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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Ye olde Meting-House of Meadford. (search)
record book by the town clerk. On the former occasion a very important committee was chosen, whose duty it was to place the inhabitants in said meeting-house. This committee was Left. Peter Tufts, John Hall, Senr., Caleb Brooks, Insi. Stephen Francis and Stephen Willis. The duties of no modern mayor or alderman could compare with those of this committee. First, they were themselves seated by the selectmen, for so the sovereign people in town meeting assembled had ordained. Then the tr no foreseat, the space being occupied by the pulpit stairs and deacons' seat. In 1699 (March 6) the town voted to build a fore-gallery, with three seats from end to end (one-half for men and one-half for women) with stairs at either end. Stephen Francis, John Whitmore and John Bradshaw attended to its construction. At this town meeting the question of charges the seating committee had to struggle with is in evidence. Thomas Willis had given the land, and it was fitting that his generos