[HOPEDALE] Ballou, Adin
History of The Hopedale Community, from Its Inception to Its Virtual Submergence in the Hopedale Parish
Lowell: Thompson & Hill - The Vox Populi Press, 1897. First Edition. This copy with an undated presentation inscription to Harvard economist Charles Phillips Huse: "C.P. Huse, from his pupil, George D. Osgood. A grandson of the man who saved the Community remnants and never received any thanks for so doing; a man who was equally eminent as a manufacturer, a philanthropist, and a kind husband and father." This apparently refers to George Draper, Osgood's maternal grandfather; Draper was a prosperous loom manufacturer who, with his brother Ebenezer, controlled nearly 75% of Hopedale's business shares. The brothers' abandonment of Hopedale in 1856 led to the community's precipitous collapse (perhaps accounting for the paucity of thanks complained of in Osgood's inscription). Octavo. Original maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt; xvii, 415pp; engr. frontis. portr. Hint of sunning to spine; bit of ink offsetting to front pastedown from presentation inscription (see note), else a very fresh, clean copy, Near Fine. DARE 1149.