It was an anxious winter.
Abolitionists were hated, ostracized, and mobbed.
Wendell Phillips went to and from his lectures surrounded by a body-guard of young men, self appointed to protect him from the violence which was constantly threatened and sometimes attempted.
Even sedate, conservative Medford shared in the disturbance.
On one memorable occasion one of the few abolitionists in the town, warmly seconded by Mrs. Child, arranged to hold an Anti-Slavery meeting in the Town Hall, with Miss Sally Holly as speaker.
This was said to be the first meeting of the kind ever called in Medford.
It aroused such excitement, such threats of violence (even to the tarring and feathering of the gentleman in charge
Richard P. Hallowell, who received anonymous letters to that effect.), that the Selectmen feared a mob, and gave orders that the Hall should not be opened.
It apparently did not occur to them that free speech could be defended more wisely than suppressed.
y each cost £ 60 sterling; and I would take £ 50, or even £ 15, apiece for them.
George had died the day before this letter was written. Hagar cost £ 35 sterling, but I will take £ 30 for her. I gave for Mira £ 35, but will take £ 25. If Mr. Benjamin Hall will give the £ 100 for her which he offered, he may have her, it being a good place.
As to Betsey and her daughter Nancy, the former may tarry, or take her freedom, as she may choose; and Nancy you may put out to some good family by the yty, the town records giving, indirectly, the names of twenty.
Partial list of slaveholders: Capt. Caleb Brooks, Ebenezer Brooks, Samuel Brooks, Capt. Thomas Brooks,—Bishop,—Brown, Mary Bradshaw, Andrew Hall, Jonathan Hall, Jr., Stephen Hall, Benj. Hall, Hugh Floyd, Jacob Polly, Zachariah Pool, Isaac Royall, Dr. Simon Tufts, Rev. Mr. Turrell, Stephen Willis, Deacon Benj. Willis, Francis Whitmore. Not that our ancestors believed it wrong; the names of Rev. Mr. Turrell and Deacon Benj. Will
utter, a descendant of Ebenezer Cutter, a cousin of the Dea. John Cutter above mentioned, whose wife was Deacon Cutter's aunt.
This William resided in Medford and Boston, where he died July 27, 1800.
His widow died Aug. 2, 1852, aged eighty-seven, leaving children whose descendants were all of them well known in Medford, under the names of Sprague, Foster, and Cutter.
The son John, of the above-named John, born at Menotomy, July 26, 1770, married Mary, daughter of Stephen and Mary (Hill) Hall, of Medford, his cousin, being a granddaughter of Zachariah and Mary (Cutter) Hill, of Arlington.
This man, known as Captain John Cutter, from his connection with the militia of Medford, died in Woburn, in that part known as Winchester, Mass., Nov. 23, 1825.
His wife, who was born June 22, 1772, died Feb. 27, 1848.
He assumed the charge of his father's tide or grist mill when his father died.
His mother continued to occupy the old mill house for some two or three years after her husband'