Excerpt from History of the Old South Meeting-House: In Boston
The thousands who have felt interested in the fate of the Old South Meet ing-house have-nowhere been able to find a connected record of the events which have rendered it illustrious. These pages are intended to supply this deficiency, and to create a larger veneration for the monument whose his tory they record. The author waited long before beginning a work which would seem to be so worthy of an abler pen. But no such work appear ing, this was begun and finished in the hope that it might at least be deemed better than none at all.
At the meeting of June 14, 1876, it was said that if there were time to tell to the people the story of this building, the money for its preservation would be forthcoming. For every city, every church, every house, every man, every woman that has a dime, hearing this thing properly put before them, inspired by the memories of this place, would give and give freely that not a stone of this foundation, not a brick of these walls, not a tile of this roof over us, should be touched from this time forward, even forever.
Sharing this faith, the author contributes this sketch to the cause of preservation, and trusts that, in some measure, it may be instrumental in creating a public sentiment which will render the destruction of the Old South impossible. Though it has been found impracticable to make it a part of the official programme, it is hoped that it may not entirely fail in promoting the common cause.
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