The ceremony to lay the cornerstone of the church building was held at 6:00 PM. After singing a psalm and saying a prayer, a sealed box was placed into the cornerstone. The box’s contents included:
The event concluded with remarks from Joel Hawes and Calvin Stowe. Between 300 and 400 people attended the event.
Neat Little Tidbit
There’s a connection between the corner stone and the installation of Joseph Twichell, and it’s The Independent. Leonard Bacon, who participated in the service to install Joseph Twichell, worked on The Independent with Beecher.
Put into context
In case you hadn’t guessed, Asylum Hill Congregational Church was Republican. This would also be true of Asylum Hill through the end of the 19th century and of the Hartford Courant. That notwithstanding, Lincoln died just over two weeks before this ceremony.
Trust but verify
Of note, the 1908 article on the lecture before the men’s club, the 1915 article on the 50th anniversary of the church, and the 1940 article on the 75th anniversary of the church all give May 5 for the date of the laying of the cornerstone. Since I found the contemporary article on the ceremony, I’ll stick with May 2.
Question to pose
Where was Horace Bushnell?
Swartz, Melva J., “Hill Church Will Observe Anniversary,” Hartford Courant, March 18, 1940, page 1.
Unattributed, “Fiftieth Anniversary of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church,” Hartford Courant, February 14, 1915, page X5
Unattributed, “History of the Hill Church – F. Irvin Davis Gives It in Brief,” Hartford Courant, March 2, 1908, page 4.
Unattributed, “Laying a Corner Stone,” Hartford Daily Courant, May 3, 1865, page 2.Related Chronicle: