John Dryden, the poet and translator of Virgil, and John Locke, the mental philosopher of that age, were just completing their life work, while the great architect, Sir Christopher Wren, was in his prime.
But four years had passed since Sir Edmund Andros had been sent home to England, and one Medford man is credited with saying, If Andros comes to Medford we'll treat him not with shad and alewives but with swordfish.
Possibly if this ancient Medfordite could now return, he would find a dAndros comes to Medford we'll treat him not with shad and alewives but with swordfish.
Possibly if this ancient Medfordite could now return, he would find a different taste prevailing in the matter of a fish diet; and Parson Porter would find that potatoes (unknown in Medford when he came as minister) afforded more palatable and nourishing food if the roots were cooked, instead of balls that grew upon the vines.
Andros' successor wasn't much more heartily welcomed, though the people were loyal to the king who had granted the new charter.
Less than nine years before, the general court in answer to the people's inquiry, had declared that Meadford h