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A War Echo of 1812.

The following is a literal copy of a manuscript in possession of the Medford Historical Society, written by a native and former resident of Medford:—

New York, June 25, 1812.
The ship Enterprise came in on Sunday from Canton. Mr. William Hall of Medford was passenger in her. Just off the mouth of the harbor, she was boarded by a British Frigate, who did not know that War was declared, and let her come in. Soon after, they met the U. S. Frigate President, going out after the Englishman, and William Hall (son of Col. Fitch Hall) immediately left the Enterprise, went on board the President, and offered his services to Commodore Rodgers, and he is now on board this Frigate who is in pursuit of the Belvidere, and we are hourly expecting her to be brought in. After so long a voyage as Mr. Hall has just been, the readiness with which he again entered the service, does credit to his patriotism, and reflects great honor upon himself.

C. S.

According to the genealogies in History of Medford, William Hall, born March 21, 1790, died about 1820, unmarried, was a cousin of Dudley Hall, referred to by Mr. Manning and also by Miss Gill in a preceding article of this issue.

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