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cted from his bill a shilling each for meals had at the taverns. Others received from $17 to $21 per month and board. In the bills of such against the company appear charges of twelve and one-half cents per week for washing, and for rations at five cents per day. What these rations were (which one man charged as allowance) may be readily conjectured, and the fact the bills were approved and paid, throws some light on the custom of the time. Tolls on merchandise down the Merrimack to Newburyport had to be prepaid, while those through the canal could be paid at the office in Charlestown, the goods being security for the same. During the earliest years the canal was being constructed, a canal was built around Pawtucket Falls at Chelmsford, and for twenty-five years was used for the purpose of navigation. Then some capitalists were induced to buy the same and utilize the power of the Merrimack it furnished; the result was the town, and soon the city, of Lowell. In 1831 Mr. Eddy w