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ns of Legislatures and of town meetings, by speeches and writings, by public assemblies and processions, the country was rallied in peaceful phalanx against the execution of the Act. To this great object, within the bounds of law and the constitution, were bent all the patriot energies of the land. And here Boston took the lead. Her records at this time are full of proud memorials. In formal instructions to her representatives, adopted unanimously, having been read several times, in Town Meeting at Faneuil Hall, the following rule of conduct was prescribed: We, therefore, think it our indispensable duty, in Justice to ourselves and Posterity, as it is our undoubted Privilege, in the most open and unreserved, but decent and respectful Terms, to declare our greatest Dissatisfaction with this Law. And we think it incumbent upon you by no Means to join in any public Measures for countenancing and assisting in the execution of the same. But to use your best endeavors in the gene
ns of Legislatures and of town meetings, by speeches and writings, by public assemblies and processions, the country was rallied in peaceful phalanx against the execution of the Act. To this great object, within the bounds of law and the constitution, were bent all the patriot energies of the land. And here Boston took the lead. Her records at this time are full of proud memorials. In formal instructions to her representatives, adopted unanimously, having been read several times, in Town Meeting at Faneuil Hall, the following rule of conduct was prescribed: We, therefore, think it our indispensable duty, in Justice to ourselves and Posterity, as it is our undoubted Privilege, in the most open and unreserved, but decent and respectful Terms, to declare our greatest Dissatisfaction with this Law. And we think it incumbent upon you by no Means to join in any public Measures for countenancing and assisting in the execution of the same. But to use your best endeavors in the gene
been rejected with contempt, Bernard to Shelburne, 8 and 15 of October. the inhabitants of Boston, ever sensitive to the sound of Liberty, Hutchinson to [T. Pownall, probably,] 10 Nov. 1767. assembled on the twenty-eighth of October, in Town Meeting, and voted to forbear the importation and use of a great number of articles of British produce and manufacture. They appointed a committee for obtaining a general subscription to such an agreement, and, to extend the confederacy, ordered then, and warned against giving offence to Great Britain. Bernard to Shelburne, 30 Oct. 1767. Even the twentieth of November passed away in quiet. Nov. Images and placards were exhibited; but they were removed by the friends of the people. A Town Meeting was convened to discountenance riot. Otis, in a long speech, which was said to have been entirely on the side of Government, Bernard to Shelburne, 21 Nov. 1767. Compare also Boston Evening Post of 23 Nov. 1767, and a Card from Otis in Bos
et it be known that both vessels of war were gone to fetch three regiments. Sullen discontent appeared on almost every brow. Bernard to Gage, 16 Sept, 1768. Captain Corner's Diary, Thursday, 8 Sept. On the ninth a Petition was signed for a Town Meeting to consider of the most wise, constitutional, loyal, and salutary measures Words of the Petition to the Selectmen. reference to the expected arrival of Chap. XXXVI.} 1768. Sept. troops. Union was the heart's desire of Boston; union fir to Gage, 16 Sept. and in his fright at an empty barrel placed on the beacon, actually called a meeting of the Council. Bernard to Hillsborough, Letters to the Ministry, 71. On Monday the twelfth, the inhabitants of Boston gathered in a Town Meeting at Faneuil Hall, where the arms belonging to the town, to the number of four hundred muskets, lay in boxes on the floor. After a prayer from the fervid and eloquent Cooper, minister of the Congregation in Brattle Street, and the election of O
771. and Franklin foretold a bloody struggle, in which America's Chap. XLVII.} 1771. July. growing strength and magnitude, B. Franklin to Committee of Correspondence in Massachusetts, 15 May, 1771. would give her the victory. The progress of opinion was marked by the instructions of the House to its Agent, which unreservedly embodied the principle that colonial legislation was free of Parliament and of royal instructions. They were drawn by Samuel Adams, who had long before said in Town Meeting; Independent we are, and independent we will be. I doubt, said Hutchinson, whether there is a greater incendiary than he in the King's dominions. Hutchinson's letter without date, in Hutchinson's Ms. Collections, i. 437. Written between July 29 and August 5, 1771; probably written early in August, 1771. At least his intrepidity could not be Aug. questioned. His language became more explicit as danger drew nearer. In August, Boston saw in its harbor twelve vessels of war, carrying
