was stiff and bristling, and unlike the proverbial character of lawyers' writing, is legible.
The paper is rough and strong and the ink unfading.
The book itself has been in recent years re-bound.
The obliging city clerk will be at some inconvenience to produce it for your inspection and will jealously safeguard it, as in duty bound he should.
's town officers were three selectmen, three assessors, two constables, three fish committee, three overseers of the poor, three highway surveyors, three tythingmen, three auditors, three fence viewers, six fire-wards, eight surveyors of lumber, eight measurers of wood, and ten field-drivers, which with the town clerk, treasurer and clerk of the market, totals sixty-one men to administer the affairs of a little town of about twenty square miles of territory and 1400 inhabitants.
Probably there was duplication enough to reduce the number to fifty.
It may be noticed there was no school board especially named.
The annual town meeting was held in March, hence usually styled the ‘March meeting,’ and adjourned from time to time as the amount of public business required.
At that of 1819, Hon. Timothy Bigelow
, who had the experience and distinction of eleven terms as speaker of the Massachusetts
House of Representatives, was moderator.
Dr. Luther Stearns
, Thatcher Magoun
and Nathan Adams
, three of Medford
's prominent citizens, were chosen selectmen, Joseph Manning
, treasurer, and Reuben Richards
, clerk of the market.
These names are evidence that it was a notable and efficient board, as also those that follow in the long list of other officers shown.
It is recorded that ere adjournment to April 1, the town clerk was directed to ‘put the law in force against persons chosen who do not qualify.’
Then follow several pages of certificates of qualification.
At the April meeting the town fixed the assessors' pay at $2.00 per day, and $1.50 to the constable for warning town meeting.
The town clerk was allowed $30 for his