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During this time, they sold as follows:--

1680, Jan. 30.To S. Grove, in Malden20 acres.
1691, Feb. 22.To Jonathan Tufts, brick-yards39 acres.
1697, Jan. 10.To Jonathan Wade, in Medford12 1/2 acres.

Mr. Peter Tufts, born in England, 1617, was the father of the Tufts family in Medford. He died May 13, 1700, aged 83. He was buried in Malden, where his tomb may now be seen. Joseph Tufts writes thus of him:--

     But he who sleeps within this sacred grave,
He felt the tyrant's sting. Deep in his soul
     Sublime religion breathed. The stormy wave
Here placed him free, beyond a king's control.

The old histories speak of “God's blessing on the endeavors of the first twenty years.” The first settlers had “houses, gardens, orchards; and for plenty, never had the land the like; and all these upon our own charges, no public hand reaching out any help.”

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