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was sung. The tickets were one dollar each, but the advertisement in the Boston Columbian Centinel added:
" N. B. Gentlemen who wish to take their families are informed that on purchasing four tickets they will be presented with a fifth gratis ; and those purchasing six will be entitled to two additional ones."
The concert began at six o'clock, and, like the Peace Jubilee, was held in the "Stone Chapel in School Street" (King's Chapel); it must have lasted until about ten o'clock or later. There were ninety gentlemen and ten ladies in the chorus, there was an orchestra of ten, and the organ. There were 945 people in the audience.
Criticism in those days was largely ecstasy,1 and the raptures of the press are comical to behold : " There is nothing to compare with
1 One may regard the late John S. Dwight as the link between the old criticism and the new, exactly as Lowell Mason leads from the old style of composition to the more advanced modern school; both deserve the gratitude of American musicians.