less compelled to by law.
Malden also took similar action.
The town of Medford appointed a committee to attend the premises from Court to Court, until there should be a final determination and settlement of Mistick bridge.
The Court of General Sessions of the Peace answered this defiance of these towns in the following manner, Jan. 20, 1693-4: Whereas there was an order of the General Court, referring the settlement of Mistick bridge, to the County Court of Middlesex, and said Court orderihwith make sufficient repairs of the said defects of said bridge, upon pains and penalty of five pounds fine to their Majesties for their respective defaults of each of said towns, and then to make returns of their doings therein to the next General Sessions of the Peace for Middlesex, and that for the future it shall be left to the determination of the law.
Jan. 23, 1693-4. The Selectmen of Medford appear in Court and answer that their part of the bridge is in good repair.
This prompt ord