This volume is the result of a careful collection and verification of facts and traditions extending over a period of more than forty-five years. It embraces the history of a New England town to the close of the Revolution — to a time when old customs and systems were disappearing and new forces in political, ecclesiastical, educational, and social affairs were springing into life. It is the story of an elder day and of a life in which much appears that is strange to a later age. If we read it aright we shall better understand our indebtedness to those generations whose labors and trials made possible the freedom and prosperity of the present; and we shall avoid that effusive worship of the fathers which is a fashion rather than the result of a knowledge of the true character of the past in its weaknesses and strength.
The difference between Old Style and New Style is so generally understood that an explanation here is needless. The chronology followed is always that of the records, which is Old Style to September 13, 1752, inclusive.
It may be understood from a statement made on page 80 that a settlement on Mystic Side before the close of 1640 is conjectural. That is not correct, as John Greenland had “halfe built his house” during that year, and others appear with him. The statement should be made to apply before the beginning of the year and not before its close.
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