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ially of one and partly of the other. Again, others are made of stone, or turf, brick and brush. Some are thrown up in a hurry; others are enviously wrought with doors and windows, done with wreathes and withes, in the manner of a basket. They may have been quartered upon the people of the town, and found here as on the way hither, as we are told, hospitable doors opened to them and all things in common. Later, there may have been vacant houses in which they could take shelter, for Abigail Adams, writing under date of 25 June, 1775, concerning the excitement attending the battle of Bunker Hill, says, Medford people are all removed. Every seaport seems in motion. The British had ships and floating batteries in the Mystic river, which flows through the centre of our city, and the following from Mr. Nowell's diary, as given by Rev. Charles Brooks in his History of Medford, shows the excitement and perturbation the inhabitants were subject to and serves to explain the reason why