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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The Cradock house, past and future. (search)
gs began to be sold out in parcels, the inhabitants of Meadford were held responsible for repairing their highways and the bridge over the Mystick. The difficulties arising from these various problems caused an informal gathering of owners and a rudimentary town government was formed; a peculiar, the General Court called it. Mr. Mann went to the State house and various places of authority, to determine what technically a peculiar was, and defined it at last as did our former city clerk, Allston Joyce, as parish, precinct or district, not yet erected into a town, but having authority to act on most local legislation but not to choose a representative to the General Court. This peculiar condition of Medford lasted until 1674, when Medford had her first recorded town meeting. Under such conditions there is little in the recorded history except contentions with Charlestown, Woburn, Reading and Malden in regard to the upkeep of the bridge. Our annals are indeed peculiar in being free