Walks and Rides in the Country Round about Boston: Covering Thirty-six Cities and Towns, Parks and Public Reservations, Within a Radius of Twelve Miles from the State House

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Appalachian mountain club, 1898 - Boston (Mass.) - 419 pages

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I have only read a few sections of this so far, but I have already found that natural history recorded by the author is fascinating. He reports species of plants that were growing in areas over 100 years ago, which were of interest to botanists at the time, and could be of great interest to botanists in modern times. The history of the people, places and towns is wonderful to read. 

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