r, in the hollow work, is in such circumstances as that his Majesties subjects may pass over the same with safety, and that the divisional line is, and ought to be, where the two spear or king posts stand, in about the middle of the hollow work or arch of the bridge, and that the defect is in the part that Charlestown ought to maintain, ordered: that the said town of Charlestown pay a fine of five shillings, and pay fees and costs taxed at thirteen pounds eight shillings, and two pence.
In 1754, by the annexation of that part of Charlestown situated on the south side of the river to the town of Medford, the southerly half of Mistick bridge and the causey adjoining became a charge to the town of Medford (the town tried in vain to secure the help of other towns in caring for the said south part of said bridge), and Samuel Brooks, Esq., Lieut. Stephen Hall, Jr., and Joseph Tufts were chosen a committee to manage affairs relating to the said southerly half of Mistick bridge and the caus
from Charlestown to Medford, and one on the road from Charlestown to Cambridge, for this year.
Mr. John Usher owned a part of Governor Winthrop's Ten Hills farm, the same estate afterwards in the possession of Col. Isaac Royall.
Colonel Royall maintained a gate across Harvard street, on the southerly limit of his farm, as late as the year 1771.
It is to be remembered that the part of Medford situated on the south side of Mistick river was within the limits of Charlestown until the year 1754.
In the records of the County Court, and in our own town records, may be found numerous references to encroachments upon our highways, taking into consideration the fact that most of our great highways were laid out four rods in width, and comparing that width with their present width, it is not surprising that many complaints were made in regard to them.
It required constant watchfulness on the part of the town authorities to prevent these encroachments, and many a valuable public right