te of January 4, 1729, is this item, To Cash Recd of Benj. Willis for ye Old Meeting-house
Omitted getting down before. The receipts are entered on the right hand pages of the book, and the page being one of the earliest used, the right, or outer edge, is so frayed and worn that the amount paid by Mr. Willis is missing.
An interesting matter in this connection is the date January 4, 729.
As the town directed the selectmen on September 29, 1729, to sell it and Mr. Willis paid for it on January 4, it was in the eleventh month of the year, which then began with the first of March, instead of January.
Another incident is that the entry is not in regular order, but is explained by the written note, Omitted setting down before.
Such are the facts gleaned from the ancient records of the town, their time-worn and discolored pages now carefully preserved between silk tissue.
In a careful reading of them, often requiring patient study, and diligent comparison of the quaint expressi
en. Luther Stephenson of Hingham.
December 16.—The Old State House.
Mr. Charles F. Read of Brookline, clerk of the Bostonian Society.
January 20.—Jamestown and the Jamestown Colony.
Rev. James L. Hill, D. D. of Salem.
February 17.—The First Parish in Medford.
Rev. Henry C. DeLong. March 16.—Annual Meeting.
April 20.—Our first railroad and how it was built.
Illustrated. Mr. Moses W. Mann. May 18.—Old-fashioned Medicinal Remedies.
Charles S. Ensign, Ll.B. of Newton.
Saturday Evening course.
December 7.—Some Pictures of the Far East.
Illustrated. Dr. Walter G. Chase of Boston.
January 4. —Samuel Adams.
Mr. Charles G. Chick, President of the Hyde Park Historical Society. February 1.
(Postponed to February 1.)—Some Brick-makers of Medford.
Mr. George S. Delano. March 7.—A Pupil's Life in Mystic Hall Seminary.
Mrs. Jenny P. Brigham of Brookline.
Miss Helen T. Wild. May 2.—Colonial and Modern Newspapers.