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of an historical introduction to these volumes is, chiefly, to present purpose
a narrative of public events which would dispense with frequent repetitions in the histories of the separate towns constituting the county, and thus secure a unity otherwise unattainable. For this design a general outline of the colonial history of Massachusetts was found to be indispensable.
No history of Middlesex could be written that did not largely embody the apnals of Charlestown, the parent of all the towns of the county; the important part bas, therefore, been related in the introduction, instead of in a separate article.
The history of Brighton, which so long formed a constituent part of the county, was also deemed essential to the general coinpleteness of the work, more especially as the municipality has no separate written history of its own.
Deeming such a course not only equitable, but for the interests of historic truth, the authors of the articles in this work have freely expressed their own views upon controverted questions, but the editor accepts the responsibility only for what is embraced in the introductory chapters.
SAMUEL ADAMS DRAKE.
MELROSE, August 20, 1879.