The months between June, 1775, and March, 1776, when Boston was evacuated, were full of alarms.
The enemy were expected to march out at any time.
General Washington ordered, July 12, that one thousand men should be stationed in and about Medford, considering that number sufficient for the time being.
Skirmishes on thoston their permanent home.
One Huffmaster has descendants in this city.
After the surrender of Burgoyne most of the Northern army was ordered South to join Washington.
Those Medford men who were in Colonel Greaton's regiment remained at Albany.
Captain Bancroft and his company, under Lieutenant- Colonel Brooks, went to military and private life, the more I venerate and admire him.
Medford may feel honored for all time, to count among her sons this friend of Lafayette and George Washington.
One by one the landmarks of the olden time have disappeared.
A few are left—among them the Watson House, where General Brooks entertained Washington in
John Pierce, D. D., of Brookline, Mass., writing of him in 1848, says:
The first thing which gave him great celebrity was a political sermon in 1794, occasioned by an appeal to the people from the decision of the American Government under Washington, by Genet, minister to the United States from the French Republic.
This discourse passed through three editions within a few months, the last at Philadelphia.
From this period he was greatly admired and caressed by many of our leading politicn the force with which it presents the fatal danger to the country if it does not stand loyally by the decisions of the General Government.
But I have been even more impressed by a noble and eloquent discourse delivered after the death of George Washington.
Permit me to read a passage from it that you may test its quality: At the head of armies, and at the helm of government, there have been some, who in the height of their elevation, amidst all the allurements of interest, pride, ambition
Otherwise the house is much as Colonel Royall left it.
During the siege of Boston the house was the headquarters of the New Hampshire division of the Continental Army.
There is no authentic tradition that it was occupied by Washington, although an old record says that prisoners were taken to Washington's Headquarters at Royall's.
Stark and his staff occupied the house until after the battle of Bunker hill.
The riderless horse of Major McClary, of Epsom, N. H., found his wa lamp which is vouched for by the family of Rev. Charles Brooks, historian of Medford, were among the number.
Several mementos of Sarah Bradlee Fulton, the Chapter Mother were shown; among them a punch bowl and ladle which were used when General Washington visited her to express his thanks for her services as bearer of despatches when, if discovered, her life would have been the forfeit.
Two of her descendants wore gowns which had been worn by their honored ancestress.
Her wedding gown has
FOLLOWING is the inscription on the monument in memory of Governor John Brooks in Salem Street Cemetery, Medford:
Sacred to the memory of John Brooks who was Born in Medford in the month of May 1752 and educated at the town School he took up arms for his country on the 19TH of April 1775; he Commanded the regiment which first entered the enemy's lines at Saratoga and served with honor to the close of the War. he was appointed Marshal of the district of Massachusetts by President Washington and after filling several important Civil and military offices, he was in the year 1816 chosen Governor of the Commonwealth and discharged the duties of that station for several Successive years to General acceptance he was A kind and Skilful physician, A brave and Prudent officer, A wise, firm and Impartial Magistrate, A true patriot, A good citizen and A faithful friend in his manner he was A Gentleman, in morals pure, and in profession and practice A Consistent Christian he Departe