se—And we have refused to grant recommendations to your honorable Board on the applications of [here follow several names] for the reason amongst others that each of said applicants have been indicted for a violation of the License Laws the past year.
And we most earnestly pray your Honors to withhold granting Licenses to any Persons in the Town who are not recommended by us—believing it to be the sincere and general opinion of the inhabitants by a test vote on the temperance Question, last March, that the Public good does not require the sale of Ardent Spirits except for Medicinal purposes & the arts: as manifested by choosing a Board of Selectmen pledged to sustain the course we have taken relative to the applications aforesaid—your concurrence in our views & the wishes of a large majority of the inhabitants & legal voters of this town is most humbly and respectfully requested—
Signed by the Selectmen. [Galen James, Timothy Cotting, James O. Curtis] Medford, May 7, 1838 Vol. 4