h 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, and at the meeting held March 3, 1794, a committee was chosen to confer with the petitioners.
Nothing, however, was done towards building a draw until March 5, 1804, when the town chose a committee to examine t
with him previous to his death, and they were followed shortly afterward by three more.
Rev. John Pierce, D. D., of Brookline, Mass., writing of him in 1848, says:
The first thing which gave him great celebrity was a political sermon in 1794, occasioned by an appeal to the people from the decision of the American Government under Washington, by Genet, minister to the United States from the French Republic.
This discourse passed through three editions within a few months, the last at n life.
He was himself a stanch Federalist, no lover of the democratic tendency of the nation, especially no lover of Jefferson; and his fear of democracy is not disguised.
The sermon referred to by Rev. Dr. Pierce, preached on Thanksgiving Day, 1794, occasioned by the appeal from the decision of the United States Government to the people of the United States, by Genet, minister of the French Republic to the United States, who went to Charleston to fit out vessels of war against England, is ab
BUT little is known of the early life of Maria del Occidente.
She was a daughter of William and Eleanor (Cutter) Gowen,
Her father, William Gowen, was a son of Hammond and Mary (Crosswell) Gowen, of Charlestown, and a grandson of Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth (Ford) Gowen, of Charlestown.
Her mother, Eleanor (Cutter) Gowen, was a lineal descendant of Richard Cutter, who with his mother, widow Elizabeth Cutter, was one of the early settlers of Cambridge. and was born in Medford in 1794.
Her father was a man of cultivated tastes; he had many literary and professional friends, and held various public offices in Medford.
He was a goldsmith by profession, and seems to have been in reduced circumstances the last years of his life.
The family moved to Boston while Maria was an infant.
Her father died when she was fourteen, and at the age of sixteen she became the second wife of John Brooks, a merchant tailor of Boston, who had previously married Lucretia Gowen, an older siste