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manufactures of iron, leather, mar-
ble, &c., in the town, but agricul-
ture is the chief pursuit of the in-
habitants. Incorporated, 1767. Pop-
ulation, 1837, 1,277.

Leominster, Mass.

Worcester co.- A beautiful town,
of an excellent'soil, and great wa-
ter power, on both sides of a prin-
cipal branch of Nashua river, 42
miles N. W. from Boston, and--20
N. from Worcester. This town was
taken from Lancaster in 1740, and
shared with that town in -the suffer-
ings occasioned by Indian hostility.
The manufactures of Leominster,
for the year ending April 1, 1837,
exclusive of the product of 5 paper
mills, was $111,$05. The articles
manufactured were leather, boots,
shoes, hats," axes, chairs, cabinet
ware, combs, tin ware,- straw bon-
nets, palm-leaf hats, chaises, car-
riages, and harnesses. Population,
1037, 1,944.

A rich alum rock has been found
in this town which is said to be a
decomposed mica slate. It con-
tains an abundance of beautiful
plumose, or feather form alum, like
that of Milo, one of the Grecian
isles, mixed with the green crys-
tals of copperas, or sulphate of iron.

Levant, Me.

Penobscot co. This town lies
principally on the j§. W. side of
Kenduskeag stream, by which and
its tributaries it is well watered.
The soil is good and productive.—
The wheat crop of 1837 was 3,432
hushels. Levant lies 78 miles N. E.
from Augusta, and
10 N. W. from
Bangor. Incorporated, 1813. Pop-
ulation, 1830, 747; 1837, 1,081.

Leverett, Mads.

Franklin co. A good grazing
town, on high ground, 8-5 miles W.
N. W. from Boston,, and 10 S. E.
from Greenfield. The town is wa-
tered by Roaring brook, a rapid
stream, on which is a cascade, and
some wild scenery, worthy of the
traveler’s notice. Incorporated,

1774. Population, 1837, 902.

Lewiston, Me.

Lincoln co. Lewiston lies on the
E. side of Androscoggin river, at
the falls. The waters of that river
descend 47 feet in the distance of
12 to 15 rods, and produce a valu-
able hydraulic power. The town
extends on the river about 13 miles,
and is connected with Minot by a
bridge, at the foot of the falls, of
1*000 feet in length. This is a town-
ship of good land, with some manu-
factures of woolen and cotton goods,
and a number of saw mills. Wheat
crop, 1837, 1,920 bushels. Incor-
porated, 1795. Population, 1830,
1,549; 1837, 1,737. Lewiston is
28 miles S. W. from Augusta, 34
N. by E. from Portland, and 25 N.
W. from Bath.

Lexington, Me.

Somerset co. This town lies 57
miles from Augusta. Population,
1837, 457. Wheat crop, same year,
2,346 bushels. See “ Down East.”

Lexington, Mass.

Middlesex co. This pleasant town
lies 10 miles N. W. from Boston,
and 7 E. from Concord. Incorpo-
rated, 1712. Population, 1837,
1,622. There ar.e some excellent
farms in this town, large tracts of
meadow on some of the branches
of the Shawsheen, which rise here,
and some valuable woodland. The
manufactures consist of boots, shoes,
caps, clocks, cabinet ware, and cal-
ico printing: annual value, about

Lexington will ever he an inter-
esting place, as here the first blood
was shed in the cause of American
Independence. “ A detachment of
British soldiers were sent at day-
light on the morning of the 19th of
April, 1775, to take or destroy
quantity of military stores collected
at Concord. They were under the


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