or some years prior to the writer's advent in Medford he passed to and from Boston on the railway, and often noticed the striking architecture of this building (the more noticeable because of the few adjacent houses), and very naturally thought it was the village church.
Mr. Brooks gives the names of the building committee and adds, they spared no pains in procuring a skillful draughtsman.
We wish he had given his name, as careful search fails to reveal it. He mentioned the builder, George A. Caldwell, but in his history omits many interesting and noteworthy matters because courtesy, usage, or custom forbids.
Not so the committee, however, for in the city clerk's office are its reports, both majority and minority.
The former, dated March 1, 1852, shows the entire expense to have been $3,370.82. Of this, $417 was for land at three cents per foot, and $187.52 for furniture and stove.
The committee, pleading guilty to exceeding the appropriation, began by saying that one of its nu