The expenses from Feb. 15, 1854, to Feb. 15, 1855, were as follows:--
|Poor — alms-house||3,571.86|
|Salaries and fees||1,482.67|
|Notes payable and interest paid||5,284.00|
|Amount of town and county taxes for 1854||$28,726.40|
|Receipts and income||2,284.43|
|Balance in treasury||7,909.23|
Medford a town.
, in his excellent History of Charlestown
, 1846 (p. 92), says:--“Medford
was not a town: it was rather a manor, owned by one of the leading inhabitants of Charlestown
We shall very good-naturedly dissent from this statement, and show cause.
We have every reason to suppose that the town-officers in Medford
were like those in the adjoining plantations.
Our first records speak of Selectmen, sometimes called “Seven-men,” because these seven men acted as governors of the town, assessors, and referees.
They were also called “Towns-men,”