[p. 51] paper with the now world famous caption. The scrap of paper in that case we reproduce in this issue. The Edward Collins named therein was Medford's ‘first land speculator’—who purchased the Cradock farm. It is significant that the dwelling was styled ‘Medeford House.’ Henry Dunster (first president of Harvard College) also mentioned therein and associated with Collins—owned the land and dwelling on the opposite side of the river (now Arlington）1 and in one of his and Increase Nowell's leases the lessee was to
pay £ 3 per year in wheat and barley at 4s per bushel, delivered at Medeford House twice each year; the first payment to be in 1648.The lease was for fifteen years and the property was in Lynn. Mr. Mann said
A strange thing about this interesting document is that it should have led to such drastic proceedings, when one considers the fact that the immediate parties were all dead. Joseph Hills had done absolutely nothing for which he deserved arrest, neither had Edward Collins, who was an early settler of Cambridge and a most useful man in that community and in Medford. Henry Dunster, whose estate they represented, was dead. Deputy Governor, John Humphry, the owner. . . incidentally of Wind-Mill Hill [in Lynn where the leased property was] was also dead; Rev. Jose Glover, the man whose loan of So pounds to John Humphry, led to all the trouble, was so long dead that his name scarcely finds a place in the proceeding.Another interesting thing in this old scrap of paper is that Malden's constable was dignified by the title of ‘Marshall Generall,’ in 1662.