Dec. 4, 1638.--Three persons having been drowned, at Charlestown Ferry, by the careless upsetting of a canoe, the court “ordered that no canoe should be used at any ferry
, upon pain of £ 5; nor should any canoe be built in our jurisdiction before the next General Court, upon pain of £ 10.”
Sept. 9, 1639.--Registration of births, marriages, and deaths, expressly required; and to be sent annually to the court.
was a member of Parliament from London
June 2, 1641.--“The bounds for Charlestown Village (Woburn
) are to be set out by Captain Cooke
, Mr. Holliocke
, and Mr. John Oliver
, the contents of four mile square.”
, the first minister of Woburn
, was ordained 1642, when seventy-seven ministers had been ordained in New England
1642.--Confederation against the Indians recommended by the General Court.
May 10, 1643.--The General Court appointed a committee to lay out a road from Cambridge
was the first to recommend and adopt the division of territory into counties.
Mr. Edward Collins
was chosen by Cambridge
a representative in the General Court; but he did not attend.
They required him to give reasons for his neglect, or pay twenty shillings.
was called to mourn the death of its founder, Matthew Cradock
; and, in 1649, lost a friend and neighbor, in the death of Governor Winthrop
1644.--It was customary with the early settlers in Medford
to attend public worship in the neighboring towns when they had no preaching within their own plantation.
On a sabbath, in the year 1644, when it was a serious loss to have “the go-to-meeting-bonnet” injured, the following semi-tragic scene occurred near Mystic Bridge
We give the narrative in the words of Governor Winthrop
( “Journal,” vol.
II. p. 161): “One Dalkin
and his wife, dwelling near Meadford, coming from Cambridge
, where they had spent their sabbath, and being to pass over the river at a ford, the tide not being fallen enough, the husband adventured over, and, finding it too deep, persuaded his wife to stay a while; but, it raining very sore, she would needs adventure over, and was carried away with the stream past her depth.
Her husband, not daring to go help her, cried out; and thereupon his dog, being at his house near by, came forth, and, seeing something in the water, swam to her; and she caught hold of the dog's tail: so he drew her to the shore, and saved her life.”
If, at this time, it was flood-tide in Medford
, there can be no doubt that marital chivalry was at a very low ebb. We related this hair-breadth escape to a lady of Medford
, who instantly exclaimed, “I would have thrown my inhuman
husband into the river, and then married the human
March 4, 1645.--“Whereas complaint hath been made to this ”