It seems probable that these cannon were stored in Medford
, for April 28, 1775, the Committee of Safety ordered: ‘That the cannon now in Medford
be immediately brought to this town (Cambridge
) under direction of Captain Foster
In the following March (1775) Hall
sent to Concord
60 bbls. of pork, 50 axes and helves, 50 wheelbarrows, and materials for constructing barracks.
The first mention of a Committee of Correspondence on the Town
Records occurs under date of March 13, 1775; but, six months before, Moses Billings
, tavern-keeper, was paid for entertaining the Committee of Correspondence 40 shillings. Doubtless the discussions were not dry!
Those were by no means total-abstinence days.
All conferences were accompanied by more or less wine-drinking.
The following bill, dated 1783, is an illustration:
Mrs. Martha Leverett
ye Administratrix to ye late Thomas Leverett
To John Stratton
The following was for ye commissioners for settling said Thomas Leverett
|June 3d.||To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, paper, Ink, pipes, 7s. 4d.|
|June 12th.||To 7 Bowles of Punch at ye Sale 34s. Room, paper Ink, &c., 4s. 8d.|
|July 1.||To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, paper, Ink, pipes, 7s. 4d.|
|July 24.||To 8 Bowles of Punch at ye Sale 40s. Room, paper, Ink &c., 4s. 8d.|
|August 5.||To Punch and Wine 12s. Room, Candles, pipes 7s. 4d.|
Benjamin Hall was the chairman of the Committee of Correspondence in 1775.
The other members were Ebenezer Brooks, Jr., Thomas Patten
, Stephen Hall,