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To continue

Lack of space in our last issue precluded our saying all we desired regarding the Register. At the urgent request of the Society we begin a new volume, and with this number complete fifteen years of editorial service, which we must ere long turn over, we trust to younger and abler hands.

We wish to quote an appreciation which came to us in 191 I from the librarian of a great university:—

The publication issued by your Historical Society is a credit to its activities.

You deserve much commendation for your successful efforts to preserve the records of the past in your immediate neighborhood. I only wish that more such agencies existed for the purpose.

It has been our effort to maintain the reputation thus gained. The above, with a partial list of eighteen prominent Register articles, was then given on the cover page. Nine of the authors have passed away, but their work abides. The same may be said of others not therein named, whose work tells facts of Medford history found nowhere else.

We regret that no articles have recently appeared in memory of valued members and benefactors of our Society, whose presence and effort we greatly miss. Effort for such has been made by the President and editor, only to meet with disappointment more than we can express.

It is said that a former clergyman of Medford always in his public prayers expressed this desire: ‘Grant, Father, that the world may be wiser and better for our effort.’

With the same desire for the people of our home city we issue this publication.

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