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The following facts relating to the early History of Litchfield, resting either in tradition, or concealed amidst a mass of other matter, I had the curiosity to collect in moments of leisure, and to arrange for subsequent reference. And I have deemed it well to incorporate therein, extracts from Morris' statistical account of Litchfield, as that work is nearly out of print, and the facts it contains being interesting to a native of this town. I am also indebted to gentlemen in this village, for some of the facts herein recorded. Many others are doubtless in the memory of our older inhabitants, and valuable documents may be found among the papers of those no longer living, developing the manners and customs and early history of our ancestors. Should such be communicated to me, I may hereafter take measures to embody them for preservation and the benefit or gratification of posterity.
GEORGE C. WOODRUFF.