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Medford commerce. The business transactions and investments of Benjamin Hall, Sr., Medford's chief merchant and trader of colonial and revolutionary times, were many and varied. The following list of ships and their captains, and the ports to which they sailed, as found in Mr. Hall's account with Edward Payson for insurance on craft and cargo, shows how large his marine ventures were;-- DefianceParsonsto and from West Indies EssexWillcometo and from West Indies FriendshipJacksonto and from Indies HalifaxStilesto and from Indies PollyBarstowto and from Holland DauphinSmithfor France Three FriendsWoodfor France NeptuneFrazierfor West Indies JohnStantonfor West Indies SallyPainefor West Indies FriendshipManchesterfor West Indies BellaGrinnellfor Holland Other sloops were Gloriosa, Mercury, Boston, Speedwell, Minerva. What a scene of activity the coming and going of these vessels must have given to Mystic river! —E. M. G
Persons should be Parsons. Not all persons should be parsons, but on page 12, Vol. XIX, the name T. W. Persons should read Parsons. The surname, as printed, got by unnoticed. Mr. Parsons was a person, and though his occupation or profession Parsons. The surname, as printed, got by unnoticed. Mr. Parsons was a person, and though his occupation or profession is unknown to the editor, we feel sure that Mr. Parsons was not a parson, but an entertaining writer, translator of Dante, a poet, and one of the story-tellers of the Wayside Inn.d. Mr. Parsons was a person, and though his occupation or profession is unknown to the editor, we feel sure that Mr. Parsons was not a parson, but an entertaining writer, translator of Dante, a poet, and one of the story-tellers of the Wayside Inn.d. Mr. Parsons was a person, and though his occupation or profession is unknown to the editor, we feel sure that Mr. Parsons was not a parson, but an entertaining writer, translator of Dante, a poet, and one of the story-tellers of the Wayside Inn.