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Action of the Town

Action of the Town

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Excerpt from Action of the Town: Organization of the Committee

If the lapse of years makes history, the municipal life of Milton running back two and a quarter centuries, and the settlement of the precinct reaching twenty-live years farther into the past, would seem to furnish rich material for the historic pen. Had there been an early annalist to record the events of passing years, the labor of the historian would have been comparatively light. As it is, most of the occurrences and transactions of other days, with the actors therein, have passed out of the knowledge of the present; the sources from which they can be reproduced are scanty and obscure, and the imperfect information that exists must be collected from widely dispersed records.

To bring together the material thus scattered, and to collate from contemporaneous history the matter that ought to pass on to those who follow us, has been the work of the committee selected by the town.

While engaged in this work, their associate, the Hon. James M.Bobbins, who was versed above others in the early history of the town, was removed by death. Before the prostration of his powers, the first nine chapters of our history, then written, were in his possession for three months, and received his careful examination and approval. lie also furnished the committee with valuable notes, memoranda, and statistical information not found in his bi-centennial address; and his executors have kindly placed in our hands all Milton documents falling into their custody at his decease. But, for all this, it is fully believed that the unwritten history lost by his death far exceeds in value what he has written.

This volume covers the entire period of local history from 1634, when the first house was built south of the river, and even from the laud-grants of an earlier date, to the present time. The sources from which early facts and essential information have been derived can hardly be enumerated; chief among them are the following: Town Records; State Archives; Massachusetts Historical Society; New England Historic Genealogical Society; Early files of Boston newspapers at the Boston Athen?um. We are greatly indebted to many citizens of Milton for useful suggestions and practical help.

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