when they first met, but probably when they had reached middle life.
One guest was always present and doubtless entertained his hosts with many a good story—George Nichols
But time passed on and Medford
's ‘Old Sexton’ (Nichols
) could truly say in the words of the song, ‘I gather them in, I gather them in.’
About ten years ago they met for the last time, three (possibly four, as there were but seven) men present on that occasion.
They had passed the age of fourscore years, and the memories of the past and their old associations were too much for them to longer gather thus.
This account, meager and perhaps faulty at points, is compiled at the instance of Mr. Francis Wait
, who furnishes most of the details.
Some are given by Miss Emma, daughter of Colonel Law, and some by Mr. Frederic Symmes
, who attended a few meetings, and probably their final one, with his father, who is the only survivor1
of the 18-8 Boys of Medford