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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Volume II of Medford records. (search)
s of the first year were by Thomas Tufts, and when compared with those of some of his successors, seem to show that his education was far superior to theirs. There are very few errors in spelling, and in this respect he equalled some of our perhaps better educated clerks of the present day. William Willis succeeded him for two years, followed by Benjamin Willis, who was clerk from 1721 to 1726, when William Willis again filled the position for two years. Ebenezer Brooks, Jr., was elected in 1728, and at the March meeting of 1729 was re-elected. There arose a dispute as to the legality of this meeting, and a petition was presented to the General Court by the disaffected ones, which was favorably considered, as appears by the record, a portion of which is as follows:— in the house of Representatives: April 18TH: 1729: Read and ordered That the prayer of this petition be so far Granted as that the Whole of the proceedings of Each Party att the Town Meeting held at Medford on
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some errors in Medford's histories. (search)
arn mentioned in the deed from Executor Russell to Tufts, will be shown by quoting from the will of Peter Tufts, Senior: I give to my son Peter, 20 acres of upland lying next his house, and the dwelling house standing thereon; he paying his brother John for the barn standing upon said land. This dwelling-house is the same house mentioned in the deed from Richard Russell, executor, to Peter Tufts, Senior. To trace this old house still further, reference may be had to a deed, dated April I, 1728. Peter Tufts, Junior, sold to Edward Oakes four acres and thirteen poles of land, with an old house upon it. This was the same house, and a portion of the twenty acres bequeathed, not sold, to Capt. Peter Tufts by his father, Peter Tufts, Senior. To conclude the history of this old house, reference may be had to an inventory of the estate of Edward Oakes of Medford. The old house was mentioned as a part of his estate, and in the division of the estate it was set off to his son Edward with
; Virginia's supremacy was not debated; the Presidents she gave to the nation shaped and controlled its policy, and her great statesmen held undisputed sway over the empire of mind in the politics of this western world. Indeed, what reader of American history is not familiar with the noble part which Virginia bore in Colonial and revolutionary times? No sooner had the encroachments of the crown on Colonial rights begun, than Virginia raised her eloquent voice in opposition. As early as 1728, the committee of her Burgesses did not fear "to speak irreverently of the King's Government;" nor did her bold and independent yeomanry fear to assert that "a friendship for the Governor was incompatible with the interests of the Colony." --Again, in 1765, when the news of the passage of the Stamp Act reached America, resolutions strongly condemnatory of that measure were immediately passed by the Virginia House of Burgesses, which chanced then to be in session. Now, as it may be profit
which, to save from still less depiction, he has determined to prohibit the creation of assistant offices to those of First Auditor and Comptroller. In the United States Government there are six Auditors and two Comptrollers, 1st and 2d. Here there will be but one of each, and only one set of books to be kept by the Registers for the entire department, so as to prevent an increase of clerical force. This is the system recommended by Alexander Hamilton, and adopted by the Government in 1728, by the appointment of only one Auditor; but subsequently changed. As a precedent, however, of the early and purer days of our once mighty Republic, it has received the reverence and sedition of the conscientious Secretary. Those steamer Lady Davis, purchased by the Navy Department from the Governor of South Carolina, was to-day paid for by the Government. She cost $32,000. The people here are amazed and mortified at the course of the recent traitors in a portion of North western
him out as sentinel; but the young man is not cautioned. Net thinking of the danger, the banker, and death follows. Many deaths result from the want of caution. Cooling with the coat off after fatigue may kill. As every county has appropriated money, the soldiers might drill in their own neighborhoods till the ladies could make all their tents; as many may die for want of them.--Then straw, leaves of trees, or anything to lie on, may prevent moisture and cold from coming out of the grounds. I think President Jefferson, if I mistake not, used to wash his feet every morning. He had remarkable-health. When Col. Bird's commissioners surveyed the dividing line between Virginia and North Carolina in 1728, his men were fifteen days in the waters of the Dismal Swamp. They slept surrounded by water every night. They all chewed aloes. If our soldiers could show a small piece of aloes every day, instead of tobacco, they might prevent much sickness and many deaths. Adiquis.
onfederacy and the neutral powers of Europe since the separation of these States from the former Union. The first Dissolution of the American Union--the Injustice of foreign powers in declining to recognize us. Four of the States now members of the Confederacy were recognized by name as independent sovereignties in a treaty of peace, concluded in the year 1783, with one of the two great maritime powers of Western Europe, and had been, prior to that period, of the other. In the year 1728 they formed a Union with nine other States under articles of confederation. Dissatisfied with that Union, three of them, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia, together with eight of the States now members of the United States, from it in 1780, and these eleven ascending States formed a second union, although by the terms of the Articles of Confederation express provision was made that the first union should be perpetual. Their right to succeed, notwithstanding this provision, was neither
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