45, at the invitation of the citizens of Medford, he delivered the Fourth of July oration in the Unitarian Church.
Service in our schools seems to have been a good preparation for a wider life of usefulness and prominence.
Many pupils must have been stimulated and greatly influenced for good by such earnest, fine young spirits as Starr King and his predecessors in office.
The most distinguished guests within our borders have been two of world-wide fame, Washington (1789) and Lafayette (1824). The magnet that drew them was John Brooks, their comrade-in-arms.
President James Monroe, during his term of office, on a visit to Boston in 1817, was in Medford twice.
A Boston newspaper says that Thursday, July 3, he came with his suite in carriages to return a call made him by Governor Brooks, partook of an elegant collation, visited the delightful neighborhood, and on the Saturday following dined with Governor Brooks returning to Boston at 6 o'clock.
The elegant collation and del
rch 24th, at which the question of the qualification of voters was referred to Mr. Remington and Major Bond for their opinion, they to report at a meeting to be called in May.
The meeting was called and evidently they reported, as there was a vote of thanks passed for them at that meeting, but I find nothing in the record to tell what the opinion was.
Town meetings, as you all probably know, were held in the meeting-house, and so continued to be until the formation of the second church in 1824, by which action the church and town became two distinct organizations and the affairs of the church were no longer regulated in town meetings.
They were always called in His Majesty's name, and this custom pertained until the Declaration of Independence in 1776, from which time, until the adoption of our constitution, they were called in the name of the people, and since then in the name of the Commonwealth.
At the meeting of March 24th it was voted that those officers chosen at the annu