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
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