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f the completed works, which were for a time the high service of Medford's water system, now a thing of the past and partially removed. The town records show that as long ago as 1738 a map of Medford was suggested, and by vote left to the discretion of a committee, but nothing came of it. Had there been one made then, it would have been of equal interest, and practically contemporary with the Usher plan of the Royall estate across the river, then in Charlestown. The vote of the town (July 19, 1738) was that the affier of plan of Medford and the land voted to petition for should be left to ye Discretion of the Committee the Town have Imployed in that affaier to act therein as they shall judg most for the Towns interest. Medford had two years before petitioned for a thousand acres of province land and employed a surveyor to lay out the same. A plat and description thereof was required and was returned to the General Court in 1736. The grant of December 29 received the signatur
Caleb Brooks, who had the assistance of Lieutenant Goffe (who was resident in that vicinity) and another, not a chairman, as Brooks' history says, but chanemen, as is clearly spelled in his certificate. The word chairman in Brooks' history is doubtless a misprint that escaped detection, as Rev. Mr. Brooks must have known that the surveyor's assistant was called a chainman. This Caleb Brooks was doubtless the son of the moderator and an early teacher in Medford. At the town meeting, July 19, 1738, was discussed The affier of plan of Medford and the land voted to be petitioned for should be left to ye Discretion of the Committe By this it would appear that a map, or plan, of Medford and its distant farm had been contemplated. Had the committeemen's (Willis and Hall) judg meet for the Town's interest that such should have been made, it would have antedated the Ephraim Jones plan noted by Judge Wait (Register, Vol. I, p. 128), the earliest plan of Medford, by sixteen years