nd future charges arising by reason of said Bridge, and do in our said capacity take upon the town of Medford all the charge and care of said Bridge, which the town of Woburn was bound to do or ever shall be: In witness whereof we in our said capacity have hereunto sett our hands and seals this seventh day of July annoque Domini one thousand seven hundred and sixty-one, and in the first year of his Majestie's reign.
Signed Sealed and Deilvered in presence of us Stephen Hall, [L. S.], Simon Tufts, [L. S.], Z. Poole, [L. S.], Parker, [L. S.], Willis Hall, Aaron Hall. Benjn.
In 1789 the town of Medford proposed to widen the bridge and pave the market-place, and the General Court was petitioned to grant a lottery for these purposes.
The petitioners were given leave to withdraw.
In 1794 a number of the inhabitants of Medford petitioned the Selectmen to insert an article in the warrant for the annual town-meeting, To see if the town will build a draw in the Great bridge, or giv
and the Reading men, encountered the British at Merriam's Corner, and pursued them to their boats.
It was not strange that the Medford company should follow Major Brooks.
He was a Medford boy, and only two years before had left the home of Dr. Simon Tufts, where he was educated, to practice medicine in Reading.
Probably some of the men had been drilled by him in school-boy days in the vacant lot back of the doctor's house.
Scarcely can we imagine the excitement of that day. The regulars he dared not stay in the town, so he hastened to Newburyport and took passage for Halifax.
From there he went to England.
He bitterly repented his course; but he was an absentee, and his property was confiscated.
By the good offices of Dr. Simon Tufts his estate was kept together.
He died in England in 1781.
By will he left a silver cup to the church in Medford.
A special act of the Legislature was necessary before it could be delivered.
He bequeathed to the town a piece of land in G
n whom his townsmen loved.
Among the portraits were those of Governor Brooks, Nathaniel Polly (a Medford soldier in the Revolution), Lucy Dudley, the wife of Dr. Simon Tufts, Andrew Hall, whose home in 1800 was the present 43 High street (the third frame house built in Medford), and Turell Tufts, who died in 1842, son of Dr. SimonDr. Simon Tufts.
A print of the Blanchard Tavern was shown.
Here the New Hampshire troops were mustered in, and public meetings were held after the meetinghouse ceased to be town property.
Hezekiah Blanchard was the tavern-keeper in Revolutionary times.
He and his son both served in the army.
His name is on the roll of minute-men.
A warrant for Isaac Royall, Senior, issued in 1734, a pair of spectacles inscribed The gift of I. Royall to Simon Tufts, Esq., and a silver communion plate bequeathed to the Church of Christ in Medford were all the exhibits which referred personally to the ancient owners of the house.
A special act of the General Court was necessa