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ral principle of majority which lies at the basis of our civil liberties. The Constitution provided that the annual election should take place in April; thus giving the farmers the winter to think of it, and an occasion of finishing it before planting. April 2, 1781: The first in the series of the annual elections took place on this day; and the votes, in Medford, stood thus:-- For Governor. John Hancock24 For Lieutenant-Governor. Thomas Cushing20 For Senators. Seth Gorham22 James Prescott22 John Tyng22 Abraham Fuller22 Josiah Stone22 The State government took up the cause of independence with wisdom and power. At this time, a levy of clothing and beef for the army was made by it, and our records show that Medford raised its share with promptitude. The second annual election of State officers was like the third, which, in Medford, stood thus :-- For Governor. John Hancock45 For Lieutenant-Governor. Thomas Cushing44 For Senators. Ebenezer Bridge37 Josia
rsons, Jonathan Ingersoll, John Beach, Abijah Cheever, William B. Hutchins, Stephen Howard, and Andrew Craigie, with their associates, were incorporated, Feb. 27, 1807, with authority to erect Canal Bridge, familiarly called Craigie's Bridge, from the northwesterly end of Leverett street in Boston to the east end of Lechmere's Point, a similar provision was inserted that the act should be of no effect until a release and discharge of all the covenants of warranty contained in the deed of James Prescott, Joseph Hosmer, and Samuel Thatcher, Esqs., unto Andrew Cabot and his assigns shall be made and obtained from Andrew Craigie or the person or persons who are legally authorized to make such release and discharge. The memorial setting forth this claim of damage is mentioned in the Records of the Executive Council, Feb. 9, 1807, while the petition for leave to erect Canal Bridge was pending in the General Court: The Committee to whom was referred the memorial of Andrew Craigie, praying th
called absentees; the other, An Act to confiscate the estates of certain notorious conspirators against the government. All debts due before April 19, 1775, were to be paid; the wife or widow was to have the use of one-third of the personal estate and her dower in the real estate set off. An Act passed in 1781 empowered commissioners for the different counties to make sale of the estates of absentees named in the two foregoing Acts. The commissioners for the County of Middlesex were James Prescott, Joseph Hosmer and Samuel Thacher, and by them were sold the estate of Joseph Thompson of Medford and certain estate in Medford, the property of one Charles Ward Apthorp of Boston (?). The absentees of Medford were few in number; in fact, two only, Isaac Royall and Joseph Thompson, resided here. Both were descended from the early settlers; Isaac Royall from William Ryall who first settled at Salem, having a large grant of land called Ryall Side (a name still applied to a part of Beve