side of the matter.
At the next session favorable action was taken as follows:
Dec 26. 1698 Resolved That the petitioners be allowed what they herein pray for provided that they agree with
Sent up for concurrence Nathal Byfield Speaker.
The reader will do well to consider that in 1698 Medford was, though seventy years from its first settlement, but an insignificant place, and had in favor of Symmes, whose meadows above Mistick ponds were flooded.
Yet Prout, who was then (in 1698) proprietor, declared thirty or forty years of use, which covered nearly the time since Broughtonought to light in 1911, was none other than that of Medford's first gristmill, erected soon after 1698.
The map or plan of Charlestown Linefeilde (across the river), one of the oldest known, shows to view.
It was a serious matter for the housewife to get out of meal (i. e. breakfast food) in 1698, and it was a long journey to Noddle's island gristmill.
Neither was there the little store arou
uilt in 1656) which, although situated across the river in Charlestown (present Arlington), was owned and operated by Medford men the greater part of the time.
In 1698, when the town petitioned the General Court for liberty to build a grist mill on the river near and above Mistick bridge, it must have been its intention to build build, or to appropriate any money therefor.
In the absence of any such votes we may rest assured that no mill was built by the town.
Broughton's mill must then (1698) have been out of repair and unable to serve Medford people or they would not have complained of being obliged to travel as far as Noddle's Island (East Boston) toidge, I answer that the term Mistick bridge meant the bridge located where the Cradock bridge now stands.
There was no other bridge across the river at that date (1698). In 1699, the town voted to give Mr. John Johnson three pounds towards building a horse bridge over the wears.
That bridge, which it is assumed was built, must h