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, Woburn, and Malden, whereupon the Court order that those towns appear and show reason why they should not repair their part of said bridge according to former usage.
The town of Medford, fearing that its i