hat no files of either the Medford journal or Medford Chronicle were preserved by their publishers, for to such we would naturally refer for information.
In the early seventies (probably ‘74) the younger Magoun had put the building in the most perfect repair and added the terrace and portico.
His father passed away on April 7, 1856, at the age of eighty years, leaving no will disposing of his estate of $800,000. His widow survived him until April 23, 1862, attaining seventy-eight years. Caleb Swan made note soon after of the same, saying-
She left no will and the property which was not divided after Mr. Magoun's death now all goes to the only two surviving children, Thatcher Magoun Jr. merchant of Boston and Medford and Mrs. Revd. Dr. Wm. Adams of New York.
The Mansion House of their father built by him about 1835 is already advertised for sale. Of the occupants, or if there were any during the succeeding years prior to 1874, we have no information.
Early in 1875 the selectme
r. Cradock's farm was four miles long.
Now a few words relative to Metford, and copy of a written note attached to a copy of the History of Medford (Brooks) by Caleb Swan, which is of interest, and never before published.
Medford, July 31, 1857.
Mr. Charles Brooks (the author of this book) dining with us at Dr. Swan's tDr. Swan's today—Mrs Adams and daughter of Winter hill being present—said that he had lately ascertained that the original name of the town was Metford—after a county seat Governor Cradock in England in Staffordshire called Metford and that he named his new town from that and that in his will he called it Metford in New England.
The abovee oversea but suggested the transfer here of the charter which became the foundation of a commonwealth.
Old home associations such as Mr. Brooks alluded to at Dr. Swan's dinner-table (also alluded to by the English diarist quoted) may have prompted him to call the new plantation he was starting, Medford or Metford. Dudley, his <