The following invitation to the "old boys" was duly honored and respected: --
Dear Sir: Many of the graduates and former members of the old High School in Springfield are desirous of gathering together in a social union all who were connected with the school at any time from its organization in 1828 to its discontinuance in 1840—that among the scenes of their boyhood they may renew early friendships, recall pleasant memories of their Alma Mater, and "Know again the happy visions of their youth."
The undersigned, having been appointed a committee to make arrangements for the meeting, extend to you a most cordial invitation to participate in the festivities of the occasion, and hope that for "Auld lang syne" you will not fail of being present. The day named for the gathering is Thursday, the 21st of August.
An early reply is requested, addressed to the Secretary of the Committee.
*JAMES D. BREWER,
JAMES B. HATCH,
*GEORGE B. MORRIS,
*CHARLES 0. CHAPIN,
JOHN B. STEBBINS,
CHARLES W. CHAPIN,
*A. D. BRIGGS,
ABIJAH W. CHAPIN,
*JOSEPH C. PYNCHON,
*HORACE C. LEE,
EPHRAIM W. BOND,
BENJANIIN K. BLISS,
*JAMES G. ALLEN,
*HENRY R. VAILLE.
JAMES KIRKHAM, Secretary.
SPRINGFIELD, July 3, 1856.
The following notice of the re-union appeared in the Springfield Republican of August 22, 1856: —
THE OLD HIGH SCHOOL RE-UNION.—The gathering of scholars in the old High School on School street — from 1828 to 1840— and their dinner together at the Warriner House, on Thursday evening, formed a very interesting and to the participants a delightful episode in the history of the week. About one hundred responded to the call, full one-third coming from distant homes to be present. There was a considerable representation of the first scholars in the old school, including Thomas N. Dale of Paris, France, Messrs. Blake and Potter of New York, Emery of Boston, Goodman of Hartford [now of
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