s, when they are to be chosen; and the Assistants, from among themselves, to choose the Governor and Deputy-Governor, who, with the Assistants, to have the power of making laws, and choosing officers to execute the same.
This was fully assented to by the general vote of the people and the erection of hands.
May 25, 1636: Mr. Bishop, as magistrate, appointed to keep the county court at Salem.
1643: Massachusetts Colony had thirty towns, and was divided into four counties,--Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex.
1646: Selectmen were empowered to try causes in a town where the magistrate could not, or where he was a party.
The first mention of Medford in the public records of the Province is the following:--
At a Court of Assistants at Charlestown, 28th Sept., 1630.
It is ordered that there shall be collected and raised by distress out of the several plantations, for the maintenance of Mr. Patrick and Mr. Underhill, the sum of £ 50, viz.: out of Charlton, £ 7; Boston,