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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23., The Touro house and its owner. (search)
Touro also remembered the town government of Newport with the sum of $10,000 for the repairing and the preserving of the street from the Jewish Burying Ground to Main street. The town might well name the same Touro avenue. The asylum for boys, and also for girls, of Boston, and Humane Society, to each he gave $5,000; and to his old-time friend, Mrs. Juliet Lopez of New York city, he gave $10,000; he remitted many an indebtedness to his friends and helpers. And there was one kindly gift to Nahum Cobb, a yellow servant, in the family, of $500, which must have looked large to the man to whom five dollars was monumental. The assets of the estate of Abraham Touro were a medley of bank stock, general and local, which the brokers of today know little of, and there was stock in many an enterprise where public spirit was the prominent feature rather than dividends. Among them the Malden, Charlestown and Kennebec bridge companies, the Newburyport Turnpike, the Medford Turnpike, and plentifu