BY EDWARD T. BOUVÉ.
IN the following description of the ancient landmarks of Hingham and Cohasset, it will be understood that the term includes both natural objects which have been adopted as bounds from the earliest settlement of the country, such as hills, rocks, waters, etc., and those artificial creations which come in time to be recognized as landmarks, as roads, bridges, milldams, and certain buildings.
The sources of the information from which the facts in this chapter are derived are largely traditional, although old deeds have furnished much material.
It would be improper and ungracious for the writer to omit the expression of his acknowledgements to those who have aided in his researches; and he takes great pleasure in owning his indebtedness to that interesting and valuable work, the " History of Hingham." by the late Hon. Solomon Lincoln, as well as to the "Centennial Address" and unpublished historical notes of the same gentleman.
At Hingham and Cohasset, on the south shore of Massachusetts Bay, the most delightful month of the year is October. The heats and drought of summer are past, the blustering rainstorms of September have gone, leaving as their legacy a renewed greenness and freshness to the hillsides. The forests, spreading far and wide, glow with the exquisite brilliancy of the American autumn, and the ocean stretches in blue length along the shores and up into the little bays, its ripples plashing as lazily as if they would never rise into great green waves that in December will shatter themselves in foam and spray on the mighty ledges of Cohasset. The very winds seem to sleep, in their hammock of gauzy haze, that hangs, thin and graceful, over sea and shore. Nature is taking a siesta, in restful preparation for her grim struggle with winter's tempests, fierce and furious as they the on this coast.
I invite you to spend a few of these bright October days in seeking out the ancient landmarks of this old Puritan town of
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