der that the northerly end of the ford must have been located as before stated, for the very good reason that it could not have been located elsewhere, taking into consideration the fact that no gravel beach existed on the north side of the river, either east or west, within one-half a mile of the location above described.
Mention is made of the ancient fording place in the records of the General Court as follows: Oct. 27, 1648, The General Court voted in answer to the petition of Mr. Nicholas Davidson, concerning Mistick Bridge. . . . But it appears not in the least that the General Court did engage to the repairing thereof. . . . and that the passage for travellers shall be over the Foarde which is above the Bridge.
John Winthrop and his home on the Mystic was the subject for the meeting of November 19. Mr. Charles D. Elliott, President of the Somerville Historical Society, gave a very interesting paper containing much information about the Ten Hills Farm, which included a lar
of a boarding-school which obtained a high repute under his management, and which was at one time attended by George W. Curtis and by pupils from other States, and from the West Indies.
I might go on interminably, but I spare you. The story is long when one abandons himself to memory.
I have tried to give you a glimpse of the Medford of sixty years ago. If we could find somewhere, in some way, the diary or journal of some Puritan Samuel Pepys, dating say back to the year 1650, recording the story of the building up of the town of Medford,—telling of the people, their ways and manners, their thoughts and experiences,—what would we not give for it!
The lack of such information leaves us in the dark as regards the earliest history of Medford.
We only know that there was a Mr. Davidson who represented Governor Cradock and who was in his interests in this town.
Who his coadjutors and companions were, and what they did— of this we know nothing, and never shall.
They had no rep