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ore the Court, and the complaint was dismissed. Again in December, 1736, May, 1738, and in May, 1743, the said towns were indicted by the Grand Jury for neglecting to erect a bridge at the wears. The defence of Medford was that the ford was easy and convenient, and that Medford people seldom or never travelled that way. Each time the towns were found not guilty. In 1746 a petition was presented to Governor Shirley and the General Court, by a number of inhabitants of several towns in Middlesex County, asking for a bridge across Mistick river, at the wears. The town of Medford was notified of this petition, and at a meeting held May 19, 1746, a committee was chosen to draw up an answer thereto. At an adjourned meeting held May 25, 1746, the committee reported; the town accepted their report and voted an answer, in accordance with said report, as follows: To His Excellency William Shirley Esq. Captain General and Governor in chief, in and over His Majesties Province of the Massachus
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 3., Medford in the War of the Revolution. (search)
nty per cent. Insurance on privateers was effected by making over to the underwriter a certain per cent. of the prize money. In 1776 Captain Hall insured three sloops for one hundred pounds each. Two were lost. The third, the Rover, made a successful cruise, and Mr. Hall received ninety pounds in prize money. The times proved too much for the capitalist before the war was over. In 1784 he said, When the war began, I would not have exchanged property with any man in the county of Middlesex, but now I am worth nothing. As a paper has already been read before you in which Governor Brooks has been spoken of at length, I have devoted very little time to him to-night, but I wish to say that the more I study his military and private life, the more I venerate and admire him. Medford may feel honored for all time, to count among her sons this friend of Lafayette and George Washington. One by one the landmarks of the olden time have disappeared. A few are left—among them th