Three days later, on the evening of the eighteenth, uncertainty had become more acute, for Hancock
slept in Lexington
with a guard of eight men posted at the door.
In all the ominous period that ends for the moment as the patriot leaders slept in the fancied security of Lexington
was stirred as were her neighbors.
In 1766, when the Stamp Act was repealed, a great bonfire on Pasture hill
celebrated the passing of that odious measure.
In 1773, when the sons of liberty steeped the English
tea in the Atlantic
, a townsman, John Fulton
, wielded a tomahawk in the righteous cause.
In 1774, in town meeting assembled, the inhabitants voted, ‘That we will not use any East India
tea in our families until the act be repealed.’
In 1774, too, when the Boston
Port Bill brought to a standstill the business of lightering down the Mystic
, the town, though trade was at an end and whole families were in calamity and distress, voted ‘not to approve of any bricks being carried to Boston
until the committees of neighboring towns shall consent to it.’
When General Gage
began the fortification of Boston Neck, the committee of safety in Medford
began to collect ammunition.
It was stored in the powder house which still stands just across the Somerville
Three days before the troops of General Gage
seized the ammunition, Thomas Patton
removed the Medford stores
to a place of safety.
In November, 1774, it was voted in town meeting to pay no more province taxes to the royal treasurer.
Later it was voted to pay this money to the treasurer under the Provincial Congress.
In that Congress Benjamin Hall of Medford
represented the townspeople.
As a member of the committee of supplies, he sent to Concord
a large consignment of military stores and material for constructing barracks.
When in the October previous the Provincial Congress