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[p. 19] comparison with the then existing appliances and means, it will be readily seen to rank equally with them, if not greater in magnitude and importance. It accomplished in a way its mission, and bore no small part in the progress of the time, this owing to the energy and perseverance of Massachusetts and New Hampshire men, and was out-stripped in public service only by the power of steam, also in the hands of New England men.

This question is often asked, what will, or will not the present century develop? Possibly the men of today, could they return at its close, might see as much to surprise them as Gov. Sullivan, his son, or Col. Baldwin would, if they could be transported in a canal boat some evening into Charlestown at Sullivan square.


Town Records, Vol. 1, Page 1.

Upon the 14 of [ ]At a generall meeting of [ ] Selectmen & Jnhabitants of meadford it was then agreed by them for the procuring & main-taineing of a publique town ftock of amunition that mafters of families Lay in for themfelves and thofe under theire charge according as the law provides and that all other perfsons upon the plantation whatsoever enjoyned by law hall make good each man his proportion which is two [ ] of powder & three pound of balls per man dureing the time of theire abode upon the plantation aboue fayd. . . . 14 June 1678

Goodman: Hall Jr by money:0-15-0
Tho: willows in money0-07-6
Goodman: whitcomb & Daniell woodward0-05-0
mr Nathaniel wade0-05-0
Steven willows0-02-6
Jno. whitmore0-2-6
peter Tuft0.02-6
Goodman ffillebrowne0-05-0
John Bradfho0-02-6
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