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Boston, Dec. 1, 1880:
My Dear Children: - I think it will interest you to hear about Boston in former days; and I shall tell you not only what I myself remember but also what I have heard from still older persons. Boston was built on a peninsula,- which is. a point of land not quite surrounded by water, but connected with the mainland by a narrow neck. This neck is now so built upon and enlarged by filling in the water on either side that you could scarcely discover it, but on it was the road leading to Roxbury, which is now called Washington Street. You could fee the water on both sides of the road in my youth,- the ocean on one side, and Charles River on the other. The Indians called this peninsula Shawmut.
Mrs. Ephraim Peabody
Massachusetts Society for the prevention of cruelty to children
Peabody, Mrs. Ephraim, "Old Boston for young eyes" (1880). Books and Publications. 62.