three to attend to the matter, and, although no appropriation was made at the time, and no allusion is made to the matter at a meeting held the next January, I am inclined to think the building was erected.
From about 1736 Medford seems to have had what may be called an annual school—that is, for seven or eight months each year, as this year the people voted to have a school from September to May.
On the 30th of July, 1738, they voted to have a school for the space of a year, and July 23, 1739, they voted to have an annual school.
The hiring of the master and the care of the school was usually put in the hands of a special committee, as now, but for some years before the Revolution the selectmen were charged with that duty.
The studies pursued were very few, but they sufficed.
Reading, writing, and the fundamental operations in arithmetic—the three R's—were all that found a place in the course of studies in those early schools.
I will spare my readers an enumeration of<