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[p. 47] its construction and history shows it in marked contrast to the other. The former, with everything of material to be carted onto and sinking into the salt-marsh, continually needing repair, was maintained as a toll road till 1867. This latter (shortening the distance three miles and opening new territory for improvement in Medford), with plenty of the best material at hand for building and repair, was never a profitable investment, and as early as 1828 was offered for sale. No buyers appearing, it became, in 1831, a free road in all the towns wherein it was located. In Medford it became the beautiful Forest street. Just who were the first Board of Directors we may not say, very likely the gentlemen above named, the first and last being of Medford. What more convenient place for their gathering for business than the well appointed inn of mine host Hezekiah Blanchard? And so this old time-worn bill of his comes to us, a mute witness of men and times long gone. Here it is; we bespeak for this carefully made copy a critical reading.

The Directors for the Andover & Medford Turnpike road

To Hezh Blanchard                Drd cents
NovbrTo 4 Botwls Ginn Toddy 1s/6d$1.00
To 8 Suppers 2s/3d3
To 1 Bottle wine 4s/6d75
Decbr 2To 4 Breakfasts 2s/3d1 50
To 1 Pint Bitters is/6d25
To 9 Dinners 2s/3d    To 3 Bowls Toddy is/6d4 12
To 1 Bowl Toddy 1s/6d    To Bating 4 Horss 1s/6d1.25
11To 1 Bowl Toddy 1s/6d    To 1 mug flip50
To 1 Pint Brandy 3s/    To Bating 2 hors1
21To 3 Bowls Toddy 1/6    To 6 Dinner 2/3
To 1 Pint Ginn 3s/d    To Bating 4 horse1.50
To 1 Pint Ginn 3s/d    To 1 Pint for Ditto 3s/1
To 1 Pint for Ditto 3s/d    To 1 Bowl for Ditto 1/675
To Bating horses 1s/6d75

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