the payment that he be requested to be satisfyed with the title and to have a deed in the name of the Medford Turnpike Corporation and have the same immediately put on record P. C. Brooks Prest. This vote is in the elegant handwriting of George L. Stearns, son of the clerk.
It alludes to the continual repair that was needful.
The first recorded dividend is of date January 1, 1812, $4.00; the second recorded, July 5, 1813, $4.00. There may have been dividends paid prior to the above, as by the record of October 12, 1804, it was voted
That the first dividend of the toll shall be made by the standing committee on the first day of January 1805 and that dividends shall be made quarterly ever afterwards
Doctor Stearns died suddenly in 1820, and was succeeded by 'Squire Abner Bartlett, who served for twenty-one years, and his record, clear and explicit, in good black ink in characters as formidable as the turnpike gates, makes no mention whatever of dividends.
James O. Curti