after her death.
Maria Gowen Brooks was born in Medford in 1794.
She went abroad, met many famous people, and achieved an international reputation for her poetry—Judith, Esther, and Other Poems, 1820; Zophiel, 1825; and an Ode to the Departed.
Robert Southey was said to have given her the name Maria del Occidente, which she used as a nom de plume. She wrote a novel in 1843 called Idomen, supposed to have been autobiographical.
Many believed her to have been the original of the Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins.
Dr. John Brooks, one of Medford's most distinguished citizens, delivered an oration before the Society of the Cincinnati in 1787; a Eulogy on George Washington, 1800; Discourse Before the Humane Society, 1795; and a remarkable Farewell to the Militia of the Commonwealth in 1823, all of which are in print.
Of his inaugural address, when governor of Massachusetts, President Monroe said, I am willing to take the principles of that speech as the basis of my administration
own as North street in both cities.
This street, as laid out, varies somewhat from the location of the rangeway.
Prior to the laying out of these two ways they were encroached upon and in some places entirely closed by the adjoining owners.
The third rangeway was sometimes called Cook's lane.
There are four ways leading westerly from the third rangeway, two of them to the marshes through land of Lieut. John Cutler.
The third way was situated between land of John Blaney and land of Susanna White, leading to the land of John Dickson, and was called the way to Dickson's land.
The fourth way, situated between land of Joseph Frost and land of Thomas Graves, led to the common landing or watering place.
This way was two rods in width where it connected with the rangeway and along the river; the length of the landing place was thirteen and one-half rods.
This landing place was known in recent years as Second Beach, and by the action of the Metropolitan Park Commission in changing