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izations, collations, and by relerences
bring together in an alphabetical arrange-
ment related things, not simply make a
cumbersome list ot prominent words and
page numbers. Take the following ex-
amples which fail of entry m this sub-
ject index : education, taxes, crime or
criminals, bounds or boundaries, Indians,
town meetings, drainage, civil actions,
liens, military, fines, and other matter
with which the book is filled. The town
had often recurring troubles with neigh-
boring towns over the boundaries. A
bright thought may lead the reader to
look at the word "line," and there he will
find among many references that Windsor
was the most harrassing neighbor. Why
enter "meeting-house" and not church
or religion with a reference ? No more
interesting subject to the student than the
land tenure is found in the record. Here
the index, though minute, is not appar-
ently arranged ; so you look after "pro-
portions of division" to find "allotment
of" lands. The straying cattle, hogs and
other beasts occasioned many votes, but
under pounds there is no reference to the
fines or poundage. Cattle are mentioned
but not hogs or horses. "Highways" is
also badly digested. Provision was early
made against the danger of fire, but one
must look under "ladder" to find it.
Why both "Ousatunuck" and "Housa-
tunuck" with differing references? It is
not a pleasant task to single these out from
dozens of others for censure, but the vol-
ume deserved a better index. H.

" Historical Sketches of New
Haven," is the title of a book written
and published by Miss Ellen Strong
Bartlett. The articles included are,
"The New Haven Green," "A New
Haven Church," "The Grove Street
Cemetery," " Hillhouse Avenue," and
" John Trumbull, the Patriot Painter."
The author, in her prefatory note,
says : " These papers have ap-
peared by request, from time to
time, in The Connecticut Quarterly
and the Ne^o England Magazine, and



as some of them are out of print, it
has seemed best to bring them to-
gether in this volume.

"Although they are an humble con-
tribution to the literature that is ac-
cumulating with reference to New
Haven, they are the result of loving
and careful research in the most trust-
worthy sources of information, and it
is earnestly hoped that everything
therein stated as a fact rests on un-
doubted testimony.

" We cannot too often recount the
efforts made in planting the tree, if
thereby those who eat the fruit are in-
cited to till the soil about the roots."

This book can be had at book stores,
or of Miss Ellen Strong Bartlett, Red-
ford Park, Stamford, Conn. Price,

We are glad to see another book
from the pen of Rev. Frank Samuel
Child, author of "An Old New Eng-
land Town," " The Colonial Parson of
New England," etc. Whatever Mr.
Child writes, we may be sure is of
highest excellence. His latest book,
"A Colonial Witch," is of this order.

This book is a keen and sympathetic
study of the social conditions which
prevailed in Connecticut between the
years 1640 and 1660.

The author is a ripe scholar in colo-
nial history, and has given special at-
tention to the psychology of the witch-
craft delusion. His treatment of the
theme takes the form of a well sus-
tained and fascinating narrative. Mr.
Child has made large use of town and
court records, private journals and
public documents in the historic set-
ting of the narrative.

The analysis of the witch's character
is a deft and subtle piece of literary

workmanship, suggestive of the deep
problems connected with this popular
superstition. Although the theme is
a sombre one, the author charms his
reader by the play of quaint fancy and
genial humor.

The black art was a tragic reality in
the opinion of the masses. The colony
of Connecticut was one with the whole
world in its ready credence. In por-
traying a remarkable phase of life in
this early period of American history,
the author has endeavored to incite an
interest that shall prove charitable in
respect to our ancestors, at the same
time that it shall be intelligent in its
survey of the subject. i2mo., cloth,
gilt top, $1.25. Sent postpaid on re-
ceipt of the price by the Baker & Tay-
lor Co., publishers, 5 and 7 East Six-
teenth street. New York.

Free to Serve, a tale of colonial New
York, by Emma Rayner, with
cover design by Maxfield Parish.
For the background of this roman-
tic story the author has chosen a little-
worked but extremely interesiing time
and place — New York in the early
eighteenth century, when the man-
ners and customs were part Dutch and
part English, with Indians and
Frenchmen lurking in the shadows.
The romance has a new scheme of plot,
and hurries on through a series of
vivid adventures in the lives of two
brothers and the handmaid who is free
to serve, but not to plight her troth
till the end of the story. A Puritan
maid from New England lends a
piquant contrast to her Dutch rela-
tives, and thus all types of colonial
Americans are on the stage. Large
octavo, $1.50. Copeland & Day, pub-
lishers, 69 Cornhill, Boston.


With this issue of The Quarter-
ly we begin our fourth year under
most favorable circumstances, due to
the generous reception accorded it
by the public.

This we have tried to deserve, and
it is our desire and endeavor to still
continue to merit even a greater
patronage than we now have.

