Beside being a general trader and one of the corporators of the Middlesex canal (then being built), he was the leading distiller of the famous product that came to be known as Old Medford.
He was then sixty-seven years old, and his third son, Fitch Hall, was in England on a business tour.
Among their papers, still preserved, are letters which reflect not a little of old-time history and business customs.
Two of these the Register reproduces with a few comments:—
London 9th August 1797 my Dear Sir-
My last letter to you was by the Factor via New York, since she sail'd I have rec'd your favor of the 2d June, & am very happy that you are continuing your experiments & that you are pleas'd with the result—I hope eer this you have prov'd its efficacy in Grain & that you will immediately inform me of your success, it would be best when you write to forward the letters by some passenger as they will be more secure if the French should take the vessel, which it seems they