o the larger liberty of thought and action.
Current events, 1724-1734.
Extracts from town Records of Medford. by Helen T. Wild.
May 25, 1724.
Put to vote whether the town will agree to hear Mr. Turell preach two days, and Mr. Lowell preach one day, if they may be obtained, also to adjourn this meeting for three weeks, then the church to make a nomination and call in the town for choice in said nomination.
Voted in the affirmative.
At said meeting, voted that Monday the twenty-fifth day of May current be set apart for fasting and prayer that God would please to direct the affair of that day in the choice of a minister.
At a Town Meeting legally convened by adjournment from June the 15 to June the 17th current, Mr. Ebenezer Turell was chosen to settle in the work of the ministry in Medford.
At said meeting voted that the town will give to Mr. Turell when legally settled in the work of the ministry in said town one hundred pounds for his encouragement, one hundred pou
cheers at every station on the route and plenty of refreshments were furnished.
They left New York on the steamship DeSoto, on Monday morning, and arrived at Annapolis in the afternoon of April 24, after a rough passage.
Camp was made in the woods.
The next morning they proceeded to Washington, and took up their quarters in the treasury building on Saturday, April 27.
They were mustered into the Federal service, May 1, 1861.
The regiment remained on guard in the treasury building until May 25, the morning after Ellsworth was killed at Alexandria, when it was ordered to that town.
The first month of service was hardly more than a long holiday.
The Light Guard made friends among the people of Washington, had plenty to eat (the Light Guard always has appreciated that blessing, at home and abroad), and had little hard work, but the change to Alexandria brought a new experience.
Coarse bread, no butter or milk, guard duty, wet feet and work with pick and shovel was fun for only a