[p. 19] all the proprietors of the farm, and a convenient way to it, for which landing place and highway there shall be allowed in his lot 100 poles. Also a highway to lie in common from the Country road to Joshua Brooks' land. 24-10-1680. Agreement between Caleb Brooks on the one part, and John Hall, Thomas & Stephen Willis, John Whitmore, Stephen & John Francis, on the second part, that the line that has been for a long time in controversy between the abovesaid Brooks' land and the land purchased of Edward Collins by the parties aforesaid, is now agreed upon by both parties, bounded and marked out as follows:—From a great tree standing at the S. W. corner of an orchard lately planted by John Whitmore being in the line between the abovesaid Brooks & Whitmore and so upon another great black Oak tree being in said line as is above mentioned between said Brooks and Whitmore, and from that in a straight line to a stake standing up in the line between said Brooks and Stephen & John Francis' 2 a. of Clay land, then from said stake to a little black oak, and from that to an old shed within a rod of said Brooks' Meadow, then from said shed to a little black Oak bush by the River, upon a straight line, said Shed is the S. or S. W. corner of the 2 a. of Clay land above-mentioned, where the line is now staked out and agreed upon. Upon the condition of placing the line as above-mentioned, it is agreed that the said Brooks is to have a landing place of four cords of wood front upon the River, beg. at or near the bush close to the River which is the line on the E. or S. E. between said Brooks and Francis. This landing place is upon the land of Stephen & John Francis. Also it is agreed that Stephen & John Francis shall have a convenient highway through Thomas Willis' land, into the said 2 a. of Clay land, the said highway to come into Thomas Willis' land to be upon the S. E. corner of John Whitmore's field, from a highway that goes from a landing place at or near Thomas Willis' pasture, and it is agreed that for the highway above-mentioned, Thomas Willis is to have a landing place at or near his own pasture.Here appears an amicable settlement of a boundary dispute in which seven early residents of (West) Medford were concerned, and which resulted in the establishment of the way now known as Canal street, a hundred and ten years before the canal was even thought of. The map of early Medford, also made by Mr. Hooper from the data he thus secured, is invaluable, showing as it does the earliest division of the Cradock farm (which
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