Digital Commonwealth

For the Dinner of the First City Government

Newton Free Library

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Presented here is a letter (postmarked Jan. 1, 1889) addressed to the Honorable James F. C. Hyde, Newton's first Mayor, who served 1874-1875.

The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of and provide insight into Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community.