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ENTERED, ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS, IN THE YEAR 1850, BY

G. H. HOLLISTER,

IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OP CONNECTICUT.

POUNDRY OP
S. ANDRUS AND SON,

HART TORD.

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INTRODUCTION.

WHOEVER has had the good fortune to sail along the coast of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, during the months of early summer, among bays clustering with islands and crowned with bold headlands, has lingered, if he has an eye or a soul for the beauties of nature, upon many a spot rich in the associations of years long past, of races of men long swept from the face of the earth, who had thoughts as varied, objects of ambition as eagerly sought, and passions a thousand-fold more tempestuous, than those of their conquerors. It is the object of this work to rëtrace some of the faded and now scarcely-visible features of those exterminating wars that marked the early settlement of the English among the aborigines of what is now called New England; placing in the fore-ground of the picture a few of those prominent and leading characters who appear, when seen through the distant medium of history, almost as fabulous as the fictions of poets or the creations of an early mythology.

Litchfield, Conn., January, 1851.

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