the seating of the women in the meeting-house and the building of certain pews by different persons as well as the order in which the inhabitants should be seated.
At the town meeting on March 17, 1702, a very precise action was taken, reading as follows:—‘at Said Meeting the Toun Reckned
wth Ensigne John BradShow
—and there was due to him upon the ballance of all accounts both for work done for the Town
and ministers board from the beginning of the world unto this day the Sum of: sixteen pounds Sixteen Shillings and Ten pence. Erours excepted: this was Voted in the afirmative.’
October 23, 1702, a vote was passed petitioning the governor, council, and General Court that as the town was little and small, and unable to carry on public charges in so comfortable a way as is to be desired, that two miles square of a purchase made in 1646, in the township of Andover
by Mr. John Woodbridge
, of Cutshamake the Indian Sagamore
, which was reserved in the hands of the General Court to lay to some other town or village if they saw cause, be laid to the Township of Medford
No result of this appears in the records.
The principal matter considered for several years after this time seems to have been the troubles of the town with the Rev. Benjamin Woodbridge
, and page after page of the records is devoted to the account of the dissensions which were carried into the courts, and even to the governor and council, and which did not cease until settled by a special act of the General Court, passed in June, 1708.
, as I have already stated, died in January, 1710, and at the town meeting held on the twenty-seventh of this month, it was voted to levy an assessment of ten pounds, on account of the amount which had been paid toward his funeral.
Doubtless many of the people paid their part without a murmur, hoping that the difficulties under which they had labored, relative to the minister, for so long a time, were forever settled.
A list of what each one was assessed to meet this