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[p. 56]

An old Medford Advertisement.

A well-worn paper, made from rags, torn, and with frayed edges, about six and one-quarter by seven and one-quarter inches in size, tells a bit of Medford's business history:—

Drugs and medicines

To be Sold at the Sign of St. Luke's Head, in Medford, By

Augustus Hunt


A general affortment of

West-India goods


Bohea Tea, Souchong, do. Green, do. West-India Rum, Brandy, Sugars, Cinamon, Cloves, Mace, Nutmegs, Allspice, Pepper, Figs, Tamarinds, Raisins.

The above articles will be fold as cheap as can be bought in Boston, for Cash or Country Produce.

***Every favour gratefully acknowledged.

Reference to the public records shows that Augustus Hunt (residence given as of Boston) married Nabby Tarbot of Medford, December 31, 1795. Query, When did Mr. Hunt open his store at the Sign of St. Luke's Head?

Recorded as born in Medford is the name Susannah Dexter Blanchard, March 19, 1795. Across the back of the above announcement is written in good black ink, ‘Medford June 15, 1797, Susannah Blanchard's Hair was cut of—hur Age Two yearis & Two months & 26 Days.’ Her fond parents evidently wrapped some hair in the paper, making record of the cutting. [p. 57]

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