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In these four years are included the expenses of building the meeting-house, in 1769. The pews paid the greater part.

  Lawful Money.
Expenses from 1771 to 1772£55834
Expenses from 1777 to 17781,41444
Expenses from 1778 to 1779 (by tax)3,061186
 (Depreciated money)5,311186
1779.Expenses (raised by tax)8,81400
 Extra expenses on account of the war17,44944
1780.Raised by tax101,4011910
 (Depreciated money)106,785610
1786.March, to March, 17871,440150
1790.Expenses of town for one year86156
1800.Expenses of town for one year$3,188.11
1810.Expenses of town for one year4,317.16
1820.Expenses of town for one year5,348.78
1830.Expenses of town for one year5,608.93
1835.Expenses of town for one year15,300.15
1840.Expenses of town for one year17,314.21
1845.Expenses of town for one year20,004.26
1850.Expenses of town for one year15,186.18

Since the year 1820, all the public buildings have been erected, such as town-house, school-houses, and engine-houses. The establishment of a fire-department and the opening of new streets have swelled the recent expenses.

When the government of the United States distributed their surplus revenue among the people, the amount that came to Medford was three thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight dollars fifty-nine cents. The inhabitants voted, April 3, 1837, to receive it according to the terms of the grant, and to use it in paying the debts and expenses of the town.

It may be interesting to compare the expenses of 1818 and 1855. They are as follows. For 1818:--

Minister's salary and grant of wood$500.00
Paid Charlestown for paupers241.00
Abatement of taxes258.47
Collecting taxes270.00
Expenses for opposing a new road150.00
Interest on town-debt141.00
For injury of horse on drawbridge50.00
Sexton, $25.00; Miscellaneous expenses, $94.56119.56

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