usand inhabitants; Medford, Woburn, and Chelmsford were insignificant villages; Lowell was yet unborn; while the valley of the Merrimac, northward into New Hampshire,Sundays.
The tariff varied greatly from year to year.
In 1827 the rate from Lowell to Boston was $2.00 the gross ton; but many articles were carried on much loweron was presented to the Legislature for the survey of a railroad from Boston to Lowell.
The interests of the canal were seriously involved.
A committee was promptlydlesex canal, against the grant of a charter to build a railroad from Boston to Lowell.
This remonstrance, signed by William Sullivan, Joseph Coolidge, and George Ha exigency as will warrant the granting of the prayer for a railroad to and from Lowell.
Secondly, that, if that prayer be granted, provision should be made as a condkson, of Boston; Prof. John W. Webster, of Cambridge University; S. L. Dana, of Lowell, and A. A. Hayes, Esq., of the chemical works at Roxbury.
The various legal qu
avoid the towns between the termini and have no way stations.
So the road, instead of its natural course through the Mystic valley, was carried at great additional expense through Winter and Walnut hills and away from the centre of the town.
When the road was opened, in the spring of 1835, Mr. P. C. Brooks, desirous of giving his townsmen the novelty of riding for the first time on a railroad, arranged with the managers to have the train stop one morning at West Medford and take a party to Lowell and return.
I happened to be here on a visit at the time and joined the party of about forty or fifty, not more than two or three of whom had ever travelled by railroad before.
Though at the risk of trying your patience too long, I should like to say a few words of some of my old Medford friends who have passed away—some of whom I hope may still be kindly remembered by some of you. Let me mention Mr. P. C. Brooks, then probably the richest man in New England, Rev. Caleb Stetson, well es