own meetings there and the town's effort to maintain worship without any existing church organization—not a very successful venture, either, as the town records, which had begun to be kept, show us.
But the eighteenth century had begun, and in 1712 a new movement started—Meadford had a Fast Day and time of prayerful consideration of church gathering.
Preparing for this, one Brooks provided neats toong and cheese, and Captain Peter must have killed the fatted calf for veall for the fast, and family is a curious study.
What a fatality must have hovered about that old house that six of the first seven children of Peter and Mary Cotton Tufts should, in early infancy, die, and only John (the third) be spared, he whom his townspeople, in 1712, wanted for their minister.
Next, in 1700, was Simon, who was Medford's first physician.
And Simon had just attained his majority when Captain Peter passed away in 1721.
We read that the property his father Peter bequeathed him in Medford consi