(Read before Somerville
Historical Society December 20, 1905.)
The presence of so many friends, acquaintances, and fellowcitizens is encouraging, as well as complimentary.
I must regret that so many will be disappointed,—not finding in the theme of my paper this evening, or in its treatment, the interesting relation hoped for.
I come not before you this evening to give instruction to you, whose object and aim is the acquisition and dispensing of local history; but I beg to call to your minds that, at the dates covered by the theme of my paper, Charlestown
were contiguous in territory, with a common boundary reaching from Miller
's river to Burlington
bounded with Lynn
on the northeast, and with Boston
on the Mystic river
, as Chelsea
was early a part of Boston
This most ancient town of Middlesex County
was the third settlement in the limits of Massachusetts
, outside of Plymouth plantation.
The first Court of Assistants was held at Charlestown
In every line of business and commerce Charlestown
is a contraction in speech of Philip, unknown in England
before the Conquest
, and one of many forms indicative of the popularity of the fifth apostle.
were seated in the shires of Gloucester
, and Northampton
They bore arms and were esteemed among the gentry.
The immediate family, whence the Phipps of Charlestown
derived issue, were of Wiltshire
, where various members of the race are on record as sheriffs.