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There is a tradition that Mr. Magoun had the front portion erected in its classic architectural style ‘to please his wife,’ and that he built the ‘L’ at the rear ‘to live in and to suit himself.’ Certainly there was a contrast, in that it was perfectly plain, with low-studded rooms, ‘like a ship's cabin,’ and these were the ones mostly used. By the alterations for library use these have disappeared. By the removal of part of the second floor, partitions, and exterior wall in one story they have become the reading room and part of the corridor. It is doubtful if Mr. Magoun expected the library to grow to its present proportions when he suggested the librarian's residence in those cabin-like rooms.

It has been said that Oakman Joyce of Medford was the builder. This is not unlikely, as a little later (1839) he built the Unitarian church. Whoever he was, his work does him credit.

In this article we have been unable to answer our own queries. Possibly it may serve to awaken other and more successful ones that may add to our knowledge of old Medford's history.

M. W. M.

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