town of Medford all the charge and care of said Bridge, which the town of Woburn was bound to do or ever shall be: In witness whereof we in our said capacity have hereunto sett our hands and seals this seventh day of July annoque Domini one thousand seven hundred and sixty-one, and in the first year of his Majestie's reign.
Signed Sealed and Deilvered in presence of us Stephen Hall, [L. S.], Simon Tufts, [L. S.], Z. Poole, [L. S.], Parker, [L. S.], Willis Hall, Aaron Hall. Benjn.
In 1789 the town of Medford proposed to widen the bridge and pave the market-place, and the General Court was petitioned to grant a lottery for these purposes.
The petitioners were given leave to withdraw.
In 1794 a number of the inhabitants of Medford petitioned the Selectmen to insert an article in the warrant for the annual town-meeting, To see if the town will build a draw in the Great bridge, or give liberty to certain proprietors to do it, upon obtaining permission from the General Court, a
read before you in which Governor Brooks has been spoken of at length, I have devoted very little time to him to-night, but I wish to say that the more I study his military and private life, the more I venerate and admire him.
Medford may feel honored for all time, to count among her sons this friend of Lafayette and George Washington.
One by one the landmarks of the olden time have disappeared.
A few are left—among them the Watson House, where General Brooks entertained Washington in 1789; the Royall House, one of the centres of Colonial splendor; and the Garrison House, where Benjamin Hall, Jr., took his bride in 1777, and which was called the old brick house long before that day.
The site where we meet to-night was the home in the days of the Revolution of Ebenezer Hall, the baker.
He was a faithful civil officer in the patriot cause.
And just across the street, under the budding trees, we see the graves of those whose hearts beat fast with patriotic fervor on that ei