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Our Seal.

By J. Albert Holmes, for the Committee.

Charles D. Elliot, always interested in the Historical Society, was an active member of its Seal Committee. The Seal as finally adopted appears for the first time in this issue of Historic Leaves, and the Somerville Historical Society affectionately dedicates the first use of it to his memory.

The original drawing of the Seal was made in April. 1909 by William Henry Upham, of Somerville, an artist and illustrator, and a descendant of John Upham, of Weymouth and Malden, 1600-1681.

It consists of a shield outlined in gold, on which appears illustrated, also in gold, the launching of the Blessing of the Bay, the raising on Prospect Hill of the first American flag, and the Old Powder House. The shield is surrounded by a looped ribbon of blue, on which in gold letters is the name, ‘Somerville Historical Society,’ and the date of organization, ‘1897.’

Regarding the Blessing of the Bay, ‘Some time in 1631,’ to quote Mr. Elliot,

the governor (Winthrop) seems to have

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