r the residence of Mr. J. W. Perkins. Seventeen houses, four of which were upon the Brooks estate, comprised all then west of and near the railway, and but three buildings housed Tufts College then.
Contrast this open plain and hill-slope with existing conditions and population.
On April 21 another party began a survey westward toward Wyman hill in West Cambridge, on which the reservoir would have been located had that route or plan been chosen.
But the eastern route, suggested by engineers Baldwin and Stevenson in 1859 was decided upon and work begun thereon by survey on May 19, 1862.
The actual work upon this portion was begun on January 8, 1863, in the construction of the coffer-dam for the gate-house and bridge across the Mystic.
Just here we obtain a hint of the forestry conditions at the Partings then existing:—
Piles, of white oak recently cut near the pond . . . 11 pairs 13 feet apart and 15 feet between the two rows, driven 4 to 5 feet below the bed of the river.
y (see Vol. 1, p. 33, and Vol. 7, p. i, also map of canal within the limits of Medford, Vol.
I, p. 38) that it would seem as if the subject was nearly exhausted.
But an agreement entered into by the proprietors of the canal by their agent, James F. Baldwin, and Nathan Wait of Medford, has recently been placed in my hands with a request that I should locate some of the places referred to in the said agreement.
The agreement is as follows, viz.:—
Know all men by these presents.
That the Proprietors of the Middlesex Canal by their Agent James F. Baldwin in consideration of a relinquishment by Nathan Wait of Medford of his right to a bridge across the Middlesex Canal in Medford, which was formerly a swing bridge, and stood near the house of Abraham Touro Esq. and also all right to pass and repass across and through said canal where said bridge stood, have granted and conveyed and do by these presents grant and convey unto the said Nathan Wait, his heirs and assigns, a right to pas