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‘[p. 55] east end inhabitants to use the door without doors that leads into the cellar, and one-half of the cellar room and that at the easterly end of it. But my son Peter, his heirs and assigns shall not pass through the north room into the cellar, but shall make a way under the stairs into the cellar for their use.’ Captain Peter also conveyed to his son the northerly half of the barn with land for a cowyard (the barn stood on the south of the way nearly opposite the dwelling house). From the above it will be seen that ‘the door without doors that leads into the cellar’ was at the west end of the house; the door that leads into the cellar from the outside at the present day is at the east end of the house. The passageway into the cellar through the north room, the use of which was forbidden to ‘my son Peter,’ was probably by means of a trapdoor in the floor, a method of reaching the cellar much in use in those days. This westerly outside entrance to the cellar is spoken of as late as the year 1750, when the estate of Mr. Ebenezer Cutter was divided among his heirs. Mr. Cutter at his decease owned the brick house. The west end of the house was set off to his widow, and the easterly end to his eldest son, and it was provided that ‘the eldest son shall have the liberty of putting in casks at the outer cellar door in the widow's part of the house and taking them out as he may have occasion.’ The dwelling house and twenty acres of land sold by Captain Peter Tufts to Mr. Peter Eades was deeded July 14, 1721, by Mr. Eades to Peter Tufts, junior (son of Captain Peter), and on the first day of April, 1728, Peter Tufts, junior, sold to Mr. Edward Oakes of Malden four acres and thirteen poles of land with an old house upon it, this is the same house with a portion of the land bequeathed by Peter Tufts, senior, to his son, Captain Peter Tufts. The estate was described as being near to the said Edward Oakes' now dwelling house upon the highway leading from Medford to Blanchard's farm, bounded westerly and northerly on the said Peter Tufts' land; easterly
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