f the farms of Winthrop, Nowell, Cradock, and Wilson, with free egress and ingress to them, with a common for their cattle on the backside of Mr. Cradock's farm.
Under date of September 13, 1636, Cradock writes to Governor Winthrop, mainly in regard to his agent (since 1634), Thomas Mayhew, with whose doings he was not quite satisfied.
In the postscript, Cradock writes of his purpose to apply himself to tylledge & increasing my stock of cattell, and having had recourse to a plase caled Shaw Shynn where I heare none comes but myselffe, and he asks for two thousand acres there.
He adds, when I shall putt up a tenement & a dame as I have herewith given order there about.
This reference to an erection of a building at Shawsheen (Billerica) would show that Cradock was in the habit of providing a housing for his people, of whom there were many working for his interests, as we have shown.
This is strengthened by the following affidavit in the Middlesex Court Files.
The testimony o