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[157] the next election showed great unanimity, and recognized that central principle of majority which lies at the basis of our civil liberties. The Constitution provided that the annual election should take place in April; thus giving the farmers the winter to think of it, and an occasion of finishing it before planting.

April 2, 1781: The first in the series of the annual elections took place on this day; and the votes, in Medford, stood thus:--

For Governor.
John Hancock24
For Lieutenant-Governor.
Thomas Cushing20
For Senators.
Seth Gorham22
James Prescott22
John Tyng22
Abraham Fuller22
Josiah Stone22

The State government took up the cause of independence with wisdom and power. At this time, a levy of clothing and beef for the army was made by it, and our records show that Medford raised its share with promptitude.

The second annual election of State officers was like the third, which, in Medford, stood thus :--

For Governor.
John Hancock45
For Lieutenant-Governor.
Thomas Cushing44
For Senators.
Ebenezer Bridge37
Josiah Stone36
Abraham Fuller37
Eleazer Brooks37
Jonas Dix35
Joseph Hosmer3

At the fourth annual election, April 7, 1783, Governor Hancock had, in Medford, 36 votes; Lieutenant-Governor Gushing, 30. Each Senator had 24. These facts show remarkable political harmony in the town.

The recognition of independence by the mother country caused a day of thanksgiving in Medford,which the aged among us remember. There were meetings and feastings and congratulations and rejoicings without number. It seemed here as if the whole heavens were filled with rainbows. So intoxicated with hope were our fathers, that they doubtless presumed that two blades of grass would henceforth grow where

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