in Cambridge, together with the petitioners now inhabitants of the town of Charlestown, with their estates, be incorporated into a District; they paying their proportionable part towards repairing and maintaining the Great Bridge over Charles River in like manner as now obliged (the inhabitants of the said Second Parish being allowed their proportional part of the advantage of the lands granted for that purpose); provided also, that the town of Charlestown forever hereafter be exempted from repairing and maintaining one half the Bridge over the Wares, so called, and that the inhabitants of said town enjoy their ancient privileges of taking any sort of fish in Medford River, the grant of the proposed District notwithstanding; as also that the said town of Charlestown be allowed and paid the sum of twelve pounds in consideration of their having the last year been at a great expense in building a durable bridge within the limits of the proposed District, an exact plan of which district was suggested to be made before incorporation. Liberty was granted to bring in a bill accordingly. In Council June 9, 1762.
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Remarks.—This letter of Mr. Cooke's appears to treat of some private matter, intimating also a withholding of intercourse for some cause, probably religious, between the persons in question and Mr. Cooke. The native place of the Rev. Isaiah Dunster was the Cambridge Second Precinct, where he was born Oct. 21, 1720, son of Henry and Martha (Russell) Dunster. Capt. Whittemore was Samuel Whittemore—see Genealogies—whose wife Elizabeth (Spring) died June 6. 1764, aged 63. The mother of Isaiah Dunster married for a second husband Francis Locke; she was daughter of Jason Russell. The brother of Rev. Isaiah Dunster mentioned was Jason Dunster, then living in Menotomy. The Jason Russell mentioned was he who was killed by the British on April 19, 1776, and nephew of Mrs. Martha (Russell) Dunster Locke. The house where Francis Locke lived is standing at the corner of Main and Bow streets in Arlington—at the Foot of the Rocks. The ‘grand itinerant’ was Whitefield, to whom Mr. Cooke was opposed. Mrs. Locke died in 1771, aged 81. Mr. Dunster evidently studied for the ministry with his pastor Rev. Mr. Cooke. In 1764 Mr. Dunster had but one child, a daughter, born Oct. 1763.—See Henry Dunster and his Descendants (1876), by Samuel Dunster.
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