then another committee
to attend the General Court and take means to prevent the said canal's passage through the turnpike, but not to appear with counsel.
As Benjamin Hall was a prominent shareholder and corporator in all three enterprises, the above seems a little strange, but perhaps it was only a show of resistance.
The turnpike records contain but two other allusions to the canal:
July 6, 1807.
Voted to allow Peter Tufts, Junior account $7.50 for surveying bason of canal
Feb 10 1834 Voted That the Proprietors of the Medford Branch Canal & Locks be notified to remove the piece of timber from off the top of the bridge over the said canal in the middle of the said turnpike road, it being an inconvenience and an obstruction to the public travel on said turnpike road; also to make their bridge wider and repair the causeway on each side thereof according to law.
Abner Bartlett, esquire, was then the clerk and his entry is followed by
Seved a copy on Mr Stearns