[p. 29] Mr. Cradock's business was in charge of agents both before and after Governor Winthrop came to New England. [Register, Vol. 9, No. 1.]
The 28th of September, 1630, Medford was taxed £ 3. for the support of military teachers. Nov. 30, 1630, another tax of £ 3. was levied. [P. 33.]These taxes were levied upon Meadford plantation and were paid by Mr. Cradock or his agents, not by the town, as Mr. Brooks would imply, there being no town government at that time.
. . . but not a word of complaint reaches us from the first planters of Medford and no one to our knowledge, left the plantation. [P. 35.]As has been shown, the first settlers of Medford were the servants of Mr. Cradock, and when his enterprises failed and (after his death), the plantation was sold to different parties, these servants of Mr. Cradock no doubt left for parts unknown, and the true settlers, the ‘fathers of Medford,’ came into the possession of the land.
In Medford were built three of these strong brick citadels. . . [P. 35.]It has been already asserted that these houses were not built at that early date. [Register, Vol. 7, p. 49.]
It is ordered that no person shall plant [settle] in any place within the limits of this patent, without leave from the Governor and Assistants, or the major part of them. [P. 35.]This extract confirms my previous statement that the first settlers of Medford had no rights in the soil. Mr. Cradock was the only person to receive a grant of early Medford soil.
The following owned lands in Medford before 1680. [P. 37.]This list is not correct.
It is ordered. . . [P. 37.]This was an order for the survey of lands, etc., and did not apply to Medford.
As soon as Gov. Winthrop had settled himself on the Ten-Hill Farm, in 1630, he recommended Gov. Cradock's men to plant