In March meeting, 1803, the selectmen were directed to sell the old bell when they could obtain a reasonable price, and this is the last information we have of the first Medford
did not pay cash in those days, as on January 2, 1804, the selectmen gave an order to Revere
and Sons for $31.74 interest on their bill for the bell.
In 1810 this second Medford
bell had an associate in public service in the steeple of the third meeting-house.
Hon. Peter C. Brooks
presented the town a tower clock.
This was accepted by the selectmen, who communicated to him the thanks of the town, entering the same on the records.
Twenty-nine years the clock measured the passing hours and the bell announced them, until on May 12, 1839, Medford
people, or rather the Unitarian
portion, assembled for the last time in the old third meeting-house.
For six months the Revere
bell remained silent and covered on the ‘green,’ while the new house of the Unitarian
(First Parish) was being built.
The clock received some extensive repairs, and both clock and bell were placed in the storied steeple of the new house of worship at its completion.
There they remained until their destruction by fire on Sunday, January 15, 1893.
I fancy that attendants at the First Parish Church will listen with surprise to the following—
Fragments of the metal were incorporated in the bell, cast by Henry N. Hooper & Co., hung in the tower of the new edifice built in 1894
especially as said tower does not, and never has, contained a bell.
& Co., the successors of Revere
, were succeeded by others prior to 1874.
Equally fallacious is this inscription, said to have been upon the bell:
Presented to the town of Medford, Mass., by Peter Chardon Brooks as a slight token of the esteem he holds for the people among whom he was born and bred.
As a matter of fact, Mr. Brooks
was born in North Yarmouth, Me.