to the street, he made his report to the people. Out with them, out with them, was the cry; but he dissuaded from violence. On the fifth, Boston in a legal Town Meeting, with Hancock for Moderator, adopted the Philadelphia Resolves, and then sent to invite Thomas and Elisha Hutchinson to resign their appointment; but they and a ship which had made a short passage from London, brought an authentic account that the Boston tea-ships had sailed; the next day, there was once more a legal Town Meeting to entreat the consignees to resign. Upon their repeated refusal, the town passed no vote and uttered no opinion, but immediately broke up. The silence of the its tea-ship was at Chester. It was met four miles below the town, where it came to anchor. On Monday, at an hour's notice, five thousand men collected in a Town Meeting; at their instance, the consignee who came as passenger resigned; and the Captain agreed to take his ship and cargo directly back to London; and to sail the ve
of that day in the choice of a minister. At a Town Meeting legally convened by adjournment from June the 15onsideration. Voted in the affirmative. At a Town Meeting legally convened Octr the 26th 1724 . . . Put town Treasurer. Voted in the affirmative. At a Town Meeting . . . assembled Dec. 29th 1724 . . . Voted that that service. Voted in the affirmative. At a Town Meeting . . . April the 20th 1725 . . . put to vote, Wheting house on. Voted in the affirmative. At a Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Medford, legalool in said town for the time abovesaid. At a Town Meeting legally convened Jany. the tenth 1725-6 . . . Pulector. Voted in the affirmative. At a legal Town Meeting by adjournment from Monday Jan. 24th to Monday Jeeting house. Voted in the affirmative. At a Town Meeting August 24, 1727 . . . Put to vote whether the toplace where the Rev. Mr. Turell shall choose. Town Meeting October 1, 1734 Voted—That the assessors of s
Employed by Col. Royall.   ThomasAug. 31, 1797 Hill (male child)See Elias Robinson Hodge, AnnaWoburn, May, 1758Daughter of George Hodge. In service to Simon Tufts. Holden, Anne (?)Jan. 30, 1791   NathanielCharlestown, May i, 1761In family of Samuel Hall.   ThomasCharlestown, May i, 1764In family of Samuel Tufts. Hollon, Ceasar (negro)Billerica, June 1, 1765Employed by Joseph Tufts. Holmes, FrancesHolden, Aug. 23, 1754Servant in family of Jos. Skinner. Boston, July 1, 1756 A Town Meeting, 1847. Charles Cummings. WE look first at the building in which the town business was transacted. Erected in 1833, it was partially destroyed by fire in 1839. When repaired and lengthened thirteen feet, it remained without change of condition till it was again partially consumed in 1850. The lower story was occupied by two dry goods stores and the hook and ladder carriage. The hall was furnished with long unpainted seats, with backs, built on an incline from the floor area to the <
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
coming in. This warrant is followed by the record of the meeting, in which is entered the following:— Medford, March ye 3d 1718 To the Selectmen and Clerk of the Town of Medford. GENTMEN/ our desire and Petition to you is that our Town Meeting may be regulated according to Law, for we know that those men that made the law were wiser than we are and there-fore we the Subscribers will by no means be the Breakers of the same and therefore if our Town meeting be not regulated according Tufts, John Whitmore, Samll Brooks, Stephen Hall, Jonathan Hall, Percivall Hall, Francis Whitmore, Thomas Hall, John Whitmore, Isaac Farewell Medford March ye 3 1718 In Answer to the desire and Request of some of our Inhabitants that our Town Meeting may be regulated according to law we the Subscribers Have openly declared at sd meeting, that those of our Inhabitants and only those, that are worth or have in possession to the Value of Twenty Pounds Ratable Estate may Vote at sd meeting. Sa
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., A projected Medford railroad. (search)
ser to High street, and the wing and cupola added and otherwise remodeled by the late A. D. Puffer in 1871. The Stoneham Rail Road was intended by its projectors in Stoneham only to go to Winchester, where the Lowell cars go to Boston 11 times a day,—in an evil hour the route was changed, to come down through Medford,—crossing the Medford road at Mr. Swan's land and again at the Medford Bridge–thus coming through the heart of the town. The Town was entirely opposed to it, and at a Town Meeting a vote was passed intending to instruct the Selectmen to oppose it— but the vote was worded by Mr. Perry for the selectmen to do what they thought most for the interest of the town, and under this wording they favored the road, Mr. P. C. Hall being chairman of the selectmen. In locating the road through Mr. Benj. L. Swan's land Richardson the President had it laid out down through the garden, within thirty feet of the house,—thus wantonly and unnecessarily destroying the value of th
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