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As already stated, this town farm was procured in the interest of religion and education. Its development and care seems to have been the subject of town meetings for a period of fourteen years, and the ancient town record is of much interest.

Mr. Morss, in his excellent article on Medford schools, Register, Vol. III, p. 12, alludes to it, and locates it ‘between the Piscataqua and Merrimac rivers,’ evidently quoting from Brooks' history. But his entire article contains carefully made quotations from the town records relative to school matters. As will be seen from the above, this town farm was two miles westward from the Merrimack and bordered on its small tributary, the Piscataquogg, and not nearly forty miles eastward on the larger Piscataqua.

The old town record book is surely interesting. We found it so as we sat in the present cramped quarters of the city clerk's office with the book in our lap and copied verbatim the town's doings of nearly two centuries agone, and were reminded of the flight of present time every quarter hour by the cathedral chimes just outside. Evidently that ‘the king's business demands haste’ was the thought in those days, as the town warrant, dated February 3, 1735-6, called a town meeting three days later and some others in lesser time.

Att a town meeting legally convened In Medford february ye 6th Day 1735-6 Capt Ebenezer Brooks chosen Moderator . . . Voted to Chuse a commitee of Two Persons to Lookout Sum Sutable Place in the unappropriated Lands of this Provence to Lay out the thousand Acres of Land Granted to the said town of Medford by the Genrl Court in the year one thousand seven hundred and thirty-five where it may be most advantageous to the town and the Said Commtee are hereby Empowered to Imploy Such men for Surveyor and Chain men as they shall Judg most Proper and they are to Procicute said afaier as soon as the Season of ye year will Permit and likewise to make Report to the Town of their Reasonable Charge in Mannaging the Same and the Town to Reamburft ye same; At Sd meting

Mr Wm Willis chosen for the ends aforsaid & Capt John Hall chosen for the ends aforsaid

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