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MORGAN, Henry, clergyman, born in Newtown, Connecticut, 7 March, 1825; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 23 March, 1884. His early life was one of hardship and poverty, and be enjoyed few educational advantages. He taught a district school for several years, was licensed to preach in the Methodist church, and after a wandering life of missionary labor went to Boston in 1859 arid preached to an independent congregation in Music hall. He organized the Boston union mission, and was active in philanthropic work. He became chaplain of the state senate in 1867, and subsequently purchased and became pastor of the Indiana place chapel. He was a popular lecturer, and during his later career engaged in crusades against church lotteries, certain amusements, and the vices of city life. He willed his church to the poor at his death. One of his last public acts was to buy 100 pairs of scales and distribute them about the city for the use of the poor who were obliged to purchase their supplies in small quantities, and were consequently at the mercy of dishonest dealers. He published juvenile books and popular addresses. Among the former are "Ned Nevins, the Newsboy" (Boston, 1869), and "Boston Within and Without" (1880).
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MORGAN, Henry James, editor, born in Quebec, Canada, 14 November, 1842. He received his education at Morrin college, Quebec, and entered the public service in 1853. In 1860 he was a sessional clerk in the legislative assembly, and in 1864-'7 served as a private secretary. On the confederation of 1867 he was appointed to the department of state, and promoted first-class clerk in October, 1873, having charge of the state records of Canada, which he removed from the old government-house in Montreal to Ottawa. In the same year he was called to the bar. On 22 December, 1875, he was given a chief clerkship, with the title of keeper of the records, and on 7 June, 1883, he was made chief clerk in the department of the secretary of state, which office he now (1888) holds. In 1884 he was thanked by the government of Victoria, Australia, for special services in connection with the proposed federal union of the Australian colonies and presented with a valuable collection of works on Australia. He is one of the seven" honorary fellows of the Royal colonial institute of England and a member of numerous societies. In 1862 he established " The Canadian Parliamentary Companion," which he continued to edit and publish until 1876, and in 1878 he began to issue "The Dominion Annum Register and Review," a concise record of the political, social, and general events of each year. He is a frequent contributor to periodicals and newspapers, and, in addition to a lecture entitled " The Place British Americans have won in History" (Ottawa, 1865), he is the author of "The Tour of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, through British America and the United States" (Quebec, 1860); " Sketches of Celebrated Canadians and Persons connected with Canada" (1860) ; " The Bibliotheca Canadensis, or a Manual of Canadian Literature" (Ottawa, 1867) ; and "The Canadian Legal Directory, a Guide to the Bench and Bar of Canada" (Toronto, 1878).
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