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The Historian's home. Our illustration shows the home of Rev. Charles Brooks, where the History of Medford was written and much of his literary work was done. It was not his birthplace. He was born in the older house just below it facing eastward on old Woburn street, the story of which has been told in Vol. XVI, p. 69, of the Register, by the present occupant, Mrs. Ellen Newton Brooks. It is said to have been the home of his uncle Isaac Brooks (who died in 1819), and sold by his widow. The historian's father, Jonathan, purchased it, and made it his home until his death in 1847, when his son Charles, and daughter Lucy Ann Brooks, succeeded in its occupancy. Rev. Charles passed away in 1872 and Miss Lucy Ann many years later. It is a fine example of the type of New England dwellings of the better class of the early nineteenth century, and succeeded that of Deacon Bradshaw, which was probably like Medford's oldest, the Bradbury-Blanchard-Wellington house at Wellington. Th