Excerpt from The History of Swanzey: New Hampshire, From 1734 to 1890
The desire to know the history of one's ancestors, to perpetuate the heroism and noble deeds of his forefathers, is well nigh universal. This feeling is not limited to civilized society, it is not peculiar to people who have a written language. The wild Indian of the forest, knowing nothing of letters, in his own peculiar way recounts to his children the exploits of his fathers, and tradition does for him in part what the historian does for an enlightened people.
It has long been the feeling of many of the citizens of Swanzey, of those who love their home and revere the memory of those who have gone before them, of those whose interests are identified with the welfare of the town, that some measures should be taken to arrange, preserve, and put in a readable form the record of those events in our early history which could be obtained, and which were worthy of preservation.
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