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[294] twenty-four years, with signal success, by Miss Eliza Bradbury, was deservedly ranked among the most useful seminaries within the neighborhood of Boston. Devoting herself to the most substantial and important branches of education, she produced the most durable and happy results. Her pupils were mostly from other towns, and several of them from the most elevated families. Fortiter, fideliter, feliciter.

Other private schools, less extensive in numbers and of shorter duration, have done their share in the good work, and been a credit to the town. For more than half a century, the excellent schools of Medford have presented a strong inducement for strangers to settle among us. Courtesy forbids me to designate by name that private classical school taught by a well-tried and successful instructor; and those private boarding and day-schools for young ladies, which have had such auroral beginnings. “May they have unbroken success!”

Medford literary Institute.

This interesting society was formed, March 10, 1853, by several intelligent and enterprising young men, for their advancement in literature. They began well, and have proceeded with enthusiasm. At their anniversary exhibitions, the Town Hall is always crowded. Forti et fideli nihil difficile.

Medford social library.

This excellent institution was established about 1825, and has been silently doing its good work ever since. Turell Tufts, Esq., bequeathed to it five hundred dollars, the interest of which must be expended annually for the purchase of valuable books.

The constitution says, “The design of the society is to form a collection of books strictly useful, promotive of piety and good morals, and for the diffusion of valuable information. Books of a light and unedifying character shall not be admitted.” Price of a share, one dollar; annual tax, fifty cents. Each proprietor may take out two volumes at a time. “Any person, by paying ten dollars or more at one time, may become an honorary member for life, entitled to take out books as a shareholder, but without tax or assessment.”

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