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y. It was so common to refuse even the highest offices, that penalty for refusing became necessary, and our records are full of such notices as the following:-- 1728: Mr. Peter Tufts, refusing to take the office of Constable, paid in his money, as the law directs, to the town-treasury. At a later period (1751), the town vot of the treasurers. Stephen Willis1696. John Bradstreet1700. Samuel Wade1709. John Whitmore1714. William Willis1725. John Richardson1727. Edward Brooks1728. Samuel Brooks1729. Stephen Hall1733. Edward Brooks1735. Benjamin Parker1743. Edward Brooks1750. Thomas Brooks1756. Aaron Hall1761. Thomas Brooks1763. Jamphen Willis1675. John Bradstreet1701. Stephen Willis1708. Thomas Tufts1718. William Willis1719. Benjamin Willis1721. William Willis1726. Ebenezer Brooks, jun1728. Benjamin Willis1730. Thomas Seccomb1745. Willis Hall1767. Richard Hall1770. Benjamin Hall, jun1783. Andrew Hall1792. Nathaniel Hall1794. Samuel Swan1796.
by carved panthers borne; Nor can I boast Arabia's rich perfumes, Diffusing odors through our stately rooms. For me no fair Egyptian plies the loom; But my fine linen all is made at home. Though I no down or tapestry can spread, A clean, soft pillow shall suppport your head, Filled with the wool from off my tender sheep, On which with ease and safety you may sleep. The nightingale shall lull you to your rest, And all be calm and still as is your breast. In writing to her only sister, in 1728, she says,-- You have now just passed your childhood, and are arrived at that stage of life which is most exposed to snares and temptations. Put away all childish things. Behave yourself womanly and like a Christian to all with whom you converse. Indulge not a passionate or fretful temper, much less a haughty or insulting carriage, towards the meanest servant in the family. Be obliging, and modest, and humble; so shall you deserve and have the esteem of everybody. Be thankful to, and
for pews should be sold, but that each person must build his pew at his own cost; and if he moved out of town, his pew became the town's, the town paying therefor. Subsequently it was voted to build twenty-seven pews, and then let the committee determine who should have a right to build. The requisites were age, dignity, parentage, usefulness, and the charges which persons had paid to the town and to the meeting-house. Here was a wide door open for jealousy and discontent. The next year, 1728, the committee determine to build twenty-eight pews, to be placed next the wall, all round the house. Each pew had its price assessed by the committee, and, when paid for, was guaranteed to its owner as regular real estate. Some had no doors, and therefore must be entered through a contiguous pew! The right of choice was now given to twenty-five gentlemen; and here follows the eventful catalogue in the order fixed according to the supposed social rank of each:-- Mr. John Francis, sen.,
tale but what is of due weight. Almost every family had a pair of scales to weigh the gold and silver they took. The two crusades against Canada, about this time, forced the colonies to issue bills of credit, to pay the soldiers. These lost credit, and somewhat depreciated; and here was another embarrassment suffered by our fathers. December, 1724, Judge Sewall says, The diminution of the value of the bills of public credit is the cause of much oppression in the Province. Colden says (1728), Our paper-currency has gradually lost its credit, so as at present sixteen shillings is but sufficient to purchase an ounce of silver. Governor Belcher says (1733), Sixteen shillings in these bills will not purchase five shillings lawful money. Lawful money, as distinguished from old tenor, is first mentioned in the Medford records, May 17, 1750. The town voted, May 21, 1751, to give Mr. Turell, as salary for that year, £ 73. 6s. 8d. (lawful money), which was equal to £ 550 (old tenor)
25, 1702, who d. at Harvard, Dec. 15, 1760. She was b. Jan. 1, 1672; and d. Dec. 15, 1760, aged 89. He d. Sept. 8, 1756, aged 78. Children:--  5-9John, b. July 30, 1706; d. May 27, 1770.  10John, b. Apr. 25, 1708; minister at Harvard, Mass., 1728.  11Charles, b. Jan. 15, 1710; d. Sept. 28, 1730.  12Thomas, b. Aug. 16, 1711; d. Apr. 15, 1773.  13Joseph, minister at Kingston, N. H.; d. 1760.  14Willis, b. Apr. 30, 1704; d. Apr. 15, 1725.   Joseph Seccomb (13) m. Ruth Brooks, Nov. 20, 17Abigail, b. Jan. 7, 1707. 1-4John Tufts was of Malden. His residence was standing in 1821; and John Tufts, who was then alive, possessed a silver-headed cane,--an heirloom, descended from this early settler. He m. Mary Putnam; and d. in Malden, 1728. His children were three b. in Medford, and four in Malden; viz.,--  4-35Mary, b. Apr. 11, 1688.  36John, b. May 28, 1690.  37Nathanicl, b. Feb. 23, 1692.  38Peter, b. 1696; of Milk Row.  39Benjamin, b. 1699.  40Thomas.  41Stephen.