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Stopping in Charlestown to take on either passenger or baggage, he was roughly spoken to by some driver, who said, ‘Get up with your old bean-pot.’ ‘Wait till I have loaded up my pork,’ said Mr. Wyman. 1A fine double entente which Charlestown and Medford people of that day must have appreciated and enjoyed.

A former resident of Medford, now of St. Louis, writes, saying, ‘Wyman was a typical old-time stage-driver, always polite, and very accommodating to the ladies, very prompt, and gave close attention to business.’

A half sheet of paper, upon which a newspaper clipping (now lost) had been pasted, has been kept these seventy-five years that we today may know something more of our veteran stage-driver, something that was complimentary to him. Underneath the printed scrap was written:—

Please give the paper to Mr. Wyman with my compliments, and say to him that I sincerely hope he may long continue to be the most remarkable man in Medford.—

A. B. 28 Feby 1835.

This was addressed to ‘Jona Brooks Esqr., Medford.’ A. B. was Alfred Brooks, son of the one to whom the note was addressed, and younger brother of the wellknown Rev. Charles Brooks, at one time a neighbor to the Wymans.

Contracts were made by the Government with the stage-coach proprietor for carrying the mail, and after having carried the Medford mail for many years a misunderstanding or some difficulty occurred that led Mr. Wyman to write to Hon. Abbot Lawrence, then representative in Washington, on the subject. This letter Mr. Lawrence forwarded to Amos Kendall with one he had written. Amos Kendall of Kentucky was of the trio of Postmasters General during the administration of Andrew Jackson. At this time they were first considered as cabinet officers. From the Post Office Department, 2d February, 1836, he replied to Mr. Lawrence, saying:—

1 Charlestown was often called Pigtown.

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