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These old diaries of the Weymouth pastor, who was born and came to manhood in our vicinity, and who retained a property interest here during his long lifetime are certainly interesting.
For instance, note boating, which shows that the river was a highway in earlier days.
We read that when a Medford minister  moved away from the pillared house on South street he did so by a vessel that came up to the wharf before his house.
Probably the last such boating was in 1874, when lumber for three houses now standing on Boston avenue was brought from East Boston up the river and unloaded at Auburn street (of this we speak from personal observation). Again note,David an Indian, his stonelayer, and Primus, evidently a free negro.
Note that the parson spent a week at his farm in January, 1739—going on Monday, preaching on Sunday in the meeting house on the hill in Charlestown (four miles from his farm) on Sunday, the 8th, and returning to Weymouth on the following
citizens of Medford.
Counsel for Cambridge stated to the committee that he had not anticipated any opposition to the petition, and invited them to view the premises and examine the conditions therein.
The committee accepted the invitation, and joined by the Medford committee, made investigation.
It concluded that the subject demanded favorable action, but agreed to insert a section in the bill to safeguard the interests of the town of Medford, viz., Section 2 of Chapter 193 of the Acts of 1874.
The Broadway tide-gates were erected near the Broadway bridge over Alewife brook.
They were constructed by the city of Cambridge (by an agreement with the town of Arlington) in 1875, and were in use up to the time of the completion of the Metropolitan sewer in 1897.
The town of Medford never experienced any discomfort from the sewage from Alewife brook.
All the insoluble portions were deposited in the tortuous channel of the brook and they created a nuisance therein.
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