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[p. 29] The rest of the specification was ‘Dors & windows & Glafs to lay a lower flore all which work is to be done at or before the last of May next ensueing.’

The vote of the town also specified that there should be a ‘couenant drawne’ by Left Peter Tufts, Insi. Francis and Stephen Willis, wherein the said Thomas Willis, John Whitmore, John Bradshoe and Stephen Willis ‘doe couenant & Ingage’ in the building of a meeting-house according to the ‘time and Menes abouesaid.’

In the second part ‘the Inhabitants doe couenant & Ingage for the payment of the money for said work or in meeterials for said work as aboue to give unto Thomas Willis, John Whitmore, John Bradshoe & Stephen Willis, sixty pounds’ for building the meeting-house.

Incorporated into this contract was a clause providing that any of the inhabitants shall have the liberty of paying their part in work or materials, in case they can agree with the workmen, or can hire or buy for money.

In comment, the writer would consider this proviso as evidence of the informal existence of a sort of Medford Home Market Club.

The four builders were to ‘bear their part in the building according to the ruls,’ and in case any (not inhabitants) should give anything for the house, ‘the workmen shall give an account of the same to the town.’ No chance for any boodle or graft in this. It will be noticed that this covenant or contract was by a different committee, in the town's behalf, than the one before named, and that Left Peter Tufts evidently no longer refused to serve, but appears to be the chairman. We may suppose that with the meeting-house to be completed the following May the builders soon got at the work.

A few observations at this point may not be inappropriate. Medford had then no building ordinance, so the builders were at no trouble or loss of time in securing a permit to build, or ascertain the grade or street line from the city engineer. No questions of drainage bothered them, and the foundation (‘the rock near marble brook’)

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