ithout appeal, the three towns were doubtless influenced by the language of the Court in saying that these defects in the bridge were brought to its notice before the late law respecting bridges, and also by the decision of the Court that in the future it should be left to the determination of the law. These towns based their hopes of avoiding in the future any expense on account of Mistick bridge upon the late law above referred to; how vain were their hopes will be hereinafter shown.
In 1698 the town of Medford was again complained of for defects in the northerly half of Mistick bridge, and it voted to empower a lawyer, referring to answer a presentment for defect in Mistick bridge.
March 8, 1698. Lieut. Peter Tufts, Stephen Francis, and Thomas Willis, Selectmen of Medford, appear in Court, to answer for defects in the north end of Mistick bridge, and inform the Court that their part of the bridge is in good repair, and that the defect is in the part appertaining to Reading, W
te his experiences.
But against these things there had arisen a small party of protest, among whom was the distinguished name of President Leverett of Harvard College.
In furtherance of this it was proposed to form a new church in Boston, and in 1698 Thos. Brattle gave a piece of land in Brattle square for this purpose.
From the outset there was no doubt who should be the minister.
Rev. Benj. Colman sympathized with the liberal sentiment of the founders; indeed he had gone to England because be hazardous to the peace of the town to enter particularly into the bowels of the case as matters are circumstanced.
Next he appears at Bristol in Plymouth County, where he seems to have had a similar experience, and later at Kittery, Me. In 1698 he came to Medford as a candidate on probation.
March 28 of this year the inhabitants, at a general town meeting properly adjourned from a meeting regularly called two weeks before, voted that, when legally settled amongst us in the work of the m