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The Bay State Monthly — Volume 2, No. 5, February, 1885   By:

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The Bay State Monthly — Volume 2, No. 5, February, 1885 is a riveting collection of articles that provide a glimpse into life in Massachusetts during the late 19th century. From historical essays on the early settlement of the state to profiles of famous figures like John Hancock and Nathaniel Hawthorne, this issue offers a wealth of information for those interested in the history of New England.

One particularly fascinating piece is an account of the Great Swamp Fight of 1676, a pivotal battle in King Philip's War that had a lasting impact on the region. The detailed description of the fight and its aftermath gives readers a sense of the brutality and complexity of this conflict.

The magazine also includes lighter fare, such as a charming poem about the joys of winter in Massachusetts and a humorous anecdote about a mischievous monkey in Boston. These pieces provide a nice balance to the more serious historical content, making for a well-rounded reading experience.

Overall, The Bay State Monthly — Volume 2, No. 5, February, 1885 is a well-curated collection that sheds light on the people, events, and culture of Massachusetts in the 17th and 18th centuries. Whether you're a history buff or simply curious about life in the Bay State during this time period, this issue is sure to entertain and enlighten.

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[Illustration: W'm Gaston.]



A Massachusetts Magazine .



No. 5.



Victor Hugo has written: "The historian of morals and ideas has a mission no less austere than that of the historian of events. The latter has the surface of civilization, the struggles of the crowns, the births of princes, the marriages of Kings, the battles, the assemblies, the great public men, the revolutions in the sunlight, all exterior; the other historian has the interior, the foundation, the people who work, who suffer and who wait ... Have these historians of hearts and souls lesser duties than the historian of exterior facts?"

There is much unwritten history of the Bay State: of the exterior, much is recorded; of the interior, far less. Both are valuable to posterity. It is believed that succeeding ages will hold of far greater value, and the youth of our day be benefitted more by the study of the underlying principles and causes of those events which are given a conspicuous place in history, rather than by the mere record of the surface facts.

It is profitable to study the habits and methods of individuals who stand out in bold relief in history. To derive the greatest interest and value from such lives it is well to follow them from early childhood... Continue reading book >>

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