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The warrant issued to the constable empowered that functionary “to distrain the goods or chattels of any person or persons who refuse to pay; and in case there be no goods or chattels, then he is to seize the body of any person who refuses, and commit him to the county jail.”

To show what taxes were assessed for, it will be interesting to see a record of the entire debts of the town of Medford, April 19, 1710. It is as follows:--

Due to Ensign John Bradstreet, for dining the ministers thirteen sabbaths, at 1s. 6d. per sabbath0196
Due to Captain Peter Tufts, John Francis, Ebenezer Brooks, and Samuel Wade, 5s. per man,--paid to Mrs. Bradstreet, for nursing Rachel Blanchard100
Due to Ebenezer Brooks, for actions entered in court020
For taking a copy out of the records, &c., about John Man046
For pocket expenses, in tending court three days030
Due to Thomas Willis, for sweeping meeting-house, 17090150
Due to Mr. Samuel Wade, for John Man's diet eleven weeks, at 3s. per week1130
Also boarding John Man three weeks, at 4s. per week0120
Also for five weeks sickness in the eleven weeks board aforesaid040
Due to Thomas Hall, constable, for James Tufts's headmoney0100
Due to Stephen Willis, sen., for pocket-money at Court of Sessions, three days030
Due to Ensign Stephen Francis, for boarding John Man ten weeks, at 4s. per week200
Due to John Francis, for money paid to the clerk about a presentment of Mistick Bridge026
For pocket expenses at court, three days, about John Man030
Money paid for searching the records about John Man009

To show the relative amount and distribution of property among the inhabitants, the following record of taxes paid by each is here inserted:--

Sept. 20, 1711: This list is a county rate that was made and perfected by the assessors, in obedience to a warrant from James Taylor, gent., treasurer, for the levying a tax on polls and estate, both real and personal.

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