st 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 not maintaining a bridge at the wears.
The town chose a committee to make answer before the Court, and the complaint was dismissed.
Again in December, 1736, May, 1738, and in May, 1743, the said towns were indicted by the Grand Jury for neglecting to erect a bridge at the wears.
The defence of Medford was that the ford was easy and convenient, and that Medford people seldom or never travelled that way. Each time the towns w