VOLUME VIII., now issued, contains the Transactions of the Society at thirteen Stated Meetings, from November, 1902, to November, 1904, both inclusive, in continuation of Volume VII.

    The papers in this book cover a variety of subjects, as usual, and are an indication of the scope of the Society’s work. Among the longer and more elaborate communications are those upon: the Confiscation Laws of Massachusetts; the Origin of Congregationalism; the Rev. Josse Glover and the Book of Sports; Admiralty Jurisdiction in the Colony and the Province of the Massachusetts Bay; the Use of the term State House; the word Palatine in America; the word Park in the United States; original matter relating to Franklin, and to Washington; the Ten-Shilling Bill of the Provincial Currency, and Samuel Sewall and “Angels;” the Rev. George Burdett, who came to Salem in 1635; and Joyce Junior, the somewhat noted character of Revolutionary days.

    There are many briefer papers, among them: Some Incidents in the Battle of the Brandywine; the Indian Attack on Saco and Cape Porpoise in 1689; the propounding by Richard Saltonstall to the Governor and Council of a candidate for third President of Harvard College; the Will of Edward Jackson, the ancestor of many prominent Boston families; and the Bible Record of Governor Shirley.

    There are various letters and series of letters: of James Martineau and James Russell Lowell to the Rev. Dr. William Henry Furness; of Nathaniel Walker Appleton to Eliphalet Pearson; of Joseph Parker, one of the founders of Andover; of Christopher Holder to the Governor, Magistrates, and People of the Massachusetts Bay, touching the persecution of the Quakers; of the Rev. Benjamin Colman to one of his parishioners and to the Rev. Francis Foxcroft; of John Washington, John Augustine Washington, and Judge Bushrod Washington as to the Williamsburg Declaration of Rights of June, 1776, and some matrimonial incidents in the Washington family; and of Increase Mather about a trial of an offender “frequenting the College contrary to law;” and many documents: from the papers of Richard Clarke, one of the Consignees of the Tea; depositions bearing on the Pemaquid land controversies; a deed of John Alden; and copies of obituary verses on the death of Increase Nowell in 1655, of Governor Endicott in 1665, and of Henry Withington in 1666. All these are elucidated by notes.

    The book also contains tributes to the memory of Joseph Williamson, of John Wilson, of Chief-Justice John Andrew Peters, and of Henry Dwight Sedgwick; and Memoirs of George Otis Shattuck, by Edward Henry Hall, and of William Crowninshield Endicott, by Joseph Hodges Choate.

    With a single exception, all the illustrations of this book have been engraved expressly for it by Mr. Elson.

    With the efficient aid of the Editor, the prompt publication of the Transactions of the Society is now assured, and Volume X., bringing the record down to date, is already well advanced, and a serial will be issued shortly.

    Volumes II., IV., and IX., reserved for Collections, are in preparation, and it is expected that at least one of them will be published during the year.

    For the Committee of Publication,

    John Noble,


    Boston, 31 March, 1906.