlain.” An account of permeate a half-barbarous community of this voyage was published in two numbers of blacks, who are keeping up to this day many “ The Dial,” in 1843. Emerson speaks of it of the superstitious practices which they as follows: " It seems to me the best of all brought from Africa. On the eve of the comsea voyages. Besides its rhetorical value, it mission's departure from New York he was has another quite additional, inasmuch as it obliged reluctantly to give up his share in it, realizes so fully for me the promise of the on account of sickness; but he kept, to the large, wisc boy who made my school-days in day of his death, the unshaken faith, that, Chelmsford so glad by his lively interest in sooner or later, the islands of the West Indies books and his native delight in ethical will form a part of the great Republic of thought, and life looks more solid and rich to America; and he left, unpublished, a most me when I see these many years keep their interesting and valuable account of the confaith.” Hawthorne cites this piece from "The dition of society as he found it in Hayti, which Dial” as "a solitary, example of facts which his long intercourse with its people, his symhad not lost their vigor by passing through pathy for them, and his insight into character, the mind of a thinker."
rendered him peculiarly fitted to describe. In 1842 Mr. Hunt went to Hayti to engage in Mr. Hunt died at the Harrison Mansion, mercantile business, landing at Cape Haytien Frankford, Philadelphia, February 2, 1877. in May, 1842, just after the earthquake had His physican said, “When I look at Mr. nearly buried the town. Here, at the scene of Hunt in his sufferings, I can think of no other the defeat of Le Clerc's expedition, he visited word than ‘majestic,' to describe his appearthe birthplace of Toussaint, and the old haunts ance.” When some one said to him a few of Dessalines and Christophe, and here be- days before his death, "I think you will be a gan his study of the West Indian negro char- judge in the spirit world,-for if ever any one acter and his almost unique collection of could decide between right and wrong, jus. books relating to these islands. Success at tice and injustice, you are that one,” he retended his efforts, and he became the head of plied, “I cannot tell what I shall be there, a wealthy commercial house in Port-au- nor even if I shall go to heaven; but wherePrince. The natural integrity of his charac- ever the Lord appoints me, and gives me a ter, his close attention to business, and his work to do, there is my place, and there I pleasure in literature, kept him from the dis shall be satisfied.” Very respectfully, sipation and immorality into which foreigners
SAMUEL C. HUNT, his nephew.