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locality in Upper Medford, from which could be seen the distant spire of Menotomy. At the latter the canal embankments remain intact, from the site of the aqueduct which spanned the Aberjona, to the Mystic Valley parkway, where is a bronze tablet relative to the canal, erected by the park commission. Mr. May in later years became a zealous advocate of temperance, and espoused the anti-slavery cause. But there came a time when Mr. Webster's eloquence in favor of the fugitive slave law became distasteful to him. To him Lydia Maria Child dedicated her book, the Appeal for that Class of Americans Called Africans, which publication was for a time disastrous to her rising fame. There is, in the Historical Society's collection, a framed copy of the endorsement by Medford people (with their appended names) of Mr. Webster's speech in Congress. Doubtless the signers honestly thought it brought him laurels, but the verdict of years is the reverse, as was, at the time, that of Sam May.