Introduction.


   The author was somewhat surprised (and he thinks the reader will be also) to find when searching through libraries and records, for matter for this work, that Marshfield in the historic growth of the country, was not so much engaged in the processes of legal enactments, as in being the harbor, the stronghold and the home of our greatest men, who gave birth, stability and strength to the powerful government under which we live.   Garrett in his book, "The Pilgrim Shore," in speaking of Marshfield says: "An old town that has been truly said, shares with Plymouth the interest that attaches to the early home of the Pilgrims."   And sure enough, why should we not claim for Marshfield the second place in the history of the Pilgrims, as the home of the most prominent officials of that period, and the same may be said of Duxbury, but not of any other town.   Before Marshfield became fixed as the name of our town, it was given three or four names, such as Missaucatucket, the name known by the Indians, "Green's Harbour," "Rexham," and before the landing of the Pilgrims, when Capt. John Smith sailed along the New England Coast, it was called "Oxford."

 

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