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[61] No person was better informed on the history of this section than Mr. Elliot, and he prepared a brief history of the town and city in 1896.

Though we have a number of articles from his pen relating to engineering, he wrote largely on historical subjects. His writings show complete knowledge of his subject, and are altogether interesting. A partial list of his publications is as follows:—

On engineering.

As city engineer of Somerville, he prepared the reports for the years 1872-1874-1875; ‘Clay Pits and Free Baths,’ editorial in Somerville Journal, 1877; ‘Pollution of the Water Supply,’ Somerville Journal, about 1888; ‘What Somerville Needs,’ about 1890; ‘Civil Engineering as a Vocation,’ October 28, 1893; ‘A Feasible Metropolitan Boulevard for Somerville,’ December 29, 1894; ‘Proposed Charles River Dam and the Commerce and Industries of Cambridge,’ 1902; ‘Request for a Wide and Deep Lock in Charles River Dam,’ 1904.

Historical papers.

Between February 8 and August 9, 1890, he contributed to the Somerville Journal nine articles on the following subjects: ‘Revolutionary Landmarks’; ‘Aborigines’; ‘The First National Flag’; ‘Paul Revere's Ride and the March to Concord’; ‘British Retreat from Concord’; ‘Battle of Bunker Hill’; ‘Old Roads’; ‘Historic Tablets’; ‘Historic Somerville’; and, following these, ‘The Early History of Ten Hills Farm,’ Somerville Journal, November 8, 1890, and May 23, 1891; ‘Somerville in War Times,’ and ‘Early History of Somerville,’ Somerville Journal, Semi-Centennial Souvenir, March 3, 1892; a brief ‘History of Somerville,’ in ‘Somerville Past and Present,’ 1896; ‘The Somerville Historical Society,’ ‘Myles Standish and the Plymouth Explorers,’ ‘Governor John Winthrop and His Ten Hills Farm,’ ‘Somerville in the Revolution,’ all in Somerville Historical Society Souvenir, November 38-

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