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[128] built, or the manner in which it should be finished; but with union and harmony in every measure, and joining heart and hand, your highest expectations were gratified, in the building of an house for the service and honor of God, to whom you owe all that you have. This sacred temple, I trust, will long remain, a monument of your piety and liberality. Here may you and your children, as your fathers were, be “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone.” May many sons and daughters here be born unto glory; and when you shall be gathered to the dust of your fathers, may your children rise up and call you blessed.

In 1809 the town, by a committee of seven persons, adopted resolutions relative to the alarming crisis of our public affairs. This related to the Embargo and other public matters of the period.

The same year the town chose a committee to consult with the directors of the Middlesex Turnpike to effect a reconciliation between the directors and landholders, where the said turnpike may be laid for the public convenience and least damage to private property.1


Feb. 7, 1810, the town's representative was instructed to use all his endeavors, that the Middlesex Turnpike be located at the Foot of the Rocks, so called, in West Cambridge, and at no other place. A committee was chosen in addition to the representative for the same purpose.
Some Reminiscences, by J. B. Russell, Washington, D. C., giving a sketch of the early history of military affairs, &c., in West Cambridge,2 state that's ‘The wanton atrocities of the British Regulars, on their retreat from Concord, April 19, 1775, still rankled in the breasts of the old people’ at this period.

This, with the aggressions of the British navy, and the barbarities of the Indians on our Northwest frontier, who were presumed to be under their influence, excited such

1 The ‘Middlesex Turnpike’ ran an embankment, or road, through the pond of Stephen Cutter's saw and grist-mill (late Cyrus Cutter's). A lawsuit made the Turnpike company throw up that course, and take another at the Foot of the Rocks, near Lexington.—J. B. Russell.

In 1809 Stephen Cutter, John Tufts, Ephraim Cooke, Israel Blackington's heirs, James Cutler, Aaron Cutter and Nathaniel Hill contested in court the Turnpike enterprise. The first location of the road was through the property of the above persons to a point in the great road, near the corner of John Frost's blacksmith shop in West Cambridge. By act of the legislature on March 6, 1810, the course of the road was altered to a point in the great road near the Foot of the Rocks.

2 Arlington Advocate, March 6 and 13, 1875.

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