M HE author has had a twofold object in presenting
I this work for the acceptance of the public.
Besides the preservation of the old landmarks, now so
rapidly disappearing before the era of improvement, there
is a very general desire to know where the actors lived
who have given Boston such prominence in the history
of our country.
The plan has been adopted, in viewing old localities, to
tell for what they have been famous, and to briefly charac-
terize or give some conspicuous traits and public services
of the personages mentioned.
In view of the limits prescribed for this volume it has
been found necessary to condense from the abundant ma-
terial in the author's possession, but it is believed the
more important features have been given.
While the numerous local publications have been care-
fully examined, the author has in all cases preferred orig-
inal authorities in the work of compilation, and has en-
deavored to give credit where it is due. The beaten track
has been avoided as far as possible, and preference given
to such topics as have either escaped mention altogether,
or received but little notice from former writers.
In a work so largely statistical it would be a surprise if
errors did not exist, but unwearied pains have been taken
to avoid them and to render the work as free from this
objection as possible.