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precious, as liquid diamonds. The Indian Sagamores drank of it from time immemorial, till the fearful deluge of fire-water burst upon the red men, and swept their whole race away from the cold fountains. . . . Governor Winthrop on his journey afoot from Boston drank here from the hollow of his hand. And we may claim a similar genesis for the Medford town pump, in an ancient spring whose existence may have been the deciding factor in the location of the original ferme-house built by Matthew Cradock's servants near the old Indian trail, through what is Medford Square today to the river's fording place. And it is just as certain that the governor refreshed himself with its cool water after crossing the Mistick on his long tramp to Salem. But we may not follow Hawthorne's pump rill into the baptismal water placed on the communion table, for alas! Medford had no meetinghouse then, nor yet for sixty years, and when she did, the clear water of Marrabel's brook was nearer by. But
was styled governour, and whose name was Matthew Cradock. We have the evidence of that in the tesemployed. Now let us return to the letter of Cradock. Endicott had written a letter to him from Snote of this: the company (through its chief, Cradock) writes of a bark already here built. For CraCradock to have known of it (no cable or wirless or airships in those days) its construction must haven an accomplished fact when Endicott wrote to Cradock in September of 1628. The question naturally then but at Medford where the Spragues found Cradock's men established? There was no lack of timbtion of a governor's bark, not Winthrop's but Cradock's, on the north side of the river, and therefre in the limits of Medford, in the light of Cradock's reference takes on new interest. Especiallone hundred tons the next year, built here by Cradock's men. What name that earlier governor's bg of the Bay by two years, and its mention by Cradock (still existing in his own hand) points to a [1 more...]