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t wave—and wind-driven river of Boston bay.
But perhaps someone asks, Why Mystic river?
We reply, The river has nothing mystical or mysterious, and the name as spelled, Mystic, is a misnomer.
It has come to be thus commonly spelled because of the identical sound of the letters i and y, and the dropping of the k, which in time was superfluous to the c which the English had introduced.
(Note also Merrimack—Merrimac.)
The ancient maps show it as Mistick and Medford river, but as late as 1885 Mr. Usher felt called upon to state, on page 18, History of Medford,
More probably the fact that the current in this stream flows sometimes in one direction, and sometimes in the opposite, may have seemed, to those who first witnessed the phenomena, something mysterious, and have suggested the name.
We venture the query, Was the Missi-tuk or Mistick any different from any other tidal stream?
and add the above to our list of Medford myths.
Incidentally we may add another recently t