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ly in New England. Henry Grosvenor Cary wrote The Cary Family in England and the Cary Family in America. Thomas Brooks compiled the family record of Jonathan and Elizabeth Brooks. The writings of Frank Preston Stearns cover a wide range of subjects—art, literature, criticism, biography, political science. In 1888 he edited a book on John Brown, by Herman von Holtz, for which he was singularly fitted through his personal knowledge of John Brown. In 1895 he published Sketches from Concord and Appledore, and in 1905 Cambridge Sketches, both intimate biographies of famous men. In 1892 appeared Real and Ideal in Literature, and in 1897 Modern English Prose Writers. He also wrote Four Great Venetians and the Midsummer of Italian Art; a Life of Otto von Bismarck; Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne; the Life and Public Services of George Luther Stearns, his distinguished father; and True Republicanism. Miss Annie H. Ryder, who has conducted a private school in Medford for
ped with thin slabs of stone, with a granite post at the southern end. Lilac bushes grow closely beside it, and till recently hid a part of it from view. Observant passers ask why this wall of bricks, when all the rest is of Medford granite? To answer this query, and to preserve a record of this Medford antiquity ere it is forgotten (or removed), the Register presents as its frontispiece; The Old Slave Wall, with this sketch thereof. Samuel Brooks (grandson of that Thomas Brooks of Concord who purchased land of Edward Collins) is said to have lived nearly opposite the Peter C. Brooks house; which locates his home at the site of this wall. His son Samuel, born 1700, inherited the estate, and the dwelling is mentioned as intact in 1855. It was demolished in 1860 and the materials removed. Some of its doors have been in daily use ever since in a house soon afterward built, and are good for many years more of service. This old house, probably erected by the first Samuel,
nty to one hundred and fifty miles back into the country. I remember the six and eight horse teams toiling over the dirt and sandy roads and mud and snow in their season; also the nine stage coaches that ran through Bedford, past our house from Concord to Nashua up to the time the cars reached Concord in June, 1842. After that we saw no more stage coaches. Few farmers required rum after the Washingtonian Revolution in 1840. The pledge then so freely taken was something like this: So heConcord in June, 1842. After that we saw no more stage coaches. Few farmers required rum after the Washingtonian Revolution in 1840. The pledge then so freely taken was something like this: So here we pledge perpetual hate, To all that can intoxicate. The foregoing account was written for me by Jacob W. Manning of Reading, the well-known nurseryman, a few years before his death, as being possibly of some interest to Medford people. Mr. Manning was born in Bedford, N. H., February 20, 1826, and died in Reading, Mass., September 16, 1904. The account is just as it came from the veteran's hand. The Dudley Hall house referred to is on High street (present No. 57) now occupied
was of much pleasure to me as its sweet tones fell on my ear, especially on a Sabbath morn when it called the worshipers together and Dr. Towne came over the new road to meet grandma Todd and conduct her to church, and I have always been sorry the church was not built on the old lines after it was burned. Benjamin Floyd, who is buried in the old burying ground on Salem street, was my great grandfather, and was among the first to respond to the call to arms at the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the first to respond to the second call. My grandfather, Jeremiah Jordan, married Benjamin Floyd's daughter, Patty Floyd. Grandfather Jordan sailed from Portsmouth on a privateering expedition and was thrice captured by the British and incarcerated in Dartmoor Prison. Finally the vessel was captured by pirates and the captain and first mate (grandfather) were spiked to the deck and the vessel set on fire. The second mate hid in a molasses barrel and was the only one saved. At tha