had previously done towards its construction, by freeing him from County rates for one year; and it was ordered to be finished at the public expense, and, as we shall see, the Court ordered it to be repaired from time to time thereafter, at the expense of the Province.
The records of the General Court say that Oct. 10th. 1641 it is ordered that Lieut. Sprague and Edward Converse should repair the bridge at Medford over Mistick river, and the same be paid for out of the Treasury.
Oct 17th. 1643. Mr. Edward Tomlins should have 22 pounds to repair Mistick bridge, to make it strong and sufficient, for which sum of 22 pound he hath undertaken it.
At a General Court at Boston, for elections the 6th. of the 3rd.
Ralph Sprague and Edward Converse are appointed to view tile bridge at Mistick, and what charge they conceive meet to be presently expended for the making it sufficient and prevent the ruin thereof, or by further delay to endanger it, by agreeing with workmen for
h of the 7th month, 1646, Edward Convers and Samuel Richardson are appointed to lay out a highway between this town and Mistick Bridge, being joined with some of Charlestown, and some of Mistick House.
Of the doings of this committee, or from what source their authority emanated, we are unable to determine (probably from the County Court). It is interesting, however, to note that the town of Medford was represented by some of Mistick House.
(The County Courts were established in the year 1643; the records of Middlesex commence in the year 1649.)
June 21, 1659, the records of the County Court say that The Court doth order that 4 persons, indifferently chosen, two of them in Watertown and two in Charlestown, to lay out the highway between Cambridge and Medford.
This location cannot be determined; probably by the way of the mill on Mistick river, and very likely the first laying out of Grove street.
On June 16, 1663, a committee was appointed by the County Court to lay out a h