harles Brooks, who thirty years later was to become Medford's first historian, was of this privileged company.
Others were General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who asked the blessing, all of Boston, Rev. George Burnap of Baltimore, Dr. Swan and Dudley Hall of Medford.
George Stewart of Canada, grandson of the host, is said to have been present, and his daughter-in-law, widow of Col. John Brooks, presided at the table.
The following, from the newspapers of the day, published in , and the whole simple story is told in the following:—
Henry Chapman for Ensigns$5.00
Darius Waitt work etc. on reception6.87
James Hyde decoration of street2.00
James W. Brooks for horse and chaise to Lexington for bass drum3.12
Joseph Swan cash pd. for oil etc. & for flags33.48
Could we of today entertain so distinguished a visitor as a French marquis, who had been a great general, with a sum like that?
Yet we may well ask, would our feelings be any more sincere<
Answer to Queries.
In Vol. 18, page 73, may be found three questions which evidently await an answer.
Questions one and two I pass with the remark that in all probability these two subjects as portrayed in pageant are pure fiction.
As to the third, I quote from the journal of Benjamin Crafts, Sunday August 13th Two Regulars deserted from Bunker's Hill, swam over to Malden and were carried to Royal's Gen Washington's headquarters.
Notes by the way.
Vol. 18, page 81. Mr. Swan's quotation of Mr. Wells' statement concerning the building of the Samuel Swan house (now the Home of the Aged) may be correct, but the fact remains that a house stood on that location prior to the year 1689.
It was the property of Major Jonathan Wade, who died in the year 1689.
In the division of his estate it was set off to his daughter Katherine, who married Elizer Wyer—To Katherine Wyer, she hath the house by Marble brook and about 18 acres adjoining, allowing 2 acres for highways.