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rgaret Curzon, The first-named died in Brookline, May 3, 1851, and the latter in Newburyport, June 28, 1877. then at Havana, Cuba. In it is a description of an all-day excursion on the Middlesex canal on July 18, 1817. The readers of the Historical Register may be interested in it because of details which occurred in Medford. The picnic party consisted of a large gathering of what was best in the society of the old town of Boston. It was held at the Lake of the Woods, now known as Horn pond, in Woburn. The Indian name was Innitou. There were represented the Winthrops, Quincys, Amorys, Sullivans, Grays, Masons, Tudors, Eliots, Cabots, and others. Daniel Webster and wife were also of the party. Mr. Webster was then thirty-five years of age. He had taken up his residence in Boston in August of the previous year. In the following year, 1818, he was to establish his fame at the bar by his matchless argument on the great Dartmouth college case before the Supreme Court of the U
nteresting communication to the Colonial Society of Massachusetts in 1907, which is illustrated by a view of the Lake of the Woods with its wooded island. It was the privilege of the editor to identify the various localities therein named, and assist that writer, H. H. Edes, Esq., at that time. Very recently we have found (what neither knew at that former time) the story of the lily-picking episode as told by Mr. May himself in his autobiography. The view across the Lake of the Woods (Horn pond) is little changed in the lapse of a century, and nature has dealt kindly, as the tall trees witness, with the locality in Upper Medford, from which could be seen the distant spire of Menotomy. At the latter the canal embankments remain intact, from the site of the aqueduct which spanned the Aberjona, to the Mystic Valley parkway, where is a bronze tablet relative to the canal, erected by the park commission. Mr. May in later years became a zealous advocate of temperance, and espoused