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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE LIBRARY OF
JOHN CHIPHAN GRAY

JULY 12, 1923

BOSTON:

PRINTED BY FREEMAN AND BOLLES,

DEVONSHIRE STREET.

MICROFILMED AT HARVARD

PREFATORY NOTICE.

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The Historical Society consider it to be one important object of their Institution, to multiply copies of rare and valuable works relative to our Country. The History, to which they now invite the attention of their friends, was never published. Many of their associates, and others, have expressed a wish that it might be given to the public, as it is the original source from which several of our earliest historians derived much of their information.

The Society acknowledge, with gratitude to the memory of their most valued and respected associate, that this precious relic was among the rich contributions furnished by Rev. Dr. John Eliot from his invaluable collection of the treasures of American history and antiquities. It is believed to have been rescued by his excellent father from the fury of the mob, in the depredations on the house, furniture, and library of Governor Hutchinson.

The General Court, 11 Oct. 1682, granted fifty pounds to the Author, “as a manifestation of thankfulness” for this history, "he transcribing it fairly, that it

may be the more easily perused.” The copy, from which this first edition is printed, was probably taken

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