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filSCOVERY TO MDCLXXX.
"Mr. Hubbard was certainly for many years the most eminent minis-
The late Res. Jobh Eliot, O. D. Cor. Sec. JStt. Sec.
BY. THE MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
C»mbridge::::Hilliard & Metcalf.
District of Massachusetts, to wit:
District Clerk's office.
B« it remembered, that on the second day of June, A. D. 1814, and in the thirty eighth year of the independence of the United States, Joseph Mckiak, of the said district, in the name and behalf of the Massachusetts Historical Society, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof the said Society claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
"A general history of New England, from the discovery to Mdclxxx. By the Rev. William Hubbard, minister of Ipswich, Mass. 'Mr. Hubbard was certainly for many years the most eminent minister in the county of Essex; equal to any in the province for learning and candour, aud superiour to all his contemporaries as a writer.' The late Rev. John Eliot, D. D. Cor. Sec. Hist. Soc."
In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of suoh copies, during the times therein mentionedand also to an act, entitled, " An act, supplementary to an act, entitled an act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned i and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
Clerk of the district of Massachusetts.
THE Historical Society consider it to be one important object of their Institution, to multiply copies of rare and valuable works relative to our Country. The History, to which they now invite the attention of their friends, was never published. Many of their associates and others have expressed a wish, that it might be given to the publick; as it is the original source from which several of our earliest historians derived much of their information.
The Society acknowledge, with gratitude to the memory of their most valued and respected associate, that this precious relick was among the rich contributions, furnished by Rev. Dr. John Eliot from his invaluable collection of the treasures of American history and antiquities. It is believed to have been rescued by his excellent father from the fury of the mob in the depredations on the house, furniture and library of Governour Hutchinson.
The General Court, 11 Oct. 1682, grant ed fifty pounds to the Author, "as a manifestation of thankfulness" for this history, "he transcribing it fairly, that it may be the more easily perused." The copy, from which this first edition is printed, was probably taken for the purpose of securing the benefits of