he Court that in the future it should be left to the determination of the law. These towns based their hopes of avoiding in the future any expense on account of Mistick bridge upon the late law above referred to; how vain were their hopes will be hereinafter shown.
In 1698 the town of Medford was again complained of for defects in the northerly half of Mistick bridge, and it voted to empower a lawyer, referring to answer a presentment for defect in Mistick bridge.
March 8, 1698. Lieut. Peter Tufts, Stephen Francis, and Thomas Willis, Selectmen of Medford, appear in Court, to answer for defects in the north end of Mistick bridge, and inform the Court that their part of the bridge is in good repair, and that the defect is in the part appertaining to Reading, Woburn, and Malden, whereupon the Court order that those towns appear and show reason why they should not repair their part of said bridge according to former usage.
The town of Medford, fearing that its interests might be
It was the custom in those days of defining the bounds of a highway by means of a stump, a rock, or a marked tree.
Such bounds soon disappeared and rendered a new laying out of the way necessary.
Medford roads were first mentioned in the county records on June 25, 1658: Medford is enjoined to repair their highways before the next term of Court, on penalty of forty shillings.
Complaints were numerous thereafter in regard to the condition of these roads.
March 13, 704-5: Capt. Peter Tufts and Stephen Willis, appear in Court to answer to defects in the way to Malden, they say that they are mending the way as fast as they can, and in regard to the defect north of Mistick Bridge, that they have mended the same.
Aug. 25, 1719, John Bradshaw, appearing in court to answer to complaints about a highway in Medford, answered that to the best of his knowledge, the way is mended.
In the year 1769 the town of Medford being presented for not amending and repairing a highway in
08, and Mr. Woodbridge continued to live in Medford till his death two years later, when the town promptly and generously voted ten pounds for the expenses of his funeral.
After Mr. Woodbridge's death Mr. John Tufts, son of Mr. Peter Tufts, of Medford, was engaged to supply the pulpit, which he did for about six months. The town gave him a call to the pulpit in December, 1711, to settle on a salary of fifty pounds and strangers' money.
In his reply he neither accepts nor decl.
The reason seems to be that the feud left from Mr. Woodbridge's ministry had not wholly died out. His name appears again among the three candidates from whom the town made choice of a minister in 1712, when the lot fell to Mr. Aaron Porter. Mr. Tufts was afterward the honored minister of the church in Newbury.
The last Wednesday of April, 1712, the town appointed as a day of fasting and prayer to humble ourselves before God for those divisions and contentions that hath s