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An incident at the ford.

IN 1644 Gov. John Winthrop, in his journal, describes the following incident as taking place at a ford in Mistick river. From a careful study of the story it is evident that the ford referred to was Mistick ford, and that the parties lived near the farmhouse of Governor Cradock (called Meadford on ancient maps), which was located, as before stated, near the present square: ‘One Dalkin and wife, dwelling near Meadford, coming from Cambridge where they had spent their sabbath, and being to pass over the River at a Ford, the tide not being fallen enough, the husband adventured over, and finding it too deep, persuaded his wife to stay awhile, but it raining very sore, she would needs adventure over, and was carried away with the stream past her depth, her husband not daring to go help her, cried out, and thereupon his dog, being at his house near by, came forth, and seeing something in the water, swam to her, and she caught hold on the dog's tail, so he drew her to the shore and saved her life.’

J. H. H.

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