ted, even though some of it has been given before.
The people of 1719 did not suddenly rouse themselves to the idea of teaching their children.
Probably most of them could read and write already, receiving the instruction either in the home or in the neighboring town of Charlestown.
That such a proposition as establishing a school in the town was not an entirely new thought to the people is evident from one of the votes about building a meeting-house, passed at a town-meeting held Nov. 30, 1691, which reads: At A meeting of the Inhabitants of Medford voted that Mr. John Hall, Sen. and Capt. Peter Tufts shall intreat Mada Wade and the overseer of maior Jonathan Wades farme for one quarter of an acre of land for the erecting and setting a meeting house near or upon the Land that sd maior formerly appointed for a Schoole house that sd meadford may injoy for their publick house.
Thus one citizen, at least, had previous to the year 1691 given some thought to the establishment of a