Petition of L.W. Tapan complaining of degradations committed by squirrels from the Common upon the plants etc in his conservatory, 1856 February 28, City Council proceedings, (Collection #0100.001), City of Boston Archives
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To the Mayor, and Board of Aldermen of the City of Boston,
Your petitioner Respectfully Represents -
That hertofore the City of Boston has been so renowned for the Acts of Civilization and domestic peace that it was proudly termed the Athens of America, but so it was that immediate predecessors of your honor and your honorable body actuated by some idea unknown to your petitioner caused it to be brought to this city and introduced into that portion of the public domain known as the Common, certain native Americans, yet in that barbarous and uncivilized condition which your petitioner is informed is technically called in the Law books feral natural which though known to the learned English as Squirrels are by the natives of Boston popularly called “Adjidaumo.” Your petitioner is informed, as by the subsequent narration will evidently appear that these animals were not natives of the County of Suffolk, nor accustomed to the reign of law and order, but ill conditioned marauders and filibusters whose acts ought not to receive the countenance of the worshipful fathers of the City.