s of the first year were by Thomas Tufts, and when compared with those of some of his successors, seem to show that his education was far superior to theirs.
There are very few errors in spelling, and in this respect he equalled some of our perhaps better educated clerks of the present day. William Willis succeeded him for two years, followed by Benjamin Willis, who was clerk from 1721 to 1726, when William Willis again filled the position for two years. Ebenezer Brooks, Jr., was elected in 1728, and at the March meeting of 1729 was re-elected.
There arose a dispute as to the legality of this meeting, and a petition was presented to the General Court by the disaffected ones, which was favorably considered, as appears by the record, a portion of which is as follows:—
in the house of Representatives: April 18TH: 1729:
Read and ordered That the prayer of this petition be so far Granted as that the Whole of the proceedings of Each Party att the Town Meeting held at Medford on