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Medford Branch canal. ON May 16, 1805, the Massachusetts Legislature passed An act to incorporate Benjamin Hall, Esquire and others, by the Name of Proprietors of the Medford Branch Canal and Locks between the Middlesex Canal and Mystic River, and easterly of the Post Road leading from Charlestown to Medford. A bibliography of that old Middlesex canal would be of much interest as, judging by the articles (often illustrated) that have appeared in the weekly issues of Boston papers, trete masonry, erected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During their construction there stood a few rods away the last visible remains of Benjamin Hall's enterprise of a century earlier, the river lock of the Branch canal. At its beginning Mr. Hall had attained an age at which most men retire from active enterprise. He saw it completed and ten years in use ere he passed on. We can record no story of sentiment or romance of it. Probably none of the excursions to Bacon's grove or the Lak
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23., Medford Saltmarsh Corporation. (search)
in public print, and for such reason the register now adds a little to details of Medford affairs in days long gone. Our authority is the Massachusetts Archives and papers above named. On February 9, 1803, eight Medford men, Richard Hall, Benj. Hall, Jr., Nathaniel Hall, Joshua Simonds, Duncan Ingraham, Ebenezer Tufts, Benjamin Tufts, Jr., and Andrew Hall, who were then Proprietors of a certain tract of Salt Marsh situated in the easterly part of Medford at Labor-in-vain, so-called, bounded southerly by Mistic river, easterly by Malden lines, and otherwise by lands of Hall, Wheelwright and Holt Junr. asked incorporation by the General Court, saying That said Salt Marsh is exposed to, and greatly injured by depredations from Cattle belonging to other persons—so that it cannot in the present situation be improved to the best advantage. Therefore they pray this Honorable Court to incorporate them into a Society by the name of the Proprietors of Salt Mars in the easterly part of