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ditions which the London Cornhill had and has to the river front in London. The young reader should remember that Washington Street so far as it had one name was called the Main Street. Coming north from our Dover Street, the traveller passed through Orange Street, then through Newbury Street, next through Marlborough Street, which extended from Winter Street to School Street, and then through Cornhill northward to Dock Square. This is precisely as in passing east through what was the Main Street of London of those days, the traveller would have passed through the Cornhill of that thoroughfare. The London Cornhill retains its name. Ours was changed in 1824 to the all-conquering name of Washington, which is now applied to the whole of the “ Main Street” and “ the Neck” of the Fathers, as indeed, it is applied by local authorities many miles further.
But in familiar conversation, the old name Cornhill was retained for a generation, and indeed, would be understood to-day, if you were speaking to Boston people more than fifty years old. The name Cornhill is now applied to the Market Street of an earlier period.
Young readers should remember that Orange Street, Newbury Street, and Marlborough Street were names given in honour of the Prince of Orange, of the Puritan victory at Newbury, and of the Duke of Marlborough. All of them show what were the Whig and Puritan feelings of the people who gave them. All three of the names in our time have been transferred from the old localities.
We are all greatly obliged to Mrs. Harriet Blackstone C. Butler for the pains she has taken to rescue for popular use this interesting memorial of the education of the fathers and mothers of New England.
Edwrud & Hale Karries Blackstone . Rutter
WITHOUT ADDITION OR ABRIDGEMENT.
EMBRACING, ALSO, A RELIABLE
LIFE OF THE GOOSE FAMILY,
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1833, by MUNROE & FRANCIS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
HEAR WHAT MA'AM GOOSE SAYS! My dear little Blossoms, there are now in this world, and always will be, a great many grannies besides myself, both in petticoats and pantaloons, some a deal younger to be sure; but all monstrous wise, and of my own family name. These old women, who never had chick nor child of their own, but who always know how to bring up other people's children, will tell you with very long faces, that my enchanting, quieting, soothing voluine, my all-sufficient anodyne for cross, peevish, won't-be-comforted little bairns, ought to be laid aside for more learned books, such as they could select and publish. Fudge! I tell you that all their batterings can't deface my beauties, nor their wise pratings equal my wiser prattlings; and all imitators of my refreshing songs might as well write a new Billy Shakespeare as another Mother Goose we two great poets were born together, and we shall go out of the world together.
No, no, my Melodies will never die,
HISTORY OF THE GOOSE FAMILY.
[From the Boston Transcript.]
COTTON MATHER AND MOTHER GOOSE.
Mr. Editor :-Your correspondent, N.B.S., has so decisively given a quietus to the question as to the birthplace of Cotton Mather, that there is no danger of its ever being revived again. But there is another question of equal importance to many, to the literary world in particular, which should in like manner be put to rest. Who was Mother Goose ? and when were her melodies first given to the world? These are questions which have been often asked, but have never been satisfactorily answered. The recent publication of a book called “Mother Goose for Old Folks” has again