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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Lafayette's visit to Medford. (search)
and the reception attending it, either in Boston or here, though their descriptions are brief. Lydia Francis was then a charming young girl of twentytwo, having the entree of the best society in Boston and Cambridge. She was already known as a writer, and in 1825 issued her Evenings in New England, which mentions Lafayette's entry into Boston and the reception given him, of which she was an eye-witness. We know her better as Mrs. Child, her married name, which she assumed in 1828. Miss Lucy Osgood, who was personally unknown to me, but whom I recall as one of the celebrities of Medford, was then over thirty years of age, and we have her story of the day, in a letter in her vigorous style, which was published in the Register, October, 1907, page 90. Mrs. Harriet (Jordan) Rowe, whose reminiscences in the Register, July, 1912, page 73, were written at my request, had the story from the lips of her mother, who was then about ten years old, was in line with the school children, an
ford had even then paid the penalty for forest destruction in the loss of its water power of the brooks, and only one grist—and one saw-mill are named, these on the tidal river. Its two bake houses were the predecessors of the Medford cracker. Two householders had shops in their dwellings, and nineteen other shops were named. Perhaps some were the little New England shoe-shops, though these last may have been among the other buildings, value 20 dollars that numbered sixty-six. Parson Osgood, in his somewhat peculiar letter to his sweetheart, tells of some Medford people being bridge mad. Not the present bridge of social functions, but Maiden bridge across the Mystic. Here is the evidence, Shares in toll bridges 17. It would be interesting to know how the Medford tradesmen did business with a stock of only fifty-three hundred and fifty dollars, but prices were not like today's. The wealth of the little old town is indicated by the items, Bank stock, money at interest and on