hould be so constructed as to allow a section 40 feet in width to be removed for the passage of vessels up and down the river.
No action was taken to rebuild until 1879, when the General Court was again petitioned by sundry inhabitants of the town, asking that the proviso requiring a movable section be repealed.
This petition was granted, and the present stone bridge was built in 1880.
The bridge at the wears.
The first mention of a bridge at the wears is in the town records, March I, 1699, Put to vote whether the town will give Mr. John Johnson, three pounds towards building a sufficient horse bridge over the wears, said bridge being railed on each side, and the said bridge raised so high, as there may be a fit passage for boats and rafts up and down said river.
Voted in the affirmative.
No doubt a bridge was built at that time, but it must have been a frail affair, and of short duration, for in December, 1721, the towns of Charlestown and Medford were complained of for no