the level of the lower lake has been reduced (and consequently its area, slightly), and as the tides no longer come, the water is no longer salted.
That the work of building this dam, with its waste weir, conduits and gate-house was substantially performed is evident even to the casual observer.
Though disused since 1897 it is well cared for, and the new lake thus created is kept at the normal height.
Just here we digress a little from our subject, to quote from Mr. Brooks' History of 1855:—
The lands on each side are slightly elevated, and in future times will doubtless be filled with country seats. Today sees something of fulfilment of his prophecy.
Writing over sixty years ago he did not foresee the electric light or railway on the farther side, nor yet the broad parkway on the other, or the swift automobiles almost momentarily traversing its course.
The present limits of its Medford border are only within a few years invaded by dwellings, but the Baconville of which h
ial matter covering a period of more than a hundred years, containing nothing of civic interest, but showing the business life of the Hall family for several generations.
The book, or second source, rich in manuscript notes and printed matter of historical and genealogical interest, was found among the effects of the late James Gilchrist Swan, a nephew of Caleb Swan, and was given to our Historical Society by a grandson of the former about twelve years ago. The first owner's notes run from 1855 to 1871.
The second owner added to these notes in 1886 and 1888.
Much of this data and matter from the Hall papers have been incorporated at various times in the papers of the Register.
In 1793 The Revd.
Mr. Wm Wells came from England to Boston.
He lived in the house afterwards of Mr. Ebenr Hall in Medford near the bridge.
He sometimes preached for Dr. Osgood.
He imported a number of apple trees from England for his farm he had bought in Brattleborough, but they came too late in th