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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 20., Notes Epistolary and Horticultural. (search)
oad at its foot that led through the woods to Stoneham was the place for a meditative stroll. Let us close our literary ramble through an old book and a box of older papers with two gleanings, from the former a manuscript note, from the latter a newspaper clipping, as they touch topics of today's interest, though not horticultural. George L. Stearns is an orator in Town meetings, and it is said speaks very well. He spoke at the meeting in the Unitarian Church Sunday, July 2, 1865 for the negroes to vote. He had been in the army with the rank of Major and was some time at Nashville, Tennessee. The venerable Rev. Dr. Todd, of Pittsfield, says the root of the great error of our day is, that woman is to be made independent and self-supporting—precisely what she never can be, because God never designed she should be. Her support, her dignity, her beauty, her honor and happiness lie in her independence as wife, mother and daughter. The above is dated in pencil, August 6, 186
he following:— I could never have suspected that my quotation from the Boston Transcript would be construed to reflect upon the good people of Medford. I was emphasizing the contrast between the good old times of that period, and the sober new times of today when distilleries are made into garages. The above was accompanied by the more than column article, from which this rum, lemon and sugar quotation was taken. In that article, Beverly, Danvers, Dunstable, Medford, Northampton, Pittsfield and Windsor are alluded to under the title of The Puritanic Present, and the writer thereof credited practically the whole to Bonfort's Wine and Spirit Circular. As the Vermont historian gives his quotation from the Transcript and not from Mr. Brooks, we are led to infer that he may not have read the latter. But evidently some other had, and none too carefully, and as her own peculiar product was famous, Medford got all that was coming to her. We have in years past heard people in the ca