master of Medford.—editor.
The Identity of the Cradock House.
Vide Register, vol.
I., no. 4, P. 119; also vol.
II., no. 2, p. 53.
In an earlier number of the Register there appeared an article
Vide Register, vol. 1, No. 4, P. 138. throwing doubt on the location of the old Cradock House by utterly denying the claims of the old brick structure on Riverside avenue just below Spring street. Has sufficient weight been given to several features of that claim?
First, in a letter to Gov. Winthrop, written in 1637, Cradock speaks of the best of his land neere my house being allotted to Mr. Wilson and Mr. Nowell.
Now, the land so granted neere my house was part of the present Wellington.
Secondly, the tradition of the Cradock House is very old; it has the authority of age, and is such authority to be lightly set aside?
Again, are not the bricks (the originals, of course) of a different size from those subsequently made in the colony, thus indicating importation?
And, if so,