the change of fashions, beads were no longer worn. Lydia
had them made into a gold chain, which she attached to her
watch, and wore it around her neck as long as she lived, in
remembrance of Phoebe the slave and the friend. On July
7; 1841, Lydia was married to the Rev. Benjamin Huntoon ;
and when she died, Oct. 2, 1844, the chain came into posses¬
sion of her only son, the writer. This chain was considered
as too fragile for a man ; and I therefore took the larger por¬
tion of it, in 1869, to a jeweller on Washington Street, in Bos¬
ton, in whom I had every confidence. I told him the story
of the gold in the chain, — that it was a precious heirloom,
that I wanted it melted in a separate crucible, — and gave him
a design for a strong chain. I saw it several times during
the time it was being manufactured, and know that the jew¬
eller did not deceive me.
I told you that money could not buy the chain ; but as you
desired to have in the archives of your Lodge a piece of gold
that was once owned by the wife of Prince Hall, I have cut
from the chain which my mother had made, a link, which you
will find accompanying this letter. I have now fulfilled the
promise I made you, and given you the history of my watch-
There is no man in this country whose memory is held in
greater respect by the colored people for his labors of phi¬
lanthropy and patriotism than Prince Hall. If this souvenir
of his wife, with its strange history, shall add any thing to
the interest of bygone days, you are cordially welcome to it.
Yours very truly,
D. T. V HUNTOON.
Canton, April 20, 1S83.
THE LADIES' PRINCE HALL AUXILIARY ASSOCIATION.
The Committee of Arrangements on the Centennial, before
concluding their labors, take this method to thank the ladies
of the above association for their noble efforts to raise suffi¬
cient funds to assist in defraying the expenses of the celebra¬
A circular was prepared, and distributed widely ; and by this