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CITY OF BOSTON.
In Common Council, January 5, 1857.
ORDERED, That His Honor the Mayor be requested to furnish a copy of his Address, delivered this day, that the same may be printed.
OLIVER STEVENS, President.
GENTLEMEN OF THE CITY COUNCIL:
We are assembled by the returning year to assume our official labors and responsibilities, under circumstances of general prosperity and encouragement. That Gracious Being whose directing providence may be seen not less in the affairs of men, than in the beautiful order and harmony of the physical universe, has continued to our beloved city the possession of those high intellectual and social privileges which have been her distinctive characteristics in the days that are past. During the year just closed, no desolating pestilence has visited her borders, sweeping promiscuous multitudes from her streets. No devouring conflagrations have laid waste her property or dwellings. Domestic discord has found no resting place in the hearts of her people. A thriving commerce continues to bear its treasures to her wharves;— iron roads gather the fruits of the forest, the field, and the factory; while industry everywhere meets its full reward, and crowning plenty scatters her bounty with unsparing hand. The supremacy of law is universally