view of Medford
,’ as he did in many others, but the reader will recognize its foreground as the present Moore square. The third meeting-house, at the extreme left, was torn down in 1839, the year of Mr. Barber
's publication, and stood on the site of present Unitarian church.
The second meeting-house (site of Page & Curtin
's store) and the Andrew Hall house
(now standing) are in the center, backed by Pasture hill
, on the slope of which is the Hall
Next in prominence is the town hall, the great sycamores across the street from it, and the old Dr. Tufts
Stretching backward is a veritable forest—Forest street—and in the extreme right the Universalist meeting-house.
The river and a schooner with sails set is also in evidence, but we look in vain for the branch canal which crossed the vacant space in the left lower corner of this view.
The four-horse team is significant; but the artist should have made the turn in the fence behind the big wagon, and shown Main street extending to the town hall instead of to the left of the old meeting-house, the present Winthrop square.
But of course, allowance must be made for inaccuracies in sketching; and we do well to remember that it was only in 1839 that Daguerre
's invention became known.
It is a long stride from the wood cut to the half-tone.
mentioned four industries of Medford
: Ship-building, bricks, hats and linseed oil
, but nothing whatever of a certain other noted product.
On his title page he styled his work ‘a general collection of interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes, etc., with geographical descriptions.’
It certainly was, but in it we look in vain for any allusion to any ‘Cradock house.’
Absence of such (in view of the above title page) is good evidence that the widely circulated myth had not then been fabricated.