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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Parish in Medford. (search)
which there was no precedent. Until 1826 the town, as formerly, had used the meetinghouse for town meetings, but in this year the committee of the parish addressed a letter to the selectmen, stating that since the division of the town into parishes the meeting-house could not be used for town meetings without an arrangement for that purpose with the First Parish. The selectmen maintained their right to the use of the meeting-house, and informed the committee of the parish that on the 17th of May a town meeting would be held in the meeting-house, pursuant to a warrant for that purpose, to choose representatives to the General Court. The meeting-house was closed by the order of the parish committee, and one Thomas Pratt opened and entered it for the transaction of the business of the meeting. The parish committee then brought suit against him for trespass, and on trial the chief-justice maintained the right in law of the parish to the undivided control of its property. The div
ar, 1908-1909, with the following:— October 19.—Fisher Ames. Frank Gaylord Cook, Esq. November 16.—Around the Caribbean. Rosewell B. Lawrence, Esq. December 21.—The Cost of Municipal Government in Massachusetts. Charles F. Gettemy, Esq. January 18.—The Evolution of a New England Home. Mr. Frank Smith, of Dedham. February 15.—A Union Spy and Her Correspondents. Mr. John Albree, of Swampscott. April 19.—The First Inauguration of John Hancock. Francis Hurtubis, Jr., Esq., of Boston. May 17.—The West Medford Congregational Church. Deacon Herbert N. Ackerman. In the Saturday evening course the subjects and speakers were; December 5.—Shay's Rebellion. Mr. George S. Mann, of Brookline. January 2.—The Pump in the Market Place. Miss Eliza M. Gill. February 6.—From the Stage Coach to the Parlor Car. Mr. Charles E. Mann, of Malden. March 6.—The Water Supply of Medford. Mr. Fred L. Cushing, of Medford. April 3.—Some Ancient Law Suits in Upper Medford. Mr. Ar