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[p. 19] years, we find that the company celebrated its anniversary on June 6, 1850, which was the ninety-eighth of the birth of Governor Brooks,
in the following manner, To meet at the Engine House at 10 o'clock Precisely, arm and ready to pay all bills. Voted, to Hire Mr Young White Horse to draw the Engine in the porcession around town in the afternoon and in the evening the Company adjourn to the Town Hall where the company will pass off the time with sentiments and a Speech from some one of the Company should we be so fortunate as to get some one to volunteer their Services on the Ocation. Voted that every member have the privilidge of inviting one or more ladyes. Voted to extend an invitation to the Selectmen and Engineers to parade with us.

At another meeting-

Voted to choose A. H. Gardner, tostMaster. Voted that Mr Usher envite as meny of his friends as he thinks proper.

Voted that the cards be distributed at 1 o'clock on Thursday where the Members pay the assesment.

At the next meeting it was voted

to return a vote of thanks to Mr Usher and a five dollar Bill with it.

Evidently the Governor Brooks Company was in good humor, as its committee had reported money received, $106.00; amount of bills, $100.52; balance, $5.48; collected by subscription, $3.66. The latter is not added to the balance on the record. Evidently some one had ‘passed round the hat’ with an eye to making good with Mr. Usher, which was done by the ‘tost Master.’

Mr. Young's white horse got no thanks, but instead, ‘Mr. Ford, for the use of his Colt.’

Along with the two books of record is preserved a manuscript of twenty-five pages in Mr. Usher's handwriting—the ‘Speech’ that enabled them to ‘pass off the time.’ In its opening sentences we learn that they had ‘listened to the music of the band and heard the music of the choir,’ whatever the difference may have been.1

1 It would seem that Medford had a band at that time, as a little later the company (through Captain Hutchins) invited the ‘Medford Brass Band to partake of its clam chowder.’

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