230 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

But a short time after the late Wales Rogers set the elms in front of his house, before the middle of the 19th century, a gentleman driving past in a chaise to visit Daniel Webster stopped and spoke admiringly to Mr. Rogers about his trees.   "Why!" said Mr. Rogers, "some of the citizens here threaten to destroy them because they are on the outside of the sidewalk."   The stranger spoke with emphasis: "My name is Judge Shaw (then the famous chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court).   If anybody harms those trees in the least, inform me at once, and I will attend to them.   Those trees will be the beauty of the village."   They were never disturbed.   The late Elisha W. Hall bought and set out elm trees in vacant spots from the railroad station, along the street to the Unitarian meeting house, some ten years ago.   At the same time Walton Hall bought and set out 500 elms along the street leading from Green Harbor towards South Marshfield.


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