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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some errors in Medford's histories. (search)
p. 20.] Also see History of Medford in the proceedings of the two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the settlement of Medford. [P. 14.] This party from Salem, passing through Medford, were the first European feet that pressed the soil we now tread. We went up the Mystick river about six miles, . . . and the English eat boat were the first eyes of settlers that looked upon these fields on which we now live. [P. 32.] On the preceding page (31) is an account of a journey from Salem to Charlestown in the summer of 1628-9, from which I quote:— . . .and the land lying on the east side of the river, called Mystick River, from the farm Mr. Cr was any house on the land until after the date of Mr. Wilson's grant. Mr. Cradock's men were then located in what is now Medford square, where the travelers from Salem found them in the summer of 1629. May 25, 1661.—Richard Russell who had occupied the Mansion House five years, sold it, with twelve hundred acres of his land,
efs on the African coast, and very likely introduced here by sea-faring men, a relic of the slave trade. It degenerated from its original significance to that of idle chatter, gabble, and wily flattery (modern softsoap), by which some advantage is likely to be taken by shrewd calculators. The alleged earlier sign is said to have had painted upon it figures of two men shaking hands and evidently engaged in conversation, and that they were styled palaverers. On the great thoroughfare from Salem to Boston, this house had extensive patronage. It would be interesting to know why the sign was changed within one year. Probably the liquid cheer there dispensed had an exhilarating effect, and stimulated the palaver in its later meanings and caused the selection of sign of the Fountain. Just how this fountain was depicted we do not know, other than pouring punch into a huge bowl. It is very evident that the liquid was not water, or represented in white paint. As the Fountain aimed to