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[109] members of the General Assembly may be appointed to view the premises petitioned for, &c.

In consideration of what is before mentioned, and other moving arguments that might be used in this affair, we hope your Excellency and Honors, in your great wisdom and goodness, will grant our petition. Although the inhabitants of said Charlestown have not been pleased to be so free (when petitioned) as to let us know whether they would gratify us herein or not.

So shall your petitioners, as in duty bound, ever pray. Medford, Dec. 13th, 1753.

We, the subscribers, being owners of a considerable part of the said lands, and having dwelling-houses thereon, do hereby signify that we heartily join with the inhabitants of Medford in the foregoing petition.

Samuel Brooks, Committee for Medford. Ebenezer Brooks, Committee for Medford. Z. Pool, Committee for Medford. Joseph Tufts, Committee for Medford. Stephen Hall, Committee for Medford.
Caleb Brooks, Benjamin Parker, Benjamin Teal, James Tufts, Ebenezer Marrow, Jonathan Tufts, John Jenks, Robert Crane, John Degrushy.

This petition was granted April 17, 1754.

“March 4, 1754: Samuel Hall was chosen Constable, and refused to serve; and the town took up with £ 5, old tenor, inasmuch as he is a lame person.”

May 8, 1754: Voted that any person have a right to “erect an engine for the weighing of hay, and have the proceeds thereof.”

Aug. 5, 1754: “Voted that the part of the Excise Bill of his Majesty which relates to the private consumption of wine and spirits shall not be in full force.” Was not this rebellion outright? Did it foreshadow the scenes of 1854?

March 3, 1755: Fish-officers were first chosen.

May 10, 1756: The town petitions “the General Court to consider them in the next valuation, for that the said town are greatly overdone upon sundry considerations.” Voted to raise £ 90 (lawful money) for town expenses for this year.

March 6, 1758: Voted “that Samuel Brooks, Esq., Capt. Caleb Brooks, Zech. Poole, Stephen Bradshaw, Capt. Francis Whitmore, be a Committee to prefer a petition to the General Court for an abatement of taxes.”

1768: Voted “that a Committee be chosen to draw up and lay before the town some salutary method or plan for ”

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