tale but what is of due weight.
Almost every family had a pair of scales to weigh the gold and silver they took.
The two crusades against Canada, about this time, forced the colonies to issue bills of credit, to pay the soldiers.
These lost credit, and somewhat depreciated; and here was another embarrassment suffered by our fathers.
December, 1724, Judge Sewall says, The diminution of the value of the bills of public credit is the cause of much oppression in the Province.
Colden says (1728), Our paper-currency has gradually lost its credit, so as at present sixteen shillings is but sufficient to purchase an ounce of silver.
Governor Belcher says (1733), Sixteen shillings in these bills will not purchase five shillings lawful money.
Lawful money, as distinguished from old tenor, is first mentioned in the Medford records, May 17, 1750.
The town voted, May 21, 1751, to give Mr. Turell, as salary for that year, £ 73. 6s. 8d. (lawful money), which was equal to £ 550 (old tenor)
25, 1702, who d. at Harvard, Dec. 15, 1760.
She was b. Jan. 1, 1672; and d. Dec. 15, 1760, aged 89.
He d. Sept. 8, 1756, aged 78.
5-9John, b. July 30, 1706; d. May 27, 1770.
10John, b. Apr. 25, 1708; minister at Harvard, Mass., 1728.
11Charles, b. Jan. 15, 1710; d. Sept. 28, 1730.
12Thomas, b. Aug. 16, 1711; d. Apr. 15, 1773.
13Joseph, minister at Kingston, N. H.; d. 1760.
14Willis, b. Apr. 30, 1704; d. Apr. 15, 1725.
Joseph Seccomb (13) m. Ruth Brooks, Nov. 20, 17Abigail, b. Jan. 7, 1707.
1-4John Tufts was of Malden.
His residence was standing in 1821; and John Tufts, who was then alive, possessed a silver-headed cane,--an heirloom, descended from this early settler.
He m. Mary Putnam; and d. in Malden, 1728.
His children were three b. in Medford, and four in Malden; viz.,--
4-35Mary, b. Apr. 11, 1688.
36John, b. May 28, 1690.
37Nathanicl, b. Feb. 23, 1692.
38Peter, b. 1696; of Milk Row.
39Benjamin, b. 1699.