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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Alice Cogswell Bemis, by Anonymous This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Alice Cogswell Bemis A Sketch by a Friend Author: Anonymous Release Date: September 12, 2010 [EBook #33713] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ALICE COGSWELL BEMIS *** Produced by The Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net. (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/American Libraries.) _ALICE COGSWELL BEMIS_ ALICE COGSWELL BEMIS _A SKETCH BY A FRIEND_ [Illustration] _BOSTON_ PRIVATELY PRINTED 1920 _The Merrymount Press . Boston_ [Illustration] ALICE COGSWELL BEMIS Alice Cogswell Bemis came from a long line of good British stock. She was in the eighth generation from John Cogswell, who was born at Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, in 1592. He was a man of standing and of considerable inherited property. Among the latter were "The Mylls," called "Ripond," situated in the parish of Fromen, Selwood, together with the homestead and certain personal property. He married Elizabeth Thompson, a daughter of the Vicar of Westbury parish. After twenty years of married life, during which they had lived in the family homestead and he had carried on his father's prosperous business, he decided to emigrate to America, and on May 23, 1625, leaving one married daughter in England, they embarked with their eight other children on the famous ship, _The Angel Gabriel_. We find no mention of a special reason for their leaving England, but it was probably the same that led many others of their type to begin life afresh in the new world; here the possibilities of the country to be developed were limitless, and doubtless these offered a better outlook for their children, whose welfare must have been uppermost in their thoughts and plans. The voyage of _The Angel Gabriel_ and its wreck off Pemaquid, on the coast of Maine, in the frightful gale of August 15, 1625, are told in the graphic story of the Rev. Richard Mather, who was a passenger on the ship _James_, which sailed from England on the same day. The _James_ lay at anchor off t
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