sle it is said is postpon'd for Ten days for to give the parties an oppertunity of consulting further with their particular Governments, & to give time for a Spanish & Dutch Commissioner to be added to them It is as much impossible to form an opinion respecting the prospect of peace here as in America—
My business remains much in the situation as when I last wrote you, the patent is nearly compleated & I am now ready to prove my assertion, but I find the distilleries are all stop'd until October as their Cisterns are above ground they do not pretend to ferment in hot weather—you cannot conceive the difficulty there is in getting a sight of their works, they are jealous of every body,
I am to be introduc'd to a Man of good Character this week whom I intend shall be interested with me, if I can make an agreement with him for I am convinc'd it will be more advantageous to me to give a person who I can depend on a concern then to manage it myself, every thing depends on the first st
t page, each being a vote to meet the next month at the enjoine house.
On July 4 it was voted to
Heve the fines remain due till November meeting
At the October meeting it was
Voted to agree with Samuel Teel Jr to cleane the enjoine for one dollar and fivety cents Also voted to meet at the enjoine house the first d into the company, and Patrick Roach fined fifty cents.
The record of the October, 1809, meeting is significant:
At a legal meeting on the first Monday in October then Voted to agree with Mr. Samuel Teel and John Dickson to Clean the Engine to the Satisfaction of the Company for one dollar and fifty Cents Also Chose Joseph lly at the tavern, and during these twenty years of record Medford had quite a number of innholders, whose names appear.
One thing they never failed to do at the October meeting—the committee to provide the supper in November was named.
But one record of a supper partaken of is given.
Sewell Pierce, Amos Butters and Varnum Pratt
and Appleton, and desire them to come and help the town in keeping it. Mr. Hancock, who was the grandfather of the revolutionary patriot of the same name, had previously preached in Medford, and Mr. Coleman was minister at the Brattle Street Church in Boston.
On July 19th the town voted to build a new meeting house.
As frequently the custom when action was taken which did not suit a number, a protest was filed, signed by two of the selectmen and twelve others against such action.
In October it voted to hire Samuel Dexter as minister and give him £ 100 in bills of credit of the Province or passable bills of credit for encouragement in settling, but he did not conclude to come, although he was again urged to do so in the following February.
On November 8, 1723,it was voted to request Nathaniel Leonard to settle at £60 first year, to be increased £ 5 per year until it should amount to £ 80, together with strangers' money, and in the next February they offered him £ 80 and the