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Metropolis of Massachusetts, 
From Its Origins to the Present Period"

By Caleb H. Snow, Boston, 1828



Inscriptions from the Monuments in the

By Thomas Bridgeman, (New York, N. Y., 1856)

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INTRODUCTION TO "A History of Boston"

   The City of Boston owes its origin to a spirit of civil and religious liberty, which was excited to action by the persecutions that prevailed in England, during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth, and Kings James and Charles the First. Most of those who can properly be considered as first settlers arrived here, and in other parts of New-England, prior to the year sixteen hundred and forty-three. By that time, it is computed, the number of emigrants amounted to twenty-one thousand two hundred souls, or thereabouts.
   Had this multitude been composed of barbarian hordes, who, in their wanderings for sustenance, might have chanced to light upon this fair theatre in its wild and savage state, we should have had no interest in tracing their history. The wilderness they found, would have remained a wilderness still, and their descendants have been dancing yet to the orgies of [Indian Gods] Woonand and Mannit, or listening to the powaws [sic, powows] of Hobbamoc and Kiehtan. Not so with us: the hand of refinement has beautified the charms of nature; monuments of art in our own habitations and in the temples of our God, a thousand endearments and ten thousand privileges enjoyed, invite us on every side to inquire into the character of the men that have preceded us, and to review the steps in which our fathers and ourselves have been led from infancy to our present state. To do this is the object we have now set before us; and we are animated to the work by the persuasion, that a familiar acquaintance with the story of our early times will tend to generate in the reader "a love of country of the best complexion, and of the highest order; a love of country chastened and improved by elevated sentiments and dignified examples;" while the recapitulation of events more recent may serve to gratify the pride, which springs from a consciousness of having borne a part in transactions worthy to be recorded.

PREFACE TO "A History of Boston"

   This edition of the History of Boston comprises the text and notes of the first, with some corrections and additions to bring the account of the City down to the present time. The reader may expect to find in it some notice of the persecutions, which drove the first settlers of New-England from their native country, and some brief sketches of the settlements that were made or attempted to be made, in various parts of the United States, before the arrival of Governor Winthrop and the company under him, which laid the foundation of Boston. There taking up our subject, I have endeavoured to select from the mass of records, which numerous hands have left to us, those facts which appear to have excited any great or lasting interest among the inhabitants of this metropolis; such especially as exhibit most strongly the esprit du corps which has rendered them illustrious for their devotion to the cause of humanity, of learning, and of civil and religious liberty.
   In my own mind our history divides itself into six principal epochs; the first terminating with the deaths of Winthrop and Cotton; the second, with the loss of the old charter and the reception of the new, in 1692; the third, at the arrival of Gov. Bernard, in 1760; the fourth, with the war of the Revolution, in 1783; the fifth, with the adoption of the city charter; and the events that have occurred since that period constituting the sixth and last. On each of these epochs I have bestowed a share of attention, sufficient, I trust, to make the volume somewhat instructive to many and somewhat entertaining to all.
   It was my aim in composing this work, that it should be minutely accurate and scrupulously correct, and I therefore almost invariably adopted the words of the recorder or contemporary historian, and gave most of my descriptions precisely as I found them, whenever I could ascertain their correctness. To this circumstance, the great variety in the style of the language which is employed, may in some measure be imputed: and the reader can easily distinguish, without more marks of quotation, whatever is mine. The emendations [changes], which my friends have proposed, are made either in the body of the work or in the notes to the articles in the index. The plan I have pursued comports best with the circumstances under which the present edition is published, and also with that I have in view, should the public patronage call for another in my day. In the mean time, I shall feel myself under obligation to all who may take interest enough in the work, to furnish information, which may contribute to its improvement in any respect.
Boston, November, 30, 1827.


Isaac Johnson
Memoir of Governor Bowdoin
Memoir of Lieut.-Governor Cushing
Memoir of Governor Bellingham
Memoir of Governor Dudley
Memoirs of the Wallet Family
Memoir of Governor Leveret
Memoir of Uriah Cotting
Memoirs of the Ministers of the Old South Church
Memoir of Dr. Joseph Eckley
Memoir of the Rev. John Bacon
Memoirs of the Amory Family
Memoir of Governor Increase Sumner
Sketch of the Sumner Family
Names of those deposited in Governor Sumnerís Tomb
Some account of the Hyslop Family
Pedigree of the Direct Line of Gov. Sumner
Memoir of Dr. Jeremy Belknap
Letter from Dr. Thaddeus William Harris
Memoir of Edmond Montfort
Memoir of Captain Barnabas Binney
Memoirs of the Bass Family
Letter from Rev. Dr. Samuel Sewall
Memoirs of the Sewall Family
Memoirs of the Parker Family
Memoir of Arthur Mason
Memoir of Abraham Perkins
Governor Christopher Gore
Edward Bumstead
Memoir of Elizabeth Poole
Memoir of Rev. Thomas Baldwin
Memoir of Elisha Brown
Memoir of Edward Pierce
Memoir of Judge Wadsworth
Victims of the Boston Massacre
Memoir of Andrew Johonnot
Memoir of Abraham Lee
Memoir of the Hunt Family
Memoirs of the Cabbot Family
Memoirs of the Child Family
Memoirs of the Pemberton Family
Memoir of William Trask
Memoir of Peter Faneuil
Memoir of General Joseph Warren
Memoirs of the Russell Family
Lines by Mrs. D. Ellen Goodman
Memoirs of the Butler Family
Memoirs of the Philips Family
Memoirs of the Minot Family
Memoirs of the Lowell Family
Memoirs of the Clark Family
Memoir of Deacon Luther Clark
Memoirs of the Brattle Family
Memoir of Dr. [Josiah] Franklin
Memoir of Benjamin Franklin
Memoirs of the Holmes Family
Memoir of Lieutenant James Torrey
Memoirs of the Hale Family
Memoir of Lieutenant-Governor Gray
Memoirs of the Loring Family
Memorials of the Codman Family
Memoir of George Felt
Memoir of Rev. John Baily
Memoir of Lieut.-Gov. William Dummer
Memoir of George Blake
Memoir of Governor John Haynes
Descendants of Captain William Greenough
Memoirs of the Tappan Family
Memoirs of the Shaw Family
Memoirs of the Thorndike Family
Memoirs of the Palfrey Family
Memoir of Humphrey Barrett
Memoir or Edmund Geeenleaf
Memoir of Governor [John] Hancock
Monument at Bloody Brook
Memoirs of the Lathrop Family

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