ed of a large gathering of what was best in the society of the old town of Boston.
It was held at the Lake of the Woods, now known as Horn pond, in Woburn.
The Indian name was Innitou.
There were represented the Winthrops, Quincys, Amorys, Sullivans, Grays, Masons, Tudors, Eliots, Cabots, and others.
Daniel Webster and wife were also of the party.
Mr. Webster was then thirty-five years of age. He had taken up his residence in Boston in August of the previous year.
In the following year, 1818, he was to establish his fame at the bar by his matchless argument on the great Dartmouth college case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
It is interesting to note, as we do in the letter, the impression made by Webster upon an educated and cultivated woman on a social occasion.
His great career in the Senate began ten years later.
But to quote from the letter.
Space will not permit its insertion in full.
Since I last wrote, many pleasant things have happened to me part
successful experiment on the Hudson.
Canal manager Sullivan, with great visions of future inland navigation by canal and river, had a boat equipped with an engine of this pattern; and one day, a century ago, it came to Medford (as documents prove) and later, all the way to the New Hampshire capital.
If the Medford boys went swimming at Second beach in those days, we may be sure there was a grand rush to the tow-path beside the river to see the novel sight.
Novel it certainly was, for in 1818 steamboat service had not obtained permanency in Boston harbor, though the next year a native of Medford (Rev. Charles Brooks) was instrumental in securing such service between Boston and Hingham.
But certain it is, that this and other parts of Medford were the scene of the earliest steamboat days.
See Register, Vol.
XVII, p. 92.
Captain Sullivan was nearly a century ahead of the times, for it is only within a few years that, even with the resources of the great state of New York, st
enough to promote exercise.
The advertisement informed the public that its humble servant also made the best of spirits and would sell, both wholesale and retail at reasonable prices.
With the opening of the new century, he was succeeded by his son Hezekiah, who upon the father's death in 1803 dropped the distinguishing Junior, signing his given name abbreviated, but with a spreading flourish beneath, as appears on his bill, which we note.
He continued the business until his death in 1818.
Till 1804, the bridge across the river was but little above full tide and had no draw, and only Salem and High Streets were the outward country roads, what was later Ship Street being only local.
With increasing business, the Medford turnpike road across the marsh to Charlestown had been built in 1803 to do away with the tedious haul over Winter Hill, and in 1804 the project of another and shorter route to Andover was agitated, resulting in the charter on June 15, 1805, of the Andover
as a list of the names of persons reputed common drunkards, common tipplers, spending their time and estate in such houses, to wi<*> [Here follow seven names which in courtesy we omit.] The selectmen were required thus to do.
As the annual town meeting was in March, the fiscal year ended on February 15, but a century ago the reports were not printed for distribution.
In our search for information we had overlooked the fact that Mr. Brooks in his history had presented the disbursements of 1818 as in contrast with those of 1855, the year of the history's publication.
We reproduce the same for comparison with that in the town record from which we have quoted:
From Brooks' History,p. 119:
Minister's salary and grant of wood500.00
Paid Charlestown for Paupers241.00
Records of Town:
For the minister533.33
Poor in and out of poor-house1,227.88
House rent for the poor24.00
Sunday School mistresses for poor32.08
Roads and highway bills4