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This Day in Boston History
January 31st, 1817
Massachusetts Peace Society
On this day
the Massachusetts Peace Society called for the establishment of an international
body to settle controversies between nations.
Founded by minister and writer Noah
Worcester who held the group's meetings in his home, the Mass. Peace
Society grew to include the most respected ministers, judges and other
community leaders throughout the state. Similar societies were formed
throughout New England and further west.
He is remembered beneath a memorial in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery which reads:
"To Noah Worcester, D.D., erected by his friends, in commemoration
of zealous labors in the cause of peace: and of the meekness, benignity
and consistency of his character, as a Christian philanthropist and divine:
"Speaking the Truth in Love."