d Osgood and Edward Brooks were exceptions.
At the time of the Revolution several gentlemen in Medford owned slaves.
They were uniformly well treated.
Mr. Zachariah Pool owned a slave named Scipio.
In his will Mr. Pool left money to Benjamin Hall and others, in trust, for Scipio's support.
He was boarded with a family of free negroes, and when he died his guardians followed him to the grave.
This story was told me by one of Mr. Pool's descendants, and is in contradiction of Mrs. Lydia Maria Child's version, in one of her books, which says that Scipio was sold at the settlement of the estate.
The negro's name appears on the tax list in 1778.
Prince was a negro servant of Stephen Hall, Esq. He married Chloe, the servant of Richard Hall, in 1772.
An amusing story is told of Prince's struggle with a sixty-five-pound bass in Mystic river, at low tide.
The negro tried to carry the fish to land in his arms.
Two trials proved failures, but the third was successful.
posing a burden upon any member.
The notable event of the evening was the presentation to the Society of several valuable articles once the property of Mrs. Lydia Maria Child, and intimately associated with different periods of her life from girlhood to full maturity.
The presentation was made by Mrs. Anna D. Hallowell, through whose efforts they have been secured for the Society.
The articles are the gift of Mr. W. H. Parsons, of Brooklyn, whose wife was a niece of Mrs. Child.
They were given in the name of Mrs. Sarah M. Parsons (born Preston).
The gift included (1) a baby's gown, wrought by Lydia Maria Francis, at the age of nineteen, for her niece, Sarah Preston; (2) life-size oil portrait of Lydia Maria Francis, at the age of twenty, by Alexander; (3) gold watch given to Mrs. Lydia Maria Child in 1835, by some ladies of Lynn and Salem, just after the publication of her Appeal in Behalf of those American Citizens called Africans; and (4) a colored photograph of David Le