cannot be omitted by us in Boston without detriment to the
Masonic family springing from us. This being true, the Prince
Hall Grand Lodge will celebrate the day in behalf of all con¬
cerned. It will be my duty, therefore, to respectfully decline
your invitation on this account.
Wishing success to those who will meet at Philadelphia,
I am fraternally yours,
THE STORY OF A WATCH-CHAIN.
Mr. Lewis Haydex, Past Grand Master of the Prince Hall
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.
My Dear Sir, — You asked me to put into permanent shape
the story I told you of the chain which I wore on the day
I informed you of its history. I will do so, that it may be
preserved in the archives of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of
In the year 1729 the Rev. Jonathan Bowman, son of Capt.
Joseph Bowman of Lexington, who had five years before
graduated with distinction from Harvard College, was called
by the ancient church in Dorchester as colleague to the Rev.
John Danforth. He was duly ordained in November of the
year above mentioned ; and shortly after married Elizabeth
Hancock, daughter of Rev. John Hancock, commonly styled
" Bishop" on account of his ecclesiastical prominence. Her
mother was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Clark ; she was
the sister of Thomas Hancock, who built the famous house
which stood on Beacon Street, subsequently the Governor's
Soon after his marriage, Jonathan Bowman purchased, in
1730, land that had formerly been a portion of the Gov.
Stoughton homestead, and upon it erected a house, which still
stands upon Savin-hill Avenue in Dorchester. Here were
born to the young clergyman and his wife five children ; and
when on the 16th of December, 1741, the sixth claimed a
family conference as to what name it should bear, it was
decided that the new-comer should be called Lydia, in honor
of Lydia Henchman, who had married Thomas Hancock.