Jan 6, 1868: Mayor's address to the newly unified Boston and Roxbury / by Jason Turgeon

Google now has searchable, linkable archives of tens of thousands of old newspapers!  On Jan 5, 1868, Boston officially absorbed Roxbury.  Here’s the full text of the inaugural address of Mayor Nathaniel Shurtleff.  Note that he specifically calls out funding water infrastructure for Boston Highlands.  Within two years, the standpipe on Fort Hill was built and providing high service water to the hills of Boston.