“With rainbow colors, the frost fish and the smelt,
As good as ever Lady Gustus felt.”
- 1634. William Wood. New Englands Prospect. UMass Press:1977. p. 54.
“[Roxbury] …having a clear and fresh brook running through the town, up which there come no alewives yet there is great store of smelts, and therefore is called Smelt Brook.”
- 1634. William Wood. New Englands Prospect. UMass Press:1977. p. 58.
“Of Smelts there is such abundance, that the Salvages doe take them up in the rivers with baskets, like sives.”
- 1636. Thomas Morton, New English Canaan. p.89.
“ …Shrimps Smelt Spurlin….”
(1674) John Josslyn, Colonial Traveler . University Press of New England. 1988. p.82.