To this end we have planned for an

exceptionally interesting and valuable
series of numbers for the coming year.
Among other things it is our intention
to give more in the line of biograph-
ical sketches than we have heretofore.
No state in the Union is richer in this
field. Of the illustrated sketches of
towns, we have several of the most
interesting and important in prepara-
tion. The article on early text books



to be found in this number will be fol-
lowed up with more extended sketches
of those early educators, such as Web-
ster, Olney, Mrs. Willard, Daboll and
others. It is fitting in this connection
to speak of a man that has been iden-
tified with the educational interests of
our state and country for a longer pe-
riod and more prominently than any
other, and our next issue will contain
an article on Dr. Henry Barnard.
Although a great deal has been writ-
ten about Dr. Barnard of late, we in-
tend to give much information that
has never been published.

We also are planning for more short
stories of local color, which always
interest. With interesting and eife-
cient departments, genealogical, his-
torical notes, etc., we are striving, as
we always have been, to make each
succeeding year of more value as a
historical, literary and picturesque
medium of Connecticut. We always
keep in mind the ultimate object — to
make it so that the file of The Quar-
terly, as it goes on from year to year,
will be of increasing and permanent


[Contributed by David Coe, Stratford Conn.]




Westfield, Mass., Aug. 23d, 1708.
My Dear Wife :

Thies come to bring my harty love
and efections to you and to tell you of
my earnest desiar to inlbrace you in
the arms of my love hoping they may
find you and ouers in health.

I have been very well ever since I
left you for which I prays God. The
post from Abani last weeke brings
news that the enimy disagre and the
french Indians are turned bak, the
scouts from dearfield have not yet dis-
covered the army we look for a post
from Albani to morrow after which
we are in great hops of being drawn
ofe or the greater part of us.

I am just now a going to Northamp-
ton to wait on our govener, which
makes me in so much hast. So I re-
main til death your loving husband,
John Coe.

Our soldiers here are all well.
Address to Mary Coe

Living I at | Stratford |

I three | d d d

The following, taken from the Utica
Observer, is of interest in connection
with our article in this number on
" Early Text Books in Connecticut."


Theie is in Utica an old man of un-
usual intelligence, who is known to
have graduated from no college, and
yet whose perfect English, including
syntax, orthography and pronuncia-

tion, would stamp him as an educated
man in any company. One night this
old man was seated in the rooms of
the Cogburn club, when he consented
to be interviewed as follows :

" From whom did you get the foun-
dation of your education ? "

"From Webster."

" Daniel Webster ? "

" No, but Noah Webster, through
his spelling book. When I was 12, I
could spell every word in that book
correctly. I had learned all the read-
ing lessons it contains, including that
one about the old man who found
rude boys in his fruit trees one day,
and who, after trying kind words and
grass, finally pelted them with stones,
until the young scapegraces were glad
to come down and beg the old man's

" Webster's spelling book must have
been wonderfully popular."

" Yes." And a genial smile lighted
up the ancient face. " There were
more copies of it sold than of any
other work ever written in America.
Twenty-four millions is the number
up to 1847, and that had increased to
36,000,000 in i860, since which time I
have seen no account of its sale. Yes,
I owe my education to the spelling

[Contributed by Edward S. Boyd, Woodbury, Conn. J

The following is a copy of the First
Records of the 1st Co. 13th Reg't
Light Infantry Connecticut Militia,
organized at Woodbury in 1795, and
having its first drill July 25, 1795 •

We whose names are underwritten
do hereby enlist into the first Light



Infantry Company 13th Reg't and en-
gage and bind ourfelfs to conform to
all the rules and regulations adopted
by sd comp'y

Nathan, Hurd jr Richard man

Bethuel Tompkins Judson Morris

Simeon H. Minor Nathan Galpin

Da\'id Roots Jamaes Clark

Samuel Asa Galpin Truman Foot

Phineas Martin John Marshall

Samuel Atwood Ichabod Prentiss

Abram Crouchright Daniel Mitchel

Daniel Stilson jr Samuel Spoldiug

Matthew M. Morris Christopher Prentiss

lohn Judson jr William Lum

Truman Percy Thady Crammer

Amos Tuttlc DaN^d Hinman

Uri Gillct Dennis Bradley

Oliver Judson James Moody

Bishop Cramer Gideon H. Botchford

Solomon Root. Charles Thompson

Rewben Mallory Truman Martin

Garrick Bacon Noah B. Benedict

■Peter foot Samuel Martin

Elijah Calhoon Amos Smith

The above has recently come into
the hands of Edward S. Boyd of
Woodbury, as Librarian of the Wood-
bury Library. The book was pre-
sented to the library by Mrs. Carr,
daughter of the last captain of the
company, and contains the records
from 179s to 1 81 7.


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