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meeting held after their arrival in the colony, which is considered the date of the incorporation of the Town. The name was doubtless given from the fact, stated by many of the early writers, that it was well watered. Johnson Wand Work. Prov., 1653, chap. 28. calls it a fruitful plot of large extent, watered with many pleasant springs, and rivulets, running like rivers throughout her body. Josselyn in his Two Voyages, 1663, and Dunton in his Letters from New England, 1686, use identical woidend, 2 acres in the Further Plain, next to the River, and 71 acres in the Farms. He purchased 35 acres in 2d Great Dividend. He is supposed to have been a brother of Captain John Mason, the distinguished Pequot exterminator.—Bond. Zzz. In 1653, the inhabitants were said to number 160 families, but there was no village, and these were so scattered over the territory that their Sabbath assemblies were very thin if the weather was unfavorable. Johnson says their Church-membership was now
dent that happened at this mill. A five year old son of one Smith fell into the raceway near the mill-gate and was carried by the stream under the wheel. One of the boards of the wheel had fallen off, and it feems (by special providence) he was carried through under that gap, for otherwise if an eel pass through, it is cut asunder. The miller noticed the sudden checking of his wheel, and looking out, found the child unhurt, sitting up to the waist in the shallow water below the mill. In 1653 this mill was rated at £ 140 for the support of the ministry. Before the close of 1686 a fulling-mill had been erected adjoining the corn-mill, by the proprietors of the latter. The next mill built was within the limits of Waltham, and was a fulling-mill, erected in 1662 or 3 on Beaver Brook, in the eastern corner of the town, supposed to be on the spot where Kendall's Grist-Mills stood; sold in 1663 to Thomas Livermore, and eight years later Captain Benjamin Garfield purchased part of it