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[p. 4] for no ‘meet person’ was brought forward for the school. But the inhabitants voted to have the school kept the ensuing winter at the house of Thomas Willis, Jr., which was probably situated not far from the first meeting-house, near the junction of Woburn and High streets. A committee of three, Ensign John Bradshaw, Capt. Ebenezer Brooks, and John Willis, was appointed to secure a teacher. In considering the location of this first school, and also of the first school-house, we must bear in mind that that part of Winchester known as Symmes Corner belonged to Medford, that there were families residing there, and on Grove street, and that east of the Square there were very few residents, so that this location for the first school was undoubtedly near the centre of population. The Wade property, and the lot of land that the major had ‘appointed for a school house,’ was probably too far to the east to suit the majority of the voters. As we read farther in the records we see stronger and stronger evidence of the tendency of the east and west ends of the town to pull in opposite directions.

At the next meeting of the town, Dec. 11, 1719, the voters chose, undoubtedly on the recommendation of this committee of three, ‘Mr. Henery Davison, to keep a school in said Town for one qr of a year next ensuing.’ The whole record of this meeting of Dec. 11, 1719, is interesting and valuable, showing how minutely the voters scrutinized every act and how cautiously they took each step. After the first school-master had been chosen, ‘Att said meeting put to vote whether ye town will alow Mr. Davison ye sume of Three Pound money for keepin school the time above sd and also to diet him for ye term above said,’ ‘Voted for ye afft.’ ‘Att said meeting put to vote whether ye Town will raise eight pounds money for defraying the charges of said school forthwith to be levied and collected of ye inhabitants of said town in case said money be not raised by a subscription of ye inhabitants of said town.’

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