as early as the year 1815 a ship of 370 tons burden had been built there.
The register of vessels built in Medford shows that prior to 1829 some 13 vessels had been built above the bridge, and their construction must have given employment to quite a number of mechanics and laboring men, as the demands of commerce from time to time called for a larger class of vessels; so the demands of the parties interested in shipbuilding caused the town to vote to widen the draw in the Great bridge.
In 1833 Mr. George Fuller built at his yard above the bridge a ship of 440 tons burden, and was obliged to make changes in the draw in order to allow her a passage down the river.
The town reimbursed Mr. Fuller for his expense, and in 1834 authorized the Selectmen to widen the draw when they should find it necessary to do so. Under this vote the draw was widened, and answered all purposes until 1838, when, in answer to petitions, the town appointed a committee to investigate the su
eration may regard some beliefs which these men held, this, at least, none will question, that their religion bred men and women of sturdy, self-denying character, and prepared the way for a nation based on freedom and the rights of man. It was most fortunate that the ecclesiastical polity was in harmony with the spirit of liberty, that democracy in the church went hand in hand with democracy in the state.
It was good when the time came that church and state were separated here and when; in 1833, the last remains of the connection of the church with the civil power were removed, religion entered upon a freer and wider career.
The portrait of Rev. Ebenezer Turell, from which the frontispiece in this number of the Register is taken, was given to the First Church in Medford by Dudley Hall, Sen., father of the late Dudley C. Hall, to whom it came by inheritance from Turell Tufts, of Medford.
It was loaned at one time to the Hon. Samuel Turell Armstrong, Lieutenant-Governor of Massach
st canto of Zophiel was published.
In 1826-7-8 and 9 she worked at intervals on Zophiel.
The whole poem was published in 1833-4.
In 1843 Idomen appeared.
Mrs. Brooks' baptismal name was not Maria, but Abigail.
In 1819 the General Court allowed higail Brooks, by which name she was baptized at King's Chapel, Boston, July 31, 1819.
With the publication of Zophiel, in 1833, she assumed the nom de plume of Maria del Occidente, and signed her prefaces Maria Gowen Brooks.
The romantic temperamenhardson & Lord. / 1825.
Zophiel; / or, / The Bride of Seven. / By / Maria del Occidente. / Boston, / Carter & Hendee, / 1833.
This edition was published simultaneously in London, by C. and W. Reynolds, Printers, Broad street, Golden square. 1831833.
The second edition of the complete poem, Zophiel, was published for the benefit of the Polish exiles, in Boston, 1834, by Hilliard, Gray & Co.
Idomen; / or, / The Vale of Yumuri, / by Maria del Occidente. / New York. / Published by Samuel Co