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[p. 51] bounds more definite by providing ‘that the land formerly granted to Mr. Cradock, Merchant, shall extend a mile into the Country from the River side in all places.’ The northerly boundary lines above described were not the northerly bounds of Mr. Cradock's farm as finally agreed upon (see map); it was impractical to make a boundary line to correspond with the bounds as defined by the General Court. As a consequence, under date of October 7, 1640, the General Court voted that ‘Mr. Tynge, Mr. Samuel Sheephard and Goodman Edward Converse are to set out the bounds between Charlestown and Mr. Cradock's farm on the north side of Mistick River.’ It was at this time that the line shown upon the map was definitely settled. About one hundred years later some question arose between Medford and Charlestown as to a portion of the boundary line near Mystic pond, and it was settled by making a new line which is also shown upon the map. In 1687, a committee of Medford and Charlestown settled the boundary line between the two towns on the easterly side of Medford. Mr. Cradock's heirs sold the estate in 1652 to Mr. Edward Collins of Cambridge. Mr. Collins, by deed dated August 20, 1656, sold to Mr. Richard Russell of Charlestown about 1,600 acres of land, with the mansion house and other buildings. This sale comprised all the land of the Cradock Plantation east of the following described line; viz., ‘On the west, with a White Oak tree marked R. C., standing on the west side of a brook that runs into that part of the marshland which lyeth on the west of the said Mansion house, and from said marked tree by a direct line continued unto another White Oak tree, in like manner marked R. C., the said tree standing on the north line between Charlestown and the said plantation, on the east side of a swamp, the said line being by estimation, north and south, and the brook into which the said brook runs, is the westerly bounds of the said marsh. . . . Excepting from the above, 12 ’
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