high, on land already owned by the town.
The house was doubtless completed on time or very nearly so, because we find next to the last entry for the year in the Treasurer's Book:
Pd Benj. Willis on account of the School House £ 10; and in 1733:
Jona. Watson for work at School House£ 18-10s.
Jacob Polly for work at School House1-15s.
Sam. Francis for work at School House1-15s.
The school house cost up to this time £ 32, but in 1734-5, month impossible of determination:
There was a John Watson from Plymouth class of 1766
1774Mch.-July, ‘74Jona Watson1774from Braintree b. 1754
1774July-Sept. ‘75Moses Taft
1775Sept.-April, ‘77Seth Sweetser
1777Apr.-Nov. ‘78Abel Morse
1778Nov.-Apr. ‘791757Edward Brooksb. 1733 Rev. Edw.
was chaplain on the Hancock, returned to Medford 1777, died 1781.
1779June-June, ‘80Samuel Chandler1779from Andover
1780Aug.-July, ‘81Williams Brooks1780from Lincoln
1781Aug.-July, ‘82George Hall1781f
I have said that in all probability LieutenantGov-ernor Usher made this addition.
Yet there is no positive evidence of it. It may have been done by Colonel Royall at the time he raised the east half of the roof, as will be hereinafter described.
Tradition (not always a safe guide) says that Governor Usher built the house, and it was afterwards enlarged by Colonel Royall.
This, then, was possibly the condition of the building at the time of its purchase by the senior Colonel Royall in 1733. Colonel Royall came to reside upon his estate in 1737 and died here in 1739.
It is probable that between the time of the purchase and the time of the taking up of his residence here he made additional changes in the dwelling-house, and also built a portion of the house called the slave quarters for the use of his slaves.
The third step in the evolution of this building consisted in raising the east slope of the roof (see C, south end) so as to give an additional elevation to the east or