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PREFACE.

THIS little work, now offered to the patronage of the public, derives its importance from the times and subjects of which it treats, rather than from its size or execution. The affairs of a township so small as East-Haven, cannot be expected to furnish materials for a narrative, or for a statistical account, so interesting as those of large towns, and especially those which were first colonized, and were concerned in the transactions of the first settlements of New-England. Yet it should be recollected, that some small towns, and the maritime towns in particular, were once constituent parts of the first colonies. This is true of East-Haven. It was a part of the ancient colony of New-Haven; and was connected with that colony and town, in all its domestic and foreign concerns, about 140 years. In this town also, the Quinipiack tribe of Indians had their planting ground, their forts, their place of burial, and their last place of residence. Here, too, the first Iron-works in Connecticut were established, and continued for about 25 years ; and made Stoney River a place of business, for both New-Haven.and Branford. These ancient affairs, with some events of a more recent date,-events, too, that grew out of

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